Category: Style

Evolution in Personal Adornment // Recent Jewelry Acquisitions [Video]

june 19, 2016 | by: mercedes | filed under: style, videos

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Today’s video is slightly atypical – I haven’t really discussed jewelry in depth in any previous videos or posts. But as you’ll hear in the video, for a combination of reasons I had a strong pull towards evolving my style through an edited selection of recent jewelry purchases. Watch it on YouTube, and I would LOVE for you to contribute recommendations for other pieces I could investigate and think about adding to my collection. Or let me know your signature/staple pieces.

Pieces Mentioned –
Bubu Ruby Azurite Pendant https://www.etsy.com/listing/154480968/blue-crystal-necklace-azurite-necklace
Kei Azurite Cuff Ring http://www.keijewelry.com/products/azurite-cuff-ring
Minoux Tiny Bar Necklace http://minouxjewelry.com/collections/necklaces/products/ tiny-bar-necklace
Minoux Ring 04 http://minouxjewelry.com/products/ring-4
Ursa Major Simple Tapered Bangle (size small, and the material is brass – I misspoke by saying it was 14k plated) https://www.katejones.us/products/tapered-bangle
Kathleen Whitaker Small Sequin/Dot Stud (sold as singles) http://needsupply.com/
womens/brands/kathleen-whitaker/small-sequin.html
Kathleen Whitaker Staple Stud (sold as singles) http://needsupply.com/
womens/brands/kathleen-whitaker/staple-stud.html

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Lusting Leggings

november 20, 2015 | by mercedes | filed under: fitness, style

I’m lusting new leggings for the gym in the most major way. I’ve been going more frequently (inner gym bro-ette UNLEASHED), and also watching an obscene amount of Nikki Blackketter on YouTube – so inspiration abounds! I have a couple of good pairs, but I really need 1-2 additional pairs that are *super* thick, not see-through when squatting, and provide nice compression on the muscles. Here’s a list of brands I’m perusing, with some pros/cons:

  1. Lululemon [Wunder Under Crops]

Pros: thick material, provide compression, durable, thick waistband, fun prints, know my size

Cons: less-than-ideal business ethics, tendency to pill, $$

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2. Beyond Yoga [Walk and Talk Capri Legging, Salt and Pepper Take Me Higher Legging]

Pros: super high-waisted, durable, mesh detailing, made in the US

Cons: $$$, small selection, unsure of my size and potentially between sizes

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3. Carbon 38 [I want like EVERYTHING but the B Fit Color Blocked Leggings immediately caught my eye]

Pros: multitude of styles and options, fun prints (many scream soul cycle…)

Cons: some pairs are like EXORBITANTLY expensive (for leggings) (WHY AM I IMMEDIATELY DRAWN TO THE PAIR THAT IS $420???)

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*This is the $420 pair [above]

4. Fabletics [Salar Leggings, Fjord Legging]

Pros: extremely affordable, fun prints, high waistbands

Cons: unsure of quality/durability at price point, dislike celebrity brands/marketing

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5. Gymshark [Form Compression Leggings, Flex Leggings]

Pros: affordable, leggings specifically for compression

Cons: small waistband (tends to be less flattering), unsure of quality/durability at price point

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6. Nike [Legendary Jacquard Training Tights, Epic Lux Running Crops]

Pros: variety in style and price point, high + thick waistbands

Cons: can be see-through, have heard negative reviews…so not the best word-of-mouth

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What are your favorite leggings? Any brands I absolutely must put on my radar, given my needs and aesthetic preferences?

Purse Lust

I’ve been rocking a little pink faux leather cross-body purse from H+M since the summer – but I feel I’m in need of something else for the winter months. Sparked by Vivianna Does Makeup’s most recent videos on her winter style staples (also, I die for her lip color in that video, NARS lip pencil in Cruella), the Whistles Revington Leather Croc Effect Cross Body Bag is in my top two lusts, along with the Clare Vivier Fold Over lambskin clutchΒ (which I think I learned about from Cupcakes and Cashmere, maybe?).

Anyway. A girl can dream. About purses.

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