• Style

    March Lusts List

    Remember in October when I said I hoped to publish a regular lusts list? It wasn’t so regular, was it? I figured it was time for one after some posts that were on the more serious side. Besides, with the air turning warmer (here in LA, at least), spring is in the air, and with that comes a desire for a refresh—of self and of home. Here are some of my favorites for March. Let me know what you think of them, and what’s inspiring…

  • Living,  Style

    Color & Mood: Rose-Colored Everything

    Maybe it’s because of Valentine’s Day. Or hints of (or wishes for) spring’s arrival. But around this time of year, I am attracted to all things pink. Pink clothes, pink makeup, pink decor, pink sunsets. I even find appealing items that are pink in “feeling”—rose perfume, sweet, sugary desserts and fluffy, marshmallowy blankets. Pink is an instant mood improver. Pink has long been associated not only with femininity, but with positivity, aka “rose-colored glasses.” There’s something about this hue that makes anything it touches seem…

  • Style

    When a Lipstick Is More Than a Lipstick

    You’ve probably read about or experienced the mood lift that can come from swiping on a bright red lipstick. Whenever I wear mine, I feel energized, instantly put-together, and confident. Recently, I’ve been wearing a slightly more orangey shade of the red I usually wear. It’s a color I have a hard time pulling off when I have a tan. So this time of year, when I’m at my palest, is the best time for me to wear it. When I wore this lipstick, I…

  • Culture,  Living,  Style

    The Tangentier’s Favorite Things from 2019

    Is there anything more fun than coming across something that delights you? I was fortunate to have many of these discoveries in 2019, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you below. I’ve put them in categories as best as I could, but there is some inevitable crossover, as a love in one category will often tangent to another. Beauty There was a time when I had a more than a cabinet full of makeup, but in recent years I’ve become more selective in…

  • Living,  Style

    Fall Decor, No Veggies Required

    I don’t know too many people who have decorated their homes around the color orange. Or even those who have used orange as an accent color, at least since the ’70s. But every year, fall approaches and everyone storms the pumpkin patches or parking lot pumpkin purveyors. People plunk nice, mid-sized pumpkins or groupings of autumnal gourds on their dining room tables or fireplace hearths and call it fall decor. And these vegetables can appear out of place. I mean, at what other time of…

  • Culture,  Living,  Style

    October Lusts List

    The fashion, beauty, books and more I’m lusting after this month. If you read my post about how “When Harry Met Sally…” has influenced my love of fall, you can imagine how tempted I am by just about every retail email I receive in October, each of them filled with wooly and pumpkin-scented and -flavored delights. So, here, in what will be become a regular (monthly? bimonthly?) thing, my Lusts List is a curation of what is inspiring me at the moment. Cider in my…

  • Culture,  Living,  Style

    Color & Mood: Peacock Blue & Petrichor (Reader Tangent)

    In a post from a couple weeks ago, Linda commented about how she’s inspired all year long by autumn’s colors, which she uses around her home. I feel the same way about peacock blue. But it wasn’t always this way. Several years ago I went shopping for a new sofa. I figured I’d order one with a neutral mushroom-brown cover. Or else I’d go in the other direction, and wind up with emerald velvet. I did neither. At the urging of the saleswoman, I went…

  • Culture,  Living,  Style

    It Had to Be Cable-Knit Sweaters and Pumpkin Candles

    It’s 92 degrees as I write this, but the scent of pumpkin and apple fills the air. It’s Labor Day weekend, and I’m determined to bring fall into my house even if it’s sweltering in Los Angeles and will likely continue to be for another two months. I’m the person who walked through Target’s home section yesterday just to fondle the new, cozy pillows and sniff the maple candles, so that for a moment I could be transported to a place where brush fires aren’t…

  • Style

    Grandma’s Stash: Why Those Vintage Jewelry Styles Are So Appealing

    I recently pinned a bunch of jewelry: layered gold necklaces of the vintage variety. Lockets, medallions, delicate little chains…. These things look special, unique, personal…until you realize that every influencer in the U.S. and Europe is wearing them. My theory What caused this look to suddenly take off? I have a theory: this world we’re living in can feel like a shitshow. While we used to fantasize about what the future would look like – and our style often reflected that – the future, which…