2018 thoughts on clothes and shoes

Yup, still catching up on my 2018 thoughts. Previously: 2018 thoughts on bags and self-care

In general, I think I have a better sense of what works for my body and lifestyle. I also think I spend less on clothes than I used to, but I have not backed this up with credit card statement analysis. I have gotten better at returning things on time. Earlier in the year, I was better at reselling whatever didn’t work. I need to get back on that.

I work in New York City. Companies have gone more casual. My office has a business casual dress code with most women veering on the casual end and it saddens me.  With that said, women dress for other women and I’m pretty demotivated to dress nicely! Of course, it is a personal choice on how to dress, but I still prefer to dress nicer. Even outside of the office, when I do go out, people don’t dress up. And it’s not because we’re going to a KBBQ. I prefer to buy clothes that can be worn all the time.

I still love neutral colors, especially black and navy. It’s versatile. I used to really like red as an accent color. Now, not so much. Perhaps forest green is the new red for me?

I. Clothes

Brands I can’t quit

UniqloStill my favorite for basics and the occasional collab. I consider it affordable enough that sometimes I buy at full price. I also had no problems with their e-commerce this year. I prefer to pay through PayPal (and they refund return shipping). My 2018 faves:

  • Airism slip (previously). I wear this year-round under most dresses. Sorry, it’s not available… I did wait 4 years for it to come back the last time so I did stockpile this!
  • U Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt (previously). The Uniqlo U collaboration is recurring and each season has a new batch of colors. I haven’t checked out the new season (just launched) to confirm the fabric weight is still the same but I’m semi-shocked that Uniqlo increased the retail price from $9.90 to $14.90! You can find the past season on sale. New season also has a boxier relax fit version (unsure if it’s the same weight).
  • Blocktech Outerwear (previously). However, this is one where I like to see them in person as I do not like the stiffy, boxy ones. Current Blocktech styles.
  • Tomas Maier Flight Jacket. I got it in olive green (sold out). It’s on the lighter side for a jacket and perfect for layering, travel. Lots of pockets. This was an unexpected love for a lackluster (to me) collab.
  • Extra Fine Cotton A-Line Striped 3/4 Sleeve Dress (previously). My favorite dress of the summer and perfect for those balmy summer days. It also does not require ironing after washing! Uniqlo has brought it back in slightly different colors. It also comes in dark solid colors, but I personally prefer the lighter colors since it’s a bit tenty.
  • Light V-Neck Cardigan (previously). Also another summer staple. Hunter green has been having a moment and I couldn’t resist (and it’s a departure from my standard black and navy). Hope they will bring back the style for this spring, but I am stocked up for now.

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to pamper / costco beauty deals

Costco has some fantastic beauty deals online. I rarely go in person. Shipping is almost always free. Inventory does fluctuate a bit for the hot brands. I’ve seen Chanel, Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, Deborah Lippmann, and the list goes on. (Reminder: If you have a Chase Freedom credit card, get an extra 5% back through the end of the year.)

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, 2-pack 1.7oz
$39.99 vs up to $60; FSA eligible. This is one of my staple daily sunscreens.

Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist, 1.35 oz
$29.99 vs $48

Mason Pearson Junior Mixture Nylon & Boar Bristle Brush
$124.99 vs $170

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, 11oz
$189.99 vs $290

Living Proof Prime Style Extender, 5oz
$14.99 vs $20

Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil
$124.99 vs $235

Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream, 1.7 oz
$34.99 vs $48

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk, 3.2 oz x 2
$29.99 vs $40

 

to shop / costco beauty

I recently setup my Costco.com account and noticed an impressive roster of brands in their beauty section with frequent updates. Don’t have a membership or know someone who does? There’s a 5% non-member surcharge to shop on Costco.com. Inventory comes and goes. Shipping and handling also varies. If an item is available in their warehouse, the price may be lower and selection may be different, e.g. SK-II was sighted in the warehouse.

I’ve been looking for a new daily sunscreen and even though I found a good one at the Peach and Lily sample sale a few days ago, the price on the EltaMD clear sunscreen and the fact that it is FSA eligible was too hard to pass up.

Highlights (retail in parentheses):

  • Various Kerastase 34 oz shampoo or conditioner $49.99 ($75)
  • Eyeko Black Magic mascara (2 pack) $29.99 ($48)
  • Dr. Jart + Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm SPF 25 $26.99 ($36)
  • Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer $26.99 ($36)
  • Shiseido Perfect Hydrating BB Cream for Face SPF 35 $24.99 ($35)
  • Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 40 $24.99 ($32)
  • Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ $28.99 ($40)
  • Various Glamglow treatments $44-46.99 ($69)
  • Chanel Hydra Beauty Creme $59.99 ($87)
  • Clarins Shaping Facial Lift Total V Contouring Serum $49.99 ($80)
  • Sisley Ecological Compound $144.99 ($250)
  • Philosophy Hope in a Jar Moisturizer $24.99 ($44)
  • Eve Lom Cleanser 6.8oz $99.99 ($135)
  • EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 (2 pack) $39.99 ($64) (FSA eligible)
  • Egyptian Magic (4 oz & 2 oz) $39.99 ($65)
  • Clarisonic Mia 2 $119.99 ($149) (Costco’s return policy is a no brainer!)
  • SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel $59.99 ($78)