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They're Here, The Leather Joggers You've/I've Always Wanted.

On Sunday, I cleaned out my closet in advance of fall. Out came the boots, the cashmere sweaters and, yes, the leather pants. Pants, plural, in my case, as I had at that particular moment, no fewer than seven pairs. One day later, these glorious leather joggers arrived from Athleta, and that number had risen to eight.

Part of the really exceptional Derek Lam collaboration that released just last week, these ultra-soft leather joggers are slightly cropped and thereby perfect for shorties like me. They're also, and yes I am self-aware enough to understand how ridiculous this sounds, a total steal at just $398. Now, $398 may be a lot for a pair of pants, but it's NOT a lot for a pair of leather pants - in fact, I had long been eyeing this pair from Vince at a cool $1,150, but when I tried them on, I looked like I had a serious case of FUPA. Not the case with the much less expensive Atheta pair - hallelejuh!

You can fully expect to see me wearing these at least once a week all fall and winter, and with everything from oversize cashmere sweaters to boxy silk tops like this girl from IRO. If you're so inclined, shop here - size XS is already sold out, so I'd suggest moving fast.

Now's the Time to Shop Space NK

Now that I've reentered the world as a beauty consumer as opposed to a "beauty blogger," I've been strategically timing my pricier product replenishment to best captitalize on the best gifts with purchase. Barney's and Bergdorf Goodman both have great ones, but my favorite of the bunch is found at Space NK.

Part of their seasonal "Beauty Edit" event, Space NK's GWP comes just twice a year and and is not to be missed. Available with any purchase of $250 or more, the gift includes an assortment of mini, travel-sized and full-sized must-haves from 33 of their featured brands. And, hot tip: their featured brands are nothing short of awesome. The gift with purchase itself includes products from Hourglass CosmeticsTata Harper, Juara, Ren, Hampton Sun, Lipstick Queen and so many more. You can explore all the products included in granular detail here.

The GWP sells out every season, so you'll definitely want to move fast. Reserve your space at a store near you, or shop online tomorrow morning at SpaceNk.com.

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Finally, a Subscription Box That Makes Perfect Sense

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While you wouldn't necessarily guess it, I went through a bit of a subscription box phase a year or two ago. Unlike many, my gateway box wasn't Birchbox, but instead the Fancy Food Box (now discontinued)...which let to Quarterly's Nina Garcia subscription, PopSugar and perhaps others...my memory is fuzzy and I'd like to keep it that way, considering how much I spent.

I learned (not as quickly as I might have liked) that while it's fun to open a box of surprises - it feels like a gift you've given yourself - you wind up with an awful lot of crap and clutter you don't need, and wouldn't have purchased, regardless of the "great value" a subscription box provides.  Start-up Lola, on the other hand, is all about utility, and for that reason, I find it pretty darn brilliant.

Tampons. We all need them (well, 50%+ of us need them), and when you run out, it's near disastrous. Lola lets you build-your-own box of 18 tampons choosing from Light, Regular or Super. The box is then delivered when you like. No more frantic drugstore runs required, hallelujah! Best of all, their tamps are 100 percent cotton that's natural and biodegradable. God knows what giant behomoths Kotex and Tampax are putting in their product; rest assured it's not natural.

Learn more about Lola and subscribe here!

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