Monday 31st August 2015
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Prints of the week

co bigelow case

All my cosmetic cases are ratty and ancient, so I’ve been looking for a new one since I’m set to travel soon. But how to choose just one when there’s such an embarrassment of good patterns? Naturally I love this Japanese floral because it’s blue and black—one of my favorite color combos—and the oversized chain purse shape is a cute touch too.

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Of course the one I want most is this splurgy number.

nordstrom bag

Black and white ikat with a quick pop of bright is rather fresh.

Monday links


  • Special for you: a 1973 PSA for income equality starring Batgirl. (Mental Floss)
  • Huh. (NSFW; NY Mag)
  • It’s the 200 best songs of the 80s, guys. (Pitchfork)
  • Typography lovers will delight in these gorgeous pictures of old old signs  in Paris. (Slate)
  • For those still tuning in, here’s the trailer for the final season of Downton Abbey. (Time)

Top five of the week

the nerd

I have rarely liked cut of jeans as much as I do the slouchy skinny—and I have a drawer-full to prove it— but at a certain point in time, a girl’s got to change it up. Here are some denim specimens that are feeling particularly fresh to me. First up: a satisfyingly solid dark wash and cute cropped cut—with just a hint of flair—from my new favorite line, The Great.

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This high rise straight crop jean feels quite 1970s Mom to me.

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This pair is from Amo, a new denim line that everyone’s obsessing over. I’m liking the nifty twisted side seams.

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Laugh if you will; I am wildly tempted by this cuffed trouser jean.

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These would look fantastic come fall paired with a blazer.



Hop to it

triangle tank

I know we’re all slogging around in our lightest clothes at the moment, trying to perspire in as ladylike a fashion as we can manage in the blistering heat and humidity and dying for a breeze, any breeze. But Emerson Fry just posted the first half of their fall collection, and it would be remiss of me not to direct you to the goods immediately. Some of the pieces, like this nifty triangle tank, can be worn right away. I love how much this piece reminds me of that time in the early 2000s when I wore almost nothing but asymmetrically-hemmed tops and thought I looked like the shit.

tie up dress

Another good transitional piece: this black dress (which, like so many EF pieces, could not get more timeless and yet manages to read very current too) is calculated to flatter. And there’s an adjustable hem, which you can use to transform it into a little asymmetrical number.

yoshi sweater

An oversized short-sleeved sweater—meant to be worn over a long-sleeved tee—feels very classically EF.

moto frenchie

Coated trouser jeans with a nice matte finish for superior versatility.

Tuesday links

joan jett

  • Hit songs that were actually covers. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Juicy bits from the new Joan Didion biography. (Vulture)
  • Oh please. (Jezebel)
  • The science of hating the sound of people chewing. (Mental Floss)
  • Fascinating: in England, before homosexuality was decriminalized, gay men spoke in a secret language called Polari. (Slate)

Summer makeup update

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Tribeca Mom raved about this, and at first I was wary because it’s a lot of cash for the tiniest little bottle. But it creates the most natural flush of any cheek tint I’ve ever tried, and you use just the eensiest smudge so it’ll last forever.

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Also from Perricone: a super-light, foolproof-even-for-me concealer.

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The best match for my skin tone in the history of ever, with a significantly higher SPF than my usual BB Cream.

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A waterproof mascara that delivers on volume.

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And a waterproof eyeliner that would stay put in a hurricane.


Packing light

mini steamer

I’m taking a trip to Central America in September, and am resolved to fit everything for two whole weeks into one standard-size carry-on. This means being at peace with the notion that I will wear the same few things over and over. Which is fine: as I’ve stated in the past, I always wear the same things over and over anyway. Given the climate, I’ll be bringing along the kind of superlight cottony clothes that are inevitably all wrinkled by the time I reach my destination and unpack. So I’m bringing along my new Jo Mangiano Go Mini steamer, which is truly quite mini, works just as well as its larger counterpart, and rings in at just under $15, which is hard to beat.

Thursday links


  • Just a bunch of pictures of headbangers. (Slate)
  • This rundown of the ten best twist endings in movies is rife with spoilers—it would have to be—but quite amusing at the same time. (Flavorwire)
  • Mere words can’t convey my excitement over the fact that there might be a Flight of the Conchords movie. (A.V. Club)
  • Using your left hand, laughing with your mouth open, and other random things that are considered rude in some parts of the world. (Mental Floss)
  • The FDA has approved female Viagra. It will go by the rather random name of  “Addyi.” (Jezebel)

A note to subscribers


For reasons I’m not nearly technology-literate enough to understand, subscribers have not been receiving GOACA in their mailboxes for a couple of weeks. And for that I issue a profuse apology. If you’re reading this, then—yay!—it’s actually fixed and yesterday wasn’t a fluke. Meanwhile, check out the actual blog to see what you missed, why don’t you?

Thursday Trifecta

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For ages, I have been conducting a highly specific search for a beige-toned t-shirt bra that could conceivably be described as sexy. This has not been a simple quest: beige bras, while indispensable, have an inherent frump factor. Buy how excellent is this little demi wonder?


I know my bustier readers will protest that that bra could only work for the small of cup, so I present you with this, which goes up to an F-cup.

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Still not satisfied? Here’s a little number that tops out at GG.