Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Week Two: Things Marianne Didn't Buy In August.

M: I didn’t buy:

I did buy:
  • The Sound of Music on vinyl for the kids 
  • Measuring cups because the 1/3 cups are still MIA and I consider this an emergency. 
  • A raincoat for Lulu because whoops she didn’t have one and whoops she needed one. 

A: Those silver mules, man.


A: You know how I feel about metallic shoes.

M: I’ve worn the crap out of my cheap Target silver flats this summer.

A: My silver Birkenstocks are my #1.

A: That isn’t a perfect sweater.

A: But I only say that because it’s H&M which never fits me.

M: Shut up no one asked you!


M: Hahaha

M: Well it fits meeeeee


M: Don’t bring logic to this party.

A: You yelled at me for trying on the Target pants!

M: I feel like this dress is VERY Elio's Mom.

A: WHY ARE YOU LOOKING. But yes, it is!


A: Mmm hmm

Monday, August 13, 2018

Week Two: Things Adrien Didn't Buy In August.

Here is what I did NOT buy this past week:

  • THE PLAID PANTS (which are so good! SO GOOD. They'll be mine in September.) 

Here's what I did buy:

from Amazon:

From Dermstore (25% off with code BIRTHDAY):

These are all staples that I'm either running low on or completely out of so not cheating! I normally would have bought allllll kinds of crap with that discount code.

Coming up next: Marianne's Week Two list.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Weekend Window Shopping: Crawling Back To Everlane.

A quick note: I have created a new IG account for selling which will replace our defunct blog shop. It's mostly through Poshmark but we'll also occasionally post up stuff for direct sale like we used to.

NOW. I am going to make Marianne mad because, despite our resolution back in January, I have been  creeping on the Everlane site again to see what's new. Look, I know. They've broken our hearts repeatedly but like with a bad boyfriend, I keep coming back hoping for better. Because hey, this new cotton tee is exactly what I've been looking for:

Well, sort of. I've desperately wanted a long-sleeve version of the Cotton V-Neck to wear under my v-neck sweaters but this might be perfect for that! Or, it might just fall right off my shoulders. I won't know until next month but fingers crossed. Anyway, here's what I like:



Thursday, August 9, 2018

We Discuss: Nostalgia Blindness.

A: Why. Why do I want these:

M: No

A: I want them

M: Nope

A: Target has a new line and it’s clearly Not For Me but I still want

M: They are trying to blind you with 90’s nostalgia

M: Plus your defenses are down because you’re not shopping

A: Oh my God what is this outfit:

M: wowwwwwww

A: And this one:

M: That t-shirt is SOMETHING


A: It’s like some stylist intern was confused about what people wore back in the olden days

M: See this is some kind of unholy clueless reality bites crossover that I find personally offensive

A: It’s really kind of insulting

M: It’s rude

A: The black colorway isn’t better:

A: This thing. With the fanny packs. Why is this a thing:

M: Listen we aren’t putting fanny packs on our boobs just no


M: This is like the worst thing you can do to women with boobs


A: because

A: no

M: terrible

M: I applaud them for being size inclusive but why can’t you make the CLOTHES GOOD

A: Yes! I love that about Target but who is styling these ladies

M: A thin gay man

A: hahahaa


A: He’s also 24

M: right



A: I still want those plaid pants. I’m sorry.

M: I don’t know why I have such dislike for them I am sorry

M: They are just very costume-y

A: They are very late 70s punk rock

M: right

A: Except they are Target and not Vivienne Westwood so I really should just move on

M: Meets Empire Records

A: Oh

A: sigh

M: sorrrrry

A: No no, it’s fine. I will add them to my list of things I didn't buy.

M: And a little Clueless AGAIN


M: yup

A: Nothing to see here

A: Move along, pls

M: Hehehe

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Outfit of the Day: Definitely Phoning It In.

There's nothing like a no-buy month in August to make you hate alllll your clothes. I truly do but August is also the worst for shopping because everything is about back to school and it's still summer but you're over buying for summer. I just need to wait it out and then I can burn everything and start over. Just kidding. Sort of. Here:

This is a very cute garbage dress from Old Navy. I bought it two years ago and for some reason it's still going strong. It's one of those super-easy, "oh, this old thing!" kind of dresses that Old Navy is good for. This one is similarly easy and striped (also in blue!) though I am partial to this swing style dress and I really like the look of this long-sleeve version for fall. (SEE? This is why August is the worst.) 

Because my dress is made from cheap-ass thin material I always wear a slip underneath. Mine is from the glorious few months when the Gap made amazing slips. Sigh. However, if you invest, this Commando slip looks really good and there's also a mini version. If you aren't looking to invest, this one at Target looks pretty decent. There are also in-between options like this one. And listen, I never bother with shaping slips. The whole point of a slip is to keep your clothes from clinging to your body, so compression is not necessary and they always ride up anyway.

 To keep from freezing to death in my arctic office, I threw on my white Universal Thread denim jacket. It doesn't get quite as much wear as my blue denim version but I still consider it a solid summer purchase. A white jacket isn't something I'm going to wear a ton so $30 is about my price point. (PS. It's on clearance so now it's only $20.988. Ahem.) Details:

I'm wearing my silver wings necklace and also my cheap labradorite pendant from Target which I've worn a lot this summer. It's sold out but, never fear, they have a better one! Same price point, cuter style. Just get that one and be happy that you won't have to straighten it twenty times a day. 

I dusted off my blue MBMJ bag for this outfit and decided that I liked the idea of mixing my metals. The dark gold hardware with the bling of silver Birkenstocks? Why the hell not. And man, I do love a blue bag. This MJ hobo is gloriously pretty and I also I don't hate this MJ blue nylon bag, which I'll bet is lightweight and easy to carry. But my heart (today) belongs to this beautiful blue Lancaster Paris bag. Ugh. so perfect. That color. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Loft Tops On Sale.

Loft is currently torturing me with an automatic 40% off "outfit-making" tops and I basically want them all. Isn't it nice to have a closet full of fun tops? IT TOTALLY IS. Here's what I wish I could buy:



Monday, August 6, 2018

Week One: Things We Didn't Buy In August.

A: So, what did you NOT buy last week?

M: I didn’t buy:

- Rachel Comey Tulip Sandals in the color I don’t want.

- Social Print Studio prints, magnets, and photo books from our last two trips.

- Tropical print swimsuit from Amazon.

- $15 Madewell boardwalk sandals that were a half size too small.

- Two long sleeved shirts for Hugo.

- New measuring cups even though we have two sets but are missing BOTH 1/3 cups.

- An overpriced Kule t-shirt:

M: I did buy:

- A record player for Chris’s birthday and records!

A: Aw, a record player! Please tell me about these Rachel Comey sandals.

M: This is the color I want but I found them in a color I DON’T want for $130 (on eBay):

M: QUESTION if I return stuff to H&M can I use that money to buy other stuff? No. The answer is no. FYI the dress I thought would be too short is very cute, the weird green pants are okay but I won’t wear them, and the jeans were cute but tiny.

A: No! You just return things and keep the money and buy nothing with it.

M: sigh.

A: Sorry.

M: I thought about trying a larger size of the jeans but I don’t need them.

A: There will still be black jeans in September.

A: My list of things I didn’t buy last week:

- A pair of Rothy’s flats

- Anything with the Madewell $25 off code they sent me (RUDE.)

- That $13 dress from Loft that I hope is sold out.

- This dumb shirt from Target:

Glossier cloud paint

- Fancy $300 Birkenstocks


A: Samantha Irby was interviewed on the most recent Forever35 (she’s hilarious) and she made me want the Glossier stuff.

M: I feel bad I never finished her book! I need to pick it back up when I’m done with my current library book.

M: I think Glossier is mostly snake oil.

A: I agree, and so does Samantha Irby. She said the cloud paint was good, though.

A: She also said she that Glossier ads make her feel like a haggard old crone.

M: Hahahahaha

A: The interview is worth a listen.

M: Kk

A: Anyway, we need to soldier on and continue to not buy stuff. We’re doing well!

M: We are!

M: Writing it down helps.

A: It’s like therapy.

M: Yes, like I need a rubber band to snap against my wrist when I want something.

A: I need a clicker and maybe a treat.

M: haha

Friday, August 3, 2018

Weekend Window Shopping: Stuff I Have Not Bought This Week.

Hey guess what? When you decide not to shop it doesn't mean you don't still want stuff. Surprise! Here is a list of really great stuff that tempted me this week:



Thursday, August 2, 2018

Stuff I Like: Reading, Packing, Learning.

Hi y'all! I've got some new stuff to tell you about and I'm pretty sure I already spoiled one of the things but too bad. That's just the way it goes, I guess. Also, before I start I just want to mention that this cute dress at Loft is now less than $14 and I CAN'T ORDER IT. Someone buy it and make it go away, please. Ugh. ANYWAY:

This Book Which Checks All My Boxes
So, listen. I am a basic nerd who likes Jane Austen and  time travel books so any time there's a novel or TV show that combines these two things? I AM IN. Even if it's terrible, I still want to read/watch it. I'm currently reading The Jane Austen Project and I am embarrassed at how into it I am but not too embarrassed to tell you guys about it. Even though I know it's stupid to review books I haven't finished, so far it's delightful and I highly recommend it if you like Jane Austen and/or time travel.

This Toiletries Kit That I Already Mentioned
I always forget about LL Bean as a source of really good quality stuff and while on a recent bike trip I admired a friend's no-nonsense toiletry kit. She told me it was LL Bean and, since my sad old Target kit is dying and I have a trip coming up (have I mentioned it?) I thought it was time for an upgrade. The kit comes in four sizes (I got the medium) and a bunch of colors. It's basically perfect and it has a little detachable shower caddy! Love.

This App That I'm Hoping Will Teach Me French
I am trying to learn a bit of rudimentary French and, while Coffee Break French is very helpful, I'm more of a visual learner so I started looking for a flashcard app. I finally found SpeakEasy which has flashcard sections as well as a phrasebook which includes spoken, phonetic and proper spelling for each word. It's great and available for a bunch of languages. Je parle couramment le franΓ§ais. Pourquoi ris-tu?

PS. I've also got Duolingo and it's fun but not so helpful with common phrases for travelers. I can't imagine a situation in which I'll need to say, "The boys are rich and calm."

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

We Discuss: Our Plan for August.

M: Ugh because of course Le Labo makes candles and of course they are $75.

A: Those bastards.

M: Like, goddammit you motherfuckers.

M: Also today I heard an IT person say “why does it always smell so good over here.”

M: And three different people said, at the same time, that’s Marianne.

A: I’m starting to take this personally.

M: I counted today and I do five sprays total.

M: But I am also worried that I am secretly that person who wears too much perfume even though everyone swears they like it.

M: I can’t even smell it on myself any more.

A: I will let you know the next time I see you.

M: People are probably talking about me on some forum about bad coworkers.

A: Hey, at least you’re wearing too much really nice perfume.

M: Right? I am spending a lot of money for other people to smell me.

M: However yesterday I had a meeting and the guy I was meeting (who I know but not super well) was like whoa I am sorry if this is inappropriate but you smell really good.


M: I’m sorrrrry

A: It does smell really good but apparently I am not wearing enough.

M: Have you tried this:

A: That seems like an expensive delivery method.

M: I think you mean effective.

A: Oh, okay

M: If I’m going on a no-buy I need to stop reading the few blogs I still do.

M: Makes me so wanty.

A: It’s so hard to find good sales for the blog and not buy stuff for myself.

A: Who are you reading?

M: Oh Kim France mainly.

M: Who I can’t even afford.

A: Nope, she is another level.

A: I’m still gonna read her book.

M: Haha same.

M: Andrea Linett is a little better but I don’t need anything!

A: I just keep reminding myself that I’ll have more shopping money for my trip if I don’t buy garbage right now


A: So, you’re in for a no-buy month for August? I need the moral support.

M: Yes. I already have 4 things on my list that I thought about buying and didn’t.



A: I was all sad because I didn’t buy that caramel lip balm. As if it will cease to exist after August.

A: πŸ™„

M: We are crazeeee.

A: So my rules - I can buy the services I already have scheduled (hair, etc) and I can rebuy products I use on the reg. Otherwise, nothing.

A: No shoes, no clothes, no makeup.

M: Same.

A: One month! We can do this.

M: And really I’m trying to use up beauty stuff instead of replacing. Like I’m low on my Supergoop CC cream but I have 1/4 full bottles of some other stuff that’s fine just not AS good

M: I am going to have to replace my primer though.

A: That is allowed.

M: Every week I will send you my list of what I didn’t buy, because I am writing it all down to shame myself.

A: Yes! I’ll do that too. This is so sad. I blame Goop.

M: That bitch.

A: Worst.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

We Discuss: Rage Shopping.

M: I stress shopped at H&M and I need a shopping ban.

A: I’ve been stress shopping for my trip and now I’m convinced I need a raincoat. I def need a shopping ban.

M: Your Madewell jacket will be FINE! And a small umbrella!

A: What did you buy?

M: Oh just two dumb dresses and some definitely stupid pants.

A: It’s not like they don’t sell raincoats in London, right?

M: I was like WTF immediately after.

A: Ha. It’s the dopamine hit.

M: Wait, only one stupid dress and definitely stupid pants and probably mistake jeans.

M: I didn’t even REMEMBER.

A: Ha! I had two Amazon boxes show up last week and I was like...I have no idea what I ordered.

M: Probably too short and unflattering:

A: That’s a cute shirt.

A: H&M never works for me.

M: It works fine on me but THESE WON’T:

A: They call them "ankle length."  Do they not know where ankles are located?

M: I don’t know about you but my ankles are right below my knees. I’m a medical marvel!

A: You really are.

M: And I just don’t need these except my other black jeans are unwearable tight:

A: The jeans look good!

A: I did buy a great new toiletries kit because mine was on it’s last legs:

A: So exciting.

M: Oh damn I need that.

M: I travel so much and my toiletry sitch is sad.

A: It’s really good - I got the medium sized bag.

M: Oh! I also bought a travel backpack in a fit of rage.

A: Ha! Me too!

M: What did you get? I got something basic and simple because I was mad about the Lo & Sons one that’s TWO HUNDRED STUPID DOLLARS FOR A NYLON BACKPACK. Instead, this:

A: I got this one:

A: And haaaa, I was mad at the Dagne Dover $175 backpack which I want. Badly.

M: Oh I am mad about that one TOO.

M: Yours is cuter than mine but I needed something bigger. Basically big enough for my actual purse, laptop, chargers, giant headphones, etc.

A: Mine is small but perfect for a carry-on since I don’t need room for a laptop.

M: It’s cute though! I just have to schlep so much for work or kids.

M: Mine is Not Cute and I’m mad about that too but it was $30.

M: And has a luggage strap.

A: Nice! Fuck $200 backpacks.

M: It literally does all the same shit and has like 2000 positive reviews.

A: Yup

A: I love that we both went on the same backpack rage journey.

M: So much rage.

M: I’m also pretty mad at those Away suitcases.





M: Do you know that one time the only reason I made a connecting flight was because a girl was sitting on the jetbridge with three flight attendants and a tool box because the battery was stuck and you have to remove it to check the bag? They had to take her dumbass Away bag apart.

M: But also it was lilac and sooooo cute.


M: Also I know people that have them and guess what it’s just a suitcase.


A: It’s the suitcase version of those clear vitamins.


M: maybe I need an Instagram break.


A: πŸ’ŠπŸ’ŠπŸ’Š

M: I blame goddamn Goop.

A: Every single day.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Review: Athleta Soho Jogger and Midtown Ankle Pants.

I mentioned in one of my previous entries that I'd ordered the Athleta Soho Jogger in the olive green color. Well, it arrived and the color was...very odd. Neither green nor grey nor brown. I returned them and reordered in black and also ordered the Athleta Midtown Ankle pants. Both are made from the same lightweight material and both have interesting qualities, so I thought I'd review. 

First up, the Soho Jogger

This is probably how I'd wear them if I was trying to pass them off as normal pants. The waistband and ankle cuff are made of super-soft knit material which makes them very comfortable and ideal for wearing on a long flight. I am wearing my usual size 6 in these, by the way. 

That waistband ain't winning any awards for attractiveness but it's soft and doesn't cut in at all. The rise on these is just a hair higher than I'd like but I'm short waisted so that's just the way it goes sometimes. The Soho jogger also has front zip pockets which lay completely flat, no gaping. 

I like the length of the Soho - they come all the way too my ankle but don't bunch up. I am not bringing Birkenstocks on my trip but I think they work nicely with the joggers! Comfortable but not sloppy.

Now, the Midtown Ankle Pant

These are cute and could pass as your basic black cropped pants. I sized up to an 8 for this pair after reading the reviews and I'm glad I did. They fit perfectly. The waistband is elastic around the back and has a flat front with a drawstring so it's a bit more finished than the Soho. 

These have side slash pockets which didn't gape too much but I think I prefer the zip pockets on the Soho. I'm wearing them here with my new Nike Free RN sneakers which I TOTALLY LOVE.

The Midtown Ankle hit a bit above my ankle and have a strip of reflective material inside the cuff so if you flip them up, you can be seen at night while walking or riding a bike. It's a fun detail but not really something I was looking for:

If I was a bike commuter I would be ALL over these but since I am mostly looking for comfy travel pants I've decided to stick with the Soho jogger. I almost kept both pairs but I didn't need both so back they went. And dang, I cannot recommend these Nikes enough. Cute and really comfortable. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

Weekend Window Shopping: Madewell Sale

Ad I mentioned yesterday, Madewell is giving an extra 40% off sale stuff with code SHORETHING. Go on, treat yo' self:




Thursday, July 26, 2018

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): I Love A Good Sale.

Okay, first of all, I feel like it's my duty to let you know that Madewell is giving an extra 40% off sale stuff with code SHORETHING. The sale just started and stuff goes fast, so, uh, if you want some $54 Slim Boyjeans (high rise style here) I would go do that right now and then come back to read the rest of this entry. I'll wait.

You back? Got your jeans? Maybe that cute embroidered top that I am TOTALLY pretending isn't on sale? Good, good. Now, my actual intention was to talk about Anthropologie house stuff because I recently bought a few housewarming gifts and was delighted to find that some really nice stuff is an extra 40% off right now. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I bought clothes at Anthro but when I want a nice little house gift, I can usually find something great.  Check it:

Uh, did you know that Liberty has a line at Anthro? THESE LIBERTY MUGS ARE SO CUTE AND ARE ON SALE. I also love this Liberty table runner which I first thought was a scarf because they put it with accessories. Really, I don't see why it couldn't also be a scarf:

I am kind of mad that I didn't buy that table runner because new house! I could use it. (If I do buy it I promise I won't wear it as a scarf. Probably.) I also was quite taken with these little critter mugs:

Put a zebra on it and I will probably want it. Then spent quite a lot of time trying to talk myself out of needing a creamer with some kind of slinky dog creature on it: 

But! We are talking about housewarming gifts, right? Right. You can't go wrong with a fun dishtowel:

Or a set of pretty cloth napkins which is the kind of thing that is nice to have but you don't think to buy for yourself:

I also love stuff like these cheerful melamine plates which are great for parties and such:

It is so nice to have a few really pretty bowls for dips or nuts or just for eating your cereal in style: 

This bowl is $1.77 and I am not even kidding. I also think a little vase would be a fun gift:

And finally, because I'm not a monster I checked out the beauty stuff on sale and look what I found:

Hooray! This Supergoop set is under $10 and a low-commitment way to try out Marianne's favorite sunscreen brand.  It might be in my cart, is all I'm saying.