Friday, January 24, 2020

Weekend Window Shopping: Off Fifth Reminds Us About Winter.

Are we tired of winter yet? Clearly Off Fifth is because they're offering an extra 60% off cold weather gear with code CLEAROUT and an extra 50% off boots with code WARMUP. Plus, they have the usual selection of crap on clearance. Here's what I like:

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Stuff I Like: Packing My Lunch.

I am an avid packer of weekday lunches because I like to use my lunch break for other purposes: yoga, shopping, thrifting, whatever. (And I always take my lunch break. TAKE YOUR LUNCH BREAK, PEOPLE.) I'm very extra about how I pack my lunch because why wouldn't you want real flatware and a cloth napkin? Try it - it will make your sad leftovers feel much more civilized. I also pack in Pyrex glass containers so my lunch bag weighs a ton. For the longest time I have been using a lunch bag I got from Marshalls that I like, but it's always been slightly too small.

But behold, I finally bought that fancy SoYoung Lunch Poche from Anthro and it's SO GOOD:

It fits all my heavy containers and extra bits and it zips up at the top and has a shoulder strap! And it's SO PRETTY. That bottom stripe is slightly metallic and makes me feel like a fancy lady when I carry it...right up until I put it apologetically into the gross workplace fridge. Sorry about daycare, kid. Mommy has to work.

 too pretty for that refrigerator

Is it expensive for a lunch bag? Yeah, it is. But it's something I use every day and why shouldn't my lunch bag spark joy? ALSO, SoYoung has a bunch of different variations on Amazon that aren't quite as much money. This one is cute:

They also offer a discount for your first purchase on the SoYoung site and they have CUTE kid's lunch boxes as well. If these aren't your thing but you still want a lunch bag that sparks joy, I found a bunch on Nordstrom Rack that are fashion-y but not expensive. Like, check out this quartz pattern:

and this one is LeSportsac and it's got a croc pattern! Love:

And this one is perfect if you just want something small for your desk snacks: 

If you don't normally pack your lunch and this has inspired you, please also read Marianne's old post about some great sustainable choices that will make your lunch packing even easier. (She links to the Pyrex containers we both have and love!) Pack your lunch and enjoy! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Outfit of the Day: Dress Code Violation

I am allowed to wear jeans to work on Friday and at some point I realized I probably wouldn't get fired if I wore plain black jeans which has devolved into me just wearing whatever I want (within reason.) Please do not go back through the archives to see how I used to dress for work because it will show you just how lazy I have become. (SO LAZY. Also, god, I was so skinny back then.) ANYWAY, I talked about the straight leg cropped jeans I bought at Madewell and they're kinda black so off to work I go:

So I am obviously wearing my Madewell Perfect Vintage jeans which are a more grey than black and I think I like them a lot. Naturally they're not on sale right now but this pair of Perfect Vintage jeans with a metallic stripe is definitely on sale (and really damn cute.) This pair also looks cute, also on sale. It's hard to truly describe how high rise these are but it's kind of like a gentle denim corset. I am adjusting. 

My sweater is a Marshall's purchase from last winter - it's C&C California cashmere and I have it in two colors because of course I do. It's available in a multicolored version here (XS only) or for something not-really similar I like this striped BR sweater. (But, really, just get Marianne's AllSaints sweater.) 

On to details! Here's a terrifying giant shiny face pic to show you my jewelry (but also my rad new cut and color): 

My necklace was a birthday present from my boyfriend - it's by Pyrrha Jewelry and reads, "travellers club" for safe travels! I love it. My earrings are by Panacea (these are similar) and my lipstick is MAC Party Line

Carrying my usual Miu Miu bag (under $100 Cole Haan dupe!) and wearing my Everlane Day Glove flats which are still kinda weird but I like them. They aren't the MOST comfortable flats ever (does that even exist?) but I'd probably buy another pair. Finally:

It was really cold this morning so I ruined it all with my The North Face jacket and a nice Foxford scarf I bought in Ireland. The end. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Shopping Report: I Try On Madewell Jeans.

Okay, first of all, I owe you guys an apology. During the crazy Madewell sale I used my birthday discount to buy a backup pair of my beloved black coated skinny jeans. I believe I said something like, "I don't understand why they're so on sale!" Welp, now I do. THESE ARE NOT MY JEANS. (These are my jeans.) They changed them! They're now made from some thin, sheeny, denim-like material that is not really coated. If you bought a pair on my recommendation and hated them, I apologize. I didn't know!

Anyway, I stomped back to Madewell to return them immediately and then started trying on jeans because that's what you do at Madewell. Luckily the sales assistant who helped me wore the same size I do so she had good knowledge in my quest for non-skinny jeans. Note: All my attempts at dressing room photos looked like this:

So I'm just gonna use the stock photos and spare us all. First I tried on the Classic Straight jeans because my friend Kate has them and they looks SO GOOD on her. Just very current and French lady cool. Never mind that we don't share the same body type, I wanted them:

They are cute! They are not that cute on me, though. Somehow there was just a lot of material in the back that wasn't doing nice things. Hmph. I also tried on the Cali Demi-Boot:

I actually liked these a lot but they feel advanced, you know? I might revisit in the spring because they'd be so cute with flats or sneakers. I am not sure how I feel about them with boots. It's just going to take a little time to get used to a new silhouette. Baby steps. Finally, my lovely sales assistant suggested I try on the Perfect Vintage jean in Sumner wash (a grey-black IRL):

They were great so I bought them. (Thank you, birthday discount.) I will post an outfit soon, but they're exactly what I had in mind - interesting wash, not too distressed, cropped leg. I am also very interested to try the Stovepipe jeans but they didn't have them in stock. One day...

Friday, January 17, 2020

Weekend Window Shopping: Anthropologie IRL.

I stopped by Anthropologie today and basically touched everything in the store. I also tried on a bunch of work-appropriate tops and then bought the Bowie tee. I am hopeless. Here's what I liked:

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Outfit of the Day: See? I Told You.

Okay! I finally have a big ole sweater outfit to show you, as mentioned in Tuesday's post:

This look is definitely right up my alley! The sweater is by French Connection and it's sold out on NR but still available at Off Fifth and also at Lord & Taylor in some really good colors! As I mentioned, it runs big but that's it's charm: 

This is the small! I am embracing it in all it's boxy glory, but it's structured enough that it hangs really nicely and looks deliberately oversized, rather than just too big. 

I'm wearing it with my favorite black Madewell jeans that I wear to work all the time and pretend are black pants. (I am fooling nobody but whatever.) These jeans are super comfy and soft and don't stretch out all crazy. I wear them way too much. I also want this pair of black straight leg jeans that my friend Kate has because they look so cool on her and I'm hoping that will rub off. Very into the slightly cropped straight leg look rn. Details: 

I was trying to show you my earrings, which I mentioned on IG. They're tiny little Bowie lightning bolt threaders by Virginie Millefiori and y'all, they are so pretty. She does the loveliest delicate enamel jewelry and I am especially into this gold Chrysalis Necklace necklace which comes in a bunch of variations. I'm also wearing my big Soko paddle pendant that Marianne gave me a few years back. Still a favorite! It's available in a mini version but sold out in my size. And look:

New things! My bag is a Marc Jacobs Single which I found on Poshmark for a steal. I love that it has a classic Chanel bag feel without being too fancy. If you're not confident about buying secondhand, it's not hard to find a similar style. I love this Minkoff chevron quilted bag and this Cole Haan is really well-priced. And check out this under $30 option at Target

My boots are Seychelles Floodplain booties in leopard and I got them from Anthro (still a few sizes left!) during the crazy post-Christmas sale. (Thanks to Marianne, who sent me a text all, DO I NEED THESE and then, like a jerk, I bought them too.) They're good! I like that they're not calf-hair so they won't get weird bald patches. They aren't Madewell-level boot comfort but they're solid and a LOT of fun. Just like me. Heh. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Adrien: Favorite Style Purchases of 2019.

Every year I do a round-up of favorite purchases from the previous year and I was happy to discover that I didn't buy many duds last year. I am definitely better about planning out my purchases and buying nicer things that really suit me. Almost all of my favorites from 2019 were planned purchases that I researched and bought deliberately. Here are my top favorites from 2019:

Miu Miu Bag
This bag! I stalked it for months. The price went up, the price went down. The price went back up, the price went way down. Holy shit, Barneys, what a ride. I saved my dollars and the next time they dropped the price, I pounced. It was more than I usually spend on a bag but it was WORTH IT. I carry it a lot and it still looks brand new. It's also just so satisfying - the leather is so nice and the hardware is shiny and weighty and it's comfortable to carry. I am a fan. (Review post here.)

Dean Davidson Bamboo Tassel Pendant Necklace
Y'all this is such a great piece of jewelry. It's beautiful, it's fun to play with, it gets me compliments all the time. Unfortunately it's sold out but this one is also very beautiful and definitely will not disappoint. Dean Davidson is expensive but so worth it. (Outfit post here.)

Everlane Cashmere V-Neck
I have three Everlane cashmere v-neck sweaters and I wear them ALL THE TIME. The one I bought this year in loden is the best of the bunch - the color, a grey-olive, goes with everything and it's warm and soft and always looks good. I am a big fan. (My review post is here.)

All The Birkenstocks
I bought two pairs this year: white Arizona sandals and shearling-lined Boston clogs. Both have been great - I wore my white sandals all summer long and the clogs are my cozy around-the-house shoes (as well as my "I'm just going to yoga shoes" and occasionally my, "I'm just going to Target or whatever shoes stop judging me.") My feet love them and I hope the current Birkenstock fashion moment lasts FOREVER.

Ray-Ban Wayfarer Meteor
These have been such a fun purchase. Amusingly, I posted several pairs on IG when trying to decide which style to buy and nobody picked the Meteor. And yet? They were the pair IRL that my bestie said was the bomb. I bought them, loved them, and wore them daily. And then! A waitress STOLE THEM when I accidentally left them on her table in a restaurant. I went back five minutes later and she was like, *shrug* "didn't see them." (There was nobody else there.) I was really upset and mostly blamed myself for being careless with my stuff. A week later, my sweet, sweet boyfriend surprised me with a brand new pair because he's the best. What a guy.

Maeve Juno Dresses
These dresses are great in the summer with sandals but also in the winter with tights and boots! I have two and they've been such a fun addition to my closet. They're fun and forgiving and the patterns are so cool. I wear them both all the damn time and the only thing I don't like is that they have to be dry-cleaned. Worth it. (Outfits here and here.)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Review: French Connection Funnel Neck Sweater.

Hi all! My intention had been to post an outfit but it's pouring rain and dark as night outside so that makes for terrible photos. Instead, I'll review a recent purchase and, when the Weather Gods allow, I'll post an actual outfit.

Before Christmas I went to the outlet mall with my friend Nina and found this amazing French Connection sweater at Marshalls:

Y'all, everything about this sweater appealed to me - the mod funnel neck, the forgiving shape, the obnoxious bright red color, the cool texture, the lack of itchy wool. All of it. I found it in a size medium and tried it on. It. Was. Enormous. Like, I know this sweater is meant to be boxy and over-sized but it ate me alive. I eventually decided to was too big and sadly threw it back. (There was no size small to be found.)

I couldn't get it out of my mind so I track it down at Nordstrom Rack  (more sizes here at Off Fifth) and ordered it in a small. It arrived and...It. Was. Enormous. Maybe a little more snug in the sleeve and slightly less volume overall, but still pretty generously sized.

And you know what? I freaking love it and every time I wear it I get compliments. Sometimes you just gotta love a big ole sack sweater and call it fashion. Marianne agrees and recently bought this amazing sweater from AllSaints:

She worried it wasn't super flattering on her (it's cute as hell on her, y'all) and I pointed out that big cozy sweaters aren't meant to flattering, they're meant to keep you warm and to look cool as hell with your skinny jeans and boots. (Wear your big stompy boots to balance things out! I totally do.) It's official "Wear a Sack" season! Embrace it and be comfortable and chic. 

Monday, January 13, 2020

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

I love digging through Nordstrom Rack to find the good deals and also to gaze sadly upon things that will never be mine. I mostly stick to the accessories - bags, shoes, jewelry, etc, because they're less likely to disappoint me. Here's what I am checking out:

BlankNYC makes the best faux-suede jackets and this one will be great for spring. 

I've ignored Frye lately but these olive Veronica boots are pulling me back in.

This Gorjana necklace! I mean, it's Labradorite so of course I like it. 

Pink is not usually my thing but I LOVE this bag in hot pink.

True story- I saw someone wearing these with a simple black dress and it was SO chic.

Still looking for my leopard coat! This one is definitely a contender. 

Ooh, this Madewell Transport tote is under $100! I really dig the natural leather. 
(It also comes in a pretty pale lavender.)

Don't we all kinda want red sneakers? I love the metallic stripes on these. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Weekend Window Shopping: What's Up, J.Crew?

I dip in and out of J.Crew. I love some of the more classic-with-a-twist pieces but right now there are a LOT of ruffles going on. (I thought ruffles went away? Why are they back?) Anyway, there's still a lot of cool stuff even in this weird in-between time where we're sick of winter but it's too early for spring. Here's what I like:

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Stuff I Like: Revisting Some Old Favorites.

I feel like I talk about the same stuff over and over again but when I like something enough to use it every day or buy more than once? It's worth talking about. Here are a few things that I feel are worth repeat praise: 

This Ugly Bra I Love.
Y'all know that I am embarrassed to love the True & Co True Body bras as much as I do but they are so good - in no way sexy but perfect for lounging at home or long flights. True & Co just came out with a skinny strap version and I immediately ordered one (I had store credit) because the only thing I don't love about the original is the crazy thick straps you can't adjust. Well, now you can! I will report back after I've received it and given it a test run.  If you haven't tried True & Co you can use my link to get $15 off your first order. (I also get $15 in store credit.) 

This Backpack I Use Daily.
Lo & Sons is having a sale which includes the updated Hanover backpack and y'all, I am SUPER TEMPTED. I am actually thinking about ordering the deluxe size to use as a gym tote (and for travel, obviously) and then I'll have one of each like the creepy hoarder I am. We'll see! I don't know how long the sale is on for but right now is a pretty good time to check out Lo & Sons. 

These Jeans That Are SO Rock 'N Roll.
My very favorite Madewell coated black jeans are on CRAZY sale right now, you guys. Under $60! So many sizes in stock! I don't understand it because they are so excellent and if you don't have a pair please consider it going for it. They're like having black leather jeans without all the fuss of leather. Listen, Joan Jett would want you to buy these. Don't disappoint Joan. 

This Balm Cleanser That Is Unfancy.
After cheating all over the place I am back together with Clinique Take The Day Off balm cleanser because nothing else works quite as well. Plus, a little goes a long way so the container lasts for a while. It doesn't smell fancy and it's not elegant but it will get every last bit of sunscreen and weird Japanese mascara off of your face. Worth its weight in gold. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Adrien: How Could I Not?

So, I have this problem and it's called the Saks sale rack. A few times a year Saks does a crazy sale and sticks the rack right out in the aisle so if you're innocently cutting through the store on your way to Anthro you are confronted with racks and racks of high-end craziness. And most of it is super crazy but I always, always look. If you read yesterday's entry you know I bought a Design History cardigan I wasn't sure about. Well, I'm sure about it now: 

This cardigan, y'all. It was totally meant for me - a crazy leopard pattern, thick and cozy and not made of (itchy, itchy) wool. It's A LOT of cardigan and I struggled with it at first but finally went really simple with my outfit and let it be the star and that worked perfectly. OH. And did I mention how incredibly on sale it is? It's a bit over-sized and I'm wearing a small for reference. They also have this one (size large only) which looks so cozy! 

Looooook how cute! I can't believe I doubted it. Honestly. Now, my super fun jeans are H&M, given to me by Marianne last summer. I put them away and forgot all about them, like you do, then  rediscovered them right around the time I was 100% tired of skinny jeans and ready to experiment with some new styles. They're long sold out (though this girlfriend style looks kinda similar) but this pair at the Gap has the same general cut and I love the shadow stripe on this pair from Madewell.

My t-shirt is just your average Madewell whisper tee! If you want a decent pocket tee in good colors, the Madewell whisper is always there for you and often on sale. Thanks to Marianne for that discovery! On to details:

I'm wearing my ancient and much-loved J.Crew locket pendant (dig their current version!) and my Madewell perfect belt which is... fine.

My Miu Miu bag is still making me really happy and I am so glad I went for it, especially now that Barney's is gone for good. (RIP, Barneys.) For something remarkably similar, this Cole Haan bag looks pretty nice, especially for that price!

That's it for today. Y'all go snap up that cardigan before it's gone!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

We Discuss: Rebranding and Resolutions

A: I am going to try not to drink during the week for a while and if you are doing a January no-buy I might join you on that as well.

A: Because why not be miserable together?


A: It sounds great

M: No fun in 2020

A: Is that our blog resolution for 2020?

M: It’s a real winner

A: Really brings in the new readers

A: Even though apparently blogs are dead

M: Looks No Fun In The Back

A: Let’s All Wear Sacks In 2020

M: Which is actually more accurate description of my backside tbh


A: There’s a word for all of this and my brain has forgotten it.

M: Something German probably

A: Something... measures

M: austerity


A: It does not roll off the tongue

A: Not like wine and cookies

M: Those roll ONTO the tongue

A: With such love

A: Anyway, should we rebrand as Looks No Fun In The Back?

M: hahahah

A: I did pretty well with last year’s resolution right up until the Uniqlo Sweatpants incident of December

M: I avoided buying clothes at Target, but not H&M, but I’m not even sorry. I’ll continue to avoid Target though

A: I successfully did not buy clothing from Target, H&M, Forever 21 and Old Navy in 2019

A: Uniqlo got me in the end but I feel like we were both more mindful overall

M: I don’t even think of Uniqlo as one of the major fast fashion offenders

M: Zara is apparently the worst worldwide

A: Oh Uniqlo is on the list

M: rats

A: We don't even have a Zara here!

M: I never really look at Zara

M: Though they do have cute kids clothes, but kind of pricey

A: Getting back to doing a no-buy this month, the only thing I was considering buying is tinted moisturizer but I don’t need any clothes and I hate shopping in January

M: I’m with you

A: Am I allowed to buy tinted moisturizer?

M: As usual, I don’t consider replacing products an issue

A: The one i have is too dark for winter so I look stupid

M: That is a valid purchase

A: Thank you

M: Related, I bought a sample size of shape tape concealer and surprisingly love it

A: Oh, I bought that too! The color I picked is slightly too light but it’s really nice.

M: It’s less dewy than Bye Bye Undereye so I feel like it holds up longer, but is maybe a tinge dry

A: It reminds me of the good Nars concealer

M: I did replace my mascara but that was on the 31st. And I bought three of them because I worry that it’s going to be discontinued

A: Ha! Which mascara?

A: Oh, right

M: I really like it

A: I am still buying weird Japanese mascara

M: ha


A: 4 days in and I have failed the January no-buy. I’m sorry.

M: Ha!

M: You AND my friend Elizabeth today

M: What did you get?

A: I was walking through Saks with Kate...

M: Well there you go

A: And they had a sale rack so

M: Soooooo

A: I got this leopard cardigan which I might end up returning:

M: Cute!

A: And a dumb cute tee that I just grabbed as a neutral thing to try on under the cardigan and then was like, goddamn this is a nice t-shirt:

M: Ha

A: It’s Wilt, which is never tried and now I’m mad because I don’t believe in expensive tees but this one is cut so perfectly.

M: Oops

A: Ugh, it's really good. But I'm back on the wagon! FOR REAL.

M: Lalallaacanthearyou

Monday, January 6, 2020

Review: Stackers Jewelry Box (w/ bonus before & after!)

I've been asked by blog readers more than once about my jewelry storage methods. So, here's the thing: Writing about personal style does not make me an expert and it definitely does not make me an organized, tidy person. Like many people, I would basically rather do just about anything else when it comes to cleaning and organizing my space. Do I like an organized space? Sure. Do I want to change my personality and become an organized person? Eh. I try.

My favorite way to encourage this behavior is a very fun purchase. Marianne collaborated with me (aka bought me half of this for my upcoming birthday) and I'm now the happy owner of a Stackers jewelry box.

I love a box full of fun little compartments but could never find a jewelry box that really met my needs. The beauty of the Stackers system is that you can buy the trays that you actually need and you can also use them in other places. I basically got one of every stack section offered on the Container Store website, though the Stackers website (which is in the UK) has some other interesting options. I went with the classic size in taupe which is a good medium size and the color is a perfectly minimal gray. (In retrospect, I could've definitely handled the supersize version but I worried it would overpower my dresser.)

Enough talking, here's the before (with the caveat that I haaaate my crappy old dresser and will be replacing it soon):

What a damn mess. That's my jewelry in various little dishes and dusty piles and there's the rest of my crap just everywhere. And yes, my precious long necklaces are there all tangled up in a big cluster, hanging off a stand that's way too small:


This is embarrassing! Stop looking at those pics. Anyway, after my Stackers arrived I cleared everything off my dresser and started over. I had so much fun figuring out how to organize my jewelry and now my dresser looks like this:

What an improvement. I got some key rack hooks for my necklaces and am planning on another set for the other side because four hooks isn't enough. My Stackers box fits in nicely and holds a ton. Here are my stacks:

The configuration of the lid layer is the best one and I wish it were available in a non-lid tray.

This is the next layer down and it's really for someone with a lot of rings but I make it work. 

This is a good one for all your rando bits and pieces (or your Pandora charms if you roll that way.)  I've still got a lot of space left in this one! 

This is the deepest tray on the bottom and it's for all my big stuff that I don't use very much.

This stack is in my top dresser drawer and is absolutely perfect for sunglasses. I also got the little travel box (thanks, Marianne) which should tuck nicely into a suitcase corner. 

I've had this all set up for more than a week and I'm much, much better about putting my jewelry away safely, now that every piece has a home. Highly recommend! Also, Marianne got one in the blush pink, so stay tuned for her before and after.