Fashionable People, Questionable Things

Ally: So remember when I talked about my eyebrow obsession? No? Let me remind you. These days I believe eyebrows are everything. I can’t believe I didn’t care about them before. I was so lost.

For Makeup Monday, which is not actually a theme but it makes this post sound like it has a purpose other than to show you my latest selfie, I’d like to introduce you to Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW™ Pomade which I purchased through Sephora and they delivered RIGHT TO MY DOOR.

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Right?

Right?

I’m counting 11 different shades being offered, but math is tough.

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International Women’s Day was yesterday. Just watch the above video a few times in case you were wondering why that day was necessary.

You can purchase this product through Sephora online here. Please note that Sephora is not paying me to promote their products, but they can at any time on any day.

On a total aside, can we talk about how perfect this song is? It’s Ellie Goulding’s contribution to the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack which I am boycotting because Jamie Dor-something replaced Charlie Hunnam and middle aged women everywhere realized that life truly was not fair.

Sigh.

Here’s Ellie. The video is crap, but the song is everything.

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L-A: So, as part of my day job, I’m often trolling the Facebook pages of major retailers. And I’ve noticed something that I can’t ignore: culottes.

McCalls Culottes

In case you’re not sure, the definition for modern ladies (these things apparently existed as far back as the French Revolution, but for dudes) is that it’s a split skirt. So you can look lady like while being active and doing things like gardening, bicycling and horseback riding. Which, when you think about it, makes it the tampon of ladies’ fashions. Which makes me wonder why we would ever want to bring these back?

Nancy Drews Culottes

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A mystery that even TV Nancy Drew couldn’t solve.

I mean, I guess they’re better than a skort because they’re only sort of pretending to be a skirt. But honestly? Why you no wear a skirt instead?

Yet, here they are from Forever 21.

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Like a sloppy tea length skirt, but with leg holes. Because we’re all dying to wear something as universally flattering as a tea-length skirt, cutting us off at the calves, but slightly more practical.

And here they are at TOPSHOP in Toronto:

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Honestly I’m having trouble getting on board with this idea. If the Forever 21 model, who is literally paid to make clothes look good, can’t make it look like a sane choice, what hope do the rest of us have?

I am willing to admit that maybe the fast fashion version of the culotte is where the real trouble is. That there are wearable culottes that don’t immediately strike you as baggy, unflattering, short pants. I’ve seen street style photos and NYFW photos of culottes that almost make sense. Or maybe I’m just too old for this shit.

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But culottes as a thing are not making sense to me at all. Hard pass on this spring trend.

L-A: If you’re a long time reader of us, then you’ll remember the Marc Jacobs Incident of a few years ago and my non-stop whining about it. If you’re new, then here’s the story in a nutshell: I found a dark green Marc by Marc Jacobs hobo bag for maybe $200. I had $200 to blow on whatever I wanted (this is why I do craft shows). I let myself get talked out of the bag, bought Kate Spade, got buyers remorse and brought it back in hopes of remedying the situation. But alas! Someone else had the Marc Jacobs bag and I was filled with regrets. Regrets over a leather bag that have lasted far too long.

I’ve since bought myself quality bags (like a solid non-Coach-y Coach black leather and a Longchamps nylon bag) and really, as much as I love a good purse, I don’t need any more of them. But still, I dreamed of that bag. And whenever I hit the outlets with cash in my pocket, I looked to see if I could find one like it. I knew my collection just wouldn’t be complete until I filled the void left by that bag.

And you know what? Bitches, I did it.

My photography skills haven't improved, but my shopping has.

My photography skills haven’t improved during our hiatus, but my shopping has.

 

Meet my very own Marc by Marc Jacobs Q Hillier Hobo. We’re a little bit in love with each other right now.

Because I’m a lazy photographer, here’s what the bag looks like when it’s in black and has a professional taking a photo of it:

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She’s a beaut, non?

I believe the colour I chose was cardamom, but I’m going to call it “Marsala-adjacent” so it seems like I’m up on the whole colour of the year thing. There was much debating in-store over whether I wanted black or a colour. There were super cute colours (which were on super sale), but let’s face it, I’d grow tired of a turquoise bag (you see, I was being really sensible about this decision). Since I already have a black leather bag, a classic deep colour makes sense. And the more I look at/wear this purse, the more I love the colour I did pick.  I was also smart and remembered that I need a purse that can go crossbody. Carrying a purse on my arm isn’t my jam and it’s only going to get worse on that front (again, I was uncharacteristically sensible). And god bless the expansion of the Cabazon outlets to include a Marc by Marc Jacobs store, because it only cost me about $200. All those hours of embroidering Heritage Minutes paid off.

And with that, the Shopping Gods have been appeased. I’m no longer filled with regret and the Marc Jacobs Incident is merely a footnote in my shopping history. Also, I can stop buying purses. At least until I can afford something ridiculous like a Mulberry bag, but that’s a purchase I can wait for.

Fashionable People, Questionable Things.