Wednesday 23rd July 2014
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Tuesday trifecta: Melamine

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No time like barbecue and picnic season to stock up on everyone’s favorite synthetic, unbreakable dishware: this charming butterfly is one of an unmatched set of four.

melamine octopus

Etsy shop The Mad Platters is melamine central: right now I’m digging this oddly pretty number bordered with tentacles.

 

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And finally: I’m pretty sure this serving bowl is the best melamine thing I’ve ever seen.

 

Tuesday links

cardiac wallpaper

 

  • I am digging this Art Nouveau-style cardiac wallpaper.
  • The New Yorker’s website has removed its paywall for the summer, guys—and that includes its vast archive. Happy Hunting! (New Yorker)
  • This rundown of historical figures with tattoos includes more than a few who knews—like for instance Dorothy Parker, who had a tiny star, the result of a drunken night out. (Mental Floss)
  • Silly-but-amusing slideshow of the day: Famous men with little dogs. (Pajiba)
  • A pop-cultural history of everyone’s favorite summer garment, the caftan. (Collector’s Weekly)

Inspiration of the day

nico

I first saw this picture of Velvet Underground-era Nico back when we were putting together the second Lucky book, and it totally obsessed me, and then I ran across it Sunday and it got me going all over again. I love that she looks all slouchy and louche and glamorous, and of course that she’s reading the paper, because she’s probably sitting backstage waiting for sound check to happen and is bored out of her mind. One fact I learned in my days of writing about bands is that they spend a surprising amount of time sitting around waiting—for planes, for equipment to be loaded off the bus, and of course always for their turn up onstage. And I like how this picture kind of captures that mood—of the stall before the rush.

nico

1.Equipment  2.Frame Denim  3. Zara 4. Acne  5. Apolis 6. Karen Walker

Monday links

stains

  • 50 movies with feminist messages, From Nine to Five to Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. (Flavorwire)
  • A moment of appreciation for what was Elaine Stritch’s brilliant final role: 30 Rock‘s Colleen Donaghy. (EW)
  • Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in: Homeland, which really lost me last season, has added my House of Cards crush Corey Stoll to the cast. Here’s a first look at the action. (Vulture)
  • It’s the little things. (Laughing Squid)
  • The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams takes on the Army’s new hairstyle regulations for its black female members, and kills it—per usual. (Altantic Wire)

Made in America: The Girls of a Certain Age List Part II

This time around, I’ve added a few brands suggested by readers, and consulted two excellent sites, The American Edit, and The American-Made Guide to Life for backup. As usual, chime in with any favorites you think I’d like in the comments, as there shall be a Part III.

 

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CapitalEyewear Glasses The eyewear business, as many of you know, is big old racket controlled almost entirely by a single huge conglomerate called Luxxotica: it is because of them that frames, which really don’t need to cost so much, do. Capital Eyewear is an indie straight out of California happily defying Luxxotica’s iron grasp, and producing a small-but-compelling range of  glasses for under $150. The wooden frames are something to behold, if not actually wear.

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Catbird Jewelry The folks over at Catbird totally get the whole little-bit-of-accessible-luxury thing: I can always find something to desire while browsing their site, or on visits to their tiny-and-always-jam-packed Williamsburg store.

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Clare Vivier  Bags Turns out everybody’s favorite anti-status handbag is made right in LA. I’ve currently got their Sac Bretelle in heavy rotation: it fits all the necessities while remaining supremely lightweight.

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CP Shades Apparel Oversized and flowy clothes with a Northern California-style comfort-first appeal. I love this beach cover-up with the excellent pockets.

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Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Blankets, Throws, Scarves This Minnesota-based mill—going strong for well over a century—churns out some absolute classics. A throw like this could be at home in your home whether your aesthetic is midcentury, bohemian, or antiquey-American.

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Found My Animal Dog Gear Their degrade leash is rather smashing, but I’m also a big fan of this company’s decidedly un-prissy dog carriers.

 

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Heath Ceramics Tableware If an earthquake hit New York and all my dishes were destroyed, this is precisely where I’d go to start all over.

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Organic by John Patrick Apparel, lingerie. A small but lovely line composed of classics made modern—the perfect cardigan, a live-in-it crewneck—and the most splurge-worthy camis and bias-cut slips I’ve yet to come across.

podolls

The Podolls Apparel This San Francisco-based line is notable mostly for the pieces they execute in handwoven fabrics from India and Japan: the prints are so good that they know to keep the silhouettes simple—just how I like them.

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Splendid Apparel Just some of the most flattering, reliable, well-wearing tees around.

 

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20X200  This brilliant online venture brings gallery-quality work by contemporary artists to the people.  There’s also a pretty nifty vintage section, with work by such masters as New York street photographer Berenice Abbott.

Friday links

elaine Stritch

  • Brassy broad for the ages and great talent Elaine Stritch has left our world. Shine on and Godspeed, lady. You were the shit. Also: This. (NY Times, Splitsider)
  • 600 years of slang words for sex. (Mental Floss)
  • OK, this is pretty clever. In a stupendously stupid way. (Laughing Squid)
  • The curious case of the missing First Daughter of Uzbekistan. (Atlantic Wire)
  • Stock photos are the gift that gives and gives. (Jezebel)

Cheap and chic of the week

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Madewell is having a pretty nice 30% off event right now (type in KEEPCOOL at checkout), and my hoarding instincts are kicking in just looking at all the linen t-shirts up for grabs. Nothing hangs better than a linen tee.

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It’s not every day that you see a classic Armor-Lux striped top marked down.

 

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The cuteness.

Fancy feast

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I had a working girls’s lunch with Tribeca Mom and our our friend Danielle yesterday in midtown to celebrate Tribeca Mom’s new job—she’s now the editor of Redbook—and even though she always swore she’d never want to be in the top spot at a magazine (and believe me, there are a lot of reasons not to want to be) she is all in and glowing.  Most women who make it to editor in chief start wearing head-to-toe designer the instant they hit the corner office—they become editrix-bots—and I was pleased to note that this was not at all the case with TM, who had on her usual brilliant mix of high/low: a black textured a-line skirt from Club Monaco; a printed top from H&M offshoot Cos; and classic pointy-toe Manolo Blahnik pumps. And then this rather fancy-looking lady bag, which at first I thought was Gucci.

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But which turns out to be Ecco, and  on sale right now on Zappos. That’s my girl.

Thursday links

 

tiki building

  • A deep dive into America’s midcentury love affair with Tiki culture. (Collector’s Weekly)
  • Beautiful pictures of very bad drugs.
  • These declassified complaints from the CIA cafeteria amuse. (Mental Floss)
  • My idea of Hell. (Slate)
  • I so totally loved reading about the real-life people who’ve been immortalized in songs. Who knew that the story behind Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” was so poignant? (NME via Please Kill Me)

 

 

Print of the week, heads exploding edition

 

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It’s a Liberty leopard print, guys.