Saturday 1st November 2014
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Wednesday links


Cheap and chic of the week

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I’ve been meaning to write about this J. Crew jacket for a while, because it is such a fantastic—but way better-priced—stand-in for this classic from Barbour. But I’m glad I waited, because right now, it’s one of many, many items the site is offering for 25% off. Just remember to enter the code STYLETREAT at checkout.

Wednesday Trifecta: blue camo

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Sometimes—when I’m totally tempted to buy something but know I really shouldn’t— I’ll post it here, just to get it out of my system.  This Emerson Fry anorak has been haunting my dreams for weeks: now I hand it off to you. No backs.

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This is pretty cute too, though, and costs half as much.

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And here’s one that’s cheaper still.

Tuesday links

carrie minimalist horror movie

  • Minimalist horror movie  posters.
  • It is now possible to fly to Europe for $99. (Slate)
  • Riggins returns. (Vulture)
  • That charming Neil Patrick Harris is going to do a variety show for NBC. (A.V. Club)
  • Your morning weep. (Pajiba)

I love a duffel coat


classic barbour duffel

So many different ways to go with this one: you can choose something utterly classic, like so.

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Or make your duffel coat your puffer.

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Or go with that whole pastel thing that’s so happening this season.

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Like everything, a duffel gets a little more sophisticated in grey, and I like the houndstooth moment on the pockets, too.

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Oh, I’m totally serious.

Monday links

the fashion one

  • A really quite beautiful slideshow of vintage matchbox art. (Collector’s Weekly)
  • It always pleases me to bring you pictures from the annual East Village Halloween dog parade, which took place this weekend, and did not disappoint.
  • It’s not uninteresting to see what different countries use for target practice. (Slate)
  • Martha Stewart Living did a guide to throwing your kid a punk rock birthday party, which really was just asking for it. (A.V. Club)
  • I love a good infographic map of America, and here are a whopping 25 of them, detailing everything from the second most popular religion in each state to the most common cause of death to the most popular kid’s names.  (Mental Floss)

White jeans for fall don’t need to be tricky

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You’ve just got to keep things simple—by getting some rather painstakingly specific details right. But before we move forward: can you see why I am always banging on about how you shouldn’t put your cropped jeans away at the end of summer because they’re awesome with ankle boots?

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And here is the exact Current Elliott pair I’ve got on in that picture, which are so good I purchased a pair in regular blue denim too. They have a nice slouchy skinny cut, just how I like, and unless you are eleventy feet tall, like the model here likely is, they will hit you a good bit lower on the ankle.

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I bought this lightweight cashmere crew neck by Equipment during Shopbop’s Friends and Family event because it filled a very specific hole in my wardrobe: it’s cut like a t-shirt—nice and body-skimming—and good when your ensemble calls for something more refined than your usual bulktastic sweaters. Here’s one from Everlane that’s probably not as thin or tailored, but costs about half as much.

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And to add the just-right  touch of slouchiness: my Jolie Laide Roll & Tuck tee, tucked in the front, loose in the back. This really is in many ways the perfect tee—I wear mine so much it’s a little gross—and right this very instant you can get it for 20% off by entering GOACA20 at checkout. Do not delay, people: this offer expires on midnight, October 29.

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I have spent a lot of time deconstructing why some women are so unstoppably chic in certain very simple ensembles while the rest of us just look like we’re wearing the same old boring thing, and when it comes to jeans and a sweater, here’s a little styling trick I’ve noticed: You will immediately look a good three times more pulled-together if you wear a belt and then fake-tuck the front of the sweater. It obviously only works with pretty light sweaters, but I promise it totally works.

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The boots I’m wearing here were discovered at the bottom of a bin at a No. 6 sample sale last summer, and alas, they made nothing like them this season. You could go with something similar in a clog boot, but for me it’s all about that wedge heel, which is why I bring you this little slice of (splurgy) perfection. And here’s your significantly less expensive option.

Have at me, winter

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My awesome new Nike sneaker booties are the absolutely only reason I am looking forward to the nasty, chilly months to come: they’re unbelievably soft and plushy on the inside, water-resistant on the outside  (I tested) and actually—I swear it—quite cool-looking on. Like Mukluks gone techno. I totally should have written about them sooner because they’re beginning to sell out in some sizes (check them out on Zappos if that’s the case for you) and by the time the first snow’s here, they’ll all be gone, gone, gone.

Friday links


buffy marathon


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The type of jackets that are as good with jeans as they are with little work dresses and skirts, and that layer nicely under winter coats once the weather turns polar. I’m a bag fan of the whole lapel-facing-inward trend, and think it works especially nicely here.

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Leather and boucle is a combination that never ceases to charm.

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A whole lot of slick for under $100.