Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): More TJ Maxx Finds.

Oh yes, I'm still stalking the TJ Maxx site, no shame. You can't search the site by brand name but I have managed to dig out a few good deals to further enable you. First of all, I want to tell you how much it hurts my feelings that they have beautiful Alexander McQueen bags mixed in with the regular stuff all, shrug NBD. It makes me want to weep. But! I also found this excellent MBMJ Ligero bucket bag in the best grey color for $180:

And this completely adorable bright blue zip-around MBMJ wallet for under $80:

There are a few other MBMJ bags on the site but nothing I was super excited about.  Edited to add: here's a blue leather MBMJ tote for $80! (With thanks to the anonymous commenter!)

They also have that really nice Vince Camuto Leila tote I keep yammering on about for under $100 in white: 

And...I also think this Alexis Bittar lucite bracelet is really beautiful and I'm going to go cry now. 

Review: PopSugar Must Have Box, June 2016.

Hey all! I always like to give a head's up when I posted something that's sponsored. Please know I'd never write a sponsored post for an item or service for which I wouldn't spend my own money. 

I really like subscription boxes mostly because I like getting fun stuff in the mail. POPSUGAR Must Have is one I buy from time to time because they have such a nicely chosen mix of items. It's been a while, though so, when POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try I was all, YAY FUN STUFF:

This was a good one! The box included the following:

So, a value of nearly $120 for $39.95 (and there are usually some $5 off codes floating around.) I think my favorite item is the sarong. I didn't have one and this one is super light and pretty. It certainly beats my usual sad old t-shirt for covering up poolside. I also played around with the NCLA nail lacquer which is glittery and 4th of July cute:

If you'd like to check it out, the link is here!  #MustHaveBox 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Adrien: This One Requires Help.

So hey, you know my favorite Ann Taylor leopard print dress? I actually have a second one in a different pattern. I bought both of these back in 2010 and have worn the leopard print version a lot. The ikat? Depsite being the same size it's a tighter fit and I can only get away with it in the summer when I'm exercising a lot and also Spanx:

Despite it's bodycon nature, I do really like this dress. The colors are ridiculous and the ikat pattern does weird magic things. This Maggie London dress has a great ikat print and so does this one by Karen Kane. I also love the casual blue print on this dress (but you know I like a tassel.) Also, melting ikat. Sure. That is a thing.

I wish Ann Taylor still made this particular dress. A washable stretch jersey sheath dress with a fun cowl neckline? That is wardrobe gold. This one by Ralph Lauren is about the closest I could find, design wise, and there's this one in blue.  On to the details:

I'm wearing my old J.Crew locket necklace which has lost a few stones, but I still dig it. Marianne has this one from House of Harlow and this cool Zig Zag Sunburst necklace also "doubles as a locket for versatility." (What does that mean, House of Harlow?) My bracelet is an encrusted version of the Giles and Brother skinny cortina cuff

Shoes and bag! Are you sick of my Chie obsession? They seriously last forever so I just keep wearing them. This pair of Chie Mihara sandals has the cute little buckle thing going on and this pair is probably the closest in overall design.

My pewter bag is an old MBMJ Mag Bag in Fool's Gold. Do you have a metallic bag yet? Surprisingly versatile. I'm not usually a MK fan but this pale gold satchel is beautifully subtle and a really classic shape. For something less structured (and less expensive) check out this Mellow World hobo in metallic champagne.

That's it for today! I am weirdly pleased to realize that everything I'm wearing is something I've had for ages. Sometimes I get it right.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Reader Question: Black Tie Wedding Gown, Part Two.

Part one of this reader question can be found here. In part two I'm going to make some suggestions for how to fancy up the dress she already owns. Because really, unless you find a black-tie-appropriate dress you absolutely love and that can be worn again, it's depressing to spend that kind of money on a one-wear item.

Again, this is the dress she already has:

It's a perfect canvas and would be easy to glam up with some sparkly costume jewelry. One of my favorite places to find affordable costume jewelry is Ann Taylor. They have a  few really cute blingy necklaces right now. This one would be a fun choice since it's a summer wedding:

I also think this bib necklace would be an interesting and not-too-classic choice:

Or go full-glam with something like this one:

Whee! They also have matching earrings which I love because duh, tassel:

Or, go minimal on the earrings and wear this bracelet instead:

My dream fancy jewelry is Lulu Frost but most of what I love is way out of reasonable range, price-wise.  But, ooh, TJ Maxx.  This pair of Lulu Frost earrings  are the right kind of fancy:

And, oh, Alexis Bittar. How pretty would this necklace be with a long flowy black dress:

Or, throw caution to the wind and wear THE HELL out of this crazy BR necklace:

Now all you'd need is a pair of sparkly sandals and a pretty wrap. Can you wear flat sandals to a black tie event? I don't know, but I think this Vince Camuto pair is really pretty:

Or you could go with something like this sandal with a fashiony block heel:

Or, play it a bit more demure with this metallic kitten heel sandal from J.Crew:

Throw on something like this silk chiffon wrap and you're good to go! You only had to buy eleventy million accessories instead of a pricey dress and eleventy million accessories. You win. 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Weekend Window Shopping: Shopbop Sale!

Ooh, this is a good one! Shopbop is giving an extra 25% off sale stuff until midnight (PT) with code 25EXTRA. Add that with 2% cash back from eBates and you've got a pretty nice deal. (I should warn you that I put this together last night because I'm traveling this weekend so my abject apologies if some of my picks have sold out. Still a good sale!) Here's what I like:

Cute Boy Friday: The Next James Bond.

I keep reading articles about who the next James Bond is going to be (since Grumpy McGrumperson Daniel Craig apparently has decided he's over it.) Here are the names I've seen floated along with my very biased opinions:

Damien Lewis - Creeps me out a little. Not my Bond.

James Norton - I think he needs a few more years on him, but one day, yes indeed.

Aidan Turner - Hmm. I’m not sure. I like him, but is he Bond material? He's a maybe (and also might be too young.)

Tom Hardy - Way too rough around the edges. You can’t out badass Daniel Craig, you just can't.

Henry Cavill - Please God no. He’s conventionally attractive but he’s a block of wood as an actor and doesn’t have that devilish air that Bond requires. Newp.

Tom Hiddleston - I couldn’t envision it until recently when I started watching The Night Manager in which he’s doing his best JB impression. He's maybe a little...prim for my taste? At least he can act.

Idris Elba - Uh, duh. Obvs. I mean, come on. He’d blow it out of the freaking water.

PS. This:

Best. Ever. Happy Friday! 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Adrien: Best Laid Plans in Black and White.

So, you know that morning when you wake up extra early so you have time to get your outfit shots just right and of course there's a violent thunderstorm outside making everything dark and the power is flickering and you forgot to put lipstick on and one of your giant lights keeps tipping over and OH MY GOD WHATEVER. Here:

Okay, first of all, I'm mad about the lipstick. I'm also mad I didn't size down in these white LOFT jeans because I really like them and they're falling off me. So annoying, LOFT. They're back up to full price on the site but white straight leg is on sale and so are the Lou & Grey white flares.  I really want this pair by AG but that ain't gonna happen. Ugh. Oh, and despite my general love for Old Navy right now the white Rockstars are a war crime. Trust me. 

That's me praying that the power doesn't go out. I'm wearing a great slub tank from Banana Republic from last year. It's a good, swingy top. This year's version is striped (!) but this slub tee also looks like a nice option. Has anyone tried this Everlane linen muscle tank? It has potential. I also love this Splendid slub crossover-back tank but is too many dollars. 

I am not mad at this necklace though. It's the Beaded Tassel Necklace and it's so cute! The tassels are a little fluffy but I love how sparkly the beads are. So good against dark colors. LOFT has definitely jumped on the tassel trend. This one is a great summery option and this is just straight pretty (and basically free.) My bracelet is so old I don't even remember where I got it but this pavĂ© version is a nice upgrade and how cool is this Geo Cuff bracelet

My old faithful MBMJ Hillier Hobo. I really should replace it one of these days. The newer hobos from MJ are great but the leather is a bit different and I like mine a lot despite it being sad and worn. I'm not going to lie, though, the price on this black New Too Hot To Handle hobo at NR is KILLING ME. Man, that is a good deal. Moving on before I cry:

This is a not-very-good picture of my awesome TOMS strappy wedges in a grey metallic denim. This particular color is long gone but they also come in a metallic suede, cute patterns, and...okay. Get Out And Vote wedges. With removable charms. This is a thing. Huh. Sure. I think my work is done here.