Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Recent Purchases

I'm home!  Hello from New England!

I know I said I hadn't been shopping for myself that often since it's the holiday season, but I did find a few things lately...

Recent Purchases
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Old Navy Convertible Gloves - I bought these on a whim and planned on returning them, but they are so incredibly soft and warm that they became keepers.  Result: Kept.

Old Navy Patterned Compression Leggings - I hadn't tried Old Navy's workout leggings before, but had heard good things.  These definitely lived up to the hype.  Although the fit and the quality were great, the embossed pattern didn't stand out enough for me, and I have too many pairs of black leggings already to justify another one.  I'll definitely be grabbing more Old Navy workout leggings in the future.  Result: Returned.

Faux Fur Pom Beanie by Vincent Pradier via Athleta - Beanies are great, pompoms are great, and faux fur is great.  This was a no-brainer.  Result: Kept.

Old Navy Mesh-back Tank - This top was awesome.  It was high quality, very breathable, and hot!  However, the small was a bit too snug in the bust for me, so unfortunately, it had to go back.  Result: Returned.

Old Navy Jersey Midi Dress - Midis are my jam.  I think it's because I'm old now, but I love a longer length.  This dress hugs the body perfectly without being too tight.  The shape is flattering, as is the subtle ribbing.  Result: Returned.

Zella Exceleration Cross Back Mesh Sports Bra - Such a great sports bra!  It was breathable and gave me great support, but it was a little too tight for me.  I had bought a small, but will definitely go up to a medium in the future.  Result: Returned.

Old Navy Midi Sweater Dress - I wanted this dress to be perfect.  It's my favorite length, it's long-sleeved, the material is a sweater.  So many things working in its favor!  That said, the material was super thin and therefore, see-through.  If you want to rock this with a tank and slip underneath, go for it, but it wasn't right for me.  Result: Returned.

Zella Circadian Terra Tank - I love this tank top.  It's great to wear on its own and there's no need to wear a separate bra underneath.  That said, I had the same problem with this tank as I did with the Zella sports bra:  too small.  Note to self: you are a medium in Zella tops.  Result: Returned.

Old Navy Straw Tote - This is a great bag for summertime.  The stripes are classic and the pompoms are a fun touch.  The bag was just a bit too small for what I was looking for.  Result: Returned.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

As the Gray is Long

Sweater Coat: Cynthia Rowley via TJ Maxx (similar); Tee: Banana Republic; Denim: J. Brand (here in ink); Boots: Nine West (old, similar); Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke (current version); Shades: Ray Ban

This is my ideal Sunday morning (and likely rest of the day, too) outfit.

It's cozy and comfortable, but still looks fairly put together. Right?

I wore this the other weekend to grab bagels from Bullfrog with DT before we ran off in our separate directions to do stuff.  I think his stuff was watching a soccer game with friends and mine was likely bingeing on Penny Dreadful episodes.

I'm actually amazed that this is the first time this coat/sweater hybrid has made its way onto the blog because I wear it a little too often.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Smart Gift Guide: For the Boozehound

Smart Gift Guide: For the Boozehound

Gold-Rimmed Glasses - Carry-on Cocktail Kit - Cocktail Napkins - Copper Mugs - Beer Making Kit - Flask - Plaid Cocktail Napkins - To-Go Mug - Bottle Opener - Wine Bag - Winter Cocktails Book - Hello Mug

Other ideas:  Playing cards and dice, cool ice molds, whiskey rocks, actual alcohol!

On the Fence

Sweater: Zara (old, similar); Denim: Asos; (sold out, similar) Boots: Timberland (sold out, similar); Bag: Vintage Dooney & Bourke (current version); Earrings: Kendra Scott via Rocksbox; Shades: Ray Ban

Thanksgiving week - can you believe it?

I'll be headed home to Massachusetts tomorrow morning, so am spending today making sure all my work is done and no one from my office will have to bother me!

This past weekend was a good one.  DT and I had a lazy Friday night, watched The Fifth Estate (meh), and had an early bedtime.  Saturday I went to spin class, hit up the library, got my weekly latte (#basic), wandered around Eastern Market, played soccer, and ate tacos.  And yesterday was spent cleaning, organizing, and redecorating, followed by a birthday dinner for a good friend.

DC has been so great lately, but I'm so excited to head home and spend time with my friends and family.  The week is already pretty packed, but that's exactly how I like it!

Friday, November 20, 2015

For Your (Weekend) Consideration

Paris, October 2006

These are the best restaurant stories I've ever read, and we all need some kindness and hilarity in our lives.

The Hollywood Reporter's annual Actress Round Table is out (in print) and the video will be released next month.

Must read.

Old dance movies mashed-up to Uptown Funk.  This makes me irrationally happy.

 A conversation between Gloria Steinem and The Notorious RBG.  Dream come true.

In 1994, the West Ham coach pulled a fan from the stands to play on the field.  Absolutely incredible story.

This dress is gorgeous.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Weekly Wishlist

Happy Beaujolais Day - the best day of the year!

In addition to wine, I've been thinking about the holidays and what to pack for my trip home.  I've been wearing lots of black and white lately, but have been neglecting my other favorite color: gray.

Neiman Marcus Rabbit-Fur Cropped Vest in Buff, on sale $81 - This looks so cozy and so warm.  I love the non-color of it and the striped texture.  

Espirit Leather Panel Gloves with Touch Screen Fingertips via Asos, $52 - Glove season is upon us, which makes hailing an Uber all that more annoying.  Touch screen gloves are the answer to that.  This pair gives you that technology while also looking super stylish.

Sam Edelman Joey Booties via Shopbop, $150 - Gray booties, where have you been all my life?  All my Sam Edelman shoes are incredibly comfortable, so I don't think these would be any different.  The subtle texture change on the back of the boot is great.

Madeleine Thompson Josie Striped Cashmere Sweater via The Outnet, on sale $112.50 - You can't go wrong with cashmere.  And this is not a bad price for said cashmere (especially considering it's 75% off retail!).  

kensie Teddy Bear Notch Collar Faux Fur Coat via Nordstrom, on sale $129.90 - Finally, just because it's fun, I give you this coat.  Yes, you'll look like an Ewok who has found themselves on Hoth (are these Star Wars references even right?), but you'll look like the chicest Ewok of them all.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Currently Reading

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon - This was a good read, but sort of a winter version of beach reading.  Ski lodge reading, maybe?  Told through the diary entries of Sara from her life in a Vermont farmhouse in the early 20th century and through present day Ruthie, living in that same isolated farmhouse, The Winter People tells the story of a darkness that lives in the deep woods of West Hall, Vermont.  There have always been rumors and whispers about those woods, but when they turn out to be true, almost no one is safe.  The story has many layers connecting the past with the present.  It's a chilling novel, but a fun one to curl up with on a snowy night.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell - And the reason we have only two books this week?  This behemoth of a novel.  I was seriously impressed with my first foray into David Mitchell's writing and knew that I had to read Cloud Atlas as well.  Basically, it's brilliant.  Mitchell is a genius.  The novel is broken up into six different novellas, each with a different setting, narrator, and vibe.  They are all so different from one another that it's incredible that they were all written by the same author.  All of the novellas are loosely tied together, and while each one stands on its own, the sum of all of them is truly something beautiful and epic.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In Black & White

 Dress: Leith via Nordstrom; Booties: Born via TJ Maxx (similar); Bag: Danielle Nicole (old, love this one); Earrings: Elise M. via Rocksbox (similar); Shades: Ray Ban

It's here, finally!  

I'm delivering on my promise to show off my birthday dress and only a month late!

As I write this, I'm again decked out all in black and white, so it's safe to say that I've got a thing for the classic combination.  

I wore almost this exact look to my home-based birthday party.  It was perfect for dancing all night and for shoving leftover pizza in my face when I got home.  So really, it's ideal in all the right ways.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Smart Gift Guide: For the Homebody

Smart Gift Guide: For the Homebody

Bluetooth Speaker - Candle - Cookbook - Apron - Slippers (Men's and Women's) - Wool Socks - Doorknocker - Throw Blanket - Sweatshirt- Lip Balm

This gift guide is basically what I constantly want to buy for myself.  Dream job?  Hibernation.

All these items look super cozy and I can vouch that the Bean slippers are LEGIT.  

Other good ideas:  a Netflix subscription, books, anything from Stonewall Kitchen. board games, wine (always wine).

Blush Knit

Sweater: H&M; Denim: J. Brand via Nordstrom; Boots: Stuart Weitzman (old, similar here); Bag: Kate Spade (almost identical); Necklace: Perry Street via Rocksbox (similar); Shades: Ray Ban