Wednesday, September 23, 2020

We Discuss: Jacket Weather.

A: I have a confession.

M: You stole a pony?

A: I wish.

A: Don’t be mad.

M: Jeez, what??

A: I ordered your Madewell jacket.

M: Haaaaaaaaa

M: Of course!

M: 😂😂😂

M: Why would I be mad.

A: I’m a copycat.

A: Nothing I currently own fits so.

M: It’s a good jacket.

A: It arrived today and it’s cute AF but I’m not sure if the color works on me.

M: Oh yeah I hadn’t thought about the red hair with that russet color.

A: It’s cute, but the color is way different from the website pics.

A: I need to take pics for you. I also think it’s too big.

M: What size did you get.

A: A medium.

M: After much dithering I got a large.

A: By the way, be proud. I just threw away expensive makeup because it looked weird.

M: Hahahaa I am proud!

A: Jacket pics coming your way:

A: And, just for funsies, I tried on my Costco coat from a couple of years back:

A: Womp

M: Okay, I know that Costco coat may feel too small but doesn’t look it. The Madewell coat is too big and I don’t know if that’s your color :/

A: Oh, that Costco jacket is SO SO TIGHT.

A: But yeah, the pics made me realize the Madewell jacket ain't for me. I really hope you love it, though! I think it’s got potential.

M: I hope so too!

A: I wish I could find that Madewell Sezane jacket in a size up. Damn quarantimes.

M: I should just give you mine but I’m sentimentally attached.

A: No, hang on to it. It’s so good.

A: I’ll just get something else as a placeholder - maybe this one:

M: Cute

A: I just need a light, neutral jacket for in-between weather, which is now, apparently

M: Fall sure settled in quick.


M: Haha, Order another candle! I want this one:

A: Girl. I just ordered that Amazon candle you told me to get.


A: Okay, I just bought a Very Basic olive jacket with the Madewell discount. This one:

M: Good!

A: And sent back the other one.

A: I mean, I actually have a rain jacket so I just needed a fall layer that actually fits my ass.

M: Preach.

A: I don’t even know why I bother, I can literally wrap myself in fleece and nobody will even know.

M: Yeah but might as well get something you’ll wear after this is over.

A: I do go to the grocery store sometimes.

M: Haha

M: Live it up

A: I might go to WEGMANS. So fancy.

M: Put on a formal gown!

A: I should order one, right?

Monday, September 21, 2020

Marianne: I ordered six denim shirts *for science* and here's what happened.

A quick back story since this is going to be a long one. I am, as you might know, a tallish female human with big boobs and hips. And because I am a female human, I like to torture myself by wanting things that are hard to find for people with boobs and hips. There are several things on this list, but today we're talking button downs. More specifically, the "perfect" chambray denim shirt. I have bought so many denim shirts that miss the mark in one way or the other--too short, too tight at the hips, not the right weight. So this fall I decided to cast a wider net and order a variety of denim shirts from a variety of stores, including some I have never ordered from (and one I've never even heard of!). Want to join me on this journey? Giddy up.


This J.Crew denim shirt LOOKS like it's perfect, right? In that way that J.Crew clothes always look perfect because they are on a gorgeous model, or laying flat on a white background, looking perfectly rumpled. I knew this one wouldn't work on me, but I also knew I had to try it for myself. After reading a lot of reviews, I ordered a Tall 14, and here it is on my body:

As you can see, it's tight across the hips, but the arms are weirdly huge. Also the pockets are a little small, which isn't very flattering if you have a large chest. I do like the wash and weight of this one, but the cut is all wrong on me. Back it goes.


Okay, that's a little mean, but I honestly forgot Eddie Bauer existed? But like I said, I was casting a wide net here, so that meant ordering this denim shirt from them. I ordered a size large because it seems like their sizing is a bit more generous. And hey, I was kind of hopeful! Maybe this brand I'd forgotten about would cut things for a non-model body! Well...

This shirt depressed me. It is long, I'll give them that. But the side vents are really low, which accentuated my belly in a way that I haaaated. Overall it felt very frumpy. I could have sized up so it didn't pull at the hips, but then the top would be way too big. However if you are tall and straighter through the hips, this might be a great option on you, and the price is certainly right!


Always a glutton for punishment, I threw this J.Crew Factory chambray shirt into the mix. Because if the one that was twice as expensive didn't work, surely this cut rate redheaded stepchild one would?? When I opened the package I actually double checked the order because this really doesn't look like a denim or chambray shirt. The fabric os more of a woven texture. But how was the fit? 

Eh. I ordered an XL and the bottom button won't button. The shoulders and arms are cut better in this one, but the pocket is a little small and a little high, which again isn't cute if you have big boobs. And I wish the side vents were deeper because that's much easier to half tuck. But most importantly, it really doesn't read as a denim shirt in real life. 


This was a late night phone shopping order because I decided I needed to check Target. For whatever reason when you search "denim shirt" this is what comes up, and I ordered it without even looking at it all that closely. I guess I maybe thought it was *really* light blue? 

Nope. This is just a white shirt. HOWEVER, I am including it because I really like it! It's oversized (this is me in a size large), but cute and fits well. It buttons all the way down and has side vents (thank you!). I think it will be really cute with leggings and maybe a sweater blazer in the fall. I kept this one!


First off--I am sorry to say this shirt is sold out (this one is still in stock!), but I still wanted to include it. I have never heard of Maurices, but have since been told it's a fairly ubiquitous midwestern department store of sorts. While I was scouring the internet this short sleeved option popped up for a cool $7. I ordered it in two sizes because again, never heard of Maurices. Here I am in the size Large:

You guys this shirt is so great! It's a perfect weight, nice and long with with those deep side vents that are apparently very important to me, but it looks really cute half tucked. This shirt is everything I have always wanted a Madewell Central Shirt to be, but $7! I am giving the size XL away to a friend to share the love, because it's not really worth making the effort to return. MAURICES, WHO KNEW. 


Guys, I KNOW. I am a grown ass human woman with big boobs and hips and I found the perfect shirt at ABERCROMBIE & FITCH. Do you need a moment, because I need a moment. I really was trying to branch out, and seeing as I still associate A&F with half naked models and that aggressive cologne and jeanz for teenz, yeah. I was pretty sure this was going to lead to heartbreak. But instead:

IT'S SO CUTE. It's so super soft, fits great (this is an XL), the pocket is big and the side vents are perfect, it's just honestly exactly what I was looking for. I just noticed I have the bottom button unbuttoned in these pics, but it comfortably buttons all the way down. It even looks cute tied at the waist over a dress. It's so soft! The wash and color are perfect! My search is freaking over!

If you hung with me through all of that, I salute you, but I also hope this was helpful. Sometimes you just need to put $300 worth of denim shirts on your credit card, drink some wine, and figure some shit out. Now to return all the rejects...

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Outfit of the Day: Um, Basically The Same One.

 Hahaha, you know what's funny? When you haven't done an outfit post in a while so you figure one out and then photograph it and then format it all up and then suddenly remember that the most recent outfit you posted is basically the exact same one. SO TOTALLY FUNNY. I'M THE WORST BLOGGER.

But also, this is real life, I guess. I wear the stuff I like a lot so it makes sense that I'd be excited to um, show you the joggers that I already showed you last month:

Yup, those Athleta joggers you already saw. But, here's the thing. I posted them with my Birkenstocks a few weeks ago and now look how cute with boots! It's in the 60s today so I suddenly was like, BOOTS NOW. I've been wearing these joggers a ton and the color is so perfect with nearly everything and they're comfy like pajamas but they're real damn pants. Also, they're on sale. You should buy them if you haven't already. There's also a cute utility version that's also on sale! Yay for comfy pants. 

I tucked my top in because I am trying to be all stylish or whatever but if we're being honest, I immediately untucked it afterwards, like so:

So much better. My top is an old one from Loft but this one is similar and probably much nicer quality. I also love this one by Lucky Brand and this one as well because it's so simple. Oh! And I really, really love this one by Joie because how pretty is that spice color? On to details: 

Big surprise, I'm wearing the exact same jewelry as last time because this is literally all I've been wearing. My beautiful moonstone earrings are from Three Flames Silverworks and my labradorite necklace was made by my friend Maryellen of Twist Style.

Here's another look at my leopard boots! I bought these at the end of last winter and only got to wear them a couple of times before the shut-down (outfit here.) I'd forgotten how great they are! They're still available in a few sizes and they also have this pair, but I don't like the print as much. For something similar, this Sam Edelman pair is cute and ugh, how great is this Kate Spade pair

So, that's it. You get the same outfit, more or less, but yay boots! 

Monday, September 14, 2020

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Sweater Weather.

Marianne and I both have decided that this year we're going to stop being bummed out about autumn and instead we're going to embrace it. We've both always been Summer 4EVR! people but this whole year has been such a downer that instead of being sad about the end of summer, we're going to be happy af about a fresh new season. TOTALLY SO HAPPY. Anyway, in the spirit of this new effort, I went searching for some good sweaters to get us all in the mood:

This turtleneck sweater is actually a fleece top from Alo Yoga so it's basically fawncy loungewear.

My friend Kate just ordered this and I LOVE IT. Looks good from the back! 

I'm still contemplating a cozy gin cardigan from Barefoot Dreams. So soft. 

This crazy fun zebra sweater is Banana Republic! I was also surprised. 

Okay, technically this is a hoodie but it's also a knit so it totally counts as a sweater. Plus, HOW CUTE.

My favorite J.Crew Sophie cardigan now comes in a delightful plum color. I'm taking it personally.

I love this Sanctuary camo/leopard print long cardigan and it comes in straight and plus sizes

This one is just plain mean to include, but it's the cashmere gin cardigan of my dreams. 

And finally, this cheap n' cheerful oversized sweater from Old Navy just looks easy to wear. 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Weekend Window Shopping: Fall Picks from Nordstrom Rack.

Like I said, that switch has been flipped and suddenly I'm all boots and sweaters! Decorative gourds! Woodsy scented candles! (It's still very much summer here, by the way.) Anyway, I checked out Nordstrom Rack and there is so much cute stuff. One thing I wasn't able to capture for my dumb widget was this cute rain parka:

It's by Levi's and it's on sale! I love this wine color so much. Here's what else I liked:

Thursday, September 10, 2020

A Few Things I Want (and one thing I bought)

Even though it's still basically summer outside I've suddenly started wanting fall-like things and it's as if a switch flipped. Always the way, right? Here are a few things I've been thinking about:

A friend of mine visited recently and was wearing a pair of wool Allbirds, which I'd never really considered until I saw a pair in person. They appealed to me because the style is so minimal and they seemed like a good segue shoe as the weather starts to turn. My current walk-around sneakers are showing their age, so I checked out the Allbirds site and was immediately much more into the Tree Runners than the Wool Runners. They just look so light and sleek. I really like the peppercorn color (above) and the lychee color is also really good. Does anyone have a pair? 

Next up, I was totally on board to buy Marianne's leopard sweater blazer but it sold out pretty much immediately because of course it did. However, I also  really love this one:

But it's sold out of my size. (Quick aside: I was pleased to see that my favorite from last year, the J.Crew Juliette collarless sweater-blazer, is on NR because it's so good! That's not a bad price, either.) There's also this one that definitely has it's appeal, but it's pretty similar in shape to a sweater I already own so, for now, my leopard cardigan dreams have been put on hold. It's fine, it's nothing I need RIGHT THIS SECOND but it's annoying when everything sells out so quickly. 

Even though it's currently 80 degrees outside I am thinking about fall candles (MARIANNE'S FAULT) and of course I want my stupid bougie Diptyque Feu de Bois candle because it smells like a French fireplace and isn't cloying in any way. (I can't handle cloying.) I am hoping I can find something similar that doesn't cost a million dollars. This one by Woodwick  looks promising and has that crackly wooden wick thing which is fun. I'm also open to suggestions if you have a fireplace candle you really like. 

Finally, while I've been enjoying my weird fake EVA Birks, it turns out you shouldn't do yardwork in sandals. Oops. Marianne suggested her favorite garden clogs by Calzuro so I immediately bought a pair. They are SO GOOD. Like, really, really good and surprisingly comfortable. You might be thinking to yourself, "Um, they look just like Crocs." But I am here to tell you that you are wrong! They are ITALIAN garden clogs which makes them far superior to Crocs. I don't know why, they just are. Don't argue. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

We Discuss: Fuzzy Sandals and Good Pens.

I have found my fall quarantine shoes.

M: Are you ready

M: I don’t think you are.

A: I don't think I am.


A: Listen, I once had a delightful pair of furry Ugg flip-flop slippers

A: I wore them until the fur was gone.

M: I feel like no one sees my feet any more and these feel right.

A: Cheaper than Birks!

M: Yes! And I really don’t need a THIRD pair of furry Birks.

A: Wait, if you have two pairs of shearling Birks why do you need these Uggs.

A: Sorry, that was rude. Need is subjective.

M: “Need”

M: Let’s not go down THAT road.

A: I already apologized!

M: Haha

M: Though the fur is much less furry on my Birks a year later and these are more like slippers.

A: I am not trying to KonMari you.

M: If I am going to survive the likely hellscape that is Fall 2020 I need FLUFF

M: I also bought a matching sweatsuit so I AM READY

A: I love that you bought a matching sweatsuit. How very early aughts!

M: At least it doesn’t say Juicy on the rear.

A: We can fix that.

M: My rear speaks for itself.

M: I am also about to embark on another round of SummerFoot.

M: I can’t believe we’ve been doing this long enough for TWO SUMMERFEET

M: (I’m very all caps today I’m sorry)

A: I have done zero SummerFooting.

A: I bought it, but never actually did it.

M: Come with me on this journey.

M: Tonight, we should FaceTime while we soak and wrap our feet in goo.

A: Oh god

A: Okay

M: I have so little to live for.

A: I have the new pens you recommended, so.

M: I love those pens.

A: They are really good pens.

M: I miss office supplies.

A: I also have a new Bowie notebook that I’m going to write in probably:


M: Write TO DO on the first page I mean it.


M: So pretty


M: Sir Bowie would want you to write in it.


M: Hey, look you’ve already checked something off. You’re welcome.

A: You are a mean lady. 

Monday, September 7, 2020

BUY THIS: Athleta Sale on Sale.

Good deals at Athleta, today only (or so they claim.) An extra 20% off sale items and an extra 30% off sale jackets and dresses with code EXTRAEXTRA. Today is a holiday so this won't be extensive, but here are a few suggestions:

This jacket looks like it has potential to be really cute and also comes in olive green

I've never gotten a hoodie from Athleta that I regretted. This one comes in fun colors! 

I own this Zephyr tee and can't recommend it enough. 

And of course, my new favorite joggers are still available!

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Stuff We Like: September Edition.

Hi! Did it seem like August lasted for a million days? Well, now it's September so time for some Stuff We Like:

This podcast that features Marianne! 
The South of Scruffy podcast features Ben Field's "favorite artists, entertainers, and friends for a to-the-point conversation about what makes them tick." This week he talks to our very own Marianne Canada about her actual real job working for the Internet and the path that took her there. (Honestly, if I didn't know her and listened to this I'd still think she was completely fascinating.)

This giant scrunchie that's Marianne's favorite
Marianne: Is this scrunchie enormous? Yes. But does it bring me immense joy? Also yes! If you have long hair, you need this scrunchie in your life. The satin doesn’t pull or bend your hair and something about the sheer size of it really preserves your style (and makes for a cute messy topknot!). Giant Scrunchie, where have you been all my life? (Note from Adrien: if you're like, "I can't just order a single scrunchie from Target" consider throwing some of the really nice Chateau hand soap in your cart. I promise you won't be sad about it.)

This Movie That Was So Weird (in a good way)
Okay, sometimes you just want a movie that makes you yell, "This is SO WEIRD!" And then hunker down for more. Get Duked!, described as, "an anarchic, hip-hop inspired comedy" is exactly that movie. (Thank you, Eddie Izzard.) It's funny and irreverent and dark in all the best ways. And it's weird, so weird, but just lean into it and enjoy.

This Notebook That Sparks Joy
I use this Moleskine notebook every day for my daily lists (I like checking off boxes, what can I say) and my current one is almost full so I went to see what fun colors were available. YOU GUYS. THEY HAVE DAVID BOWIE MOLESKINE NOTEBOOKS. I am sorry to yell but I was shocked that I didn't know this information and so so happy. I immediately ordered one and then was like, Wait. I cannot sully this thing of beauty with my mundane lists. Marianne yelled at me and demanded that I write in it IMMEDIATELY and I will. I totally will. I might look at it a while first, but I will absolutely probably write in it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

We Discuss: Fall Things I Guess.

A: I want this for fall reasons:

A: But, I’m mad because it was part of the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and “sold out” really quickly.

A: Surprise! It’s back. Full price.

M: Goddammit Nordstrom.

M: While we are goddamning Nordstrom, this blazer has been following me across the internet and it’s maybe the only thing I actually Want and it’s only available in small sizes:

A: Ugh, that is really cute.

M: It’s my color and a perfect Zoom outfit.

A: I mostly just want all the comfy athleisure.

A: Or maybe a roomy potato sack made from fleece.

M: I mostly want things that no longer exist like this stupid sweater blazer:

A: How many times have you attempted to order that?

M: I have ordered it 6 times.

M: Oh JCrew you ASSHOLES look what literally just showed up on Nordstrom Rack:


M: I am seeing red.

A: That’s why they kept cancelling on you - they sent them all to the Rack.

M: I’m probably going to buy it but I’m NOT HAPPY ABOUT IT.

A: I’d want to burn my store down if it hadn’t already closed, which I’m sad about because everything is confusing.

M: I am salty about it because it was $36 on and $70 on NR (which is still a good deal but SALTY.)

M: Other than that stupid blazer, the only thing I actively want are these pants, which I am 90% certain will not work on me, but apparently I have to learn this lesson in person:

A: Those pants follow me around the internet. Do it for science!

M: I am tall and curvy and there is NO WAY they will look good on me. And yet!

A: It says “loved and worn by all.”

A: (as long as you aren’t bigger than XL!)

M: 👎🏻

A: I am wearing my new joggers and they’re everything I want in an at-home pant.

A: It helps with the shopping malaise.


M: Fall is a LIE.

A: I hate it. I hate pumpkin spice things.

M: I do love a candle.

A: I suppose, yes. That bougie fireplace candle might be my favorite.

M: Fall: good for candles and that’s it.

M: Anyway I feel like I should really have my eye on more than random blazers and Pants for Science.

A: Fall is also good for boots. Seriously contemplating if this is the year I go for a pair of Birkenstock boots. I just want them to be cute.

DO you? Or do you really want THIS:

A:  I do not. I do not want that.

M: But, cats.

A: I do not not not.

M: It's kind of cracking me up. Like I think it was designed BY CATS.


M: I should buy the stupid leopard sweater blazer right.

A: Just buy it.

M: The NR product shot reminds me that I want a good faded perfectly fitting denim shirt.

A: Well, there you go.

M: That's a literal unicorn for someone with boobs and hips.

A: I'll bet you can find one that will be cancelled six times.

A: J.Crew has just the thing.

M: That's my skill.

A: Just get the cat shirt maybe.