Friday, November 26, 2021

Black Friday: Read a Book/Buy a Book!

Because I'm dropping the ball hard this Black Friday (hi from Ireland!) I though I'd round up all of my book posts and encourage everyone to buy some books for gifts or for yourself. Instead of fighting over shit you don't need at Target, cozy up with a good book! Our book recs can be found in a lot of our "Stuff We Like" posts but also here:

Buy This: Books Make Great Gifts.

Stuff I Like: Thank God For Books.

Gift Guide: It's Book Time Y'all.

Gift Guide: Yay Books.

A Slightly Better Gift Guide: Books Are Awesome.

Holiday Stages of Grief Gift Guide: Bargaining.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Outfit of the Day: Out of Office.

Because I'm a part-time slacker blogger I didn't prepare at all for the two weeks I'd be out so you basically get nothing. No Black Friday list, no Sephora sale suggestions, YOU GET NOTHING. Wait, okay, I did save this one outfit from last week so you can have that. You're welcome: 

Check out my new Quince $50 cashmere sweater! It's soft as baby bunnies and the color is beautiful. I'm wearing a medium which fits perfectly but I kinda wish I'd sized up for extra slouchiness. Next time! I also own and love their crewneck cashmere sweater which I reviewed here

I'm wearing my new sweater with the very excellent Madewell Griff pants (reviewed here) and they're just such a great color and seem to work with everything. They also come in a corduroy version if you want something a bit warmer. I'm carrying my little Clare V Midi Sac because I love the contrast of color. My exact version is sold out but there's one on Poshmark and this more demure cutie is way marked down on Nordstrom Rack and so is this leopard version! This is a great little bag, y'all. 

Okay, fine, it is November so I am also wearing my AllSaints Dalby jacket and my new little cashmere beanie from Quince. It's pretty fucking cute, right?  I am feeling okay about all of this even if it's giving me very slight lumberjack vibes:

Last thing, I'm wearing my Gorjana Parker wrap necklace all tangled up with my little lapis necklace.  Totally meant to do that.

Friday, November 12, 2021

Weekend Window Shopping: Anthro Is Bringing It.

 Anthro is totally hit or miss for me but right now they have lots of pretty and cozy things that I have my eagle eye on. Here's what I love:

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Stuff We Like: A Marianne/Adrien Edition!

Hello! Today we both have stuff we like and we're gonna tell you about it. First, two from Marianne:

The One Where I'm Late To Athleisure
So yeah, everyone in the world is ready to wear real clothes again and I’m over here “discovering” the joy of leggings after 19+ months of wearing jeans and dresses like a CHUMP. Anyway! I tried a pricey set from Girlfriend Collective and like them fine, but my current favorites are these ribbed leggings from Aerie ($27!). They feel like you tried, and I have the matching longline sports bra too (on sale for $14!), and turns out a matching legging set brings me as much joy as a fancy dress does. Who knew?? (You all knew. I know.)  PS from Adrien: She wears this henley over the bra and it's real cute the end.

This Book I Would Make Everyone Read If I Had A Book Club
Something about the fall puts me in the mood for books that are a bit more twisty and thriller-y than my summertime beach reads, you know? Well, if you’re in the mood for a book that combines travel with suspense and is just written SO smartly, you must read Who Is Maud Dixon. After three in a row that featured children in peril and mothers ranging from slightly to very unhinged (Little Secrets, The Push, and Verity if you’re in the market), it was refreshing to read a different kind of thriller. I don’t want to give anything away because the twists are so good, but I couldn’t recommend this more. I really hope someone makes it into a TV show or a movie.

And, two from Adrien:

This Mirror So I Don't Look Like a Mole Person 
One thing I hate about hotels is the lack of any kind of good makeup mirror/lighting situation. I can't tell you how many times I've been half leaning out a window with my compact trying to see to put on eyeliner. So, I started researching lighted travel mirrors and found this one on Amazon. It arrived and it's bigger than I thought - the size of a chunky salad plate - but for a two week trip, I think it's going to be a life-saver. I love that it has a magnified side (the only way I can properly mascara) and it cranks up so you can put it on a surface and not have to lean out of a window. (I'm kidding about that. Sort of.) 

I Did Not Buy The Stupidly Expensive Containers
Do those cute beehive-shaped magnetic containers follow you around the internet too? Don't Google "magnetic toiletry containers" whatever you do. Anyway, whenever I'm going on a big trip I lose my mind and search for THE PERFECT THINGS to streamline my crap and every time I end up just shoving everything I own in my toiletries bag and hoping for the best. This year I bought this set of tiny dropper bottles and they are perfect for serums and stuff you don't use a lot of but don't want to be without. So, if you currently have four different The Ordinary serums you're using, these are for you! I did have to make labels, though. 

That's it for today! If you have any recs for us, please leave a comment. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): J.Crew Friends & Family.

Ah, J.Crew. I can't quite quit you. Right now they're having a Friends & Family sale which is pretty dang good - 40% off plus free shipping for Rewards members with code FRIENDS. (Or 30% off if you don't want to sign up as a rewards member, but it's free, so get that extra 10%!) Here's what I like:

There's just something about a chonky cable-knit sweater! I love this one. 

Denim joggers? I know, I know. But these are seriously CUTE. 

Ugh, why aren't these mine! Clog boots are definitely in my future. 

Not a whiff of sister-wife! This dress is refreshingly sleek nary a puffed sleeve.

Oooh, like lil slabs of the ocean for your ears, right? Just me? Hello?

Okay, I love a practical puffer but this one is also fashion. And the color!

Do you have a red bag yet? WHY NOT. This one is beautifully simple. 

A perfectly cozy sweater blazer for wearing over a Or just any top.

That amazing vintage piece you "borrowed" from your mom and never gave back.

Y'all know I love a crazy print and this winter floral is it. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Outfit of the Day: Ready to Go!

 Hi! I've been dropping a few hints that I have a trip coming up but until last week it felt tenuous and not real. My boyfriend and I had to cancel two international trips scheduled during 2020 and we're finally able to use our credits for a two week trip to Ireland. We loved our last trip to Ireland and I am SO excited to go back. (Or go anywhere, really.) I wrote a bit about the last trip here and I'm glad I have that to remind me of what I should (and should not) bring. Anyway! Here's an outfit that's basically travel-try on:

Does anyone else buy a cream/white top and then never wear it because they're afraid of staining it? Just me? I've been forcing myself to wear my Varley Cleon top which I love but I'm so afraid of wrecking it. It's just clothes! I am absolutely going to take it with me because it's warm and cute. So there. My jeans are new/old Madewell via Poshmark. They're another pair of the cropped Perfect Vintage style because I gave up trying to find something with a mid rise for now. 

Real quick - these Madewell leopard boots are amazing but they're not going to Ireland because they're too impractical. I just thought they looked cute with this outfit, so you get leopard instead of my trusty Blundstones. Kinda wish I had this lugsole pair to take with me! The best of both worlds. 

Ah, this top is so dreamy. I love how oversized and slouchy it is and it's got a very fine ribbed texture that sets it apart from your average fancy sweatshirt. It's just begging for some spaghetti sauce or red wine. My labradorite necklace is Dean Davidson from a few years back. I can't really find much that's similar, but how gorgeous is this necklace? Okay, now to the important stuff:

This is my new (to me) Helly Hansen Long Belfast winter jacket in Ivy Green (which is last year's color and hard to find, I'm sorry!)  It's insulated and waterproof and had a great hood. I totally love it and highly recommend! (Note: Like most HH, it runs small - I'm wearing a large.) I do obviously already have a similar HH coat that I wore to Ireland the last time but, um, it still doesn't quite zip up at the moment. Whatever, this new one is great and check this out- the lining in mine is plum: 

Eee! I don't know why that pleases me, but it does. Just a nice pop of plum when you're not expecting it. I've worn this jacket out a few times in Ireland-like weather (which is very similar to Portland weather) and it's been great. Helly Hansen wins again. I'm also wearing a Barbour scarf that no longer exists in the world but it's a favorite.

I'm pretty sure my Hammitt VIP is the only bag I'll be taking with me - it's the perfect size, not too heavy, and very comfortable to wear. I always take two handbags on trips and only ever use one, so I think this is probably my best choice. (Honestly, if I had my way I'd be bringing a steamer trunk with everything I own but someone has declared this idea "impractical" and "batshit" so I guess I'll stick with a suitcase. Fine. 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Weekend Window Shopping: Quince Favorites!

 Y'all know I love Quince but I don't think I've ever done a roundup of my favorite products (and a few that I haven't bought...yet.) I have loved nearly everything I've purchased from Quince and especially love the free shipping & 365 day free returns policy.  And, as always, if you haven't tried Quince you can use my link for $10 off your first order. (full disclosure: I also get $10 credit.) So, here we go:

The first thing I ever bought from Quince was the crewneck cashmere sweater. It's $50 and so soft! 

I just bought this cashmere ribbed beanie and it's great - lightweight, soft and warm. And under $25! 

This little leather crossbody comes in an array of good colors and I am dying to get one. 

Marianne pointed out this organic cotton chore jacket that's giving her Alex Mill vibes but is under $40.

My absolute favorite fleece lounge joggers ever. I have four pairs and I completely love them. 

I also have and love these earrings.14K gold for a steal! And they're perfect- pretty and minimal.

These performance joggers are also on my to-purchase list. They look like Vuori without the price tag! 

I don't have any of Quince's silk collection yet but this washable silk shirt dress looks like a classic. 

I'm also really into these new leggings because POCKETS. Leggings with pockets are the only way.

Finally, this cashmere sweater just arrived and it's so soft and plushy and the color is perfection.