Saturday 28th March 2015
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of a kind rain jacket

I had forgotten how exhausting and isolating and more than anything just supremely boring being sick can be, and even though I can not say that I am feeling just 1000 percent just yet, I hate staying away from all of you for too long. I’ve started venturing out of the house for activities other than walking the dog again, and here is what I’ve noted out in the world: rain, and lots of it. So here are some cute pieces of water-resistant outerwear for your delectation. I am crazy for this jacket by Bridge and Burn—it’s got a striped lining on the sleeves and an even cuter one on the body that you can see if you click through.

J Crew rain jacket

The boxy fit and light weight of this J Crew jacket appeals.

barbour nordstrom

A new Barbour obsession: the layered collar is rather fantastic.


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Wicked splurgy but so sharp: this option from Canada Goose.

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A nice, cheap chic option from Ann Taylor Loft.

Thursday links

hello kittiest

It’s always something

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As it turns out, my assessment the other day that I was coming down with either a cold or the flu was wildly optimistic: actually I have pneumonia, and a pretty impressive case of it. The doctor says I ought to be feeling a whole lot more like myself in a week, so that’s when I’ll resume posting on the regular. Until then, here is some delightfully loud spring outerwear, just for kicks. This long coat from Rodebejer is actually quite elegant for something with such a bold pattern, and the right length to wear with dresses, which so few coats are.

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poncho that is both straightforwardly pretty and full-on crazypants—which is a pretty neat trick.

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A bold print rendered on a very classic shape is always a winner in my book.


canvas jacket

Like a Barbour jacket gone tropical.

Tuesday trifecta

citizens of humanity

Sorry about the lightness of posts over the past few days; I’m coming down with the cold/flu I was so smug about not contracting all winter, and it’s leaving me brain-clogged and weak as a wee kitten. I have managed to pull together this post on cute little denim skirts, though: all of these appeal because they are just a little bit unpredictable. I dig the clean, front-zipperless look of this one from Citizens of Humanity.

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The A-line skirt is such a universally flattering silhouette that I can never figure out why more designers don’t exploit the shape more frequently. Here’s one from Acne Studios that’s very nearly perfect.

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I was obsessed with finding a wrap skirt version and had no luck at all until Emerson Fry released the second part of their spring collection yesterday and I spotted this cute little number.




Thursday links

girl wrestler


Mrs Clean

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Call me a freak; unless I’m washing my hair, I prefer a morning bath to a shower. The trick to not putting yourself right back to sleep is to keep the water on the room-temperature side (trust me! it’s invigorating!) and bathing with something quite refreshingly-scented, like this stuff, which packs a double dose of invigorating, what with its mix of lemon and lemongrass.

What’s the toughest thing you ever walked away from?

brooke smoking spoils

It can be anything: a bad marriage, an unsatisfying job, a dress that fit you like it was made for you, but cost twice what you could afford. And, of course, any bad habit—many of which I’ve picked up and discarded over the years and the most pernicious of which was demon tobacco. I am fascinated to hear what you guys have to say on this one.

Tuesday links

tim elizabeth

  • The Timothy Hutton career retrospective Q&A we have all somehow been living without. (A.V. Club)
  • Barn quilts are kind of a cool thing I never knew existed. (Atlas Obscura)
  • RIP to Simpson’s co-creator and ubermensch Sam Simon.  (NY Times)
  • Seriously. (Slate)
  • Vivien Leigh, Florence Nightingale, and more of history’s most notable cat ladies. (Mental Floss)

It’s the little things

crew parka

My friend Andrea has been running around in the cutest denim parka for the past few weeks, and I just assumed its provenance was super-fancy and obscure, because the jacket looks so sophisticated, and because in general Andrea is always uncovering the just-perfect thing from some hitherto-unheard-of source. And yet! It is from J Crew, and marked way down. Do we not love it when things go down precisely like this?

Things I bought, things I want


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Good morning from Sag Harbor, where the backyard is gorgeous and full of snow, the sun is shining, my internet is moving so desperately slowly I shall consider it a miracle if a post gets out to you at all, and I just finally talked myself into this genius Fornasetti plate I’ve been obsessing over for weeks. Always such a satusfying moment.

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Are these Jack Purcells not rather perfect in the grey?

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I swore off eyeshadow a while back because I am just so damned bad at applying it. But this new creamy eyeshadow pencil from Charlotte Tilbury is so easy even I can’t mess up too badly: it just glides on, nice and light. And it comes in a variety of hues—one for every eye color—making matters simpler still.