Weekly Wishlist: Life of a Salesman

A special Weekly Wishlist celebrating the 50% off Spring/Summer at Moda Operandi!!! Use code FRIENDS at checkout.

  1. Alternatively, DIY this choker with craft store jewels and my favorite one dollar accessory.
  2. Live your dream of looking like a crocheted watermelon.
  3. These shorts are exactly what the flamenco girl emoji would wear if she ever dressed down.
  4. Smoking = bad for your health. This Smoking Essentials shirt = good for your closet.
  5. Don fluttery falsies and a coral lip and you, too, can be an adorable heart face lady.

Five Articles of Clothing I’m Letting Go Of This Spring, Illustrated

1. Forever 21 “Not My Fault” Fuzzy White Crop Top

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Luckily this top is cropped and thus sized to fit an actual baby, a.k.a. the only person for which a tiny, fluffy tee shirt sporting a petulant statement is actually kind of appropriate!

2. Denim Jacket with Single Flower Patch on the Back

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While this $25 jacket was once the proud owner of multiple floral patches, they all had to be unceremoniously ripped off when the iron-on glue holding them to the fabric began to fail (there’s a metaphor in here somewhere). Nothing like a singular patch and subtle armpit sweat stains to inject a bolt of originality.

3. Plaid Wool Midi Skirt

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Thrifted during my “member of a Parisian girl gang” phase, this skirt had a waist small enough that it likely caused organ damage and, when paired with a blue velvet crop top, had the effect of being a sartorial mullet: business (Jesuit private school student) on the bottom, party (90s club kid) on the top.

4. “Vintage” (read: Mom’s) Black Sweater

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Sentimental value aside, this thing had more pills than a pharmacy.

5. American Apparel Polka Dot Babydoll Dress

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At 5’4, you’d think I’d stand not-so-tall enough for this dress to cover my buttcheeks, and yet…♥

Weekly Wishlist: Pink is the New Black

  1. Concept: this wrap top paired with denim flares and these sandals.
  2. This is the unsexiest clothing item imaginable and, yet, somehow, I need it.
  3. The perfect skirt for fans of millennial pink and tiered cakes.
  4. Your new summer must-have: a one-piece moonlighting as a bikini.
  5. Channel Harry Styles in all-over florals. ♥

Secret Style Icon: Harry Styles

All images via Pinterest.

When I was 14 years old, I had my life all figured out. I was going to be a famous actress, I was going to have the legs of Cameron Diaz, and I was going to marry Harry Styles while dressed in a White by Vera Wang wedding gown, which in my pubescent opinion was the height of wedding couture. Also, the gown would be pink.

And now? Now I just kind of want to be Harry Styles. For an international pop sensation, he’s strangely enigmatic, and he has an admirable ability to pull off prints that in any other situation would be most at home in your grandmother’s living room.

What does it take to dress like Harry Styles? Start with iconic hair: either shoulder length rock star locks, or a 60s Beatle haircut à la his look in Another Man. Then pull out your silks and florals – anything Miranda Priestly of The Devil Wears Prada would scoff at and a vintage curtain collector (do these people exist?) would delight in. Keep your pants tight and the front of your shirt open. Bonus points for a hairless but heavily tattooed chest.

If you’re more of a dip-your-toe-in type, start with a bomber jacket (Exhibits A and B).

Or dive in with a floral suit.

And when in doubt, you could always go work in a bakery. ♥

Nina Banerji, Linguistics Major

A discussion with Nina Banerji, champion of “eclectic witchy glamour punk” aesthetic.

TW: This interview includes discussion of eating disorders, body image and weight.

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You have great skin. What’s your secret?

[Laughs] My secret is that I just have good genes. Well, no! That’s false – I do have a secret which is like, when I do get acne, which thank the acne gods I don’t very often – knock on wood – I use this thing that is Wintergreen something or other by Biotique. I always got it in India but I think that it is also available in the US. And in India it costs like 50 rupees for a jar which is like a buck for a jar. Which, you know, the jars are small, but one jar has lasted me two years and counting.

Name one makeup product you couldn’t live without.

Colourpop lipstick. The one I’m wearing right now is Notion. It is so good. It is a beautiful color that goes perfectly with my skin, which is rare, and goes perfectly with my hair, which is dyed red, about the same color, a little darker. Goes perfectly with my boots. And it lasts all day and doesn’t come off when I kiss people on the cheek, so that’s all that I could ask for. And, again, affordable. Costs like five bucks. (Correction: Notion retails for $6 on colourpop.com)

How does beauty play into your various intersecting identities?  How do you express yourself through makeup and fashion?

So, it’s really a thing for me, it’s part of my identity to be like, bold lipstick. Big heavy dark brows, big bold dark lipstick, long dark hair. And that’s like my Look, capital L. And big dark boots. I love the big dark boots. I actually drew a self portrait in still life that was just a pair of boots and a pair of stilettos, and that was how I described my identity as gender fluid. And even just right now, what I’m wearing is really feminine with the cute dress, the flowers and whatever, and then the boots to make it a little bit more androgynous, a little bit more punk, a little bit less…normal, I guess. I try to just…not entirely defy the norm, because I’m not courageous enough for that, but just tweak it, make it my own. So makeup plays a very big part in that, because I don’t really feel together until I have lipstick on. But also, if we’re talking about intersecting identities, being Indian, makeup is meaningful to me because I’m proud of my dark, thick eyebrows, and I’m proud of my round eyes, which make my face look more Indian to me. So I usually try to pick makeup that emphasizes that.

I know that fashion played a big part in my eating disorder recovery and I wondered if that had anything to do with your recovery. (Ed. Note: Nina is currently in treatment for anorexia.)

A big part actually. I mean, I know that a lot of the work that I have to do while I’m in treatment this time is getting rid of sick clothes. Because when I was, last semester, at my lowest weight, that was also when I felt most confident in my body and most confident in my fashion sense and I wore a lot of really tight clothes and I wore a lot of really revealing clothes that I just don’t really feel comfortable in anymore, and as I’m going through the refeeding process they just don’t fit anymore. But I also, when I was in my disorder, I did a lot of discovering about my fashion sense. So what I’m trying to do is rebuild myself from the bottom up in terms of fashion. Get rid of clothes that are too small, that are sick clothes that I don’t feel comfortable in anymore and replace them with things that just make me feel good that are in the same vibe that I worked really, really hard to create last semester. I think that it’s really important to spread the idea that fashion is fashion no matter the size of the person wearing it and that bodies of all sizes and shapes are beautiful and it’s what you wear, how you carry yourself, how you express yourself through what you wear that matters. I guess my point is that, trying to take the confidence and self-expression that I got mainly from being thin and turn that into something that is about my fashion sense and about me. I think that looking at the people around who me who are also in treatment, they often try to hide the process they’re going through under loose clothing, and I’m like, I don’t want to do that. I want to learn to be proud of my body so I want to show it off as it changes and love every transitional phase that I go through. ♥

Weekly Wishlist: Need for Tweed

 

  1. These slides with a floaty dress: charming. However, with a structured khaki jumpsuit: infinitely cooler.
  2. Is tweed back? Can we all agree to bring it back? Let’s start with this Zara shortsuit.
  3. Not only is this foundation organic, it also comes in a refillable compact, because sustainable.
  4. A skin-baring but somehow less blush-inducing alternative to those Vetements x Levi jeans.
  5. After months of bulky sweaters, there’s nothing more refreshing than breaking out fun little springtime numbers like this one. ♥

Shannon Mewes, College Student

This week I chatted with my friend Shannon Mewes, a Japanese major at Wellesley College and ardent Sephora sample enthusiast.

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Tell me about a staple product in your routine. Then tell me about a magical product that’s amazing, but maybe not like, practical for everyday use.

Okay…I’m trying to think of what my go-to item is. I think I would have to go with witch hazel, just the kind that you can buy at the grocery store. I don’t know what else is in it, if there’s anything else; it’s just the facial astringent stuff. It costs like seven dollars (correction: witch hazel retails for $3.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond) and it is so cleansing, and it’s a little drying, but you just put on it on a cotton ball and wipe your face and you are clean. I live and die smelling like witch hazel.

My absolute magical product that is great and miraculous and revolutionary for my face but is absolutely prohibitively expensive is Fresh Cosmetics Seaberry Face Oil. It is so expensive, which is to say like $65 (correction: the face oil retails for $52 at Sephora), but it’s so luxurious. It makes me feel like I am made out of clouds and fairy whispers. I got a little sample size of it that’s like an inch tall, and, you know, I made it last because I realized quickly it was mystical and beautiful. But it only lasted through summer break, and so I’ve tried to fill the void, but nothing quite replicates the softness. It’s moisturizing; I put it in my hair. It’s good for dry skin; I put it on my knees or whatever. You will be so soft. I absolutely recommend it if you have money, which I don’t.

What’s a product you’re itching to try, or something you’ve tried recently that you love?

When I was in New York a group of friends and I went to a Sephora, which it turned out had just opened that day, like we were at the grand opening, so first of all none of the samples had been used yet. Like none of the testers, I mean. It was transcendental. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Of course I tried like a million things, and then I was like, you know what, I’m gonna do a full face with just testers in Sephora, and no one can stop me. So I tried a bunch of stuff, and I tried a few products by Milk Makeup, and I found that some of the products were kind of underwhelming. I tried the lip markers and they were kind of [makes disappointed noise]. But the Ubame mascara is very easily the best mascara I’ve ever used. I am in love with it and it’s $24 and I absolutely cannot justify spending that on a mascara in my current financial situation. But it was perfect. It enveloped my lashes in the nicest way, and it didn’t make them stick together or anything. It just made them long and black and beautiful.

I think a lot about beauty and skincare in a world where beauty is a pretty rigidly defined thing. And maybe for this reason, a lot of people might say loving skincare and makeup is unfeminist or impractical or subscribing to some sort of unattainable ideal – how do you deal with that, or counter it?

I’m sort of trying to sort of disabuse myself of those notions still. I’ve learned a lot from the internet and…I feel like there is a beauty and makeup canon, sort of, and I think a lot of it is pretty normative. But I think out of necessity, because not everything that is popular or “the right way to do things” works for me, I have had to sort of forge my own path, so to speak, and that has sort of opened the door for me to really thinking about why certain things are done the way they are, and kind of challenging what I know, and kind of embracing weirdness and imperfection. I can’t contour because I have completely convex cheeks. I have the cheeks of a zoo pal, and if I contour I just look dirty. At least if I contour my cheeks. So part of it has been realizing that not everything works for me, like that, but then also sort of forging my own way to do it. I do contour sometimes, but in different ways. Sort of under my chin, and sort of on my temples, because I find that makes my face a slightly less circular shape. So, you know, I have come to terms with the fact that I am an orb, that contouring is going to be a crapchute, and that I, you know, I can’t apply blush the same way that skinny diamond shaped people can do, because it’ll look weird. And so I have by merit of not looking like a beauty blogger, I guess, I kind of had to come into that on my own. And then seeing people talk about, you know, weird beauty and nonstandard beauty and the reasoning behind making the beauty choices they do, has sort of formed my decision to be more conscious of what I’m doing and why. ♥