Currently Wishful Thinking About: My Next Bag

Givenchy Nightingale
Givenchy Nightingale

Yeah, I know. I’ve bought two expensive bags in as many months, so I really should just cool it. But old habits die hard. I’ve got a running tally of possible candidates, and I’m casually (ahem) checking eBay to see what deals might pop up. On the list? The Givenchy Nightingale, YSL Besace, and some vintage Mulberry bags (like the Shaftesbury, and the seemingly unicorn-ish Audrina).

Currently Loving: Pop Corners Chips


These things are bloody addictive. I got hooked when Costco was selling them by the ginormous bag-full, which, of course, lasted a hot minute (the bag, and Costco’s supply). I now have no choice but to pay a ridiculous amount of money for a small bag at the deli – and even the deli has sold out of my favourite flavour (Kettle, fwiw). Whoever is creating this artificial scarcity situation: I hate you. Sincerely, me.

Currently Hunting: Work Appropriate Skirts

J. Crew Collection Photofloral skirt
J. Crew Collection Photofloral skirt

Boring, but actually necessary. Many of my old faves no longer fit, and I’m starting to feel like my wardrobe is suffering for it. Ideally, I would love to find one or two skirts in fun prints (florals probably, because I’m nothing if not predictable), since my work blazers and cardigans are usually solids and I like to balance things out. None of the current offerings at J. Crew or Banana Republic (the two most easily accessible stores for me, in terms of work appropriate clothes) are really appealing to me at the moment, so I may have to default to eBay or the consignment stores on this one.

Currently Reading: Tamara de Lempicka: A Life of Deco and Decadence


Tamara de Lempicka is one of my favourite painters, which would not necessarily recommend her biography to me … except that she also happened to be a bigger-than-life narcissist, who lived an interesting life not short on scandal and juicy gossip – the perfect recipe for an entertaining biographical read. In many ways, de Lempicka was a prototypical career woman, who refused to allow herself to be defined by her status as wife and mother (in an age when this was pretty much the status quo). The book recognizes her achievements, while also acknowledging the negative impact of her relentless desire for independence and creative expression on her family and loved ones. It’s well written, and more importantly one of the few de Lempicka biographies currently in print (which is a shame). I’m actually surprised that Hollywood hasn’t coopted this story yet.

Currently Obsessing Over: The Desired Effect


I think Lainey is my twin. For real, though: that face + that voice + 80s pop synths = my hotness trifecta. The Desired Effect is being released on May 19, but I’ve been listening to the 4 tracks available on pre-order (what?) a lot (on repeat), and it struck me that they’re basically (love) songs for grown-ups. Seriously, give Still Love You a listen – or better yet, go watch the video. I’ll wait.

Now tell me that’s a song that, like, Adam Levine would write. As a married lady long past the dating/infatuation stage, Adam Levine’s music does nothing for me, no matter how many reasons he finds to strip down to his skivvies in a music video. Brandon Flowers in a suit, singing Still Love You? Gets me every time.

18 Comments on Weekend Shortlist

  1. I love these posts! That bag is gorgeous, I am on the same page with work skirts, and I’m guessing it’s time for me to check out some Brandon Flowers tunes! Have a great long weekend Adina!

    • Yes! Do itttt! The new album is soooo good. Everything else, ahem, is just icing on the cake ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Have a great long weekend as well xx

      • I also have tickets to a festival this summer in Toronto where he is headlining so I will let you know how he is in person ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Based on my YouTube research (ahem), he is AMAZING in concert. I just bought tickets for Sonic Boom where he’ll be performing in Sept. I haven’t been to a concert in, like, 13 years and I am beyond excited.

  2. I’m having the same skirt dilemma. I need a slightly above the knee skirt and it’s proving surprisingly difficult. Everything is midi and maxi right now.

  3. Yes, yes, yes to Brandon Flowers v. Adam Levine. I’ve never understood the appeal of Adam Levine (musically or physically), but Brandon can do no wrong!

    • Amen sister! My parenting success of the week has been to get my son (who is a hardcore Maroon 5 fan – that’s a 4-year old for you) to ask me to play him Still Want You.

  4. Adina, have you given any thought to having your old favorite skirts altered? I had a number of mine taken in and they fit really well (especially the pencils)–probably better than they did the first time round.

    • I would, but I feel like that would be a waste of money. Hear me out. I usually pay about $30-40, tops, for my skirts (usually secondhand) and it could cost me about $25-30 to get them tailored. I feel like it might be a better deal to buy a new $30 skirt, and keep the old just in case my weight fluctuates again, you know? I don’t usually have trouble finding cute J. Crew skirts in the local consignments stores so I don’t know why the supply has dried up. Hopefully that will change soon.

  5. Can’t help you with the skirt or bag situation but I can provide an assist on with the Popcorners. London Drugs sells the big bags. I always have a bag (or three!) of the kettle flavour on hand.

      • Happy to enable another kettle addict. Popcorners are the best thing ever. All the yum of kettle corn but without the annoying husks getting caught in one’s teeth.

        I checked the find in store for you and all of your local LDs have them except Jasper Gates and North Town, which leads me to believe that those locations must suck.

        Happy snacking!

          • Excellent. They were on 2 for $5, so I bought a couple of bags today too.

            Thanks to your inspiration, I bought 2 bags off Ebay. Just a light tan Coach Z flap and black Coach legacy flap, so nothing fancy but they’re simple, classic and don’t scream COACH at the top of their lungs. They’re both in amazing shape, the tan one looks brand new. $35 for the tan and $30 for the black!