Favorite Parisian Drugstore Buys

Trips to Paris do not have to cost a lot of money.  Small pharmacy purchases are the secret, (aka les Petits Objets).


Some of my favorite purchases are made at the pharmacy. And that is a budget friendly store found on many Parisian corners.  There is something so fun about searching through a drugstore that is not a cvs and seems somehow so glamorous, how stereotypically French is that?  As French as a French poodle wearing his Goyard collar!


Marvis toothpaste is a must, especially at half the price that it is in the US.


Klorane hair products are some of my absolute favorites.  Blondes love the camomile line, but there are a multitude of options available.  Mango butter shampoo anyone?  Yummaroo!


Klorane is a natural plant based hair care company, and one of those lines that actually delivers immediate improvement to your hair.  ❤ that!


Nuxe body oil is pure magic.  I always stock up on it in Paris as half price is better than full – plus it leaves more euros for other purchases.  Nuxe is the only after shower oil that saves me from New England winter dry skin.


Et voila!

Squad Goals!

I am a goal focused person.


In order to push myself I set goals.  It helps me grow, achieve and strive on a daily basis.


A great t-shirt reminder never hurts!  Suburban Riot’s t-shirts are a favorite go to of mine.  Inexpensive, fun fashion pick me ups.


Imagine the happy squeal when a fashion blogger named reversecommuter found a t-shirt company called Sub-urban Riot?!  Match made in heaven!

 

Hat Head Luxe

All hail the fur pompom.

  
Seriously THE accessory for Winter 2016.

Prices range from $10 for a street vendor version (perhaps the pompom is synthetic squirrel, perhaps not…),

To mid-range versions offered by Milner extraordinare,  Eugenia Kim.

 
Up to stratosphere versions topped with fox from Loro Piana.

  

Whichever pompom tickles your fancy, know that moms everywhere are rejoicing about all the hats being worn!

  

Cold as a Witches What?!

Winter has officially arrived.  Coldest week of the year here in Boston right now.

Seriously, this blogger needs a palm tree.


There is a silver lining to this cold bleak grey week.  I blame German dockhands for my happy warmth.


Wellenstyn jackets were originally made out of sail cloth, a material strong enough to withstand wind, cold and damp.  It’s like the shipyards of Hamburg are sister ports with Boston.  Brrrrrrrrrrr Frauline!

Glencheck, navy blue, camel, black, royal blue, metallic, grey, red, lime green, what’s your pleasure?  Any choice will deliver delirious warmth, perfect for building snow forts or surviving snowball attacks!


Waist length, car coat or bomber?


Down, faux fur, three in one shell with a vest to wear once it all thaws out?


Done, done and done.  There is even room to dabble in the mens section if you want a different cut.  Or surprise your man with a crazy warm winter coat!


There are now four Wellenstyn stores in the US, one in California, one in New York City, and two outlets, one in Chicago and one in Wrentham, MA.  Jackets at the outlet run around $400-600, and worth every single penny when the temperature is zero – not including wind chill.  #hatewindchillmorethanbangs


All Wellenstyn jackets are either waterproof or water resistant – this is very good news for anyone who lives where “Nor’Easter” is part of the forecast!  Plus each jacket style has its own adorable name.  Obviously “darling” called to me.

“Schneeauber” means snow magic in German.  reversecommuter thinks Wellenstyn may be a perfect synonym.

 

 

 

Cleaning Up!

Happy New Year!  Brand new 2016 is a time to get organized.

  
Bid adieu to the Christmas decorations and while I’m at it, get rid of a few pieces in the wardrobe.

  
Replace white t-shirts, any sweaters with mega-balls or the moths have nibbled on, distressed jeans that are more holes than denim (see photo) and anything else that is deemed stale, icky or bleuch.

  
The wintry weather is the perfect time to burrow indoors and get the annual closet purge done!  

  

Dumb Down the Price

Celine’s Fall 2014 Collection had a long knit turtleneck that made reversecommuter crumble, drool and stutter.  It was ❤️at first sight…right up to the $2000 price tag.  

  
I justified that it was too limiting a piece for that type of investment.  Point on revelation but I still really, really loved it.  

Fast forward to now.  In the ‘burbs, armed with a rake.

    
Wearing a $30 turtleneck from Zara.  

http://m.zara.com/us/en/woman/knitwear/view-all/polo-neck-sweater-c0p3000510.html  

Yeah, that’s pretty much how it feels!

Fishermans Knit

They don’t really.

  
But the Irish sure do!

  

This classic cream colored knit sweater needs to be added to your closet.

  
Historically the Irish left lanolin in the wool, so the Aran sweaters were waterproof – a big selling feature for fishing off the Irish coast.

  
It looks like a kazillion bucks when paired with a knee length secretary skirt and a tall pair of leather boots.

Or with ripped jeans and rain boots.

Or on top of your favorite dress with a pair of ankle boots.

Or with leggings (as long as your caboose is covered) and a pair of slip on sneakers in leopard pony hair (yummmmm).

  
But it does not cost a kazillion bucks.  True story I grabbed mine in the Dublin airport for €40.  No wonder Irish eyes are smiling!