Thursday, March 22, 2018

Adrien: I Guess I'm a Backpack Person.

Yep, still sweater weather. I am SO TIRED of my winter clothes and I'm ready for some short sleeves but I do like that I can still wear my boots a little bit longer. Here's what I got going on:

 My giant camo sweater is Sofia Cashmere and I got it on Amazon super-cheap. It's no longer super cheap and, while it's a nice enough sweater, I would never pay those kind of prices for it! For other options, I dig this bell sleeve version and this one looks cozy and the price is great. And really, let's just go for something like this that we can wear a few weeks from now. Sweater are dumb.

I'm wearing my giant-ass sweater with my beloved Mossimo moto jeggings that Marianne thinks is perfectly appropriate for work and I argue are basically Jeans for Teenz. (I still wear them to work. They're awesome.) If Target isn't your thing, this pair by Abbeline looks really cute and Gap has a legging version that I'm curious about. We're just going to pretend I didn't accidentally click on this amazing pair by Isabel Marant. HEAVY SIGH. Details:

I included my glowy-ass face (thanks, RMS Beauty) so you could see my new earrings but they're still hard to see. They're Luna Norte and are probably most similar to this style. Check yer TJ Maxx! They had all kinds of cute stuff. My short necklace is a labradorite pendant by Argento Vivo and I'd say this one is pretty similar but, ugh, how pretty is this one? And this one on Etsy also looks really pretty. My long pendant is from Madewell and is probably most similar to this current style

This is the backpack I just talked about in my shopping post on Tuesday. Marianne loves a backpack (and I'll admit I've long wanted a Minkoff Julian) but I wasn't sure it was something that would work for me. For $39 on clearance, though, I was willing to give it a shot. And you guys, I love it. It's so nice to be able to go hands-free! And this particular style has a slip pocket in the back that fits my phone perfectly so I have easy access. If you're curious, go to TJ Maxx and see if you can find one. 

Hi, weird boots! These are my Everlane Street Ankle boots and they get more comfortable each time I wear them. They aren't my easy, everyday boots but they're special and always fun to wear. Something about that white sole just gets me. There really isn't much that's similar, so I am not even going to try. Everlane does make a shoe version of this style so that might be something I consider for the future. We see. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): It's Springtime, Dammit.

It's the first full day of spring and I don't want to get bitter about it, but it's snowing here and I'm not happy. That doesn't mean we can't start planning though, right? I dug up some good springtime deals so we can at least start thinking about warm weather things. 

First up, Madewell is giving 25% off select springy things with code HISUNSHINE (plus 1% cash back with eBates). Thank you, Madewell. You really get me. I mean, how cute is this:

I can think of a bunch of ways I'd wear that top but I really love it with the shorts she has on. Ugh. Shorts, I miss you. I also think this top is super cute with the star print:

I can't really pull off wearing yellow but I love how unapologetically cheerful it is. And oooh, a few bits of RMS makeup are included in the sale:

I just recently bought the RMS Living Luminizer (so good) and I'd love to try the lip2cheek color too. Finally, I'd very much like to own these delightful orange slingbacks:

Wouldn't these look great with a pair of cropped jeans and a simple striped tee? I think so too. 

Old Navy is basically always on sale (plus 2% cash back with eBates) but today only they're offering 50% off all shoes. I thought these  silver d'orsay flats were seriously cute:

In other silver shoes news, Marianne bought this pair from Target and they are SO good but not actually on sale, sorry. I also liked these lavender sneakers which surprised me:

Who even am I? However, this Old Navy dark floral sundress looks like exactly my thing and I'm totally not surprised to like it: 

Finally, Gap is also having quite a good sale! Up to 50% off almost everything plus an extra 20% off with code GOBIG (plus 2% cash back with eBates). I mean, y'all know I like a striped shirt and they got plenty:

I love the ballet-back on this one, especially. I also love these mid-rise distressed girlfriend jeans:. 

Now all I need is those orange slingbacks, right? And look, I'm not a monster. I might bitch about ruffles and off-the-shoulder disease but even I think this dress is perfectly adorable:  

Deep sigh. Once more unto the winter breach, dear friends. Spring is coming. Any day now.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Knoxville Shopping: It Was Fun and Now I'm Sad.

Oh, y'all. I went to visit Marianne this past weekend and it was SO MUCH FUN and now I'm home and it's raining ice and it's going to SNOW tomorrow and I am VERY SAD. 


I mean, this pretty much sums up the weekend:

And this:

Of course we did some shopping because when do we ever not? We went to, um, three different TJ Maxx Stores and also Target AND Anthro and it was glorious. Wanna know what we bought? I'm going to tell you:

Marianne loves her Julian backpack but it's starting to get a bit worn so when she found this Aimee Kestenberg backpack for $39(!) in the clearance section she immediately claimed it:

Such a bargain considering it's still on the brand's site for full price! I liked it a lot but didn't want to be a copycat. (I can't find it on the TJ Maxx site but there were several in each store we went to.) I tried on a bunch of clothing and bought a couple of inexpensive short sleeved tops by Pleione. I can't find the exact one online but it was a cross between this one and this one. I got it in bright cobalt blue and in emerald green for $16.99 each. They're simple and flowy and have nice details. Perfect.

We also bought candles after sniffing pretty much all of them. It's weird how we both went from hating scented candles to being obsessed with them. I also bought a pair of Luna Norte earrings which, spoiler, I can't find online. THIS IS SO HELPFUL. Then we went to another TJ Maxx and I found this:

Yes! The same backpack in blush pink leather. You're probably thinking, "that really looks like Marianne's color" and you'd be right. I bought it and we traded because of course we did. This backpack is really nice quality and the perfect size for everyday. For $39 it is a STEAL. Go find one!

We moved on to Target because Marianne had these earrings on from the SUGARFIX by BaubleBar line:

I wanted to explore the other options because they are SO CUTE on her. I bought this pair:

I don't know if they work with my haircut though, so we'll see. I also contemplated this labradorite necklace but I didn't buy it because you can't get everything:

Marianne also got another pair of these earrings since she lost one from her last pair and loves them:

I think I mentioned we went to Anthropologie too but we didn't find a thing we couldn't live without. The end!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Weekend Window Shopping: Stuff I Fondled at Anthropologie

I spent a happy lunch break at Anthropologie the other day and put my grubby paws on as much stuff as possible. I didn't try on much clothing (because leather jacket) but I did check out:



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Stuff I Like: Comfort Edition

I haven't done a "stuff I like" post this month so I thought I'd talk about stuff I like that's comfortable or comforting because I am a sad, itchy nightmare right now. It's looks like spring outside but it's been super cold and windy so I'm still in hibernation mode and trying to be moisturized and comfortable despite the circumstances. (Have I mentioned I hate winter?)

This Luxurious Oil I Can't Live Without
I've talked about Skin & Bones Luxurious Moisturizer on the blog before but I thought it was worth mentioning again because I recently bought a new bottle. It's expensive but it's totally worth the money and a little goes a long way.  It's very comforting and my skin absolutely loves it. Plus, the scent is amazing - mysterious and warm and a bit spicy. I don't even know how to describe it but I love it. Oh, and it comes in a cool dark violet bottle! Such good packaging.

This Comfy Bra Thing From Target
I am so itchy, y'all! Winter sucks. I do regularly exfoliate with these Korean mitt things which helps but mostly I just want all my clothes to feel good. I recently went to Target to look for a lounge-y bralette that I could wear mostly around the house but also out to run errands. I bought this one from Gilligan & O'Malley and it's so good! It's nearly seamless and has built-in pads so it feels substantial. Super comfortable and looks decent under clothes.

This Show That Makes Me Feel Old In A Good Way
Who's watching Everything Sucks? It's (almost) great in same way Freaks & Geeks was great though definitely less edgy. It takes place in the mid-90s so the soundtrack is happily nostalgic and the world was still smartphone-free. I'm enjoying it a lot more than I expected to and highly recommend.

This Game That Doesn't Stress Me Out
I am not a big fan of game apps but I do occasionally enjoy some Candy Crush. However, I recently downloaded I Love Hue and it's so pretty and soothing and not at all stressful. You just match up colors to make the pattern complete.

This Candle That I Haven't Bought Yet
Every time I go to Blue Mercury I sniff their collection of Lafco candles and SWEAR that I will buy one the next time I have a windfall. They're really expensive but the scents are evocative and room-themed, which I love. Also, they come in beautiful blown glass containers. I am particularly enamored with French Lilac/Pool House and Mint Tisane/Meditation Room. Just the thing for filling your giant mansion full of delicious, rich people fragrance. *weeping*

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Adrien: Stuff You Forgot You Bought.

I'm in a weird place with jeans right now. I decided to be brave and try to make boyfriend jeans my new thing and bought a pair of Madewell slim boyjeans that I (mostly) really loved. Then I wore them to work all day and OMG eleven inches of rise is TOO MUCH RISE. So I sold that pair and bought these: 

These are Banana Republic "girlfriend" jeans and they're super comfortable with a reasonable mid-rise. I bought them and then completely forgot all about them which doesn't bode well. They're cute ...but they're not Madewell denim. The wash isn't quite as cool. Something about them just isn't quite perfect. I'm still definitely thinking about that mid-rise pair of Madewell boyjeans at Nordstrom Rack. Loft also has a cute pair on sale but that's just complicating things. Speaking of Loft, I'm wearing my jeans with my favorite Loft utility blouse which, I am going to be honest, I mostly wear like this:

Awww yeah. Untucked af. I do really love both my Loft utility blouses but they're starting to get stained and look a little sad. I checked to see what's new in utility blouses and I am definitely into this  blue print and I think this one looks like a Liberty print. They also have a couple of solid colors with a wide cuff and this petite peacock print is damn cute. 

Here's an old friend - my J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket. I still really like this jacket though it doesn't get as much use as it used to. It now comes in an uncoated version which looks really comfortable and aw, damn. The striped whale shirt is back! I still want that. I know it's not a jacket. Details:

This is a pretty lame closeup because I'm not wearing much jewelry, just my little labradorite pendant. Mine is sold out but this one by Shashi looks really pretty and oooh, check out this one by Mad Jewels! I also love this one on Etsy.

I'm so boring - look at me with a different version of the same MBMJ bag I always carry. This one is "cement" and it's my perfect neutral. This little MJ crossbody (and it's big sister) are the same color and so is this one! It's a great "goes with everything" color. My Chelsea boots are Cole Haan Landsman which I got at Costco and they've been great. Next fall I'll find a fancier pair but for now these are doing the job just fine. 

That's all for today! If you have a boyfriend jean style you love, do tell. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

We Discuss: Beauty-Related Disillusionment.

A: I’m gonna return that By Terry foundation

M: Oh really?

A: It’s nice enough but for $66 it should change my life.

A: It doesn't stay put and I’m SUPER SHINY by noon

M: Ah yes return

M: Everyone has me paranoid that I look like shit in my CC cream

A: I think I’m just used to my Smashbox foundation that does not budge

M: 😬

M: You’d tell me right

A: It just didn’t work for me. You always look great!

M: No I know but if you and other people have trouble with it I worry

A: I just couldn’t get it to set. I think my face is probably rejecting all attempts at betterment.

M: Hahaha

M: I definitely look more polished in the Smashbox foundation

A: Like, you know how people use Glow Tonic or Vitamin C serum or retinol and RAVE about how instantly amazing and glowy they look? Not me.

M: Me neither

A: P50 PIGM made my skin worse

M: Only thing making me glow is a filter

A: I am SO good about double cleansing and moisturizing and sunscreen and acids and vitamin C serum and all that shit and I still look kind of blotchy and spotty.

M: Sameeee

A: Also! All my makeup just vanishes.

A: Like, where do it go?

M: I wonder that

M: Do I absorb it

M: How

A: Maybe. Yes.

A: The other night at dinner I was sitting next to a friend of mine who wears nothing - not even mascara. Her skin is flawless

M: Ugh fuck her

M: I don’t understand how that works


A: I am 100% positive she probably washes her face with bar soap

M: And uses nothing no serums nothing

A: Oh, she is not a serum kinda lady

M: This is why I think most of this stuff is actually bullshit and it’s all genes

M: I mean acne stuff yes, that’s transforming

A: That is so depressing

M: I know I’m sorry


STOP CRYING YOU GUYS. I am having a bad skin month and I'm mad at some of my products. P50 is not for me so I should probably just go back to Good Genes and my PTR Peel Pads, both of which seem okay. I am happy enough with my rose hip oil from The Ordinary but I don't think much else is working. What works for you? What product gave you actual, noticeable improvement?