I’m on the hunt for new blush, ladies — what are you liking? I really liked Nars Orgasm (pictured) but then it shattered (yaaaay), then I bought Tarte blush, which is OK but a bit bright for me. Do you have any bronzer/blush combos you like? Failing any good suggestions I think I’ll just get another order of Nars, which is $30 at Nordstrom. Nars Blush
2,390. That’s how many positive, 5-star reviews this sneaker has: two thousand, three hundred and ninety. Day-um. I wouldn’t wear these for aerobic workouts, but for running around town with errands or more, these look fabulous. The muted colors are a nice change from some of the more colorful shoes we’ve seen in the past, and for $75, it’s hard to go wrong. Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Ultimate 81®
Oooh: if you’re still on the hunt for cute booties, these boots from Gentle Souls look amazing — stylish, water-resistant, affordable(ish), and from Kenneth Cole’s comfort brand! (Do note that the shoes have a 2″ hidden wedge in addition to the 1.25″ visible heel.) The shoes are $250, sizes 5.5-11. Gentle Souls Balfour Boots
Happy holidays, ladies! As always, we’ll be on a reduced schedule for the next week or so, with some year-end roundup posts for you to use as new open threads, as well as some deal alerts (stay tuned — I’m excited for the sales this year!). May everyone have a lovely and calm next few days! It’s a bit of a stretch to think I’ll have time to read this holiday season, but on the OFF CHANCE I do, I thought I’d kick off this holiday open thread with a request for brain candy books. The last one that I read (and thoroughly enjoyed!) was The Royal We, authored by the ladies behind the blog Go Fug Yourself — it uses the royal romance between Kate/Wills as a jumping off point, but then makes it up from there. It’s well done and a fun, quick read, very much in the vein of a Sophie Kinsella book or the like. Ladies, what else are you reading this holiday season? Is anyone having a fun staycation, or are you traveling this season?
This shoe has 1,988 (!) positive reviews at Nordstrom, and I’m kind of digging it — it reminds me of a slightly more feminine version of Doc Martens (which I’ve been thinking about since I saw Sheryl Sandberg wearing them recently-ish in a casual outfit). I think it’s a nice look with leggings or skinny jeans for the weekend, and I like how adjustable this particular boot is, with all of the laces. I also like the zipper on the side, so you don’t actually HAVE to do the laces. Happy weekend! Steve Madden ‘Troopa’ Boot
If you or any friends happen to be into Pilates, Barre, ballet, or other studio workouts, these fun leggings may be just the thing for a little pick-me-up. I like how the bottom half of the leggings can be scrunched up or down, and how they come in a zillion colors. They’re full priced at $94, but Nordstrom has a few colors on sale for $62-$70. Alo ‘Goddess’ Ribbed Leggings