Monday, March 27, 2017

(BUY THIS) Because I Can't: LOFT Spring Sale.

LOFT is having a really good sale right now and I'm taking it personally. Like, they have some nerve putting all this cute stuff on sale when I'm not shopping. Currently they're taking an automatic 40% off select spring items and all sale styles, plus use eBates for 4% cash back! My favorite filigree mixed media top is included in the sale, as is the awesome leopard utility blouse.  Thanks for nothing, LOFT.  Here are some other items that I'm mad about not owning:

This blouse. On-trend blush color? Check. Utility blouse style I love? Check. Cute as hell print? CHECK. Ugh.

https://www.shopstyle.com/action/loadRetailerProductPage?id=628574488&pid=uid9024-1592032-43

Do I need a flippy shirtdress with a bee print? Probably not. Do I want a flippy shirtdress with a bee print? Most definitely.


This Blossom Flutter Dress is not quite my style but I'm crazy about the vintage floral print soooo maybe? 


These crop denim leggings in a light wash are just the thing to wear with your cute print blouse (sadly, her blouse is not on sale):


This fine knit open cardigan is the perfect summer layer and comes in five colors. LE SIGH


Oh, what a surprise, another slouchy striped shirt with drop shoulders. SHUT UP I JUST WANT IT OKAY.


And, here's the shell version of my Tiled Henley top (also on sale) which always gets me compliments. 


There's also some really cute jewelry included in the sale so I'll leave you to it. Don't mind me! Just off to cry quietly in a corner now. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: Sandals at Zappos!

Zappos is one of my favorite places to order shoes because they're shipping is super fast, they have a great return policy and the customer reviews have helped me pick a size more than once. I've definitely been window shopping for sandals this week and apparently I really want metallic sandals. And pom poms. I mean, really, who doesn't. Here's what I've been checking out:

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: