Friday, November 29, 2013

Weekend Window Shopping: We'd rather shop at home.

If you love Black Friday shopping, more power to you. We'd rather shop from our couch in front of the fire, though. Here are a few things to keep you cozy while you prepare for those Cyber Monday sales. Bonus: they would all make good gifts in and of themselves.

First, perfect ribbed cashmere knee socks are the kind of thing you didn't even know was missing in your life:



I can't explain it, but I'm dying for a huge, cozy faux fur blanket this winter:



I buy a pair of these perfect flannel pajamas every winter. They are under $50, come in the cutest patterns, and you can buy them in tall lengths!



If you must go out, wrap yourself up in the perfect cozy-but-chic sweater. This one is a dead ringer for this much more expensive version, on sale for $60! Ugh, I WANT IT.



We're all about fancy bags here, but I'll be damned if this satchel isn't charming me with its gold accents, and it's under $90 to boot:



Pair your sweater and satchel with the easiest black eyeliner ever and a flawless red lip and no one will know that you basically just rolled out of bed.





Lastly, these boots are the marriage of form and function (and under $160!)--sleek on the outside, furry on the inside.



Happy shopping! If you score any amazing deals, tell us in the comments!

Black Friday Pants Buster.

M: In honor of Black Friday, I present Hot Men Shopping.



A: 


A: 


M:


A: HE IS BUYING SOMETHING FOR MEEEEEEE

M: HE IS HE REALLY IS!

A: 


M: Ewan just bought me a matching leather jacket. Twinsies!

A: Aww, he is so thoughtful.

M: 


A: Unf.

M: I don't think he's shopping but I really don't care.

A: Hey girl.



M: He's coming to make me dinner, isn't he? ISN'T HE?

A: Yes. He's making roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon.

A: Naked.

M: Ouch!

A: Well, maybe not.

M: I'm not sure why he's buying so much bread but hi Taye Diggs.


A: Ryan asked him to bring bread for dinner and he is over-compensating to impress us?

M: He knows the way to my heart is through gluten.

A: Look who's making dessert!




M: This is everything. I can't.

A: Happy Thanksgiving Friday, y'all.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

(Holiday) Weekend Window Shopping: I Want A New Bag.

I'm starting to get that "I want a new bag" itch which is a bad feeling, you guys. Especially when it happens right before the holidays. The one I really want is this McQueen tote:


But it's never gonna happen. This MBMJ Francesca tote is also great and a bit more realistic:


But still not going to happen unless it gets marked down a LOT. So then I start trolling various sites and consider other cobalt blue bags. Just to keep an eye on them. Totally harmless! Some might call it stalking, I call it research.







What's The Secret Word?

source: Trendycrew.com


A: It's Fashion Week so I put on all my fashion things! All! Of! Them!

M: All I can think about is Zuul. That shirt is like the clothing equivalent of Zuul. Also I have a fever.

A: If you look into it and say BLOODY MARY 10 times it will crack and you will die.

M: Well that's unpleasant.

A: I'm pretty sure she's wrapped a jacket around her panties and called it a skirt.

M: Don't say panties, Adrien.

A: PAHNTIES.

M: You're impossible.

A: PANNIES.

M: SIGH.

A: Sorry. I'll stop. (panty.)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Buy This: Ann Taylor Statement Bracelet.

A few years ago I ran into a friend at a holiday party who was wearing a very simple black outfit and this bracelet from Ann Taylor:




OH MY GOD, you guys. I couldn't take my eyes off it. It's super sparkly and just the right amount over-the-top. The rest of her outfit was understated because this bracelet was all she needed to look festive and elegant. I don't think they sell it in-store anymore but look, here it is on the website! And, code ANNFLASH will get you 40% off, plus 2.5% back using eBates. (That's my referral link.)

Marianne: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12- Hour Foundation Review

So! In my last post, I mentioned that I am using a new foundation that is so amazing, it makes my skin look airbrushed. Like so:

Now, lest you think my skin has improved or something, let me assure you it has not. My chin is a broken out wasteland and my skin in general is blotchy from lack of sleep and general winter ennui. What? Skin ennui is a thing.



And so, even though I am still a big fan of the Smashbox Studio Skin 15-hour foundation, I decided to give Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 hour full-coverage foundation (that's a mouthful) a go. And y'all, it's amazing, full stop. Two things of note--it's thick. Like...THICK. A little bit goes a long way. And you must, MUST apply it with a foundation brush to get that buffed, airbrushed, flawless coverage. You don't need an expensive brush, I use this $8 one and it's fantastic. But you have to use a brush. I wear the Fair-Light Honey shade, btw.

It's cracking me up that in a couple of months I've gone from tinted moisturizer to foundation to full-coverage foundation, but what are you going to do? What do y'all use? Anyone else made the plunge to full coverage foundation? And do you use a brush to apply it? Spill.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Weekend Window Shopping: Proper Thanksgiving Attire.

Looking cute while still being able to eat that third slice of pie is an art form. This year, skip the crowds at the grocery store and buy yourself some eatin' pants instead. Here are a few helpful suggestions:

This pair of skinny ponte pants is comfy as leggings and you can unbutton them if things get dire.


These pants are a really good deal and are basically fancy sweat pants:


"Grandma, it's not a sweatshirt, it's CASHMERE."


This top floats away from the body, meaning pie. More pie.


Beautiful faux fur slippers are a stylish alternative to traditional shoes. No, really. Trust us.


Finally, nothing says, "I'm totally not wearing a blanket. Shut up." like a soft red wrap sweater... thingy:


We Won't Shut Up About Sleepy Hollow.

A: Why is he crying?


M: Maybe he is cold.

A: Rheumy eyes. Boner killer.

M: This is...not attractive. Next, please!

A: More Mison?


M: He's very sparkly.

A: Hey, at least he's not crying.

M: Oh, sparkly is a good thing. He's adorable. Orlando Jones, too. And the new guy.

A: New guy? I haven't gotten to the new guy yet.

M: Morales. I think he replaced the very dead Harold.


A: Oh, that guy! Yeah, no

M: He is not really my type but nice looking!

A: You've got me so obsessed with this show. Mostly it's about Mison for me, though.

M: Oh he is by far the best. By far! Also I think Lt. Mills must be about 4'11". She comes up to his shoulder and always wears MEGA heels.

A: Well, it doesn't help that he's 6'1". But yeah. Tall drink of Mison:


M: Her knees hit him mid-shin. Tiny!

A: She's badass though. I love that show. See? I listen to you.

M: I am really so pleased! I knew you would love it. Now if you would just watch Friday Night Lights.

A: One day. Lets not get too crazy.

M: TEXAS FOREVER.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Buy This (Reader Deal!): Clarisonic Mia.

One of our awesome readers alerted us to this great deal on a Clarisonic Mia:

clarisonic at ShopStyle


Go to skinstore.com and use coupon code CHEER20 for 20% off. Go through eBates (her referral link) first for a whopping 10% back!  Allyson wrote,  "Just bought a Mia 2 for $120 and free shipping, with $12 coming back to me."

Go!

Marianne: Broken Promises.

Last winter I swore (SWORE!) I was not going to wear this sweater any more. This ratty, pilled, PERFECT COMFORTABLE sweater. Yet, here we are. And so, the hunt for the perfect grey tunic sweater is on. I like this LOFT one but it's maybe not long enough to wear with leggings, and I love me some leggings (sorry not sorry). This Halogen number is a contender and the price is right. And I REALLY like this one but at $200 it ain't happening. Sigh. Maybe this one from Madewell? I love that deep v-neck.


Ratty sweater paired with Zara leather sleeve jacket and leggings that I ruined by wearing them while pregnant. I just ordered some new ones, review to come! Oh yeah, and boots, because that's how we do.
And hello, adorable necklace! Like Adrien, I was gifted this necklace by sweet reader Mima at InfinEight.I layered it with a triangle necklace from GroopDealz (of course I did), and it's just the kind of necklace you end up wearing every day. Mima was kind enough to extend free shipping to all of our readers with the code LOOKSGOOD if you'd like to get yourself something from her shop!

Ooh, this picture reminds me that I need to tell you about my new foundation, because it makes me look airbrushed. Next time!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Buy This (So We Don't Have To): Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote

More great bag deals at Neiman Marcus Last Call! Please take advantage because it's killing me not to. This Foley + Corinna Mid-City Tote Bag in Clementine is just the thing:

Loooook at meeeeee.
Nice, right? And, it's 55% off the retail price, which means it's A STEAL. A COMPLETELY ADORABLE STEAL. So cute! That color! And, don't forget to go through eBates for 2.5% back. (That's my referral link.)

Also making me slightly insane is this Botkier Keyhole Satchel, but it's not anywhere near the same bargain. Yet. One day.

Ugh, so cute.

Goopy Gift Guide.

A: Did you see the Goop Annual Gift Guide? I mean, I hate! And yet... I think Herm├Ęs playing cards would be a very lovely gift for someone to give to me.

M: I am trying to muster up the snark BUT I WANT ALL THAT STUFFFF.

A: ME TOO. It went like, "This is RIDICULOUS....LY CUTE."

M: I WANT MONOGRAMMED SILK PAJAMAS YES I DO.

A: I WANT A $500 BLINKY "A" LIGHT. I DID NOT EVEN KNOW THAT WAS A THING.

M: This is just so ridiculous and I covet it with my whole heart. DAMN YOU GOOPER.



A: Ugh, and how cute is this:



A: I mean, without Gooper's initials on it of course.

M: I WAS JUST ABOUT TO SEND YOU THAT LET'S GET TWO.

A: I'M GOING TO BUY ONE FOR THE HOUSEKEEPER TOO.

M: EVERYONE! WHY ARE WE YELLING?!

A: IT'S FUN. I WANT A DODOCASE FOR MY IPAD. AND ALSO AN IPAD FOR MY DODOCASE.

M: I MEAN WHY THE EFF NOT

A: I do not want a hand-cranked espresso machine because that sounds like work.

M: No I'd rather someone else do my cranking. That sounds dirty.

A: I actually like the dumb stuff too, like the porcelain face candle.

M: I don't really need a football though.

A: I absolutely do not need Anthropologie animal heads.

M: See, we aren't greedy.

A: No no no! We just want the things we actually need.  Like tippy cognac glasses.

M: And cobalt blue sunglasses. They are protective!


A: And monogrammed table linens because...wait. I got no place for that.

M: Well, it's fancy.

A: I think it's too fancy for me.

M: You're too fancy for it!

A: F'ing Goop.