“People say, ‘Oh yes, business is difficult and there’s a crisis.’ But the truth is that there are little cracks. And if you are a nice little weed, then you will grow through the cracks!”—Diane von Furstenberg (via The Cut)
Sadly, a No-Go: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer
I had such high-hopes for this product given all the rave reviews I’ve heard and seen. But alas, after using it for 3 days, the moisturizer is causing me to break out. Such a shame, because the shade was truly perfect (Sand) and it made my complexion look flawless (if only at first).
I’ll stick w my Clé de Peau concealer (which truly is magical, and worth every penny) and Smashbox powder for my cover-ups.
Some thoughts on the Theory Kabee Belted dress....
Some background on the situations during which I wore this dress — once to a marketing meeting with a fund investor in Manhattan, and another time, on a due diligence trip that required climbing in and out of a chartered 8-person jet and navigating through a hard-hat construction site (in heels no less).
Pros Fabric: Lightweight, but looks very finished — plus, it’s fairly wrinkle-resistant (well, anything will show a few wrinkles if you are sitting on a tight little plane for an hour or so). OH! And the fabric is quick to dry. I hopped into a cab only to notice that the seat was slightly damp (GAG!)… but I made myself put any potentially nauseating thoughts out of my mind and immediately dropped the dress at the dry-cleaners the day I returned. Cut: Perfect when standing, climbing in and out of a plane on a slightly windy tarmac and sitting in most chairs, except for cushioned seats of a plane, where the seat is a little lower than your knees (had to strategically position my suit coat over my legs “claiming it was cold” in order to avoid an upskirt situation a la Lohan) Details: The single pleat in the front and double pleats in the back are very flattering, and make this plain black dress feel fresh and not flat/boring like many business formal attire pieces
Cons Cut: (see above about the sitting) I preface the next by saying that I have a narrow waist and smaller-in-general upper half vs. my behind (umm, yeah, in college I might have been called bootilicious a few times….). Needless to say, I got the dress in the size that would flatter my hips (one size up from my top), and the looser fit on top still looked good… only downside was that the belt (that came with the dress) was too big. I’ll need to take that into a leather goods shop and have another notch added. …ummm, i think that’s about it.
Verdict: Another perfect dress purchase from Theory.
Real gold flakes suspended in a high-gloss clear polish — Rococo Gold Leaf Lacquer.
I originally saw this on some blog (maybe ALU?) over a year ago and was DYING to get a bottle. But the only place to order online (domestically) — Space NK Apothecary — was all. sold. out.
Tragic, I know.
So on a total sign-I’m-an-internet-junkie whim, I added the link to my bookmarks list and would randomly click and check on the status. And yet, click after click after click, always sold out.
Well, that was not the case a couple weeks ago, and without blinking I placed an order. I didn’t care that shipping was $10 on top of the already pricey polish. I HAD to have it. I guess that’s true supply-demand principles of economics at work.
Within a couple days my polishes arrived (I also ordered Hip Hop — a coral-y pinkish red… unfortunately I think it’s sold out right now) — so fast! I wasn’t even planning on doing my nails the day the polishes arrived, but I immediately got inspired and decided to do Hip Hop on my toes and layer the gold over OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques.
Takes a little practice, but once you get it down, it’s easy to get just-a-few to many-many decadent flakes per nail.
The formula is amazing! You sort of need to glob on quite a bit of polish in order to layer on the right number of flakes, but the formula is fast drying AND (wait for it…) smells nice. Well, it’s not perfume, but it’s actually decently fragranced.
Forgive my French, but this sh*t is durable. I went hiking (level: strenuous, read: practically rock climbing) the next day and i only had minor minor edge wear.
Because the formula is so solid, when the polish peels off, it peels off in nearly a perfect sheet (i.e., doesn’t chip off, more like peels off)
While wearing the You Don’t Know Jacques/Gold Leaf combo, I got many many compliments :)