Saturday 4th July 2015
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Tuesday trifecta

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Three wild and bright leopard prints—because if you’re going to go for it, summer’s the time. This oversized pouch could totally double as a clutch.

 

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I couldn’t not with this bronzer.

leopard espadrille

A good mood in a shoe.

 

Excitement! Win one of these wicked cool Emerson Fry caftans

emerson giveawayNever have I been so tempted to rig a giveaway in my favor as I am now: these are caftans in which to stylishly lounge your way through the rest of summer, and to stuff in the suitcase for every beach vacation after that. We’re giving one away to three lucky ladies, and I am already desperately jealous of whoever wins this one. All you’ve got to do to win is enter here by July 6.

Top 5 of the week: beach bags

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A vinyl bag doesn’t make all the sense in the world for the beach, but the poppy 70s rainbow-bright sunset here is too much of a delight to be ignored.

pink tote

basket shape is so French in a really sweet way, and this one is nicely under $50.

J crew bag

I like how this seems Mexican serape-inspired, but is still quite streamlined. And it’s roomy.

madewell kenya bag

The space dye effect here is pretty cool.

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Straw and brown leather = classic and cool.

Cheap and chic of the week

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The fact that I am endorsing this tank dress represents a major shift in policy for me, as I am typically, vehemently anti-maxi. But this one has such a nice, sophisticated neckline—a rarity for this silhouette—and slouch for days.

Things I want, things I bought

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I have been wearing my new skinny army pants so much up here in the mountains that it’s getting a little gross. Even as I type I am wearing them, yet again. They have the best, most flattering silhouette (the back pockets are strategically cut for maximum butt-flattering-ness) and so much stretch—without looking like they do—that they’re as comfortable as leggings. The fact that they’re black adds a nice dose of sophistication.

madewell top

They’d actually look totally adorable with this Mexican embroidered top, which I especially desire.

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To finish things off: this nifty clog sandal, in a pale pink that works nicely as a neutral.

Friday Links

royal ascot

 

Reader, I bought it

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Because of course I did.

Print of the week

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Is it obnoxious for a forever-beginner-level yogi such as myself to show up to classes with a kind of flashy mat? Part of me thinks you have to do a pretty mean crow pose to make such a statement. But part of me doesn’t care—and that, of course, is the part I’m inclined to go with. Shopbop’s got a ton of really cool ones to choose from. Here’s option #1.

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And here’s #2, which I like because it looks like a rug I might actually put in my home.

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And from Anthro: this little slice of heaven, which is probably my favorite of all.

 

Wednesday links

inspiration

  • Writers on places that inspire their work. (Flavorwire)
  • Probably some of you know that Lucky magazine closed shop yesterday, an event that has left me feeling more than a little nostalgic for the early days. Here’s an absolutely wonderful piece written by a former assistant of mine about what it was like to work there. It all but brought me to tears. (The Cut)
  • And here, if you’ve never seen it, is a trailer-length commercial we made after we first launched that still  manages to get a laugh out of me every time I watch it. (YouTube)
  • These old Life magazine summer covers are a kick. (Time)
  • Progress (Jezebel)

 

Yes, gingham

mango gingham

In straight-up black and white, gingham loses all of the usual prissypants associations it usually holds for me.  The print on these shorts  is just small enough to be acceptable to those who don’t like loud pants. And they have excellent slouch.

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The black placket gives this shirt some edge.

DVF gingham

Love the interplay of large and small gingham on this cute shirtdress