Tuesday, November 6, 2018

FALL FINDS CURRENTLY IN MY SHOPPING CART...


As we barrel ahead, full-steam into November, I think it bears repeating that fall lasts until December 21st. Once Halloween is over we aren't resigned to thinking about nothing besides the impending winter. That said—I still have quite a few "fall" finds in my digital shopping carts right now. I'm kind of obsessed with altering my "neutral" cool weather wardrobe from grey/white/black to more of a camel/mustard/white palette, which is thanks especially to these investment-worthy M. Gemi snake boots and this extremely affordable men's sweater from Uniqlo. So in case you too are still looking to update your seasonal wardrobe, I've rounded up a few of my favorite things of the moment.


I have extolled my love of Uniqlo's menswear sweaters season after season and there's no stopping me now. I just purchased this lambswool turtleneck in grey, and I think I'm going to pull the trigger on the crewneck in both this rich mustard color and a bright, cheerful red. These sweaters are soft enough to wear without a slip or a tank underneath, and I love the slouchy fit and longer sleeves of the men's styles. I'm already envisioning the perfect outfit of the yellow sweater, blue Levi's, snake boots and white teddy coat. So simple and cozy, right!?

Okay so all these small, structured bags are driving me crazy right now—because I want them all. If you can't invest in the designer originals, Mango is an amazing resource for bags inspired by big trends. I especially love the snakeskin look (of course) because it will work as a neutral all winter long, and the metal ring handle is so of-the-moment, too.

So one of my darling friends who works in PR and represents Arno sent me these mules last month. And I just had to share them here because I love them so much, and they are such a stylish, high-quality shoe for under $200! They're crazy-comfortable, and the leather-and-suede star design comes in this rich camel hue, as well as black and a white-and-silver combo!

I never thought I'd say this, but I guess belts are back. I've been really happy to give them up, but with all the influencers on the face of the earth having worn that black leather Gucci belt, I suppose I must surrender. At this point, I'm more interested in using one to synch a jacket or blazer closed, like Alicia did here, or like I did with this camo jacket recently. Since animal print is a major player again right now, this Zara belt feels like the perfect piece to give it a go with with belts in 2018.

I don't know about you guys, but I haven't worn a watch since the days of the giant gold Michael Kors watches we all had like 10 years ago. But I was recently gifted this Daniel Wellington watch, which feels like jewelry and goes with everything I wear already. Plus, the black dial makes it feel low key and feminine enough to wear every day.

In a post earlier this year I went on a bit of a tangent about how expensive my beauty routine had become thanks to being lucky enough to try a lot of really nice stuff. Well I honestly hate to come at you again, but I have to add another product to that list—this CC cream from It Cosmetics. It's opaque enough to be a great foundation, it's got sunscreen, plus it really does mattify and stay that way all day.

Okay so, my seemingly never-ending search for a second pair of Levi's 501 jeans to compliment the ones I already have... Is still happening. I am on a quest for a pair of solid, mid-wash blue jeans with no holes or distressing that I can wear with all my ankle boots and sneakers all year long. This is a  denim look that can be dressed up or down, and if I don't find a pair with this look that fits me soon, I might die.

If there's one outerwear trend that has grabbed hold in fashion this season and won't let go, it's the teddy coat. You can have your absolute pick of colors and silhouettes and price points—they are everywhere. But If I had to play favorites, I'd go with this menswear-inspired one from Mango in a soft white, and this similar white one from & Other Stories.

Speaking of my favorite store, I feel the need to share my love of the crewneck t-shirts at & Other Stories. I have this very French striped version, which is just the right proportions of boxy and short (aka not too much of either of those things) to go perfectly with all my high-waisted jeans. So naturally, I want an everyday black (and white) version to wear... You know, all the time, basically.

Before going out to an event the other night, Bobbie Thomas had me put on this thick lip crayon. Ugh, you guys I fell in love. I know $37 is extreme for lipstick, but the color was so pigmented and pretty and stayed on for hours!

And finally—the centerpiece around which I am building my whole wardrobe this year: M. Gemi's Cavallo snakeskin boots. They're a little bit urban and a little bit western, which is right on trend and also extremely my personal brand. (Hello, Idaho!?) I want to wear these with everything from jeans and sweaters to the extremely extra Zara sequin dress I bought off of ebay for my birthday last month. (Can't you see that combo being so fun at the January wedding I have in Tennessee??)


Monday, October 22, 2018

ALL THE GOOD OUTFITS I'VE SAVED ON INSTAGRAM LATELY


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The "save" feature on Instagram is my favorite thing right now. It's not as glorious as the heyday of Pinterest, but it gives me that fix of organized outfit porn that I often crave. And this fall, I've developed quite the little archive of inspiration—from a variety of stylish gals I follow. 

On one of my recent Instagram deep dives that started on the explore page and ended in an obsession, I discovered Leia Sfezwho is French and has perfect hair and perfect style, I have determined. She has me deeply, deeply considering growing my hair out and cutting bangs (again) and has reignited my hunt for the perfect pair of stiff, skinny-ish high-waisted Levi's. (I think these are the ones I need, by the way.)

Also worth noting is that top right corner look from Giovanna Engelbert—who usually dresses so delightfully and whimsically over the top—in a simple, billowy shirt dress with a delicious oatmeal-color sweater tied around her shoulders. With her hair down and that little white bag, it's so casually glam I can't get over it.

Here's what else I'm feeling inspired to try, thanks to these ladies...
  • A belt around a menswear blazer à la Alicia and Aimee
  • Julie's white turtleneck sweater with hoop earrings pairing
  • Fleece and slinky silk like Anine Bing
  • Jen's perfect crewneck t-shirt and cozy teddy coat
  • Caramel, tawny browns and white worn together à la Leia
  • Blair's sophisticated-prep approach to denim
  • An oversized teddy coat like @figtny (who doesn't share her name anywhere easy online, ha!)


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF A TINY PATIO IN NEW YORK CITY


Guys! I recently wrote an expansive piece for Style Girlfriend on transforming my small patio space attached to my East Village apartment. It's really fun and helpful, and I want you to read it. To whet your whistle, here's an excerpt:

Have you ever wondered, “How can I turn the prison yard attached to my apartment into a paradise?” Well I have! That’s right—your girl has finally reached one of New York’s golden rings. I have outdoor space. But when I moved in, it looked more like an elevated cage than a coveted patio space beckoning to host a sunset happy hour or cozy spring nightcap after a perfect third date.

But no amount of chain link fencing, pigeon poop or mysterious detritus could dissuade my dream. I was determined to She’s All That the space—hoping that taking off the glasses (so to speak) would reveal a beauty that had been there all along.

Now, as with any good cinematic arc, the transformation has been a journey. I learned… A lot. For example, if you do not use a base, your beautiful 6-foot-wide bistro umbrella will, during a particularly windy storm, levitate out of it’s hole in the middle of an outdoor table, take flight over a 6-foot-high fence and fling itself onto the roof of a dim sum restaurant four stories below.

Are you curious now or what? I'm really proud of the progress I've made in this little dream of an outdoor space, so I hope you go read the story! Plus, if you want to see the "before" photos (and trust me, you do) you're only going to see them on SG with the full piece. Ha! Clickbait!

See more photos below!
Listen to the playlist too!




Again, if you want to see the full transformation plus my recipe recommendations and best tips for how to throw a truly great "peak outdoor season" party in your outdoor space, you gotta read the full story over on Style Girlfriend.

Friday, July 20, 2018

WEEKEND LISTENING: LORD HURON COVERS 'HARVEST MOON'

If, when you hear those first few cords of 'Harvest Moon,' you do not immediately feel a surge of romantic love (even if it's directed towards no one in particular) I don't know if I can trust your emotional range as a human. Seriously.

You want to kiss someone. You want to slow dance. You want to hold someone's hand and go for a walk on a warm summer night. It is one of those songs that, after you hear it the first time, you feel a bit changed. Neil Young can do that to you. And I know, this is not exactly a deep cut, but I do not care about unabashedly loving one of his most popular songs. It's beautiful and iconic and that's that.

Now, I wouldn't trust many bands or singers to cover this song in a way that pleases me, but lo and behold, Lord Huron has gone and done it.  I love them, as evidenced by their presence in past MWMM posts and playlists, so I suppose there's a certain amount of bias on my part, but give this cover, from their recent Spotify Singles recording, and then defy me.

Their version of the song has a lazy, dreamy Hawaiian-tinged vibe that's hard to resist, especially this time of year. (Is that a harp I hear?) It's the auditory version of swinging in a hammock with a Mai Tai in your hand and a breeze in your hair.

So do yourself a favor this weekend and cue up Lord Huron's cover of Harvest Moon while you're enjoying some happy hour drinks (maybe a Spritz?) with your friends. Add it to a happy hour playlist, perhaps? It will feel so right. Trust me. Also, not for nothing we're about halfway through summer right now... So don't forget to look around, feel the warm sun on your skin and enjoy it.

// LISTEN BELOW //


*If you're interested in another cover, Poolside has a good, super-peppy version too, that feels dreamy and escapist in a way all it's own.

*For reference, the above gif is Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

JUST SOME AUTHENTIC (AND AFFORDABLE) FATHER'S DAY GIFT IDEAS


So I was talking about Father's Day over the weekend with Megan while we were recording a podcast. (Did you know we do a podcast? Well, we do and you can rate / review / subscribe right here!)

Anyway, we were talking about gift ideas, and how it's kind of a bogus "holiday" and spending more than $100 on a gift is just not necessary. That said, we both agreed that it's nice to get Dad a little something. 

Megan is a big believer in giving the gift of upgraded grooming, because it's something that won't go to waste. Nice shampoo and conditioner? A delicious-smelling soap? Just put those bad boys in the shower as soon as he unwraps them and they will be enjoyed, guaranteed. My vote is for a big, beautiful bar soap from a new brand on my radar, Commodity. My favorite scent (the one in my shower right now, actually) is called Orris, but I've heard good things about Tonka, too.

Speaking of things that smell good, I'd also like to tip my cap in the direction of this Armani cologne. I mentioned it in my own beauty post the other day because I've been wearing it, but I promise you it is a low-key, lovely, unisex scent. If you're looking for a Father's Day gift for the father of your child, this is a great pick because it's kind of sexy, and you get to reap the benefits of its use!

A few other ideas I like for younger dads include cool, stylish stuff for him to wear that he'll, you know, actually wear—especially this summer. First up is what might be my favorite men's shirt to ever exist, the Bonobos Riviera short-sleeve button up. It comes in tons of really fun prints, as well as three fits and three lengths—which is pretty amazing for an $88 shirt. I also, surprise to no one, feel like a pair of Allbirds would make a great Father's Day gift. They're $95 and they work on everyone. The new tree runners are fun and again, perfect for summer!

Now, most of the other gifts on my guide here are almost self-explanatory, so I'll go ahead and briefly explain them anyway:

A stylish $60 dart board, because darts is a really fun game, and one that you and dad can play together. (I stan so hard for all games-as-gifts, just as a reminder!)

A bottle of Bushwick Kitchen Bee's Knees Spicy Honey, because it makes almost everything taste way better, from salads to cheese boards, pizza, toast, crostinis with ricotta and prosciutto... I could go on.

Bodum's 51 oz Iced Coffee Maker will be a game-changer for Dad's morning routine if he, like any normal human, loves cold brew. Prep the night before, leave it in the fridge to do magical things, and in the morning, voila, you're flying to the moon. (In your mind. It's strong.)

Okay so, technically the Yeti Roadie cooler is closer to $200, but it's an investment for the whole family! These things are basically indestructible and does all your favorite things—road trips, picnics, backyard events, fishing trips, pool parties... You get the idea.

Speaking of the great outdoors, if Dad loves any of the above activities, or you know, camping, he'll get a kick out of Burton's camping table. It's lightweight and packs down super-small, plus it's got two cup holders so you can crack open a cold one with your father and play some cards or something, because it's the quality time that he really wants!

My dad likes sipping Casamigos tequila. If yours does too, follow my lead and get him a bottle of the brand's new Mezcal! It tastes like the sophisticated love child of scotch and tequila, which is kind of fitting for the holiday, no?

And finally, a slightly unexpected gift idea I am very, very here for: a plant.

When the really nice folks over at Bloomscape sent me a pitch email about giving the gift of in-home horticulture for Father's Day, I was intrigued. I've only recently become obsessed with filling my tiny East Village apartment with plants-as-decor, and the last time someone gave me an orchid as a gift, it felt like more of a responsibility than a treat.

I asked Bloomscape's founder, Justin Mast, who comes from five generations of greenhouse growers and florist industry innovators, to sell me a bit on the benefits of plants-as-gifts. And I gotta say, he pretty much nailed it:

"People tend not to look beyond the necktie for a Father’s Day gift. A plant is unique, healthy for the whole home and something a family can bond with that doesn’t need to be taken for walks or can’t be left home alone. Bloomscape’s living room ready plants make the process easier, because dad’s plant shows up at the doorstep ready to go. Bloomscape takes care of the hardest part - growing the plant. Unlike a necktie, a plant is something the whole family can enjoy."

Why should you believe Justin? Because horticulture is in his blood. Also, he genuinely just loves plants and cares about helping other people love plants, too.

"Bloomscape wouldn’t exist without the knowledge my parents gave, and continue to give, me about how to be successful in this industry. The gift of a plant affords that same opportunity for a father and his children to bond over the responsibility of caring for a living thing and watching it grow."

Aren't you so sold? I am. I love the idea that growing and caring for a plant can be this sort of nice, low-key way for some parent-child bonding. Plus, when you shop on Bloomscape, they give you all the information you could need, including how hard it is to take care of and whether you can have it around pets!

There you have it! Father's Day is just a nice reminder to make sure your dad (or the father of your children, or your grandpa, or your brother who's a dad now) feel appreciated. So get him a little something. Or at least call him on the phone.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

OH NO, MY SKINCARE & BEAUTY ROUTINE HAS BECOME... EXPENSIVE

The first thing I have to say as I start this post is that I am a lucky woman. I have a bunch of friends who work in the skincare and beauty world. One of my freelance clients is Bobbie Thomas—a woman who has access to the newest, latest and greatest of everything in those industries, too. And as a blogger, I get brand swag from PR gifting from time to time. This is a rarified space to exist in, and it has given me access to products I never would have dreamed of spending money on, say, five years ago.

As a culture, we are pretty obsessed with beauty and skincare right now, and thanks to these personal and professional connections, I have taken a big, drunken gulp of the Kool-Aid. I am on a mission to have "perfect skin" just like Allure and Into The Gloss tell me I should be. It's a bullshit idea and I know that, but being someone with problematic skin, I don't see my desire to improve it's overall condition as a bad thing, as long as my efforts are safe, reasonable and not likely to bankrupt me.

I've had the good fortune to be able to try out tons of high-end beauty and makeup products in recent months, and some of them really have improved the look and feel of my skin (and how my makeup looks on it). So I thought I'd take some time to share the winners with you guys. The ones I've actually loved. The ones that, once they run out, I will be purchasing with an allocation of my own disposable income. The ones that I would tell you it's okay to spend your disposable income on if you want. Because listen, some products are pricey for a good reason—they're made from sustainable ingredients, they're all-natural, or they're just really, really effective—and some are expensive because they've got a huge brand name that says they can be. 

Ahead are the beauty, skin and hair products I've been using lately that are somewhat expensive but in my opinion, truly worth the spend.

Monday, June 4, 2018

THE VC POLO CLASSIC IS THE OFFICIAL START OF SUMMER


If there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I truly love having friends in high places. For the second year in a row, my girl Megan received an invite to attend the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic as a VIP guest—with a plus one. Like a new boyfriend eager to impress his girlfriend's friends at a wedding, I do my best to make her look good and be a welcome addition to the party. We dress up, we show up, and we drink a lot of really good champagne.

This year it was... Hot. And not just because of the dudes below holding very large bottles of Veuve. It was 80 degrees before we'd even boarded the ferry, and the sun was out all day. As per tradition, and despite the soaring temps, we had long, wonderful, bubbly rosé-fueled day. We posted a lot on social media (natch, and also #sorrynotsorry) and got to catch up with our other fabulous celebrity-adjacent friends. (As in, we were all hiding from the blazing sun under the same gigantic tent as beautiful people like Sienna Miller and Penelope Cruz.)

This event always feels like the official kick off of summer in the city because it's just so damn fun. People get dressed up, they get a little tipsy, they eat tuna tar tar out of tiny ice cream cones and mango sorbet out of tiny lipstick cases. They also may or may not try to become friends with Gale King and B-level cast members of This Is Us while everyone else is stomping the divots... (What? That definitely "wasn't Megan.")

Anyway, we had a lovely time, I will admit that I was pretty hungover at about 11 p.m., once I'd already been home for five hours. I hope I get to keep my status as a professional +1 next year! And in the meantime, here are a few more photos from the day that are honestly for my own enjoyment as much as yours... 



This look combo is called "Destiny's Childing" and it's a term that Megan introduced to me. It's when you're excellently coordinated but not quite matching. We actually both ended up having wardrobe panic attacks the night before the event (we had a sleepover) and the resulting outfits we landed on also happened to be excellently coordinated in shades of red, white and blue. Go America, go us.



I'm wearing an outfit almost entirely shopped from my own closet. The dress is Zara from last year, the shoes are Aldo, also from last year. My sunglasses are those extra-large Wayfarers from Ray-Ban, the earrings were a loan from Mignonne Gavigan and the bag was a gift from a very cool accessory brand, GG Maull

Photos taken by: Me, Megan and one of those dudes holding those giant bottles.