Friday, December 9, 2016

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts Under $50 for your Bartender.

This is the Weekend Window Shopping post which is doubling as a gift guide this week because it's Friday and it's time to get our drink on. Here's a guide for the bartender in your life with all my picks under $50 (and more than half under $25) because you know how I feel about THAT.  Cheers. 

Cute Boy Friday: The Matthews

M: Have you watched The Wine Show

A: No, I haven’t heard of it

M: Has a bit of the GBBO to it

A: Ooooh, do tell

M: It’s on Hulu


M: Lots of pretty travel stuff

M: Dammit get Hulu

A: Matthew Goode is on the Wine Show? WHAT.

M: Yes!!!


A: I’ll have to get Hulu over the holidays so I can watch it

M: We can watch next time you're here

A: Oh, yes! Even better

M: The Matthews are cute

A: This show is girl porn

M: Totally

A: Climb Goode like a sapling tree

M: Rhys has his appeal too

A: Definitely

M: And drink wine


A: I mean, I love wine and cute boys and watching TV with you

M: It's a venn diagrammatically perfect show

A: It seriously is

A: CuteBoys/Wine/Glamorous Scenery: HappyGoodTimes

M: Win win win

M: They call him Reese-y

A: Adorable

A: If they threw in some cookies or something

M: It's early yet

M: Oh god they are so cute

M: All cheeky

A: *happy sigh*

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Adrien: It's a Process.

Ah, winter. Gone are the days of throwing on a t-shirt and a pair of shorts and calling yourself dressed. Now you have to navigate a process similar to suiting up for a deep-sea dive. I might be slightly exaggerating but some days it feels like that. To start:

I'm wearing my Everlane Slouchy Cashmere V-Neck which now comes in a million colors, half of which I want badly. But, I am also seeing a regular Cashmere V-Neck which is described as "relaxed" and costs less and there's the Cashmere Crew, which is even less than that. What's going on, Everlane? 

With the sweater I'm wearing my Fidelity Sola jeans which might be my favorite purchase this year. They never stretch out and they're the exact right amount of real damn tight. Yep. I'm pretending that Fidelity also doesn't make the grey coated jeans of my dreams because I need to eat, y'all. And! They make a jogger jean that doesn't even make sense but I kind of like them and WHEN WILL THIS TYRANNY END.  Ahem. Moving on:

This outfit was last Saturday so I added my favorite little weekend bag - my Cambridge Satchel Co. twist lock satchel. It doesn't appear to be on sale right now, but this Cambridge pushlock version is the same size and color for quite a bit less. Also! If you want something similar but not so structured, check out the mini sized Madewell Transport crossbody. *heart eye emoji*

I continued my layering with an great leopard scarf because nothing works quite like leopard to un-boring an outfit. Mine is from Ann Taylor but this one at NR is cashmere and really pretty. I also love this more traditional leopard print and ooh, this one at Mango is nearly identical to mine and only $25!

Bitchface for the coat. It's not a pretty jacket but I wear it a lot because it's warm and lightweight. Columbia is a great option if you don't want to shell out for The North Face or Patagonia. This one is basically what I have but I'll admit this one by The North Face is what I wish I had. Wait! This is what I have but there's only one left in the world and it's purple. Heh. Details: 

I'm wearing my beaded pointy necklace from Banana which has a similar cousin over at Macys. I also like this BR Pretty Tough necklace which is not really similar, but kinda? And there's always the Giles & Brother railroad spike pendant (on sale!) My Bijouone screw cuff bracelet is a new purchase and I'm so happy with it. I'll admit upfront that it's a shameless knockoff of Miansai but I've pushed aside my personal shame and I've been wearing it a lot. 

Another view of my Cambridge Satchel Co bag and my Madewell chelsea boots. There are only a few sizes in stock but hopefully they'll restock. In the meantime, J.Crew has a pair, Gap has a pair, and Nordstrom has all the pairs. Yay for boots, right? 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Gift Guide: 10 Beauty Gifts under $50 from Nordstrom

Recently Marianne told me that she pretty much only purchases beauty stuff from Nordstrom these days and I get it. What's not to love? They have free shipping and returns and the holiday stuff is SO GOOD this year. Plus they carry some interesting brands, like Kiehl's and Jo Malone. For this gift guide I upped the limit to $50 (though several of my picks are $25 and under because I like to stay in the realm of reasonable.) Here's what I picked:

Oh, Dior Lip Glow. I have this and I've also given it as a gift. It's stupidly expensive but it's so nice! There's just something about it - just a little bit of luxury and the packaging is really satisfying. Lip Glow is a great gift, especially for people who like a little bit of makeup but not too much. 

I don't really do my nails but I love the whole nail art trend and a little Butter London tool kit in a cute tin? What nail fanatic wouldn't love this? I mean, I kind of want it and I have no business near any kind of nail kit ever. 

I think Clinique was probably most everyone's entry into department store makeup, in part because the products are really wearable and not too expensive. This Chubby Stick set is not going to, like, rock anyone's world, but they're good, wearable colors. Hashtag #safegift

Oh, man. I love Jo Malone so much. So so much. My current favorite is still the wonderful Wood Sage & Sea Salt perfume. It's over $50, however, so instead I'm suggesting the Body & Hand Wash which is pretty luxurious stuff. (Or, if you really want to impress, just spring for the perfume. It's worth it. Nutmeg & Ginger is also awesome. You're welcome.) 

Julep polish is good stuff and the colors ink this set look perfect for winter! Plus, they all come in an adorable festive box. Done and done. You don't even really need to wrap it. (Am I the only one who hates wrapping gifts? Because I truly hate it.) 

Another scent I love is Kiehl's Coriander and this set of Coriander Body Lotion and Liquid Cleanser is a deal. Kiehl's Coriander is great - a gender neutral, herby/soapy, clean scent that I can't get enough of. I'd be super-delighted if someone gave this to me. Like SUPER delighted. 

More Kiehl's! This set includes minis of some of their most popular items in a gorgeous box featuring the artwork of FAILE. (Plus, 100% of net profits from the sale of this product benefits Feeding America® so you can feel all do-goodery about buying this.) Kiehl's is just killing it this holiday with lots of beautifully packaged, inexpensive gift sets. Wouldn't this little duo be a great stocking stuffer or teacher gift?

A few years ago Marianne gave me a small Lorac eyeshadow palette and I was really impressed by how nice it was. I haven't actually tried this one but I love that these colors would work on pretty much anyone and it includes matte and shimmer colors. Plus, a tiny tube of primer! If this is more than you want to spend on your SIL, check out this Lorac rose gold palette which is under $30.

A Beauty Blender sponge is a the kind of thing you can only give to someone who's a makeup fanatic because norms will be all, "Um, thanks for the pink...egg... thing?" It takes a while to figure out how best to use the Beauty Blender, but once you get the hang of it, it's a really good tool. You can use any damn soap you want to clean it but it makes for a nicer gift to give someone the set.

Finally, MAC has some really fun sets out for the holiday and this Nutcracker Suite set is SUCH a good deal - you get four full-size eye products and a cute bag for under $40! All the MAC holiday sets are on sale right now, just FYI. Get to it. 

A complete list of the products I featured:

Dior 'Addict Lip Glow' Color Reviver Balm - 001 Sheer Pink • Christian Dior • $33
Butter London 'Colour Hardware' Nail Art Tool Kit • Butter London • $30
Clinique Chubby Stick Sampler Set - No Color • Clinique • $25
Jo Malone(TM) 'Wood Sage & Sea Salt' Body & Hand Wash • Jo Malone • $40
Kiehl's Since 1851 Classic Scents Coriander Edition Duo • Kiehl's • $45
Kiehl's Since 1851 Faile Collection For A Cause • Kiehl's • $45
Lorac 'Unzipped' Shimmer & Matte Eyeshadow Palette - None • LORAC • $42
Beautyblender Original Makeup Sponge Applicator & Cleanser Duo • $25
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Plum Eye Kit - Plum • M·A·C • $31.88

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gift Guide: 10 Gifts Under $25 from Anthropologie.

Oh yes, it's that time of year when you're slapped in the face with blogger gift guides! Peppermint lattes for everyone! In truth, writing holiday gift guides helps me find gifts for people in my own actual life, so if I must suffer through it, so must you. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. That's why I went for the low gift amount of $25 because unless you reaaaaally like someone, that seems like a reasonable amount to spend on an adult. Let's do this:

When shopping for a gift at Antho I ask myself the old question, "what would I enjoy but wouldn't buy for myself?"  I think a seriously pretty agate bottle opener answers that question. I mean, who would really need such a thing?

But, also, who wouldn't? It's so pretty and frivolous and would fancy up any home bar. 

Next I'm going to recommend a mug, but not just any old mug. I've pretty much given everyone I know one of these awesome monogram mugs so it's time to up the game. With Llamas

RIGHT? If you have someone in your life who wouldn't love a llama mug (or narwhal or unicorn) just don't give that person anything. I mean it. The nice thing about mugs-as-gifts is that you can fill them with candy or mini booze bottles or cookies or whatever. It's a gift that holds a gift. 

Next, a zodiac candle

SNL did a bit on candle gifts last weekend and I get it - giving someone a dusty peach-scented Yankee Candle is really the best way to tell them exactly how much you despise them. BUT, giving someone a fancy zodiac candle in a beautiful container? That says, "I like you enough to remember your birthday." which is pretty special. Just go with it. 

Now, let's talk about hand lotion:

I pretty much never buy super-fancy lotion for myself (okay, occasionally L'Occitane) so I'd be pretty happy if someone gave me some really nice hand lotion, especially if it was rosemary mint in a hipstery apothecary bottle. 

Now, I'm going to make a suggestion that'll only work for someone you know well, because you can't just buy makeup for anyone. This Face Stockholm red lipstick though:

Right? If that isn't the perfect red lipstick, I don't know what is. I also very much enjoy the sleek packaging.  

Since we're being frivolous, I have to point out that every time I'm in Anthro I can't keep my little grubby mitts off these little fur pom keychains

Seriously, they are delightful and I have it on good authority that I'm getting one for Christmas. It didn't hurt that Kate said, "You know, when I was in Paris I saw these everywhere. Everyone had them." ORLY. (Yes, I am that impressionable.) 

Okay, hey. Let's take a break for a minute and talk about you. You know what you need? Guess. I'll wait. Nothing? Hm. Fine, I'll tell you then. YOU NEED A SEQUINED PELICAN ORNAMENT

What? You don't think so? You really think you don't need this? Uhhhhhh:

IT HAS A GLITTER FISH. A GLITTER FISH IN ITS BEAK. YOU NEED THIS. I'm starting to get upset. I'm going to move on. 

I haven't fallen prey to the adult coloring book thing (yet) but I totally get how it's fun and relaxing and I'd be pretty delighted if someone gave me the fashiony Vogue coloring book:

Related, I'd also be ridiculously happy if someone gave me this gloriously fun set of colored pencils:

It's a like the fancy adult version of school supplies but even better because HOW PRETTY. Also pretty, basically anything by the Rifle Paper Co who incidentally makes my favorite iPhone case. They also make adorable desk calendars which would make a fantastic gift: 

This one is for the traveler in your life and there's also an Alice in Wonderland version that's under $25! Rifle also makes gorgeous gift wrap and holiday cards. Just saying. I'm going to stop now and take a nap. Good luck with your shopping! Get yourself a sequin pelican!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Can't Stop Won't Stop.

M: many pairs of sequined joggers have YOU looked at since we last talked?

A: Um. Four. Maybe five. Okay, six.

M: I have no fewer than five tabs open right now. However these just came up in my search, and SOLD.

A: Wow. I like that they give you helpful wearing options:

For Yoga, Maternity, Casual, For Summer or Autumn, Hammer Time, Beach, Street Dance, day-to-day relaxation,you can wear it around the house and travel.

A: I might have edited it slightly.

M: I seem to have been led astray.

M: Also I'm getting ads for yoga AND rave wear now, so.

A: That is a bargain and I think you need to focus.

M: Help.

A: Girl, NO. But these tho:

M: Those are baggier than I want. I think I want more of a sequin pant? Legging? Something to wear with a big cozy gin sweater.

your gin is waiting

A: I'm sorry, did you not start this conversation with Hammer pants?

M: I'm easily distracted. Ooh:

M: Oooh.


A: I found these and I love them but they're too many dollars:

A: This pair is for or when you want to wear sequins, but also blend in:

M: Yes those are very subtle.

A: I mean, CAMO SEQUINS. Duh.

M: Well I've gone and done it. I ordered the Nasty Gal leggings because they have a high waist and will actually be long enough and I'll wear them to all three holiday parties I'm invited to. And work. And pre-lounge. Done.

A: Yay! Please to post on Instagram because I'm bumming everyone out with my puffer coat. I have completely failed.

M: I can't say this is my MOST practical purchase.

A: Uh, pre-lounge? Work? Party wear? Practical doesn't even begin to describe them.

M: I really do need some pre-lounge pants. And apres-lounge.

A: I'm suddenly feeling bleak and sequinless.

M: I'm sorry for your loss.

A: *sigh*

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekend Window Shopping: Puffer Coats. It's Time.

I know, you guys. Winter is upon us and it's time for me to admit that my puffer jacket is what I end up reaching for the most. It's not cute but it's lightweight, warm and comfortable. That said, utilitarian doesn't have to be ugly, right? There are some really decent styles out there (check out Kim France's picks!) so if we MUST wear coats, at least they can be relatively cute right? (Just, go with it. Don't fight it.)