Friday, January 17, 2020

Weekend Window Shopping: Anthropologie IRL.

I stopped by Anthropologie today and basically touched everything in the store. I also tried on a bunch of work-appropriate tops and then bought the Bowie tee. I am hopeless. Here's what I liked:

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Outfit of the Day: See? I Told You.

Okay! I finally have a big ole sweater outfit to show you, as mentioned in Tuesday's post:

This look is definitely right up my alley! The sweater is by French Connection and it's sold out on NR but still available at Off Fifth and also at Lord & Taylor in some really good colors! As I mentioned, it runs big but that's it's charm: 

This is the small! I am embracing it in all it's boxy glory, but it's structured enough that it hangs really nicely and looks deliberately oversized, rather than just too big. 

I'm wearing it with my favorite black Madewell jeans that I wear to work all the time and pretend are black pants. (I am fooling nobody but whatever.) These jeans are super comfy and soft and don't stretch out all crazy. I wear them way too much. I also want this pair of black straight leg jeans that my friend Kate has because they look so cool on her and I'm hoping that will rub off. Very into the slightly cropped straight leg look rn. Details: 

I was trying to show you my earrings, which I mentioned on IG. They're tiny little Bowie lightning bolt threaders by Virginie Millefiori and y'all, they are so pretty. She does the loveliest delicate enamel jewelry and I am especially into this gold Chrysalis Necklace necklace which comes in a bunch of variations. I'm also wearing my big Soko paddle pendant that Marianne gave me a few years back. Still a favorite! It's available in a mini version but sold out in my size. And look:

New things! My bag is a Marc Jacobs Single which I found on Poshmark for a steal. I love that it has a classic Chanel bag feel without being too fancy. If you're not confident about buying secondhand, it's not hard to find a similar style. I love this Minkoff chevron quilted bag and this Cole Haan is really well-priced. And check out this under $30 option at Target

My boots are Seychelles Floodplain booties in leopard and I got them from Anthro (still a few sizes left!) during the crazy post-Christmas sale. (Thanks to Marianne, who sent me a text all, DO I NEED THESE and then, like a jerk, I bought them too.) They're good! I like that they're not calf-hair so they won't get weird bald patches. They aren't Madewell-level boot comfort but they're solid and a LOT of fun. Just like me. Heh. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Adrien: Favorite Style Purchases of 2019.

Every year I do a round-up of favorite purchases from the previous year and I was happy to discover that I didn't buy many duds last year. I am definitely better about planning out my purchases and buying nicer things that really suit me. Almost all of my favorites from 2019 were planned purchases that I researched and bought deliberately. Here are my top favorites from 2019:

Miu Miu Bag
This bag! I stalked it for months. The price went up, the price went down. The price went back up, the price went way down. Holy shit, Barneys, what a ride. I saved my dollars and the next time they dropped the price, I pounced. It was more than I usually spend on a bag but it was WORTH IT. I carry it a lot and it still looks brand new. It's also just so satisfying - the leather is so nice and the hardware is shiny and weighty and it's comfortable to carry. I am a fan. (Review post here.)

Dean Davidson Bamboo Tassel Pendant Necklace
Y'all this is such a great piece of jewelry. It's beautiful, it's fun to play with, it gets me compliments all the time. Unfortunately it's sold out but this one is also very beautiful and definitely will not disappoint. Dean Davidson is expensive but so worth it. (Outfit post here.)

Everlane Cashmere V-Neck
I have three Everlane cashmere v-neck sweaters and I wear them ALL THE TIME. The one I bought this year in loden is the best of the bunch - the color, a grey-olive, goes with everything and it's warm and soft and always looks good. I am a big fan. (My review post is here.)

All The Birkenstocks
I bought two pairs this year: white Arizona sandals and shearling-lined Boston clogs. Both have been great - I wore my white sandals all summer long and the clogs are my cozy around-the-house shoes (as well as my "I'm just going to yoga shoes" and occasionally my, "I'm just going to Target or whatever shoes stop judging me.") My feet love them and I hope the current Birkenstock fashion moment lasts FOREVER.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Meteor
These have been such a fun purchase. Amusingly, I posted several pairs on IG when trying to decide which style to buy and nobody picked the Meteor. And yet? They were the pair IRL that my bestie said was the bomb. I bought them, loved them, and wore them daily. And then! A waitress STOLE THEM when I accidentally left them on her table in a restaurant. I went back five minutes later and she was like, *shrug* "didn't see them." (There was nobody else there.) I was really upset and mostly blamed myself for being careless with my stuff. A week later, my sweet, sweet boyfriend surprised me with a brand new pair because he's the best. What a guy.

Maeve Juno Dresses
These dresses are great in the summer with sandals but also in the winter with tights and boots! I have two and they've been such a fun addition to my closet. They're fun and forgiving and the patterns are so cool. I wear them both all the damn time and the only thing I don't like is that they have to be dry-cleaned. Worth it. (Outfits here and here.)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Review: French Connection Funnel Neck Sweater.

Hi all! My intention had been to post an outfit but it's pouring rain and dark as night outside so that makes for terrible photos. Instead, I'll review a recent purchase and, when the Weather Gods allow, I'll post an actual outfit.

Before Christmas I went to the outlet mall with my friend Nina and found this amazing French Connection sweater at Marshalls:

Y'all, everything about this sweater appealed to me - the mod funnel neck, the forgiving shape, the obnoxious bright red color, the cool texture, the lack of itchy wool. All of it. I found it in a size medium and tried it on. It. Was. Enormous. Like, I know this sweater is meant to be boxy and over-sized but it ate me alive. I eventually decided to was too big and sadly threw it back. (There was no size small to be found.)

I couldn't get it out of my mind so I track it down at Nordstrom Rack  (more sizes here at Off Fifth) and ordered it in a small. It arrived and...It. Was. Enormous. Maybe a little more snug in the sleeve and slightly less volume overall, but still pretty generously sized.

And you know what? I freaking love it and every time I wear it I get compliments. Sometimes you just gotta love a big ole sack sweater and call it fashion. Marianne agrees and recently bought this amazing sweater from AllSaints:

She worried it wasn't super flattering on her (it's cute as hell on her, y'all) and I pointed out that big cozy sweaters aren't meant to flattering, they're meant to keep you warm and to look cool as hell with your skinny jeans and boots. (Wear your big stompy boots to balance things out! I totally do.) It's official "Wear a Sack" season! Embrace it and be comfortable and chic. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Nordstrom Rack Finds.

I love digging through Nordstrom Rack to find the good deals and also to gaze sadly upon things that will never be mine. I mostly stick to the accessories - bags, shoes, jewelry, etc, because they're less likely to disappoint me. Here's what I am checking out:

BlankNYC makes the best faux-suede jackets and this one will be great for spring. 

I've ignored Frye lately but these olive Veronica boots are pulling me back in.

This Gorjana necklace! I mean, it's Labradorite so of course I like it. 

Pink is not usually my thing but I LOVE this bag in hot pink.

True story- I saw someone wearing these with a simple black dress and it was SO chic.

Still looking for my leopard coat! This one is definitely a contender. 

Ooh, this Madewell Transport tote is under $100! I really dig the natural leather. 
(It also comes in a pretty pale lavender.)

Don't we all kinda want red sneakers? I love the metallic stripes on these. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Weekend Window Shopping: What's Up, J.Crew?

I dip in and out of J.Crew. I love some of the more classic-with-a-twist pieces but right now there are a LOT of ruffles going on. (I thought ruffles went away? Why are they back?) Anyway, there's still a lot of cool stuff even in this weird in-between time where we're sick of winter but it's too early for spring. Here's what I like:

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Stuff I Like: Revisting Some Old Favorites.

I feel like I talk about the same stuff over and over again but when I like something enough to use it every day or buy more than once? It's worth talking about. Here are a few things that I feel are worth repeat praise: 

This Ugly Bra I Love.
Y'all know that I am embarrassed to love the True & Co True Body bras as much as I do but they are so good - in no way sexy but perfect for lounging at home or long flights. True & Co just came out with a skinny strap version and I immediately ordered one (I had store credit) because the only thing I don't love about the original is the crazy thick straps you can't adjust. Well, now you can! I will report back after I've received it and given it a test run.  If you haven't tried True & Co you can use my link to get $15 off your first order. (I also get $15 in store credit.) 

This Backpack I Use Daily.
Lo & Sons is having a sale which includes the updated Hanover backpack and y'all, I am SUPER TEMPTED. I am actually thinking about ordering the deluxe size to use as a gym tote (and for travel, obviously) and then I'll have one of each like the creepy hoarder I am. We'll see! I don't know how long the sale is on for but right now is a pretty good time to check out Lo & Sons. 

These Jeans That Are SO Rock 'N Roll.
My very favorite Madewell coated black jeans are on CRAZY sale right now, you guys. Under $60! So many sizes in stock! I don't understand it because they are so excellent and if you don't have a pair please consider it going for it. They're like having black leather jeans without all the fuss of leather. Listen, Joan Jett would want you to buy these. Don't disappoint Joan. 

This Balm Cleanser That Is Unfancy.
After cheating all over the place I am back together with Clinique Take The Day Off balm cleanser because nothing else works quite as well. Plus, a little goes a long way so the container lasts for a while. It doesn't smell fancy and it's not elegant but it will get every last bit of sunscreen and weird Japanese mascara off of your face. Worth its weight in gold.