Monday, January 23, 2017

Micro Wardrobe Challenge: Update.

So, based on this entry from last week I rashly volunteered myself to do this challenge. It didn't seem like it would be that hard to pick nine or ten items of clothing to wear for two weeks. But, um, it is. It is hard. I actually feel bad for making fun of culotte girl because this shit is hard, especially if you don't have a fairly traditional wardrobe and you've committed to showing everyone on the internet your clever outfits.

The rules (as per the article): 

1. Choose a selection of items and wear only those for the next two weeks. (She chose nine but the original concept includes ten items. I'm doing ten because who cares.) 
2. Mix and match them however I like and wear them with whatever accessories or shoes I wanted.

3. Seasonal necessities (like winter coats) and special-occasion wear (like a dress you'd wear to a wedding) wouldn't count toward the core mix. (WHAT ABOUT CARDIGANS. HALP.) 

I put my cardigan panic aside and started out strong: 

Madewell black coated skinny jeans

Then I hit a wall. I have gaping holes in my closet that I've been ignoring for way too long. Like, I only own three skirts, one of which hasn't fit me in a while and the other two are pretty specific looks - pencil skirts in bright red and leopard print. Cute but not terribly versatile. The leopard print might make the cut though. It's cute and I haven't worn it in a while. 

Also not very versatile are my dresses. I don't have a skinny strap dress that can be layered in a cute way, instead I have (mostly) print dresses that can be worn as what they are. Maybe I'm not being creative enough? I thought maybe a solid wrap dress would be a good addition but it's not like I can mix and match with that. Man, why is this so hard? 

Other things I don't own: dress pants, culottes, a job where I can wear a sheer blouse like, nbd. WHY IS THIS SO HARD. 

So, on the "maybe" list: 

- black or purple wrap dress

black boatneck top (instead of the black silk blouse?) 

a striped tee? Or maybe this one

*And seriously, what about cardigans? I mostly wear them for warmth, not really for style, but I feel like it would be cheating to not count them. And can I really get away with one? And I've only include one dress. Do I need two dresses? What about a little jacket? Why are my clothes so boring? Why am I trying to fit skirts in when I don't really wear them much to begin with? Can I just wear a dusty gin sack and call it done?

To conclude, I thought I'd be starting this challenge today but I am woefully unprepared. I'm going to take some time to figure things out and I'll report back with the final list. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: The Outfit That Would Fit My Mood.

I think the title is pretty self-explanatory. See y'all tomorrow at the Women's March?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Adrien: Casual To A Fault.

Quick update to yesterday's post: I will definitely be doing a two-week micro wardrobe challenge thing! I'll post an update about it on Monday with my chosen wardrobe which will not include culottes.

Hey, look! It's another super lazy casual outfit. I wore this last Saturday for brunch and a movie:

My sweater is an Everlane cashmere v-neck which has been a really solid purchase. Everlane cashmere is good quality and now they have a crewneck version that's right at $100! I'm also wearing my favorite jeans - Fidelity Sola in Coronado wash. My cost-per-wear on these has been so good that I'm dying for another pair of Fidelity! This straight leg pair looks like a good deal and I love this worn-in cuffed pair. If Fidelity isn't in your budget I should point out that the lighter shades of the Old Navy Rockstar "Built-In Scupt" look pretty dang similar. 

I added a scarf for a bit of color and warmth and I think it helps make this outfit less boring. Mine is from Gap (I think?) but this one is way pretty and yaaaay for blue leopard print. Oh! And how cute is this feather print scarf? Under $20 too! On to details:

I kept it pretty simple with a Giles & Brother hook pendant which isn't available anymore but I do also love this G&B spike pendant and ooh, this is cute too! I'm also wearing my Lisa Freede bracelet which isn't online but this one by Vince Camuto is pretty similar and so is this one by Kenneth Jay Lane.

Hey look, my new Nike Junvenate trainers! I've worn them a few times and I totally love them. I'm also wearing a pair of black Bombas Invisibles (in the correct size this time) and they're completely invisible. The Juvenate is the perfect lightweight casual sneaker with a retro look. They come in a bunch of colors and textures - I really like this fleecy grey version but the dark olive green? Those are the best.

That's it! I promise the next one will be a bit more interesting. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): J.Crew Clearance Bargains!

J.Crew has a pretty decent sale going on but it ends tonight! 50% off select styles and an extra 40% off final sale styles with code GOSHOP. Use eBates for a downright insulting 1.5% cashback. Sizing is very limited and I'm not a big fan of final sale, but still. I mean, if you’re a fan of Liberty print and a size 4, could you please buy this blouse? It's so pretty! And this red leather iPhone case would make a nice little gift.

Mainly I just want to point out that the Downtown Field Jacket (which I have and love) is available in a canvas color that would be very perfect for spring:

With the sale code it rings in at $71.99. That's good deal! And look, I know this jacket is really popular but it's popular because it's good. (Also, the black one is even cheaper but it's nearly sold out.) I also think this little nugget is worth a look:

The Mini Rider Bag in leopard calfskin rings in at $89.99 after the code which is a lot better than paying retail. (Don't pay retail, y'all.) Finally, there isn't much final sale jewelry but I do think these earrings are awfully pretty:

They come in at $17.99 after the code! That isn't much money for so much fancy and I want you to be fancy because I care. Happy shopping! 

Micro Wardrobe Challenge?

A text convo I had with my friend Kate recently:

K: I am down with the concept of the capsule wardrobe and all, but I think this girl might be kind of an a-hole.

A: Her outfits make me want to punch her in the face.

K: Right? I totaled it up and it is about $2000 worth of clothes, before we ever get to accessories.

A: Oh holy shit. I do like her silver boots. And her little mop dog.

K: Yes, but maybe with different clothes? The whole thing makes me feel like I just do not get "fashion" anymore.

A: Yeah, no. Her outfits are weird. Here she's wearing that dress as a skirt. Where are the straps?

K: Maybe bunched up under the blouse? Who knows?

A: Is bullshit.

K: Total bullshit :)

A: I do like the concept though.

K: Me too. I basically wear the same couple of things all the time anyway, this would just give me an excuse for it. Like - "no, I'm not just wearing the same dirty jeans that I was wearing yesterday, this is my capsule wardrobe.”


K: Yes - totally legitimate, someone gave a TED talk about it.

A: That means it's a real thing, for sure. I should do this as a blog challenge. It would be hilarious.

K: You totally should.


Question for the readers: Is anyone interested in the travesty that would be my two week micro wardrobe challenge?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: I Bought Nike Juvenate Sneakers.

My style has changed a lot we started this blog. I mean, my life has changed a lot and there's this thing that happens where you start really trying to make your outside reflect how you're feeling inside. My life changed so my style changed with it. One thing I've noticed in the last year or so is that I wear heels a lot less. I move fast and I need to not be held back so I gravitate towards shoes that please me aesthetically but can also keep up.

All this is to say that I started wearing sneakers as a style choice and man, I really like it. I used to be the girl who'd NEVER wear sneakers except to the gym but when people like Kim France is all, check out my awesome new Nikes, I pay attention. My Nike Internationalists were my gateway but I wanted something a bit sleeker. When wandering around the newly revamped Need Supply (which is kind of intimidating) last month I saw these:

Holy shit. They didn't have my size so I started search for them online and found a great post-Christmas deal at Macys. Done! Ordered. That deal is gone but luckily I found another one because I'm good that way. The the best deal online is at Finish Line (you have to put them in your cart to get the discount and then use SAVE20NOW for an extra 20% off, plus 3% cashback with eBates) but if you want them in the dreamy olive color you have to pay full price because fashion. Now, my actual review:

These are not gym sneakers, these are life sneakers. I love the way they look! The retro sleek black/white colorway is really appealing. I lightened up the picture so you can see that they're basically mesh over some kind of magic foam which makes them super lightweight and they pack flat, so they'd be great for travel. They feel like floaty slippers and are great to wear. I have no idea how they'll hold up but time will tell. 

They they have a sock liner so easy to wear without socks but I prefer them worn with my Bombas Invisibles because of one little detail: The pull tab on the back rubs my heel. It's a weird detail that I can't believe nobody else has complained about in reviews of this shoe but it's really the only small complaint I have. I'll post an outfit including my new Nikes later this week! 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid.

The things I do for you people. Show of hands, who's done a foot peel? I'd first heard about it when Baby Foot started getting really popular and the stories and reviews were fascinating and horrifying. So, obviously I had to try it for blog science. Baby Foot is the original and it's also kind of expensive but I read somewhere that the TONYMOLY Shiny Foot version was quite effective and it's waaaaay cheaper if you buy it on Amazon so that's what I did.

The package arrived a few weeks ago and it contains two plastic double-layer booties, two disturbing bags of liquid and a sample of foot cream. I decided it had to happen immediately so I followed the directions which involve putting on the booties (make sure to open both layers) and pouring the liquid in them. This step is COLD AND UNPLEASANTLY SQUISHY. I taped up the booties with the provided tabs and put socks over the whole thing so I could walk around. Then I sat on my ass for two hours while it brewed my feet. 

I rinsed as directed and used the foot cream and then I waited. For days. DAYS AND DAYS. The package claims the peeling will start in 4-6 days. This is a total lie. On day seven I was real mad because my feet looked exactly the same. Finally, on day nine I noticed some peeling action! Lizard feet! I'm now on day thirteen and things are REALLY GROSS Y'ALL. I am shedding skin like a lizard and I have to wear socks all the time. It's fascinating and gross and kind of wonderful? I don't know. I'm pretty into it. I've been soaking and gently exfoliating to move things along but trying not to mess with my feet too much. 

I'm hoping at the end of this I'll have baby unicorn feet because that's the goal, right? Anyway, I highly recommend TONYMOLY Shiny Foot Super Peeling Liquid if you want to have a fun yet horrifying foot experience. And if anyone has tried the Baby Foot version, please let me know if it's superior!