Saturday 30th May 2015
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Things I bought, things I want; all in grey

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I hesitated before pulling the trigger on this linen tee, because it cost more than a tee should cost. But I’m so glad I went for it anyway: it hangs really elegantly, and—because it’s on the sheer side—looks fantastic with a hint of black bra peeking out underneath. If you’re into that type of thing.

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I could wear my new Crippen skinny trousers every day, and on my recent trip out west, all but did: they are so much more flattering on me than jeans that they make me wonder why I bother with jeans in the first place,and have a nice amount of stretch without looking all stretchy. They’re sold out in almost every size almost everywhere online, so you might want to try this also rather slim-cut pair from Emerson Fry, or these, which are from J. Brand and nicely on sale.

 

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If there was any way in the world I could justify buying yet another pair of sneakers, it would be these sneakers.

Wednesday links

flannery stamp

Print of the week

dartboard

Coolest dartboard ever.

And yet again more sale excitement: Net A Porter

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Do not delay in checking this one out, guys: the markdowns are plentiful, generous, and altogether tempting. I’ve been obsessed with this almost-too-cute cropped suede jacket since it turned up on the site a few months ago.

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A cheeky beach blanket built for two.

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Just exactly the type of tee that looks great under a blazer, and in such an excellent color combo.

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This sale features tons of good sneakers; I particularly like these snappy leather Jack Purcells.

Tuesday links

hollywood blvd

 

Impossibly cute thing I really want of the week

 

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This mini version of Clare Vivier’s Kenya bag: so simple, so genius (and unlike the larger version, it comes with that second, longer, handle, which makes it so much more real-life useful too).

 

Taking requests (and an opportunity for redemption)

cheap sunglasses

Any excuse to run a picture of Francoise Hardy

“I am done buying trendy sunglasses,” writes a reader named Jessica. “I want some sunglasses-for-life. I would like to spend about a hundred dollars, although I will spend more for the perfect pair. I will not spend two hundred dollars even if the sunglasses are pure magic, because I totally just can’t.” Well guys, I feel like I’ve owed you this one for a while, because you never see anything but stupidly expensive sunglasses here, as that’s all I ever buy. You know better than to do that, of course, and I’d like to think I could learn to. So what follows are five brands with decent selections in Jessica’s—and possibly any sane person’s—range.

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This winter when I was staying at The Standard in Miami, they had a Warby Parker pop-up shop going on in the lobby, and the only thing that prevented me from buying some of their sunglasses was that there were too many cute pairs to choose from (and I am a very decisive person). This is such a good example of what they do well: chic and retro, but somehow quite classic at the same time. And the quality is rock solid.

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It doesn’t get more sunglasses-for-life than Ray Ban, and on the right person, there’s nothing sexier than their aviator. But if I were looking to invest, I’d go for Clubmaster. It’s sturdier, and also just that much more unexpected.

 

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Marc by Marc Jacobs has a selection that is both fun and witty and trendy and somehow utterly safe at the same time.  This seems like the lowest-risk version of cat-eye frames ever (which is a good thing).

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You’ve got to pick through Wildfox‘s selection, because a lot of it is way too young and trendy, but they aren’t afraid of color, which I like. And they do the occasional very successful “tribute” (these remind me of far more pricey Karen Walkers).

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Yes, Toms, the shoe company makes sunglasses and a lot of them are rather sophisticated and cute. I totally don’t have the correct head shape for these, but I love them.

Print of the week

j crew chevron

I love it when J. Crew gets the wild print/boy shirt thing exactly right.

Thursday links

30 Rock - Season 7 Tina Fey as Liz Lemon

Top 5 of the week: Espadrille wedges

keneth cole espadrille

I might be alone in this, but I think these are totally sexy.

barneys espadrille

Just too damn cute with that print at the toe.

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So 70s fabulous it’s almost unbearable.

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Pricey and surely quite perilous to walk in,  but the red and the navy is just too excellent to be ignored.

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This J. Crew pair comes in more straightforward versions, but the leopard print amuses.