Friday, August 29, 2014

Weekend Window Shopping: Labor Day Sales!

Lots of good online shopping this weekend! Here are a few you might want to know about, with my picks for awesome stuff. (The eBates link is my referral link, btw):

Banana Republic - 40% off your purchase (20% off BR Picks) with  BRLABOR. Plus 2.0% back with eBates. Yeah, this is going to happen:

Ann Taylor - 50% off all sales styles (and selected full-price styles) applied at checkout. Plus 2.5% back with eBates. This dress is so cute:

Boden - 20% off Sitewide + Free Shipping & Free Returns with code HD12502Y. Plus 2.5% back with eBates. Love this waterfall cardigan: - Extra 25% off on sale shoes with code SALE25. Plus 4% back with eBates. Lots of Fryes on sale including these:

Bloomingdales - Extra 20% off Big Brown Bag Sale with code BIG20. Plus 6.0% back with eBates. Ooh, Marc by Marc Jacobs on sale:

Friday #GoHugo

I thought it was time for another Beckham picture. I hope you agree.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Beauty Workhorse.

Do you have those products that you've been using forever that you just take for granted? Rebuying them is a pain in the ass because it's not a fun purchase, but it's such a dependable workhorse that you can't imagine what could replace it, right?

I feel like I've probably talked about most of mine - Benetint, Dandelion blush, The Colossal mascara, Primer Potion, etc., but I have a few that I feel deserve a bit of praise.

Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation

Marianne and I have reviewed this before, but I am still consistently impressed with the awesomeness of this foundation. On the weekends I use Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer but for the weekdays I always use Smashbox because it JUST STAYS PUT. I don't have to touch up much during the day and it doesn't transfer on my clothes or oxidize. Good stuff. Solid. Worth the money.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

When I first bought this I wasn't terribly impressed with it but in retrospect I think what I was actually not impressed with was the Urban Decay Naked foundation it's meant to be paired with. When used with the Smashbox foundation it's pretty freaking good. I usually apply foundation with my fingers and then used this brush to blend it all out. It's not sparkles and magic, but it does give a really nice finish.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Brush

This brush is so good, you guys. I've had one for years and I totally take it for granted. It's just the perfect size for dotting just the right amount of concealer on a zit or dark spot. It's available for $26 on it's own but it COMES WITH the Flawless Face kit (along with another good brush) which is pretty much the deal of the century.

Fresh Sugar Plum Lip Tint

Ha ha, just kidding. I used to love this but my last one went rancid in less than six months and I am OVER IT. It's too expensive and makes me so mad. So this is my request - can anyone recommend a decent replacement? Basically, a berry or plum tinted lip balm in a tube that I can apply in the car without a mirror. Ideas?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Adrien: The Gift of Stripes.

My friend Paula, who knows how I feel about striped shirts, recently gave me this Old Navy top that didn't quite work for her. I've mostly worn it casually with shorts or white jeans but thought it could be part of a work outfit too, because I'll pretty much make anything try to be part of a work outfit (faux leather skirt? Yay or nay?)

Stripes! I can't find this on the Old Navy site but they have lots of other striped options right now. Everything else is old but all workhorse staples - a red pencil skirt, neutral heeled sandal, statement necklace, structured black leather bag that kinda looks like Mulberry

Closeup detail-y shot of the necklace which I should wear more often, probably:

And that's what I'm wearing today. Nothing super exciting but man I am sick of my summer clothes.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summer Wish List: How'd I Do?

So, back in May I wrote up a summer wish list with my horrible summer budget restrictions in mind. Now that *sob* summer is nearly over, I thought it'd be interesting to see how closely I stuck to what I needed. My list:

Denim Shorts

I bought the Old Navy Sweetheart Denim Shorts (Outfit here) and I wore the everloving shit out of them all summer. They were the best and I'm sorry I didn't buy a second pair. Yay for Old Navy! My favorite place to buy cheap t-shirts and shorts.

Yellow Clog Sandals

Sadly, I did not buy these. I did wear my black pair by Lotta From Stockholma whole lot so I really do think another pair is in order but it didn't happen this summer.

Aviator Sunglasses

This one hurts my heart. A lot. I found the sunglasses I desperately want - the Oakley Restlessbut they're expensive, so it'll have to wait for now. I'm still wearing my old MBMJ pair but one of the lenses keeps popping out. The next time it happens I'll probably stomp on them and head to the Oakley store.

Small Necklace

I bought this! I got the House of Harlow mini sunburst necklace and it's been great. I've worn it a lot this summer. The exact version I bought seems to be gone, but it comes in other great colors.

Magic Dress
Sad face. I didn't find my new magic dress this summer. Instead I've just been wearing my old magic dresses from the past and wishing they didn't look quite so sad.

Fun print blouses
I didn't buy any new ones this summer, but my favorite spring blouse purchase (worn here) has been one of my most-worn tops this summer. I always look for Olive & Oak when I go to Marshalls but I haven't found another one I like as much.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Banana Republic Fall Collection.

Oh man, you guys. Banana Republic is back and they totally have my number. I went to the mall on Saturday to return something and OMG. It's like the new creative director knows me in a deep and personal way.  There wasn't a a ruffle or a sad blahstel color ANYWHERE. Everything looked sophisticated - black and grey and leather trim and moto details. It's all so good that I sort of wilted in the store and the next thing I knew I was in the dressing room with a giant pile of stuff to try on. Away we go:

This Perforated Faux-Leather Pencil Skirt was one of the first things I grabbed because it's so freaking cool, but it's a little too edgy for workwear:

I'm wearing it with the Faux-Leather Trim Sleeveless Blouse which I liked, but i'm not sure the color was doing much for me. Also, that's a lot of faux in one outfit. But man, that skirt. Next I tried on the Sloan-Fit Zip-Pocket Pencil Skirt which I thought was cool with the zipper detail:

Not a great photo, but you get the idea. This one seemed more workwear legit, but I didn't love the fit as much as the first one. Still, oooOoohh, zippers. Next I tried on the Dot Print Riviera Dress because the sales assistant insisted it would change my life:

Meh. The print was interesting but those elastic waists are just not good on me, I need a little more structure. I'm sure the bare feet help. Next, I tried on pants and striped shirts because YAY STRIPED SHIRTS. This is the super great Mini-Stripe Long-Sleeve Tee which I love and cherish. It comes in three different colorways too! I just can't resist a striped shirt and this one is really good:

It's just the right amount of fitted-but-body-skimming and I like the curved hem. The pants are the Sloan-Fit Zip-Pant which didn't really fit well and made my ass look flat which NO. (Sorry, it's nearly impossible to photograph black pants in a dressing room.) 

I also tried on the Faux-Leather Trim Striped Top (because the unhinged dressing room lady was wearing it and would NOT SHUT UP ABOUT IT'S GREATNESS. JESUS LADY FINE I WILL TRY IT ON.) but the fit was slightly too oversized and they only had the lighter beige-y color that wasn't my favorite:

Unhinged lady also brought me a pair of the Sloan-Fit Black Moto Pant which I very much like because they have cute leather trim detail and zippers and moto knee stitching:

I know, you can't see any details at all. But check them here and I did manage a detail shot:

I didn't get photos of them, but I also tried on the Moto Sweater Jacket which I found awkward and the Faux-Leather Trim Open Cardigan which I very much plan on purchasing. Yes. And damn, there were so many other things I didn't even have time to try on but I am PRETTY SURE most of my fall clothes will be BR, which is stupid if you're a style blogger but too bad. Garanimals 4EVR!

PS. Today online they are offering 30% off with BRPRIME plus 2.0% back with eBates. (I'd wait for a 40% off code, but that's just me.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekend Window Shopping: Back to School

It's been a long time since I've been in school but I still miss the ritual of back to school shopping, so here's my (uh, sort of) grownup version of back-to-school via Nordstrom who's currently doing double cash back with eBates! (my referral link.)

These have a Fast Times at Ridgemont High feel, right?

And who doesn't need a badass leather jacket? Nobody, that's who. Unless you're a mathlete.

And of course you need some awesome motorcycle boots because boots.

And this had a very cool exchange student feel about it.

And a really good pair of straight leg jeans because denim is everything. Every. Thing.

Love! All of it unnecessary for my life but really cool. And then I found this and, yeah. I can’t top this: