Favorite Things: December 15th, 2016

Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner: I don't want to be so bold as to say that this product alone changed by skin, but it sure as hell has helped. I had a bad encounter with glycolic acid a few years ago (and by "bad encounter" I mean falling asleep with a glycolic acid mask on my face and waking up to something that resembled Freddy Krueger's sister) so I was wary to start using it in my daily routine. Lucky for me this toner is gentle but effective, and the best part is that I don't have to worry about washing anything off before I go to bed/pass out.

Zadie Smith on the cover of The Gentlewoman: To be honest, I haven't picked up a copy of The Gentlewoman in a long time, but this gorgeous picture of Zadie Smith grabbed my attention immediately and the issue did not disappoint (even my father-in-law was impressed when he scanned through the pages). Smith's article was a soothing antidote to the chaos that has been happening in the world lately and I can't wait to brush up more on Smith's writing and get my hands on a copy of Swing Time.

MR by Man Repeller Shoes: Leandra Medine has a knack for spotting (and wearing) killer shoes, so it seems only natural that she would design a few great pairs herself. She teamed up with Net-a-Porter on a collection of cool styles that run from totally wearable to "whoa!". These are my personal faves...

ATCQ - We Got It From Here: The night of the election I sat in a puddle on the floor sipping whisky and slowly dying inside. Around 11pm I could no longer take the anxiety and was ready to pack it in for bed when, lo and behold, there came a saving grace. A Tribe Called Quest had released their latest album for streaming and it came just in the nick of time. At a moment when the world (me especially) needed to take a step back and feel good, the music provided that while at the same time reminding us that we have to continue to keep our eyes open to the injustices that need our full attention.