Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PSA: These LOFT Pants Are A Revelation.

M: I literally just panic shopped a new wardrobe for Texas. It's going to be so hot.

A: It hard to dress for humidity!

M: These Loft pants are surprisingly great btw:

A: Oh, so cute! I need to hit up Loft soon.

M: They are as comfy as pajamas and not jeans. I have too many jeans.

A: I don't have any pants that aren't tight. I might order them.

M: I have it in my head that tight is more flattering but I think I might be wrong.

M: Oh and I got these Anthro shorts for $20 to wear with an oversized linen t-shirt.

A: Anthro is dead to me. Ordered a pretty silk dress and they send me droopy pants. Nope.

M: I like the pants.

A: They aren't even my size!

M: 🙈

A: I hate Anthro tbh. Your shorts are cute, tho.

M: #victim

A: #ipaidforthis

M: The shorts are super comfy.

A: The Loft pants just arrived! Can I get an opinion?

M: Sure!

A: They are very, very much outside the zone of what I usually wear.

Turrible photo type I inflict on Marianne.

M: Oh I think they are super cute.

A: They're crazy comfortable.

A: Pants that don't try to cut me in half? The idea!

M: It's a revelation.

PS. Get 40% off everything at LOFT with code SUMMER17 plus 4% cash back with eBates

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): TJ Maxx Says It's Fall Now.

Because I am the creeping creeper than I am I have been busy rooting through the new arrivals at TJ Maxx to make sure no good bargain goes undiscovered. Thank God I'm here or you might miss out on this Charging Pom with Eyes. (But seriously, can someone please buy that? It's giving me the sads.)

Things over at TJM are confusing right now because the fall stuff is starting to roll in and my body is recoiling from the very idea. IT IS JULY RIGHT NOW. IT IS VERY HOT. BUT! WHAT ABOUT THESE RAG AND BONE LEATHER LEGGINGS:

I actually would love to own a pair of leather leggings and, while they seem wildly expensive for TJM, check out the original price. I mean, right? You are saving a bundle and owning those leather leggings will basically mean you're a French fashion magazine editor now.

There are a couple of bags I want to talk about, both of which are non-leather options. This is a Foley + Corinna satchel that initially confused me because I didn't know they made non-leather bags:

It's a really nice looking satchel and under $40, so hard to beat that. There's also a nylon version of the MBMJ Natasha for $99.99:

This seems seems slightly overpriced to me (the leather version was $144) but it just got listed so I'll keep an eye on it for future markdowns.

The other items I saw that I thought worth some thought were two really damn nice looking leather jackets by BCBG. This blush suede jacket is very on-trend and could be worn any season:

...when it's not 100 degrees. So, like, not right now but later for sure. I am personally eyeing this burgundy moto jacket which is my heart's desire, or will be in October when it's completely sold out everywhere:

PS. In other shopping news, if you download Shop Spring's new app you get 20% off with code SPRINGAPP20.

Don't Forget me.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Adrien: Vacation Mode.

I'm off work this week which mostly means nothing except I might sleep in instead of posting. It happens. Luckily I remembered to take pics from the outfit I wore last Saturday when Kate and I went to see the YSL show at the Virginia Museum. (If you live nearby you really should make an effort to see this show! So incredible.) ANYWAY, I wore this:

Not fashiony at all but nice than cut-off shorts, right? This dress is my version of Jeanz 4 Teenz!  I bought it in the teen section of Marshalls because of course I did. The brand is Thyme & Honey which is basically only a thing in discount land so I scampered over to TJM and immediately found the sister wife version of my dress. Huh. Well. 

Wait, come back here! I can do better. What about this cute space dye dress at Zappos? Or this Aster dress at Eddie Bauer which looks crazy flattering. Or, if you desire a little sleeve (though I agree with Marianne that we should just stop feeling bad about our arms!) I really love the simplicity of this cute t-shirt dress at JC Penney. And, if you are not a fan of space-dye but still want cute weekend dresses, check out Joe Fresh for under-$30 options. This lace print is cool, I adore this sweet floral and y'all know I love a stripe. Play clothes for everyone! 

Real talk for a second. Even though I'm always telling you to wear a slip under dresses, this one is really too short for that. I generally wear Hanky Panky thongs but without a slip it can lead to the dreaded thong-suck. You know what I'm talking about, we've all seen it. So, my solution is the Vanishing Edge underwear by Soma. They have some cute options but mine are mostly this un-sexy style in a neutral color. You have to kind of place the edges but once you do they do not budge and do not show. (Note: these are not the undies to wear when you'll be sitting all day because those little silicone lines will eventually hurt you.) Details: 

I'm wearing my favorite Giles & Brother fish hook pendant which is long sold out but this beautiful little version by Miansai is on sale! I also dig this G&B Cortina necklace at TheRealReal. My bracelet is Lisa Freede and is really similar to this Vita Fede version but man, that is expensive. I'd go for one of these Lucky Brand bracelets instead.

Shoes and bag! OH MY GOD THESE BIRKENSTOCKS. They are the Gizeh in copper and by the time I'd saved up for them they were all sold out. You can still find the copper in the Arizona and Madrid style but sizing is really limited. I ended up buying my pair (new in box) on eBay which thankfully worked out great. You can also still find them a few places in silver, which I dig. Anyway, they are a revelation. The soft bed leather Gizeh is REALLY nice and I have basically worn them daily since they arrived. I love them.

My bag is an old MBMJ and it's still the bag that gets the most compliments. There's still this bright blue MJ hobo at Nordstrom Rack! Just saying. You could also be fiscally responsible and buy this Liz Claiborne version instead.

That's it for today! Have a good Monday everyone.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: That Nordstrom Sale.

Look, I know. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale hasn't even technically started (unless you have a card, though please see my pro tip* at the bottom) and you're already tired of it. I KNOW. But, if I don't talk about it then I'm not doing my job, so I'll just talk about the stuff on sale that I have bought myself or at least have have tried out. Solid recs, I promise!

First, the main thing I buy at this sale is underwear because that shit is expensive and doesn't always go on sale except in weird colors. Everyone except me loves this Natori bra but this one is more my speed:

Also, if you want a pair of pretty underwear that is just nice underwear, the Natori Bliss Perfection are nice and quite comfortable. I also stock up on my favorite Hanky Panky thongs because they are NOT CHEAP BUT I LOVE THEM:

I know, I know. But I love them. There is no substitute. There are also many fine Spanx products included in this sale, including these faux leather leggings that Marianne loves to death:

I bought a pair at the end of last winter and found them a bit challenging. Maybe you should buy a pair while they're on sale and we can figure them out together? I also have these Spanx denim leggings which work great with tall boots and y'all know that Spanx tights are the absolute best. I have four pairs.

Speaking of Marianne, she bought this amazing Rebecca Minkoff Julian backpack last year in a really nice tan with fringe and now it's back in a crazy metallic, an unspeakable velvet, a really gorgeous olive nubuck and this dreamy, dreamy grey color:

It made me gasp, I won't lie. I just freaking LOVE IT. WHY. YOU GUYS. UGH. I will move on. 

There is a bunch of Madewell stuff available including jewelry! I don't have this particular pair of earrings but I love all the Madewell jewelry I own and I would very much like these hoops in my life:

Now, let's talk about these Zella high waisted leggings. They are black leggings. They do not have mesh, they are not fancy. They are, however, very good quality and very comfortable and I wear my pair to the gym but also in life because that high waist just holds alllll my winter fluff in and I appreciate that:

There are some fancy Zella leggings and crops included in the sale if you need more excitement in your legging wardrobe but my eye was caught by these Zella Soul 3 pants because they look so comfortable! Not everything has to cling, you know? 

In the beauty section I got really excited about the Jo Malone mini sets though this one is by far the best one:

You get Wood Sage & Sea Salt and it's my absolute favorite! The other set is all about florals which are lovely, but not for me. 

Finally, if I got you all curious about Diptique candles, this little set is a really great way to try some out some of the most popular scents: 

(Or, you could gift them out at the holidays but what fun is that? Dammit, it's July. Treat yo self.)

*PRO TIP: I saw this posted on a couple of blogs last year and it worked to get me access to the sale early: A generic code you can use: 3012, last name as NORDPRD and billing zip code of 80111 and then you can use another method of payment.

Hopefully it still works! I was able to put things in my basket and I don’t have a Nordstrom card so give it a try if you don't want to wait for July 20th Good luck!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Marianne: Stuff I Like (Part Two!)

This Music That Makes You Think You Live In a Movie
We all watched Big Little Lies, right? Do I need to boss you guys into watching this show?? Listen, it's so good though a little depressing. One of the best parts is the music, it's all so perfect and atmospheric and delicious, so go right ahead and fire up this soundtrack on Spotify or Amazon or Apple Music OR WHATEVER UGH THIS IS EXHAUSTING. I like to put this on when I'm working or cooking dinner and pretend I'm a Rich Housewife With Secrets. I credit this soundtrack with introducing me to Leon Bridges, who I now have a meaningful relationship with.

This Salad That is All I Want To Eat
So here's the thing: there is not much that is better in the world than sweet corn in the summertime, especially here in the southern US. I have tried many, many corn salads and I think this Cilantro Corn Salad is my fave. It's bright and fresh and has a great combo of flavors and textures. Do not under any circumstances skip the avocado but add it right before you eat it. I like this with some grilled salmon. If you're calorie counting or weight watching it's a really healthy, filling meal that makes great leftovers (but again, add avocado to your serving right before).

This Book That is Sad But Important
This book, y'all. I'm only halfway through Hunger by Roxane Gay and I both can't stop reading it and also need breaks from it. As much as I love a fluffy book I think it's important to sometimes read things that are hard and that give people a voice. This is one of the latter books. Even if you've never struggled with your weight, actually maybe especially if you've never struggled with your weight, you should read this.

This Murder Podcast
I can't BELIEVE I didn't talk about this last time, and I know most of you guys probably already know and love this podcast, but I do what I want so listen up. My Favorite Murder podcast is a damned delight, which is a weird thing to say about a podcast with so much, you know, murder. The only drawback is it makes you think about murder a lot and maybe get a little paranoid. And maybe say awkward things about murder to strangers on elevators. It may not make you many friends but whatever.

This Show About Privileged White Dudes That I Like Anyway
Since I wrote you last, I finished Girls, and was okay with the ending. I was ready for it to end but didn't love the endings for anyone except Ray. Anyway! I still have my HBO trial so I jumped right into Silicon Valley, which is possibly the polar opposite of Girls. And I like it even though I hate almost all of the characters. It has really helped my foster my Kumail Nanjiani crush however, which I very much appreciate. Anyway I think a lot of my hatred stems from the fact that I can't go back in time, learn how to code, and be a billionaire? I think that's how this works?

Yay stuff!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We Need A Pact.

A: If I were to fall for Everlane’s boxy trap again, what color hoodie should I buy and return?

M: Don’t do it.

A: But it looks so effortless and cool on the ten foot tall model.

M: You do not need that sad boxy hoodie. No.

A: Thank you. I don't know why I keep trying to kick Everlane's boxy football.


A: I CAN'T HELP YOU. I canceled Sephora Play and Birchbox AND Box of Style and then immediately signed up for Allure's Beauty Box.

M: I swear I have combed their site and I can't figure out how to cancel it. If you catch me subscribing to any more of these beshitted boxes, please throw a net over me.

A: PS. Allure is sending me sea salt spray.



M: We need a no subscription boxes pact.

A: Yes ma'am. Um, I did a little research and I'm so sorry you have to call them I'm sorry.


A: You have to use a telephone.

M: 😭 😭 😭

A: I’m sorry.

M: Those assholes.

A: It looks like I'm also getting a neutral lipcolor in the Allure box.

M: I'm making a face.


A: I did not buy the dumpy Everlane hoodie. Sometimes I listen.

M: I give them such a hard time but then I see this outfit and I want it even though it is horrible for my body type.

A: That would look like crrrrrap on me. I just can't do the thing they do.

M: It's so modern and fresh head to toe and UGHHHHH.

A: That's how they get you.

M: That model is INCREDIBLY thin.

A: Everlane is my kryptonite.

A: I finally used my credit and bought this Everlane tank.

M: I like that!

A: Me too! Maybe this will be the thing I actually keep (aside from their v-neck tees which I still love.)

M: I am Devoted to their v-neck tees.

A: Me too. They'll probably discontinue them.

M: Not boxy enough.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Marianne: Stuff I Like (Part One!)

Hey guys, it's Marianne again with another round of STUFF I LIKE with a healthy dose of feminist ranting. Tally ho!

To say I had doubts is putting it mildly, but my friend Christina swore by this suit, and for $15 I was willing to try it. And guys, it's good! The fit is nice, pretty true to size though I almost always size up in swimsuits. The cups aren't really attached so you kind of have to squish them around, and I wouldn't swim a triathlon in it, but it's cute and fun and $15. Don't expect to get it quickly, I think it was walked to my house from some far off factory, but if you need a backup suit in your arsenal I recommend it. Also what is this "monokini" bullshit, it's a one piece swimsuit with one strap. 

HOLD UP COME BACK. I see you. I see the face you are making at my romper love. Here's the thing: rompers and jumpsuits seem advanced when in fact they instantly make people think you are stylish. People compliment me DAILY and then immediately follow it up with how they couldn't wear that. Here's the secret to wearing one pieces: put it on your body for crying out loud. This one in particular is so nice for the heat of summer. I wear a little lace bralette thingy from Target* that is meant to be seen and I feel like I'm dressed a little bit like an Adult Baby but this shit works! I wouldn't wear this one to work but I do wear this jumpsuit to work on the reg and it's so soft and comfy (and basically sold out sorry). 

*a note about these bralettes: you, like me, may initially consider yourself not the best candidate for such a lo-fi support garment, but let me tell you...these are great! The wider band makes them more supportive and they are really cute peeking out from strappy tops and dresses. If you head to Target they are on clearance for $ I bought three. 

FEMINIST RANT BREAK: This is the summer that I have decided I don't want to care about showing my arms any more. It's hot. I have arms. They could be skinnier and I have spent much of the past decade hating them. I would rarely expose them. And you know what? I am 40 now and I just don't CARE anymore. It is not my job to be palatable to other people. It's not your job either. So I'm wearing spaghetti straps for the first time since my twenties and it's all very freeing, even if I have to give myself pep talks. The end. 

Listen, I care about a lot. I try to eat organic, whole foods, I don't smoke, I recycle. But I really can't make myself care enough about makeup to replace all of my tried-and-true products with natural ones. I CAN'T. MAKEUP IS SO EXPENSIVE AND IT TAKES FOREVER TO FIND THE PERFECT PRODUCTS. That said, this blush came in my most recent Box of Style and I like it a lot! It has good staying power and it's very highly pigmented. You only need a tiny amount so I think one stick will literally last for months and months. I don't know what color I have, maybe hibiscus? What, do you think I'm some sort of beauty blogger? 

Stay tuned for Part Two on Thursday when Marianne talks about her favorite non-fashion stuff!

BUY THIS (Just FYI): Amazon Prime Day!

There's a real blog entry posting later (more of Marianne's favorites!) but I felt like I wouldn't be doing my job as enabler if I didn't talk for a minute about Prime Day.

I know you know this because it's currently EVERYWHERE but today is Amazon Prime Day and the deals are real. If you don't have a membership, I highly recommend trying the Prime Membership Free Trial (which I did a few times before buying a real membership.). Aside for the free two-day shipping I think it's worth it for the streaming video alone. I mean, you get Catastrophe!

There are tons of great deals in beauty and fashion which I’m not really going to unpack because I’m lazy and because everyone else has done it better. HOWEVER, there’s a good deal on a Wet Brush set and in the fashion section I noticed great deals on Giles and Brother jewelry, House of Harlow jewelry and AG jeans and then I had to crab-scramble out of there before I lost my mind.

This is also a good time to get a Kindle if you don't already have one. The basic reader is $49.99(!) and my favorite, the Paperwhite, is $89.99. There are also good deals for Audible memberships.

Also, do I need an Instant Pot? Halp.

Monday, July 10, 2017


When I unpacked my summer clothes this year I was quietly appalled at how terrible everything looked. The beauty of summer clothes is that they're generally less expensive and don't last as long, so there's no way you'd still have some ratty Old Navy tees from four years ago, right? Um. You'd also not be pulling out sad old Target dresses that don't even fit anymore. Shut up. ANYWAY, I ended up getting rid of a LOT of old summer clothes and I've been trying to be a bit more careful about what I add in. Y'all know I talk about this Loft dress quite a bit: 

I'm so glad I bought it! This dress has quickly become a summer favorite because I love it's cheerful vintage print and it's just so easy to wear. Loft has become a go-to for me this summer (especially when the sales are good! Try code LUCKY50 for 50% off.) because even though there's some weird, def-not-for-me stuff I also find plenty of easy summer dresses. This floral lace yoke dress is simple enough to suit nearly everyone and this sweet swing dress is what you're going to wear to every cookout instead of shorts. This leafy tank dress is the adorable thing you'll forget you have and then every time you rediscover it the compliments will not stop. 

It's been hot as balls so most of my cardigans having been living in sad piles in my car or draped over my office chair. My cardigan game is weak right now, is what I'm saying. I'm really thinking this sheer cardigan might be something I need, especially in teal. It's on sale in shimmery gold color but I'm not sure I could pull that off. 

Now we should talk about the shoes. Like my summer clothes, my summer shoe wardrobe was looking pretty shoddy. I have basically just been wearing Birkenstocks every day which is great until you have to dress up for an event or nice dinner and then you're kind of like...huh. So, you panic and then remember those beautiful suede block heel sandals you saved on Spring a while back. (Just FYI, if you use my referral link you will get $20 off your first order of $75+ at Spring.) I'd originally meant to get the red pair and then at the last minute could not resist the blue. You guys, they have tassels on the back:

I KNOW I KNOW. I've worn them a few times and the heel is not too high which is so nice and they haven't caused me any pain or blisters, so I am alllll about these fancy sandals. Highly recommend. Nordstrom has the black leather version on sale which is a valid choice but I really think the red or blue is the way to go. I got my pair on Amazon but the pricing is all over the place. PS. My bag is this MBMJ hobo and it's basically perfect. I'm not going to continue to beat you over the head about all the MBMJ bags on Nordstrom Rack. You know they're there, waiting for their forever home. *sob* Details: 

I was so excited to tell you about my shoes that I skipped this part, but it's not terribly new or exciting. Just my House of Harlow mini sunburst necklace (mine is red, which isn't available anymore) and an encrusted version of the Giles and Brother skinny cortina bracelet.

That's it for today! Have a good Monday, y'all.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Weekend Window Shopping: Stuff I Like That's On Sale.

This week I'm going to highlight a few items that I really like (and in some cases already own) that are on sale! Hooray.

I think I mentioned this earlier in the week but my favorite little LOFT summer dress is on sale with an extra 50% off plus 2% cash back from eBates and even though it's final sale I am still recommending it. I wear it weekly.

These Everlane ankle boots are beautiful and I want them and ugh, they are on sale. (Or, rather, they are guilt-discounted because that's how Everlane rolls.)  

This MBMJ Mini Natasha in a saturated peony pink is giving me life. It's $119 with free shipping and 1% cash back from eBates. I am pretending I do not have this information in my head.

Okay, these sandals. THESE SANDALS. Spoiler alert: I bought them last week and they are so so so good. They're currently on sale at Zappos in the blue and in red (which I also love) with free shipping. I got my pair on sale at Amazon but the prices change depending on what size you are which is really annoying.

I talked about these Altheta swim shorts recently because they're really good and very flattering. They're on sale in a couple of solid colors including this dark raspberry as well as a few patterns in limited sizes.

This moisturizer sampler set at Sephora is marked down and I am pretty impressed by it. I've tried more than half of the products included (I'm currently using two of them!) and they're all solid choices.

My favorite cheap brow pencil is NYX Micro Brow and right now Ulta is offering "Buy 1, get 1 at 50% off" of NYX products plus 3% cash back with eBates. Not groundbreaking, but a nice deal on something I use daily.

Have a great weekend, y'all!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Stuff I Like: Whole30 plus Reading/Watching/Listening

I AM SORRY. I'm on day two of a Whole30* diet and while it's not something I'd normally categorize as "stuff I like" so far I'm really digging the challenge of it. (I promise this will not become a Whole30 blog and I'll probably be regretting this decision pretty soon.) For the uninitiated, it's a 30 day strict elimination diet that prohibits everything I love a bit too much: booze, sugar, grains, dairy, legumes and soy. I've been toying with the idea of doing this for a while, partially as a reset to break some bad habits and also as a legit elimination diet to try and pinpoint some GI and other health issues.

If you're rolling your eyes I totally understand but I don't think there's any harm in eating only unprocessed food for 30 days, and, if nothing else I get the pleasure of making my own mayonnaise. (Have you done this? It's kinda fun.) Has anyone done a Whole30? I am very open to good recipes and tactics! In the meantime I will share this recipe for Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes that I've been eating with my eggs for breakfast. I used slightly less bacon than the recipe called for and it's still crazy delicious. I also made this Kalua Pork recipe earlier this week and it's quite good as a base protein - I've been eating it topped with mango salsa. This weekend I'll probably make a big batch of Crispy Italian Chicken Thighs because they're cheap, easy and delicious.

I'm still reading Bill Bryson but on deck is 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami which comes highly recommended by my friend Ann. I've been reading some pretty un-challenging stuff lately so I'm ready to get back in it. Also, on a whim I've downloaded Stephen King's It from the library which I loved when I first read it in high school. Will I love it now? We'll see. (Pro tip: If you read Kindle books from the library, keep your device on airplane mode and they can't take them back until you're done reading. Yes, I am a jerk.)

Lately I've been trying to clear out my DVR and have been watching episodes of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. I really, really loved the Houston episode that aired last fall, not because I'm a big fan of Houston (where I've never been) but because it perfectly captured the true melting pot that is the United States. In the current season I very much enjoyed the Antarctica episode because the people that live and work their are living such an unusual (and oddly enviable) life. I'm not crazy about the fairly graphic animal slaughter scenes (I'm looking at you, Porto) but overall I find this show really interesting and compelling. Plus, Bourdain is my favorite curmudgeon.

Nothing new! Recommendations? Podcasts? Music? Whatcha got?

I know this is beauty-related but too bad, it's good! Sephora currently has this Lashstash To Go mascara sampler and it is SUCH A GOOD THING. You get five deluxe sample sized tubes of mascara (the best size in my book) and it also comes with a voucher to get a free full-sized version of your favorite from the box! That is what takes it over the top. I'll do a full review next week but I'm pretty damn happy with it. I am such a sucker for Sephora's value sets but it's a great way to try new products without the messy commitment.

*I'm not linking the Whole30 as I just started and have no idea what my feelings will be in 28 days. Basically, I didn't want to appear to be promoting it. Please Google if you're curious! Mostly I just wanted to talk about it a little bit in case anyone had great recipes or tips.