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Wear, Watch, Want #76: The Winter-Ready Gaga Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #76: The Winter-Ready Gaga Edition

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Wear: Gap Socks

This is one of the less glamorous Wears I’ve had in awhile (The ultimate, of course, being A Bag of Ice from Wear, Watch, Want #6). But the truth is, I was not prepared for how many socks I’d need once I left LA. Now that it’s getting colder (the high has been in the low-50s for days, which in LA terms is below freezing) I wear socks almost every day. My favorite socks for wearing with athletic shoes are Gap Coolmax Athletic Socks, and my favorite thin socks to wear under boots are Gap Basic Crew Socks. I never thought I’d have favorite socks, because I never buy socks and when I do, I invariably exclaim, “OH MY GOD is this what socks are SUPPOSED to feel like??” I actually discovered Gap Athletic Socks because I needed socks fast and I could walk to the Gap from my house (That Gap is now an & Other Stories and it is a VAST improvement). Both of these socks hold up really well, are great quality, and because they’re from Gap, you can wait till there’s some kind of promotion and get them for a significant discount.

Watch: A Star is Born

I went to a 10:30 AM showing of A Star is Born yesterday and it was PACKED. I was thrilled to see that my anticipation for this movie was shared by so many. I never said that I thought A Star is Born was going to be an amazing movie and win awards, but I DID constantly talk about how the trailer was the best trailer ever and that honestly, I could watch that on a loop for 2 hours and be perfectly content.

Luckily, the movie lived up to the trailer. It was so good I may see it again. One thing that I didn’t realize until that night after seeing the movie was that there was absolutely ZERO sexual violence in the film. And you KNOW someone involved was like, “But how will we know she loves him unless he saves her from a rapist?” or “She should have a smarmy manager that forces her to use her sexuality to sell music.” Thank God those ideas never became reality, because trust, women know they’re in constant danger simply by existing - We don’t need our entertainment to remind us.

It’s not a hot take to say that A Star is Born is going to sweep awards season nominations, and probably win quite a few. My (potentially) hot take is that each and every one will be deserved.

Want: Universal Standard Kanda Puffer Jacket

I only recently discovered Universal Standard, and it’s a shame I didn’t know about it long ago (it’s better for my bank account though). Universal Standard is a line of clothes in lush fabrics and stylish cuts that is designed for women size 6-32. Often, when brands make their clothes for larger sizes, they take the measurements of a smaller size and just multiply them. Ever wonder why so many extended sizes are shapeless and weird? That’s why! Universal Standard, however, has a fit model for every size they sell, and that is what determines the measurements of each and every piece. This also means that their clothes aren’t cheap, but what you get is worth the price. They use fabulous, decadent materials and these custom sizes to sell clothes that are luxurious and fashionable - something that you typically can’t find on the racks of your favorite retailers. I have quite a wishlist of Universal Standard items, but the one that I absolutely need is the Kanda Puffer Jacket. It’s a wrap coat that looks like a warm high fashion cocoon. Plus, now I live in a place where I can actually wear it!

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