Friday 27th May 2016
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Thursday trifecta

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I bring you coasters, mostly because I’ve been looking for a new set, and—as I have related in the past—news is what happens to editors. First up: I am so in love with the improbable color combination here that I wish it were a dress.

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This braided version is like a cute little mini-rug.

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These are so fun and bright, but still also sophisticated enough not to look silly.



Put some prep in your step

ines de la

I always love when women mix preppy pieces in with more fashiony items—like for instance, how fantastic does Mme Ines de la Fressange look here in her black Lacoste shirt, multiple necklaces, and armful of bangles? It’s a style I am increasingly drawn to as my menagerie of tattoos continues to grow, as it both balances things out and contrasts appealingly.  And it comes off so excellently effortless—Ines might have in reality sweated the particulars of this outfit for some time before running out the door, but the net effect is very I-just-threw-this-on.


I think you have to be pretty damn cool to look cool in a Lacoste shirt, and I’m not at all sure I am. But I’d like to try.

crew belt

Today, I am wearing this J. Crew belt with a cream-colored slouchy Maria Cornejo top and army pants, and it provides a nice—but not overwhelming—burst of bright.

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Tretorns are about as classic, classic prep as it gets. I like the idea of wearing them with cuffed boyfriend jeans or a denim A-line skirt.


bucket hat is so Lauren Hutton 70s prep, especially in the khaki.

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And because Memorial Day looms: as timeless a waxed canvas weekender duffle as you could hope to find—from LL Bean, natch.

Tuesday links

seven magic mountains

  • This place. (Visual News)
  • These pictures by recent nominees for membership in the legendary Magnum photo agency are just absolutely stunning. (Slate)
  • The answer to the question of what dogs see when they look in the mirror is surprisingly complicated. (The Science of Us)
  • Bryan Cranston, making the funny. (Laughing Squid)
  • And finally: this piece on  alternate emojis for the female experience is a laugh riot. Thanks to loyal reader Raina Cox for sending it along. (The Guardian)




Miracle product of the moment

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My hair has, for as long as I can recall, refused to get with the program. It’s fine, it frizzes, and is as dry as the desert at high noon. Not helping matters is the fact that I like to wear it straight (its natural state is ringlet-tight curls) which requires no small amount of of heat styling, so also: it’s damaged. But when I use All in One Milk from Davines, I can almost trick myself into thinking I was born with good hair. I spray a pretty liberal amount on before blow-drying, comb through (it’s an excellent detangler) and then style away. Afterward, my hair is soft and shiny and decidedly un-poufy, and it smells really nice too, which isn’t nothing.

Monday links

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  • These photos on Central Park were taken with an infrared lens and they are gorgeous. (Laughing Squid)
  • Morrissey being Morrissey. (Flavorwire)
  • There are cat people, and then there are cat people. (Atlas Obscura)
  • This slideshow of vintage beauty products is quite satisfying. (Smithsonian)
  • This infographic of the minimum income it takes to live in each state is not uninteresting. (Mental Floss)


Top 5 of the week

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Today we have striped tops with a little something extra going on, just for kicks. First up: this cute (and excellently stomach-junk-camouflaging) knot-front tee with a nice, flattering neckline.

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The variations in width of the stripes make this choice rather stealthily becoming.

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Print-mixing for beginners, pre-styled for your convenience.

ruffle sleeve

The ruffle sleeve is so much girlier than I usually go, but the rest of the what’s happening here is so classic and laid-back that it totally works for me.


Not too much of a twist here, just a rather perfect drop shoulder and winning combination of red, white, and blue, which you don’t find every day.