Another month, another batch of favorites. February, along with January (and maybe even March), is a sartorial low point for me. I just really struggle to find joy/motivation/inspiration in getting dressed when it’s cold out. But I somehow managed to make some excellent (for now; time will be the judge) purchases despite the weather; here they are:
—————— Rebecca Taylor Pointelle Knit & Lace Dress ——————
This dress has become an immediate favorite. If it were warm enough, I’d probably wear this dress all the time and everywhere. The stretchy, fine-gauge knit is delicate, but not too light-weight. And the mock neckline feels very sophisticated. Ultimately, what really sold me are the lace-trimmed flutter sleeves (swoon). All in all, it’s kind of a perfect desk-to-dinner, wear-everywhere piece.
I like all manner of sweater hybrids, be it a sweater blazer or a sweater trench, so it’s not super surprising that I also (really) like this coatigan and find it eminently wearable. The print is this subdued houndstooth that pairs beautifully with warm beige tones.
—————— Letsfit Bluetooth Headphones ——————
I was asked, after sharing this Apple Earpods deal, if I had any recommendations for affordable wireless headphones. And I do! I have been using these “Letsfit” bluetooth headphones (new model here) for about a year, and find that they are reasonably priced, have decent audio quality, and have pretty good battery life (~8 hours of continuous use). They also come with extra ear tips in different sizes, a compact carrying case, and have adjustable loop hangers that allow them to be worn during workouts. The only complaint I have is that the quality can be unpredictable: the first two pairs I got work great (and are still trucking along), but the third pair gave out in one ear within a few uses (Amazon was quick to offer a replacement even outside the return window). But this is not a style I would recommend stocking up on, but definitely worth trying if you plan to start using them right away.
—————— Free People Tasha Thermal Top ——————
Free People tops are (imo) very hit-or-miss, mostly because some of the fabrics used are gossamer-thin (in a shoddy way). The waffle knits are generally quite nice, though, as in the case of the Tasha Thermal. I like this style so much I bought two: the Ivory shown above and also in Light Charcoal. The sleeves are a little long on me (as expected, as I am only 5’2) but I just love the side tie details at the arm.
—————— Uniqlo HEATTECH Ultra Stretch Leggings Pants ——————
I didn’t expect to like these, but I do. A lot, actually (especially at their current sale price). They are warm and so stretchy, thus so comfy. More comfortable than most pairs of leggings that I own. And I can’t stop wearing them. Unfortunately, because they are now on sale, most sizes have sold out online, but some stores show inventory in a range of sizes, so you might try using the “find in store” option on the product page. Fits slightly large to size so size down if you are in between sizes.
—————— Hada Labo Koi-Gokujyun UV White Gel SPF 50+ PA++++ ——————
I get kind of lazy about applying sunscreen daily, which is why, in the winter, I need something that would be easy to apply and doesn’t add extra steps to my morning routine. I have been using this Hada Labo product for a few years now, and it is so light (even lighter than this well-reviewed Shiseido one that I mostly use in the summer), is moderately moisturizing, doesn’t have an obvious white cast, and smells nothing like sunscreen. Most importantly, it doesn’t irritate my incredibly temperamental skin. If you share my issues, give this a try.