Wednesday, July 19, 2017

By the Pool / Chanel, Le Tote, Rebecca Minkoff

Dress: Hayes via Le Tote
Flats: Chanel
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (No longer available but this is from the same collection)

If you haven't noticed, this seems to be my go-to spot for pictures since we moved. At the old house, our yard was not as nicely landscaped, so we often ended up running over to the park that was a few blocks from the house to take pictures for the blog. We live just as closely to a park now, but we've gotten used to taking them here. We really do need to work on getting out more! If you read my lifestyle blog, the area we are relandscaping would be to the left in these photos. 

I've paired down my wardrobe a bit and made a decision to stick to a more neutral palette for ease of mixing things, but at the same time, I restarted my Le Tote subscription and have been dying to try the Rent the Runway Unlimited, so signed up for that as well. Anything colorful you see here will probably have come from one of those two places for the immediate future. I also read a weight loss tip that said you should stop buying clothes in your current size and use the reward of buying new clothes in a size down as incentive for weight loss...well, I've tried everything else. Let's see how this goes. 

I just got these red Chanel flats from The Real Real. I had been stalking a pair hoping they would lower the price, when I spotted these, and they were on sale! The last time I bough Chanel flats, I sized up a half size and regretted it. I didn't do that this time, and they fit, but it would be nice if they were a bit looser.

This Rebecca Minkoff bag is a bit of a concession. I had spotted a Love bag online that I was hoping to wait until the Nordstrom Anniversary sale to pick up. Of course it was gone, but then one day I was in Nordstrom Rack and saw this one that, I think, would be from the same collection as it has the same color combo. It's a little inconvenient to open, but I like it. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July Empties / L'Oreal, Redken, Shiseido, Garnier

I'm trying to get out of the habit of throwing my empties into a bag underneath the sink where they grow and grow, and I never share them. I'm hoping that by keeping them on the bathroom counter, I'll see them and want to get rid of them, so maybe I'll post about them every week. So let's get going on this week's batch.


My hairdresser recommended Redken Frizz Dismiss Shampoo to me a few years ago, and I've been using it ever since. I've tried everything to control the rough texture of my hair over the years, and this is the first thing that I ever really felt worked well to control the frizz and make my hair soft after air drying.


This Shiseido Ibuki Gentle Cleanser came in a travel pack with the Softening Concentrate and the Refining Moisturizer. It was recommended by a salesperson at Sephora when I was looking for something to deal with the hard, scaliness I feel I get when my skin is overly congested. This has been my shower cleanser for use mainly in the evening and like the Redken, it will definitely be a repurchase.

Although I used the entire thing (because I'm like that), I did not love the Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller. The metal rollerball tip was very cool and refreshing, but the product itself was just meh. I often felt like I need to layer other, thicker products over it.


My only makeup empty this week is the L'Oreal Butterfly Intenza Mascara. This has been rolling around in my travel makeup bag for a long time and looks really beat up. I'm not very passionate about mascara, but I do want something that either adds volume or length and doesn't just try to color my already dark lashes. This does both. I have quite a few mascaras in the drawer right now, but when I get around to buying another, I would consider this one again. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Romantic / Target White Dress

Do you ever have days that just don't go as you've planned? That was our day yesterday. We had big plans for an outing that we were all looking forward to, and had planned a few weeks ago, but then due to some things out of our control, we realized that by the time we got there, we wouldn't have very much time to spend before we would have to head for home.

We all agreed to forget about our plans, but later in the day, we all admitted that we wished we had gone with the original plans even though our time would have been limited and that at the time we canceled the plans, each of us thought the others didn't want to go, so we all said we were good with cancelling. Even though we all really wanted to still go.

We realized how crazy this turned out to be, went to brunch, went to Target to buy a new dog bed, and then went to an open house in a neighborhood we all love.

We didn't go through with our original plan, but we had a pretty great day nonetheless.