Wednesday, February 6, 2013

TOE wishlist: susan sontag, zara, free people, caudalie, nasty gal + more

my wish list is super long right now. i think the fact that i'm starting a new job really pulls at my "it's time to update my wardrobe/life" heart strings. subsequently i've been craving a closet purge to fit my desired shopping spree. i'm realistic though. i can't afford all of this at once. plus, i have impulsive tendencies so time in between my purchases is 100% necessary.

my goal is to find some staple pieces that will carry me beyond spring and into summer and fall.  living in la la land w/ perfect temps gives me that amazing flexibility. west coast = best coast. (had to) ... no bright colors, nothing too flashy or trendy, just plain jane tones with modern cuts and accents. i've also plugged in some beauty finds and future must reads.

i cant get my mind off of the tight and sexy, almost ballerina-like camis and racer backs that are hitting stores right now. i. want. one. (left) this low back cami in black (other cool colors and patterns available) by free people is tah die for. i can see myself wearing this to work and then smoothly transitioning into happy hour or dinner with the boy - ppshhh like i'm that cool. (right) this racey racer back crop tank from nasty gal is the exact going out top i've been looking for. while this model and style looks fantastic, i'm not one to "bare" all (punny?), going out. i'm a high-waisted trouser fanatic, so this top is the perfect compliment that doesn't require me to show too much.

i've been following blackmilk clothing on instagram for some time now and i'm starting to become obsessed. this velvet bodysuit would look great under a pair of boyfriend jeans, trousers or jean shorts.

speaking of boyfriend jeans... i've had the same pair from the gap for like three years. i love them. its time for a fresh pair with no holes (not the cool kind either) with a modern edge. i want them to be almost ugly, but in a good way? this light denim pair on need supply co. by citizens of humanity is perfectly u.g.l.y. and i mean that in the most hottest, fashion-y way possible.

get your tix to the gun show, with this muscle tank on need supply co. by t by alexander wang. the breast  pocket, cement color and broad v-neck bring this classic cut into the year 2013 and beyond. between the boyfriend jeans and muscle tank i may be turning into a man. i'm fine with that. their shit is more comfortable.

both of these black bags are from zara - one says "i'm structured" the other says "i'm flexible." i'm horribly drawn to both. i love the unfinished edges and structured frame on the (left) mini tote. i'm confident i wouldn't lose my keys in there. (right) this brown (well, actually black) paper lunch bag is really unique. i love that i could carry it as an over sized clutch, or throw it over my shoulder with the provided chord.

like actually... i might be a boy. i confess - or to those of you who know me personally probably already know this, but are afraid to say it to my face -  i'm terrible at putting on makeup. i have to keep it simple, simply because i'm all thumbs beyond primer, powder and mascara. trust me. i've tried. "clown" has yet to be a fashion statement, so until then i'm sticking to the basics. my make up pouch is sparse so for this reason i have zero guilt spending a little extra on my staples and experimenting on new face products like this (left) clinique age defense bb cream w/ spf. i know what your thinking... age defense in your twenties? i know it sounds crazy, but a family friend of mine who works at the wonderful world of murad (highly recommended) told me its never too early. and she's right. i often get dark spots when i break out and this bb cream helps reduce their visibility and speeds up the healing process. second on my list is this (right) laura mercier duo wet/dry foundation powder. i'm always drawn to anything 2 in 1. simple = good.

i wish i were a posh french girl, but since i'm not even close i'll pretend by using caudalie toner. this french beauty line is seriously amazing. its refreshing, light and cleansing and contains zero chemicals you can't pronounce. bonus: they never test on animals. whether you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, or you're removing make up at night, this stuff is the way to go. whatever you choose to buy, you won't go wrong.

i'm probably the only self-proclaimed "reader" who hasn't read a novel, play, non-fiction, whatever by susan sontag. she's been on my must-read list for years. i've always loved her in a superficial sense after reading about her and even some fragments of her work from various articles and interviews. i'm not sure what has prompted me to put her off, but i'm finally committing and purchasing a few of her reads on my nook. i won't be a poser anymore.