Shopping

Spring jacket lust

I hate shopping for clothes for myself. Especially if they’re expensive clothes, regardless of whether they’ll last me forever or not. The last time I bought a new coat was from Target two springs ago, seen below:

Current spring trench

My current spring-y trench coat from Target

This coat is cute, and it still works, I guess. I kinda want something bright and new for spring, though. Especially something in coral…

Soia & Kyo's Martha in coral

Soia & Kyo’s Martha in coral

Or maybe something a little slumpy and army-ish:

Penfield Summer Anorak

Penfield Summer Anorak

This guy by Vans from Zappos is pretty cute, although I can’t testify as to the quality of anything from Vans anymore:

Vans Anchor jacket in charcoal heather

Vans Anchor jacket in charcoal heather

I generally like DKNY stuff, and this is cute, but it might be too boxy on my big-bootied frame:

DKNY plaid

DKNY plaid

Then again, there’s always this one from Target (again):

Target French terry

Target’s French terry in coral

I don’t know if I should try for something shorter, or go with a long trench like last time. Or just, you know, stick with what I’ve already got and skulk about it. Probably the last thing, but it’s nice to think about.

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New set of shades

Now that we’re getting towards the end of the year, I’m once again on the search for a new pair of glasses. My trek last year ended with me getting these bad boys, which I actually don’t wear on a regular basis:

I'm not sure if I like my new glasses or not. What do you think?

They pinch my nose, and I think they come down too far on my cheeks and make my eyes look tiny, like a mole.

This year, I finally decided to try out Warby Parker glasses. I’ve known about them for ages, but in the past I haven’t ever seen any pairs that really grab me. They’ve got a very limited selection, but pretty good prices, and I’ve always loved the fact that they allow a home try-on before you buy. Trying on glasses is the best part of the process! Anyway, when I saw that Anna from Door Sixteen bought a pair of glasses from them, I decided to give the home try-on a shot.

Current daily-wear glasses

First, here are my daily-wear glasses. These are Lafont (one of my favorite glasses makers) in Dallas 702.

Warby Parker #1

Zagg, in Tennessee Whiskey

Warby Parker #2

This model is Sims, in Burgundy Fade.

Warby Parker #3

Crosby in Burgundy Fade (I liked that color, evidently)

Warby Parker #4

Winston in Lunar Fade

Warby Parker #5

Ugh. These are the Fillmore in Hazelwood.

What do you guys think? I don’t like the Fillmores at all, they’re too stuffy. I want to like the Crosby and Winston, but they’re just so huge! I guess that’s all the rage right now, but meh. Not on me. So, I think it’s a toss-up between the Sims and the Zagg. I have this problem where glasses sit too far down on my nose, so that the top of the frames are almost level with my eyes. As you can see, this is even a problem with my current pair. This doesn’t seem to be the case with the Sims frames, which is awesome! It’s a slight problem with the Zagg ones, which makes me sad, because they’re definitely more interesting than the Sims.

Overall, the glasses seem very well-made. They’re sturdy without being too heavy. I’m not sure how they’ll look with my actual coke-bottle lenses in them, but with a $95 pricetag you can’t really beat it. If only they were made in the USA rather than China, they’d be just about perfect.

Do I go for boring but fitting well on my face, or do I go for too low but more interesting to look at? This is pretty much my eternal dilemma.

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October Bluum Box

October Bluum Box

Post packing tape ripoff

I first found out about Bluum boxes while wandering around watching mommy videos (yuck, I know, haha) on YouTube. I love getting my Birchbox every month; it’s like receiving a surprise Christmas present every month! Sometimes I even forget I’m signed up for it, until I get the email letting me know it’s shipped. So, I figured I’d enjoy Bluum, which is geared towards moms and their babies. Here’s what came in my first box, for October:

October Bluum Box description card

The theme is “Magical Moments”

  • Disney Cuddly Bodysuit (3-pack $14.99)
    This is the sweetest, softest way to introduce Disney to your little character. Made with Disney Huggable Soft 100% Cotton and a double row of snaps, it’s like having two bodysuits in one, so that comfort and fashion last longer for your little one during his first magical year.
  • Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Shampoo & Wash (8oz. $7)
    A natural plant-based cleansing complex that gently cleans your baby’s hair AND body with a blend of Aloe, oat flour, and soy proteins. Bath time is one of the best times thanks to this tear-free shampoo and wash.
  • Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream (1.8oz. $18)
    Beauty sleep takes on a deeper meaning with this rich, natural night cream. Clinically proven to provide intense hydration, it also helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, so you wake up to skin that feels soft, supple, and smooth.
  • Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer (.09oz $5)
    Want your lips to speak volumes? Give them a smooch of luminescent color with this luscious lip shimmer. Shea butter and anti-oxidant rich fruit oils, moisturize, soften and nourish lips naturally and lovingly. Comes in 12 shimmering shades.
  • Happy Baby and Happy Tot pouches (3.5oz $1-1.59)
    Happy Baby and Happy Tot convenient, portable pouches offer a perfect on-the-go organic meal for babies and a health snack for toddlers.

October Bluum Box guts

This service looks like it’s going to be pretty great, so I’ll let you all know about what I get in the future. If you’re interested in signing up, feel free to use my referral links above, if you’re not too skeeved out by that. I don’t get any money from it, it just goes towards me having some future Bluum boxes paid for, win-win!

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Garage sale haul!

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This weekend was pretty righteous, as far as garage sale hauls go. I managed to swindle my way into getting a bunch of stuff that’s pretty awesome (and cute to boot!) for not very much money. Setting out with $40 and my pal Alicia of Culinary Bliss, we started relatively late in the garage sale game, around 8am, and decided to hit two different city-wide garage sales: one in University Heights, a self-contained little community surrounded on all sides by Iowa City; and North Liberty, a little suburb to the north, who also happened to be having their “Fun Days”, a yearly event with carnival rides and a car show.

There wasn’t a ton to be found in UH, although Alicia uber-scored with lots of pricey, barely-worn shoes for $20. I would have been fighting her for some of them if they’d been in my size! North Liberty proved to be the best place for me, though, with several mostly-baby sales. I manage to pick up, as seen above:

  • a Bright Starts bouncer seat
  • an LL Bean bag that’ll work really well as a diaper bag
  • a toddler down comforter with a really cute flannel hippo duvet cover, and a flannel receiving blanket
  • two trays for storing breastmilk in the freezer in an organized way
  • a Boppy (courtesy of Alicia, thanks!) and a bag of bottles

I managed to score all of that for $18.25. Can you believe it?! It might seem a little silly to those of you who are either well-versed at the magic of garage sales, or who couldn’t give two shits about good deals on baby stuff, but I’ve officially gotten the taste for (garage sale) blood. My baby shower is next weekend, so we’ll see what kind of awesome stuff we’re given then, and then after that, the GAME IS ON.

Oh yeah, we stopped by a barn sale outside of town today and picked up this little bit of awesomeness for a very unbelievable deal of a price, too:

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I can’t wait to see what we do with it!

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OMG, SHOES (Pt. II)

shoes vintage

Baby’s first pair of shoes! It’s probably a little premature, but come on! We found these at a garage sale today for 50¢, so basically we had to buy them. The same garage sale had baby Keens, but I figured we should stop at one pair. For now.

Hello, garage sales! I have the feeling that it’s going to be really difficult not to buy entire swaths of clothes and toys at garage sales this summer, so I really think we should pace ourselves. Plus, we’ve got that whole baby shower thing coming up. Speaking of that, do you have any advice for what to put on the registries? I’m kind of skeeved out by registries to begin with, because gift-grubbing seems weird and resentment-making. But at the same time, I don’t mind having parties, and people are probably going to buy us stuff, so why not have a list of things we need, right? We went to Target today to play with that little barcode scanner thing, and I’ve been working on an Amazon list, and we both felt kind of lost. Like, we know we’ll eventually need bottles when I go back to work after maternity leave, but what kinds of bottles is it going to like? And we need a car seat and crib, but HOLY CRAP those things are expensive! And so on and so forth.

Honestly, I’d love to get most of our stuff secondhand and from places like Etsy, and I know a lot of things we’re just not going to know we need until after the baby comes. But really, do you have any words of wisdom for things that we’ll need and won’t need? Please share!

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November 2011 Birchbox

Hooray, my November Birchbox finally arrived! Actually, it arrived last week, I just didn’t have time to go through it until today. I signed up for Birchbox (referral link) last month, at probably the WORST POSSIBLE TIME, right after the 10th of the month, which is when they ship the boxes out. That meant I had to wait until this month to receive my first one. It was rough, but I made it. For those of you who haven’t heard of Birchbox, it’s a sort of subscription service where you pay $10/month and get a little box filled with high-end samples of products that you might not get access to normally. Some of the selections in the past have been pretty great, and this month wasn’t too shabby, either. Here’s the list:

  • Avène Cleanance Soap-Free Facial Gel Cleanser
    “A European skincare star that uses thermal spring water to soothe and soften skin.”
  • Mineralogie Ultimate Cream Concealer
    “Made with finely ground minerals, this spot concealer hides under-eye circles and blemishes with zero cake-age.”
  • Thymes Eucalyptus body lotion (plus a sample of their Kimono Rose body lotion)
    “Put this one on your wish list: skin-saving botanicals and shea butter combine in a luxurious lotion.”
  • Zoya nail polish in Noel
    “This shimmery denim shade from Zoya’s holiday 2011 collection fits just right – just like your favorite blue jeans.”
  • Two Paper Dolls Ampersand coasters
    “Our favorite letterpress studio adds a hip, playful touch to everything they do, from notecards to coasters.”

Are any of you Birchbox subscribers? What did you get?

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Shoegasm

Holy crap, you guys. Was I talking about shoes lately? I HAD NO IDEA ABOUT THE SHOES! Today I followed a post on SFGirlByBay, one that featured some deliciously witchy/pilgrim-y shoes, and I went temporarily blind. BLIND. BECAUSE OF THE SHOES. My blindness-causers, let me show you them.

These shoes are from Chie Mihara’s line, a Japanese designer based in Spain, I think? I love them.

"Amis"

"Consi"

"Eloisa"

"Falla"

Another "Falla", I love this color combo

"Fenomeno"

"Flok"

"Iona"

"Olga"

"Rostar"

"Salvadora"

"Volanda"

"Xosmo"

"Floribri", wouldn't these be perfect for bridal shoes?

So, what is this collection teaching me? Well, for one thing, I need some gorgeous shoes. And for another? I need some charcoal grey tights. And some ribbed grey tights. Good goddamn.

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I want some boots

Something chunky, clunky, maybe with buckles? Something I can tuck jeans into, if I’m feeling saucy. Definitely something cute. Not knee-high, since my calves are too fat for that. Maybe about mid-calf? Grey, if possible!

BC Footwear in "Bibliography"

Type Z in "Kimberly"

Nine West in "Fountain"

Easy Spirit "Joanny" in dark grey

Coconut by Matisse "Dylan" in charcoal

Dirty Laundry "Rayma"

Out of these, I’m kind of leaning toward the Nine Wests. They’re all so pretty, though! What do you think? Any others I should look at? I should probably find some of these in a store and try them on before committing to anything.

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Makeup bonanza

So, this happened last night after work:

Makeup bonanza

I asked my friend Amanda to do a makeup intervention on me, since I’ve never actually learned how to buy, put on, or wear makeup, and she’s a bit of a girly-girl. She suggested that we go to a fancy department store to get face makeup skin-matched, and then we can get the rest of the fun stuff at Target on the cheap. We started at Younkers, at the Clinique counter, and picked up some foundation and under-eye concealer. Then we skipped on down to Target and picked up a bunch of Sonia Kashuk goodies. As we were heading back through the mall, we saw a cart advertising “Bonus Days” at the Clinique counter in Dillards, so we stopped in there and I picked up some tinted moisturizer and got my bag of free samples. YAY, MAKEUP! Here’s the list:

  • Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in “Rose”
  • Maybelline’s Great Lash mascara in “Very Black”
  • Sonia Kashuk’s Beautifying Blush in “Pink-14”
  • SK’s Eyeshadow Palette in “Eye on Neutral – 02”
  • SK’s Eyeshadow Quad in “Paris at Night – 09”
  • SK’s Eye Definer eyeliner in “Plummy Bronze”
  • SK’s eyelash curler
  • SK’s synthetic concealer brush
  • SK’s blusher brush
  • SK’s synthetic foundation brush
  • Clinique’s Liquid Makeup in 02 “Fresh Ivory”
  • Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer in 02
  • Clinique’s All About Eyes concealer in 03 “Light Petal”
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in “Commander in Chic”

And then the free stuff!

  • Clinique Superbalanced powder makeup in 02 “Natural”
  • Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in 10 “Dark Chocolate”
  • Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara in “Black”
  • Clinique lipstick in “A Different Grape”
  • Clinique Moisture Surge extended thirst relief
  • Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2
  • A little flat Clinique brush

Yowza. That’s a lot of crap. I’d better get playing around with it!

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