June! A month of mostly sunshine which means shorts of course! Most of my outfits this month revolved around my new most favoritest thing- this enormous scrunchie which I found by googling “giant scrunchie” and purchased post-haste. I found some honestly amazing things at my local thrift stores this month like a Jacquemus-esque skirt with built in shorts, a Pendleton short suit and the crochet dress of my teenage Reality Bites dreams. There are links to same or similar items in the photos, if you’re curious.
About 10 years ago I got really into Spanish food, and spent a summer working my way through a cookbook of traditional Spanish recipes. One thing that really stuck with me was Sofrito, which is the base of not only many Spanish dishes but many Latin American dishes as well. While it often has a juicy, salsa-esque consistency to it so that it can be used in rice or stew dishes, I make a sort of bastardized version of it that I serve on its own that is probably my favorite thing to eat. Lately I’ve been serving it with a watermelon heirloom salad, which is a super fresh compliment to the warm Sofrito.
- 1 pound bulk chorizo (I use organic housemade chicken or pork chorizo from Whole Foods)
- 1/4 cup cilantro, diced
- 1/2 red or sweet white onion, chopped
- 1 cup mini sweet peppers, diced
- 1/2 cup green Spanish olives
- 1 cup chopped tomatoes (I use rainbow mini ones for color but it’s good with roma or San Marzano ones as well)
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- salt and pepper to taste
- Coat a frying pan with olive oil, then add in cumin seeds & toast for about a minute over medium heat
- Add in cilantro, onion & peppers & cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes
- Add in chorizo and begin stirring, breaking up the sausage
- Add in tomatoes & olives and ground cumin & continue to stir mixture over medium heat until sausage is browned and most of the liquid has evaporated
- Stir in spinach until it is lightly wilted/cooked, then add salt & pepper to taste and serve
WATERMELON & HEIRLOOM TOMATO SALAD
- 4 cups watermelon- cut into 1/4″ pieces
- 2 large heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2″ pieces
- Handful of mint leaves, chopped
- For the Dressing: 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar (can sub white wine vinegar)
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (can sub tamari/soy sauce)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Pinch of dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Cut up the watermelon & tomatoes and put into a large bowl
- Mix the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl & whisk together
- Sprinkle mint over melon & tomato, then drizzle dressing over it and mix together until entirely covered in dressing & serve
Over the last 5-ish years I’ve become somewhat skincare obsessed. A combination of having a baby and seeing my face’s downhill slide to 40 put me in crisis mode. I had all the things- redness, giant pores, saggy baggy jowly ness and suitcases under my eyes. I spent a lot of time and way more money than I’d like to admit trying to turn the ship around. I took advantage of every sample I could get my hands on, and bought things cheaply on ebay or with coupons and gift cards. I finally settled into a routine that worked, one that made me feel much more comfortable walking down the street without a paper bag over my head. Then I realized that all of the products I had come by would soon run out, and I would have to buy them all all over again.
I had to take a hard look at my costs, and figure out what had to go and what could be spared. I wanted to keep the structure of my routine (double cleansing, chemical exfoliation, niacinamide, vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, retinol & spfs), but find some cheaper versions of products I loved. There were things that I was not willing to part with (Bioderma Micellar Water, Dr. Dennis Gross Peels for special occasions, Clarin’s cellulite cream & Nars’ Orgasm blush, to be specific). There were also things I was afraid to give up and found the cheaper alternative surprisingly good (Paula’s Choice actually does more for my skin than holy grail P50 Lotion). There were definitely some failed experiments (many self-tanner related) but ultimately I think I found the good shit, and cut my costs in half. First, I had to do an honest accounting of my costs:
- Bioderma Micellar Water– $15/ every 8 months= $22.50/year
- Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser– $35/year
- Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm– $60 every 6 months= $120/year
- Peter Thomas Roth Eyelid Lift Serum– $85/year
- Murad Retinol Eye Cream– $85/year
- Strivectin Neck Cream– $95 every 8 months= $142.50/year
- P50 Lotion– $67 every 6 months= $134/year
- Dr. Dennis Gross Peels– $40 every 6 mos= $80 a year
- Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Serum– $58/year
- Kate Somerville Retinol– $83/year (use coupon for 15% off)
- Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Serum– $95 every 8 months= $142.50/year
- La Roche Posay Moisturizer– $20/year
- Clarins Cellulite Cream– $35 for 2 mos (used only in warm months)x2= $70/year
- Tan Towels– $24 every 10 weeks=$124.80/year
Skincare Total= $1,202.30/year
- La Mer Skin Tint– $95 every 8 months=$142.50/year
- Chanel Gel Eyeliner- $35/year
- YSL Touche Eclat Concealer– $35 every 8 months=$52.50/year
- Glossier Haloscope Highlighter- $22/year
- Kush Mascara– $24/year
- Nars Orgasm Blush– $30 every 2 years= $15/year
- Benefit Gimme Brow– $24/year
Makeup Total: $315/year
CHANGES MADE TO SAVE $$:
- Swap Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm ($120/year) for Versed Cleansing Balm– $18 twice a year= $36/year
- Swap P50 Lotion ($134/year) for Paula’s Choice– $29.50 every 8 months= $44.16/year
- Swap Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior ($142.50/year) for Peach & Lilly Glass Skin Serum– $39 every 8 months= $58.50/year
- Swap Peter Thomas Roth Eyelid Lift ($85/year) for Avon Dual Lift– $18/year
- Swap Murad Retinol Eye Cream ($85/year) for ROC Retinol Eye Cream– $18/year
- Swap Strivectin Neck Cream ($142.50/year) to Yeouth Neck Cream– $25.95 every 8 months= $38.92/year
- Swap Kate Somerville Retinol ($83/year) for A313= $17.30/year
- Swap Dr Dennis Gross C+ Serum ($58/year) for Dr. Brenner Vitamin C Serum– $17 every 6 months= $34/year
- Swap Tan Towels ($124.80/year) to Up & Up Self Tanner– $5.50/month= $66/year
From $974.80 to $330.80/year
Skincare Total from $1,202.30 to $558.30/year
- Swap La Mer Skin Tint ($142.50/year) to YSL Touche Eclat– $48 twice a year= $96/year
- Swap Chanel Eyeliner ($35/year) to Maybelline Eyestudio Eyeliner– $8/year
- Swap Touche Eclat concealer ($52.50/year) to Becca concealer– $32/year
- Swap Glossier Haloscope ($22/year) to Flower Beauty Highlighter- $10/year
- Swap Kush Mascara ($24/year) for L’Oreal Double Extend– $10/year
- Swap Gimme Brow ($24/year) to Flower Bubble Brow- $10/year
From $300 to $166
Makeup Total from $315/year to $181/year
Total Skincare+Makeup From $1,517.30 to $739.30/year
Maybe it’s just me, but this sudden summer shit has me tripp-i.n.g. I feel like I don’t have a thing to wear in triple digit heat, not one thing! So here are my ideal summer things, highly necessary for the hotness. And put a seashell on it!
- A Peacy Beachy Mini Dress. The Real Real is having a big sale r.n. and I want this little yellow Prada dress, this satin peach pleated Miu Miu one, or this adorable lil’ Kenzo one. All would look swell over bike shorts, by the by.
- A Midi Length Dinner Dress. To be worn over or after a swimsuit to show off your faux tan. Like this extra hot vintage Gucci ruched dress, this knit Kenzo dress, or this sweet gingham apron dress.
- A Pair of Easy Breezy Palazzo Pants. Like these amaze tea towel JW Anderson ones, these vintage white pleated ones, or these copper Dries Van Noten ones.
- A Functional- dare I say utilitarian- Pair of Shorts. Like these Proenza Schouler ones, these JW Anderson bermudas, or these Mango bike shorts (which are a total MNZ facsimile).
- A Bra Top. Can’t get enough of the bra over t-shirt look these days. These vintage 90s ones are a dream, and I am dying dead over this Orseund Iris tube top, and also this pearl bra that looks crazy great over a blazer.
- A Stunner of a Swimsuit. Like this white polka dot belted one, this adorable white shirred crinkle ruffled bikini, or this amaze vintage Bill Blass sea shell & starfish embellished one piece.
- A Mini Bag. Like this very extra great vintage toile print basket bag, this red vintage pleated bag, or this L.A.M.B. baguette which suddenly looks hella good to my eyes again.
- Seashell Jewelry. In love with all of these little seashell stud earrings, these sweet shell earrings, and this pretty pretty shell anklet.
- Seashell Encrusted Sandals. Really into this high heel thongs craze that’s sweeping the nation. Here are some Manolo Blahnik heeled thongs with seashells on them, and some most dreamy Manolo Blahnik canvas mules with a big pile of seashells on them, and some extra cute vintage 90s Sam & Libby slides with more shells on them.
- A Hat with a Strap. Here is a real cool Madewell hat with a gingham strap, or how about a camo bucket hat? And here is a cheap-o Jacquemus knockoff Frenchy straw hat that may or may not arrive intact.
- My favorite past time is looking through 80s Esprit catalog pictures.
- This is gold: exactly what is happening to your body during each phase of your period.
- Good article about this new trend of “influencer” “astrologers” called The Fault in Their Stars.
- 3 women from 3 different countries that actually provide universal child care describe how it works for each of them.
- Love this piece: An Argument Against the Kon-Mari Method.
- And this one about the goldmine of estate sales.
- A great interview with Chloe Sevigny, whom I adore.
- Maryam Nassir Zadeh made a wedding dress and it’s so good that I want to get married again.
- Interesting look at how successful the marriages of people with divorced parents are.
- Favorite things we’ve watched recently are the latest Dave Letterman shows (esp. the Tiffany Haddish & Ellen DeGeneres interviews which made me cry real tears), the super authentic film Mid 90s, and the incredibly disturbing When They See Us.
I’ll preface this with a rant of sorts: I tend to think of Amazon as the new fast fashion. It’s low hanging fruit- that ever-so-seductive mix of instant gratification, variety and affordability. Things that are made who knows where, who knows how, by who knows who. You also have to factor in the additional environmental impact of Amazon’s mega wasteful over packaging, and the legions of drivers that they have adding to traffic congestion (1 delivery for every 8 Americans daily) to make the 7 day a week deliveries. That being said- I keep my orders to a minimum, and try to only buy things I can’t find locally. Okay, rant over- here’s some cool shit!
- I’m really into these turtlenecks, they give you the mesh/sheer look with the sleeves without showing off your actual boobies. Plus they have ruffle collars!
- I never knew I needed toile print socks so bad, but I really do! These over the knee ones and also these crew ones.
- I love a grid-print moleskin, I use them for journaling, drawing, collage, lists, all kinda things. This set of 6 is the jam.
- These are my fave summer pajamas.
- These satin scrunchies are adorable. 40 of them is a lot, so I give them out as little gifts.
- I have a childhood memory of going with a friend’s mother into San Francisco to the big Macy’s in Union Square to buy Isotoner gloves, and seeing their little ballet slippers in paper boxes and wanting them soooo bad. I wear them every day, they’re real comfy.
- Black satin ribbon for hair bows, shoe laces, ankle bows, neck ties, and wrapping all the gifts.
- I love these little unbreakable plates that are made of wheat straw instead of plastic. Great for kids to use and practice washing dishes with.
- I love a ruched shirred tube top for summer a la Carrie Bradshaw.
- When I was in Paris I would go into pretty much every little Citypharma I would walk by because holy crap, so many dope little items. I’ve been searching for a cheaper alternative to $100+/-ish Retinol products and I found this French vitamin A which is affordable and works like a charm.
- Pink Amaryllis Belladonna flowers in August are my fave raves. I can never find them in nurseries or the Home Deeps, but Amazon came through.
- I found the perfect pair of bike shorts at the thrift shop, and they made me want more. These guys are long enough to cover my cellulite, and high waisted enough to hide my mom pooch.
A few snaps from around the house and town. A new rug, a thrifted pair of last season’s Jacquemus jeans, a new book on Yves Saint Laurent, discarded art, the beginning of Peony season and my guys.