general / brain dump {happy hump day!}

I. Shopping

  • Chloe ballet flats. I encountered an amaaazing (70% off) sale that I couldn’t resist. Final sale? There’s always eBay or Amex return protection. While they didn’t have their classic scalloped ballet flat in a reasonable color or in my size, I did figure out my Chloe size. It’s true to size, folks, i.e. 38.0 = US 8. I’m keeping a pair of pointed ballet flats, but am not sure if I like pointy (sometimes I walk into things and the extra length does not help) or the excessive toe cleavage. As seen here, here, and similar here.
  • This little piggy went to the market => I’ve been keeping an eye on the custom Baggus for Crate and Barrel and love the current pig one.
  • My Clarisonic Plus of 5+ years died. The sad thing is that it was in storage for the last 2 years and is out of warranty (both manufacturer’s and extended credit card). Clarisonic offered a 25% off discount as a consolation, which I asked Nordstrom to pricematch. (Note: They said it was a one-time courtesy since it’s not in their pricematch policy to honor non-public discounts.) Although I would’ve preferred this QVC bundle, I value Nordstrom’s customer service much higher than a small discount. It’s still a pricey gadget especially one with a finite life, but if you compare it to a few spa services, it’s a smart investment. I still went for the higher end model, Clarisonic Smart Profile, since there are brushes for the body, and the less advertised, feet — all of the pedi brushes work with the Smart Profile!
  • TheRealReal is an online consignment store and has an alarming amount of new, recent season Clare Vivier bags at a really good price. There’s the spotted Sandrine and Madeleine Petit in British Tan or Royal Blue Croco. The starting price is 50% off – $25 first timer credit* – 20% off with code PICKMEUP.
  • Clare Vivier Margot Tote fans, Piperlime has the spotted tote on sale and Malia Mills has the solid totes on sale. It has a waxier finish than her other bags. I have a simple tote from her earlier collections and wish she had more simple designs.

II. Design


III. Fashion

  • A sneak peek at the Met Museum’s Costume Institute‘s Spring Exhibit China: Through the Looking Glass. It opens May 7th. (Racked)
  • Cindy Crawford, untouched. (Marie Claire)

IV. Food

V. Watching

  • Mad Men exhibit, including sets, coming to the Museum of the Moving Image! (Gothamist)
  • Thanks to FIOS on demand, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Go, I’ve been following a ton of shows. I need discussion buddies! Some of the shows I’ve been following: Agent Carter (ABC), Downton Abbey (PBS), Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce (Bravo), Girls (HBO), Grimm (NBC), Reign* (CW), and of course, Scandal (ABC). I’m always down for more Netflix or Amazon Prime recommendations. I recently finished the final season of Borgia (not to be confused with The Borgias by Showtime). Boy, was it bloody. Netflix’s Marco Polo wasn’t that great. I’m really looking forward to House of Cards in 9 days!
    • *For the Anne Shirley fans, it’s really weird seeing her play a conniving, devious dowager queen.

 

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