Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Black Friday, 3 Days Early: Shopbop Sale Picks

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Are you a Black Friday shopper? Me, not so much. Aside from the rare trip to the mall for a Sephora stock up, I much prefer shopping from home. My own lighting, my own mirror, no impulse decisions to be made. Essentially, calm. I've been on the hunt for the perfect pair of black booties as of late, along with a new winter coat, and a few cold weather essentials to make my commute just a little easier from home to train and back again. Lucky for me -- and you -- Shopbop's Buy More, Save More event begins today -- including all sale and full price styles.

With 15% off orders of $250+, 20% off orders of $500+, and 25% off orders over $1000 this is a great time to pair up with friends, family, and coworkers to get your hands on the season's essentials and holiday gifts (like those Swedish Hasbeens boots up there, ohhhh damn) at an amazing discount.

Pictured above: Maison Scotch JacketJonathan Adler Kitty MugSwedish Hasbeens BootsB-Low the Belt BeltPamela Love BraceletMolami Headphones 
Some brand exclusions apply, sale runs from 7am EST Tuesday November 24th and will end at 11:59pm PST on November 30th.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Here & There 11.22

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Happy Sunday! What are you up to this weekend? Yesterday a couple of friends and I headed out to Terrain for their annual Holiday Market in an attempt to get into the Christmas spirit.... it sort of worked, while also giving me a hearty dose of claustrophobia (that place gets crazy!). Today, we're just chilling. Maybe doing some Friendsgiving prep, maybe walking up to Old City. It's the calm before the holiday storm, and I want to make the most of it.

These vintage leather fringe gloves would certainly keep you cozy this winter.

My new favorite Tumblr

Definitely want these shoes in all three colors

Etsy loves: this incredible velvet jumpsuit (this coat is pretty amazing too), this backpack, these minimalist earrings, this necklace

Would you get a tattoo without knowing what it was? (I would)

Holiday decor I love: this holiday cocktail book, these vintage-style ornaments, this (cat) cookie kit, this holiday dreamcatcher, these mini string lights, this pineapple ornament

With all that's going on in the world, here are 4 things to know about the refugee vetting process. And 6 groups that are trying to help (this article also contains useful information for those wondering how to help refugees).

DIY makeup remover pads - brilliant!

One of my favorite apple recipes of late

Wearing: Vintage blazer (similar) // Free People top // J.Brand jeans // Loeffler Randall Carmen boots // Vintage hat (similar) // Bali ELF bag - on sale!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ochre + Ocean

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Hello. Hi. How are you? I've been saving this top for... well, I don't really know what... but Monday felt like as good a time as any to bust it out. Pro tip: slicked back braids, worn at the back of your head so as not to look like a 5 year old, are an excellent way to hide post-flu bed head.

Get the look: Stetson hat from Allen's Boots in Austin, TX (similar) // Zara top (similar) // J.Brand Skinny Black 'Maria' Jeans // Madewell Chelsea boots (similar) // Bali ELF 'Neverland' bag // Vintage earrings and ring // Self made necklace (similar)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Up In The Mountains

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Up in the mountains, we found fall. Crisp air, cloudy mornings that reveal pure blue sky. We left behind the unseasonable warmth of the city in favor of a little rest and recuperation, bundling up in cozy sweaters and even cozier scarves. For a frigid fall morning, there's nothing better than wrapping up in a handmade scarf and a big cardigan and drinking a few cups of coffee beneath the dwindling foliage.

I've been a fan of Lindsay from The Seam Design's work for some time now and this particular number arrived just in time for our trip north to the Poconos this past weekend. A chronic under-packer, I wasn't exactly prepared for the cooler temps, as it's been so warm in the city, so I was especially appreciative to be able to wrap myself in this incredibly cozy scarf for the cold mornings and windy afternoons. You know, between watching '90s family comedies on VHS and drinking too much wine.

Get the look: The Seam Designs Scarf // H&M Sweater // Alexa Chung for AG overalls // Moorea Seal sunglasses

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Here & There 11.8

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How's your Sunday night going? We just returned from a weekend spent in the Poconos at a cabin with a big group of friends and it was exactly what we needed. Late night wine drinking, Cards Against Humanity, Mrs. Doubtfire on VHS, and way too much food. November was off to a weird start last week, with temperatures rising to the mid-70s, which was nice, but disconcerting paired with the time change. Because of it, I felt like we spent last week in an exhausted, grumpy haze, so retreating to the seasonally appropriate temperatures of the mountains felt right. I love this month, summer is fun and all, but there's something about cold, bleak November that speaks to my soul. This week will be another busy one, with shoots planned in NYC and outside of Philly, so tonight we're chilling out... before the crazy hits all over again.

Love this incredible vintage '60s leopard print cape!

These owl earrings are adorable

Really excited about this new Netflix show

Nordstrom is having a mega sale - definitely loving this sexy dress, these classic boots, and this perfect winter coat.

Cute things to sleep in.

I'm really, really excited about Music for Cats.

These might just be the most perfect shoes

Well, this looks delicious

Etsy faves: These perfect coffee mugs, this perfect hand-tooled leather backpack, these rad vintage tees.

How cute is this sweetheart lamp? Love this purse too.

Loved this sweet post of jen's

Reductress never fails to make me laugh. Edward Furlong, what happened?

Love these chic bohemian pieces for fall - I'm in dire need of a new jacket

Life goals.

What do you keep on your nightstand?

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Here & There & Happy November

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Happy November! Whew... did you have a good Halloween? We're still recovering, but ours was really fun this year. As always, our costumes were last minute (I was a cat and Chris was either John Lennon or a fisherman, depending on who you asked - you can see a pic here), but that's half the fun. Someday we'll plan in advance. We went to a few parties and are looking forward to just hanging out today, you know, laundry, groceries, and otherwise readying our space for the coming month. I'm really excited for November, this past month was so busy between Austin City Limits, my brother visiting, and other obligations, I'm looking forward to having some time to just chill out before the holidays hit. What are you looking forward to this month?

Don't forget to enter the Jem and the Holograms + Shopbop giveaway!

Um, hi. Is this not the most perfect sweater or what?

How gorgeous is this branch hair clip?

More Etsy loves: these minimal hoop earrings, these pretty heart bowls (and this one too), this gorgeous sweater coat, this cute knit hat

Obsessed with this haircut

What a gorgeous coat. Love this one and this one too.

Obsessed with black Chelsea boots lately - love these options

Cat hacks! #15 actually works

Love these cute shoes

This outfit of Jen's looks so comfy - that sweater!

These books are perfect for travel

5 ways to conquer daylight savings time

This blanket is so beautiful!

I'd love to hang these ornaments on our tree this year

These pumpkins would make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece

What a crazy story

Friday, October 30, 2015

Fall Beauty Favorites

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My makeup routine is fairly straightforward throughout the year, but from season to season I find myself switching out a few products to address weather-specific needs: spring calls for lighter shades, summer a dewy complexion and a lighter touch all around, and for fall and winter, extra hydration and a matte-ified finish. Maybe something a little bolder than usual, too.

I hadn't yet made the summer to fall transition when my stick of Josie Maran concealer ran dry recently, so it was perfect timing when I received a couple of products from Perfekt a week or so later. Since the air is drying out -- though the temperature remains stubbornly warm -- I thought I'd share a bit about my routine these days and what I'm using.
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In order of application:

Acure Organics Seriously Firming Facial Serum: This 'serum' (it's basically an oil) is meant to be worn under the corresponding moisturizer, but I wear it alone at night as an intensive treatment for dry skin, applying it after I wash my face. I've definitely noticed a difference, and I absolutely love how it smells.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre: A coworker turned me on to this French moisturizer and after picking up a small tube at a Parisian pharmacy, I swear by the stuff as a day cream. I was happy to find that UO now sells a large tube of it (they sell small sizes as well), which lasts months. This is a French classic, not greasy at all while deeply hydrating and providing a smooth surface for makeup to glide on to. Also, no breakouts! Always a plus.

Perfekt Skin Perfection Gel in Luminous: I tend to keep things pretty simple from day to day on my face, while I'll occasionally wear BB Cream or foundation, I typically reserve those products for the dead of winter when I'm really feeling pallid. This gel goes on smooth and melts into skin, leaving it matte and, well, luminous. It's basically a primer, but can be worn alone to blur or beneath other products. What I love about Perfekt is that the products can really be stretched. One little dab goes a long way.

Perfekt Skin Perfection Conceal in Luminous: A very small dab of this mousse-like product is enough to conceal beneath my eyes, around my nose, a few scars on my chin, and the dark area between my eyes. I'll also pat some on my lids to act as a primer before applying eye shadow. Right now I'm reaching for lighter shades of shadow with metallic touches to pop against my liquid liner.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara: A birthday gift card burning through my pocket is what lead me to this fantastic mascara. I grabbed it in the two pack of mascara and liner (linked here), and both are proving to be fast favorites. I've had issues in the past with mascaras transferring to my under-eye area, but this formula stays put while being relatively easy to remove.

Stila Convertible Color: I picked up several pots of this particular shade while working at J.Crew a few years ago, and I'm on my last pot! I use this exclusively as blush on my cheek bones and down the bridge of my nose to add a little color. The terra cotta-like shade lends a bit of a tan effect, making me feel just a little less pale in the colder months.

NYC Liquid Lip Shine: There's just something about a nude lip + a cat eye that feels so very perfectly retro to me, I'll never give it up. I've been wearing a cat eye since college and I think at this point it's my signature. I recently received this light colored gloss and love how it contrasts with a dramatic eye.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (not pictured): I just grabbed a small vial of this to try this past weekend and now plan on purchasing the larger version. This oil is incredible at removing makeup (including stubburn mascara), dirt, and oil, while rinsing clean. I'll typically do a quick rinse with cleanser on nights after I've worked out, but otherwise this oil rinses right off and you're good to apply moisturizer after patting your face dry.

Also pictured:

Celestite Crystal: Not beauty per-se, but rather something beautiful. I keep a handful of crystals on my nightstand and this is my latest acquisition. I love how crystals infuse a space with organic energy, and Celestite is known to be purifying and meditative, perfect for bringing mindfulness to your fall routine.

Campfire Candle: Oh, this candle! One thing I miss more than anything is having fall campfires in our back yard in Pittsburgh and back home in Maine. This candle brings all those memories right back and alters the mood in our home perfectly. It sits near my crystals and makeup on my nightstand, bringing it's sweet vanilla scent to my space.

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