Mansur Gavriel: Accessory Like a Sugar Wafer

I love leather. In my mind, it's right up there with a blankey, but more stylish- the more you use it, the better you get to know it, the more lived in and "customized" it becomes, and the more comfortable you feel with it. Plus, owning/using leather is a full sensory experience: so much more than just how it looks and feels, quality leather even smells good, too. (Hey, it's not for nothing that the scent of leather is included among the mystifying base notes of Guerlain's Shalimar perfume.)

That said, these Mansur Gavriel bags speak for themselves in their unencumbered simplicity, and there's little else to add... except that they are so smooth and satin-looking, they remind me of sugar wafers... especially that pink color...

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Herbivore Botanicals Sea Mist Hair Texturizing Spray + Body Spritzer

I bought this sea mist spray because I desperately needed something to make my hair look like hair again, and not just a lost bunch of feathery gossamer threads blowing in the draft of the central heating during a long, dry winter. And I will openly admit, the name didn't hurt either ("Sea Mist"? "Texturizing"? "Lavender waves"? Anyone else think of beach hair in all its salt breeze-blown glory?). But hey, any product that delivers on its marketing deserves kudos in my book.

The first time I used this, my reaction was literally "Wow." My hair felt soft, it looked shiny again, and it even got a little "bounce". Could it have been my imagination? The placebo effect? But once my mom noticed the difference (of her own volition- no prompting necessary!) I knew it really had worked.

Just Lipstick, and That's It.

Image via Vanessa Jackman

This is more or less the makeup look I've been adhering to lately, and I can tell you, it is liberating. If you want to cut your "get ready time" down to lightening speed, this is the way to go. And to think, I always swore I'd never part ways with eye makeup, which, in my mind, was tantamount to amputating an appendage. But I've finally decided I've had enough with the unofficial rulebook of how to apply one's makeup nowadays, requiring practically professional skills to transform ourselves every single morning... shading, sculpting, highlighting... eye crease, hollows of the cheeks, etc etc etc. Personally, I'm starting to find all these extended and intricate makeup application options a bit tiring, and for what it's worth, I don't really think it makes me look much better anyway. No, I'd much prefer my makeup to look like it's complementing my face rather than masking it. It's definitely the next best thing to #wokeuplikethis.