It should come as no surprise that I spent the first few warm days of this “spring” we’ve been having out and about on shopping adventures. There’s something about sunshine that screams ice cream…and new clothes. I’ve been making myself a promise to only buy things I *need* for the next little while and have taped up a little list of items to find in my room. So far, I’ve been pretty good at sticking to it! Here are four new must-buys and one delicious must-try.
The perfect summer jeans
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been searching for the perfect summer jeans for a long time. My must-haves? A lighter-than-usual wash (I usually go for super-dark jeans), comfy stretch and a lightweight fabric for the heat. These Pilcro Stet Slim Ankle Jeans ($138) from Anthropologie fit the bill in a big way – so much so that my mom ran out to buy a pair after seeing them on me yesterday.
A warm-weather dress topper
While I love my J. Brand denim jacket, I often find myself searching for a secondary option when it comes to something comfortable and versatile to pair with a dress. This Field Flower by Wendi Reed Crocheted Dress Topper ($108) also from Anthropologie pairs a classic but in-style floral motif with a structured-yet-comfortable open knit. I love that this is fancy enough to class up a casual dress but also doesn’t feel too formal thanks to the non-fussy flowers. It’s also the absolute perfect length to be incredibly flattering on top of dresses. It hits right at the natural waist and is accommodating to all bust sizes, making it a must-buy.
A whimsical-but-sophisticated tee
Bay Days were my friend last week – I picked up this 424 Fifth Mesh Dot Tee ($49) that I’d been eyeing for awhile in both white and black on the day they were 50% off. 2-for-1 = the happiest Steph. I love that this tee combines the whimsy of polka dots with the sophistication of fashion-forward mesh. It looks great on top of jeans for a casual look but also pairs gorgeously with a high-waisted skirt or dress pants and a blazer.
Every eyeshadow shade you’ll ever need
In case you’re concerned that I don’t fall prey to my own enabling, let this rest my case. During a blogger event at Holts last week for NARS, they casually mentioned that they’d just re-stocked the covetable NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette ($85) and only had a couple left. It should come as no surprise that I ran over after work to pick up one of my very own. With 15 of NARS most versatile shades, this eyeshadow palette may just be the only one you ever need. I’ve been playing with it every day since my purchase and couldn’t be happier. NARS is one of my favourite makeup brands and I’ve always loved their long-wearing, silky, blendable shadows.
The best ice cream sandwich ever
Full disclosure: Harvey’s is a client of mine. This means that I’ve been waiting literally months for this pop-tart ice cream sandwich to hit stores. After making the announcement last week that they were in stores, I knew it wouldn’t be long before my cravings got the best of me. I cracked Sunday night and it was the best $2.10 I’ve ever spent. The frozen pop-tart gets all chewy and delicious and the whole thing is just so summery and fun. Eat it. Do yourself a favour.