Monday 29th August 2016
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Another day, another sneaker fixation

novesta

Novesta sneakers, which, I’ve only just now discovered, are like Chuck Taylors but more streamlined, and they come in really excellent colors and fabrications—I love this tan  pair, for instance, but you might also want to check out their corduroy and denim options. And is this a good red or what?

Posted on August 29th, 2016 3 Comments

Print of the week

 

gabriela hearst

I am just absolutely besotted by the glorious pattern on this top by designer Gabriela Hearst, who has created many items this season that are all kinds of out of my price range.

Posted on August 25th, 2016 3 Comments

Top 5 of the week

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Just a bunch of exuberantly not-black bags, because there’s no better lazy girl’s styling tool. First up: I know, I know, it’s vivid banana yellow, but I actually think this bucket bag is desperately chic, and would be fantastic paired with grays and whites.

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This is brand new for fall from Clare Vivier and I am dying for the shape, which reminds me so much of something my mom might have carried in the 70s.

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I have gone on record as saying that I don’t think super-hyped Mansur Gavriel bags are any big whoop, but they do get their colors right, and this is one very good red.

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Likewise, this—from Il Bisonte— is just a deliriously pretty blue, and the shape is so perfectly simple.

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The blue here is subdued enough to work as a neutral, and I like the ever-so-slightly modish look.

Posted on August 18th, 2016 5 Comments

Print of the week

leopard cardi

It’s always a good time when J. Crew decides to throw a leopard print into the mix.

Posted on August 17th, 2016 3 Comments

What is it about a striped shirt, anyway?

brigitte stripes

I wouldn’t say the question keeps me up at night, but I have been giving it perhaps an undue amount of thought. Why do I own so many striped shirts, and why is my thirst for more (see below) so seemingly unquenchable? Wherein lies their vast—and apparently universal—appeal? I turned to my friend Jessica Morgan—stripe lover, astute style observer, and one half of the genius duo behind Go Fug Yourself—for answers.  “I think the striped shirt works in EVERY aesthetic, really, because it’s highly adaptable while not being boring, thanks to the stripe, and there are so many variations on it,” she says. “Basically,  everyone can find a striped shirt that feels like it’s going to be an appealing addition to her wardrobe—after all, how many shirts can read both French gamine AND New England prepster? They are classic AND fresh, a pattern that is somehow also a neutral. Truly, the perfect casual shirt.”  And to that, I can add little, except to say that the striped shirt can also skew rock and roll if you so choose, and that Jessica’s point about it being a pattern that’s also a neutral is brilliant, and probably goes quite a long way towards explaining why we all reach for them so very much of the time.

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Yes, this little number goes for just over $100 and no, I am not above considering it regardless, because it is pitch-perfect in every way: the slight fade of the red, the white ring at the collar, the perfectly worn-in look. Some striped tees skew more femme, but this one is glorious 100% tomboy.

 

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The combination of pink and red on such a boyish shape is both playful and chic, and I think this choice could absolutely be dressed up as it is here with a fancy lady skirt.

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Big fat stripes, wicked low price.

other stories stripes

The red collar here is absolutely all that’s needed to make this a standout.

multi stripe

Stripe-on-stripe contrast is so fun and 70s—like something a cast member of Zoom would wear (an odd style reference, perhaps, for a woman in her 50s, but there you have it).

 

 

Posted on August 15th, 2016 17 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

capucine white

When the weather starts to get the tiniest bit crisp, I want to throw myself together all supercool and effortless like Capucine Safyurtlu here, in a combo of white jeans and army green.

shacket

Specifically, I’m looking for a shirt jacket—a shacket, if you will—and like the lightweightness of this one.

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Capucine’s pants are skintight, but I’d go for something a bit more boyfriend-y.

baggu clutch

Just a big old soft, roomy clutch.

 

Posted on August 11th, 2016 9 Comments