Monday, November 20, 2017

We Discuss: Party Looks and IRL Shopping.

M: I like this:

M: It makes me want velvet tuxedo pants and a Christmas party.

A: Staaaaars! I love it.

A: I want one really pretty blouse I can wear with my coated black jeans and boots and maybe my tuxedo jacket and that will be my holiday party outfit. Only, I cannot find a blouse. Stores are dumb.

M: Try the JCrew one! It sounds perfect for that.

A: You won’t be mad if I order it?

M: Nah. If that doesn’t work I like a lace top for the holidays. Like this:

A: Oh, pretty!

M: I've had good luck with lace tops there in the past.

A: It was such a crowded nightmare in the Loft store last weekend that I don't feel like I actually saw anything.

M: Yeah we have entered into the time when I Do Not Go To Stores.

A: I thought I was still within the safe zone, but nope. I got all snow-blind and panicky.

M: NOPE. And it’s always hot and there’s NO AIR.

A: It was SO hot. The sale racks were JAM PACKED and you couldn't actually see what you were browsing. I finally hit the ground and stomach-crawled out of there.

A: Ooh, check out this one from Anthro:

M: That’s pretty. I might like that one even more (for me)

A: It’s more dollars, but super pretty.

M: I really do have a couple of holiday parties to go to and I LOVE the idea of this over simple black but I feel like we are supposed to hate Zara?

A: Wait, why do we hate Zara*?

M: I can’t remember.

M: And I don’t feel like googling because I’m watching Japanese game shows.

A: That is quality television.

M: I also love this:

M: I hope your turkey is dry as shit, Susan

A: *whispers* Pocahontas was kidnapped...

*This is why.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: Do You Have A Red Bag Yet?

Look, you need a red bag. You really, really do. Nothing is more cheerful or fashionable! Here are eight great options under $200:



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stuff I Like: Listening, Reading, Carrying, Wearing

I'm back with a few more recommendations. Also! We've added a bunch of new stuff to the blog shop so check it out! Buy our stuff! 

This Podcast That Seems Very Us.
Marianne texted me recently all, YOU NEED TO LISTEN TO THIRST AID KIT. So I did and it's basically like our cute boy entries in podcast form. Nichole and Bim have excellent taste in men and it's one of those podcasts where I agree with them out loud like they can hear me, like, "John Cho? Andre Benjamin?? HELL YES PLEASE." Anyway, it's extremely relevant to my interests and I highly recommend.

This Stephen King Book I'm Re-reading. 
I read It when it came out in the 80s and remember really loving it. I saw the recent movie and realized that a) I am too old for horror movies and cannot handle them at all, and b) I really wanted to give it a re-read and see if it held up. It does! It's much better and deeper as a novel and is really all about the characters and their bond. And it's scary as hell. I won't lie. 

This Laptop Cover That Sparks Joy.
I get very annoyed at how ugly office things tend to be so when I needed a new laptop case I was happy to discover that Cynthia Rowley had fixed the glitch. I bought the cosmic black floral neoprene laptop case and it makes me happy over and over again. It's just so fucking cute! Now I want the matching mousepad and the gold stapler and the rest of it. Upgrade your desk! Some of it is available on Amazon, but mostly at Staples.

This Hat That Surprised Me.
I really wish the Box of Style hadn't gone downhill because there are items from past boxes that still surprise and delight me. Last year's box (such a good one) contained a Soia and Kyo beanie that I totally forgot about until it got super cold last weekend. I wore that hat all weekend and it's crazy cute and warm! I am not a hat person! But I like this one! I have the mulberry color but it also came in black and white. You could buy a version that has a cute floof ball ooorrrrr go to eBay and pick up one from last year's box.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Adrien: I Do Not Hate Socks (A Bombas Review)

Marianne hates socks, y'all. She calls them foot prisons. I agreed with her until I found my magic socks. I have magic socks! The magic is: Bombas. This is not really new information, I've written about my love of Bombas quite a lot but I bought some new styles and I have a lot to say, apparently.

All my gym socks are Bombas Ankle because once I started wearing them, I couldn't imagine wearing anything else. I get legit mad when I run out. They are super cushy, they fit really well and, best of all, there is no hard seam over your toes. I hate the seam. Hate it so much. Bombas hand-links the seam so you don't feel it. Magic. Bombas is also awesome because for every pair they sell, they donate a pair to someone in need.

So, initially they were just gym socks but then ankle boots became a thing. I struggled because the best ankle boots/pants look involves a little bit of ankle showing and socks are not part of this look. I discovered by trial and error that the Bombas ankle is actually really great for wearing with ankle boots because the blister tab keeps them from slipping under your heel. I also LOVE the No Shows - I wear them with sneakers and boots and they absolutely stay put.

Anyway! They kept sending me emails about cute new styles and patterns so I gave in and ordered some damn socks (with my own money! This isn't a sponsored post):

I got some of the new styles - the Cushioned No Show, the Knee-High, and the Quarters. I also bought a pair of ankle socks because, um, they come in leopard print now. Look how cute:

(Daniel says stripes are better than spots and leopards aren't all that.)  

I really love my leopard ankle socks! I'm also really happy with the other new socks I bought. The Cushioned No-Show are especially great with my Chelsea boots - they give a little more padding but still stay out of sight. The ankle socks are a little bit high for some of my ankle boots, but they work with taller pairs and also work great as cycling socks because they're snug at the ankle. The knee-highs are amazing with tall boots. They so much more comfortable around the toes (no pointy seam edges!) and they stayed up all day. Yay for good socks.

If you've never tried Bombas here's a little incentive: purchase through my link and get 25% off your first order. Yay! Socks for everyone. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Adrien: Madewell Purchases - Review and Outfit.

As I mentioned last week, I did a little buy-first-ask-questions-later shopping on my recent trip to Chicago. I bought the following outfit:

The top is the Rivet and Thread bell sleeve tee and the jeans are the high-rise slim boyjean. Let's talk about these jeans first. I mean, they're really good. The high rise takes a bit of getting used to but they stay put and hold you in nicely. I've worn them several times since I bought them and I am really into the looser fit - it's just refreshing after years of skinny jeans. (I still love you, skinny jeans, but I need something else in my life!) Here's a better look at the rise:

They're definitely a slouchy boyfriend fit and I did size down because my usual size gaped in the waist. I also tried on the Slim Straight style which fit well but was an odd length on me. I normally would try to link to some other brands with similar styles but I'm such a fan of Madewell denim that it doesn't seem necessary. Madewell denim isn't inexpensive but the fit is so good and they do have sales. My boyfriend jeans are on sale in the Painter Edition and oooh, my favorite coated skinny jeans are back! 

Now, the top. I love it in theory but after looking at the photos I think maybe it's too big and maybe I have enough striped shirts? I don't know. I haven't taken the tags off yet, so I might return it. Also, eagle-eyed reader Tonia pointed out that Madewell has a VERY similar style top on sale right now and I was like, "heeeeeeeyyyy, now." So I may check that one out because dang. Also, this cross-back sweater which I just now noticed. Anyway. On to details:

That small necklace I'm wearing is my little labradorite pendant I talked about last week. It's great and would make lovely gift if you're already on the hunt. There's also a chalcedony version which is awfully pretty. Also! These Chan Luu labradorite earrings look like something I need in my life. My other necklace is BR and it's an old favorite. I recommend this Minkoff spike pendant instead, not because it's terribly similar but because it's cooler than mine. Heh.

Those sleeves! It's a lot but I'm not mad at it. I'm carrying my usual MBMJ Too Hot hobo because it's perfect and I'm wearing my Madewell Lucien boots from last year. Okay, so listen. Madewell is KILLING IT with the boots this year. I love these new chelsea boots and the olive green suede pair is on sale and OMG now there are metallic wingtip chelsea boots and I just fainted. Good bye. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

We Discuss: Elevator Fashions and Overalls.

A: I saw an insane outfit on the hotel elevator. This woman about my age, very groomed, wearing a fur coat, YSL bag, and sneakers with big fur floofs on them. I had to shut my jawwwww.

A: Also! In the airport I saw a girl wearing cut-off denim short-shorts and carrying an Hermรจs Kelly bag.

M: Ughhhh

A: Craziness

M: Was that maybe Rhianna in the elevator.

A: No, it was just your standard middle-aged lady.

A: To my credit I did not pet her.

M: I want sneaker floof.

A: Right?

A: They were something.

A: Boom:

M: Ooooooooooh

A: Flooftastic!

M: ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

A: I don't dig fur but was like, ooOOOOOOOooooOOoohhh FLOOF.

M: I want those dang Spanx Moto leggings.

A: I need to start wearing my starter leggings.

M: BTW, the overalls came and are MASSIVE.

A: Which pair?

M: The first pair. ASOS.

M: This does not do it justice. Enormous:


A: And dude, get them leggings.

M: I am laughing so hard in that picture.

M: Seriously that picture makes them look GOOD.

M: I mean they are just too big but sizing down won’t help how wide the legs are.

A: Haaaaa

M: They are super heavy too.

M: I’m like Lurvy the farmhand.

M: Look at my little feet!




M: Basically me.

A: I keep looking at your feet and laughing.

M: It’s like an optical illusion.

A: I mean, the overalls look too big but not terrible and then your tiny feet.

M: I am laughing again.

A: Dance, little poodle!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: You're Killing Me, Madewell.

My little Madewell shopping trip earlier this week has only fueled the fire. I want MOAR MADEWELL. Like these things here:



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Adrien: Travel Shopping!

I just got back from a conference in Chicago (yay) though my trip was cut short because of bad weather and canceled flights (boo). I had my downtown Chicago shopping all mapped out, you guys! I was literally across the street from Aritzia and never made it in the door. I KNOW. I did, however, manage a quick evening trip to Nordstrom Rack and a lunchtime power-shopping stop into Madewell. Do you want to know what I bought and didn't buy?  I'm going to tell you either way.

Nordstrom Rack: I tried on a pile of things - some Vince, some CofH jeans, some Joie. Everything I picked was either overpriced or there for a reason. I wasn't really surprised and I mostly like NR stores for the bags and accessories. The bag section looked a little picked over but I did really love this Rebecca Minkoff Isobel satchel (which is not available on the NR site):

I didn't buy it because I already have two grey/neutral bags and do not need a third. If it had been available in black or wine or some other interesting color, I would've been REALLY tempted. In the end, all I bought was this Argento Vivo necklace:

It's labradorite! Mine is actually an odd shape, not the oval version. Despite the terrible online photo the stones I saw all had really good fire, so I think it would be safe to order online. The necklace comes in a wooden jewelry box, as pictured, so would make a nice gift.  I've worn it every day since I bought it! Recommend.

Madewell: My Madewell trip was true power-shopping. I was in and out in less than an hour and tried on A LOT of things. Mainly I wanted to try on the the high-rise slim boyjean which I ended up buying:

They are really good, you guys. A non-skinny style that is incredibly flattering. The rise is really high which is refreshing and also looks cute worn with more cropped style tops. I did size down one in this style (and judging by the reviews, everyone else did too) because my usual size was gaping in the waist. I also impulse-purchased this striped Rivet and Thread top because striped:

It's slightly cropped (good with those high waisted jeans) and has a very gentle bell sleeve, which makes the overall look very flirty and French. I am on the fence about keeping it only because that money could be better spent on something I actually need and I do not need another striped top, y'all. But it's cute. So cute. Real cute.

What I didn't buy: those Track Trousers I was all excited about. The combination of the slash pockets and pleats made them weirdly puffy at the top and not flattering at all. Pass. I also tried on the Slim Straight jeans which I really liked, but they were slightly too short on me. I liked how they looked cuffed, but otherwise they hit at a weird spot. I might eventually order the tall version for comparison. Finally, I tried on this Whisper t-shirt because a good cotton long-sleeved tee is hard to find and I really liked it but in the end I chose the striped shirt instead. If it goes on sale, I'll reconsider!

That's it! Travel shopping at it's finest. Heh.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

We Discuss: Tights and the Patriarchy. And Hemsworth.

M: I kind of want overalls? LOVE these from ASOS!

A: For overalls, those are really cute.

M: I think I’m missing my summer jumpsuit rompers.

A: Aw, yeah.

M: And I am maybe turning into Diane Keaton mixed with Sally from When Harry met Sally.

M: And I want to wear sneakers and a big cardigan and overalls on the weekend.

M: I am certain they will be a disaster.

A: I see no problems with this.

M: But like the wide leg pants I have to know.

A: Of course! I think those overalls look pretty cute and I don’t normally think overalls are cute.

A: I am basically dressing like a boy these days.

M: Same

M: A tomboy

A: Yes

M: In a Nora Ephron movie

A: Yes

A: I just cannot deal with winter dresses.

M: Me neither. And tights? Fuck off.

A: FUCK YOU TIGHTS. I just want pants and boots and big-ass sweaters.

M: Patriarchy

A: I wore tall boots with a dress the other day and was mad about it all day.

M: Tights are the patriarchy.

A: They are, yes. But they keep me warm if I wear a stupid dress.

M: Men don’t wear tights and dresses because they know.

A: I just need more pants. I want some trousery pants and I think I’m finally ready for boyfriend jeans. (Are they on their way out?)

M: Haha

M: Nah you do you.

M: Status: read a headline that asked “are ankle boots over?” and said oh fuck off.

A: Aw hell naw

M: Just everyone stop

A: Unrelated: just realized I was not following Idris Elba on IG

M: Ooh me neither



M: Mmmm

A: I'm seeing the new Thor movie on Saturday with my guy. He doesn't get my ulterior motive.

M: Heh

A: Hemsworth. Elba. Goldblum.

M: Hemsworthhhhhh


M: My favorite Hemsworth

A: The best Hemsworth

M: Unh

A: Sing it

Monday, November 6, 2017

Adrien: This Weird Thing Happened.

Hey, I have a good idea. Why not wear all my favorite things in one really confusing outfit! Yes? OKAY:

Wait, this is fine. I am happy with it and it's very much me. I'm wearing the Target jeggings you guys are probably sick of hearing us talk about but I have to tell you - they are really good. The other day I accidentally went to Saks and tried on this pair of cargo skinnies by Joie and you know what? I think the Target moto version are just as good and now I want the Target cargo version. Seriously. (I also tried on this Joie sweater which is awesome but wtf with that price? It's a wool blend!) 

I did the half-tuck thing so you can see the cute zipper detailing. I'm wearing a truly ancient Olive & Oak blouse which is still an easy favorite of mine. This pretty Joie version is very similar (and this one on sale in XS and S) but so up-keepy. If you are a garbage person like me maybe go with a washable synthetic like this surprisingly cute NYDJ blouse or this nicely minimal Ann Taylor option. I also like this little Gap blouse even if it's right on the edge of being to ruffly for me. 

Here's where it gets a little weird. I basically try my new tuxedo jacket on with everything just in case. I don't think it's not working but this might be a bit much with the moto jeggings. Maybe jeans would be better? Eh, I'm still not mad at it. 

 Daniel came by to make sure I had my quota of outfit cat hair. He takes his job seriously. Details:

Nothing super exciting - just an old BR necklace that's quite similar to this Gorjana necklace that's on sale. It's also pretty similar to this Minkoff pendant, the pointy bit, anyway. My bracelet is a modern screw cuff by Bijouone.

 I still love my weird Everlane street ankle boots which are breaking in nicely. Believe it or not, there are similar boots out there and I love the idea of a pull-on sneaker boot but I think the Everlane are a solid option. I'm carrying my black MBMJ hobo because it seemed like the best option today though this Liebeskind Berlin bag is awfully tempting and I love how minimal this black Vince hobo is. One day I'll get a different black bag. Maybe.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: Tuxedo Jackets.

Y'all know I'm obsessed with my tuxedo jacket so I thought I'd find some good options to share, all of them well under $200! (Edited to add: Just found this Rag & Bone tux jacket on TJ Maxx for $99! Size 8 and 10 only.)



Thursday, November 2, 2017

Stuff I Like: Crazy Deals, Travel, Not This Other Thing.

These Amazon Deals 
Update: I removed the sweater link since it's been replaced by a third party seller. Ugh. Sorry!  Here are a few more deals Nina found (though she warns that usually the price jumps up as soon as they sell one in the cheap size, so the shelf life on these is probably pretty short):

Soia and Kyo coat $82.20 in XL in ash gray (ret. $390):
Plenty coat for $86 in XS (ret. $350+)
Ilse Jacobsen anorak for $59 in size 36 in army green (ret. $250+)
Laundry coat $44 in size small (ret. $200ish)

Northern California
I had a great vacation trip last week, which I documented via IG stories (on my personal account) which I'm normally too lazy to bother with. I really appreciated all your excellent recommendations though I didn't get to a lot of them because we only had about a day and a half in SF proper. We did manage Golden Gate Park, Craftsman & Wolves, some good Chinese food, and I stopped by the Everlane lab. We also went to Muir Woods which is wonderful, but thank god we went early.

However, my favorite stop was the Sutro Baths ruins which is amazing. It was a turn-of-the-century bath house/swimming complex that closed and then burned down in the 1960s. Now it's just a crazy, slightly dangerous ruin that you can walk around in! There's a lookout point and a weird tunnel where you can see the waves coming in underneath - the sound was like nothing I'd ever heard. It was so incredibly cool with an edge of tetanus/possible drowning. I loved it. Highly recommend.

And, here's one thing I don't like:

La Croix Key Lime
What a disappointment! I'm really fond of most of the single-note La Croix flavors, with lime and mango being my top two. When I saw the new key lime flavor at Target I basically pushed a complete stranger out of the way to get it (but to be fair he was just standing there blocking the La Croix section for WAY too long when it was clear that I was waiting for him to move. I NEED MY SPARKLING GIRL WATER, SIR.) Anyway, I thought I'd love La Croix's key lime. I mean, key lime pie is delicious. Unfortunately key lime La Croix tastes like cheap lime candy or (per Marianne) lime Jell-O. It's...really not good, y'all, so if you've been tempted to try it I have just saved you a few dollars.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Adrien: Review Updates.

Sometimes I review something before I've fully tested it which isn't really that helpful. I mean, sure, that awesome sweatshirt is great right out of the box but did it leave grey lint all over every single thing I came in contact with? (Yes, yes it fucking did.) So, today I'm going to revisit some of my initial reviews and give you some updates. Hooray.

Davines OI All in One Milk
I first talked about this product back in May. I used up my little travel bottle and didn't repurchase for no real reason. I just kind of forgot about it. I recently saw it again at my salon and bought it on a whim. Why did I quit it? It's just so good and I think it helps keep my hair looking healthy and gives it a bit of protection as well. It also smells crazy good if you like that kind of thing. I'm hoping it'll help keep the static at bay as the weather gets colder.

My Favorite Sweatshirt 
I still love it and have worn it a lot but oh my god the LINT. It's hard to tell from the photo but the cuffs and hem are the reverse side of the material and, while soft like a little kitten, it also sheds like crazy. I left a trail of grey lint alllll through northern California last week and my Zella leggings were completely covered. UGH YOU GUYS. But...I still love it. It's complicated. (I can't link it because it's sold out, which is fine. I can't really recommend, so maybe just buy this one instead.) And, since we're on the subject, I still SUPER love my Gap french terry joggers, which are 40% off right now.

Those Target Jeggings. Too Soon?
Marianne raved about the jeggings here and I immediately bought a pair though I'll admit I was skeptical. It might be too soon to update since it's only been a few weeks but every single time I wear them I'm all, damn. They are really magical. Snug but not uncomfortable, make my legs look really long, and are somehow the perfect length to wear with ankle boots. Plus, they're dang cheap.

Japanese Sunscreens
Remember when I did a roundup of different Japanese sunscreens? Yeah, well, I pretty much only use the Biore Uv Perfect Face Milk Spf50 these days (unless I'm going to be riding outside, then I use the ROHTO Skin Aqua Super Moisture Milk because it's waterproof.) I didn't consciously start ignoring my tried-and-true options but the Biore just works really well under makeup and doesn't smell or feel sunscreeny. It's the best of the bunch so if you haven't tried a Japanese sunscreen, start with this one. It's really great.

RMS Beauty Oil
I bought this a few months ago with Shopspring* credits and I know I've mentioned it a few times but I just want to tell you guys that this is maybe the nicest face oil I've ever used. It's jojoba oil and some other stuff and smells kinda weird but it feels amazing - it sinks in and makes my skin glow and I don't ever get that weird, tight dry skin feeling later in the day. If you're looking for a good facial oil, this is one I can highly recommend. (*You can use my link for $20 off your first purchase of $75+ plus, which would make the RMS oil almost not expensive!)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Adrien: A Worthy Purchase.

As much as we talk about shopping around here, I don't actually purchase/keep a ton of stuff. I tend to obsess, to consider, to order and return. I want my clothes to be perfect but I don't have the budget for perfect. But every now and then I really get it right and this tuxedo jacket is the proof:

I already talked about it in this post but I am happy to report that I've worn it out in the world a few times and I absolutely love it. I love how sleek it is, the slightly oversized fit, and that it can dress up jeans or be worn over a dress and vastly improves both. My jacket was purchased from TJ Maxx (regrettably sold out) but it's still available on the Halston website, final sale. If that's too much of a risk there's also a nice looking version at Talbots and, if you're a size 8/M, this one at The RealReal is well-priced. I also really like this one from Anthropologie and oooh, check out this velvet tuxedo jacket! So great for winter.

I kept everything else really simple with my grey LOFT dress and Spanx tights, which I swear by. Here's my dumb dress: 

It's fine but now LOFT has a few that are way cuter (and seem to have escaped Wacky Sleeve Syndrome) so now I want new, different plain-ass swing dresses. I mean, this one is basically what I have but isn't this one way better? And the color on this one! Autumnal af. And Lou & Grey have a cute one even though the name is awful. I don't know what's wrong with me. Let's check out the details:  

I'm wearing my BR sale necklace that's sold out but this one at Off Fifth is somewhat similar and probably nicer, tbh. My bracelet is Lisa Freede and is sorta like this one but I love this Vita Fede version better. Of course. 

My ankle boots are from Madewell (still some on eBay) but this updated pair is gorgeous. My bag is a vintage LV speedy but listen, don't be like me. You do need a red bag but this one is a much better deal. (Talbots is killing it this fall! Yes, I said that.) I also love this one at TJ Maxx A LOT. Like, a lot a lot. Ugh.