Saturday 1st August 2015
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Friday links


  • So many fantastic pictures of a young Mick, all in one place. (Please Kill Me)
  • Some really quite memorable epitaths. (Mental Floss)
  • This footage of Jimmy Kimmel going off on the whole Cecil the Lion tragedy is pretty great. (youTube)
  • As is this, but differently. (Flavorwire)
  • And finally, because Oh, why not: state-by-state demographic maps of the most commonly-employed swear words. NSFW-ish. (Kottke)


Do you meditate?

free period

Recently, I tried to learn how. Every morning for a number of weeks I would give it my best, and every morning, I just wound up just feeling kind of distracted and sleepy, which is not the point at all. Somebody suggested I sit in a hard chair, and still I just nodded off.  Then that same person suggested I buy an adult coloring book (I know, I know) so I ordered this one—it’s all patterns, perfect for me—along with some colored pencils. And damned if coloring in that adult coloring book doesn’t smooth my thoughts right on out.

I feel like I’m opening myself up for ridicule on this one, so please be dear and open yourself up to me too: how do you meditate? How often do you do it? And: does it ever get easier?

The coolest new thing I’ve seen this week

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So clever of jewelry designer Monica Vinader to put an individual spin on each letter in her new alphabet series. So many possibilities, all of them adorable.

Three actually cool sports bras

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Of course I am absolutely dying for this one from Mara Hoffman.

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And here’s a rather sexy option from a line called Michi that pretty much specializes in sexy sports bras.


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If Missoni made a sports bra, it would pretty much look like this one from Sweaty Betty.

Tuesday links

dutch birthday

  • These photographs of Dutch birthday celebrations are pretty great. (Slate)
  • Funny. (Time)
  • The grammar fascist in me loves this helpful video on the correct usage of the—all too frequently erroneously deployed—apostrophe. (Laughing Squid)
  • Is your favorite movie on this list of the top ten most beautiful movies of all time? (Kottke)
  • A slightly morbid but altogether fascinating rundown of how various cultures bury their dead. (Atlas Obscura)


Cheap and chic of the week

skinny chino

These skinny chinos remind me extremely much of the rather perfect Crippen trousers that I bought back in the spring and have worn to death. They even come in the same grey.

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And while we’re it it, here’s an added extra cheap and chic: I met a woman earlier in the summer named Liz, and she had the most dead-on tomboy style, and wore these canvas sneakers from Seavees, a brand of which I had never heard. Of course I copied her. They’re insanely comfortable, and I don’t feel like I’m clomping around in them, as I have in the past with other slide sneakers.

cutoff shorts

And one more thing (because yes, I am feeling guilty about posting those pricey cutoffs on Friday that seem to have hit a nerve with some of you): these.

My (somewhat improbable) new summer uniform

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It’s been all about the button-down this season.

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Which I pair with—and here’s the improbable part—jeans shorts. They’re an item I typically associate with the young and the leggy, but if you purchase them in a slouchy boyfriend cut, it totally works. I wear the pair you see here so frequently that I got it them the white too. When I’ve got on the blue ones, it’s always with a blue shirt; with the white ones I go white on top too. It elevates the look just a touch and makes it less relentlessly casual.

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Belting also keeps things looking put-together.

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For footwear, I opt for something with a bit of height, which helps me hit the streets at least feeling leggy, which I’m not. I’ve been getting an impossible amount of wear out of these seamed clog sandals from No.6.

Thursday links

love me back

  • Just a whole bunch of especially great book covers. (Kottke)
  • The most epic road trips in American literature. (Atlas Obscura)
  • Don’t know which of these guys I’m going to miss more. (A.V. Club)
  • An astonishingly thorough guide to all the running gags on Arrested Development. (NPR)
  • Your morning weep is particularly weepy today. (Time)

Just doing my job

strawberry thief

The new Barbour/Liberty jackets are here, and one of them is lined in their Strawberry Thief print—a personal fave—and how could I not let you know?

Thursday trifecta

travel journal

Generally speaking I can’t bear anything that’s too twee, but then I’ll visit the Coral & Tusk website and get sucked right into the vortex. This leather embroidered travel journal, for instance, feels like it needs to be mine.

bugs napkim

I only use cloth napkins—it impresses guests, and always makes my takeout feel that much more civilized. And my collection is impressive, but none are quite so perfect as these.


This sachet has Hostess Gift written all over it.