Friday, March 16, 2018

Weekend Window Shopping: Stuff I Fondled at Anthropologie

I spent a happy lunch break at Anthropologie the other day and put my grubby paws on as much stuff as possible. I didn't try on much clothing (because leather jacket) but I did check out:



Thursday, March 15, 2018

Stuff I Like: Comfort Edition

I haven't done a "stuff I like" post this month so I thought I'd talk about stuff I like that's comfortable or comforting because I am a sad, itchy nightmare right now. It's looks like spring outside but it's been super cold and windy so I'm still in hibernation mode and trying to be moisturized and comfortable despite the circumstances. (Have I mentioned I hate winter?)

This Luxurious Oil I Can't Live Without
I've talked about Skin & Bones Luxurious Moisturizer on the blog before but I thought it was worth mentioning again because I recently bought a new bottle. It's expensive but it's totally worth the money and a little goes a long way.  It's very comforting and my skin absolutely loves it. Plus, the scent is amazing - mysterious and warm and a bit spicy. I don't even know how to describe it but I love it. Oh, and it comes in a cool dark violet bottle! Such good packaging.

This Comfy Bra Thing From Target
I am so itchy, y'all! Winter sucks. I do regularly exfoliate with these Korean mitt things which helps but mostly I just want all my clothes to feel good. I recently went to Target to look for a lounge-y bralette that I could wear mostly around the house but also out to run errands. I bought this one from Gilligan & O'Malley and it's so good! It's nearly seamless and has built-in pads so it feels substantial. Super comfortable and looks decent under clothes.

This Show That Makes Me Feel Old In A Good Way
Who's watching Everything Sucks? It's (almost) great in same way Freaks & Geeks was great though definitely less edgy. It takes place in the mid-90s so the soundtrack is happily nostalgic and the world was still smartphone-free. I'm enjoying it a lot more than I expected to and highly recommend.

This Game That Doesn't Stress Me Out
I am not a big fan of game apps but I do occasionally enjoy some Candy Crush. However, I recently downloaded I Love Hue and it's so pretty and soothing and not at all stressful. You just match up colors to make the pattern complete.

This Candle That I Haven't Bought Yet
Every time I go to Blue Mercury I sniff their collection of Lafco candles and SWEAR that I will buy one the next time I have a windfall. They're really expensive but the scents are evocative and room-themed, which I love. Also, they come in beautiful blown glass containers. I am particularly enamored with French Lilac/Pool House and Mint Tisane/Meditation Room. Just the thing for filling your giant mansion full of delicious, rich people fragrance. *weeping*

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Adrien: Stuff You Forgot You Bought.

I'm in a weird place with jeans right now. I decided to be brave and try to make boyfriend jeans my new thing and bought a pair of Madewell slim boyjeans that I (mostly) really loved. Then I wore them to work all day and OMG eleven inches of rise is TOO MUCH RISE. So I sold that pair and bought these: 

These are Banana Republic "girlfriend" jeans and they're super comfortable with a reasonable mid-rise. I bought them and then completely forgot all about them which doesn't bode well. They're cute ...but they're not Madewell denim. The wash isn't quite as cool. Something about them just isn't quite perfect. I'm still definitely thinking about that mid-rise pair of Madewell boyjeans at Nordstrom Rack. Loft also has a cute pair on sale but that's just complicating things. Speaking of Loft, I'm wearing my jeans with my favorite Loft utility blouse which, I am going to be honest, I mostly wear like this:

Awww yeah. Untucked af. I do really love both my Loft utility blouses but they're starting to get stained and look a little sad. I checked to see what's new in utility blouses and I am definitely into this  blue print and I think this one looks like a Liberty print. They also have a couple of solid colors with a wide cuff and this petite peacock print is damn cute. 

Here's an old friend - my J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket. I still really like this jacket though it doesn't get as much use as it used to. It now comes in an uncoated version which looks really comfortable and aw, damn. The striped whale shirt is back! I still want that. I know it's not a jacket. Details:

This is a pretty lame closeup because I'm not wearing much jewelry, just my little labradorite pendant. Mine is sold out but this one by Shashi looks really pretty and oooh, check out this one by Mad Jewels! I also love this one on Etsy.

I'm so boring - look at me with a different version of the same MBMJ bag I always carry. This one is "cement" and it's my perfect neutral. This little MJ crossbody (and it's big sister) are the same color and so is this one! It's a great "goes with everything" color. My Chelsea boots are Cole Haan Landsman which I got at Costco and they've been great. Next fall I'll find a fancier pair but for now these are doing the job just fine. 

That's all for today! If you have a boyfriend jean style you love, do tell. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

We Discuss: Beauty-Related Disillusionment.

A: I’m gonna return that By Terry foundation

M: Oh really?

A: It’s nice enough but for $66 it should change my life.

A: It doesn't stay put and I’m SUPER SHINY by noon

M: Ah yes return

M: Everyone has me paranoid that I look like shit in my CC cream

A: I think I’m just used to my Smashbox foundation that does not budge

M: 😬

M: You’d tell me right

A: It just didn’t work for me. You always look great!

M: No I know but if you and other people have trouble with it I worry

A: I just couldn’t get it to set. I think my face is probably rejecting all attempts at betterment.

M: Hahaha

M: I definitely look more polished in the Smashbox foundation

A: Like, you know how people use Glow Tonic or Vitamin C serum or retinol and RAVE about how instantly amazing and glowy they look? Not me.

M: Me neither

A: P50 PIGM made my skin worse

M: Only thing making me glow is a filter

A: I am SO good about double cleansing and moisturizing and sunscreen and acids and vitamin C serum and all that shit and I still look kind of blotchy and spotty.

M: Sameeee

A: Also! All my makeup just vanishes.

A: Like, where do it go?

M: I wonder that

M: Do I absorb it

M: How

A: Maybe. Yes.

A: The other night at dinner I was sitting next to a friend of mine who wears nothing - not even mascara. Her skin is flawless

M: Ugh fuck her

M: I don’t understand how that works


A: I am 100% positive she probably washes her face with bar soap

M: And uses nothing no serums nothing

A: Oh, she is not a serum kinda lady

M: This is why I think most of this stuff is actually bullshit and it’s all genes

M: I mean acne stuff yes, that’s transforming

A: That is so depressing

M: I know I’m sorry


STOP CRYING YOU GUYS. I am having a bad skin month and I'm mad at some of my products. P50 is not for me so I should probably just go back to Good Genes and my PTR Peel Pads, both of which seem okay. I am happy enough with my rose hip oil from The Ordinary but I don't think much else is working. What works for you? What product gave you actual, noticeable improvement?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Weekend Shopping Report.

Last weekend (and the weekend before) I convinced Kate to go shopping with me for reasons of blog science and whatnot.  The weekend before last I returned a cardigan-thing to Loft and bought a cute blue top:

Don't get attached to it. Loft is cyclical for me and right now it's full of cute things... for other people. I was just not feeling the spring prints at all. I tried on a few things, none of which worked except for the blue top (don't get attached) that I just mentioned.

We moved on to Ulta where I was hoping to purchase this Benefit set but apparently it only exists at Sephora. I also wanted to repurchase my favorite Urban Decay eyeliner because I'm tired of using a nub of eyeliner. The 24/7 liners are the only ones I actually use up! I love them. I also bought a sheet mask I haven't used yet:

I'll report back on that when I get around to slapping it on my face. I convinced Kate to buy my beloved PTR Peel Pads which reminded me that I have half a container of them that I should probably use before they dry out. 

I got home from that shopping trip and looked up reviews of the blue top I'd bought and hey, guess what? It's a shrinker. Nobody got time for that, so back it goes. 

SO, this past weekend we went to a different mall so I could visit the leather jackets of Madewell and also return the Loft top. I didn't buy anything at Loft but they did have some really cute jewelry. They have these cool geode pendants (which I can't find online) and this necklace also attracted me:

I also liked these hoops:

...which I encouraged the woman in line ahead of me to buy because my enabling work is never done. 

Then we went to Madewell so I could check out the leather jackets in person. They only had the washed leather jacket:

It was not for me. The leather was soft and buttery but the jacket was super lightweight and too cropped. Not quite what I'm looking for. Kate fondled these cozy sweatpants but didn't try them on. We both ended up buying the larger version of this candle which, with various magical and unexpected discounts, was all of $12. 

Then we went to Banana Republic so I could try on the medium wash version of these jeans which I have in dark grey and love:

Somehow the fit on the medium wash was different? So annoying. I didn't buy them. (But it's F&F right now so buy the dark grey pair! They're great.) Kate bought this cute top:

She was wearing skinny black jeans and Chelsea boots and it looked so good when she tried it on! Minimal and clean. 

Then we went to Nordstrom to see if they had any Madewell jackets (nope) and so I could smell the Jo Malone perfume. My current new possible favorite is the Basil & Neroli but the sales associate made us smell all of the new limited edition line which are grain-based (odd but not unpleasant) and we eventually had to flop on the ground and pretend to be dead so she'd leave us alone. 

I wandered back over to to the leather jacket section but didn't see anything I liked. I tried on this TopShop jacket:

Cute, but not quite right. Sooooo, I trotted home and ordered the Madwell Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket using the 15% off Insider discount before it expired. You know, for science.

 The end. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

Weekend Window Shopping: Old Navy for Springtime.

Despite the fact that multiple crazy storms have been pummeling the east coast, it's still almost kind of springtime! I haven't checked out Old Navy in a while, but it's always fun for inexpensive warm weather clothes. I apparently have been neglecting ON because ugh, how did I miss this totally blatant Comme des Garçons knockoff? I totally would've bought that and now my size is gone. Likewise, this released-hem denim shirt dress is worth going to the actual stupid store to see if I can find my size. Damn cute, man. Anyway, here's what I found for you:



Thursday, March 8, 2018

Adrien: RTR Outfit of the Day, Part II

I'm pretty amazed that my first four items from Rent the Runway were hits! I didn't go very far out of my comfort zone, though, so maybe that had something to do with it. I mean, this is an Adrien Dress:

It's also a Diane Von Furstenberg dress and reads purple, but the print is actually red and blue. I love the intensity of the color and it was really comfortable! Beautifully made, heavy knit but not itchy or saggy. I'm wearing a medium and it fit pretty well. I'd never tried a DVF knit dress before and I wish I could keep it. When I was searching for it I also found this black knit DVF which looks really good and this striped number that's kind of amazing. 

I knoooowww, right? Just my kind of thing. It's hard to find a similar flared sweater dress but this one at Boden looks pretty good and this one at Target has all the stripes. This cute dress has a similar colorway and I also like this one with the zig zag print because I'm a weirdo about prints. 

Oh yeah, I still have the VEDA Jayne jacket. I'll send it back once I get my next leather jacket to try. In the meantime, if you have the Madewell ultimate or washed leather jacket, will you let me know if you love it or hate it or have a better suggestion? I'm still in my research phase for my Forever Jacket.

Not so much with it fastened up - it's definitely too small for this nonsense is what my face is saying. Details: 

Woof, I love the saturated color! So good. I'm keeping things simple with my two My Precious Studio necklaces. Go get some silver wings, you guys! They're great. 

Surprise, I still haven't switched out my bag. I used to switch out my bag multiple times per week and now I'm just like, "Grey goes with everything." I'M THE WORST STYLE BLOGGER. WHAT AM I EVEN DOING HERE. It's a good bag, though. This one is too, I'm guessing. My boots are Madewell Lucien and they're pretty similar to the current Alicia style boot.

 That's it! I'll try to incorporate more of my rental fanciness in upcoming outfits.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Nordstrom Rack Clearance digging.

True story: during a recent trip back from DC I asked my boyfriend if we could stop at Nordstrom Rack for, like, 20 minutes. I was trying to track down this Madewell tote which is being sold on eBay and the like for $125-$150. I found a bunch of them in the clearance rack for $79! Score! I totally missed it online but there were lots of them in the store.

If you don't live near a NR there are always some decent deals on their website. Here's what I found digging around in the clearance section. First up, bags:

This Minkoff tote also comes in black, but I thought this olive color was really cool and different. 

I am crazy about the punk rock flair of this studded canvas MJ tote and it comes in three colors. 

Something about this little Orla Kiely bag really appeals to my modern art minimalist side. 

Okay, so this. This is a pink velvet version of the Minkoff Julien backback but it's only $49?

Now for clothes. I honestly wasn't finding much that I thought worth posting about but then I saw a bunch of Madewell stuff including these: 

Madewell Slim Boyjean in Walton wash! They have a fair range of sizes available, which is amazing.

I also thought this Madewell hoodie looked like a solid choice. Definitely a gin hoodie.

It feels inevitable that I'll eventually be wearing Eileen Fisher. This silk dress is a good gateway. 

I also don't hate this EF weird high-low dress? I don't know. It just looks comfy. 

Final stop, the accessories department: 

Even on clearance this stabby Rag & Bone scarf isn't inexpensive but I SO love it. 

Super pretty dangly Botkier earrings for $12.

More Madewell! This tassel necklace is so pretty and it's under $10! 

That's it for today! I feel like my enabling work here is done.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Adrien: RTR Outfit of the Day

As promised I wore a whole lot of my rented finery the other day and felt jaunty af right up until I walked out my door and my neighbors dog jumped on me. THESE ARE NOT MY CLOTHES, DOG. (I petted him anyway because he was cute.) Here it is:

So here I'm wearing the silk Joie top that I really love. I got the medium but could probably have worn a small. I just wanted it drape-y so I could wear it over my favorite skinny jeans. This particular print is sold out but I also love this Joie print of little champagne glasses, this floral print is gorgeous and this one too!  If it's an insect print you want, this one is pretty similar and there's this one by Frame Denim. I also think this petite option is super cute. 

My wearing the Rachel Zoe Lana Twill Cigarette Pants in a size 6. They are super comfortable and I love the gold button detailing. I do not love that the side pockets stick out and make my hips look bigger but that always seems to happen. I'm not tempted to keep them though because my Everlane pants are similar enough and it's not that hard to find a black cigarette pant. They're nice, though. 

*sob* I love it so muchhhhhh. This is the Veda Jayne jacket in grey, size medium. It fits snugly which looks great if I'm wearing a silk blouse but I can't get much else under it. The leather is buttery soft and the lining is cotton and quite cozy. The jacket they sent me has a broken buckle, which is my only complaint. (I can't really wear it zipped up anyway. 😬) 

I love the color so much! But, if I'm going to invest in a leather jacket I will probably be boring and go with black leather. I found several grey jackets I love, like this one at Barneys and this BB Dakota version but I worry that it's trendy and will look dated in a few years. What to do? AllSaints Balfern? Madewell Ultimate? I am also going to try a few more of RTR's offerings, like this Doma moto jacket and this Slate & Willow version.

 Ugh. So buttery soft. More details:

I'm wearing my Soko Paddle Pendant which Marianne gave me for my birthday. It gets a lot of compliments! Bag 'n shoes:

I just posted about my MBMJ bag last week so I'll give that a rest. My flats are Madewell sidewalk skimmers, which I recently replaced via Poshmark. I had a pair in the same color that I wore until they were sad and faded but I loved them so much I found another nearly-new pair. I wish Madewell would make them again! In the meantime, this Franco Sarto blue suede flat is pretty interesting and this pair at Anthro is super freaking cute. Also, Tory Burch is not my favorite but these flats look really nice. 

That's it! I'll post another outfit with the DVF dress soon.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Blog Science: I Try Rent The Runway Unlimited.

Y'all don't know this about me but I am really into science. Blog science! Ha. But truly, I am always happy to be a guinea pig when it comes to trying out the weird stuff. I am basically a blog scientist on your behalf. YOU ARE WELCOME.

Here's the story: A friend of mine uses Rent The Runway Unlimited and always shows up wearing the cutest stuff and it's always from RTR. "It's a rental!" She hates shopping so this works really well for her, especially when it comes to work clothes. Recently she rented the grey Veda leather jacket I was whining about and it unhinged me. I came unhinged for that jacket. It's soft like a baby unicorn and the color is so unusual and UGH I WANT THAT. 

She mentioned that RTR Unlimited is $99 (with code FIRST) for the first month for four items at a time (after that it's $159) so for blog science I decided to give it a shot. Let's be clear: Mostly I wanted to get my grabby paws on that jacket. I signed up* and immediately ordered these four things:

This dress is DVF and I can't find it anywhere online except Rent The Runway. It's cute af but I'm definitely going to be breaking out the spanx for this one. 

Of course I got a silk Joie top. This is the Peterson B blouse with an insect print and it appears to be sold out everywhere. I have already worn it twice. 

These are Rachel Zoe Lana Twill Cigarette Pants and I am wearing them right this second! They have cute button detailing that's hard to see in that photo. 

MY PRECIOUS. The Veda Jayne Lambskin Leather Moto Jacket. It is wonderful and magical which is terrible. I would sleep in it if I could. 

I ordered this stuff and got it within a few days via UPS. The subscription includes shipping both ways, insurance and dry cleaning, so all you have to do it pull the clothes out of the bag and put them on your body and return them when you feel like something new. There are customer reviews on most items which is really helpful when you're between sizes. Everything I got fits me (more or less) and so far I've worn three out of the four things I rented. I'll be posting outfit/reviews later this week.

I think the best part about this subscription is that it gives me the opportunity to test-drive expensive things. I'm definitely going to be buying a leather jacket this year (though not the Veda jacket) and RTR has several that I can rent. They also offer decent discounts on most of the items if you decide you want to keep them forever. Which I fear might happen.

While I think RTR's strength is definitely fancy dress rentals, the Unlimited plan could be an amazing time saver for busy folks who hate shopping but have to look nice at work or attend a lot of dressy events. 

If you're tempted and would like $30 off your first order, here's my referral link. (Full disclosure: I'll also get $30 when your item ships. Fuller disclosure: you can't stack this with the current Unlimited deal.) 

Stay tuned for IRL outfits! 

* With my own money! This is not a sponsored post. #IpaidForThis