Obsessions: 02.23.18

We tried, you guys. We really did. But this week, we’re shopping again. See what we’ve added to cart and what hobby Michelle is picking up in this week’s And Then We Tried Obsessions.


Kid Crafts for Adults, Latch Hook Weaving

DIY Latch Hook Weaving
Image via HonestlyWTF

I came across a DIY on HonestlyWTF for a latch hook wall hanging and it was such a blast from the past. I used to love making latch hook crafts with those kits when I was younger but they were mostly butterflies and flowers. I love this grown-up version of latch hook and immediately bought supplies to make my own. The mesh backing and latch hooks arrive today and I’ll be hitting the craft store for some yarn this weekend. Did anyone like watching Trudy the Nudie come together on InstaStories? Should I track the grown-up latch hook project there too? Let me know in the comments.

High Rise Black Skinny Jeans

Grana Hyperflex Jeans

After Urban Outfitters let me and the whole world down with the latest iteration of their Super High Rise Twig jeans, I’ve been on the hunt for a new go-to black skinny jeans. I tried several of the ones I linked to in our Fall Fashion Wishlist, but haven’t found a winner. This week I ordered a pair of Hyperflex jeans from Grana and I have high hopes. They don’t have info about the rise on their site, so I hope it reaches my belly button. I have some sweatpants, a t-shirt, and some undies from Grana and everything has been great so far. You can save 10% on your first order using this link. I’ll be sure to let you all know how the jeans work out. Any suggestions for super high, super black skinny jeans?



Target’s Universal Thread

target universal thread

Last week Target released a new line of women’s wear called Universal Thread. I basically spent the entire morning scrolling through all of the new products and they are pretty good. So good in fact it had me wondering why I was so drawn to all of the pieces. It finally dawned on me, it’s because they are all replicas of my second favorite store, Madewell. Having mixed feelings about Target’s incessant stealing of other’s designs, be on the lookout for a round-up of my favorite pieces from the Universal Thread collection with their Madewell (or other great designer) alternatives and when it’s right to splurge vs. save.

New Favorite Life Hack

olive oil life hack

In a particularly intense eyebrow waxing session this week, I got a little extra wax on some hairs I really needed to keep. And like a grown up, I didn’t freak out and instead googled the answer. Turns out baby oil or olive oil (which is what I used) can easily remove the unwanted wax. I can say I tried it out and it actually worked! I was so impressed both with the olive oil and with myself for not totally losing it thinking I was going to have half an eyebrow. #adult


The Italian Cobbler

You guys may have seen this on InstaStories a week or so ago, but I recently had my first pair of shoes cobbled and it was AMAZING. My black Madewell ankle boots (no longer sold but I found similar pairs here, here, here, here, here, and here) had a tear between the sole and the leather at the toe, so I took them into The Italian Cobbler for some TLC. Not only did they fix the tear, the replaced the soles of both boots and gave them a good shine. I don’t know why I’ve never gotten anything cobbled before, but I now have a pile of things that could stand a little fix or two that will be getting dropped off at The Italian Cobbler.

Now Listening: The Night Circus

the night circus audiobook obsessions

Now that I’m on my audiobook kick, I’ve checked out a bunch of audiobooks from the library. I’m currently listening to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which I read a few years ago and remembered enough to know I liked it but not enough for it to be too repetitive. The best part? It’s narrated by Jim Dale AKA the narrator for the Harry Potter audiobooks. His voice is so soothing and, when paired with the hella descriptive writing, I feel like I’m getting lulled into a trance with each listen.

This has been another week of And Then We Tried Obsessions, where we share whatever we’re obsessed with each week. Let us know what you’re obsessed with this week in the comments and if you see anything in the wild that you think we’d be obsessed with, be sure to tag us @andthenwetried or use #ATWTobsessions

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