to shop / {sale alert} karen walker sunglasses

Karen Walker sunglasses have been around for ages (I blogged about them almost 10 years ago!), but I still like them, particularly the tortoise ones. I’ve been wearing the Alternative Fit Super Duper Strength Sunglasses in tortoise the most lately.

shopbop has had the older styles/colors on sale for months but has slashed the prices again. Enough for me to consider a backup pair. I like that shopbop carries alternative fit which is great for the low bridge crowd. But, shopbop has the items on final sale, which I’m not a fan of. However, shopbop is owned by Amazon and Amazon carries the same items/price without the final sale…

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Karen Walker Alternative Fit Super Duper Strength Sunglasses

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Karen Walker Alternative Fit Super Duper Strength Sunglasses

to shop / uniqlo +j 2021 fall winter collection (and others)

The Uniqlo +j 2021 Fall/Winter collection dropped recently. Jil Sander was quoted saying it was the end of a chapter. Does this mean her she is stopping, for now? I totally forgot about the collection, so many styles have already sold out. I will wait for restocks (if they happen) or popbacks. As with the past collections, sizing can be all over the place.

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WOMEN +J DOUBLE FACE PEACOAT – I love this. It comes in navy or olive, which are both beautiful. It is slightly oversized, so I only sized down one size. The sleeves are a little long so I folded them up and the pockets are very deep.

WOMEN +J DOWN SHORT OVERSIZED COAT – I did not like this. It runs very oversized and the diagonal pockets are very unflattering in placement. It is warm and the big hood is detachable.

(Updated) WOMEN +J DOWN VOLUME VEST – This popped back and was delivered the following day. I got the navy and sized 2 sizes down and am looking for 1 size larger to pop back. It fits and I like the style but I want to see how it would look if slightly bigger. The US reviews aren’t great, you can see styling photos on the JP site.

I haven’t seen these yet:

WOMEN +J DOWN LONG COAT – Is the brown more of an olive brown? I’m still loving the version from last year. The reviews on this are split and unless it’s on super sale, I don’t plan to check it out.

WOMEN +J CASHMERE BLEND COLLARLESS COAT – I wish they had it in navy. I got last year’s version in black.

WOMEN +J DOWN JACKET – Last year’s down blazer jacket was more flattering, based on the pictures.

WOMEN +J DRY SWEAT FULL-ZIP LONG-SLEEVE HOODIE – This year’s version has a tie-string bottom hem. I can’t tell if the material is the same as last year’s. I’m keeping an eye out for the gray.

WOMEN +J DOWN VOLUME VEST – Also keeping an eye for this. The reviews aren’t great, you can see styling photos on the JP site.

WOMEN +J DOUBLE FACE COLLARLESS JACKET – I have a few of these from last year. This year’s has more colors and buttons.

2021 Fall/Winter Ines de la Fressange

WOMEN SINGLE BREASTED COAT (INES DE LA FRESSANGE) – this runs big. Size down at least 2 sizes. The quality is pretty good and comes with a removable liner. It’s long, so keep in mind if you’re on the shorter side.

WOMEN CORDUROY JACKET (INES DE LA FRESSANGE) – the blue shade is nice, but it’s a bit boxy. I’m not sure if sizing down helps.

2021 Spring/Summer Mame Kurogouchi

I had no idea who this designer was but stumbled upon her collection and regret not seeing it before it launched. The Fall/Winter collection is launching on Nov 26th in more neutral shades.

WOMEN AIRism COTTON RELAXED WIRELESS BRA – this is so comfortable. I grabbed a bunch, they are wireless, and they also wash really well. I found it to be TTS. They were out of my ideal size in some colors so I ended up with 2 sizes and they were both good enough under loungewear.

WOMEN AIRism PLUNGING BRA SLIP – this didn’t work on me, at all. The new collection’s is in cotton, which might work better.

WOMEN AIRism ULTRA SEAMLESS BIKINI – ran too small. I don’t see it in the new collection’s lookbook.

Tip: Don’t be bothered by having to return online orders via mail. Pay with PayPal and use the PayPal return shipping refund program. The annual limit is quite generous since many places I shop from have free returns.

to shop / areaware little puzzles

Image: Google

One day, I noticed a round cereal bowl puzzle. When it went on sale, I bought it. We had so much fun that I went back and bought more. There are multiple series and my favorite is Series 5: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream! A few from this collection are on super sale.

I rounded out my collection with the ramen, affogato, and honeycomb cone at a small business: Little Obsessed.

Let me know if you get any or if you have other puzzle recommendations!

to pamper / summer refresh beauty kit

I’m surprised this beauty kit hasn’t sold out yet… it’s a steal if you like nicer products. I got it for the Tata Harper and Susanne Kaufmann, and I don’t mind trying the other products. It’s also available in the EU, APAC, and GB sites.

Image: NAP

Price: $90

Value: $505 (based on NAP prices)

  • $125 Full size (smaller size) Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum: 9.8 ml/0.33 fl.oz. (Previously reviewed the original formulation, the only drawback was the cost.)
  • $98 Full size U Beauty The Sculpt Arm Compound: 120 ml/4.0 fl.oz.
  • $72 Full size One Ocean Ultra Hydrating Algae Oil: 30 ml/1.0 fl.oz.
  • $45 Full size Susanne Kaufmann Cleansing Gel: 100 ml/ 3.4 fl.oz (The second item I was most excited about.)
  • $37 Full size (smaller size) Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil: 15 ml/0.5 fl.oz
  • $30 Full size Phillip Kingsley Swimcap Mask: 75 ml/2.5 fl.oz.
  • $25 Full size Wander Beauty Unlashed Volume and Curl Mascara: 9 g/0.31 oz
  • $20 Full size (smaller size) Oribe Mystify Restyling Spray: 50 ml/1.7 fl.oz.
  • $20 40 Full size Pursoma Après Savasana Soak: 113 g/4.0 oz. (They included two bags of this so it’s a $40 value, not sure if it was a mistake.)
  • $13 Full size two Silke hair ties
  • The clear pouch with zipper is also very sturdy.

There is another beauty kit if you are interested in any of the products.

Also worth mentioning that I got a few of these and each beauty set comes in its own cardboard box (that is great for shipping), leading to a very large overall box.

to shop / uniqlo +j 2021 spring summer collection

The Uniqlo +j 2021 Spring/Summer collection dropped on March 25. I was able to get everything I wanted in a few orders (they limit 1 style per order).

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WOMEN +J DRY SWEAT LONG-SLEEVE FULL-ZIP HOODIE

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Maybe my favorite piece of the collection. It is intentionally oversized so you can go TTS or size down if you want a slimmer fit. Reminds me of the Nike hooded cape I used to like and have long since misplaced. I obviously got black, and blue. It also comes in white and gray, but I’m not much of a gray person.

WOMEN +J COTTON-LINEN SAFARI JACKET

Image: Uniqlo

Perfect for spring. I love the weight, the pockets, ability to cinch the waist slightly, the muted olive green shade. This is heavier weight and more sleek than the Uniqlo x Tomas Maier flight jacket. It comes in olive (pictured), black, and blue.

WOMEN +J SILK-BLEND OVERSIZED PARKA

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A great shape. It is meant to be oversized. You can size down for a tighter fit or go TTS and be able to layer. The polyester/silk material is a bit high maintenance and I think black is better for the long run.

WOMEN +J SHEER WIDE-RIBBED LONG SWEATER

Image: Uniqlo

A nice ribbed knit. Surprisingly runs large.

What I didn’t like: The crew neck sweatshirt, sweatpants (a bit long), the linen-cotton wrap skirt (too prone to wrinkles). I wish they had tees like the old collection.

Tip: Don’t be bothered by having to return via mail. Pay with PayPal and use the PayPal return shipping refund program. The annual limit is quite generous since many places I shop from have free returns.