5 Things Worth Investing in This Summer

5 things worth investing in this summer

1. Healthy Sunscreen

With brands ranging from John Masters Organics (shown) to Lavanilla and beyond, there is no reasonable excuse for not making this switch. Not only will you be foregoing chemically smells, but these lotions will make your skin feel glorious, not greasy.

2. Makeup Setting Mist

We are already experiencing makeup-melting-temps and it’s only June! I am a firm believer in the one by Make Up For Ever (shown) but Urban Decay makes a decent one as well. Just apply your makeup (I advise waiting to apply mascara until after you mist), spray 3-4 pumps around your face, let dry, apply mascara and your makeup won’t budge for hours!

3. Pasties that will LAST

Go beyond the flower-shaped disposables for a pair that will last you eons longer (I’ve owned mine for over 2 years!). Let me introduce you to Nippies — the different kind of pasty. Crafted in an ultra-thin silicone to ensure no show-through, these are money well spent: simply peel off at the end of the night, gently wash with soap and water, and they’re ready for their next use!

4. Good Flat Sandals

Because those cute ones from Target will only last you one season. Trendy sandals are just that: sandals that cater to the trends of the season. To ensure that you’ll get more use out of sandals than just one season, opt for a fashionably simple pair to pair with more outfits. The more use you can get out of them, the more reasonable a higher price tag becomes. Better materials used, better craftsmanship in production, the longer you’ll have them in your closet.

5. Time Well Spent

Unplug, log off, sign out, and ENJOY LIFE this summer.

How-To: Cutely Masking Your Thanksgiving Food Baby

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching (just one week away!!) what better way to prep than by strategically planning how to mask your food baby while still looking cute and put together. Introducing…the sweatpants’ cuter cousin: boyfriend jeans!! Paired with a fuzzy sweater in a boxy fit and adorable patterned flats, they will be staring at your shoes, not your food bump. Since Thanksgiving is all about family it’s key to keep your look comfortable yet still seeming more put together than sweats. If your holiday is a bit more dressed up…well, I’m sorry, that is unfortunate. Especially with all the food you’re going to stuff your face with and hate that you wore a skirt or fitted dress.

POST Thanksgiving outfit

Want, Lust, Must Have: Stuart Weitzman “Reserve” Boot

Well, its happened again…as if that’s any surprise. This time, it was a pair of fabulous footwear: Stuart Weitzman’s Reserve Boot to be exact. They first stared me down me from the tabloid pages last year, taunting me from A-listers’ tootsies to the DC elites strolling through Georgetown. I knew I needed to have them. Their practicality alone was a green light, but the devil is in the details: Slick black Nappa leather, a short stacked heel, elastic goring at the back, and a sexy over-the-knee style screamed my name from the moment I laid eyes on them. The perfect way to make mini-skirts more Fall appropriate, leggings-and-oversized-sweater more office appropriate, and a “luxury shoe price” more appealing to my bank account.

IMG_9650 IMG_9651 IMG_9662 IMG_9658  IMG_9663  IMG_9664 IMG_9665 IMG_9694By far the most expensive pair of footwear I now own, this purchase purely plays into my opinion that you should splurge on classic pieces. Items that you know will be worn time and time again should be of good quality to withstand the frequent abuse of pounding pavement, rubbing arms on the subway during your morning commute, and transcend trends. Yes, over-the-knee boots may be a trend right now, but I love them for the practicality that “If it covers more skin, it keeps you warmer.” And what’s better than keeping you warmer and looking chic?

One last note: you may be wondering why the heck I chose to shoot this post solely in my Nautica plaid shirt and the featured boots. Well, you know I love you, but…eat your heart out, Kate. IMG_9702  IMG_9720

 

European v. American: Differently managed wardrobes

You might be thinking, “Wait, people manage their wardrobes?” Well, yes, yes they do. You do too, you just don’t realize it. You may not think your spending habits reflect your country of origin, but it speaks more about your consumption patterns than you think. The two mindsets are quite different:

the European way vs. the American way      |     Quality vs. Quantity

It’s said that Europeans have the consumption habits of buying a few select high-ticket pieces per year to incorporate into their basic wardrobe, whereas Americans tend to buy numerous low-ticket items multiple times a year to have a plentiful wardrobe. Americans are known to adorn themselves with name brands, linking the concept to status-symbols; Europeans clothe themselves in well-designed pieces knowing the brands simply from the designs, no logos needed. Americans are very focused on self-expression and tapping into trends while Europeans are said to value the quality of a garment and the longevity that it can have in their wardrobe’s lifetime.

It’s sometimes horrifying better, to view it like this:

1 blouse ($300)     +     1 coat ($700)     +     1 pair of heels ($200+)      =      $1200+
European shopping mindset

3 t-shirts ($12 each), 2 pairs of jeans ($30 each), 2 flip flops ($5 each), 1 hoodie ($40)= $146
American

A few questions for you to ponder:

∞  Which do you think you follow: the European or American mindset?
∞  How do you view your closet? I.e. Curator or hoarder?
∞  What type of shopper are you? I.e. planner, impulsive, etc.?

 

Want, Lust, Need Now: Nixon’s Kensington watch

Ever spot an item that just stuck with you for days and weeks after you left the store? Festering in the back of your mind to the point where you try to reason with yourself about which takes precedent: rent for the month or this particular indulgence.

Yup, it’s happened, and I’m assuming more than once. This time it struck me for an everyday essential: a silver linked watch. Now, not just any silver watch—lord knows that would’ve been too easy. A watch with a simple white face, no larger than 38mm, an uncomplicated link pattern, and quartz movement. Enter Nixon’s Kensington:
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Too simple to wear on its own, paired with a leather bracelet this is my perfect wear-to-work watch.

Nixon Kensington watch with petite Hermés leather braceletNixon Kensington watch with leather wrap braceletNixon Kensington with Burberry leather bracelet

…now Nixon, if only you would re-release the Kensington in an all-black or black/gunmetal design you will have a lifetime customer. Remember these? Yeah, I’m drooling. Please?

Nixon Kensington Matte Black Gunmetal Nixon Kensington

Have you ever been struck with the “want, lust, need now” feeling? What items are you lusting after this fall?