I ordered this Kowtow dress from Covet & Lou with their mother’s day discount over the weekend because I wanted a slightly more structured, button front black dress. Black is my color, ultimately, although I am enjoying wearing brighter colors now. It plays nicely with my hair, and allows me to wear more color in my accessories, which I obviously didn’t do yesterday, but could have haha. Anyway, it reminds me of sort of a 70’s style maternity/tent dress, and I’m not mad about it. It’s so oversized, and comes with a belt I could have worn, but didn’t want to. I loved it and wore it all day comfortably; I felt sort of glam in it.
I wish Kowtow wasn’t so difficult to find in the US. It’s one of the most impressive sustainable/ethical brands out there, and has very generous fits/styles for myriad body types. You can find it on Garmentory, but many of the boutiques are overseas, or in New Zealand specifically, and come with very high shipping charges.
I went to Nordstrom yesterday to return an online order and ended up buying an expensive, not “clean” or natural in any way lip color, this YSL Tatouage Couture Matte lip stain in Neutral Underground. I have this Vapour Lip gloss in Fearless which I really love, and this one by Kjaer Weiss, which introduced me to purple/lilac lip color, but man, I HATE using my fingers to apply lip stuff. I did buy a small retractable lip brush to use with the Kjaer Weiss color, but never use it.
I feel a little guilty about the purchase but not really. I believe in the 80/20 rule, as in giving myself about a 20% leeway in terms of buying/doing the “right” things so I’m going to let go and just enjoy my new lip color.
As you know, I’ve felt very out of sorts lately, being sick and pregnant will do that to you. I’m trying not to spend a lot of time outside, because I think that makes the coughing worse, and I haven’t been to Pure Barre in more than a week, so I’m not getting my usual exercise. I’ve neglected taking care of my nails, and haven’t really paid much attention to my “appearance” lately, and I’m starting to feel it.
It’s such a small thing, but I ALWAYS feel better when my nails are nicely manicured, not necessarily painted, but that helps too. I pick at my cuticles a lot and if my hands/nails look nice, I tend not to do it as much. So today I’m forcing myself to go get a pedicure (I can’t do my toes very well by myself anymore!!) today and over the weekend I’m going to do my at-home manicure – maybe red nails?
That’s also where the lip color comes in. I’m specifically crushing hard on LaTonya Yvette lately and her amazing smile + beautiful lip colors. I want to do a better job of wearing something pretty on my lips; it makes me FEEL GOOD even if I don’t.
I’m so bored with everything I’ve read lately so I won’t even mention what that was. I did start the last Discovery of Witches book last night and I’m looking forward to that (I don’t know why I didn’t read it when I read the other two…). I also bought Cribsheet by Emily Oster who also wrote Expecting Better which I LOVED. She’s an economist who dives deep into the data associated with all the parenting studies we see summarized in headlines and debunks some assumptions we have about breastfeeding, co-sleeping, etc. She’s on a recent episode of Freakonomics also if you’d rather hear a synopsis; it was very good.
Oh, I wanted to ask for your input. I got a trial subscription to Audible and then forgot to cancel it so I have a couple more credits in my account, but I have no idea what books to listen to, as opposed to read, if that makes sense. I decided to try audible because I thought it might be easier to listen to a book rather than read one once baby comes, but I’m struggling trying to decide what type of book to listen to. I have never listened to an audio book so I don’t know exactly what I was thinking…
I’m watching Victoria, which I’m OBSESSED with and will be so sad when I’m all caught up and can’t binge on anymore. I am such a sucker for historical dramas.
Game of Thrones. Sigh. I’ve really enjoyed the TV series, but I’m ready for it to be over honestly, although I still consider the first couple of books the absolute BEST fantasy series ever written. And I’ve read pretty much all of them. It shocked me and drew me in way back when I read the books, same with the tv series. I’m not as disappointed as many fans at the latest turn of events, it’s par for the course for the series, and honestly, I didn’t expect it to end in the way it seemed like it might end – nothing has ever gone as expected in Game of Thrones…
I really need/want to repot several plants, buy some for outdoors, clean my office, work on my quilt, etc., over the weekend, but I probably won’t do any of that if I’m being realistic. I just haven’t felt like doing much. Next week my dad and stepmom are coming for a visit so I’m very excited about that, and hopefully I’ll feel more “normal” so we can eat and shop all week, as we do when we get together 🙂
What have you bought, read and done lately??