Hallie’s Hot List – August Edition
I think I forgot to do a hot list in July…oops. Meaning the last one was a June Hot List. This summer had gone both very quickly and at the same time, extremely slow, like crawling. So my sense of time and space is kinda warped. Anyway, my mistake means the August Hot List needs to be a really good one… Don’t worry, it is!
Instagram is often the place I share the new items I’m trying and really love, but I realized that info might not get shared here, with all of you. So here’s my hot list of current obsessions for August 2020.
Mott & Bow Basics
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I feel like people are always looking for basics, jeans, and tee shirts. Easy go-to stuff. But basics can be really expensive for a well-made pair of jeans, like $200 +. And conversely, super cheap like $19 for a value pair of jeans. And that super cheap price leaves questions about the quality of the product or the conditions by which they’re made.
When Mott & Bow reached out offering to send me some of their basics to try, I was intrigued. The founder, Alejandro Chahin, has 30+ years of denim expertise in his family-run denim factory. His goal with Mott & Bow is to get people premium-grade jeans at a reasonable price.
I decided to try the Mom Jean in white. A good white jean is the most elusive of them all. Finding a perfect, non-see-thru, flattering, comfortable white pair of jeans, is like finding the holy grail. And then I tried the French Terry Sweatshirt in a neutral kind of off white color. Together they created slightly elevated jeans and sweatshirt look.
The white jeans really impressed me. The fabric was not see-through but still hefty enough (with slight stretch) to hide cellulite bumps. And the front pockets were shrunken so they didn’t bring extra attention to the thigh area. The sweatshirt was lightweight and had a raglan sleeve so it felt comfortable and kind of like a dressy sweatshirt if that makes sense. The sweatshirt also looks great with my Vuori sweatpants (there’s more about them below).
Pro Tip: If your white jeans or pants have front pockets that show up as big half-moons on your thigh/hip region, have a tailor remove the pockets for a smoother look. It’s an easy alteration that makes a big difference.
Heir Atelier Primers
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Truthfully, I’ve never been a big fan of makeup primers. Partly because I’m lazy and hate the extra step required. But mostly because of the cake like feel. Yes, I have a face that eats makeup – by midday both concealer and blush almost always need to a touch up. However, if the choice is reapplication or a heavy, cakey, dried out face, I’ll pick the regular touch-ups.
Heir Atelier has completely changed my perspective on face primers. Their primers are lightweight and can be worn alone or under makeup. They provide a glowy, matte-like finish and work really nicely under the now often worn facemasks that have become a 2020 staple – ughhh f’ing COVID!
Pro Tip: From Kendra, Celebrity makeup artist and Heir Atelier founder – mix a pea-size amount of face primer with a drop or two of face oil (I like using the Arcona Wine Oil) for a no-makeup, under mask glow that works nicely even if my mask needs to come off.
Challah at Meg
CHALLAH IS A TRADITIONAL JEWISH BRAIDED BREAD THAT IS EATEN ON SHABBAT (THE SABBATH). MEG TAKES ORDERS LOCALLY (IN CLEVELAND) AND ALSO SHIPS NATIONWIDE
A little background… Meg and I are what I’d call Instagram friends. We don’t REALLY know each other, but through Instagram, we feel like we do. Meg is an artist and a dancer and a teacher and now a challah maker that is creating the most delectable taste combos stuffed into these humongous braided loaves.
I typically enjoy making my own challah each week for my family. At the beginning of the quarantine, I was posting my weekly creations. But, truthfully, my combos are pretty basic. Maybe I switch out sesame seeds for everything but the bagel seasoning. And, once I made Nutella challah (very popular with my middle child), however, all in all, my challahs, while made with love, are pretty run of the mill.
Meg’s challot (that’s plural for challah) are like edible pieces of art – offering single, double, and triple flavors. Combinations like brie and pepper jelly, fig and goat cheese or raspberry, and lemon curd (that’s what I tried and YUMMMM). I had admired her creations on IG so when Meg offered to drop off a loaf I jumped at the chance.
And if you’re not into the exotic combos, Meg offers basic challah as well. The consensus is it was a delish treat for my family and I got a night off of baking too. Thanks, Meg!
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Vuori joggers might win the award for my best quarantine purchase. Back in early April, as I was working my way both mentally and physically our of 24/7 pajama time and upgrading to sweats, an ad for Vuori kept coming across my IG feed. I think they promised extraordinarily soft joggers. I don’t really remember what made me click, but I’m so glad I did…
They’re hands down the most comfortable sweatpants I own. Warm enough to feel cozy at home, but breathable enough to go for a walk and not die of swamp a**. To be totally transparent, I now own 4 pairs. They’re basically all I wear.
In addition to being stylish and comfortable and having 6000 five star reviews, the brand is ethically made and sustainable. Sounds too good to be true but it’s all true.
IF YOU’RE IN CLEVELAND, VISIT CHARLES AT THE SEE, VAN AKEN DISTRICT LOCATION.
TELL HIM YOU SAW THIS, HE’S EXTENDING A DISCOUNT TO YOU AS ONE OF MY READERS
Now that I’m a regular eyeglass wearer, I was compelled to find an eyewear store that had modern, stylish frames, quality lenses, and really good staff that could help me pick frames that flattered my face. Just like shoes, eyeglasses can make or break an outfit. And if you’re an accessories junkie, like me, frames can be a whole new way to express yourself.
Originally I picked an all-purpose frame that I could wear with everything. But once I realized contact lenses were not for me (itchy eyes) I’ve consciously built my eyeglass wardrobe, similar to the way I’d build an accessories or shoe wardrobe. Some frames are bold and only pair with specific outfits. Others are lighter and better suited for seasons. Yes, it’s totally my brand of crazy, I’m that lady with an eyeglass collection. However, if you’re part of the four eyes club, you get it. They’re sitting ON YOUR FACE, all day long.
Prior to SEE’s arrival in Cleveland, when traveling with clients on shopping trips (ohhh the good old days!) we’d pop into the NYC, Chicago, Columbus, and Birmingham (MI) to get a fix of their limited edition frames. Now, there’s a SEE in my backyard, and I’m making the most of it. Charles and his staff are wonderful and due to COVID, seeing clients by appointment to ensure a safe and satisfying customer experience. The pair I’m wearing above are my newest addition. I love how they blend in and somewhat disappear, while still making a statement with the shape. And they’re super lightweight, even with progressive lenses.
Quite a List
This list really is comprised of my favorite things!! As always, I love your input and if there are certain topics, questions, etc you all want me to address please drop them in the comments or send me an email.
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