Purchased: Asymmetrics and Denim

Oh hayy. It’s been a while since I’ve posted so I figured I’d hit you with something real substantial. Purchases. Nothing like hearing about a good purchase to make you want to go out and spend your own money, am I right? Am I right?

I actually did pretty well considering I bought a few different items. I was in dire need (ha) of some knits and was also on the prowl for the perfect denim jacket for this Spring… I found everything. I actually felt like throwing up.

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Oh. Right. I also picked up two great little minis that I clearly didn’t need. HAHA. Didn’t need. Please. I had to have them otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to sleep at night. This would lead to decreased energy. Decreased energy would lead to sluggishness and sub par mental and physical mechanisms. This would obviously lead to inconsistent work outs and job loss. In the long run, this would result in obesity and a unhealthy reliance on anti depressants and churros. I mean, I could score a spot on TLC’s My 600 Pound Life at which point skirts would be a cold and distant memory. Obviously triggering self hatred and shame and….you see where I’m going with this? The skirts were very necessary.

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Black loosely knit sweater/H&M

Oatmeal hi lo knit/Oat & Fort 

Denim Jacket/Zara

Black faux leather zippered asymmetric mini/H&M

White asymmetric zippered mini/H&M

I have an unhealthy obsession with oversized knits, especially when they have uneven hems – as this displays a nice pair of stems without dwarfing your body. I had no idea that Oak & Fort existed. Prancing around pulling things off hangers is probably the most fitting description of what took place. The boutique is all things casual, comfy, and super chic. Think simplistic, lots of basics, and endless layering options. Pretty much my Heaven. The knit I chose is over sized with an uneven hem and lightweight. Perfect for Spring and perfect with a pair of cutoffs and stilettos. A flat pic won’t do it justice so I’ll have to do a separate post when I actually wear it. Because I know that’s what everyone’s dying for right?

I also – finally – got my hands on a denim jacket I actually liked. I say this because I’ve been searching for one that satisfied me in every way. Cut, coloring, fabric and fit. It satisfied as a perfect denim jacket should. *Side note – I use the same categories when rating men. This is most likely why I am still single. Anyway, I found it at Zara for a measly $60 bucks. I have a feeling it’ll be making quite a few repeat offender posts.

As for the black knit and the asymmetric minis – I had some time to kill in the mall before seeing a movie this past weekend and this is what results in any spare minutes for me. Power shopping. I literally ran to the white one like a rabid dog while the black mini was more of a , “sure, I only have 4 other black faux leather skirts, but not one with zippers,” kind of impulse. The knit was perfect for the same reasons I bought the other. And it’s black. You can never have enough black.

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Overall, I’m pretty pleased with my goods. Definitely invest in a couple of knits (swingy hi lo hemlines to be specific), a good denim jacket and some minis. Your Spring and Summer wardrobe will bow down. Also, I know that prints are big right now, but basics are ALWAYS in style, plus they look super chic and polished. Even when you’re a train wreck.

Some styling options…

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Style: Isabel Marant for H&M

Hot steppin on the heels of Philim Lim for Target comes Isabel Marant for H&M. Pretty exciting because I really like her effortbless yet trendy looks. The iconic sneakers (that have been mimic’ed everywhere) along with her urban and contemporary style are fashionista favs and now it looks like they’ll be more affordable alternatives…

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The collection will be available on November 14th and hopefully hordes of shoppers will leave something behind unlike the buffonery at Target. I wasn’t too interested in the Philip Lim for Target collection that drew crazy masses of deal hunters and hype huggers both at the stores and online. Only because I don’t like wearing what everyone else is wearing (I’m not being pretentious here, I’d just rather not have the same thing as everyone else, individuality is a good thing). Oh and I like exclusivity, when I can afford it that is. I mean, the mini satchels were great but nothing compares to the original Pashli. I’m hoping there’s some more pieces added to that collection that can be built upon with personal style rather than featured pieces everyone’s going to want to get their hands on. Aritzia take note. Get rid of that God awful cocoon cardi you “re-introduce” every. single. season.

Anyway back to Marant – I’m interested to see what she comes up with especially for a store like H&M which has some good pieces here and there but when it comes down to it – best for a weekend of wear at the most. Hopefully they’re a little more long lasting and incorporate nicer materials.

Here are some outfits from the lookbook:

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I’m a huge fan of the carelessly chic look and these pieces are making me pant a bit. I know it’s due to a lot of styling and tweaking but I trust my personal style enough to re-create some of these looks and make them my own.

Here’s what Isabel has to say about the new compilation…

“I am flattered by this collaboration. H&M works with the best designers, and this invitation is an exciting honor. I aim at creating something real – something women want to wear in their everyday lives – with a certain carefree style. I think this is very Parisian: You dress up, but don’t pay too much attention to it, and you still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be combined following one’s own instincts, and my take on fashion is all about personality,”

Expect a lot of urban chic, comfy fits and oversized pieces with embellishments and a bit of rock n roll.

I leave you with a piece of advice when shopping at launches – ratchet isn’t working for Miley Cyrus and it won’t be working for you. Act like the civilized, respectful human beings you are. That sh*t looks good on everyone.

Put It In The Bag: Part I

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So, I have succumbed to the obligatory fashion blogger post – the “what’s in my bag?”
I can relate to the intrigue and suspicion that women have with other women’s belongings whether they’re wearing them, keeping them hidden in their purses, or putting on a fashion show in their closets and then emerging with quick glances to the left and right in fear of have been peeped. I, for one, am one of these curious females. I love stuff. Very simple, I don’t care if it’s my stuff, your stuff, Nordstrom’s stuff – I love it and I want you to share it with me so that we can love stuff together. (Hey, I never said my writing was exemplary).
Anyway, the necessities I keep close at hand are displayed below. What’s missing? Oh I dunno, tampons, receipts from Nordstrom and weekly Jamba Juice visits, oh and stray strands of my dog Jackson’s fur. It always seems to leave home with me. True love right?
Not fully described in excruciating detail – the Tide stick (I’m a clumsy buffoon and will spill food/drink on my clothes even when covered in napkins and eating like a normal human being) with normal human utensils), band aids (see the latter), Advil (I seem to forget when I will be experiencing the worst cramps of my life therefore I have an illegal amount of liquid Advil ready at my disposal, oh and Vaseline lotion (a mini), that shit is the bomb. I’m a slave to Philosophy but Vaseline lotion is very necessary.
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Put It In The Bag

Rebecca minkoff shoulder bag – I got this baby from Nords last month. It’s the perfect size as I’m used to carrying huge duffle sized Balenciagas (no I’m not bragging I’m just being thorough) and this bag is the best size for carrying a significant number of beauty products, tech devices and a wallet. Oh and I never have to rummage. I absolutely DESPISE rummaging – it gives me anxiety and makes me sweat. Both of which I hate as well. Anyway, I’m currently in the midst of building a family. I would call this the Baby Daddy, my white perforated one the Baby Mama and my two Mini MAC’s the wee little ones. I choose Baby Daddy and Baby Mama because there will be more emerging from the woodwork. More than Maury Povich can fit onto his one hour shit show I’ll tell you that much.

Kate Spade wallet – In Tiffany blue. has a ton of compartments, lots of room for credit cards. Good news for credit cards, shitty news for my bank account.

APPLE iPad 2 WiFi 16 Go noir – Again, to be specific it’s my ipad Mini. Fits into my Minkoff MAC Clutch with AH-mazing ease. They’ve become close pals.

Wildfox Couture mod sunglasses – My FAV summer purchase. Sometimes I glance in the rear view mirror and feel like Elton John but it’s okay. They’re Wildfox.

H M elastic hair tie – They’re Goody ones actually. Snag free. I have like 3 just in case. In case I need 3 ponytails I guess.

MAC Cosmetics tattoo concealer – Mine’s the typical Studio Fix pot concealer. Do you really want to know? It’s NC35 and it’s the best concealer I’ve ever used. This would be an item I want to have when deserted on an island, or yeah, pretty much every other single situation in life.

MAKE UP FOR EVER lip gloss makeup – This, I have in No 34. Or is it 36? Anyway I’ll get back to you on that. Same deal with the one below, really nice texture though and a nice shade for daily wear.
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Mac cosmetics lipstick – In Please Me – my everyday shade. I like it because it’s a color you can just slick on no matter what time of day. I’m the girl who wears lipstick at 8am. Don’t hate.

Jo Malone perfume fragrance – I have a mini version of both this and the Rose scent. They last all day long and in case the Rose gets too intense (I’ve been told it provokes memories of public restroom sanitizer,) I spray on some of the Pear & Freesia to balance it out.

Fresh lip treatment – I use this before any lipstick application as I prefer more matte colors and MAC matte shades are dry as shit. Oh yes, I also keep a clean mascara wand to rub this stuff on. Quel handy.
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Bath body product – My miracle product. Dime sized amount leaves my hair tangle free and super shiny for hours.
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Philosophy body cleanser – Smaller size, I have Christmas scents on hand. I love the smell of Candy Cane at any given time during the year. Don’t judge, at least I’ve shamelessly admitted it.

Cath Kidston beauty accessory – Again. similar item. It’s a compact, one end magnifies so I can look at my stray eyebrow hairs, panic that I don’t have a set of tweezers close by which causes me to sweat, which then causes me to pop open the compact yet again to properly blot away said sweat. It’s a vicious cycle and I know it happens to you too.

The Body Shop round hair brush – I don’t have the same brush, but a similar version. Mine also has a shit ton of hair intertwined in the bristles.
I’ll do this for each of the bags I carry. Only because I’m sure everyone is dying to know, not due to the pathetic fact that I clearly have too much time on my hands.
You’re welcome.
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