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big gray sweater + Christmas wrapping

20 Dec

big gray sweaters /

I got this sweater from Zady, and it’s my new favorite thing in the world right now. It’s the chunkiest, grayest, nondescriptest (don’t correct my grammar) sweater of my dreams. It’s big enough for three of me to fit inside. Derrick told me I look like a merchant mariner and I took that as flattery. I wore it to work on Thursday and got compliments from half the office, and I work with some f*cking stylish folks. Best sweater ever.

So anyway. There’s nothing groundbreaking about this outfit, I just wanted to document my sweater excitement. Big gray sweater + black pants + structured loafers is a pretty safe formula any day.

Aside from wearing a sweater, what have I been up to since my last post? I’ve been working my buns off at the office, alternately reading business books for business class and GoT for fun, and doing lots of arts and crafts. This time of year always makes me want to hole up in the kitchen and make things- food, crafts, whatever. I find it helps relieve holiday season stress, and in the end I usually have either a great meal or a thoughtful gift to show for it.

This weekend was mostly devoted to girl time. I went for drinks with Monica on Friday (btw, her new site is live and shopable! More on that soon) and stayed in with Heather on Saturday night. This afternoon Derrick and I are going to Japantown to look for a sake set because ’tis the season for alcohol that can be served warm.

Also I met Garance Doré a couple weeks ago and she signed my copy of Love x Style x Life. There’s photographic evidence below.
big gray sweaters /

big gray sweaters /

big gray sweaters / longleggedlady.comZady sweater, Everlane shoes, ivory + mason sunnies, Pour La Victoire bag via thredUP.

I may or may not have painted my nails to match her book like a total creepy fan but hopefully she was flattered?

Also I did some very Pinterest-y Christmas wrapping and I’m feeling quite proud. Not entirely sure how to get this home in one piece, but at least it made for a fun activity and a pretty picture I can text to the recipients. In the future I might need someone else to write my gift tags for me, however. My boss once said I have the handwriting of a serial killer and I see his point.


domestic goddess

24 Dec

I promise I’m not turning this into a DIY blog, but I just discovered how easy and awesome it is to make my own skincare products and I’m dying to share. I will keep the mason jar shots to a minimum.

DIY organic lip balm  | A few weeks ago, I was looking at some really prettily-packaged organic, all-natural, $18 lip balm, and it occurred to me that I just can’t justify paying $18 for a small container of beeswax, shea butter, vitamin e, and essential oil. At first I was thinking, they must do something really special to the ingredients, right? Like, there must be some kind of process they put this stuff through to make it usable. But then, isn’t the whole point of the organic/all-natural product movement to use ingredients that are as unadulterated as possible?

Well, I googled it a little and discovered that there doesn’t have to be any complex alchemy involved in making moisturizers. You literally just have to heat up a few things, stir in some other things, and possibly use a mixer for a few minutes.

Also, it’s incredibly inexpensive. I made 12 jars of body butter and 20 tins of lip balm for about $35 total. If I ever run out (I used a bunch of them as holiday gifts, but I still have a truckload), I’ll re-use the jars and tins, so it’ll be even cheaper.

The best part? You don’t have to follow a recipe perfectly, there’s plenty of room for interpretation. Basically, I read a ton of recipes, then bought the ingredients I liked most and just kind of put in whatever amounts of each sounded good to me.

DIY Lip Balm 

DIY lip balm  |

For the lip balm, I tried three batches, and this was my favorite version:


  • 1 oz of beeswax
  • 1 oz of shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 7 or 8 capsules of vitamin e (break them open and squeeze out oil, don’t just drop in the capsules)
  • A couple spoonfuls of sweet almond oil
  • A few drops of lavender essential oil
  • Optional – some lipstick shavings for color (I actually preferred without)

Step 1: Melt the beeswax and shea together until they’re completely liquified.

Step 2: Remove from heat and add the coconut, almond, and vitamin e, stir until they’re all melted together. This is also when you can add the lipstick shavings if you want.

Step 3: Add the essential oil (or skip this, up to you).

Step 4: Pour it into the tins, and let it sit until it hardens (takes less than 30 min, less than 5 if you put them in the fridge).

See? Stupid easy.


Lavender-Coconut Body Butter

DIY body butter  |

I made two versions of the body butter, here’s the one I liked best:


  • 1 cup of shea butter
  • 3/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of sweet almond oil
  • 10-15 vitamin e capsules (again, break them open)
  • Lavender essential oil- however much you like. I probably used about 1/2 tablespoon

Step 1: Heat up the shea and coconut until they’ve liquified

Step 2: Let it cool for about 15 minutes, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir them up.

Step 3: Put it in the fridge to cool for about 45 minutes, until it’s no longer clear and it’s starting to feel solid.

Step 4: Use a mixer and beat for 2-3 minutes, then put it into jars!

Et voila, you have a body butter that smells amazing and feels super luxurious. You can even pretend you paid $50 for it.