Thursday 27th October 2016
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Thursday links


  • Every episode of the new season of Jessica Jones—a show I do not watch, but about which I hear good things—will be directed by women. (The Frisky)
  • According to a recent study, the more you lie, the less guilty you feel about lying—which explains why some people are such experts at it. (The Science of Us)
  • The first American ever, Paul Beatty, has won the Man Booker prize for his book, The Sellout. (Slate)
  • Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has just signed a very big deal for a new show with Amazon. (A.V. Club)
  • This slideshow of Michelle Obama’s most memorable gowns is just a complete pleasure. (Go Fug Yourself)


Top 5 of the week


I like skirts, I do; I very much like how they look on others, but I don’t wear them nearly as much as I’d like myself, because I’m endlessly picky when in comes to the acquisition of them. I like skirts simple, straightforward, and totally unfussy—as clean-lined as I’d expect a good pair of pants to be. But pretty. And with a little—but just a little— something interesting going on. Like this asymmetrical satin number, which would look so great with a cashmere sweater and tights. (I know some might argue that a satin skirt is the very embodiment of fussy, but I think the trick would be to dress it down and treat it like it were any other material. Very glam.)


Sort of a sophisticated version of a schoolgirl skirt.


This jersey skirt just looks like the soul of comfort.


I wear the hell out of my J. Crew denim skirt, but it’s on the short side: I like the midi length here.


leather pencil skirt that isn’t skin-tight: a revelation.


Wednesday links


  • Abbi Jacobson of Broad City has a new book out called Carry This Book, and it’s got clever illustrations in which she imagines the contents of notable women’s bags. You can see a few here.
  • Here’s the first Gilmore Girls trailer, for those of you who are so inclined. (Flavorwire)
  • Kate McKinnon’s Ghostbusters outtakes reel is pretty funny. I like her. (Kottke)
  • The 25 scariest opening scenes in horror movie history. (A.V. Club)
  • I really want to go to Italy’s premier antiques fair.  The Fornasetti! (Collector’s Weekly)



Dept. of don’t need, must have


I own enough sweaters.  I know this. But I love the look of this wool and cashmere crewneck, part of a whole collection of ribbed wool and cashmere sweaters that Everlane brought forth into the world earlier this week.

My uniform, makeup edition


If I’m leaving the house, I’m wearing makeup. Doesn’t matter where I’m going or what I’m doing: I have headed, unbathed, many a morning in my jeans and sneaks and the tee I slept in, to the dog run with a face fully done, just because to do otherwise feels not quite imaginable to me at this stage in the game. Ten years ago I’d run out of the house with nothing but a swipe of the mascara wand. But you get older, your lashes thin, your cheeks no longer flush of their own volition. Beauty fades. It just does. I like to think of myself as drawing it back in.* The first thing I put on my face after washing it is Bobbi Brown BB Cream, which I switched to a while back because it has a higher SPF (35) than the BB Cream I previously used. It’s also an uncannily good match for my skin tone. In addition to which, you can see my actual skin underneath it, which is key: who can bear a foundation-y look?


Next up, I draw in my nonexistent brows with this pencil from YSL. Seriously, my brows are quite scant, so I need a product that doesn’t end up looking altogether fake, and somehow, this doesn’t.


For eyeliner these days I’m using this MAC color, a rich-but-not-too-dark brown that I picked up in the beauty closet when I visited Tribeca Mom at work not long ago. It goes on easier than most liners, and seems hard to screw up, which is key, because did I mention that I’m not especially good at applying makeup?


I am forever trying new mascaras, then going back to old favorites, and right now I’ve returned after an extended break to Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced, even though I hate the name, because it delivers volume better than anything else I’ve ever tried.


I’m still very much liking the MAC lipstick I picked up (and wrote about) not long ago, but am back to using this really good red I acquired in August, because it reminds me of  the summer, which I’m already missing.


I could never make a go of most blushes without the results looking horribly artificial. But just a bit of this—and a little goes a seriously long way; I’ve had the same eensy bottle for over a year—imparts the nicest, most natural flush.


*I realize there is a big no-makeup movement going on at the moment, and that many people feel quite empowered by it. If that’s your thing, fantsatic. This is what works for me. 

Tuesday links


  • A very satisfying slideshow of canine costumes from the annual Tompkins Square Park dog run Halloween parade. (PIX11)
  • Prepare to fall down a crazy rabbit hole with this rundown of the 70 greatest conspiracy theories in pop culture history. (Vulture)
  • What do we think of the fact that Jennifer Lawrence is set to play Zelda Fitzgerald in an upcoming biopic? (Flavorwire)
  • This complete rundown of the 281 people, places, and things the Republican candidate for president has insulted on Twitter is something else. (NY Times)
  • This is not unexciting: next year there will be Girl Scout cookie cereal. (Mental Floss)