Friday, February 23, 2018

Weekend Window Shopping: Leather Moto Jackets.

Every now and then I get a crazy lust for a leather motorcycle jacket. But not just any leather motorcycle jacket - the PERFECT leather motorcycle jacket. Right now it's pale grey washed leather in a very traditional moto style. This jacket exists, but it's so far out of my means that it makes me want to cry. Anyway, here are some other moto jackets, mostly leather, a few not:

         

       

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Stuff I Like: Listening, Lighting, Eating, Chopping.

I like stuff! I have a lot to talk about but not a lot of time so I'm going to pick a few real quick and get going with it. But, before I do I just want to say that this month's Allure Beauty Box is SO SO GOOD but by the time I get it and try everything out in order to review it, the month is over. If you've been thinking about it, just go for it. (FYIL I don't get kickbacks, I just really like the box.) Now, on with the post:



These Dude Candles I Found At TJ Maxx
I found this odd line of dude candles at TJ Maxx that I completely love. You can see the varieties and scents here on Amazon but I found them in white glass containers for $4.99 at TJ Maxx, so I'd recommend that. They aren't crazy fragrant and the white glass is soothingly neutral and glows nicely when they burn down. The scents are pretty unisex - not too sweet or too musky, just a nice middle ground. I bought Polished and Charming and like them both. Also! With my Barney's gift card I got the Diptyque Feu du Bois candle and it is SO good. It smells like a wood fire in a good way.



This Other Podcast That Will Make You Buy Things
I have been blowing through episodes of Fat Mascara lately and it's really good! These ladies are actual beauty editors and, man, they really like their makeup. It can go a little woo-woo Los Angeles but I really enjoyed this episode with Molly Ringwald (did you know she's written a book?) and this one with Sarah Brown. It will make you want to buy things though, just be warned.



This Snack I'm Obsessed With
Marianne and I are both on austerity measures right now so we talk about food as much as we talk about clothes and makeup. She recently suggested these Nonni's ThinAddictives cookie things and you GUY. They're so tasty! They're basically very thin slices of biscotti and they're packaged in 100 calorie packs which I find insulting and also very convenient. You can just throw a pack in your lunch bag and you have a crunchy sweet treat for later. (I mean, they ain't doughnuts but what can you do.)



A Few Kitchen Things I Love
I haven't talked about kitchen stuff lately but I have talked about my favorite knife quite a bit. It's really worth spending money on the Wusthof Ikon line, I promise. It will change your cooking game. I recently got a birthday gift card to Crate & Barrel and used it towards the paring knife from that set and OMG who knew I needed a paring knife so badly? It's a great little tool. I had been considering the bread knife because mine is such crap but Marianne convinced me to buy this one from OXO instead and she was totally right, because getting serrated knives sharpened is hard and expensive.  The OXO bread knife is awesome and so inexpensive.

One more thing: please just buy the pre-cut squares of parchment paper. They are the BEST THING EVER. No more trying to cut the right size or struggling with the roll - the work is done for you. It's the best and I literally do not care if it costs more. It's worth it.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Adrien: Stop Making Me Buy Stuff.

I'm so suggestible, you guys. I posted a pic of a striped top I tried on at Banana Republic a few weeks ago and reader Ally was all, "You should get that" so the minute it went on sale, I totally did:


It’s the French Terry Balloon-Sleeve Couture Sweatshirt and it’s $35 right now! That’s a fair price for this top because even though it's technically a sweatshirt it's really just a very nice French terry top with crazy sleeves. So nice! I’m trying really hard to not buy it in the grey color as well.


It's hard to tell but the stripe is a very dark navy, not black. BR has a lot of really cute striped tops right now (and also one or two that made me do a Kermit face.) This one is cute and flirty and this one with the boatneck is a straight classic. I also like this little striped tee with the ruffle hem though I don't know that I could pull it off. 


Lucy stopped by to say hello. Isn't she getting big? She likes my shiny black jeans which are the Madewell High Riser Coated Skinny aka my favorite jeans ever. I wear them way too much but I love how they kinda look like leather. If you don't want to pay Madewell prices Gap has a nicely discounted pair of black coated jeans and H&M has a suuuuper cute pair with zip detailing. 


Looks good from the back! I mean, it says it right up there on the masthead. Duh. Details: 


I'm not wearing much jewelry today - just a Madewell necklace from a few years back. This Treasure Pendant necklace has a similar vibe and I like the Curvelink pendant as well. Such good minimal styles.


My bag is an old MBMJ Globetrotter Kirsten which occasionally shows up on eBay - this one in red looks pretty good. For other options, there's a cute blue MJ nylon hobo at Nordstrom Rack and check out this blue leather Liebeskind satchel! I also really love this blue suede saddle bag from French Connection. Gorgeous. 

That's it for today! Please stop making me buy stuff, you guys. It's really mean and I would never do that to you. J/K

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

We Discuss: Beauty Stuff

M: I DOUBLE MASKED tonight so that stupid podcast is working

M: I also used my sparkly oil

A: Hahaaaa

M: Which is so stupidly overpriced

M: And did not magically make me a goddess

M: But smells nice and the bottle is pretty

A: It's giving you joy

A: That's all it's supposed to do

A: I bought P50 PIGM and some face oil from The Ordinary

A: Stupid podcasts

M: It smells like sunscreen in a good way

A: I just bought really expensive foundation. Deleting all beauty podcasts.

M: OOPS

M: Which one 🙈



A: By Terry Sheer Expert

M: Eep

A: Sarah Brown SAID IT WAS THE BEST

M: Well, for her it might be but return that shit of it doesn’t work for you

A: Oh I definitely will

M: That’s what happened with me and the Giorgio Armani Silk Foundation

M: Which is also “the best”

A: Oh, fuck that stuff

A: I tried it

M: Hated it

A: I'll return if it's not life-changing

M: I want a full report

A: Of course

M: I have to go to Ulta and at least get a travel size of my CC cream while I figure out if I want to try something new

A: I found that cc cream too heavy for me - it never set

M: Yeah I have to use a brush and be sparing

A: Ah, yes

M: I’m also going to get the travel size of that Monsieur Big mascara

A: I gave in and rebought the Fairy Drops mascara

M: Nice

M: I will probably just rebuy Tarteist again

A: I think I'm getting that in my Allure box this month!

M: It’s good. I really like the brush and formula, not clumpy and you can really layer it on.

A: Cool.

A: I really have to stop buying shit.

M: Me tooooo

M: Ever wonder who shops in airports? People stuck in them

A: What did you buy?

M: Tinted lip balm at Kiehl's. This shit is good:


A: Ooh!

A: Oh! I forgot to tell you. After numerous emails and calls I did get my Jan Allure box with the full-sized Sunday Riley serum.

M: Well done!

A: There are a couple of things in the box I'll save for you as well

A: I have, like, four lipsticks for you to try

M: Oh yay

 A: Did you get that Sephora bold lip sampler box?

M: No

A: Spoiler: Most of them did not work for me

M: Hahahaha

Monday, February 19, 2018

We Discuss: More Universal Thread Stuff (Sorry/Not Sorry)

A: I'm at Target. Help.

M: Haha

A: The Madewell dupe jeans have potential, but I need a size down:


M: Oh those are CUTE

A: And this top is a thing:



M: I was curious about that one. So cute.

A: Like, goddammit, Target

M: Are those distressed jeans from there too? Shit.

A: Yes!

M: I might need that floaty striped top.

A: I also like this plaid shirt a medium amount:


M: I mean it’s fine. Pretty basic.

M: But if you aren’t sure don’t do it.

A: Do I get the striped top? So cute, not sure it’s me.

M: I really like it but it is a departure for you.

M: Dammit targetttttt

A: LE SIGH

A: I just got the denim jacket. Gonna order the first pair of jeans.

M: Yayyyy twinz

M: The shoes:


A: Those are great!

M: They are perfect for $30 and fit my feet better than the Free People ones.

M: Just ordered two shirts and two pairs of earrings whoops.

A: Ha

M: Hashtag investment pieces

...

M: I got two new Universal Thread shirts came AND the earrings and they are all great.

A: Dammit Target

M: I’m not certain this top is the best cut for me but I like it:


M: And the floaty red stripe one you tried on is 👌🏻

A: Yes! That red top had to be yours.

M: Smaller than I expected but super cute for $8:



A: CUTE

A: Now I kinda wish I’d bought the red top.

M: The red top isn’t going anywhere.

A: Oh! I got the Target Madewell dupe jeans.

M: Yay!

A: They're pretty good, though I'm not sure they do amazing things for my ass.

A: But $28

M: Yes but if you don’t love them return!!

A: I'll try them on again and maybe take obsessive pics to send to you.

M: I expect nothing less

Friday, February 16, 2018

Weekend Window Shopping: Madewell Sale!

Happy Friday, y'all! To celebrate, Madewell is currently offering an extra 20% off all sale styles with code HAPPYDANCE. You know what to do:     

         

       
       

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Adrien: High/Low and Local.

Hey y'all! I am late getting an outfit post up but it WILL NOT STOP RAINING so it's been too dark in the mornings to get decent photos. Very annoying, I hate winter, etc. I realized that I hadn't worn my new black Mossimo moto pants for the blog so gonna take care of that right now:



If you're not a fan you're probably waiting for our love of the moto jegging to die a fiery death but SORRY/NOT SORRY I love my black pair as much as my olive pair.  I mean, I know they're a knockoff of the Joie version but for $30 I can't resist. They're really comfortable and hit me at the exact right place to wear with ankle boots. Plus, I love the zipper details.  Oh, and they come in grey too. And! The camo jeggings are on clearance now. Dammit, Target. 


I am also wearing one of my LOFT utility blouses which are one of those things that you don't know you need until you need. I have two and they're so easy! Machine washable, never need ironing, always ready when you need to grab and go. They have some good ones right now - I dig this tiny floral print and crap, how good is this striped version! I also love this tipped print and the bright red with the wide cuffs is kinda fun.  


Daniel says hi. He's never met a pair of black pants that didn't need a little more cat hair. Details:


My bag is my eBay rescued Marc Jacobs Paradise Rio that I still can't believe I scored. There's a bunch on eBay but I would go for this beautiful taupe version that's crazy cheap. My boots are...a story. Remember when I recently posted a new pair of Madewell Ainsley boots I found on Poshmark? They were perfect and beautiful and too freaking narrow for my dumb fat feet. I sold them because nobody needs painful boots. I'm wearing their replacement, the Cole Haan Landsman boot that Kate found at Costco for $20. I am not even kidding. And they're good! Not quite as sleek but much more comfortable.


And yes! Here is the awesome Universal Thread denim jacket. Marianne bought it and then I immediately copied her because I'm that friend. It's so good, you guys. I'm wearing a medium because I wanted to be able to layer under it and I love that I can button it up easily. The denim is soft and a little distressed and it's a total steal at $29.99. It looks and feels expensive. It also comes in a light wash


This detail picture isn't very good because it's hard to see my awesome necklace combo. I'm wearing two My Precious Studio pieces made locally by my friend Tere: 


The little silver wings I've had for years but I just recently bought the lightning bolt heart (small version here). It just needed to be mine! Here pictures are much better than mine, so please check out her her Instagram account. She makes the most badass jewelry that you can wear forever. Also, she has cute cats. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

We Discuss: Barneys and Fancy AF Candles.

A: So, Barneys thinks I’m a rich person, I guess?


A: Can’t be used for cosmetics. 😕

M: What the what!

A: I know! It’s kind of mean though, because what can you get at Barneys for $100?

A: Maybe sneakers?

M: Oh I could find some stuff. There’s no minimum?

A: Nope

M: Still I bet there’s a great white t-shirt you’d never spend that much on.

M: Ooh, that’s an idea

A: Options I thought of - fancy candles, sneakers, an overpriced but wicked cute Comme des Garcon striped shirt

M: Ooooh fancy candles.

A: So many fancy candles!

M: I’m a garbage person and I’d totally buy a fancy candle or two.

A: But the ones I love best are $200+ which is INSANE. IT’S A CANDLE.

M: Shit

A: But they have Diptyque which are lovely and reasonably priced by Barneys standards

M: How is Barneys still in business.

M: ANYWAY here’s a fine t-shirt but a candle may bring you more joy:


M: Unlike this which is SOLD OUT other than a size zero so:


A: Haaaaa

A: I’m going to do more looking around. My favorite was a cotton bralette for $90.

M: No no no

M: I mean I like this for like $20:


A: Yeeeeah

A: My other fav was…wait. I just need to show you:




M: Haaaaaa

M: I’ll make you that

A: It legit makes me sad that some dumb rich person would spend $85 on an #OMG paperweight.

M: GIRL!



A: Have it already!

M: Ha of course

A: This feels like a challenge.

M: I’m up for it

A: 😭



M: Fornasetti is a lie

M: Don’t do it

A: Oh, it’s too expensive - I would never!

M: Pretty tho

A: I mean, it can’t smell that great.

M: Nah it’s just for the container and even then its screen printed not hand painted.

A: Pshhhh

M: Just sayinnnnng I love Fornasetti but it kind of pisses me off.

A: No, you’re right, that’s ridiculous.

A: I’ll probably just buy a couple of Diptique candles after I obsess endlessly about the different scents.

M: That’s what I would do.

A: I mean, Basic Blogger for sure, but they feel fauncee and I’d never spend that on candles IRL.

M: I really love a fancy af candle.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We Discuss: Universal Thread at Target. Dammit.

M: Me: I only want investment pieces in my closet. I'm at an age where I should be building a forever wardrobe of well-made things that I love.

Also Me: HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW UNIVERSAL THREAD LINE AT TARGET I'LL TAKE ONE OF EVERYTHING.


M: But seriously, they are out-Madewelling Madewell. I already bought this dress AND jacket and I think I need the shoes too. Dammit, Target.

A: Ahhhhh. Cute! DAMMIT, TARGET. Also, I'm always looking for a denim jacket, report back!

M: I have bought and sold or returned or given away at least 6 denim jackets in my life but that one is CUTE.

A: Why so hard, denim jacket?

M: They are damn near impossible for me. Smaller shoulders, long arms, short waist, big ass. IMPOSSIBLE. But this one, I like it. I think. I'm going to try it on with a bunch of stuff when I get home.

A: I kindly request pictures when you do

M: They only had a medium and extra large in store though...the extra large was definitely too big but if I can find a large I'd like to compare it. But it's good. It's not stiff, not cropped, the arms are lean but not tight, it's not too stretchy, it's not too light wash.

A: Remember how I was all, "I'm going to do a no-buy until I see you in March."

M: That was cute. We were so cute!

A: Adorable.

A: Also adorable:


M: I am telling you, there is some GOOD STUFF there. The quality looked good too. TONS of interesting looking jeans. Dangerous.

A: Ugh, how cute are these:


A: And these are a straight up Madewell high rise skinny dupe:


A: AND THESE:


M: The jeans looked REALLY good. Definitely need further investigation.

A: I will be seeing you, Target.

M: YUP.

M: But seriously, what color do I want in the shoes??

A: I like the ivory for spring.

M: That's what I'm thinking. I should probably order those before they sell out. They are a straight up dupe of these by Free People:


A: Welp, those are great.

M: I used to have the open-toe version but sold them because they were too wide on me, so I wasn't about to spend $200 on them again. But I'll spend $30!

A: Target loves you and wants you to be happy.

A: PS. Even the jewelry and accessories look really good! And this looks like you:


A: I'll stop now. Dammit, Target. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Banana Is Giving Clothes Away.

I have been lukewarm about Banana Republic for a while but I'm slowly coming back around, what with the good jeans and all. So, when I saw they were giving an extra 50% off sale stuff (no code needed) I took a look. I still think there are too many crazy sleeve ruffle things but I also found some great stuff:

         

       

Friday, February 9, 2018

Weekend Window Shopping: Cheap 'n Cheerful Spring Dresses.

Marianne's dress post has made me long for light spring dresses. Sigh. Here are a selection I found that are all under $50:

         
         

        

     



Thursday, February 8, 2018

Stuff I Like: Watching, Reading, Listening, Smelling.

YOU GUYS. I haven't done a "Stuff I Like" post for a while because I needed time to accumulate some new stuff to like. And I have! Here you go:



This Show Full of Ridiculous Beautiful People.
I know I'm probably the last person on earth who hasn't watched Big Little Lies but I don't have HBO! I finally got a pass so I could watch The Last Five Years and then I was like, what else can I watch? Marianne had recommended BLL to me and I binged it hard over a weekend. I haven't read the book so I was completely in the dark about it and enjoyed the intrigue a lot. Also, everyone in it is absurdly beautiful - like - is Zoe Kravitz a real person for reals? Anyway, totally great if you need something engrossing to binge-watch.



This Book That I'm Reading Because The Author Charmed Me.
I've talked about the Penguin Podcast a few times and recently listened to the episode with Jojo Moyes, who is delightful. So delightful, in fact, that I decided to read Me Before You, which I am enjoying more than I expected to. It's formulaic but I like the main characters and I'll probably read the rest of the series some point, assuming I still like this one when I've finished it. And listen, I know there was some backlash after the movie came out but I'm reading the book with an open mind. (I haven't seen the movie, this is just about the book.)



This Podcast That Makes Me Buy Stuff.
Okay, so I've delved into the world of beauty podcasts and am very much enjoying Forever35 which is quite new and very entertaining. Also, it's enabling af and makes me want to buy stuff, specifically the legendary Lotion P50 which I've purchased in a travel size. ( I'll report back.) I also want to buy a bunch of sheet masks and this weird travel bag. And this balm stuff. Ugh. Anyway, it's a fun podcast and I definitely recommend it, just hide your wallet first.



This Perfume That Makes Me Sniff My Arm Repeatedly.
The other beauty podcast I added to my list is Fat Mascara. I've only listened to one episode so far but the guest was the head of product development for Jo Malone, Celine Roux. I now have a crush on Celine Roux. This woman is amazing! She designed my favorite perfume by deciding what a windswept British coast smelled like. AND IT TOTALLY DOES. I WOULD IMAGINE. Anyway, I scampered home and dug up some Jo Malone samples I'd been hoarding and sprayed the Blackberry & Bay cologne on my arms and it's so freaking lovely and I can't stop sniffing myself. The point of Jo Malone fragrances is that they're pretty simple so that you can layer them. I already have Wood Sage & Sea Salt and Nutmeg & Ginger* which are both long-time favorites and now I'm obsessed with the idea of layering and oh my God I need to stop with the beauty podcasts.

*This appears to be discontinued. Please excuse me while I go weep in a corner.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Adrien: Sometimes You Have To Try Something New.

Remember that Loft sale I posted about last week? I bought a few things from it, one of which I was certain I'd be returning. I mean, satin cargo pants? How are those words even next to each other? But the reviews were positive and for freaking $7.50 I figured they were worth a shot:


I LOVE THEM. It's the closest I've ever come to achieving pajamas at work. They're super comfortable but also feel fashion forward and sleek. Tragically, they're completely sold out online, though I suspect you might still find them in-store. For something similar, this pair in olive on NR has the same slinky vibe and this pair of tencel joggers look like pants you could absolutely live in. And you know what? I usually steer clear of Forever21 but these are a dead ringer. Finally, Lou & Grey offer up these beautiful satin pants which, let's be honest, are just fancy pajamas. (You could do worse.)


I'm wearing my James Perse long-sleeved tee which is probably the nicest t-shirt I own, though the neckline is bit lower than I prefer. Why can't I find a perfect long-sleeved 100% cotton t-shirt? It's so annoying. I might give this one at Nordstrom a try but I've basically given up. 


One of my other Loft purchases is this dashed kimono thingy I'm wearing. It's very flowy and a bit over the top - the kind of thing you can throw over a tee and jeans and just like that, you fancy. Loft has really gotten into kimono-type things:  this velvet kimono wrap looks cozy and this floral kimono would work well into spring. And, of course I regret that I didn't order this sweatshirt kimono because that would be Lounging Level Achieved. On to details:


I went pretty minimal with the jewelry today. Just my little Madewell star necklace and a longer pendant from Banana. Both are sold out but I love this tiny star necklace from Madewell and this beaded lariat would work great in combination. I also dig this layered necklace which takes care of the guesswork and tangled chains.


My boots and bag are boring today - the same stuff I wear all the time! My boots are Madewell Lucien and are very similar to the current Pauline style. My bag is a MBMJ hobo and I adore it. There are still a few available on Gilt and of course on eBay and the like. For another grey bag alternative, this Botkier hobo is on sale and how about this suede hobo for $80? So cute. 

That's it for today! If you feel so inclined, please tell me your favorite source for perfect long-sleeved tees, preferably cotton with a scoop or v-neck. (Seriously, WTF EVERLANE. GET ON THIS.)