a vintage store in philly you can’t miss…

scout salvage & vintage rescue is another gem on north 3rd street–my favorite area to shop in philly. this may even be my favorite vintage store on the whole east coast. the store is so well-merchandised that one could spend hours inspecting all the unique vintage finds, & local goods. the quality of the merchandise is impressive, but once you meet the gregarious employees, its no surprise that they want to pick only the best items for their customers.

one of my favorite finds was this sweatshirt made by a local philly designer, josh from hecho en philadelphia. who wouldn’t love the encouragement of billy murray across their chest?

my favorite boutique in philly…

whenever i’m in philly, vagabond is my first stop. their style is simple, elegant, & organic. when you walk in you’re instantly aware of their uber-coolness. the store kind of makes me want to redecorate my home, if not my life. they carry labels such as stellapop, which is a local philly designer, delphine, just female, level 99 jeans, & shoes by sven & dieppa restrepo (a personal favorite of mine).

product review: josie maran argan cleansing treatment

product: josie maran argan cleansing treatment $48
uses: massage into dry skin to remove make-up & other impurities. dampen the musilin side of the towelet to exfoliate the skin, then flip the cloth over to use the microfiber side to remove the product & remaining make-up. no need for another rinse, just pat skin dry (with a different towel). used to detoxify, hydrate, & exfoliate skin.
verdict: i am a huge josie maran advocate. this is why i was so disappointed when i wasn’t pleased with this product. lets start with the cleansing cloth. it gets gross. fast. especially if you wear mascara. after two days a ‘rinse’ just won’t cut it to get it clean. i didn’t feel that the muslin side was exfoliating my skin, either. it just felt like i was rubbing a towel on my skin…which i guess i was. the product itself feels good, smells nice, but doesn’t exactly take off make-up. i found myself reaching for my eye-make-up remover to finish the job. it definitely hydrates the skin, but i don’t feel like my skin is fully clean afterward. perhaps if this product was used with one of those fancy face-washing brushes, it would do a better job. however, i will not be purchasing this product again to test that theory. i’ll stick with her argan cleansing oil instead. 3 out of 5

my favorite sacramento boutique…

this shop makes me so happy. led zeppelin quietly beckons in the background as you peruse highly favorable, carefully–merchandised men & women’s clothes & accessories. no more said. if you’re in sacramento…go. here’s what i found at shop cuffs this time:

brazillian leather!!! perfect condition!! only $14!! avid thrifters know that california has the best vintage/thrift stores in the entire u.s of america, & shop cuffs is definitely one of them.

product review: garnier skin renew clinical dark spot overnight peel treatment & skin renew anti-puff eye roller

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product: garnier skin renew dark spot overnight peel $16
uses: after cleansing, leave this peel on overnight to even out skin tone, fade dark spots, & exfoliate skin for a smoother appearance.
verdict: i have seen this product mentioned multiple times in several magazines, so i thought i would give it a try. it is very…chemical-y, with lack for a better word. the texture & smell just don’t feel right upon my skin & for some curious reason the product always comes out freezing cold. Since glycolic acid is supposed to be one the best anti-aging ingredients on the market & vitamin c is nothing but a brightening, nourishing antioxidant, i was confused when i didn’t notice any differences with my skin. 2 out of 5
product: skin renew anti-puff eye roller $12
uses: use under the eyes in the morning to instantly diminish eye circles & puffiness
verdict: i’m beginning to believe that garnier is possibly paying my magazines to promote them in their beauty articles. this product was a waste of my $12. i could’ve purchased a delicious bagel with lox & cream cheese at russ & daughters instead. 1 out of 5 (the one is for the properly made rolling device)

deux petits bijoux in mouffetard…

seventy seven vintage & le 77 are adjacent to one another on the rue de cardinal lemoine in the hip area of mouffetard. both are a must-stop!!
while paris is known for its amazing thrift stores because of the high-end labels that dwell within, i think seventy seven sells them at the best prices. i salivated over a burgundy balenciaga leather jacket—perfect condition—for only 1,000€! they also sell a lot of original artworks, which are used to adorn the tiny shop.
right next door is, le 77, a quaint boutique with both men’s & women’s clothing. they have shoes as well, & a small vintage room in the back. the clothing is simple, streamlined, & stunningly beautiful.

best jewelry in brooklyn…

some may say they invented ‘ring stacking’–& i believe they have. why? because when you enter this boutique, cat-lover or not, you will understand that their artistically displayed accessories will bring out your inner artist–thus, you will create the most elaborate & creative collaborations of gold or silver to adorn your appendages.