Thursday, March 23, 2017

Stuff I Like: Fancy Candles + Reading/Watching/Listening



Liking
I think I mentioned recently that I had an Anthro gift card burning a hole in my pocket. I should have saved it for spring or used it to re-purchase my favorite Sunday Riley moisturizer but instead I used it to buy something that's a definitely a non-essential luxury: fancy candles.

I am really picky about scented things, so candle shopping for me is a ridiculous process of sniffing and over-thinking and sniffing and walking away and sniffing and wincing and sniffing and ugh. It's just a damn candle, Adrien.

Mostly, I like Anthropologie candles because they're SO PRETTY. They're not just candles, they're nice objects as well. I ended up buy this one by Candlefish because it brought me joy. It smells really good but it's very subtle when lit and doesn't make your whole room smell like Anthro. I also bought this one for the kitchen because it smells just exactly like basil:


I do sometimes like a candle that will make your entire room smell nice and for that I have this one by Voluspa:


it's got three wicks so you can go full candle or just a little bit candle as needed. Mostly I just really like the hygge aspect of lighting a few candles when I settle down in the evening. If I don't feel like dealing with the real thing this LED pillar from Target is comfortingly candle-like without the risk of burning down the building. Yay.


Watching
You GUYS. So much excitement because the third season of Grace & Frankie comes out this Friday on Netflix! I am a huge fan of this show (which I'm pretty sure I've talked about before) and I've rewatched the first two seasons to prepare. I love the dynamic between Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda and Tomlin's wardrobe is amazing and deserves it's own credit. My favorite character, however, is Brianna because she's so unapologetically mean and it makes me laugh and laugh. (YES.)



Reading
This is probably really lame but I've finally gotten around to reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. So far I'm really enjoying it! I have a weakness for books set in WWII England and I like a story told via correspondence so this has been a fun read. It does have a lot of characters to keep track of but mostly that doesn’t matter because it's easy to follow and the main character is a likeable smartass.

If books set in WWII England/London is your thing too, I can also recommend: The Land Girls by Angela Huth, Life After Life and A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson, and Shake Down the Stars by Frances Donnelly.


(I know someone is going to pipe up about Connie Willis and her two volume insanity Blackout/All Clear but I beg of you, please don't. I used to love Connie Willis but this book stressed me out so badly and I’m still mad about it. Can someone please get her an editor? Because she is a good writer but two full volumes of people running around trying to get back to modern day was unnecessary. I love time travel and I love WWII England but damn. EDIT.)



Listening
Another podcast recommendation for you guys! The Penguin Podcast is so great, you guys. They're interviews with writers and in the earlier ones the interviewer is Richard E. Grant who I adore. I highly recommend the Kate Atkinson episode and Neil Gaiman is always a good time. Oh! And definitely listen to the Emma Kennedy episode too. Hilarious.

That's it for this week! Please let me know if you have a recommendation to add. I love hearing from you guys.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Return of Tiny Monk Hands



M: I need you to find me some good eye cream options because I keep looking at this and need to be stopped:



A: If you buy that Goop crap I will be really mad at you. You read the interview about luring out parasites with milk, right? You definitely have a parasite and they love milk!

M: FIND ME SOMETHING BETTER. I HATE HER BUT HER UNDER EYES LOOK PRETTY GOOD OKAY.

A: THAT IS GENETICS HAVE YOU SEEN HER MOTHER.

M: I wonder what eye cream Blythe Danner uses...

A: OMG. I mean, I use some crap from Target because I get all overwhelmed by choice.

M: ...

A: Fine. This one has peat in it and the word "miracle." Miracle dirt! For your eyes!

A: Also! Your monk creme has an eye version but it's so stupidly expensive that I'm mad at it.


M: I finished the monk creme and my skin hates me and I hate everything including monks maybe most of all.

A: Now I'm afraid to recommend anything because I don't want your skin to hate me.

M: My eyessssssssss heeeeeellllllllllppppppp meeeeeeee Gooooooooooppppppp

A: Shit, the bossy British lady loves it.

M: OH WELL.

A: BUT, I question lemon juice as the second ingredient. What even.

M: Now I'm looking at this.

M: But now this oh help.



A: I would always try the less expensive option first, but the Tata Harper stuff looks really nice.

M: What I will do is continue to just smear my non-monk inferior face moisturizer under my eyes and lament how they look like a crone's.

A: Hey, that's what I do. I think a better use of your funds would be to hire a tiny-handed monk to pat-pat-pat it under your eyes.

M: Pat pat go the monk hands.

A: 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Adrien: In-Between Weather.

It's neither cold nor hot. Damp but not really raining. It's spring but only sort of and I can't even tell you how much I hate all my winter clothes right now. This little Aritzia dress is kind of perfect for in-between, though. It's a dress...ish, but requires the coverage of leggings:


And let's be clear - what I'm wearing might be called a dress, but it's a tunic. It's the Aritzia Babaton Bennett which was recommended to me by long time reader Ally. I got mine on eBay (there are quite a few right now) and I'm always keeping an eye out for another. A silk shirtdress is a nice thing to have! Equipment has one (love the snakeskin version) and Everlane has a striped version which looks kind of...something. For a non-silk option I love this one at Lou & Grey and this sleeveless version from Gap has the prettiest print and it comes in a solid coral color too.


It's not at all apparent in the photos but I'm wearing my Spanx faux leather leggings. I like that they have a bit of shine to them but I'm limited on how to wear them. Definitely not pants. Apparently they now come in an antique rose color which I don't hate? I can't even begin to imagine what I'd wear those with. What is wrong with me? Moving on: 


OH YEAH. Threw on a giant cardigan and ruined everything immediately. This isn't just any shapeless cardigan, it's my Eileen Fisher open cardigan in midnight. I love it despite how sack-like it appears. It's basically this one which is a really great price! (It runs big, so that XS is really a S/M.) There are more similar EF cardigans on sale here and also here. It's just a nice thing to have and mine often lives on my desk chair just in case. Details:


I'm wearing my big chunky DylanLex necklace I got in my winter Box of Style which is super fun and so different from my usual thing. This DylanLex choker is pretty similar but you don't have to spend all that! This gorgeous chunker over at Banana Republic is so similar! I dig it. My bracelet is ancient and I would recommend something much more current - like this Minkoff version. Ooh.


My bag is a Marc by Marc Jacobs Too Hot To Hold Hobo and Gilt has it in very pretty peach right now! It's a great bag. My boots are, of course, the Madewell Lucien and they're on clearance. My review is here if you need more info. (Hint: just buy them already.)

Monday, March 20, 2017

BUY THIS (Because I Can't): Spring Is Killing Me.

It is basically my life that I decided not to buy things at almost exactly the same time I discovered Spring. I think it shows enormous restraint that I have NOT BOUGHT ANYTHING from this website yet, despite a million reasons to do so: free shipping/returns, 6% cashback with eBates, and code SPRING10 for 10% off first time orders. Also, if you go through my referral link you'll get $20 off your first Spring purchase of $75 or more!

It took a bit of research to figure it out but Spring works as a middleman, so all orders ship directly from the retailer. This is great if you want a single item from Everlane but don't want to pay shipping. Just buy it through Spring! I KNOW. (I promise they're not paying me to write this stuff- I just really like a good deal with my online shopping. I'm still mad I missed the triple eBates weekend. I can't even talk about it.) Anyway, I created a Spring wishlist for that day when I can shop again and here's what I really like:



I've been talking about replacing my leopard flats for ages and this pair by Shoes of Prey fulfill my leopard flat checklist in nearly every way. HEART EYE EMOJI.



This crazy Alice + Olivia dress is deeply on sale and rull crazy. I can't stop looking at it. 



Hi there boatneck striped shirt from Everlane. You are my kryptonite. Stop haunting me. 



Oh, just my favorite perfume of all time that I'm nearly out of. And other Jo Malone things I might want. 



WHY ARE YOU IN MY BRAIN, GREY MARC JACOBS BAG. STOP BEING ON SALE. 



I keep meaning to try this RMS luminizer but I'm not sure it's worth the price. But it might be?


Bombas is on Spring! I love the Invisibles no-show liners which are magic and actually stay put. 


This skiiiiirrrrrt. I only have two skirts and neither are denim a-line. Is amazing. Sigh.

Tempting,  right? Here's the info again so you don't have to scroll up to the top: Free shipping and (mostly) free returns, 6% cashback with eBates, and code SPRING10 for 10% off first time orders. Also, if you go through my referral link you'll get $20 off your first Spring purchase of $75 or more!

There are also special deals and discounts today on items marked with a tulip emoji as well because it's the first day of spring and... oh. Just got that.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: TJ Maxx Finds!


TJ Maxx has some good new stuff in and is offering free shipping today! Among the good new stuff is a fresh crop of MBMJ bags including the New Q Natasha CrossbodyNew Q Mini Natasha and the New Q Percy, as well as some cosmetic bags and a cute double strap watch. I also have my eye on these things:



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Stuff I Like: Bkr Bottle + Reading/Watching/Listening



Liking
Okay, look. I know. I am about to sing the praises of an over-priced water bottle, but hear me out. The most recent Box of Style included a 500 ml size Bkr bottle and I was not very excited about it until I started using it. It's a glass bottle covered with a silicone sleeve and has a looped plastic cap. That's it. Only, it's somehow perfect. It feels good to hold, the opening is very small so water doesn't sploosh out when you drink too fast, and you guys? Drinking out of glass is just better. Even though I roll my eyes REAL HARD at the description of this fancy water bottle as a "beauty accessory" that's "made of soda-lime glass" as if that's some kind of fancy artisanal product and not just REGULAR OLD GLASS, still! I love it and I'm definitely drinking more water because of it.

The Bkr that came in the box is a very on-trend fleshy-blush color. Marianne loves the color but I don't know that it's very me. I am already plotting my next bottle and how cute is this one with the little silver stars? I also love the more intense colors like this purple version and oooh, green. Not so sure about the spiked version.

Bkr bottles come in three sizes and I think the "little" (500 ml) is a perfect everyday size though of course I want all three. Shut up. I also just realized my Box of Style came with a $10 off coupon for Bkr that I'm pretty sure I threw away. Womp.



Watching
So, remember how I said last week that the SRSLY podcast introduces me to shows I'd never have found otherwise? One of those is a funny little comedy called The Detectorists. Both seasons are available on Netflix and it is very, very easy to binge. It stars Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones as a couple of nerdy friends who metal detect in the English countryside as a hobby. It's just a sweet, funny show full of likeable oddball characters. Highly recommend.



Reading
I often read two books at once, especially if one of the books is very heavy. My current fluff read is Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Yep, I am totally one of those people who likes modern books influenced by Jane Austen, but only if it's done well. (I mean, Bridget Jones Diary? That is a great book.)

Eligible is your perfect beach read- it's entertaining but doesn't insult your intelligence. If you enjoyed The Royal We, you will probably enjoy Eligible. If you want something a bit more literary, I highly suggest Longbourn by Jo Baker. Longbourn is the downstairs servants retelling of Pride and Prejudice though really, Longbourn is just the setting for a totally separate story. It's really, really good.



Listening
If you don't lean left this one might not be for you, but it's definitely for me. I've been listening to Pod Save America, a political podcast hosted by a bunch of former Obama and Clinton speechwriters and spokesmen who do a great job of explaining what's happening with the Trump presidency and how things are Definitely Not Normal. It's very entertaining and I feel more informed from listening to it. My only complaint is that it's a little... dude-heavy. They do often have women as guests (the episode with Katie Couric was very good) and there's also With Friends Like These, a new podcast under the same umbrella hosted by Ana Marie Cox. It's all about exploring the uncomfortable conversations around politics and I've been enjoying it quite a bit.

That's it for this week! Thanks to everyone who chimed in last week with support for this new feature and also for sharing your dreamy Colson Whitehead stories. Eeeeee.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Knees are the Window To The Soul: A Convo In Three Acts.



M: Good morning.


A: Are those knee…windows?

M: Yup

A: Why

M: Denim is really on a journey right now.

A: Is it going somewhere terrible, like Terra Haute?

M: Some kind of hellmouth situation.

A: Well, maybe in the hellmouth your knees need a little window.

A: I’m not sure why I’m defending them.

M: Explain yourself.

A: Well, see, this pair?



A: THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE AMERICAN DOLLARS.

A: PLEASE DO NOT MISS THE BACK VIEW.

M: Those are startlingly close to the jeans I'm wearing today

M: No lie.

A: Marianne. They have an 11” rise and shadow pockets.

M: Just saying, they are not that far off:


A: See, those are cute. The $325 pair are trend salad - mom jeans AND two tone AND shadow pockets AND a mullet cut AND light wash.  I don’t know anymore.

M: Agree.

A: Can we agree on this pair?

M: Good grief.

A: Definitely a cry for help.

Act Two

M:  Sorry, was just distracted by these $500...shorts.


A: What the actual fuck.

A: I have a lot of questions.

1. Is there a crotch
2. How do they shorts

M: This is an overlay on shredded shorts. According to the description.

A: NO THANK YOU MUD FLAPS.


Act Three

A: The window jeans are on Katy Perry's IG stories.



M: They are following me across the Internet.

A: Also, a reader just sent us the window jeans link. (Thanks, Amy!)

M: THIS IS NOW THE ELEVENTH TIME THESE HAVE BEEN SENT TO ME NOT TO MENTION THEY ARE NOW IN ALL OF MY FACEBOOK ADS STOP IT STOP

A: YOU STARTED IT.

M: I HAVE REGRETS.

A: KNEE WINDOWS ARE OUR FUTURE.

A: THE WINDOWS TO OUR SOULS.

A: ...hello?