“So my best friend told me…”
I love when my big sisters or my best friends share with me something they’ve discovered that’s sort of a secret but is a game changer, problem solver or is just a flat out sheer delight. In the last post, Mara shared her favorites of the year and I want to pass along the faves that my besties have shared with me in 2018.
Early this year, my super stylish and super fun and funny sister Stacy encouraged me to buy this Gucci leather belt and it turned into an Anniversary/Birthday gift from my husband. Stacy promotes a specific shopping philosophy that’s based on the very smart, sound theory of “amortization”. So, although this belt is admittedly expensive, my cost-per-use is excellent as I have worn it non-stop. This Gucci belt upgrades every outfit, from my vintage Moussy jeans to the classic but cool Theory suit I’ve been wearing on job interviews.
Mindy, my very fit very young friend, showed up at our yoga class with this swanky looking MZ Wallace yoga mat bag and it clearly makes the cut for 2018 faves. It’s made with that the designer’s instantly identifiable puffy nylon fabric, and comes with a crossbody strap and a drawstring closure. It’s super light and has a pocket for keys/phone/money and will be perfect with my favorite Lole mat (so cushy and light). And a nice girl in the dressing room tipped me off to these useful Body Wipes – for when you get the chance to run to the gym but still need to topple the patriarchy for the rest of the day and want to smell good while you do it.
Mara, our fashion bestie of all time, made sure to give me the heads up on this Olio E Osso three-pack, which all together keep you perfectly moisturized, enlivened and highlighted. The No. 2 French Melon is a universally flattering pink – I keep it with me always, and use it as a quick pick-me-up for my cheeks and lips. The 3-pack also makes a great gift item, just sayin’.
When my SF BFF Shannon pulled this Botkier Moto wallet out of her purse, I was like - Eureka! At long last, the perfect wallet, slim with a well-organized interior. It holds lots of credit cards, has room for unfolded cash, and has one simple snap. This wallet is thin but holds everything you need. The black is very moto, but I like it in the winter grey so you can find it more easily when you look into your bag. I have been on the search to replace a wallet my sister gave me 10 years ago which was embarrassingly shabby and worn out, but hard to part with.
My gorgeous friend Karen and her equally hunky husband have an adorable new puppy and are spending a lot of lazy Sundays by the fire, playing with Ellie Mae and basically killing the New York Times crossword puzzle (yep, they are smarty pants). They have a good slipper game with these fleece-lined wool LL Bean Daybreak. There’s lots of patterns (like a dog, a cat, lobsters!) but the Daybreak look so great on a winter morning. You can just lounge around inside, or you can even run some errands in them.
I kept getting holiday emails featuring incredible outfits with metallic red boots from one of my favorite designers, Anine Bing. I didn’t think I could pull off anything like that off – but my chic sister Elyse encouraged me to give these red Patrizia Pepe Ankle boots a go. Well, they’ve officially made the 2018 Favorite List. I’ve worn them with all holiday outfits for every party this month and they make me feel and look like like a GD Super Hero.
My friend Jen is always on the go and she told me about this make-up bag – the 20” Lay-n-Go cosmetic bag. When you travel or bring your make-up to the office to freshen up before you go out at night – you just pull open the drawstring and you can see all your cosmetics at once. You’re not rooting around a big black hole (we’ve all been there). There’s a little zipped pocket for jewelry and a way to keep the brushes organized. Plus it’s easily machine washable, so you don’t have to keep looking at that ugly smudge of lipstick, blush and mascara for the rest of your life. The other bit of travel magic is the flat toiletry Ebag – it is a true miracle, it stores so much stuff and packs flat.
And last (but hopefully not least), not everyone can compost, but our home is in a neighborhood that is part of a NYC pilot program and we have officially gone Composting Crazy. It’s actually shocking how much less garbage we create. We needed a chic composting bin for the kitchen and my neighbor up the street found this bamboo pail that looks sort of like a Chinese take-out container. It’s at the MOMA if you can believe it!
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