December 2014: What I bought, watched and read
WHAT I READ
BORN TO BE BRAD
I love Brad Goreski. Ever since I saw him on The Rachel Zoe Project, I have loved his personality (and hers). He is just such a down to earth person and reading his biography actually made me a bit sad because of what he had to go through as a kid.
Without a doubt it was an easy read, great to knock out while Baby Bun is napping and a real feel-good book that actually gave helpful tips (fashion and otherwise).
The only question I had from the whole thing was: But who was paying for it all?
I suspect his boyfriend Gary whom he met in Europe was the one footing the bill for him being in NYC and so on but this was never confirmed. I wish stars would be upfront and tell us these things about who is paying for it all because it sounds like a great dream that could have never happened without $$$$.
Amy Poehler is incredibly funny but her book was.. a hit and miss for me. I wanted so desperately to love it the way I loved Tina Fey’s Bossypants but .. I’m sorry and a bit sad that Amy is not really an author.
She’s a writer, yes but maybe it was the editing of the book or the disjointed way it all didn’t fit together but I couldn’t follow the flow of her thoughts. I wish it went in a chronological order with little anecdotes and stories, instead it seemed to jump all over the place.
(I somewhat blame this on having baby brain but.. I can’t say it’s all ME.)
I’d read it anyway just because I think she’s great but she is better as anything but an author.
I loved and hated this book. I loved that it told the truth about how Frenchwomen seem to be effortlessly chic, slim and wonderful but in fact, DO A LOT OF WORK TO GET THERE.
They learn from a young age not to overindulge, how to take care of their skin, etc etc.
A lot of her tips I took to heart, like washing my face in the morning and at night, but the other ones like taking expensive vitamin pills by Cledist? Not so much.
Food is a better vitamin-producer and giver than a pill. I think taking a multi-vitamin is pretty much a wash for your body because it doesn’t really do anything for it from the inside.
You should EAT the food instead of taking a pill, like eating good eggs and fish to get selenium for instance.
Nevertheless, a great read and she’s also one of my favourite bloggers.
A must read for anyone who has skin troubles. Seriously. I went out and immediately tried to find a Vitamin C serum because if Forever Chic and Skin Rules BOTH RECOMMEND that you slap this stuff on after your late 20s, I’mma damn well do it.
I know without a doubt that I have hormonal acne and there’s not much I can do about it except go back on the pill (debating this), but she does (FINALLY) point out that good food makes a difference. It’s not just the potions, lotions and serums, or drinking 1.5 L of water a day, it is ALSO THE DAMN FOOD.
This is an EXCELLENT book if you are interested in fashion, powerful women, style and/or politics.
I highly recommend it as a good read because it doesn’t just cover Michelle Obama, it goes through all the First Ladies, their style, their scrutinized wardrobes under the spotlight, etc.
WEAR THIS NOW
Are you clueless about fashion or just need good ideas because you’re in a style rut?
READ THIS BOOK.
I really liked it. It gave you notes on what to wear, when, for every event, and at least 3 major outfits and how to style it.
If you have no idea what to wear, use this book to help you.
I only wish they had an index of all the outfits they listed at the end for easy reference rather than having to page through the book.
FRENCH WOMEN DON’T GET FACELIFTS
They don’t but what she’s saying is just plain effin’ common sense.
Eat well, sleep well, don’t stress about crap that doesn’t matter, feel good in your own skin and be happy.
A so-so book for me. I’d rank it up there with being: Don’t read it. You’ll want to roll your eyes at it.
I didn’t read her famous “French Women Don’t Get Fat” book, but I don’t need to because I know that French women don’t get fat BECAUSE THEY DON’T EAT.
That is to say, they don’t stuff their faces, eat junk food every day, eat like crap, eat dessert after every meal and generally avoid overindulging, even at parties.
I have seen plenty of French women basically pick at their plates and eat small portions, then declare that they had a HUGE LUNCH.
Everything in moderation.
THINGS I WISH MY MOTHER HAD TOLD ME
I liked this book. I wouldn’t agree with 100% of everything she writes in there, but I say.. SOUND GENERAL ADVICE that I’d take with a grain of salt, of course.
It was definitely better than “French women don’t get facelifts” in terms of practical advice that seemed less like common sense.
It helps you figure out all the little details of life.
I didn’t like this book. I wanted to, and I didn’t. I am not THAT into vintage clothing, or thrift shopping but if you are, this is the book for you.
I am more into consignment shopping and buying designer or higher end stuff for less at secondhand prices, but I don’t want to tailor vintage pieces or search out for those “unique” items. That isn’t me.
WHAT I BOUGHT
A LOT of sweaters. I mean a lot.
Anyway, I gave myself a $1000 budget this month to spend on whatever I wanted….. and then I spent more than THAT.
Deals. What can I say? Cut off my internet connection because.. yeah. Browsing online is sheer temptation.
REN RADIANCE PERFECTION SERUM: RETURNED!!!
I bought this because I read a book called Skincare Rules that states Vitamin C actually does do something to your skin.. and the time to fix your skin is in your late 20s when your collagen production is decreasing.
This purports to do both. I’ll go through the bottle and check back with you to let you know if my skin changed at the end.
I returned this because it made me break out in tiny little red spots ALL OVER MY FACE. #FAIL.
MEDIK8 BETAGEL FROM AYLA
I have cystic acne caused by hormones. That’s been confirmed. It’s not really my diet, it’s my hormones. Every time I went on the pill, my skin cleared up to perfection. I went off the pill and now I’m battling it.
Things I am doing:
- eating broccoli
- eating sweet potatoes
- eating less oil/fatty foods
- eating less processed food (actually none at all)
- exfoliating EVERY. SINGLE. DAMN. MORNING.
Then I read about this gel that seems to really help clear up cystic acne like no one’s business. I’m hoping this is true because I want these spots (when they appear) to go down and disappear.
3 PAIRS OF LUCKY BRAND JEANS – $218 TOTAL
I have a taste for designer denim… and Lucky jeans fit the bill. They’re comfortable, soft, fitted and I no longer pay $200 for a pair of jeans.
These jeans were 40% off, and about $60 per pair. DEAL! DEAL! *squeal*
I like really high waisted jeans, so the Olivia jeans fit the bill (the black ones), and mid-rise jeans, so Sweet and Sofia styles are my favourites.
Got 3 styles in 3 different washes — boot cut, skinny, straight and in those washes below.
I really like this one I got, the Brooke boot cut jean.
Super soft and awesome.
RETURNED THIS ONE: OLIVIA SKINNY JEAN
I returned it because it was FRICKING TIGHT. I mean skin-sausage tight. I bought the same size (00) as the other two jeans, but I could barely squeeze it over my legs and thighs without jumping up and down like a bean.
Also, the fabric is not as soft as my Rag & Bone jean leggings, so I think I might have to bite the bullet and buy them in black.
I’m so willing to mail it back to get back my money even if it’ll cost me $15 to do it.
This is the Sweet straight-leg jean and I really like it. Soft, comfortable, worth it.
I think the Sweet jeans are the best out of the entire line. They have perfect fabrics.
MONCLER WOOL SWEATER – $100
I have heard of this brand but have never actually owned anything from them. I went to a local consignment shop and picked this exact sweater up. Isn’t it pretty?!
DIOR SILK AND COTTON STRIPED NAUTICAL SWEATER – $80
My first Dior!
It’s just a plain navy sweater with white rope details as the stripes. I think it looks awesome. Very light, comfortable, and wonderful.
ACNE NAVY RIBBED COTTON SWEATER – $85
My first Acne sweater too. I like the ribbed chunky knit of this sweater which is why I picked it up.
ISABEL MARANT OBIL BOUCLE SWEATER – $200
You know, I have heard so much about Isabel Marant that I was dying to own a piece. I saw this sweater in a consignment shop in Montreal and I immediately fell in love with it.
It’s comfortable, a boucle kind of teddy bear feel and totally awesome. I’d wear this is as a jacket.
.. but wait, there’s more!
I broke my favourite pair of heels so I naturally went nuts and decided to buy 2 pairs to replace them.
My new favourite shoe brand aside from Manolo Blahnik? L.K. Bennett. The Duchess really knows her shoe stuff.
L.K. BENNETT PERLA WEDGE SHOES IN LEATHER $265
Ogilvy had a sale so I went on by and saw these flat pointed wedge flats.. I mean.. SOLD!!!!
And the heels I actually broke, got replaced by these 4″ suede black beauties.
Again, both from Ogilvy.
STACEY & DAGG LARK SKIRT – $140
This is a local Toronto label that I know very well but have not found anything interesting to buy from, until … this month!
I picked up their “Lark” skirt which is this beautiful city print. It’s cotton/silk (NO POLYESTER!) which was what really sold me, considering the price was only $130 rather than $300, which is what I’d expect to pay for something similar in that kind of fabric blend.
It’s a midi length which I hate (unless I wear heels which is rarely ever), so I got it tailored to fit my (lack of) curves, and to have it hemmed up above my knee.
YES I am going to lose some of that beautiful print, but I’d rather have a skirt I’d wear with this gorgeous print on it, than a skirt that is beautiful but sitting in my closet, collecting dust.
I’m a sucker for city / country / urban prints on things.
Throw some silkscreened buildings and skyscrapers onto an outfit and my wallet is yours for the taking.
I even have a similar kind of dress I bought a long time ago on sale at Anthropologie by Odille called Artists’ Rendering that looks like a countryside from top to bottom:
It’s so unusual, abstract and cool without being obvious or gauche. I sometimes throw a top on top of the dress just to show off the skirt of the dress.
BROCADE OBI BELT – $44
This stunning brocade obi belt. I’m a SUCKER for obi belts and this one was calling out to me, begging me to buy it.
It has the most beautiful striped fabric for the sash, and it’s reversible — the other side is a black crepe.
There is something about wearing a belt that makes an outfit pop for me, seeing as I have a very ill-defined waist and could use a little help belt-wise.
P.S. The first TWO people who use this link to buy on Etsy, will get $5 towards their purchase.