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Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments.

So, I do love my red lippy. And I do know how to make it stay put. But I am LAAAAAAZY and far more likely to just slap it on and go than line, fill, apply, blot, apply, and blot. Which means that an hour or so and a glass of water later, I have what I lovingly refer to as “Scary Clown Lips.” I don’t actually know any scary clowns, and if I did I doubt they’d have a dark ring of lipstick around their mouths and zero pigment elsewhere … but the phrase has stuck somehow.

I will apply and blot on occasion, but even my favorite lipstick dries out my lips after a couple of hours. And I’ve tried a billion tinted balms, but most of them sit on top of my lips like icing and never sink in. I shake my tiny fists at Kiehl’s for discontinuing their tinted balms which I used and loved for years, but am thrilled to have discovered an even more richly pigmented replacement.

These Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments are aggravatingly expensive at $22.50 a pop. BUT. Unlike Burt’s Bees and Blistex and even the now-unavailable Kiehl’s that I loved, they truly add color to your lips. Quite a bit for a product so sheer, but not as much as an actual lipstick. (Although with enough coats you might get something approaching lipstick-level coverage.) And they fade off slowly and naturally, preventing Scary Clown Lips. In my opinion, they are the perfect balm-lipstick hybrid: Relatively moisturizing and super comfy to wear but also pigmented and rich.

I’ve got the berry color shown above, which has just the right mix of purple and red, and the cherry color which is bright red and surprisingly strong for a balm. One swipe usually does me just fine, and leaves my lips looking subtly red.

So yeah, it’s a lot of money for a lip balm. But if if it allows you to stop buying balm and lipstick and merge them into one? Maybe?

Anyone else a fan of these guys? Any favorite shades to share? Other tinted lip balms that actually moisturize and ALSO give some real color? Let us know in the comments!

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Insomniac Sale Picks: Midi Skirts

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Abby requested a few picks for midi skirts, so here we go:

convivial curtsy skirt

Convivial Curtsy Skirt – was $54.99, now $26.99

This black and white bowtie print is cute without being twee, and will be fabulously versatile. It’s semi-sheer, but also fully lined so no peekaboo action. I love it with the red top, but could also see it with a hot pink cardigan or in a print mix with stripes. Available in sizes S – 4X, sold out in L and 1X.

leith side slit midi skirt

Leith Side Slit Woven Midi Skirt – was $58, now $39.90

For a more minimalist look, this sandwashed woven solid is a gorgeous option. Unlined so it’ll be lightweight and perfect for warm weather wear. Available in blue, black, and pale blush in sizes XS – XL. Runs large, so if between sizes, order down. Size availability varies by color. This similar skirt comes in black in sizes 14 – 24.

chevron midi skirt

American Living Chevron-Print A-Line Midi Skirt – was $49.50, now $39.60

Big piles of yes to sassy chevrons. And these actually appear to line up correctly along the seams! This print is navy and cream, which makes it a classic choice for springtime wear, and will pair beautifully with preppy staples like button-front shirts and pearls. Available in sizes XS – XXL. Also comes in a smaller chevron in red/white, navy/white polka dots, and solid navy.

free people flip it skirt

Free People Flip It & Reverse It Skirt – was $78, now $46.80
with code INTHEFAMILY14

Mostly posting this option because POCKETS, but also fascinated to learn that it can be worn loose or with the fitted miniskirt lining on the outside. Can’t seem to find images of that, but certainly an interesting concept. Anyhoo, both black and this heather gray are on sale. Sizes XS – L, size availability varies by color. Sizing runs small, so here’s a similar design through size 14 and one in tweedy gray in sizes 0X – 3X.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for midi skirts:

  1. ASOS – The ASOS version of midi might seem a bit short to you, but some options are truly mid-calf like this super cool metallic midi. ASOS has midis in petite, plus, and maternity.
  2. eShakti – Most skirts and dresses default to a below-the-knee length, and you can customize them longer for a small fee.
  3. Modcloth – Mostly in quirky prints, but a few solids, too!
  4. Nordstrom – Full and pencil style midis, including this pretty lace midi pencil skirt.
  5. And, of course, THRIFT STORES! Calf-length skirts have gone in and out of style several times, so picking up a vintage option might work. (thethriftshopper.com can help you locate stores near you.)

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Dressed for: Sabotage

I’m doing it. I’m piling a bunch of snow-weather outfits into one post because the snow is now gone and I don’t want these to go unposted. And doing this is TOTALLY going to make it snow. Possibly as soon as tomorrow. I can’t even help how evil I am.

Already Pretty outfit featuring Diane Von Furstenberg scarf, Karen Kane dress, burgundy tights, Timberland boots

Scarf – DVF via eBaysimilar pattern
Dress – courtesy Karen Kane
Tights – Target, I think – similar
Boots – Timberland Stratham Heights
Bracelets – various – similar look
Earrings – gift – similar

I feel like I’ve worn a lot of black lately, so I hesitated to post this outfit on its own … but I really did love working the rich burgundy from the scarf print back in through the tights. And this Karen Kane dress is proving to be a workhorse. So nice to have a super basic, comfy black dress with sleeves!

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Already Pretty outfit featuring yellow boyfriend cardigan, star print tunic, skinny jeans, Frye Vera Slouch boots, J.W. Hulme bag

Cardigan – Opitzsimilar
Tunic – thrifted in London – similar print
Belt – thrifted – similar
Jeans – courtesy Karen Kane
Boots – Frye Vera Slouch
Bag – J.W. Hulme
Earrings - Swirly Keen courtesy April Kawaoka

I hit a handful of charity shops during the UK trip last fall, but didn’t end up finding much. I’ve got a gorgeous L.K. Bennet skirt that’s too light colored and lightweight to wear yet, and this adorable star-print tunic. I wore it in a very similar mix a few months back, but like it SO much better with the addition of the like-colored belt.

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military_leather_outfit

Jacket – thrifted – similar
Tee – Gap (no longer available) – similar
Belt – thrifted – similar
Skirt – vintage via eBaysimilar items
Tights – Spanx
Boots - Timberland Stratham Heights
Bracelet – J.Crew via eBay -  similar items
Necklace – ishi
Earrings – Infrared Studio

Wore this for a shift at Corset before I finally admitted that any heel at all was going to make me a grouchy, limping mess by the end of the day. These boots are amazingly comfy, but I am in constant motion at the boutique, so it’ll be flats from now on! If I remember right, the day I wore this leather skirt to work my boss wore her leather pants. So, ya know, love that.

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Now let the April snow begin! MUAH HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

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