Winter Accessories and Other Random Things

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Now that it finally feels like winter in New York, I've been able to pull out my much-loved cozy accessories for this time of year. They're my absolute favorite things to shop for and I know a lot of people feel that way too, so I thought I'd get out a couple of my favorites to share. 

I bought this scarf at The Gap with my cousins a few weekends ago, and I positively cannot stop raving about it. One of my cousins had bought one the previous year and drove the rest of them mad trying to find another, when we stumbled across the whole range on sale! Despite its terrific price ($17 on sale, roughly $30 regular) it's extremely good quality and feels a lot more expensive than it actually was, a bit like cheap cashmere. But what really makes this item a staple in my closet is its size. Most scarves are either too thin to actually be of use or too thick and knitted that they just bulk up and quadruple the diameter of my already fat neck. This one is incredibly warm, full enough to look plumped up around my neck, but thin enough to be incredibly versatile. It's also plenty long and wide enough to serve as a shawl, which really came in handy while visiting relatives in their freezing houses! The pattern range they have is also gorgeous, ranging from bright colors and plaids to more toned-down neutrals like the one I have. Unfortunately, they're not available on the website (as far as I can tell), but if you see them in the store, definitely take a look and cop a feel! 

My scarf-photographing skills are clearly tremendous. It's not a towel, Leili!
I know, I know, but I was trying to show all the colors!

Now we need to talk about this hat.

I have a love/hate relationship with this hat. Some days I wake up in love with it and proceed to pick out an outfit that coordinates with it perfectly. Other days I look at it and wonder if I went drunk shopping again. The weird thing is that it's actually the same features of the hat that I love or sometimes hate. When I first bought it at Urban Outfitters last year, I adored the vintage, 1940s feel it had (my friend called it my Mrs. Dalloway hat) and the polished, put together effect it had on anything I wore. But sometimes I look at it now and think it looks too overdone to the point of being ridiculous--or that I'm not one of those stylish Meatpacking girls who can pull it off. It's also not the most practical of all headwear, as it prevents me from wearing headphones properly and can't exactly be scrunched up and tossed in my schoolbag like a beanie. Maybe this season I'll find an equally fabulous hat that's a little more wearable. For now, though, I'll continue loving it and/or being disgusted by it. 

In other news...
  • I'm had more than enough of my acne. Really. I don't care if my dermatologist has to blast my face with napalm. I want every damn pimple gone, and I want it now.
  • Does anyone else think Fresh has a different formulation for their mini Sugar Lip Treatments? I have the regular size one in rose and I don't really care for it the same way I do with their original balm because it's too melty and tends to cake up on my lips. I got the little one in a kit, though, and it's perfect--everything I wish the big size was! Was it just a fluke with the one I got, or something about having to make the balm in a smaller size?
  • What the hell did InStyle do to Jennifer Garner's face? Between the crackhead eyeliner and Photoshop, she's completely unrecognizable! Easy on the airbrushing, people! (Though that sweater does look very snuggly.)
  • In the middle of reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera and am really loving it. It had to be abruptly set aside, though, for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy since I'm going to see the movie with my family tomorrow night and you know how I feel about watching film adaptations before reading the book. I'd be excited about a thrilling spy/traitor movie anyway, but to be completely honest, Colin Firth is half the reason I'm going. =)

Some more studying to do, and then I might reward myself with a salted caramel hot chocolate from Starbucks and Chocolat in bed. 

Any day that ends with Johnny Depp is a good one!

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