Friday, May 31, 2013

Serious and Important Chat Convo. Not Really.

A: I'm finally watching Magic Mike and OMGGGGGGG.

M: Ha! I still haven't seen it.

A: That guy you love from Game of Thrones is in it. AND HE IS THE BEST PART.

M: Ooooh, nice. He's married to Lisa Bonet!

A: WHAT. Srsly?

M: Yes.

A: She gets all the hot dudes. Unfair.

M: She must be something else in the sack.

A: She better be or I'm gonna be mad.

M: Mojo vaginer.

A: I'm enjoying this movie more than I thought I would.

M: I'll put it in my queue.

A: Like, unironically.

M: Har.

A: I still think Channing Tatum is weird looking.

M: He's not fully formed. But a good dancer.

A: Matthew McC wears leather pants a lot.

M: I like THAT.

A: He is the best.

M: Indeed.

A: Wait! Not the Game of Thrones guy, I meant True Blood guy.

I'm the one on the right.
M: Oooh, he is also very good. But not married to Lisa Bonet.

A: Joe Whatshisface.

M: Mangiawhatnot

A: He's SO good.

M: He is delicious.

A: They keep putting him in the back row because he's 6'5" which is awesome and also bullshit. FRONT OF STAGE.

What the crap, right?

M: Lets make a new stripper movie all about HIM.


M: I would climb him like a tree.

A: He's a redwood.

M: Unh.

A: Yars.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Adrien: It's That Time. Swimsuits. Oh my God.

The apartment complex I moved into last fall has a swimming pool, which is so great. So great! And it opened this past weekend and...hey. Oh my God. I might actually have to buy another swimsuit because I will be wearing it more than my usual twice this summer.

Trying on swimsuits is right up there with trying on bras and cycling shorts - it's the quickest way to crush my ego into a little ball of weepy sadness. I know! It's especially bad if you accidentally try on cheap swimsuits meant for teenagers, not actual adult person shapes. The wooooorst. But, now is the time and there are a lot of cute options at a bunch of different price points. We'll start with bikinis because that's usually how I do.  Like this Mossimo bandeau top/bottom:

I love this print and I also love the adjustability of ties on the bottom. If you hate they way bikini bottoms cut in, look for ties on the side. Much more flattering.

I also like this Converse One Star bikini in theory but I'm not sure I'm sold on the string top. It just seems like an accident waiting to happen:

Such a great print though! Very Liberty of London.

This Mossimo halter top bikini seems like a perfectly reasonable bikini offering coverage without being too mumsy:

Boden always does well with swimwear meant for adult bodies. Some of them are a leetle bit too cover-y, but I love this ruched bikini top:

It comes in some fun prints too. This one is also adorable (and again with the paisley!):

And this one seems like a comfortable option but these boyshorts must be hella unflattering if this is the photo they chose:


This J. Crew bikini is basically perfect except for the price:

PRET-À-SURF® for J. Crew bikini 

Please note: Each PIECE is $150. That's a $300 bikini, you guys. You know what costs less than that? Getting bailed out of jail for skinny dipping.

Now, one piece suits. This J. Crew underwire tank is super cute :

I do love some stripes, especially on swimwear and this has some underwire support which I appreciate.

This Marc by Marc Jacobs Hayley maillot suit is the cutest thing EVER, though it's definitely more than I'd like to spend and I'm guessing the side cut-outs would make me look like a busted can of biscuits:

You can't go wrong with a super-classic black maillot suit. I mean, really:

Painfully expensive but very, very glamorous Veronica Brett maillot:

And HEY. Did you know that Natori made swimwear? I didn't and now I do and now I want this balconnet maillot:

So, those are my picks. It is way more fun to post swimsuits on the blog than it is to actually try them on in a cramped, badly lit dressing room. What do you like? Any suggestions?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Marianne: My New Favorite Drugstore Mascara

If you've been paying any attention at all, you know I love mascara. Especially drugstore mascaras, because I have sensitive eyes and replace my mascara often, so I'm honestly not about to spend more than $10 on it. Being a mascara addict makes me a sucker for new products, so when I saw the newest offering from L'Oreal, their Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara, I had to try it. Come on. SHOCKING EXTENSIONS? Let's do this.

Right away I can tell you that if you found my old favorite, L'Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lash, difficult to apply, you'll like this product a lot more. In fact, I found this to be most like a combination of the False Fiber Lash and CoverGirl's Clump Crusher, a mascara I love for the ease of application but find lacking in the drama department (Adrien and I reviewed them both here). My only complaint about applying the Shocking Extensions mascara is the wand is a little bit long and a tad floppy, I prefer a shorter, firmer brush like the Clump Crusher. But enough of that, let's look at a photo, shall we?

Left, no mascara; Right, mascara (duh)

Well, that's a kind of horrifying picture, but anyway. It's hard to take selfies of your eyeballs. I love that you get a lot of length from this mascara, without it clumping up. It stays put well and stays nice and black with no fading throughout the day, and it removes easily with my favorite eye makeup remover. Overall I'm really pleased and it's definitely my new favorite mascara.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Adrien: There's a Lot Going On Here.

This is such a great dress and it makes me feel good every time I wear it, which isn't often enough. I was really happy that my new blue bag coordinated with it so well and then I assed it all up with my (super! Awesome!) eBay-purchased Chie Mihara wedges. They are SO HIGH, you guys. I love them though. Love love love. I might feel differently after I fall in them (and I will) but for now it's a happy relationship. Even if they don't quite work with the dress. Too bad. Don't care.

Pretttttty shoooooes.

Sooooo highhhhh.

dress: Issa London (similar patterned dress) (another great Issa dress)
sandals: Chie Mihara (similar gorgeous red wedges)
bag: Marcy by Marc Jacobs (another cute bright blue tote)
necklace: Forever21 Spiked Crescent Necklace

Friday, May 24, 2013

Fancy a Swim?

A: Long weekend coming up and the pool's open. Want to go swimming?


A: Victorian who in the what now?

M: I am not exactly in bikini shape.

A: I don't know, this guy looks pretty fit:

M: Looking pretty smug in your KNITTED swimsuit, dude.

A: Um:

M: I'm sorry I even brought this up. Can we go back to Mr. Red Trunks up there? He needs my help adjusting things.

A: THE LEGS ON THOSE MEN. I can't get over it!

M: They work out.

A: Yes. And Mr. Red Trunks clearly does too. And he needs help. Marianne, HELP HIM.





Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fail = Still Funny.


A: I wonder what it's like to have skinny jeans fit you like that? And also what it's like to have a Marc Jacobs bag named after you? And does she cry real tears or just glitter?

M: I don't think she cries. Like, ever.

A: I would cry if someone did that to my hair.

M: I apparently cannot think of anything else to say right now.

A: Do I need to find someone more offensive?

M: I don't know, I just can't think of anything else to say about her.

A: We can try tomorrow if you want. Assuming you're not, like, in labor.

M: Okay. I don't know what's wrong with me.

A: You're fired.



Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Marianne: My (Fake) Clarisonic and Me.

Remember when I accidentally bought a fake Naked 2 Palette? Those were good times. I have since replaced it with the real deal (which I genuinely love and wear Every. Day.), but the fallout from my accidental fake shopping spree didn't end there. Before realizing that Sharing Spree was selling fakes, I also bought a half off Clarisonic Mia from them (that link is to the real deal, on sale for $30 off at Macy's).

Now, this was a good fake. Unlike the Naked 2 Palette, there was no reason for me to think it wasn't real, other than not trusting the seller. So I did the only thing you need to do to verify that your Mia is real: I called Clarisonic to register it. And lo and behold, it was fakety fake fake. Sharing Spree gave me my money back and then declared bankruptcy before I could return the fake Clarisonic to what to do?

Well, after letting it sit on my counter for a month, I have started using it. I wash with Cerave Hydrating Cleanser every night and then use the fake Clarisonic, following up with Cerave moisturizer. And my skin is loving it. Acne scars are fading, fine lines are getting a little bit finer, and my pores are smaller. It makes me feel like I wasn't really getting all of my makeup off before. I love it enough that when this fake Mia breaks (which I have heard from friends it will before it's even time to swap out the head), I'll replace it with the real deal (probably from that very link to Ulta, because that's a good price).

So, there's a not very helpful review of a fake product, but at least I know now that I would most likely love a real Clarisonic and I'm not out any money. And unlike using fake makeup (which could be made of god knows what and really hurt you), I don't think this can damage my skin in any way. Do you have a Clarisonic? What do you think?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

It's Not a Rut, It's Giving Up.

M: I mean how many pairs of animal print accent flat sandals does one person need? Sigh.

Sam Edelman Gigi

A: Well, those are pretty damn cute.

M: I have some kind of flat t-strap sandal problem?

A: I wish the Dolce Vita pair we both have was more comfortable.

M: They don't hurt me like they do you, but they definitely aren't my most comfortable sandals, by a long shot. I really need to replace my plain gold Ann Taylor sandals that you sent me. I've worn those to death.

A: Oh, my pair of AT sandals are pretty raggedy. I keep wearing them.

M: Me too. I can't quit them.

M: I'm kind of annoyed that I didn't buy that Gap pintucked dress I linked to, because it is now of course sold out.

A: I clicked on it right when you posted about it and it was sold out then too. Stupid Gap.

M: It does come in a different fabric that I would ruin instantly:

Gap Pintuck Dress

A: Cute! I would put that on and immediately spill coffee on it.

M: But man, I just want to swan around in that all summer with the baby.

A: Or! I'd decide to have marinara sauce for lunch.

M: The baby would poop on it or something terrible.

A: Ew. Or I'd be all, "YAY. Cherries are in season! Oh."

M: I am half considering buying it and dyeing it after I stain the fuck out of it.

A: That's not a bad idea, actually. Except for the dyeing part which I'd never actually do.

M: Oh for fuck's sake, I went to add it to my bag and the last one sold out. WhatEVER.

A: Store search?

M: Not available in stores. Ugh. I have birthday money to spend.

A: I ordered a couple of sale dresses from the Gap last week that I'm pretty sure I'll end up returning:

Gap printed shift dress

Gap Harbor jersey half-sleeve dress
A: I don't like anything.

M: I keep thinking I should go ahead and get a couple of things for after the baby comes but ugh. Shopping is a drag right now. But it will be worse then, so. Screwed.

A: Oh, you have my sympathy. I don't even know. Mainly what I'd like is a couple of cute summer tops that aren't t-shirts. Or dry-clean only.

M: Well those don't exist.

A: They really don't. I SWEAR TO GOD.

M: I believe you! Clothes are stupid and I quit.

A: Just out of spite, I bought a couple more of those Old Navy vintage tees that I like. THAT IS PLENTY DRESSY I GUESS.

M: Heh.