i feel like i have bought and returns dozens of items from j.crew this year. in the past, the declining quality, poor fit, and increasing costs have always left me wanting more. this sale season, however, i came across these two gems. the sequin top is so stunning, and the cashmere turtleneck is soft, thick, and has no signs of piling even after several wears.
thanks for stepping up your game j.crew.
i can’t believe it has been almost 3 years since this post on my favorite travel items. since then, i have racked up tens of thousands of more miles on various trips, for work and pleasure. i am constantly honing my travel regime, and these are the products that make the process infinitely easier.
1) wipes. these are the least glamorous items on my list, but one of the most essential. after stretches of being on a plane every week and becoming promptly sick, i am now one of those crazy people who wipes everything down when i first sit down in an airplane seat. the face wipes are great for refreshing in a pinch and even wiping stains off leather.
2) cashmere travel set. i recently read an article on how sometimes airlines don’t actually wash the blanket and pillow they give you between flights. within 5 minutes, i ordered my own blanket, eye mask, and pillowcase set because ewwww. 3) wireless headphones. they keep me semi sane when seated next to, or on the same plane as, a screaming baby. and they are pink. 4) prepacked clear toiletry kit. this is hands down the best thing to make last minute trips so much easier. i keep this kit stocked with all the things i need for anywhere from 1 to 7 nights away. therefore, i can grab it and go, without worrying if i have lip balm or q tips. my kit includes: shampoo, conditioner, face wash, day moisturizer with spf, night cream, eye cream, mouthwash, floss, toothpaste, toothbrush (i have an electric toothbrush but this is in case it runs out of battery or i forget it), floss, laundry stain solution, disposable razor, lip balm, q tips, cotton balls, tweezers, nail clippers, hairbands, nail polish remover wipe, and a small comb. if i am traveling for work, i add in my foundation and lip gloss. in my carryon, i keep another small bag packed with earplugs, ibuprofen, deodorant, and a hairbrush. 5) ultra lightweight suitcase. my old anya hindmarch suitcase served me well for over 6 years and hundreds of thousands of miles travelled. when the zipper broke again and i found new holes in the lining, i realized it was probably time to let it rest. i did a lot of research on the many options out there and finally settled on the rimowa salsa air. it weighs only 4 pounds, and the double zip pockets in the interior allow you to compress your packed items. i also love the built in tsa approved combination lock.
i sometimes find myself going down a youtube rabbit hole, and the next thing i know, hours have passed and i have watched countless 3-5 minute clips. one of my favorite channels lately has been from vogue. their 73 question interviews are so fun, and occasionally, i stumble on something incredibly useful. case in point – this quick video on making the perfect breakfast sandwich.
below is my version of the sandwich. i swapped out the ciabatta for brioche, and used homemade lox instead of prosciutto on my bf’s. this was the perfect sunday morning brunch to break us out of our frittata rut.
when i first moved to nyc, i was so excited to complete my wardrobe with all my fabulous sample sale finds. i had heard that sample sales (almost) made the noise, traffic, and the outrageously high rent prices in this city worth it. well, almost 5 years later, i have exactly 0 items still in my closet from a sample sale.
or had. this chloe beauty just called my name when i saw it. the problem with most sample sales is that typically, only the most seasonal or trendy items make it to the sale, and people are often persuaded by the low price to purchase something they ordinarily would not. and if you wouldn’t buy something full price, why would you buy it on sale?
this beautiful chloe drew bag definitely does not fall into that category. it has the classic shape but includes pretty much the only colors that i wear. the fact that it was so marked down is just the cherry on top.
i had so much fun exploring little italy nolita on a gorgeous saturday evening. we walked around enjoying a street fair, and had drinks at the mulberry project.
i was going through some of my old posts looking for a recipe, and i was reminded of so many of the clothes, shoes, and bags that i purchased over the years that just didn’t end up working out. as much as i love them when i got them, i found that they weren’t as functionally as i hoped, and i ended up reselling or returning them.
i have tried to be much more careful about my purchases, but unfortunately, my method is not perfect as i still end up regretting some (though far fewer) purchases. posts like this are useful for me as i continually asses my tastes and shopping habits and see where i can improve.
this bag is so beautiful, but the shape made it impractical for my life. i wasn’t able to carry documents in it, and the lack of pockets made it difficult to find anything.
i still think these are gorgeous. but i just don’t have the kind of social life that requires me to wear brocade and jewel-encrusted pumps more than once a year.
although i wear these all the time, i have learned that for the most part, jimmy choo shoes do not work for my feet. the patent leather on these were so stiff, and the peep toe cut into my toes the moment i put them on.
4. alaia dress
this one is surprising, because i just bought it. it is truly a work of art, but the wool and the folds made it so heavy. i walk to work and all around nyc, and the dress’s weight meant that it was not practical for more casual use.
hands down, the most worn pair of shoes in my closet are my black pointy flats. as much as i love my heels, with all the traveling that i do, i need shoes that are stylish but comfortable. plus, its much easier to run to catch a flight in flats than heels.
my old black pointy flats were from london sole, and while they are cute, they did not hold up well this year (despite my preventive measures). i had my eyes on these tabitha simmons hermione flats, but waited until the 3rd markdown on them to take the plunge.
i love how elegant they are, and the mary jane strap adds just a bit of fun. i will report back on how they are holding up. they need a trip to the cobbler before they are ready to brave the streets of nyc.
i have been in a pink phase for the better part of this past year, but there is something about this summer that is making me rediscover red. these beautiful red peonies were a lovely gift that match with my new iro jacket. this jacket is the perfect complement to pretty much everything in my wardrobe. it makes a simple t shirt and jeans look so much more special.