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A Brush with Savings

tim-walker-grace-coddington-portraitGrace Coddington by Tim Walker

I’ve long heard the hype about the English-made Mason Pearson brush, but have been unable to will myself to spend upwards of $150 on a hairbrush. Then, at my last salon visit, my hairstylist whipped out this Sonia Kashuk lookalike and could not stop raving about how much she loved it. The next time I was at Target, I stopped by the cosmetics aisle to scope it out. I needed a new hairbrush desperately, and at only $15 it seemed worth a try.

mason-pearson-sonia-kashuk-hairbrushesMason Pearson $150 // Sonia Kashuk $15

I’m in love with this hairbrush. In the past, when I used boar bristle brushes, they made my hair really staticky, but somehow this one does the opposite. Maybe it’s the addition of nylon bristles? Whatever the case, I can’t stop running this baby through my mane—it feels like a mini message. I also love that I can brush my hair wet and not feel like any of my hair is being pulled out or broken. It detangles like a dream.

I really cannot say enough good things about this Sonia Kashuk brush from Target, so do yourself a favor and go check it out!


Blue Buffalo Check

blue-buffalo-check-1 blue-buffalo-check-2 blue-buffalo-check-3 blue-buffalo-check-5 blue-buffalo-check-6 blue-buffalo-check-7 blue-buffalo-check-8Dress: Target (old) // Jacket: Zara (old, but similar here) // Fur Stole: vintage // Bag: Kate Spade (similar) // Sunglasses: Prada // Necklace: 14th & Union (similar) // Shoes: Aldo (similar)

No pattern feels quite so autumnal as buffalo check. Although Paul Bunyan wore his in red, I prefer mine reimagined in colors like cobalt blue, as seen above, and paired with luxe elements like leather and fur. Somehow, until recently, I didn’t know the name for this pattern. I suppose I thought it was just a large-scale gingham. But once I went down the Google rabbit hole in search of information about this bold, beloved pattern, I discovered much more than its name.

You know the original Hudson’s Bay point blankets? The ones knocked off by Pendleton and currently enjoying a moment in the interior design spotlight? Well, those blankets were brought to the New World in the 18th and 19th centuries to trade with Native Americans for fur pelts. The natives, and traders, fashioned the thick wool blankets into coats designed to protect them from the cold, wet Canadian winters.

Fast forward a few years, and Hudson’s Bay Company decides to make a lighter-weight version of their sought-after blankets. This thinner version was printed with red and black stripes to form the buffalo check. Many men in the Northwest opted to wear jackets made from the buffalo check blankets, and they spread across the country with the logging industry; this is where we get the image of Paul Bunyan in a buffalo check flannel. And, after my history lesson, I feel my choice of fur stole was not only sartorially sound, it was (somewhat) inspired by history?


What to Buy: Peter Pilotto for Target

peter-pilottoLook one: Peter Pilotto for Target dress, Bauble Bar earrings, Forever 21 heels, Target bag
Look two: Peter Pilotto for Target dress, Zara bag, Zara flats, H&M jacket
Look three: Peter Pilotto for Target bikini, J.Crew hat, KS Saturday sunglasses, Lemon Stripes duffel

I love a good Target designer collaboration, and if the rush to snap up any and all 3.1 Phillip Lim x Target goodies in the 10 minutes before it sold out was any indication, so do you. And as I’ve previously mentioned, I’m not at all shy when it comes to bright colors and bold prints, which is why I’m particularly excited for the upcoming Peter Pilotto for Target launch.

It will be available online sometime between midnight and 3AM on Sunday morning, February 9. will carry the whole collection, while Net-A-Porter will stock many of the pieces for international shoppers. I plan on parking myself in front of my keyboard with a glass of wine and clicking refresh starting promptly at midnight, and I figured that I might as well be prepared.

So I spent an afternoon perusing the lookbook and picking out my three favorite items, that way I know exactly what I want to add to my cart when the time comes. And then I went a step further by styling my three favorite pieces with affordable accessories. I really hope I can get my hands on that blue dress so I have an excuse to buy those black and gray crystal drop earrings and striped pumps (from Forever 21)!

Happy hunting!