Friday, August 23, 2019

Weekend Window Shopping: Sale Time at Anthro!

If there's anything tempting you at Anthropologie, now might be a good time to get it. It's Anthro Day! This means 20% off of all clothing and home, and extra 30% off of sale items and 30% off select fall favorites. And free shipping on all orders all weekend long! They are super stingy about free shipping, so that's a good deal. Here's what I'm personally loving for fall (though please note: not all my picks are 20%):
         
       

         
       
     
       

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Review: Madewell Remi Mule (and Vince Newlyn sneakers!)

Spoiler alert: I don't love everything I order online. I received my Madewell Remi mules yesterday and I was pretty excited about them and positive that I would love them. Guess what? I do not love them. 



Okay, they look pretty cute in the photo but I accidentally ordered a half size up from my usual size so it was already a doomed purchase. (Why the H, Madewell? Why you gotta be confusing?) Right off the bat they were too big. This is absolutely my fault, but knowing I'd have to return them either way made me really think about how I felt. I am just less in love with them in person. They appear slightly too long and pointy and the colors in the pattern aren't as vibrant as I was expecting:


Somehow the stock photo made the grey sections look a bit purple-y to me but they are definitely just grey. The positive: These mules are really well made and the snake pattern is striking. The negative: they just weren't doing it for me. Back they go. 

NOW, I also got a pair of Vince Newlyn sneakers this week that I purchased secondhand. They are GREAT. So beautifully made, good thick suede and really comfortable: 


On Marianne's recommendation I sized down to a 7.5 (I usually wear an 8) and they fit perfectly. They are slightly narrow, so that is something to take into consideration. I just love the idea of a high top sneaker boot for fall and these fit the bill. I can't wait to wear them for real! They are available at Off Fifth and there's a great taupe version on Last Call that are clearanced out. 


For the rest of my outfit I'm wearing my new Athleta Zephyr tee and it's a just the best - so light and easy. I'm also wearing Madewell jeans which will surprise no one. Details:


Here's a dumb close-up to show you the contrast knit trim on my tee. Exciting, I know. I'm also wearing my Soko paddle pendant which is still available (but in a slightly smaller size.) 


It's hard to take photos of black suede, you guys. Just trust that these Vince sneakers are super great. I'm also still very much into my Miu Miu bag! It's back up to full price, so instead of posting similar items, I'm going to suggest you check out the Lo & Sons sale because our favorite backpack is now 50% off! I have the navy camo and use it everyday - it's completely replaced my work tote. (Also, despite the Hanover claiming it only fits a 13" laptop, I am able to squeeze my 15" in it with no issues.)

That's it! Two lame reviews in one blog entry. I am just such an overachiever. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

We Discuss: Fall Shoes, The Sequel.

M: Fall wish list so far: new sunglasses, shearling Arizonas, animal print mules

A: I want those snakeskin mules, shearling Boston clogs, and a really good raincoat. Oh, and I actually legit need a new striped shirt. I killed the one from J.Crew.

M: I’d like another drape-y trench type jacket maybe.

A: I love fall clothes even though summer is my favorite.

M: Oh and I want a new turtleneck sweater which is going to be a pain because I have something very specific in mind.

A: Is it made from the male tears of the patriarchy?

M: Ideally

A: I’m in

M: But also just heavy enough, but can also be tucked a little, good drape, not too thin, maybe ribbed.

M: I have a favorite grey turtleneck that’s too trashed to wear in public but I want to replicate it.

A: You might have to go fancy.

M: I might.

A: I still want those snakeskin mules, FYI.


M: 🙃

M: They are cute.

A: They are weird and interesting and unlike anything I own.

M: Obvi I’m a fan

A: *Brisk clap* Well, that’s done.

M: Haaaa

A: You talked me into it. very persuasive.

M: My loafer mules shipped! I really got the last ones!


A: YES.

A: I’m glad you didn’t hesitate.

M: Damn me too.

***

A: My eBay Vince sneaker boots arrived!


A: 😍 Too bad I can’t wear them for at least two months.

M: Yay! They fit?

A: They fit. I went down half a size as you recommended.

M: I’m glad you like them!

A: They're in great shape and now I feel like I stole them.

A: I keep trying them on and then sadly pulling them off.

M: My loafer mules came and I love them.

A: Such a good shoe happy endings!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Beauty Updates: I Know Nothing. (Also, I Am Cranky.)

Probably you think I know something about beauty and skincare since I've been writing about it on a blog for nine damn years. It's all a lie. I don't know anything! I am you. You are me. We get a 15% off VIB coupon from Sephora and suddenly we're scrolling through 800 different moisturizers trying to figure out which one will change our lives. Because surely one of them will, right? I just need THE RIGHT ONE.

What is it about a Sephora code that unhinges me? It's only 15% off! It's not even that good. And yet, I do need moisturizer (and probably some other stuff really) so why not figure all that out right now? Cool? Cool. Now, I had been using Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream and it's fine, despite the tub packaging which I don't love. When I ran out of it I bought a tube of The Ordinary's moisturizer and it's just...okay. It's not offensive but nothing about it is awesome either. What I really want is this:


Ooooh. I know. But if we're being honest, I want it because it's beautiful. It's a beautiful TUB of fancy cream. There's that tub again. Let's be practical. Maybe this one:


It's inexpensive, it's not in a tub, it seems popular. But, nothing about it feels life-change-y. I apparently expect a lot from moisturizer. And ooh, Sunday Riley has a face cream version of the CEO stuff I like:

I KNOW IT'S IN A TUB. I give up, okay? It's fine. I don't even care anymore. I hate Paula Begoun and her scammy site anyway. And listen, as always, I am open to your suggestions. Now, what about fun stuff? I would love a new lipstick - all of mine are so decrepit that Marianne is somewhere frowning right now and doesn't even know why. She can just sense it. Shhh. So, I love this gloss which means maybe I'd love this lipstick:


Isn't it fun and ridiculous? Or maybe something like this lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury?


I historically have a hard time with matte lipcolor but I am intrigued by this Pat McGrath set:


Finally, this is not lipstick but have you smelled any of the Tom Ford fragrances? They are AMAZING. I love this one quite a lot:


I also love the Jasmin Rouge but it only comes in Expensive and Crazy Expensive. Such is the way. Did you get a VIB coupon? What are you buying? 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Weekend Shopping Report: It's Starting, Isn't It.

Last weekend my friend Kate and I had a nice catch-up lunch which might have included a cocktail and then we wandered over to the Big Mall where all the danger stores live. First, we went to Athleta where I didn't need a damn thing. NOT ONE DAMN THING DID I NEED.

You can see where this is going, right? Suddenly I'm in the dressing room with a whole lot of things to try on. First, I tried on the Printed Rincon Dress, which I believe I mentioned back in June. They had it in the same weird black pattern as my shorts, so how could I not try it on?


I am currently between sizes, which was really apparent with this dress. Here it is in medium:


It's gaping at the top and there's a lot of material to deal with in the skirt. Still, it was super comfy and would travel like a champ. (I am a fan in general of this line - it's the same material as my Zephyr shell.) The size small fit better overall but was pulling a bit across the chest. I had to put it back because for the price, it should fit perfectly.

Kate, meanwhile, tried on the Brooklyn Ankle Pant and they are SO GOOD:


She was worried they looked too casual because they felt like workout pants. But that's the trick - they look like really nice cropped pants (that stripe down the side!) but feel like comfy workout pants. Magic. She also found, hiding in the back, the longer t-shirt cousin of our beloved shell, the Zephyr Tee:


We both tried it on and both loved it. It's not really a t-shirt - it's a woven top with knit trim that drapes really nicely and looks expensive on. (Which it should, because it's certainly not cheap.)

We both bought the Zephyr top and Kate also got the cute pants. I'm telling you, Athleta is really impressing me with the non-fitness clothing. So comfortable and stylish and perfect for travel.

We then went to Madewell, which is still really in full summer mode. Kate tried on jeans and I wandered around and was tempted by these cute earrings which I did not buy. The only thing I got (and Kate did too) is another Whisper tee in a color only redheads can wear:


It was an extra 30% off so ended up being $11 or something like that. Marianne got me hooked on these tees and this is my third one. Sorry, Everlane. After Madewell we fled the mall because all the money had been spent and we needed coffee. The next morning I got this from Kate:



Friday, August 16, 2019

Weekend Window Shopping: New Arrivals at Madewell

UGH. YOU GUYS. The things I do for you. I decided to browse the new arrivals at Madewell purely for blog science and now I want, like, six new things. It's REAL BAD. I know it's still a billion degrees outside but my dumb brain is very confident that fall will be here any minute and don't I need to prepare? Ugh:
         
       

         
       
     
       

Thursday, August 15, 2019

We Discuss: Our Fall Shoe Obsessions.

A: You own Vince high top sneaker boot things before, yes?

M: Yes.

A: Do they run big? I am seeing all kinds of conflicting info on the Internets.

M: The ones I have definitely ran big.

A: These:


M: Those are the ones I have an in my experience they ran big.

A: Thanks! I might find a really inexpensive used pair and see if I like them.

A: WAIT. Goddammit, Madewell just sent me an Insider $25 off a $100 purchase.

M: gah

A: Fuckers. They know I want those snakeskin slides:


M: That’s so rude.

A: So incredibly rude.

M: Ugh I just got one TOO

A: THEY ARE SO MEAN WHY ARE YOU SO MEAN, MADEWELL

M: IT’S RUDE

M: THEY ONLY HAVE THESE LEFT IN MY SIZE


A: GIRL IT IS A SIGN

M: 😭

A: They are so mean, I’m sorry.

M: I feel all panicky.

A: That’s what they want.

M: DAMMIT

A: But those shoes are really cute.

M: I really love them and I checked and I have been talking about animal print mules since LAST fall.

A: Girl!

M: I mean I feel like it’s not an impulse purchase, right.

M: A year!

A: Just gooooo

M: I did.

A: Now I am like, DO I NEED THE SNAKESKIN MULES

M: Maybe???

A: They are not close to sold out but $25 off…

M: Dude I literally got the last pair of mine.

M: Now they say sold out.

A: SEE??? A SIGN.

M: This is my reward for going to the doctor this week.

A: Of course.

M: And not being told I’m dying.

A: Which you’re obviously not.

M: Tell that to my brain.

A: settle down, brain.

M: I am excited about my mules. Those and furry Arizonas are the two shoes on my fall wish list.

A: Yay! Good focus.

A: I still have my mules sitting in my shopping cart.

A: And... I just bought a pair of Vince Newlyn boots on eBay! Fall can start now.

M: Bite your tongue it’s still summer!

A: ILU SUMMER

M: I already feel like it’s going too fast.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Outfit of the Day: Just Something I Liked.

Sometimes I plan my blog outfits and sometimes (most times tbh) I get dressed in a hurry and rush out the door. Occasionally I will be pleased with my rushed outfit and take a quick photo so I can recreate it later for the blog. That's what you're getting today, more or less. Hooray? 


I'm technically wearing mostly black but they're different shades of black so I am feeling okay about it. My top is the Zephyr Shell from Athleta and it is really more of a washed black with darker black trim. I love this top because it weighs nothing and, despite being cropped and boxy, it somehow hits me just right. Oh, it also comes in a really pretty navy print! I like that one a lot. 


My jeans are Madewell and they're the thrifted jeans I mentioned on Monday! I am pretty stoked about them because they are SUPER black with no whiskering or distressing, so I've been wearing them to work and pretending like they absolutely are not jeans. Shh. They are such a good, pigmented black that they make my top look blue. (It's not, I promise.) 


We're supposed to have storms later so I threw on this absolutely not waterproof jacket, mainly because I miss it. It's Madewell et Sezane from a few years back. It's long sold out but this Madewell surplus jacket looks like a good substitute. If you want something that might actually be waterproof, this cute Columbia trench comes in a good olive green! On to details: 


Hey, I got a haircut and wow is my face SHINY. Anyway, I'm wearing the same jewelry I've been wearing all summer - my labradorite Panacea earrings (I couldn't find a similar but isn't this pair beautiful?) and my much-loved Dean Davidson tassel (sold out, but this one is similar.) 


Shoes and bag! This is a lot of pattern and I didn't entirely think this through but I don't hate it. My flats are Madewell Reid ballet flats and I really love them. This is my second or third pair of Madewell leopard flats and these are by far the most comfortable. I'm also carrying my Liberty of London Marlborough tote (link is to the bigger version) which I found on Poshmark. I typically carry it more in the fall/winter but decided I don't care anymore. That's it! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We Discuss: Yesterday Stuff.

M: Damn it now I want your shorts

A: Ha, sorry. They’re really good though

M: I am becoming a person who just wears athletic shorts and t-shirts on the weekend

A: I literally just bought them full price because I am not fucking around

M: Hell yeah

A: They are super comfy but also cute enough to pass for real clothing

M: Also for your hair I like AG Texture Gloss a lot





M: Also Oribe texture spray

M: The spray is more volume-y

A: Ha, I thought I had a travel sized Oribe spray and was like, what did I do with it? Oh, I gave it to Marianne.

M: hahahaha

A: I have a few little bottles of texture spray stuff - the Kristen Ess stuff at Target and Ouai Texture Spray I got in a box. Both are quite underwhelming.

M: oops

A: Like, my hair is just giving me the middle finger

M: I think Oribe Texturizing Spray is the only spray worth fussing with



A: Oribe is good stuff

M: It’s a dry-er texture, like I use it on day three because it almost works as a dry shampoo too

A: Right, both of these products are supposed to be that

M: The AG texture gloss is more like a pomade

A: That interests me

M: I use it on the ends only

A: Oh, of course

M: Oh and this stuff!



M: You might love this actually

A: YES. I wanted that when you posted about it a few years ago

M: Walmart has it for $12

A: I hate Walmart but I am willing to go and get some of that

M: I mean online

M: I would never advise GOING to Walmart

A: OH. Haha!

A: I was like, you are making me go to Walmart...?

A: Crisis averted

M: Hahahaha

Monday, August 12, 2019

Weekend Shopping Report: This and That.

I haven't bought much lately but I have a few things to report from last weekend:

I recently went looking online for a pair of magical shorts for my upcoming vacation to northern California. I wanted something packable and cute that I could also wear for a hike or kayaking. Also, I wanted a 4" (or longer) inseam. This seemed like a tall order but I figured Athleta would have something and I found these:


They are the Camden Printed Short. I went to try them on in store and loved them so much I just bought them. They have a nice wide waistband, cute zipper pockets and are light as a feather. Sold. I wore them out yesterday for running errands and they didn't ride up or otherwise piss me off, so they're definitely good to go for vacation.

Now, here is a lesson in how not to sell things on Poshmark:

1. Find a great pair of Madewell jeans at the thrift store

2. Wash and carefully press the jeans

3. Photograph jeans and take measurements

4. Try jeans on for blog science

5. Add a top and shoes and wear your new jeans to work

6. Oops


Erm, so sometimes the things I thrift to sell end up being for me and hey, nothing wrong with that! I didn't have a pair of plain black skinny jeans and now I do. I am regularly amazed at the things I find at the thrift store.



One other thing I bought that I wanted to mention - this summer-weight "quilt" from Target. We desperately needed something that wasn't a cat-destroyed knit blanket so I bought this quilt and it's SO nice. Attractive and weighty but still light enough for summer. I haven't washed it yet but so far it's great and of course the cats love it. 


Finally, are their any short haired ladies around? I got a new haircut and It's been too many years since I've needed products for anything but super-straightness. Y'all got any recs for a texturizing/volume type product? I don't generally like salt sprays but I'm open to suggestions for any kind of volumizer or paste or balm-type product. Help me be piece-y!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Weekend Window Shopping: All the Anthro Dresses.

Anthropologie is having quite the sale on dresses and there are A LOT of them. I've narrowed it down to eight that I'd love to have in my closet:

 
       

         
       
     
       

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Stuff I Like: What Do I Even Like, Y'all?

First order of business, goddamn Anthro put my Maeve dress on sale because OF COURSE THEY DID. If you bought it this week, get a price adjustment! If you were tempted, you should go for it.

Now, this was supposed to be a Stuff I Like post but I have talked about basically everything I like already. Oh, wait, have you watched Lizzo's Tiny Desk Concert? (Probably NSFW but whatev.)


Y'all, Marianne introduced me to Lizzo and Cuz I Love You is TRULY my summer soundtrack. Just so freaking great and you should all check it out if you haven't already (which you probably have because I am always 6 months behind on this stuff.)

Oh, one more thing. Madewell totally has my number because they're all, "Heeey. You like snakeskin, right? How about these?"


AND THEN they are like, how about 20% off some cool shoes? Get out of here, Madewell. Damn.

Now, tell me what you like lately because I am out of stuff.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

We Discuss: Garbage Tees and Sack dresses.


A: I was home yesterday with a migraine and when I was feeling a little better I did a half-hearted closet edit. Why do I hold onto things I haven’t worn in ages? Am I really going to be sad I didn’t keep that garbage dress from Marshall's that doesn’t fit me anymore?

M: Aw man I am sorry about your migraine!

A: I’m still coming out of it.

M: Yeah I feel like I am constantly purging and constantly finding more stuff to toss

A: It’s just so dumb. Like, I finally got rid of that cute Old Navy dress you gave me that no longer fits me and looks all sad and droopy

M: And then I do stupid stuff like get rid of ALL of my t-shirts except for my new Madewell ones
and then guess what happens when I need to do yard work? I ruin them


A: I always keep a pile of garbage tees to wear around the house and stuff

M: Yes it was a mistake

A: I don’t really have pajamas, I have a sad collection of old t-shirts and at-home pants

M: I need to find a happy medium

A: Plus, those Everlane tees get real soft after a year

M: I love those pajama shorts from Screw Factory

M: JCREW

A: Hahaha

M: Ha

A: JSCREW

M: truth

M: I am wearing my black kaftan dress at work today and I’ve gotten so many complements! I am really tempted by the leopard print but I am verging on Too Many animal print dresses

A: Yay! I am just so into a floaty sack dress and that dress looks great on you

M: Ugh it’s SO CUTE I should just get it


A: Just get it

A: It’s $35

M: The blue batik pattern is also real cute but I need to rein it in maybe

A: It is, but I like the leopard better

M: Ah sold out in my size

A: Aw, fuck

M: The leopard it says is in stock in a 10 but won’t let me add it 😟

A: Booooo

A: It says sold out on my end

M: womp

M: Well that answers that. It may come back though, the black one did

A: Keep an eye on it

M: always

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Outfit of the Day: My New Favorite Dress.

 I did it again - I broke my rule about not paying full price for something but the heart wants what it wants and the heart wanted the Tania Tiered Tunic Dress. The heart was also worried it would sell out, so...


Y'all, this dress is a SACK and I totally love it. It's just one of those good floaty dresses that barely touches you and that's what I want in August, you know? Just FYI - it runs a bit big - I am wear a size small. (Not to enable but it's a good dress and you should consider it.) Maeve does a good job with the floaty dresses. This one also looks promising and this adorable swing dress is actually on sale! 


I realized while writing this that most of my Anthro purchases from the last year, including the tunic top I posted about recently, are Maeve. Most of the clothes at Anthro are too fussy for me, so I'm happy to have a go-to brand (even if it's over-priced.) Currently, however, I don't want a single thing from Maeve. Except maybe this dumb sweatshirt top. And maybe these pants that are All The Things. Ugh. Anyway, on to details: 


Here's my secret to a no-makeup look: Put on a shit-ton of makeup and then shine a bright light on your face. Voila! Ha. I am wearing my Panacea labradorite earrings (this pair is VERY similar) and my favorite sold-out Soko pendant (smaller version still available!) I'm also wearing a teeny Madewell star necklace because why not. 


I gave my Miu Miu bag a rest and threw all my crap back in my old standby MJ Too Hot To Handle hobo. This style is probably the most similar but you can also find it on Poshmark and the like. My sandals are Lotta from Stockholm Peep Toe clogs and they're available in a bunch of colors including red like my pair. 


PS. Of course I tried on my leather jacket with my new dress! I can't wait to wear it with boots and this jacket. (I mean, I can wait because I love summer, but I'll admit I'm looking forward to changing up the wardrobe.) 

Monday, August 5, 2019

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Sale Doldrums.

August is kind of the worst shopping month, isn't it? We're all super tired of summer clothes but not yet on board with buying for fall because it's still a million degrees outside. It's a good month to lay low or to scoop up weird one-off bargains from the outlet websites. (Guess which option I chose?)

FIRST, I want to let y'all know that the $80 Frye tote seems to be available for sale again at TJ Maxx:


GO GET IT. I WILL WAIT. I checked over the other clearance items at TJ Maxx and didn't find anything compelling. That tote is definitely the best of the lot. I then checked out Off Fifth to see what I could find. Here's what I found:


This adorable Rebecca Minkoff leopard print backpack is $45 with code FALLSTYLE. $45! If leopard isn't your thing, never fear, it comes in a bunch of solid colors as well. (But the leopard is the best, isn't it?)

Next I checked out Last Call. When I clicked on the site they gave me a limited time extra 10% off coupon! I am not very impressed with the clearance offerings but I do have my eye on this Lulu Frost charm necklace:


I am waiting for it to be cheaper but it's still a good price for Lulu Frost. I also found these cute grey 7FAMK jeans that are under $50 and would transition well into fall: 


Ooh, and these Lisa Freede climber earrings are so pretty and a very good price with the extra 10% off: 


Finally I went to Nordstrom Rack which is looking kind of sad right now BUT I did find these quite perfect looking Madewell jeans:


Dark wash, high rise (but not crazy high), no fuss. Basically perfect. Full disclosure: they're also on the Madwell site for the same price but Nordstrom Rack has a LOT more sizes.