Friday, February 28, 2020

Weekend Window Shopping: OMG SNEKS.

Y'all. I love a snake print almost as much as leopard print and I am HERE FOR it's recent crazy moment back in fashion. Here are some snake-y things I found that I am very excited about:


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Stuff I Like: What's Making You Happy?

This blog is unapologetically about things and shopping (and also personal style and friendship and sometimes cute boys) and that sometimes feels weird to me because what gives me the most joy is the stuff you can't hold in your hand - travel and outdoor cycling, mainly.

But, you know what? I also just fucking love THINGS (even house things though this isn't a blog for that), so this "Stuff I Like" entry is about the physical things that have made me happy lately because it's okay to have stuff make you happy. Why not? It doesn't make you less intellectual to find pleasure in objects. Let's start with this:



This Squirrel Feeder Will Improve Your Life.
My boyfriend bought this because our indoor kitties enjoy watching the squirrels. YES. That is a tiny picnic table feeder and yes, the squirrels sit on the bench while they dine on corn. I lose my mind a little bit every time it happens because it's so absurdly cute. My friend Ashley suggested the squirrels might need a tiny Coleman cooler and a grill. Don't tempt me.



An Update On The Head Massager.
In the last Stuff I Like entry I was pondering the purchase of a shampoo massager thing and I ordered it and I love it. I use it with my non-sudsing shampoo and it just feels so nice! Like a little treat. I am also still very much into my weird silicone scrubby thing (now with hanging loop!), so if you were considering buying one but then didn't, I can assure it you it's a million times better than those gross shower poofs and I will never go back.



Dansk Brings Me Joy.
In another edition of "Marianne has it so I want it too" I have been coveting Marianne's set of vintage yellow Dansk kitchen canisters for literally years. They are the very best kind of cheerful Danish Modern with four satisfying divots in the lids for your fingers and I just love them. During my most recent visit  I started a search on eBay and discovered they also come in red. WELL NOW.  I couldn't find a complete set but found two different auctions with two containers each and when the first two arrived, I was SO PLEASED:


The other two will hopefully arrive soon and then I'll have more than a full set! I mean, yes, they are melamine kitchen canisters but they give me such happy satisfaction, I can't even explain. If you are a mid-century fan but can't even with the plastic, West Elm has this very elegant set and I also own some great vintage teak and glass Dansk pieces so I highly recommend keeping an eye out for it at flea markets. Also! The designer of the Dansk melamine line was Gunnar Cyrén who also designed a series of delightful animal paperweights so now I'm obsessed with those too. Thanks, Internet.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Outfit Of The Day: Yes, I Am Wearing Pink.

Historically, I am not a girly-girl. I don't generally wear pink and I make fun of ruffles every chance I get. So hey, here's an outfit with me wearing a pink shirt with ruffles: 


Okay, the fact that it's a tiny leopard print helps a LOT but I really love this top! I found it at the thrift store I visited with Marianne and bought it because at $1.99lb, it's super easy to take a fashion risk. This top is Dolan Left Coast and was originally sold at Anthropologie. It's not hard to find secondhand, but current Dolan styles can definitely fill your ruffle-y needs. This top is awfully pretty and this one is my kind of animal print. For something in the "pink and girly" category you can't get much more ladylike than this pretty top


 I threw my charcoal gray Juliette sweater-blazer over it because it's still February and I don't want to freeze to death. Plus, it takes down the sweetness a notch. My black pants are Loft Marisa fit (currently only available in a cute blue colorway) and they are perfectly basic black pants. I cuffed them in the first photo and then decided it looked weird. Pants, man. On to details:


Isn't the print cute? I dig it. I'm wearing my usual favorite - a Dean Davidson labradorite tassel necklace (link to the new version) and a tiny compass necklace I got in a Rachel Zoe box years ago. Gorjana has a similar version that I think is really pretty. 


I ditched my MJ hobo because I'm sure y'all are sick of it and decided to try on my new Madewell Transport crossbody. It's a nice little bag for sure but it's really alllll about this sick camera strap. I love it so much! If you already have a cute bag that needs a refresh, the strap can be purchased separately and I might also switch it around to a different bag at some point. 


Here's a closer look. If you missed my Insta story about it last night, it's big enough to hold my iPhone 8+, sunglasses, slim wallet and a few bits and pieces. It's not big but for weekends/travel, it should be fine. Plus, it's cute as hell and that's the really important thing. (My priorities are questionable, I know.) 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

We Discuss: Crossbody Bags I Do Not Need. (It Doesn't End Well.)


A: Per my blog post, I feel like I need a not-too-expensive crossbody that can get wet.

A: But it should be cute, of course

M: Hmmm, Dagne Dover?

A: Oh! I hadn’t thought of that

M: Seems like a situation for neoprene

A: This one looks okay but more than I want to spend on neoprene:


A: I was also considering that quilted MJ but I don't know:


M: I mean if you’re really talking getting wet yeah I wouldn’t do leather

A: I am always into leather but I feel like Scotland is gonna be wet

M: Or I would take your Cambridge satchel because I swear that leather is bombproof

A: Yes, but no zipper! Not that Scotland is known for it’s pickpockets

M: I’d like to see a pickpocket get a push lock flap open without you being like wtf

A: The Cambridge is def bombproof

M: That leather is so rigid

M: That’s what she said

A: Heh

A: I looooove this Madewell bag with the cool strap but I think it’s too small


M: I love that bag too but don’t you have a similar J.Crew one?

A: sold it

M: Ah rats

A: Eh, I assumed I’d find something slightly bigger to replace it

M: Oh! Get a cute strap on Etsy for your Cambridge bag!

M: That’s my jam

A: My Cambridge strap isn't removable

M: Well poop

M: I am trying to save you money for trip shopping haha

A: Madewell sells the straps separately and has a Salt collab but does me no good

M: That Madewell bag is adorable

A: It is

M: Now I want it so thanks

A: SORRY

M: Way to go

A: With the discount and the extra $10 off I can get that Madewell bag for $92 but I still think it’s probably tiny

M: I don’t know, really depends what you want to cram in it

M: (We’ve moved into to the enabling portion of the evening)

A: Hahha

A: Mostly just my phone, small wallet, bits and pieces

A: I can spend about the same amount and get the MJ bag but it bothers me that the strap isn’t leather

M: I like the Madewell one a lot more

A: I do to tbh

A: I am trying to figure out if the strap comes with it or if I have to pay separately for the camera strap

A: Oh! One of the reviews says it comes with two straps! And this:

“ I carry my phone, lip balm, pen, keys, and small bible as well as a few cards and cash.”

A: Um, totally same

M: Haaaaa

M: Bible room

A: Hahahha. It me.

A: I might have to get it

A: Forget what I said about wanting a bigger bag that is waterproof

M: I mean if you’re going to buy something I like that one

A: I do too

A: That strap is killing me

A: I could also use it on my red Longchamp, maybe?

A: Under $100 with expedited shipping

M: I would do it

M: And might THANKS

A: Haha

A: It is done

M: Ugh I won’t

M: Only because Kathleen wants to take me shopping in Seattle

A: There you go

A: Plus, will always be Madewell deals

M: Yup and I already bought jeans

A: I will see if it’s worth keeping when it arrives (Which is tonight! Keep an eye on our IG for an update.)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Buy This (So We Don't Have To): TJ Maxx Bargains.

It's easy to avoid the TJ Maxx website because it's frustrating to navigate and they tend to stuff models into the clothes whether they fit or not. (Often not. Like, those Rebecca Taylor leopard jeans I link below? Look how cute!) But I'm always happy to dive in and see what I can find to enable you guys because I am just about to die over those Lulu Frost earrings. Ugh. Check it out:

Friday, February 21, 2020

Weekend Window Shopping: Spring (?) Dress Options

A flip has switched and suddenly I'm thinking about spring dresses. (I blame Marianne.) I took a look to see what was new and good and was pleasantly surprised by all the long sleeves. Hooray! We don't have to shiver in our pretty dresses until summer. Also, even though there was a LOT of floral I strive to give you variety and found some great non-floral prints. Because really:


Truth. Here's what I like: 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Feeling Wanty: Travel Edition.

Nothing makes me feel more wanty than when I have a trip coming up. Suddenly, I need A Perfect THING for this particular trip, despite not needing That Thing on the last trip. It's dumb but it happens every time. Here's what I mean:



I NEED BOOTS.
My Dr Martens did really well for my trip to Ireland  - they were comfortable and good for tromping around fields to look at ancient stones. I'll be doing some field tromping in Scotland next month but the thought of packing those boots again (so heavy and large) just bums me out. So, I bought Marianne's Sorel boots which arrived and they're great! Feather light and toasty warm. Problem solved. This time.



I NEED A CROSSBODY BAG.
This is so dumb but I sold my little J.Crew bag with the idea that I'd find a better, more magical, slightly larger crossbody. I, um, didn't. For Ireland I brought my leather MJ hobo which was fine - big enough to stash a scarf and small purchases and has a zipper for security. But it get heavy when worn crossbody so I am already wondering if there's a better, but still fashionable, option. Predictably, I've got my eye on this nylon MJ crossbody that would be a great, lightweight option. It's on sale at NR which is tempting, but I should probably save my money. Hmph.



I NEED NEW TRAVEL PANTS.
Okay, I don't, but in the comments on my recent Athleta post reader Jen D totally sold me on the Headlands Hybrid tights. Wouldn't they look cute with my new Sorel boots and a big sweater? YES PERHAPS THEY WOULD. I am very curious and will probably make a trip out to Athleta soon to try them on because I love the idea of a legging-type pant that travels well. We shall see.

PS. I also bought myself a small light-up travel mirror because trying to put on makeup in a hotel room is always the worst. I bought one just like this and it's fine. Do I want the SimpleHuman one? Of course I do. But I'm not gonna. I need that money for pants.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Outfit Of The Day: A Tale of Two Boots.

I have so many outfits planned in my head to post and when I started writing them down I realized, wow I gots a formula. Now that formula involved leopard boots, a thing I can't believe I didn't own until very recently. If you'll remember, I bought a cute pair by Seychelles (worn here) on super sale and I really liked them. Then, the Madewell Regan pair went on crazy sale and I was like, BUT I LOVE THOSE MORE. I mean, come on:


They're both cute but the Madewell boots freaking glow. Am I wrong? It's not just the lighting, right? Anyway, I sold the Seychelles pair on Poshmark and haven't looked back. File under: The heart wants what it wants. Anyway, here's my outfit:


I'm wearing a drapey Violet & Claire top I bought years ago at TJ Maxx that has a fun jeweled neckline. It's impossible to find it online now, but this Derek Lam top has a very similar shape and this Liz Claiborne blouse has a pretty jeweled neckline. 


I finished the look off with my Juliette cardigan from J.Crew. I hope a few of you were able to pick it up from the sale yesterday! I would love one in another color but I'm biding my time, for now. 


My jeans are H&M from a few years back and they're my current favorite. This style at Madewell is pretty similar as far as cut, but these distressed jeans from H&M are way more fun and this patchwork pair at the Gap are pretty interesting. On to details: 


Never one to leave well enough alone, I'm wearing both my silver necklaces by My Precious Studio. My friend Tere is so talented. 


I'm still carrying my Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir because I need a cheerful red bag for gloomy days. The bright pink version is still on sale at NR and the bigger version of my red bag is as well. 

These leopard boots, you guys. The heel is a bit higher than I usually wear but not uncomfortably so. I just love how rich the leopard pattern is and they are so well made. Boots are fun and this pair brings me joy. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Crazy J.Crew Craziness.

Y'ALL. I know we are in the dregs of winter but J.Crew is straight giving clothes away. The deals are real and the good stuff is literally selling out as I'm trying to copy links and save photos. They're giving an extra 60% off sale with code WEEKEND! EEP. (Some sale items are "up to" 60% off but all the deals are solid.) Here's what I like:

This leather tote is gorgeous and is now under $70. Run. 


If you haven't found your awesome leopard booties, check these out immediately.


This cute breton stripe tunic promises you that spring is coming.


THIS COAT.  It comes in a bunch of great colors but I love this dove grey. 


Ain't these sparkly? That is all. 


These straight leg pants would make a great jeans alternative. 


My favorite Juliette cardigan is an extra 50% off in some great colors! 


Throw this gorgeous necklace over any simple top or dress and you are DRESSED UP.


I know it's still winter, so here's a cute sherpa top to wear with your high-waisted jeans. 

You look adorable! 




Monday, February 17, 2020

Weekend Shopping Report: Knoxville Trip.

Hi hi hi! I am back from visiting Marianne in Knoxville and, no surprise, we did a little bit of shopping together. I also coveted some of her things and ended up making an online purchase while I was there which always seems to happen.


First, we made a short trip out of town to visit Greater Goods, a by-the-pound thrift store that had come highly recommended. Digging in bins of clothing is not everyone's idea of a good time but we were into it and found some great stuff! I found Marianne this cute leopard cardigan that I'm pretty sure is made out of 100% static and water bottles:



Here I am afterwards with my loot:



We also made a trip to Ulta so Marianne could stock up on a bunch of staples. I bought more of The Ordinary's Buffet and also, on her recommendation, the Real Techniques makeup sponge which is WAY cheaper than the Beauty Blender and also bigger and comes with a travel case. What? WHAT. I tried it this morning and it's great. (Also, now I feel like a sucker.)

We also hit up TJ Maxx because it's a long-standing tradition of ours. It was pretty picked over but we both ended up buying the same Tahari olive green linen t-shirt that I can't find it online anywhere but it's super great and we're both scared to wash it, because linen.

Finally, I made Marianne go to Madewell to try on skinny jeans and she bought this pair which looks AMAZING on her:


Never mind that what she needed was plain dark denim skinny jeans, the heart wants what it wants and Marianne's wanted distressed black skinny jeans.

We also spent a lot of time trying on stuff for each other and I marveled at her amazing closet and tried on a bunch of her stuff without asking. (Just kidding, I asked.) Marianne recently took advantage of the Sorel boot sale and bought some really nice, lightweight and warm boots to wear to her daughter's riding lessons, because muddy, cold riding rings are not sneaker-friendly. Her boots arrived right before I did and they're great:



They are the Sorel Explorer 1964. Super light, very warm and cute as hell. (They run half a size small, btw.) I tried on her boots because that's the kind of asshole I am and immediately decided I needed a pair for my upcoming trip to Scotland. (My Docs are great but they are HEAVY and not water-proof.) They'd sold out of most of the colors in my size but I found them on another site and ordered a pair in Quarry. Fingers crossed!

And then I drove all the way home and now it's Monday and I'm sad. Boo.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

(Long) Weekend Window Shopping: Madewell Sale Dregs.

By the time you read this I'll be leaving town to go visit Marianne. Hooray! It's been too long and I can't wait to see her. So, even though it's not quite the weekend yet, I thought get a head start and point out that there are still a few really good deals to found at the Madewell sale. Get an extra 30% off sale items with code REALDEAL. (And my god, if you are a size medium, please buy this jungle cat blazer coat because it's hurting my feelings.) Here's what else I like:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

We Discuss: Hunger Pangs and Overalls.

A: God, the rain. THE RAIN.

M: God save us all

A: I am real over it

M: It is truly my most hated kind of weather

M: HOW can people possibly like winter?

A: I think they have some romantic notion of winter where it’s always pretty and snowing but they don’t have to clean their car off or drive anywhere.

M: right

M: Like a hallmark movie

A: Yep

A: They forget about the endless, bleak rain

M: It’s truly relentless

M: Your drive is going to be so miserable, I’m sorry

A: Eh, what can you do

A: Might get barbecue for lunch, IDK

M: Ugh I literally read that and my stomach was like OH RIGHT

A: I am so hungry. Some jerk left a stack of McDonald’s apple pies in the break room.

M: HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT!

A: THANK YOU RIGHT

A: I hissed at them like Gollum

M: Rude as hell

A: They are calling me, like greasy little sirens.

M: They are only good when hot and fresh and even then they are only okay

M: (I would crush one)

A: Agree

A: (Same)

***

A: Your Current/Elliott overalls are apparently the same pair that Frankie wears on Grace & Frankie!

A: Hers are a light wash though:


M: DAMMIT

A: I love Frankie!

M: Me toooo

A: Oh, okay. I thought you were mad

A: This just makes you want them more

M: Yes that is what’s happening

M: I’m feel like I’m slowly breaking you down on overalls. Like you’ll never wear them yourself but you’ll find yourself liking them somehow

A: I will never wear them but I'll admit they’re really cute on you

A: And also on Frankie

M: Haha thank you

M: I mean it makes sense because I feel like her aesthetic is basically mine in 20 years

M: Or mine now

A: Yes, you are definitely more Fashion though

M: I think over time I will fully embrace my inner pottery teacher

A: Are you going to buy a pair?

M: I will rent them again, stalk Poshmark, and continue my search for a cheaper pair

A: Good thought process

M: Skinny jeans 😒:


M: I like how rigid they are, the length is fine, but that’s not a skinny leg



A: Are those Everlane?

M: Yeah. No good. For me at least.

A: Bad Boyfriend

M: It is really hard to find skinny jeans that fit a big butt and skinny calves

M: I want those Target green pants in jean form

A: Madewell tencel jeans, girl

M: I am skeptical but maybe while you’re here we can try

M: It’s hard to have a size 14 ass and size 6 calves (recs welcome, y'all!)

A: Yeah, that is tough

***

M: My Madewell tiger stripe skirt from RTR:



M: Wearing today with tights but I think it’s cuter with bare legs


A: Love it! That is SO cute on you.

M: $68 on sale. I may just have to buy it.

M: I mean I just got an eBay check for the exact amount of the skirt on sale...it’s a sign right

A: eBay check?

A: But yes! It's a sign.

M: It’s still in stores, I don’t see it on posh yet

A: What is an eBay check

M: Ebates sorry

A: OH. Okay.

A: I was like, are you my mother

M: 😂

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Outfit Of The Day: Never Look Back, Walk Tall, Act Fine.

If you've been reading this blog for any amount of time you know about my thing for David Bowie and you also know that I have quite a collection of Bowie tees and also a sweatshirt. (Whenever I wear that sweatshirt out in the world I get wistful, sad smiles from other women. It's lovely and a little off-putting.) 

ANYWAY, I am a super fan and I'm always looking for my next t-shirt fix. When I saw this one at Anthro I was immediately all, OUTTA MY WAY LET'S DO THIS. (I get that this isn't precisely a Bowie shirt but y'all. It is totally a Bowie shirt.) Then I looked at the price tag and was like, NOPE. Fuck you, Anthro. I decided I'd wait for a sale. 


Then my birthday came along with a discount and a gift card and I bought the lightning bolt tee so fast it was silly that I even thought I wouldn't. It's SO GOOD. A nice heavyweight waffle tee with an oversized fit (I'm wearing a small) and, bonus, it's keeping me from wanting this ridiculous thing. The brand is Letluv and they also make an over-priced Ramones tee that I want but I'm not sure how I feel about buying a Ramones tee from Anthro, you know? The Blondie sweatshirt is also cute, though? I am conflicted. 


Here it is tucked in like a GD adult. I'm wearing my awesome tee with my very, very old Target moto jeggings because I saw Marianne wearing them the other day and was like, oh, right. I have those too. I was pretty sure they wouldn't fit but they're 90% stretch so I just went with it. I definitely would like an upgrade on these, though. I've got my eye on this pair from Athleta or maybe these jeans from Sanctuary?  On to details:


The lightning bolt is quite the star of this show so I kept things simple with my little Pyrrha Jewelry pendant. I'm also wearing my Madewell Perfect belt which is not. 


My Longchamp le pliage bag has been getting a lot of use lately! I love that it's lightweight and holds a surprising amount. The nicer nylon version is available here in red and there's a different red available here in leather. My sneaker boots are Vince and they're on sale over at Off 5th! A nice change from my usual Chelsea boots. That's all I got for today but be certain you will see this shirt on the blog quite a lot in the future. Sorry/not sorry.

Monday, February 10, 2020

BUY THIS (So We Don't Have To): Anthropologie New Arrivals

I am at the point where I am ready for winter to be over. Like, really REALLY ready. This winter has been such a disappointment (all the gloom, none of the snow) and if this is it, let's just move on to spring, shall we?

Anthro of the pretty, spring clothes keeps sending me emails so I thought I'd take a look at the new offerings and see if there was anything for me. Honestly, Anthro clothing is 90% too much for my taste - there's always an extra ruffle or flounce or flower detail too many, but occasionally it's exactly right:

They named this Maeve dress after me so I am contractually obligated to love it.

 I like this blouse in the pretty soft lilac more than the black version. Hmm. 

Maybe it's just the way they styled this cardigan, but it's really cute, right? 

These earrings are super weird and too expensive but I dig them so much. 

Hot pink clog sandals! I'd wear these with a loose black dress and a big-ass necklace. 

I love the delicate gold links paired with a nice hunk of dark blue lapis. 

I mean, this is definitely me, right? I need this?


Metallic flats are on my wish list for spring. These would look great with cropped jeans. 


Hiiiii comfy pants I would most definitely wear to work with leopard boots. 


This affordable light tote comes in a bunch of colors but this metallic is BY FAR the best. 


This pretty top also comes in black but I love it in white more. Who am I?