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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Twiggy would be Jealous

Oh, how I wish I were allowed to wear open-toed shoes to work!  Corporate dress code be darned, I may just have to sneak these pretties in under their noses with some knee socks or opaque tights.  They remind me so much of sixties mod that I've been perusing Etsy for some Blair Waldorf-y tailored dresses.  I've worn them with bootcut jeans and a black boatneck sweater that reminds me of Audrey Hepburn and love them!

One of the many things I love about these shoes is the price. Seriously, I'm teased so much for my shoe collection, but when I pay <$10 for some of them, who can blame me for having so many? Haha.  I had my eyes on these for a while, but held out, knowing they'd go on sale the way everything at Kohl's goes on sale eventually.  They started out at almost $65.00, which is more than I'll usually pay for a pair of shoes that I don't have a specific purpose for in mind.  This is probably why I've been without brown flats for several months, I have a hard time investing in casual shoes.  Anyways, they are marked down on Kohl's website to $25.99, but they are cheaper in stores if you can find them.  Add one of Kohl's 30% off coupons and I got myself a pretty good deal, a happy resolution to months of drooling over unnecessary wedges.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Brown & Black

The weather's been so rainy here that all I want to do is curl up in between my flannel sheets and never come out.  Of course, whenever I feel that way, my schedule does it's best to sever my relationship with my sheets.  All I want to wear are sweaters.  Or blankets. Whatever, as long as its cozy.  

Regardless of what I want to be wearing, I can't wear the same thing every day, so today I tried something new.  Inspired by a colleague's black and brown striped sweater, I decided to play with the combination for work.  
 What I'm Wearing:
Button-down Shirt: H&M
Skirt: The Limited
Argyle Tights: Hanes Silk Reflections - Outlet find!
Buckle Pumps: Christian Siriano for Payless
Nail Color: Essie Bobbing for Baubles & Sephora by OPI Already Famous
I wish the argyle pattern had come out better in the photos.  The tights are much more sheet in person, so the outfit isn't so head-to-toe solid. I'll definitely have to try them with some other combinations, since they're really comfortable (and possibly a little too big).

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wine for My Face! Cheers!

A while back, I started my search for a good night cream.  My skin is slightly blemish-prone and can get oily, so I have to be careful in my choice of moisturizers.  I'd found a good day lotion towards the end of the summer, but it wasn't cutting it as the weather became cooler. Plus, I didn't like the idea of wearing SPF at night.

I'd heard good things about Caudalie, mostly from customers of my former employer - a retailer that carried the line once-upon-a-time.  These women would come in, swearing by Caudalie's products and allowing my to guess their ages.  I'd usually be off by about 20 years, as in, they were 20 years older than they looked.  Now that's a club I want to be a part of!  Not only did I have visual proof that these were some great anti-aging products, they are almost all listed as paraben, synthetic dye and sulphate-free on Sephora's website.  Caudalie's products are derived from grapes and wine and somehow, what red wine is for your heart, Caudalie is for your face.

 The Writer and I spent the day shopping yesterday, during which I picked up the "Beauty Essentials from the Vine" Caudalie starter kit.  The full-size products can be pricey, so I wanted to be sure I liked them before investing. Oh, the wonder of minis! The set includes: Cleansing Water, Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correction, Pulpe Vitaminee Eye and Lip Cream, and Vinosource Quenching Sorbet-Creme.
I'm loving the Quenching Sorbet-Creme!  Its like a mousse, so it doesn't get greasy, but is definitely hydrating.  I'm pretty sure the eye cream and serum will end up on my list of most loved products, although it hasn't been long enough to really see their effects.  The only one I'm not sure about is the Cleansing Water.  Its a cleanser that you aren't supposed to rinse off, just swipe across your face with a cotton ball.  I used it last night and, while it took off my foundation and lipstick, I didn't feel like my face was completely clean.  It may work better as an AM cleanser, when I don't have as much to wash off of my face.

At the very least, I'm glad to not have a dry, flaky face anymore! Cheers!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Last Friday Night

Last Friday night went a little differently than I'd planned.  It was The Writer's mom's last day in town before flying back to Florida, so they were hanging out and I'd planned on putting my feet up and relaxing after a long day at work.  As I was walking in from my car, I noticed that my garage door was open.  This was unusual, since I'd had a padlock on it since I'd moved in.  After further inspection, I discovered that whoever had cut the lock from the door had also take both mine and The Writer's mountain bikes.  I was so shocked. I thought I lived in a really safe area and had nothing to worry about, though I kept my doors locked anyway.  I filed a police report, but I have a feeling our bicycles are gone for good.

It would be a little silly to run out and get a new bike now, or even ask for one for Christmas, since Ohio will be covered in snow sooner rather than later.  I've been searching around, nonetheless, to see what's out there.  My parents got me my mountain bike when I was ten years old, maybe.  It was great for riding around camp, but since I'm not much for camping anymore, I think I may look into more of a casual, cruising-type bike, if there is such a thing.  Something maybe like this:
Or maybe one in mint:

How cute are these saddlebags?! And in Va-Voom red? Oo La!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thrifted Cardigan

 A few weeks ago, I wrote about a drawing I'd won for a gift certificate for a second-hand shop.  I'll be the first to admit that I'm not usually a thrifter.  To be honest, after years of groping through Goodwill and Salvation Army racks for theatre costumes, it kind of grosses me out.  The costume designer I interned with as a junior made us wear rubber gloves when we went shopping, and they were always black with grime by the time we left.  I was pleasantly surprised with the clean cuteness of this second-hand shop combined with the 100% wool J.Crew cardigan I found set me at ease.  After a trip to the dry cleaners, my new cardi was ready to go.
The Writer and I have a challenge going on that's going to be affecting the number of skirts I wear this month.  He's decided that he wants to do the whole "No Shave November" thing.  He can do as he pleases, but he knows I prefer a clean-shaven face or just a little stubble.  I just don't like the idea of having to search through a man's beard to kiss him.  So, as an incentive to make "No Shave November" last a much shorter amount of time than the whole month of November, I am participating as well.  I'm not at all excited about not shaving, but if its what I have to do, I will wear pants or dark tights for a whole month or however long he can stand it.  Game on!
What I'm Wearing:
Gray Twist Cardigan: J.Crew (thrifted)
Plaid Satin Shell: The Limited
Pants: Express Editor Pant
Textured D'Orsay Heels: Charlotte Russe
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