Here are some things I am currently loving this month!
Summer in Boston
Boston is beautiful in the summer, and I’ve been having a great time exploring my new city! From just hanging out and reading on the Common to going on a sunset cruise for our five-year anniversary, there’s always something to do (at least now while it’s warm!).
H&M stretchy pants
I looove these pants, and have seriously been finding an excuse to wear them almost every day. They are so comfortable and are easy to dress up or down. It is easy to take them into pajama territory though so I’ve careful about not wearing anything too baggy with them. While this colour isn’t listed, I’m pretty sure they are the H&M Loose Fit Pants, and they’re on sale for $6.95!!
Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder
This stuff has been a life saver during the summer. It is a very finely milled translucent setting powder that mattifies and smooths your skin, and makes your foundation last so much longer. It does seem pricey, but you get a ton of product – I just finished my first pot and it lasted about 9 months of (liberal) daily use. After one day of being out-of-control shiny, I immediately repurchased. It is a little messy to use, and you have to be careful when opening it, but the loose powder has better reviews than the pressed version so I’m sticking with it!
Since deciding to try and cut down on spending the last couple of months, I (somehow) haven’t really bought any new clothes. One purchase I couldn’t resist was this Madewell Moi Pullover, which was 70% off on the Madewell website at the time (it’s now sold out on their site but is still available on Shopbop for full price). It is a very thin sweater but is slouchy and comfortable, and can be dressed up or down very easily. I only just noticed it is dry clean only, so uh we’ll see how that goes. I wore this out to dinner with Ross, but also wore basically the same outfit just with black skinny pants and ballet flats to work last week.
What I’m Wearing
Madewell Moi Pullover, Levi 535 Legging, Madewell Billie Boot, Marc by Marc Jacobs Bubble Watch, BaubleBar necklace (no longer available), Botkier Valentina Mini
Everlane make great, high quality basics that are cheaper than designer brands as they cut out the “middle man” and sell their products directly to the consumer online, without crazy markups. I purchased the Box Cut Tee about a year and a half ago after reading this post on Cup of Jo, and I wear it alllll the time. It is so soft and slightly cropped, making it good for layering or wearing by itself and tucking or untucking, and has held up very well. It’s true to size so size up if you want a looser fit. I think one sleeve might be rolled up a little in this photo which is making the sleeves look a little uneven. Since I wear it so much I’m definitely thinking about getting the Box Cut Tee in some other colours for this summer, and I also have my eye on the Women’s U-Neck Tee and the Silk Tank – I love the slate colour.
Ross and I have been going to outdoor coffee shops at the weekend a lot to hang out and try to be semi-productive. Our favourite is Weaver Street Market, a community owned coffee shop and grocery store in Carrboro, NC. They have the best iced mochas (they make them with chocolate milk instead of chocolate syrup), and by far the best people watching (a few weeks ago we spotted a girl walking a ferret…on a leash…yeah). Here’s what I wore last time we went!
(Note to self: Don’t have your 6’4
boyfriend fiancé take outfit photos unless you want to look the same height as a 6 year old)
What I’m Wearing
Everlane Box Cut Tee, random maxi skirt via Goodwill, Michael by Michael Kors Jet Set Crossbody, bar necklace from Etsy, sunglasses from Ebay, Marc by Marc Jacobs Bubble Watch, bracelets from Alex and Ani and Madewell
I’ve discovered that Etsy is a really great place to buy jewelry, especially sterling silver pieces and personalized items. You can find a mixture of both unique and trendy (and weird) pieces and they are generally way cheaper than websites like BaubleBar. Last year I bought a bunch of knuckle rings on Etsy (…and promptly lost all of them at bars), and I recently purchased a silver bar necklace which I LOVE. The knuckle rings were from seller hannahnaomi, and shipped very promptly, and she even included a promo code for future orders in the package. She sells a lot of rings that would be great for stacking. The necklace was purchased from seller ljcdesigns, and since she is based in Bali it did take about 3 weeks to arrive (which I knew beforehand).
I’ve been wearing the necklace every day for about two months now, and it is holding up perfectly and hasn’t tarnished at all. I usually just layer it with another silver necklace that I’ve worn every day for about 8 years (though I’m on version 2.0).
Here are some other Etsy pieces I’m loving at the moment:
This is the story of how I spent my entire November clothing budget (and then some) before November even began. The moment I saw the Jcrew Boucle Motorcycle Jacket in Jcrew last month while I was in Atlanta, I fell in love at first sight. The only problem was…it was $228. So I very reluctantly walked away, and spent a good part of the drive home to NC trying (and failing) to find a cheaper alternative online that I liked as much. But! The very next day Jcrew started a promotion for 25% off everything, bringing down the price of the jacket to around $170, which is reasonable for a coat. Maybe? The Jcrew Boucle Motorcycle Jacket is a black and white boucle lightweight, almost sweater-like, jacket that is slightly cropped. I love the zipper details (they’re on the sleeves too). It is a little itchy on bare skin, but not too bad, and I usually wear it over long sleeves anyway.
What I’m Wearing
Jcrew Boucle Motorcycle Jacket, Gap boys camo thermal via Goodwill/my mum (size XXL haha), Michael by Michael Kors Jet Set Crossbody, old Target leggings, Sam & Libby Fiddler boots via ThriftSmart in Nashville, Cole Haan Sunglasses