Sunday 23rd November 2014
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If this Liberty of London beauty-product-a-day advent calendar did not already exist, I feel it might have come to me in a dream.

Home project alert

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How excited am I that I’ve got an aging, faded Knoll Womb Chair in need of reupholstering and Maria Cornejo’s just launched a gorgeous textile collaboration  with that very brand? Now it’s just a question of which fabric to choose. Is it crazy that I’m considering the metallic?

Thursday links


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Top 5 of the week: Things with stars on them


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A big fat star on a  leather boot is the type of thing I might typically dismiss as being on the gimmicky side, but I’m loving these.

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This sleeping mask amuses me for days.

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You need to see this one up close to really appreciate the cuteness.

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I like that this Jennifer Fisher 10K gold mini-charm has a little bit of a shooting star quality.

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Golden Goose sneakers: crazy stupid pricey, and wickedly adorable.

Wednesday links

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  • My friend and and former Sassy cohort, the very talented  Marjorie Ingall, has written the loveliest piece about her daughter’s very home-grown Bat Mitzvah. Are you dying over the program? It was inspired by a GOACA-era cover of Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, one of her daughter’s favorite books. (Tablet)
  • Amy Poehler comes off rather badass here.  (New Yorker)
  • I found this rundown of some of America’s no fly zones pretty fascinating.
  • The word of the year for every year since 1990 is like a mini-trip back through pop-culture history. (Time)
  • It’s the tiny hamster Thanksgiving video, and resistance is futile. (Laughing Squid)

A Party in a Top, Part 3

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Penelope Tree knew a Party in a Top when she saw one

Here, from my original exegesis on the topic, is the concept behind the Party in a Top:

My philosophy about dressing for the holiday party season has always been pretty straightforward. Weddings are an endurance game: you’re on display for hours, possibly on a dance floor too.  So there’s every reason to sweat it to some degree. And dinner parties are typically so intimate that no aspect of your outfit goes unnoticed there either. But holiday parties are crowded,  frenetic, standing room affairs, where all anybody really notices is what you’re wearing from the waist up. I realized this truth a few years ago, and it totally set me free. 

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It set me free because I realized all that was called for was a really strong top—a Party in a Top. As for its qualities, a really good Party in a Top should change the way you look at yourself in the mirror a little. Possibly, it should be a touch bolder than you usually go. And it should all have just a touch of sexiness to it—even if it’s just in a cheeky way, like this snake print and sequin number.

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You know the woman who shows up wearing wear this Party in a Top will be the most interesting person you meet all night.

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Surprisingly sophisticated, for a top with so very much going on

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Of course you won’t wear this one with just a bra like the lady here, but instead with a perfectly simple cami. And you will come off all kinds of French and sexy for having done so.

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Most off-the-shoulder tops are too flouncy for my taste, but this one is so clean-lined and sophisticated and perfect and I want.

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A cool way to show skin without really showing any skin.

Slideshow: 25 Rather Cute Holiday Gifts Under $50

Tuesday trifecta: Investment bags

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What makes these worth shelling out for is that they are all classic but not boringly so, versatile enough to carry with most any outfit, and—most essentially—not going out of style any time soon.  First up: Coach’s Legacy Duffle, which I have been mildly obsessed for some time. The design is a few decades old, simple as the day is long, and its own version of absolute perfection.

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Leather backpacks are tricky, tricky, and typically I only like them when they’re very traditionally backpack-shaped. But the bucket bag silhouette here gives it both utility and the ability to be perfectly appropriate for work lunches.

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I’ve always advised people who think they need a tote as a work bag to consider a satchel instead—they’re just as roomy and practical and so much chicer. This one feels all natty and British to me. (Also, here’s one I die for but will only link to because it exceeds the GOACA price limit).


Tuesday links

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  • I am totally geeking out over how cool Norway’s new passport is. (Slate)
  • Have we all processed the information that that Patti Smith will be playing the Vatican Christmas Concert? (Dangerous Minds)
  • 10 female outsider artists worth knowing about. (Flavorwire)
  • The gateway drug for my lifelong love affair with print was Mad Magazine, so it delighted me to see this post about a gallery show of the publication’s classic fold-in pages by Al Jaffee. (Laughing Squid)
  • There truly is a collector for everything. (Collector’s weekly)

In which I exercise restraint

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J. Crew‘s having another of their 25% off of everything in the store* specials (just type in SHOPNOW at checkout) so on Friday I trekked on over to their Soho outpost and stocked up on socks and gloves. Not the sexiest shopping trip in recent memory, but possibly the most gratifying. I especially like my new glove/mittens (the Crew calls them “glittens,”; I can’t).

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I have made some especially egregious splurges lately, so I was committed to this being a trip for just essentials. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t have a look around. This collarless leather jacket  reminds me so much of Agnes B when Agnes B was the rage.

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A bib popover is such an easy shape, and the grey is nicely sophisticated.

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With an oversized white button-down, red lips, and heels to the office Christmas party? Perfection.


*Except, it would appear, for Collection items.