Top 5 of the week: various items that cost under $100

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utility jacket

This is a really weird time of year for writing posts. It’s still cold out in much of the country, but everyone is tired of looking at winter stuff, plus all the good pieces are gone anyway. And it still seems too early to fully spring spring on you, my florals posts this week not-withstanding. So today’s post is on the random side, but I do very much like everything in it. Like for instance: Everlane makes this $78 utility jacket in a few colors, including army green, but I think it is so crisp in the white.

clump crusher mascara

I read about Covergirl’s Clump Crusher mascara somewhere recently, and since clumps are the bane of anyone who is trying to add volume to her lashes’ existence, I decided to give it a go. And, true to its name, this mascara goes on incredibly smoothly. I do two layers of this and then finish off with Elizabeth Mott’s It’s So Big mascara—which fattens like crazy— and I’m set.

leopard pleated skirt

This leopard print skirt is so cute and flirty. I’d wear it with a simple white tee when it’s warmer, and a black crewneck sweater now.

madewell chore jacket

The dusty pink (is that what you’d call it?) on this jacket is so good.

h&m moto jacket

And this H&M moto jacket looks like it could be from fancy French brand Iro.

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20 Thoughts on Top 5 of the week: various items that cost under $100
    tamara
    21 Mar 2018
    8:31am

    that jacket…perfect. i’ve never ordered h&m so i sized up…i figure it’s probably the right move (?) i’ve heard their sizing is funny…

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      Lorange
      21 Mar 2018
      12:47pm

      re: H&M sizing, in my experience, usually their tops are true to size but you have to size up 3-4 sizes for bottoms if you have hips. They would probably fit truer to size and well on straighter figures.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      21 Mar 2018
      3:20pm

      Tamara and Lorange: I have to size up at H&M because of my broad shoulders. Totally with you on their pants.

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    tamara
    21 Mar 2018
    8:32am

    (the biker jacket)

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    Caroline
    21 Mar 2018
    9:10am

    I’d love to wear that leopard skin skirt!
    If it ever stops snowing..

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    c.w.
    21 Mar 2018
    9:44am

    I’ve been eyeing that Everlane jacket for some time––I think it would be perfect for plane travel because of the pockets. I have a utility jacket in army green so the white––while risky––is my plan since my best buddy (Betty) is blonde and she sheds like a crazy lady when we fly.

    Also love the leopard print skirt!

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    joannawnyc
    21 Mar 2018
    11:02am

    I illogically really want that dusty lavender Madewell jacket!

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      Betsy
      21 Mar 2018
      11:18am

      Call it want you want but that is Mauve. Anyone who spent time in her mother’s living room in the 70’s and 80’s has an irrational hatred of that color…

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        Rachel
        21 Mar 2018
        12:09pm

        I had the same response – it’s mauve!

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        Mamavalveeta03
        21 Mar 2018
        3:22pm

        OMG, YES!!! We moved into a house once that had carpet that color. I tore it up so we could appreciate the 150-yr old wideboard floors!

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        Nicole
        22 Mar 2018
        11:41am

        In 1983, my mother had mauve rugs installed in our house. I can’t even forget it. Still not a fan, but I feel like the younger crowd probably doesn’t associate it with rugs I hate.

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    Mimi
    21 Mar 2018
    11:04am

    Love the leopard skirt too, but be forewarned – the last skirt I ordered from & Other Stories fit well one size larger than my normal.

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    Julie
    21 Mar 2018
    11:52am

    Covergirl Clump Crusher has been a favorite for a while, but it does lack some oomph. I just purchased the Elizabeth Mott based on your recommendation and I’m excited to try it. Thanks! And that Everlane jacket is incredible.

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      Julie
      24 Mar 2018
      1:40pm

      UPDATE: The Elizabeth Mott mascara arrived yesterday and I used it along with the CoverGirl this morning. All I can say is WOW. This is a winning combination!

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    Kathi
    21 Mar 2018
    12:08pm

    Thank you for the Elizabeth Mott recommendation. I already use the Clump Crusher but needed something more. I have been eyeing the Everlane jacket since it came out last week, might just have to take the plunge today!

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    Francine
    21 Mar 2018
    1:05pm

    Hi Kim,
    So I’m curious. Rather that posting new stuff, why don’t you post pics of what you wear? It would be inspiring – especially now when we don’t need more stuff – to see what you have and how you put things together.

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      KimFrance
      21 Mar 2018
      2:14pm

      I’ll give that some thought! Meanwhile, I sometimes show outfits on my Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/kimfrancenyc/?hl=en

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        Francine
        21 Mar 2018
        5:00pm

        Yes, I’ve been following you for a while! @beingcine
        Definitely consider more outfit posts 🙂

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    Darcy
    21 Mar 2018
    2:12pm

    Looking forward to trying the Elizabeth Mott mascara—–that brand doesn’t do any animal testing.

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    Julia
    21 Mar 2018
    7:24pm

    So I just went to your instagram and saw your pic “this is what 54 looks like” Do you use Botox? I’m asking seriously, the line sin my forehead are really starting to bum me out. Your forehead looks completely line free. How do you do it? My skin was always one of my best features, but now it just looks weather beaten…. Sigh

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