Friday, November 8

Lumi Sherpa Coat


I'm loving everything about this look.  We have a little cold front happening now,
which makes me what this outfit and braid to happen now!
The coat looks like a blanket, in a good way.
I would style the coat with this Growing necklace for some visual interest.

Wednesday, November 6

Rainy Day Boots: Rag & Bone + Hunter

It's been raining quite a bit here lately so rain boots have been on my mind.   I love to have any excuse to "hunt" for any kind of boot ever.   Rain boots are particularly elusive because they need to be comfortable, practical, and well-disguised as a regular boot when it's not raining.

To my delight, this morning I got an email introducing me to Rag and Bone x Hunter's toned down and sophisticated version of wellies. They come in tasteful combinations of navy, army green, and black.   Although I'm a sucker for navy on black, I think I'd get these in black in the mid-calf version because I like a deceptive rain boot.

You can find them at here.
Images courtesy of shopbop.

Tuesday, November 5

A Lesson in Styling: Humanoid FW 2013

Winter is coming.  Based in the Netherlands, Humanoid's new collection is oh so cozy, textured, and full of subtle prints.   Sometimes I want to wear these layers outside in the *high* of 60F degrees here because a Texas girl can only dream. 

I got these boots.  I'm quite honestly jealous of myself.  They are somewhere in the mid-Atlantic right now and I can't wait to get them.  Look at that metallic sheen-- that's just crazy!

All images via humanoid

Wednesday, May 29

Theodora & Callum Scarves

Summer has come 
but I'm not ready to give up my layers.
These scarves by theodora & callum
"make an outfit"
or in other words
add texture and pattern to any
simple summer outfit.
Plus they're made of linen/vicose,
which breathes on your skin
on those hot and sunny days.
Find them at shopbop

Wednesday, March 20

Ray Ban Wayfarers

I'm pretty sure the ray ban wayfarer thing is completely over... which is why I just bought some.  It happened with the J. Lo sunnies, does anyone remember?  Nonetheless, I recently bought myself a pair.  It was mainly motivated by the fact that I mainly wear black but I have about 4-5 pairs of brown sunglasses, which makes no sense.

I noticed that Ray Bans made an unusually dark tortoise colored one, which made me cave in. (see below)  They gave me one of those $20 off for your birthday coupons, which was basically the tax, but every time it's sunny out now, I can't wait to wear them.  Also it's really hard to see my eyes through them so I can basically stare at people without their knowledge.  See, I'm doing it right now in this picture and you can't tell.

Tuesday, March 12

Proenza Schouler + Net Art

Yesterday "Proenza Schouler released their new Tumblr-inspired fashion film directed by David Sims and Eddie the Wheel. It’s an assaulting array of lo-fi neon textures, quick edits, and layered video collages, designed for the shortest of attention spans. The clothes featured take a backseat to the brand’s assertion that it’s hip to digital culture and the aesthetics that have been circulating online under the umbrella of net artJack McCollough explains the move, stating, 'We’re into luxury, but we’re also equally interested in contemporary culture.'"

article and images via the creator's project

Tuesday, February 26

Veda X Madewell Jean Jacket + Leather Sleeves

Veda x Madewell Jean Jacket with leather sleeves 
is a more affordable version of the highly coveted
Rag&Bone version of the discontinued version of
Alexander Wang's jacket a few seasons back. (ha!)
I have one from Zara that is sad and pleathery but
I'm considering buying this one since 
I love classic denim with an edge.  

Monday, February 25

Utilitarian Chic

I basically aspire to wear this outfit every single day.  
Variations with a lot of intuitive commitment.

Thursday, February 7

Club Monaco Spring 2013

Loving the new spring look book over at Club Monaco.
The prints and geometric lines in the mint and stripes are so fun!

Wednesday, February 6

fashion. by Viva Vena

Let's make fun of others and maybe ourselves a little too...

Tuesday, February 5

Tatcha Giveaway!

If you'd like to receive a free Tatcha Sampler Kit (worth $163),
please comment with your name and email address.
I'll select a winner by 2/14.  

The last line refers to the fact that they usually give you 3 free samples with every order you purchase from their site.

Monday, February 4

Tatcha Skin Care Product Reviews

Dear Gentle Readers,

Although this blog is about fashion, I want to let you in one something... I also waste copious amounts of money on makeup and skincare as well. Due to the disturbing nature of my knowledge about these genres, I don't talk about it on here.  But yes, I'm obsessed with taking care of my skin.  I am pretty committed to my AM & PM skincare routine, so when I was contacted by Tatcha (a Japanese skin-care line based out of San Francisco), I was slightly skeptical.  However, when I received a sample kit from Tatcha, I was impressed with how much they focused on explaining the chemical compound benefits of each product in what would otherwise seem like a pretty booklet about empty promises.  

I was lucky to try out a plethora of their products such as the Pure Camellia One Step Cleansing Oil, Polished Rice Enzyme Powder, Radiant Deep Brightening Serum, Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream, and Gold specked Original Japanese Beauty Papers.  After trying each product, I can honestly recommend the Rice Enzyme Powder, Deep Brightening Serum, and beauty papers.  They aren't just the "best products" from the Tatcha line, but I really believe that they are the best products for what they claim to do on the entire market.  As someone who has wasted too much money on products by Caudalíe, Chanel, Perricone, Ole Hendriksen, Peter Thomas Roth, Kate Somerville, Lancôme, Fresh, CeraVe, Malin + Goetz, and the list goes on, I really would rather save for Tatcha.

In particular, I am on a daily basis, obsessed, with the Rice Enzyme Powder.  It has been at the top of my wish-list for some time now.  I want more. When I'm in Sephora, I basically tell the skincare "experts" that, despite their possible allegiances, the best exfoliator is hands-down Tatcha's Rice Enzyme Powder.  There must be a sparkle in my eye because most of them ask me to write it down afterwards.  It's truly magical and provides instant gratification.  The second you rinse off the powder, which is water-activated into a foam, you feel an immediate glorifying difference in that your skin feels softer than it's probably ever felt.  Excuse me for using the cliche, but there's no way to better describe it then my face feels like a baby's bottom or better. There's a reason the "normal skin" one is sold out on the site.  Just saying.

As for the Deep Brightening Serum, I've struggled with a brief stint of acne scarring for a period of time a few years ago and have spent the last 2 years trying to fade them.  I had some luck with Caudalíe's brightening serum but then its results plateaued.  However, after using Tatcha's Deep Brightening Serum, these acne scars are gone.  I mean, I've completely forgotten about them.  If I get any new minor blemishes, I just put the serum on them and then they go away.  If you're in the market for a brightening serum, I'd skip the Dior Snow, Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Line, Vitamin C serums, or the Caudalíe Vinoperfect Radiance Serum.  They'll do something but wouldn't you just rather speed up the process and save yourself the time and money?  Not going to lie, this is also sold out.  (Do I know how to pick them or what?)

Lastly, I'd like to address that there is an egregious lack of good blotting papers on the market.  You either have the option of the CVS off-brand blue rubber sheet or the Boscia blotting papers.  Let me begin by saying this: those Boscia papers disintegrate when wipping the oil off of your skin. They become sad little crumpled sheets once you move them on your face.  They are often recommended because they are the only brand people had access to other than those weird blue sheets from the drugstore.  However, your life will change when you get your hands on the Tatcha Aburatorigami Blotting Sheets now available at Sephora.  Similar pricing, big difference.  In my own experience, the Japanese have superior blotting papers, even the ones at those cutesy Japanese stationary stores. So Tatcha's gold infused blotting papers are definitely worth the investment if you have oily skin like me.  

So there is my review.  I picked these three for a reason.  I can't say I'm in love with the entire line because honestly, I only have so much love to give and the three products I've discussed above deserve all of that love.   Just try the generously stocked sample kit if you're uncertain and then you can thank me, or actually resent me later for exposing you to a whole new level of skincare.  You will never go back and if you do, you'll always feel like it's an unending compromise.

Luckily for you, I'm going to post a giveaway in the next post.

Sincerely yours,