Well, 2017 was kind of a shit storm now wasn’t it? Its almost like when we all said it couldn’t get any worse than 2016, the universe took that as a challenge. NOT. OK. Regardless, there was still some good to come out of this past year I suppose. I’m going to break down my favorite beauty and fashion finds of the year, which were some of the only silver linings of the hellscape of this past year.
Perfect Hair Day In-Shower Styler by Living Proof
This stuff has been a GODSEND for me. I found out about it through a friend, and decided to take the plunge and try it. Since Sephora’s return policy is pretty great, I just took the plunge and bought the bottle. I have NOT turned back yet. This product is meant for you to air dry your hair and give it more volume. I like to shower at night and have my hair dry by morning. By mid day, I used to have to throw it in a pony tail and hope for the best because it was nasty. But after using the in shower styler my hair looks good ALL DAY LONG. This has become a staple in my hair routine and I don’t see it going away anytime soon.
SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment by Glamglow
I finally caved and tried this cult favorite this year, and it is worth the hype. I have oily skin which becomes acne prone when I’m stressed (which is always) but using this either as a full mask or spot treatment usually does the trick. Its a little pricey, but it lasts a good long time. PRO TIP:I actually buy the mini one and it lasts me forever. It makes my skin feel AMAZING and helps clear up even the nastiest break outs my 30 year old skin still has. Because out of all the organs in my body, my skin is apparently the last to know that we have left our teen years.
“Calm your tits” Cursive Cuff by The French Mermaid
I found this cheeky and ADORABLE cuff when I was perusing the Bryant Park Christmas Village. I had a DAY at work and was like lets go treat yourself. I stumbled upon The French Mermaid and fell in love with them. I actually saw all their other cuffs first and commented that I loved them, and the owner showed me this one that she was wearing and I basically just handed her my credit card immediately. This cuff is SO well made – its actually really thick and sturdy. AND I found some of my tribe that day, and its just the best when people get you. Worth. Every. Penny.
Button Boat Neck Sweater by Jcrew
I saw this in store MONTHS ago and ordered it online two days later, because I had to have it. It is SO COZY and so cute – the button detailing is just everything. I can wear it to work or just hanging out. Its SOFT AF. I love that the buttons allow you to make the look a little different each time. AND ITS ON SALE. Music to my ears.
Vinyasa Scarf by Lululemon
These things are so great that I have TWO. So good for when you’re pretending you are going to work out but you’re just going outside to get a bagel. The snaps allow you to wear it as a wrap as well, so its not only cute but versatile. Like, they literally have a youtube tutorial to show you all the ways you can wear it. Its ridiculous. I own a lot of Lululemon and honestly, their stuff is always worth the money to me. Its amazinggggg quality and lasts forever.
AND NOW WE CAN KISS 2017 GOODBYE. What was some good that came out of 2017 for you? Or are you glad to see it go? Comment and let me know!
If you’re anything like me, doing things in a timely manner isn’t one of your strong suits. Have I been Christmas shopping since October? Yes. Is there only 5 days until Christmas and I still haven’t finished my shopping? Also yes. I am both a planner and procrastinator at the same time. OR I am one of those people that loves to shop and will just keep buying things because I love m friends and family? I think I’m on to something with the loving to shop.
But i digress. Are you struggling with last minute gift ideas? Have you already gone to the mall thinking “I’ll just figure it out” and buy things for yourself instead? Totally fine. Here are five last minute gifts you can beeline to in your closest mall and GTFO before you stab someone. (Just me? OK ANYWAY)
Listen, I like to buy people things they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves. Buying them things they need is boring. (exception to the rule: socks.) And let’s call a spade a space, these things are sponges. They’re just sponges, but they work quite well (RHOD ANYONE?! if you get that reference, you get a special prize). This comes with three different beauty blenders AND the cleaner for it. All of this is easily $80 usually, so this is a steal. And yes, while this is a sponge, its basically changing the makeup application game. Maybe grab one for yourself, too.
Find me someone who doesn’t love a good bath bomb, and I’ll find you a liar and someone who needs a bath bomb. This one is SUPER CUTE – I love anything that looks like a Christmas sweater. Its got an interesting ginger/lemon smell that I repeatedly inhaled while in the store, not buying a thing. Its just as cute in person and everyone can use some self care in the form of a bath. Plus, perfect stocking stuffer!
I have a card case, and it is the most useful little thing. You can throw credit cards, a work ID, business cards, or gift cards in it. I hope for your sake, its the latter. This one is a cute animal print, but Jcrew has a bunch if the person you’re buying for isn’t as Jersey as I am. But on the real – this is cute AND useful AND not something most people buy for themselves. Good purchase all around.
Champagne Gummy Bears guys. Made with DOM PERIGNON. IDK about you, but I ball on a budget and can’t afford that stuff on the reg, so having it in a gummy bear is real fun. (if you CAN afford it on the reg, shoot me an email. W’re about to be best friends.) These are DELICIOUS and Sugarfina is absolutely a special treat, because that stuff is expensive. But also, worth it. And a dangerous store. Have fun escaping without a few taster packets for yourself.
This thing is SO CUTE! I have one and honestly a glass water bottle is pretty awesome. Plus, plastic spikes, and its pink. So you can be cute and a little GTF away from me at the same time. A good water bottle is a good investment, and something I find not a lot of people actually invest in. The gift of hydration – the gift that keeps on giving.
Who do you STILL have to buy for?! What are you picking up for everyone these last few shopping days? Let me know in the comments! Because I need some ideas, too….
Let me preface this post with this: as much as I despise the winter, Christmas time is my FAVORITE EVER. I love giving gifts, the decorations, cookies, the chaos – I LOVE IT SO MUCH. But the holiday season isn’t all fun and candy canes. There are some things about the holidays that I pray will end every single day; shit that doesn’t happen any other time of year that brings me to a deep, dark place. I know I can’t be the only one who feels this way either.
Things that just absolutely suck about the holiday season:
- Wrapping gifts
Hear me out – the actual process of wrapping presents is the WORST. Barely anything I buy fits in a perfect little box, AND IF IT DOES – the wrapping paper is cut up in the worst way at that point. And unless you have one of those fancy tape dispensers, you’re basically going to end up with scotch tape all over you and presents that looked like your dog wrapped them. Gift bags are the lazy person’s way out, and I take that route EVERY YEAR.
I could be extra sensitive to this because I work in Times Square, aka the center of hell, but like. WHERE DID ALL THESE PEOPLE COME FROM?! Do they hibernate and just come out during the busiest time of the year to wreak havoc on already heavily popular areas? All of this also applies to the mall btw. Any. Mall. Ever. I go to the mall every weekend and its never even close to this apocalyptic hellscape it is during December. Online shopping is a thing, people. If you don’t understand basic principles such as walking, please take advantage.
- Tourists. Everywhere.
Listen, I understand what city I live in, and yes, it is the greatest city in the world. But can we all act like we have seen a tall building before? And not stand in the middle of the sidewalk? And know what you want at Starbucks after waiting on a 10 minute line? AMAZING. I’m not asking too much here.
- So. Much. Family. Time.
Listen, if your family is like mine, Christmas is basically a month long activity. Like, non stop. I’m not sure if its an Italian American thing or what, but from Thanksgiving – December 25th, I see my extended family CONSTANTLY. While I love them dearly, it is exhausting at times. I know I sound like a scrooge here, but make sure you are practicing self care to reduce family drama.
- Mall Santa is creepy
Along the same lines as the Easter bunny, this is just uncomfortable. We force the kids to sit on a stranger’s lap and wonder why they cry. Its literally the opposite of what stranger danger is. I say keep Santa a mystery, and absolutely keep him from smelling like cigs and whiskey. Nix the mall Santa and subsequently traumatizing your child and subjecting holiday shoppers to their shrill screams. Although, keep up the coordinating outfits for holiday pictures because that shit is cute as hell.
Ok that’s actually all I got. What irks you about the holiday season? Sound off in the comments!
Its been a minute but we are BACK and sharing some of my winter staples. I hate the winter more than I hate the fall, but at least the clothes are cute so winter has that going for it. And Christmas, but those two things and that’s it.
Obviously I need some cute shit to keep me warm this winter while I pray NYC doesn’t become another polar vortex.
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I got this ADORABLE wrap coat from Jcrew. Its SO COMFY and just adorable. I opted for green, because
my closet lacks color the green compliments my eyes real nice. I wanted something other than my down coats for when its not so cold, and this was a perfect compromise/hope for a not so frigid winter.
If you’re not in the market for a coat, this Jcrew sweater is very similar and just as cute!
Even if the polar vortex doesn’t happen *fingers crossed* it still gets DAMN COLD in the city that never sleeps. I added these gloves to my wardrobe because they are CUTE AF and pretty warm. They’re Kate Spade and preppy and speak to my soul, and when I flip off a tourist they can see the little bows on there.
Finally, I bought these booties a little while ago but have turned into my go to. Despite the heel, they are still really comfortable. I can walk in the all day around NYC
while I angrily dodge tourists on my way to Starbucks without them hurting my feet – what a win. Also they’re from DSW so, I saved money that way. Right? Ok just go with it.
THE HOLIDAY OF MY PEOPLE IS UPON US (my people are all you fellow shopaholics). Black. Effing. Friday. The day where we push and shove for good deals, the day after we stuffed our faces and give thanks for our family. I look forward to this day ALL YEAR LONG. But we aren’t prepping for the sales yet, no no. That time will come. But first, young grasshoppers, you must be physically and emotionally ready for the madness that is to come.
First, 3 cardinal rules:
- You do not shop on Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is for the three F’s: food, family, and football. You do not shop on Thanksgiving, and you do not support businesses who force those to work and be away from their family on a holiday. The sales will be there Friday. You will wait for them. Note: this does not apply to online sales, so feel free to take a break from the family fighting and buy some things for yourself.
- You will bring a partner(s)
Now, this can be anyone. My partners are my sisters and my mom, and my cousin has recently joined us. This works out well, because we can shop in teams, and always leave someone with my middle sister when she inevitably gets tired after an hour. And then I can leave them when I get frustrated with how DAMN SLOW they walk. This IS a sprint people, lets act like it.
- You will have a game-plan
You NEED TO BE PREPARED. This is essential, and that also means scouting out stores and sales in advance. If you are one of those people who “goes to watch the fights” or just goes with nothing in mind, this will be a failure. There are too many people, and these people just had to deal with their in-laws, and they will fight you if you are in their way. Know what you are looking for. Know what you want to buy and who you are buying for. Know that it is acceptable if they only person you are buying for is you.
Black Friday essentials:
- Small bag, preferably a cross body
I know I know. Normally a tote would make sense. But hear me out. With a cross body, your bag is close to you at all times in the chaos. I️t also provides you with free hands so you can look through piles of clothes, stacks of toys, or passive aggressively navigate your way through the crowds. Plus, you can hold more shopping bags without having to also worry about what hand your bag is in. This black Rebecca Minkoff bag is my FAVORITE. Its big enough to hold all my crap, but tiny enough not to get in everyone’s way when I am maneuvering around them because standing still seems like a good idea to them.
- Fully loaded Starbucks card
This is with the assumption that you’re going to be battling some sort of hangover, whether it be alcohol, food, or family. You’re going to need a lot of caffeine to get through this. Venti, multiple shots, you know the drill.
- A good reliable chapstick
aid chap stick, and not lip gloss. HYDRATION PEOPLE. Hydration is the name of the game. You don't need some sticky gloss getting all over the sweater you want to buy that you had to pull out of that mountain of clothes on the table. My favorite, which I have talked about before, is the Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver. Yes I know, it looks like a gloss. But it is a really moisturizing lip color that also reacts with your natural lip color. Hydration AND cute, wins all around.
- iPhone power pack
Ok ok I lied a little about this being a sprint – it is also a marathon. If you do it right, this is gonna be a long day. All our iPhone batteries suck, its part of the price we pay in exchange for our souls to Apple every single year. I use this Mophie. It works pretty well, but you can also get one of those cheap ones for under $10. They work just fine.
Its winter. Its COLD AF out. And your skin gets dry. This L’Occitaine stuff is THE BOMB. I’m a 90s baby, I say things like this, deal with it. Its got a huge cult following that I wasn’t buying, until I got a sample of this baby. Its the real deal, and perfect for the winter months.
There you have it – all the shit you need to survive Black Friday, the holiest of shopping days. What else gets you all through the biggest shopping day? Let me know!
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IDK why – but some high end designers are trying to sell you some ordinary shit but call it fancy and charge you the blood of your enemies and your firstborn child. Listen, I’ll sell my soul for a Celine trapeze bag, but like, everyday shit? You better believe I am looking for a sale. I’m not trying to go broke over here, even if my spending habits say otherwise. And that’s just for things I need – like food, work clothes so I don’t look like a hobo, student loan bills despite my lack of use of my degrees, etc. But like, things I will neverrrr use? Forget it. Especially when its like, things I would throw away. Why are we wasting money and resources on this? Let’s take a look at this questionable design choices.
Ah, Tiffany’s. The jewelry choice of every middle school girl in the 2000’s. Everyone and their mother had those “Please return to Tiffany’s” tag bracelets. The brand has evolved since then, and now it includes what they are calling “Everyday Objects”. Its exactly how it sounds – they are normal things, not very special. Except the price tag.
Check this out. Here is a crazy straw. Yes, it is very different than the ones you get in a 12 pack for little kid birthday parties goodie bags (side note – can we get an adult version of those?). BUT WHO IS PAYING $250 FOR THESE?! Not rhetorical, I want to know if you’ve purchased this. So we can be friends/get married. You know, casual. See where things go. On the other hand, I can almost get behind this. Its whimsy, its cute. A nice conversation starter. Not very useful.
Ah look, an ice cream scoop. That costs $375. I’m not cheap, but if I’m paying that much for an ice cream scoop, it better come with unlimited Halo Top for life. Also, if we are friends and you put this on your wedding registry, so help you god.
BUT – IT GETS BETTER. Or worse, depending on your perspective.
Yup. Its a protractor. A fucking. $425. Protractor. Now, other than elementary school kids and maybe architects, IDK who is using these things. If you are an architect, then maybe this is a cute gift. If you are buying this for your 3rd grader, I am judging the shit out of you.
There are more of these, but this was all I could emotionally handle. Check them out for yourself and let me know which is your favorite, or the worst one, if they’re not the same.
Now, Moschino has been a favorite fashion house of mine. They have been whismy as well in recent collections, and their play on McDonald’s I thought was super cute and fun. Their runway looks are always a highlight of any fashion week, and I envy all their RTW that I see on every housewives show. Looking at you, Erica Jane. But THIS, this is not ok.
Yes, this is a dress that looks like a dry-cleaning bag. Its being sold for the small price of almost $900. What could have been just a nice runway look, they are now trying to make happen. Stop trying to make fetch happen Moschino, its not going to happen. Let us also note that this comes with no slip. You are literally buying a dry-cleaning bag, and that’s it.
If that is just a tad out of your price range, you always have this option. Which essentially is a black dress that looks like its trying to strangle you with a dry cleaning hanger. Cute.
If anyone has tried these on, or even better, purchased any of these, let me know in the comments. So we can be friends. Because clearly you have a lot of disposable income, and I have a lot of debt.
I’ve always been a feminist, before I even truly knew what the word meant. I️ can probably trace it back to my love for the Spice Girls and all things girl power, if we are being honest. (FYI- feminism really just means equality for women. Like. So men and women can be equal. Not that men are the devil. EQUALITY. Just so we are all on the same page. Moving on). I also love shopping, jewelry, the F bomb, sarcasm, and all things girly. So when I find a company that not only incorporates all of these things and speaks to my soul but is ALSO run by a BAMF female, I lose my shit. In a good way. And I’ve found a few of them lately that not only are female run from the ground up, but have quality products. I can attest to that because I’ve bought a few from each company. (Note – this is not a sponsored post BUT DOES CONTAIN ONE AFFILIATE LINK where I can earn points if you buy from Metal Marvels, but merely me giving credit to women who are awesome and have my credit card on file)
Metal Marvels A company run by a bad ass named Katie, Metal Marvels specializes in jewelry and accessories. Sounds pretty standard, right? WRONG. Metal Marvels has a line called Expletives (R) which features adorable bangles with a lot of curse words on them. But it’s not just random swearing all the time, so many of them sport words of encouragement and empowerment. And a few of them just have the F word all over them, which of course I love. I even bought a necklace of hers that says the same. If cursing isn’t your thing (in which case, I am not sure how you made it this far in my blog, but thanks for not judging!) there are many others that do not have any cusses on them, but are just are wonderful. So many of the bangles have female positive mantras on them, while others simply say things like “Dog mom AF”, so there’s something for everyone. I currently own 2 bangles and a necklace, and have another bangle en route to me as we speak. Its safe to say I’m a fan.
Not only do the words on these bangles (and mugs!) speak to my soul, but they are amazing quality. They are adjustable but not the cheap kind where you tighten it once and then its ruined. These are good quality that you can wear daily depending on whats written on them and how chill your HR department is. She also ships SO QUICK which for an impatient brat like me, is a nice added bonus. Plus, if you join her VIP mailing list, she sends out coupon codes so you can feel less guilty about your online shopping habit. Metal Marvels keeps teasing some new products that are coming Black Friday, so def head over to her site and sign up ASAP. ‘Tis the season….for shopping. Duh.
Evil QueenEvil Queen, run by Ida, makes candles with a LOT of sass. Obviously, that’s something I love and appreciate. The names of the candles are super witty (ex. Bitches who Brunch, Exhale the Bullshit, Calm Down, etc.). But also – these smell AMAZING. Not overpowering, but also just so good. I recently purchased two, Dog Mom (because duh) and Wisdom (because I am a huge nerd. Judge me for it, see how that one goes). The Wisdom candle is from her Harry Potter inspired line. Its a gorgeous candle, and the juniper and mint scent combo is perfection.
These candles are SUPER CUTE, and are also handmade. Like, not mass produced. It gives it a nice special touch, I think. Especially since i am not that talented or patient to learn how to make candles. And like, GOOD candles at that. They are also made from soy wax, making them vegan and non toxic. That’s PERFECT for all you bougie millennials out there. Environmentally friendly and cute – those are some wins all around. And look at the little inspirational cards with each candle! Ugh. You can never have enough candles, right? Because my room is about to be filled.
CZNDCZND is a company that is centered around strong women. They partner with women entrepreneurs, celebs, and influencers to develop their products. And let me tell you, their products are bad. ass. From notebooks to mugs to candles (made by Evil Queen!), they really have something for everyone. They even have a Legally Blonde line, and of course I had to grab something from there. I try to emulate Elle Woods on the regular so it was a must. Not to mention a line in collaboration with Bethenny Frankel, who is a BOSS in every single right. She’s also doing a shit ton for Puerto Rico right now, which is incredible. Check it out.
Not only do they have cute and inspiring apparel and accessories, they just recently came out with a fitness line called “The Body Department” and you bet your ASS next payday I will be buying their “f*ck off” leggings. If a company is really trying to get me to buy their products, this is the way to do it. Literally combine all of my favorite things into products that I will actually use. You’ve done it, CZND. My bank statement will start to know your name more often, That’s for sure.
And there you have it – three women centered companies that I am crushing on. Know any other companies I should check out? Love these? Comment and let me know!
We will get to this, I promise you, but Black Friday is easily my favorite day of the year. But as we know, the Christmas Creep is REAL (and I am an integral part of that) Your favorite stores are taking notice. The calendar JUST turned to November and my inbox is inundated with sale emails. And trust me, I am not complaining. Let’s discuss a few that are sure to make your bank balance a little lower, shall we?
Bloomingdales private sale
This one is pretty good – $25 off every $100 you spend. With of course, exceptions. But even with the exclusions, its a pretty good deal. And if you are a Bloomies Loyalist, you get a $25 gift card for every $100 you spend. So its ALMOST like they are paying you to shop. Almost. Plus, triple loyalist points. And then you can use those giftcards to do some Christmas shopping for later. See me justifying this for you? Good. Sale starts November 6th online, November 7th in stores. Use code PRIVATE for the deal. Get shopping lovies.
Jonathan Adler – Entertaining essentials
Are you entertaining for the holidays? In-laws planning on overstaying their welcome? Throwing friendsgiving? Holiday party? Just really festive? Any one of these is fine – head over to Jonathan Adler. No code needed, everything is already marked down on the site from now until November 8th. Now if you will excuse me, there is a zebra stacking dish calling my name…
Gap – friends & family
Time to stock up on those winter staples! Currently 40% off everything online, 50% off in stores. So if you hate people, you still get a good deal. Might be worth subjecting yourself to human contact for the discount, though…
Kate Spade – extra 30% off sale
Now, this is a good one. Kate Spade makes SUCHHH cute things, and they make great gifts for the holidays. Whether those gifts are for a friend or for you is not my decision nor is it my business. The choice is yours. Act fast though, this only lasts until November 5th. Enter in DELICIOUS at check out.
Sephora VIB event
ITS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR SEPHORA JUNKIES! Sephora has released the dates for their 20% off VIB sale. If you’re a VIB Rouge, yours already started. If you’re like me and are just a little bit poor and haven’t hit that level yet, the VIB sale starts November 10th and goes to November 15th. So start window shopping and liking items. Now is a good time to stock up or buy gifts. For yourself. Everything I will be buying from this sale will be for me, and I’m not sorry.
And this is just the warm up for the big day, girl scouts. Get ready. Get some early shopping done. Treat. Your. Self.
Did I miss any good ones?! Anything you’re dying to by? Let me know in the comments!
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As my previous unpopular opinion post was about how much I hate the fall, this really shouldn’t come as a surprise. The fall gives me PTSD for unknown reasons, and the changing of the leaves makes me angry to my core. For a November baby, I’ve just never been a fan of the season. This includes Halloween. In fact, my hatred for the season has a lot to do with Halloween. I basically pray all October for it to be over and my least favorite holiday to come to an end. It’s two fold – I hate the holiday with every fiber of my being, but also November 1st officially starts Christmas season. Yes, I am part of the Christmas creep problem. And I will wear that like a damn badge of honor.
But really, especially as an adult, Halloween isn’t that great. There’s a lot of downsides to it, despite the ever present abundance of candy. Here are some of the main reasons Halloween is a garbage holiday.
Orange is no one’s color
“Whoever said orange is the new pink is seriously disturbed” – Elle Woods, my lord and savior.
Seriously though, why is EVERYTHING ORANGE?! Literally everything you know and love turns orange in the month of October. It’s not a cute color, and it needs to stop. It’s obnoxious and not in a good way.
Everything is unnecessarily horrible colors
While we are on the subject of orange being no one’s color, its like, October 1st hits and BAM! Everything is orange. Ev.er.y.thing. is. Orange. And green. And purple. And puke colored green. This mainly goes for things that should NEVER be that color, ever.
Take this zombie Frappucino from my usual house of worship, Starbucks. Its bright green, and uglyyyy. I am sure it tastes fine, but WHY DO WE NEED THIS?! And the whipped cream. I love the color pink, but I don’t want to drink something that color. And I am farrrrr from someone who eats all natural shit, trust me.
Candy from strangers is a good thing?
Listen. The state of the world is strange. The movie IT made a comeback. Last year there were clowns trying to coax kids into the woods. We really want to send the kids out to people’s houses for candy in 2017? Not to mention everyone is on the organic kick and I don’t think snickers meets that requirement. Let’s take a year off this tradition, shall we? Kind of like when NJ cancelled Halloween. Yea. That happened. Google it. It was a nightmare.
Also this was confirmed to be fake but is also WHAT MY NIGHTMARES ARE MADE OF. SALAD?! NO THANKS.
The god damn revealing costumes for women
Listen, I obviously subscribe to the Mean Girls theory of Halloween being the one time of year you can dress however you want and no one can say shit to you, because its a costume. But I literally JUST STARTED working on my winter bod, and now you want me to wear a costume that is basically a bathing suit? NAH BRO. Not gonna happen. Plus, regardless of whatever Indian Summer we may be having in the northeast, it is ALWAYS FREEZING Halloween weekend. Its like mother nature knows, and wants us to suffer.
Listen, I could go on and on, but at this point it’s just making me more angry. Also hate Halloween? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be back Wednesday when I magically find my will to live again on November 1st.