Monday 22nd September 2014
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Friday links

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  • Our single topic Tumblr of the day has fun with Penguin Classics covers. (Pop goes the Penguin)
  • I’m not even a Yankees fan especially and this Gatorade farewell ad featuring retiring Yankee Derek Jeter got me get all choked up. (Adweek)
  • Sears department stores may not be long for our world. (Consumerist via Racked)
  • Hilarious. (The Toast via Kottke)
  • Law & Order SVU freaks will enjoy this ranking of performances by the show’s many Emmy-nominated guest stars over the years. (Atlantic Wire)



Top 5 of the day: Bombers


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I know some of you get awful Members Only flashbacks whenever I show bomber jackets; furthermore I am aware that I am not especially helping my case by opening with a borderline nuts purple one. But I am a big fan of just how many and varied directions designers are taking them in these days.

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 Here’s a quite autumnal, collegiate, option.

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This embroidered, ladylike, version is practically evening-worthy.

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I’m a real sucker for pink this season, and always like how it looks with shades of black and grey; this oversized houndstooth slays me.

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And finally: a straightforward black chervron quilted version, for playing it clean.



Cheap and chic of the week


Two great things that I’m loving this season—the color green and bucket bags—together in one perfectly cute package.


Thursday links

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  • Is your favorite bad movie on this list of the 50 worst movies ever?
  • And relatedly: are these the 50 best museums in the world? (Time)
  • Well this is cute: photographic proof that Kirstin Gillibrand and Connie Britton were college roommates in the 80s. (Daily Intelligencer)
  • Another day, another bit of evidence that the NFL doesn’t get it. (Slate)
  • Considering how right the folks at Ladies Home Journal got it when they predicted 2001 would look like in 1901 in some respects,  it’s astonishing how wrong they got it in others. (Mental Floss)

Reader, I bought them

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Before you all call me out for purchasing these crazy pricey MM6 sneakers, can I just say that I have—with the exception of this morning, when I got dressed all nice for a fancy breakfast with my agent—not taken them off since Saturday? They’re crazy-comfy—because they’re sneakers so of course they are—and have just a bit of a platform, so you don’t feel all stumpy when you wear them. And they’re going to kill it on the cost-per-wear front, I can just tell. Or so I must keep telling myself.

Print of the week

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Is this Christian Lacroix notebook not divine?  It’s just one of a travel-themed series (check out these equally fantabulous offerings inspired by MumbaiRio, Paris, New York, LA and London) and I want them all, all, all.

Tuesday trifecta


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I think I’m finally growing out of my whole leopard print thing—or at the very least it would appear that my whole leopard print thing is evolving: it’s a huge trend this season, and the only pieces I want are those that deliver in the quietest possible of keys. This sweater from Acne, with its hints of blue, is a perfect case in point.

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As is this blue-on-blue Rebecca Taylor pea coat.

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But this guy pretty much wins.



Tuesday links

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  • Fun with hidden images on album covers. (Mental Floss)
  • The only reason I bring you this post about the utterly tasteless  and frankly stupid “blood-stained” Kent State sweatshirt that Urban Outfitters is (justifiably) suffering a backlash for selling is that it includes a very interesting Q&A with Jerry Casale of DEVO, who attended Kent State and was an eyewitness to the event. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Genius. (Deadspin)
  • Farewell to Nurse Jackie—the rare show that brought us a truly complicated and not-entirely likable antiheroine—whose next season will be its last. (A.V. Club)
  • An autocorrect fail so brilliant it inspired a Tumblr. (Laughing Squid)

In which I am a tiny bit Single White Female

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This is jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann’s store, which opened quite recently on Lafayette Street, dangerously close to my home. Considering the fact that the place is so new, I consider it quite an accomplishment that they already know me by name there. I have, in fact, been such a loyal and enthusiastic customer that I’d imagine if this place were a bar instead of a jewelry store, they’d have created a cocktail for me by now.

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There’s a French fashion editor connection, of course. When I did my post on Paris Vogue’s Capucine Safyurtlu, I became obsessed with the stack of bracelets she seems never to leave the house without. The mix varies, but she always wears the simple bands of varying widths that you see here.

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Frequently she mixes in brighter pieces, comme ça. Which is very cute, but mostly it’s the bands that have obsessed me: I suspected that, like everything she wears, they maybe appeared simple at first glance, but were in fact, highly specific in their rightness. I had no idea where they came from and figured it was something secret and French and perfect and I never would.

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Meanwhile, life moved on and so did I. Pretty much.  Then the Bidermann store opened, and—because I’m familiar with her stuff from boutiques and Shopbop and Net a Porter—I paid a visit. And got chatty with the shopgirls, and it all came together. Turns out Bidermann and Capucine are best friends, and the bangles, as you can see from my excellent modeling job here, all display symbols of love and good luck. They are wonderful but they are not cheap (or readily available outside of her stores). Don’t they look gorgeous all together? I would have liked to have purchased them all. It’s possible I purchased a couple.

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I definitely came home with one of their Soho bracelets, because I’ve been a fan of them for a while. It adds a nice, chill pop of color to my stack. That I will return for the red one seems probable.

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I also sprang for this one, decorated with what looks like scarabs. It’s a little punk rock, but in a very soft, exceedingly French way.

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Bidermann really covers the waterfront, price-wise, which I appreciate—she has pieces with precious stones that cost in the tens of thousands, and then others like this nifty ring, which doesn’t go for whole lot more than $100.

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I have hit serious critical mass on snake rings at the moment, but were I not, I might have gone in for this.

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I love the look of this rope bracelet: so damn classic, but a little tough, too.

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A friendship bracelet, all grown up.

So let’s do this


And by “this,” I mean a New York City meetup. The topic came up this summer in the comments and gained sufficient momentum among enough of you for me to decide it would likely be pretty fun. I’m thinking late October—like the week of the 19th. Are you in?