shop talk

call us vain, or maybe just suffering from an overabundance of Bravo TV, but when my girlfriends and I get together, cosmetics are typically a major topic of conversation. “what’s the latest/greatest addition to your cosmetics bag,” “have you tried potion xyz, it does wonders,” “smell this magical scent,” etc, etc.

that said, a recent reunion in DC was no exception, and i came back with all sorts of new loot to share (btw- don’t worry about us too much, other more brain powered topics included things to know when purchasing your first home, #timesup, the current state of the stock market, and the relevance of an american MBA abroad).

below are recent discoveries I/my crew are loving…

  • for cleansing….i’ve never really been one to focus on face wash– my mom was a stickler on simple skin care growing up and i got pretty used to a bar of plain dove or a bottle of cerave. however, ive been having troubles with dry skin and heard wonders about this tata harper nourishing wash. it smells amazing, is all natural, and washes off with a silky feel.

  • for sniffing…while i am a complete perfume loyalist, and usually rotate only between my two long time go-to’s (chloe and chance chanel), the smell of this bond no.9 won me over immediately. maybe i’m the last one to this perfume party, but i highly recommend taking a test drive, pretty much everywhere i go someone comments how good it smells.

  • for moisturizing….as i mentioned above, new york’s arctic tundra has been wearing on me and my skin is in constant need of lotion. while I try to add in a face oil at this time of year for extra moisture, i’ve also gotten myself in the very dangerous (ie expensive) habit of loading up on my favorite la mer. what once was a dab here and there of the original cream has now turned to a healthy slather of the lighter day cream, followed by the heavier on my t-zone and at night. however, a girlfriend recommended this tatcha water cream, which has a similar consistency to the soft cream and rings in at a more justifiable price. i’ve also heard good things about this one, by philosophy. 
  • for smoothing…one of the best gifts i received from christmas was the new dyson hair dryer. while it’s not something I was going to buy for myself (trust me, i debated), after receiving it i can honestly admit how epic it really is. it cuts my blow try time in half and is so much quieter than normal. i’ve never been one to pack a hair dryer to travel, i always just use the hotel’s or air dry, but i’ve started lugging this one around just because i love it so much. since thus far it seems to be fixing my damaged ends, it also motivated me to upgrade my straightener game; i recently ordered this sleek white t3 micro with a coupon offer on gilt after hearing good things, and i can’t wait to try.

  • for lining…for those theta cats out there who were forced to share a bathroom with me, you know a friday night staple of mine is liquid liner. i know I will be in the 1%, but i think it’s so much easier to apply than normal eye liner. however, given its slight sheen i typically reserve it for night time only. however, another wahoo Jen recommended this smashbox version, which promises to dry matte. can’t wait to try and hopefully be able to wear around the clock.

  • For rinsing… my friend RJB is a devoted lush fan, which is a line of all natural small batch products in eco-friendly packaging. while i had never tried any of their products before, i “borrowed” this amazing in-shower body conditioner in one of their most popular scents. it smells like a fruity vanilla jam and leaves your skin silky soft. i feel like it could also multitask as a luxe shaving cream. sold!

  • for prepping…as a working girl who normally does her makeup at 7am and wears it until 10 or 11pm, ive tried my share of makeup primers to make it last. my favorite of them all? this drug store hack, which costs a brilliant $12. it’s thick and creamy, not sticky like the silicone-based ones. you will need a good makeup remover to get it off later though– i use this.

  • for popping…on the rare occasion i wear lip color, i usually spend all night worrying about it getting all over my face/glass/date. enter black honey— the almost lipstick. CHG introduced me to this deep berry-colored clinique wonder. half chapstick, half lipcolor it glides right on and doesn’t require a mirror to apply. best of all, three of us wore it and, among blondes and brunettes, it was universally flattering. #blackhoneysisters

the black sheep

last week while perusing a few other fashion blogs (you can see an old list of ones i frequently read here), i stumbled across a yogurt launch on pink peonies. the topic of how i feel about using a fashion blog to launch a yoplait product is something i will save for another day (i lol-ed so hard at a reader’s comment that the event was nicer than her wedding, #amen girl). however, i was immediately struck by the image below, of a bonafide fashionista in a striking black jumpsuit– the black sheep of the group among a sea of pastel sameness.

I meannnn…how bananas does she look??! the haircut, the nail color, the sunnies….it strikes the perfect balance of trendy and classic…like she could have spent 3 hours or 3 minutes putting this look together.

i was already on the war path to recreate the look for myself, with an ordinary black romper, but as fate would have it, an unrelated scroll of h&m’s new arrivals a few days later found me THE EXACT ONE— grommets in the back and all. for a whopping $49!!!! mic drop.

since this insanely chic item is not likely to last, get yourself one before they’re gone. Now let’s deconstruct the rest of her epic look below…

1— h&m lace up jumpsuit

2— sculptural gold cuff (hers is fendi, now sold out)

3— a pop of coral lipstick

4round sunnies a la john lennon

5— chloe bracelet handled bag

6— simple beige mules

7–nars metallic polish

8— gold bauble bar drops

best buy

i bought these Schutz sandals on the shopbop extra 25% off sale a few weeks ago for a cool $79 and have been wearing them non-stop. if you are a size 6, 7 or 8 snag a pair while they still have them… plus there are a bunch more sizes available here. other sandal steals worth nabbing? another pair by schutz, these wrap style stuart weitzmans and some very wearable strappy silver slides

wear them with…1- janessa leone packable hat

2- linen wrap dress

3- colorblocked box bag

4- braided sandals

5- fendi geometric sunnies

6- tata harper beautifying face oil

7- supergoop lip + cheek color

be mine

ah valentine’s day. definitely not my favorite. my lukewarm feelings about this holiday go wayyyy back — i’m just not a big fan of the lovey-dovey, rose & chocolate filled mush nor the pressure and expense of a forced declaration of love. however, when i was growing up, my mother always gave the three of us a little “treat” the morning of February 14th before we ran off to school, and the tradition is certainly one I can get behind. this little heart shaped bag could prove to be my perfect v-day treat. its cheeky and cheery, and the perfect accent piece for my mid winter “all black outfit” schlump.

Image 1 of HEART CROSSBODY BAG from Zara

zara heart shaped bag

other little valentines day pick me up ideas? i love the idea of….

  • something simple. a simple cuff or bracelet, especially engraved with something sweet inside! we gave my boyfriends mother this one for Christmas and i’ve been secretly eyeing it for myself.


monica vinader rose gold bracelet

  • something warm. a prettily packaged candle for cozy nights at home

capri blue candle

  • something lux. cashmere sweats, the ultimate indulgent item, are now made for mortals by our friends at everlane

cashmere sweatpants

  • something practical. monogrammed pouches. these ear bud organizers indulge my every OCD whim, but it’s the kind of thing i wouldn’t usually buy for myself (thus making it the perfect treat). i also love this similar looking smythson makeup bag.


leather earbud cases

  • something feminine. a classic scent in a beautiful bottle for your dresser is the ultimate ladylike gift. i discovered Jo Malone’s peony & blush suede perfume as a gift last Christmas, but a new bottle never hurts ;).

blush suede perfume

  • something easy. pajamas are one of my go to favorite gifts, regardless of the season. i love sleeping in something new and cute and this romper is not only that, but also easy to throw on and pair with a robe during chillier months.

eberjey romper

  • something sweet. but not to eat! with dry winter lips, this agave lip scrub is calling out for an invite to my next pampering sesh.

agave lip scrub

  • something furry. given that it is February after all, a cuddly scarf is just the thing to fend of winter chill. i love this rainbow version (in sort of Fendi-ish stripes) as a fun way to spice up your same ole boring coat.

rainbow twist scarf

  • something yummy! if you are going to indulge in an edible treat, these cookies (from one of my favorite bakeries in the city) are too good to pass up. and now, new yorker or not, momofuku milk bar is now coming to you, with a new line of baking mixes all available at target- including the classic crack pie, birthday truffles and always delicious compost cookies.

milk bar cookie mix