Anyone who sees me on a daily basis knows I like to break up the stream of empire waist dresses I own with a sassy t-shirt. My other go to look is cropped black jeans and a sassy top. It’s also a good indication of how I started my morning. Either I really woke up on the wrong side of the bed or am expecting the day to be a huge pain in my ass. If that’s the case then it’s best to get bitchy before the day even begins. Normally, I go for shirts with a strong political statement. I am the proud owner of about every HRC t-shirt that exists but when my close friend Katie sent me these t-shirts from Raygun I fell in love. Some of them were completely brilliant but I was afraid some of you might be offended. That would not stop me from rocking them however.
Posts from the ‘getting materialistic’ Category
We’ve been loving every second of our beach vacation, even the rainy ones, like today. After pinning until my index finger got sore and reading through every magazine I had brought, I made my yearly pilgrimage to Atlantic Spice Company, an Outer Cape classic. We weren’t the only ones using the rain as an excuse – the place was mobbed. Bored beachgoers with wallets on a drizzly day – I hope Atlantic had a killer day of sales. I contributed to that and bought (among another $110 of things, oops) this rockin’ tote by Cabo Cado.
The founder is an illustrator and lobster man living on the Cape – majorly multi-talented – and he perfectly captured the Cape’s highlights (also does ones for Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket). My new beach tote will be christened with some sand when the sun comes back out tomorrow!
photo courtesy of Cabo Cado
Pinterest, blessed thing, introduced me to COS (Collection of Style), a delightfully priced, minimalist chic store from H&M. From the moment I discovered it neither existed in the US nor shipped to the US, my interest was piqued. So when I went to Warsaw in May, I decided that I had to make a point to go there. And I did. Twice.
It was so good. I ran around like a crazy person trying to prioritize and catalogue what I wanted to try on and what I could afford and what I would wear the most and what would be a fun statement… yes that was a run-on sentence. Now you know what I felt like in the store.
After all of that frenzy, I only ended up getting two things, but it was a great start to what I’m hoping will be a long love affair with COS. I’m going back to Europe this fall and next spring, so if they don’t launch their US store in the meantime, I have a back-up plan. I hope H&M leadership falls through on their hints.
1. This back pleat dress has been indispensible already and if you’re full after lunch, well, no one can tell because it’s a lovely bag.
2. Our parentals bought Magdalena and I both matching sweaters – I’m calling them “Hers and Hers”. They are so perfect for us – not only are they striped, but the two available color combos fit each of our wardrobes perfectly. Pops of bright green for her, and neutrals for me. It really was a match made in (wardrobe) heaven.
Warby Parker has been a buzz company for a while now in the U.S., but until recently, I thought my non-Brooklyn residence (and deep-set eyes) precluded me from partaking in the thick-frame takeover of my generation. Then I saw their co-founder, Neil Blumenthal, speak at the 2013 PSFK Conference and my whole opinion changed. “We wanted to show that you can build a profitable, scalable company that does good in the world, and not charge a premium for it,” says Blumenthal. Amen.
Then he showed a slide that blew my mind (sorry for the janky screenshot, maybe you should get a new pair of glasses to see it better muahaha). Further investigation revealed 60 Minutes had already done the whisteblowing on this one, and I missed the memo, but Luxottica Group has a total monopoly over your eyeballs. Being a classic millennial, I don’t love big, bad monoliths, so immediately after the conference I went to Warby Parker’s website to peruse.
I was happy to see that the selection is not all Tinker-Tailor Soldier Spy thick frames (Google Images if you don’t get the reference and then please put the movie on your Netflix list). The selection was big, unisex, unlabeled and affordable. GIMME. As I was strolling, I came across a pair of sunglasses that reminded me of the ones I was coveting from Garrett Leight after seeing the movie Möbius at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Garrett Leight Hampton $375
Warby Parker Downing $95
So I headed down to the Warby Parker store on Greene Street in Soho to try them on. I was blown away – not by how great I looked in the glasses (though I was happy with the look), but by the gorgeous store, great products, friendly millennial stafflings and super quick iPad checkout. Bliss. And for every pair of glasses purchased, Warby provides a pair to someone in need. Now that’s more for less.
Warby Parker Greene Street store in Soho, Manhattan. Courtesy of Warby Parker.