the summer bag edit

it seems like i do “what’s in my bag” posts quite often these days, but they are so fun!  i will never apologize!
bb summer bag edit1.jpgthis canvas and leather bucket bag from teranishi studio is extremely special to me, and one of the most “me” purchases i feel like i’ve made in a long time.  when i saw christine of chrissstttiiine show it in a video and on instagram, i knew it was the bag of my dreams.  it was out of stock for quite a while but i was able to snap it up when it made a brief reappearance last fall.  it’s the perfect every day summer bag – though it does have only a hand/arm strap and not a shoulder strap, i don’t mind it as much as i thought i might.  it carries a ton without feeling too heavy or putting strain on the bag.  i look forward to using this bag for years to come – i know it will only get better with summer bag edit2.jpgon to the stuff:

baggu small pouch wallet

ray-ban wayfarers

sephora compact mirror

nars mini creamy concealer in vanilla

bite beauty lip gloss in rambutan

kosas lipstick in stardust

burt’s bees grapefruit lip balm

herbacin kamille hand lotion

le pen

the dollhouse by fiona davis

hair things

postcardsbb summer bag edit3.jpgso there you go!  a very typical spread for summertime.  and this is really what i had in there – you can see in that first picture that i just dumped my bag out hehe.

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the wishlist


white vans // i just got new white supergas last summer, but for whatever reason i’m not feeling them for spring as much as usual.  i’m a total vans girl, so i’m considering either the all white authentic ($50) or the all white old skool ($55).  leaning towards the old skool.

all natural eye cream // ok, call me crazy, but i think i’m seeing some major eye wrinkles happening.  and not like crow’s feet smile lines.  like…under my eye bag wrinkles.  really i saw a picture of myself and there was either a shadow or a wrinkle present, but i’m not taking any chances.  so i’m looking for an all natural eye cream and am considering either the skinowl eye+ ($46) or the youth to the people eye cream ($35, insert really long name here).  i actually tried youth to the people’s face wash and moisturizer when they first came out and returned them to sephora.  they weren’t bad products by any means but they were really expensive and not worth it, in my opinion.  the eye cream, however, sounds right up my alley and not too badly priced.  let me know if you have any opinions on these.

kathleen whitaker gold staple studs // i used to have a pair of similar earrings but lost one of them, so i occasionally put the other in my second piercing.  but the kathleen whitaker pair is so beautiful and i just want them ok!!!!!  sadly they are ridiculously expensive and sold separately which really irritates me ($40 each), so they may remain on the wishlist indefinitely.

baggu leather tote in saddle // ($180 – these have definitely gone up in price.  weren’t they $160 before?!) ok this is a purchase that is definitely happening in the near future.  i love all things baggu; the leather is ridiculous soft and luscious and well made.  i actually had one of their totes in blue, but i wasn’t crazy on the color so i eventually sold it on ebay.  the saddle is such a classic color and it will look amazing as it gets worn in and beat up.

tell me, my shopping instigators, what’s on your wishlist?

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the bohemian-approved gift guide

i’ve seen a lot of holiday gift guides circling the internet, but most of them include extremely high end items.  when it comes to gifting, i find that something small but thoughtful is always more effective than something expensive but random.  so here’s my gift guide for any fellow financially challenged bohemians… 😉
IMG_0002.jpgfor the plant parent //
is anything cuter than a tiny succulent in an equally tiny pot?  this is kind of the same theme as the jewelry dishes, but it’s super easy to find cute, small pots that would fit a small succulent or cactus.  i have found mine in various places, mainly garden shops and anthropologie, but thrift shops are also beacons for little ceramic items.  this little pink one ($12) from anthropologie would be gorgeous with a small cactus.  you can get really small succulents at any home and garden shop; i got my first ever cactus at home depot for $3!

for the jewelry lover // i am a huge collector of little dishes and bowls in which i can store jewelry.  cute dishes can be found anywhere – anthropologie, urban outfitters, thrift shops – and are usually in the $5-$15 range.  try to think about what your giftee might put in these dishes: if he/she wears a lot of rings, maybe go for something larger.  if they wear teeny earrings, something small like this muji one ($4.50) is super cute and can be chosen in their favorite color.  i’m also loving this one ($14) from anthro (it’s actually a soap dish but i love it for jewels!) and this one ($15) from etsy.

for the card carrier // i pretty much always use a small pouch instead of a regular wallet.  they are amazing for switching into a small purse, having only the basics, and keeping yourself organized.  when i have my big wallet it is filled with receipts and crap that i never look at and do not need.  so why not gift a fun little pouch or cardcase to your friend that has it all and then some?  my all time favorite pouch wallet is from a company called falconwright that sadly went out of business.  i try not to use it so much anymore since it’s getting pretty worn out and i love it so dearly.  i got my little green pouch ($38 but used to be $25 unfortunately) from baggu last winter and it has been my constant companion – despite that fact that it makes things a little bit hard to find (my friend andrew used to always yell at me when i could never find my debit card hehe!  but the pouch remains a firm favorite).  my oldest sister swears by this pouch ($29.50) from madewell and i love it because it has card pockets inside for more organization.  and if you really wanted to treat a loved one, i think it would be awesome to fill the pouch with one or a couple gift cards to their favorite places!

for the beauty junkie // it seems like most of the items i buy at sephora are miniature from their checkout/travel beauty section.  they have some great hidden gems tucked in that aisle that i think get sadly ignored, esepcially when it comes to gift giving.  while cosmetics can be tricky to buy for someone else unless mentioned specifically, i think it’s fun to get a couple cute treats that everyone would love.  some of my favorites at sephora right now are the too cool for school dinoplatz lip balm in various colors (i have spilled wine, $15), tarte tartelette tease palette ($21), clinique take the day off makeup remover ($9.50), and sephora daily brush cleaner ($8.50).  these are all minis that i have either given or received, and i think they would make great gifts for anyone, regardless of their makeup style or collection.  you also can’t go wrong with some fun hair masks or hand lotions.

for the routine reader // with so many amazing coffee table books out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and not buy any for yourself.  i personally love the fashion and decor books we have been seeing on the market lately and think they make a great, personalized gift.  know a parisian fashion fan?  how to be parisian wherever you are ($14) and paris street style ($17) are no brainers.  a design junkie?  try design bloggers at home ($23) or home style by city ($20).  a hardcore new yorker?  tomboy style ($25) and brooklyn street style ($20) are top notch.  some books on my lust list are the new garconne: how to be a modern gentlewoman ($21) and urban jungle: living and styling with plants ($35), hint hint!

i hope you found this little gift guide helpful.  the holidays can be tough when you are on a budget but want to give meaningful and luxurious gifts to your loved ones, friends, and coworkers.  i think these smaller items are not only thoughtful, but precious, and can be tailored to the people you know best.  if you have a little more wiggle room, you could also combine a few of these categories for an incredible treat basket with a particular focus.  i would DIE over a potted succulent with a gift card to home depot and a plant book all together in one bundle.  happy gifting!

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travel tips // the carry-on

in this edition of travel tips, i’m talking all about the carry-on bag, aka the plane bag.  this is essential in travel preparation, cause if you have a shitty plane bag, gooooood luck.IMG_4341.jpgthe bag(s) //

vintage coach duffle purse // the baggu leather totes are also great for travel

sephora travel liquids bag // unnecessary buy but i can never find the right size ziploc!

small mac makeup bag – small jewelry bag

the basics // 

wallet – tickets – itinerary – guides

phone/music player – headphones

book – notebook – pen(s)

camera – necessary chargers

sunglasses – jewelry – valuables

candy – snacks – water

bag for liquids

small bag of essentials – lip balm – hand sanitizer – etc.

so tell me, what am i missing?

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february picks

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old faithfuls //

body shop hemp hand protector – so hard for me to find so i’m glad i have a big tube

bonnie bracelets – pretty much always on my person, as evidenced my their weird shapes

fossil crossbody bag – going strong for 3+ years, similar

citizens of humanity rockets in crispy wash – i’m extremely afraid that these are no longer available, similar

mac paint pot in groundwork – makes me look like a grungy druggy, what’s not to love?

fashion week roundups – woah do i love fashion month.  the documentation on collage vintage is too good to be true.

new favorites //

vans suede moc sneakers in black – so good.  i slipped in some dr scholl’s pads cause i’m an old woman.

baggu small flat pouch in pine – perfect little wallet pouch, upgrade from my falconwright pouch which is getting a little ew-ie.  i can’t find the green for you but i like the other ones too.

glossier balm dotcomcoconut balm dotcom – the best!  the coconut scent is full on but you get used to it.

caudalie makeup removing cleansing water – great eye/lip makeup remover and can also be used to cleanse the face (i don’t do this but you know about my skin situation). UPDATE: after finishing this and being without for a bit, i believe this is the culprit for my extremely irritated eyes.  it could be a mix of my acne medications as well, but sensitive skinners be warned!

opi nail envy matte – i love the original but this has a natural finish when you wear it alone on the nails (i hate what clear polish looks like).  not a true matte but extremely natural.

makeup for a minimalist: the travel bag


as i mentioned in this post, i’m going away on vacation for a few days.  here’s what i’m taking along:

baggu small makeup bag // this is a great makeup bag for travel because it fits brushes very easily (is long enough)

nars sheer glow sample, mont blanc

vichy idealia bb cream, light, also available at walgreen’s

nars radiant creamy concealer, vanilla

bobbi brown bronzer, golden light

mac blush, pinch o’ peach

benefit bad gal lash mascara, black

bare minerals round the clock eye liner, midnight (black)

buxom lip polish, dolly

laura mercier eyeshadow, african violet

h&m eyeshadow, baci di dama

mac paint pot, groundwork

lorac pocket pro palette, with shades nude, pewter, espresso

tools //

mac 217 blending brush

sigma e25 blending brush

real techniques buffing brush, powder brush, blush brush

evian facial water spray, mini size

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days in the desert

IMG_3358.jpgi’m off for a little r&r in the desert and who doesn’t love a good packing post?!  i’ve also previously posted about my pre-travel tips and travel essentials if you’re interested.

in the suitcase //

free people phoenix tees – navy and white

madewell jean jacket – ellery wash

jeans – black and regular

denim cutoffs – old levi’s and old american eagle

easy dresses – anthropologie, gap, urban outfitters

favorite shoes – birks (do yourself a favor and get the soft footbed version), vans, and another nicer pair i haven’t chosen yet

in the plane bag //

bag – baggu leather tote in navy (color no longer available)


noise canceling headphones

book – ham on rye

makeup bag – see below, baggu bag

liquids bag – featuring the ever sexy essentials – moisturizer, face wash, acne spot treatment

sunglasses – ray-ban round metal


notebook and pens

jewelry – old urban outfitters pouch

in the makeup bag //

i’m putting up a special “makeup for a minimalist” post on this, so keep your eyes peeled. basically it’s this with a few other things thrown in for fun

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