Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Shopping Report: An Update.

Y'all are probably real sick of hearing about this dress but THERE IS MORE SORRY/NOT SORRY. Because I am an obsessive weirdo I went back to Anthro yesterday hoping they'd magically have the leopard dress in my size. Alas, they did not, but while wandering around I noticed a sales assistant steaming the snakeskin version behind the counter. They hadn't even put them out yet but yes, I will take the small, please:



Turns out? It's great and the colorway works fine on me. I obviously bought the damn dress and also picked up the leopard for Marianne. (She has promised an outfit selfie!) I rarely buy anything full price at Anthro  but I think this dress is worth checking out because it's great and it's going to fly out of there. I'm wearing it today with tights and boots and will definitely be wearing it in a few months with bare legs and clog sandals!

Sort of related, I've been noticing a LOT of leopard and snakeskin on the Anthro site and thought I'd share a few of my favorites:

This blouse is SO FOR ME. I am going to keep a close eye on it for spring! (It needs to go on sale.) 

If you're leery about wearing A LOT of snake, maybe what you need is these ultra cool Supergas? 

I haven't bought a belt in ages but how f'ing great would this look with a plain black dress? 


There is a ton of leopard on the site (leopard 4Evr!) so I had to work hard to narrow things down:

This is more Marianne's jam than mine, but it's very 80s safari in a good way. 
(Hey, remember when we did this? Good times.) 

These are straight up adorable and the print is just right - neither too big nor too small. 

This top is riiiight on the edge of being maybe too much for me which means I should go try it on and know for sure because it might be just the right amount of too much. 

BONUS ADORABLE LEOPARD-PRINT CARD CASE WHICH I DO NOT NEED. (BUT OMG.) 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Weekend Shopping Report: Anthropologie Disappoints Me.

This past weekend I went to Anthropologie in search of the mythical Juno Printed Dress that keeps eluding me. I never generally want anything from Anthro badly enough to pay full price and now that I'm like, TAKE ALL MY MONEY ANTHRO the dress has gone *poof*

This is the dress I'm talking about (which, if you follow us on IG, you might already know about):

You can't have me. 

Currently it's sold out in the leopard print version but I don't take no for an answer. It's popped back online a few times but never in the size I need. So, off I went to the store and I found two of them at my local Anthro! Unfortunately one was a M and the other an XL. Dammit. I tried on the medium because I'm no quitter:


I absolutely love it but it's definitely too big. And yes, I am wearing it over my Madewell jeans and Dr Martens. Also, because I have narrow shoulders, it felt pretty low-cut in the medium as well:


They did have a small in the green floral version so I tried that on just to confirm sizing:


The green floral is...not for me, but the fit is perfect. A new snakeskin version of the dress just got added and, while I really like it,  I worry the pinky-beige color won't look great on me. So, for now, I am holding out for the leopard dress in size small. (Holla if you find one and I will be your best friend forever!) 

I also tried on the leopard print cardigan which I loved so much in theory but on me it was a little more boxy than I like:


So cozy, though! It's on sale and appears to be sold out online (I'm sure it'll pop back) but there were lots in my store. I pretty much fled after that because I was trying to keep my eyes on the prize and not be tempted to buy things I don't need. HOWEVER, there is a good sale going on at Anthro right now - an extra 40% off sale items and it ends tonight!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Weekend Window Shopping: Madewell Sale on Sale.

Happy Friday! This has been the longest damn week, hasn't it? I barely had the energy to dig through this Madewell sale  (an extra 30% off sale styles with code BRAVO) which seems to be mostly bits and pieces. Also, it wouldn't give me image links of any of the bags and I really loved this canvas tote and this little crossbody bag, both of which are part of the sale! Here's what else I liked:  
         
       

         
       
     
       

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Stuff I Like: Eating, Hibernating, Learning, Watching

I haven't done one of these in a while! Here are a few of the things that have been making my life better lately: 




This Salmon Salad I Eat For Lunch Every Week
It's that time of year when my weight is creeping up and austerity measures must be made. I pack my lunch every day and try really hard to pack food that's nutritious and also tasty. My latest obsession is this salmon salad recipe that I've been making every week. It really simple, makes two decent portions and tastes really good. You can put it in a collard wrap if you must but I prefer it on a toasted wheat pita with a handful of salad greens shoved in. Definitely get the good canned salmon with skin and bones included (I know, but they mix right in and you won't even notice and that's where the nutrition lives.) Because I'm bougie I like to use this fancy-ass mayo but Dukes is just fine too and I also add salt to the recipe because I'm not a monster.



This Comforter I Can't Live Without
I moved in with my boyfriend back in the summer and we have this great little 1960s ranch house that I adore. But y'all, I am freezing to death. This cute house of ours is drafty and I decided we needed a super cozy bed set-up so that I wasn't always a shivering poodle. On some dumb podcast I listen to (okay, it was Forever 35) a guest mentioned she had a silk-filled comforter that was great because it's weighty but also regulates body heat well.  I was like, THAT SOUNDS PERFECT. I scoured Amazon, bought the LilySilk All Season Luxury Silk Comforter and never looked back. I love it, my boyfriend loves it, the cats really love it. It's not super thick but it's deliciously heavy without being suffocating. It's not inexpensive but I've been so happy with it. Worth every penny.



This Audiobook That's Teaching Me French
Long story, but I never took a foreign language in high school. So, when we planned our trip last fall to Paris, I was pretty worried about the language thing and started listening to the Coffee Break French podcast. It's an excellent place to start and helped me to learn a few important words and phrases. Now, with our upcoming return trip to Paris (next week!) I wanted to go a little deeper. I researched the various programs and eventually bought Learn French With Paul Noble. This audiobook is an immersive method and within the first hour you're speaking full sentences, which feels like magic. It's not super helpful for just learning traveler's French (I think Coffee Break French does a better job of that) but it's still quite good, even if I tend to get snappy with Paul, who is smug. We get it Paul, you're a GD genius.



This Amazing Show You're Probably Already Watching
OMG are you watching Russian Doll? Marianne told me about it (she's watched it twice through) and I am currently obsessed. Also, Natasha Lyonne is just amazing and has the best hair. The basic premise is that the main character Nadia gets caught in a loop in which she repeatedly attends her birthday party and dies at the end of the night each time. It's dark and funny and kind of weird, just how I like it. I won't say more because I don't want to spoil it, just watch it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

We Discuss: Vitamin SEEEE



M: I broke down and bought some The Ordinary stuff to try

M: Because I am about to be very broke and it would be amazing if this worked

A: What’d you get? I’ve tried a couple of things.

M: Vitamin C, Rosehip oil, and the caffeine serum for under eye

A: I’ve tried the Rosehip oil and liked it. Let me know how the other two work out!

M: I will!

***

M: Two days into the Ordinary and so far I’m into it

M: The vitamin C is strong as fuck and I feel like it’s burning off my skin in a good way

A: I have such feelings about Vitamin C

M: What are your feelings? Do you not like the Kiehls stuff

A: I do! I like the Kiehls and the Sunday Riley which I rotate

M: IDK I definitely see a difference, Very similar to my prescription retinol

A: But I think they’re limited and eventually I'll need something stronger. However,  stronger serums tend to break me out so I am leery about trying something burn-y.

A: Also, Retinol makes my face flaky af

A: I don’t feel like anything is a super miracle for me

M: For me (obvi everyone is different) I had to get through the flaky period with retinol. It was not fun.

M: But I think it made my skin bombproof

A: I need to try again

M: Do it before summer!

A: Yeah, I can't really use retinol in the summer

M: Yeah it’s hard in the summer and also in the dead of winter

M: I remember wind made my face hurt

A: I’m just outside in the sun too much

M: I sound like a crazy person

A: Ha! No, I know what you mean.

M: Speaking of, this morning I accidentally used bronzer instead of setting powder

M: which is so fun

A: hahahaha

M: Like, under my eyes

A: Oops

M: Cool cool super coolll

A: That’s a do-over for me, dog

M: It wasn’t a ton so I just blended it with some powder and kept moving but I feel like I look a lil tan

A: That doesn’t sound like a bad thing.

A: Today it’s pouring rain and 36 degrees so I basically want to crawl back into my lair

M: It’s not even noticeable which makes me wonder if my bronzer actually does anything

M: I have forgotten what the sun feels like:


A: You look flawless

M: Well my computer monitor is huge and blows my skin out

M: Like, people mention it in video calls

M: Someone asked if I have a ring light at my desk

A: Whatever works!

M: Hahaha

A: I love a ring light

A: I just want to walk around with one

***

M: I am pretty gd pleased with this vitamin C business I have to say. Weirdly gritty and kind of burny. But I feel GLOWY

M: I am low on my Kiehls so this was an experiment

A: Well, it’s certainly well-priced so if it works…

M: And the rosehip oil is really nice even though it has an...earthiness

A: It does, yeah

A: But I use Sunday Riley oils that smell like dirt and herbs

M: haha

M: I am really hoping I continue to like it because I really can’t justify spending so much

M: The caffeine under eye stuff is interesting. I am not sure yet if it’s doing anything but you use SO LITTLE that a bottle will seriously last a year

A: I need to revisit The Ordinary. I just got so overwhelmed on the website trying to figure out what I needed

M: Yeah I know, I literally just ordered what my friend Jenny uses because her skin is amazing

M: They are out of the glycolic toner at Sephora, that’s the other thing she likes

A: Well, that’s really the way to do it, I’d say

M: Yup

A: Now I want all of those things (except the oil, which I already have!)

A: 


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

BUY THIS: Anthropologie Flash Sale.

Why you gotta be like this, Anthro? We are all sick of sweaters and coats and boots...right? Yes. YES WE ARE. And yet, there are some really nice things included in this 40% off flash sale that would work well into spring. Ugh, let's take a look:

This breezy camo sweater is TOTALLY for spring and would go with nearly everything. 


NOW YOU'RE JUST BEING MEAN, ANTHRO. I want this cardigan A LOT. 


This is the same brand as the great draped jacket Marianne and I bought last fall and comes in two great colors. I prefer the gray because that's all I know anymore. 


This leather jacket is Frye and it's an investment but omg, what a jacket. The color is really unusual and I love the stud collar. Dang. 


I kept coming back to this faux suede trench and surprised myself by liking the lavender color the best. It's just so pretty and soft but still kinda retro and badass. 


These look tan but are actually a blush color. Definitely springtime boots. 


These you could wear year-round - metallic gold with a chunky heel? Basically perfect. 


I love an airy perforated boot as a not-quite-sandal-weather option and this color is a perfect neutral. 


Monday, February 11, 2019

Outfit of the Day: New Favorites.

Finally, I have an outfit post to share! I've bought a few things recently that I've been really happy with, so I thought I'd put them together and see what happened. (I mean, nothing happened but it was a fine outfit for work or whatever.) Here were go:


So, I realllllly wanted that striped cashmere sweater from Everlane but they sold out of my size while I was still waffling about it. Of course. So I gave up on my striped cashmere dream completely. Then,  oops, I found the one I'm wearing at TJ Maxx!


It's C&C California 2-ply cashmere and it's SO GOOD. Soft as a kitten, not too sheer and really warm. It also comes in a pale grey stripe and I had a hard time deciding between the two. It's not online but TJM does have this fun version and there are a few listed on Poshmark as well. It's a really good sweater and I am tempted to go back for the other color. For similar styles I found this on by Rebecca Minkoff and this CK version. (But seriously, go to TJM and look for it! Under $40, y'all.) Now for the other half:


These are the Athleta Chelsea Cargo pant and I literally wore them three days in a row last week. It was unseasonably warm last week and they were so light and easy! The cargo pocket detail is pretty subtle, which I appreciate and I can see myself wearing these well into summer. They get great reviews for good reason and I'm sold. I bought them for travel but I can see them becoming a staple for work and play. Athleta pants can be hit or miss for me (see my review from last fall) but I love the Chelsea Cargo and have my eye on the Sutton Jogger. On to details:


Keeping it boring with my Giles & Brother fish hook pendant. I bought it more than two years ago and still wear it every week! A newer version is available in silver but I personally would go for this G&B anchor pendant


I really need to switch up my bag once in a while. My MBMJ hobo has really served me well, though! This gorgeous MJ Empire City Hobo is really similar and comes in grey if you want to be boring like me. Finally, my flats are Rothys which I have really been enjoying. I did a full review of these last fall if you're curious and recently gave Marianne a pair, so I'll post her thoughts soon. And don’t forget, you can shop through my link for $20 off your first purchase! (Full disclosure: I will also get a $20 credit.)

That's it for today. Have you bought anything good recently? Do tell.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Weekend Window Shopping: Suddenly I Want Dresses.

I've been wearing nothing but pants for months and been perfectly fine with it...until this week. We had a few warm days and suddenly my brain switched to spring and I WANT ALL THE DRESSES. Here's what I've got my eye on specifically:

         

       

Thursday, February 7, 2019

BUY THIS (Because I Already Did): Good Things On Sale.

A few of my favorite things happen to be on sale, so I thought I'd let you know about them just because I am a super nice person and not at all trying to enable you to buy something because it's Thursday and you deserve a little something nice.

J.Crew: 
My favorite Going-Out Blazer is 40% off with code COFFEE:


I wore it here if you want to see it on an actual person. It's got stretch so it's almost cardigan-comfy.


Madewell: 
Two of my favorite RMS products are 20% off right now at Madewell:


If you want a luminizing product that looks really natural, this is the one. I absolutely love it. 




This little palette is a great way to try several different RMS products. I'm especially fond of the cheek colors.


Shoes.com:
They are offering $30 off an $80 purchase, plus free shipping:



This brings my DM Chelsea boots down to $114.95! I also really love the Dr. Marten Zillow Chelsea which is even less expensive.  (Note: Shoes.com always has a promotion so you might be able to get a better price down the road, but sizing is limited and I don't know if they restock.)

TJ Maxx: 
I love my Argento Vivo labradorite necklace so much and these earrings on clearance are killing me:


Ugh. I don't need these at all but someone should maybe buy them and report back.

Tutorial: Let's Go Thrifting For Fun and Profit! (Part Three)


Hi all! This is the third in my three-part series about buying/selling on Poshmark. (Here are part one and two.) This third installment is specifically about sourcing to resell but also includes general tips about thrifting for fun (because I certainly don't sell everything I find. Nope.)




First, a general note on thrifting: Never go in looking for something specific, just go with a clear mind and get into that zen state as you work through the racks. It definitely helps if you like to dig and enjoy the "thrill of the hunt" aspect of shopping. If you don't, this might not be for you because it really takes time and patience.

Also, I am pretty new at this! I used to thrift a lot in college but only got back into it a year ago,  so I don't consider myself an expert by any means. For a deeper look,  I really liked Adina's recent post about thrifting which covers some areas I I'm not getting into today. Mostly I am just giving you a starter's guide:


A decent haul.

Find Your Honey Hole
First, you gotta find your best sourcing spot. In my area we have Goodwill (too expensive), Salvation Army (cluttered but much less expensive) and a few locally-owned thrift stores that are popular with students and therefore get picked over. There is also a "Bins" (aka Goodwill outlet) near me but I've been too scared to try it. (Apparently things get...aggressive at the bins.) For reselling purposes,  I don't like spending more than $4 on any item unless it's higher-end and immaculate.

At my favorite thrift store they have one day a week where all clothes are 50% off. Check around and find out what kind of deals/discounts your local shops run and take advantage of it! On half price day I usually hit the tank top racks and really go through them - I've found Lululemon, Lucy, Athleta, etc. They're regularly priced at $1.99, so at half price my cost per item is super low. Even if that tank sells for $12-$15, I am making a fair profit!


I can't resist leopard print. 

Go Consistently
If you go often enough and really dig into the racks, you'll train yourself to spot the good quality items. My fingers usually know before my eyes have registered a good brand. Good quality feels like good quality, especially when it comes to knits, denim and athletic wear. I generally stick with the women's racks but have found some great men's stuff on the women's racks! Also, my best athletic finds are usually mixed in with regular clothes. Lululemon can be especially stealthy because the logo isn't always obvious. Once you know your store, you'll know it's strengths - spend the majority of your time on areas where you find the best stuff.


Men's jeans I found on the women's rack.

Find Your Best Sellers 
I love to sell casual current styles - jeans, athletic wear and cute tops do best for me. Skirts and dresses don't move and I rarely find shoes or bags worth selling. My best rule - buy what you like and sell what you like. I try to keep my closet "on brand" by only selling items or brands I'd wear (with a few exceptions.) Brands I will always pick up: Patagonia, The North Face, Madewell, Rothys, Tieks, Frye, Dankso, Birkenstock, RRL, J.Crew (mainly black label - if it's got two diamonds on the tag, it's Factory), Lululemon, and Athleta. To date I have not found Rothys, Tieks, Frye or Birkenstocks, but I am always hopeful.

I love this cool blouse but the brand is a mystery.

Live Thrift!
Don't be afraid to stop what you're doing right in the aisle to look up a brand on Posh or eBay. Check the "sold" comps. I overlooked an RRL (Ralph Lauren black label) men's western shirt on three different trips before finally looking up the label and being like, Oh. I sold that puppy on eBay for $60! Anything that looks interesting or high quality? definitely look up sold comps and see if it's worth your time. I still make dumb mistakes (looking at you, mesh BR top) but I've definitely gotten better at buying things that sell. Also, there are some higher end brands that just don't do very well on Poshmark, so before you buy that $15 Joie top, check to see what similars are selling for. It might do better on eBay or it might just not be worth the effort.

This blouse was riddled with moth holes...I discovered after purchase.

Check and Check and Check Again.
I can't state this enough: before you get in line to purchase your great finds go find a well-lit corner of the thrift store and really look your stuff over, inside and out. For jeans - check the crotch, the back pockets, the hems, the waistband, and, very important, check the front for the dreaded elastic puckering:

This is bad.
If you're sourcing high end jeans, look for any signs that they're fake (sloppy stitching, spelling mistakes on the tags, etc.) For knits: look for holes and stretching. For tops: check the pits. For buttoned tops: check for missing buttons! I can't tell you how many times I've overlooked a missing button. For everything: check for stains and damage. Occasionally I've bought something with a stain that I was able to get out, but mostly I throw it back because it's not worth my time. I really can't stress how important this step is because I STILL miss stuff and it's incredibly frustrating.

That's it for now! Next week I'm going to do a post about your reseller toolkit - the items you should have on hand always. Whee. So fun.

Now, any questions?


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

We Discuss: An Average Week.

A: I have a GC burning a hole in my pocket and was like, maybe I’ll get that YSL Touche Eclat thing again. Then I read MY OWN REVIEW.

A: WHY DO I KEEP FALLING FOR IT.

M: GIRL

A: My brain is broken. I didn’t buy it but I was close.

M: That thing is just bougie bullshit

A: It IS! I posted on the blog and said exactly that

A: So why was I suddenly like, maybe this time

M: broken

A: Touche Eclat is a bad boyfriend

M: If I stray from Bye Bye Undereye...

A: I’m in an abusive relationship with a highlighter

M: It will be to try Shape Tape concealer

A: Ah, now that one I want to try

M: Or another one that just flew out of my brain whoops

M: Fenty!

M: But! Bye Bye Undereye is nearly perfect

A: Fenty, oooh yes.

A: It is! And it lasts foreverrrrr

A: I didn’t even run out of my last tube - the tube cracked

M: dang

A: But it was TIME

A: I’m wearing that Le Labo Ambrette perfume today

M: How’s that going?

M: Chris had to take the trash out early fyi

A: It’s really nice - subtle to the point of invisible. Just the way I like it.

***

M: Got you something


A: WOW

M: Perfect for Paris

A: Hot pink cowboy boots. So Parisian.

M: Frawnch

A: Sweet Jesus why do those boots exist

M: They will look so good on you

M: I’m so excited

M: 

A: New phone who dis


***

A: A reader just sent me this (thanks, Ellen!):



M: RUDE DRESS

A: Like NOPE NOPE NOPE

M: Literally who would look good in that. The model looks like a potato in an ace bandage

M: That dress is assaulting her

A: I just snort-wheezed

M: 🥔 👗

A: She also sent me this:



M: That’s kind of fun, in a “formal lampshade” kind of way

A: I think it’s only fun because she’s moving. What happens when she holds still?

***

A: “The model looks like a potato in an ace bandage” is still cracking me up

M: 🤗

A: Your best sentence today

M: I’m really living my best life this week

***

A: Is this your new carnigan sweater?


M: I want that!

A: Is cute right?

M: Where is it

A: Anthro

M: Ugh I want

A: That why I asked if it was the one you just bought, but clearly not!

M: Ha no I bought the longer plaid one

A: So cute

A:

M: Yay boots! How do they feel?

A: Not bad! They feel huge though, comparatively

M: That’s always my concern

A:

M: Super cute

A: Good and stompy

***

A: Bought this for you and Lu:


M: Oh wow thanks

A: SO YOU CAN MATCH

M: It’s weird, all of our mail is currently being routed to a dumpster fire 🤷🏻‍♀️

A: Oh well, sorry about your Rothy's I just mailed you

M: Dang

M: Really should have fixed that

A: OH WELL.