friday’s five

why do 4 day weeks always somehow feel longer??! guys…it’s been A WEEK… maybe because i spent the past weekend with some of my besties and that made the return to reality that much more difficult. but i digress, in honor of making it to FRIDAY….onto my top 5 picks of the week…

1– chanel rouge duo. my absolute new favorite lipstick/gloss (discovered by SMO, i can’t take credit), this is the grown up version of covergirl outlast. first you put the color on, wait 15-20 seconds for it to dry, then apply the glossy end of the stick. i took the ‘milky blueberry’ shade for a spin sunday night and was shocked when my wine glass didn’t show a single smudge– all night! it’s perfect for gals who want to wear a dark lip color out but are scared of having it end up all over their teeth (aka me most weekends). technology these days!

2– sharp objects. most people close to me know what a bad tv watcher i am. i’m usually operating 2-3 screens at once and easily getting distracted with cleaning, snacking, organizing or various other activities halfway through the show (what can i say, i get this from my mother). but my love of True Detective led me to Sharp Objects, and I’m currently knee deep. even after moving on to a stint of true detective season three (spoiler alert- it’s essentially the same plot as season one), SO pulled me back in to finish the season. the female protagonist in Sharp Objects spices up the story line of your typical ‘who done it’ enough to be different. yes, the subject matter is equally, if not more, dark and depressing, but at this point I’m still 100% invested in finding out the outcome. so, from one ADD viewer to another, take a peek.

3– puff sleeve top. there was a similar sea ny top I wanted last fall and didn’t pull the trigger on (#closetregrets). thankfully my bffs at asos put out this <$50 dupe, which arrived last week. i’ll settle for tucking it into high waisted jeans for now, but come spring, will also be wearing with a flowy floral skirt.

4– coconut milk ice cream. post holiday gluttony, i am very much back on my no-dairy kick (and thankfully my skin is starting to show the results). but events of this week required ice cream, and lots of it. lucky for me, this dairy free alternative is, in my humble opinion, even more delicious than the real deal. i buy it at whole foods but you can probably find it in most large grocery stores.

5– tortoise clutch. as if ice cream wasn’t enough, i decided i deserved a longer lasting present this week. i snapped up this acrylic christian lacroix clutch on the real real for $76!! i am a big fan of the real real, mostly because i live for the thrill of the hunt…. but used or vintage clutches are one of my most favorite things to collect. i typically buy them as a souvenir from my travels (they’re small to pack, typically inexpensive, and the perfect thing to stash in your closet until the right occasion arises). while mine was a one off, the site has tons of awesome eclectic evening bags for <$100– others i debated were a baby bottega, a quilted marc jacobs and this striped clare v.

have a wonderful weekend!! Xx

copy cat

a few weeks ago, I did something I know better than to do– I willingly bought clothes from a sketchy website in China, fully aware they were unlikely to fit or look at all similar to the photos. crazy? yes. insane? probably. but ANYTHING FOR FASH-SHUN (and potentially a good deal).

it all started when my girl marlien rentmeester of le catch posted the pic below of her in a printed zebra bathing suit from fast fashion site, a sort of forever21 type website based in China she sometimes features.

the inspo

this snap intrigued me to peruse the site for other bathing suits for a girls trip I had planned, which ended down a rabbit hole across the entire site. eventually I thought “what the hell!” and after watching several bloggers review the site on youtube (and ensuring they took PayPal so my credit card info was secure), I took the plunge on a plethora of <$10 bikinis, cotton dresses and trendy tops– then waited to see what arrived.

given my very low expectations (I chalked this up as a fashion blog “research experiment” of sorts for you, my lovely readers), I was pleasantly surprised by the process, the customer service, the shipping speed, and a few of the items I kept. I ordered a total of 14 things to qualify for the free expedited shipping and ultimately returned about half of the items. some were hilariously, jokingly bad, including one jacket that REEKED of glue and this awful wedgie-making one piece which went straight in the trash (swimwear is all non-returnable). but I also found some really cute steals, including this striped dress and this high waisted bikini— a knock off of a much more expensive L*Space– that I took on vacation to the caymans last weekend and all my girlfriends on the trip promptly copied. it actually can’t be beat for $9 (I purchased with a 20% off code) and also comes in green, which I now want to get as well.

in keeping with an honest review, I will warn you that most of the quality sucks, some fits are weird, and the fabrics feel cheap — you are buying $10 clothes– so buyer beware. these clothes are pretty much the definition of disposable fashion. I also feel very guilty about the questionable conditions of the factory workers making these inexpensive clothes (a theory of mine that is completely speculation and not based on fact) and about the larger impact of “throw away clothes” on the environment, which is waste I try to refrain from contributing to. but the shopping experience and customer service really surprised me (my order shipped the next day and the return was easy and processed very quickly), so I hate to speak so badly about the company. they also have a points system where you can earn discounts for writing reviews, which helps you narrow down what to buy based on other people’s comments.

with these factors considered, the website is unlikely to be my new “go to” but I would order a few things in the future. so if you are looking for a fashion adventure and are willing to roll the dice, you can find fun, trendy items to mix in to your wardrobe. check out real life snaps of the items I kept below…

high waist bandeau bikini
embroidered peasant dress

save & splurge- dress edition

several upcoming events had me eyeing new spring dresses on moda operandi, but my bank account sent me off to find more budget friendly options. check out two great asos dupes I found below.

floral midissplurge, save

i’m loving the fresh ladylike 40’s style silhouette of a floral midi. doesn’t the blue remind you of the dress Rachel McAdams wears to go find Noah in the notebook? the pink silk Amur would be gorgeous on a bride who doesn’t feel tied to wearing white to her shower. I plan to wear mine to easter brunch, which will be here before we know it. similar style alternatives include this, this long sleeved iro, and of course you can’t do florals without saloni. and if you’re in the market for more Amur, this dress (drool!) is a guaranteed showstopper at any party.

navy ladiessplurge, save

the other dress I need for a black tie event coming up. I’m really into the idea of navy since the weather is that weird limbo between winter and spring. navy is a great softer alternative to an LBD and just as endlessly versatile. I haven’t gotten the asos dress in yet, but I’m mulling having it hemmed to ankle length to highlight whatever shoes I wear.

have a great week CPs!

back in business

anddddd we’re back! after a lengthy (3 month!) interruption, expect posting to resume on a somewhat normal schedule, if there are any CP’s left still reading. the end of 2018 turned out to be a pretty crazy, hectic time for me, with work and a major personal project sucking up most of my air (more on this soon, hopefully!), which was followed up by several trips over the holidays. And now that i’ve been back in NY, I just haven’t had much to write about. maybe this is the winter blues talking, and I acknowledge this forum is not the time or place for me to get political, but i felt kind of silly writing my normal articles about $400 shoes and $80 face masks when federal workers weren’t even able to collect their paychecks and LaGuardia airport had to shut down from lack of staff.

hopefully things are somewhat settling and on my front, an upcoming trip has inspired some new purchases, so the CP is also re-opening for business. i’ve missed le blog and would love comments and/or ideas for topics to write about in 2019! thank u, next!

today i’m featuring eight of my latest obsessions/new purchases/life hacks. also not featured, but equally on repeat, is this amazon coat that broke the internet, which a girlfriend strong armed me into purchasing. i am a sucker for olive but i love the navy too. it’s not the warmest coat I own but is a perfect weekender for wearing over athleisure to run errands. In fact I just saw another Nolita-n walking her dog in it on my way to work.

1) making– gluten free banana muffins. while i am trying not to go toooo crazy piling on new wellness routines after the holidays, weeks of carbo-loading at home and in paris have motivated me to cook a little more and make some healthy ingredient swaps. one of these initiatives is to save a little dough (and calories!) by making breakfast for the week in advance. CGB passed along this amazing 5 ingredient banana muffin recipe, which I added a scoop of protein powder to for extra heartiness. so far I am loving– they freeze perfectly and reheat in the microwave in just 45 seconds, great for when you’re running out the door.

2) stomping– one of my best winter purchases so far has been these snakeskin steve madden booties, given how much all black I wear. they’re the perfect pop to feel like you’re dressed up even when you’re sick of black turtlenecks and frozen temps… #butmakeitfashion

lol remember in my last post when i was excited about the threat of snow?! sick.

3) stretching– my younger cousin got me on board with these gap star print leggings over thanksgiving, which look just like a much more expensive pair at bandier. i’ve never bought gap fit before but so far i’ve been impressed with the quality and price, so after ordering the black i went back for the navy.

4) polishing– the dry air (and holiday booze consumption) once again has wrecked my skin, so i treated myself to a facial at the famous christine chin spa last weekend after seeing it on the Stripe. not only did I have an amazing experience– i will be going back for more regular cleanings every six weeks– she convinced me to try her moisturizing toner, blemish gel and skin eraser, all of which are having real results. i highly recommend paying her a visit down on orchard street, but for you non-nyc-ers, they can be purchased online.

5) tucking– i finally managed to find a great pair of straight 90’s style jeans that don’t give me “mom butt” at planet blue. i am a big fan of agolde’s jean shorts but i had never had luck with their full length jeans until this pair. they look amazing with sneaks and a sweater half-tucked in the front. four stars fo’ sho’. more sizes here.

6) rolling– ahead of my loaded travel schedule, i splurged on new away luggage after hearing all the hype. while i hate the heaviness of the bags compared to soft case styles (this brics has always been my weekend go to), and the fact they make me feel very #basic, matching luggage with every other millennial in the airport, the ease of the four wheels has been such a nice little luxury.

7) cuddling– i came across this knit sweater bodysuit during a sale at a random store in soho after christmas and, after trying it on, immediately purchased it in 3 colors (don’t let the weird styling on the website fool you). the knit fabric is super thin and soft, almost t-shirt material, but a little warmer than you’d expect. the deep v-neck needed a little stitching up from my tailor to be non-X rated, but post “surgery” its become a staple in my wardrobe– i’ve been wearing it layered under leather jackets, my plaid blazer and even a second chunky cardigan.

8) burning– last week’s single digit temps made me highly unmotivated to leave my apartment, but i managed to run to the diptyque store for a new candle. this winter I have really been missing having a fireplace in my apartment and this yummy winter scent + a fake netflix fire are the next best thing.

happy tuesday– send me your thoughts, comments, latest loves, and updates on what you’ve been up to in my absence! Xx