Tuesday 31st March 2015
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Three quilty things

quilted sateen

I love the idea of this quilted sateen jacket under a heavier coat now, and on its own later.

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This snappy duffel is under $100 and super-lightweight, and I totally bought one.

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The notion of a cushy iPhone case appeals.

Posted on March 31st, 2015 3 Comments

Tuesday trifecta

citizens of humanity

Sorry about the lightness of posts over the past few days; I’m coming down with the cold/flu I was so smug about not contracting all winter, and it’s leaving me brain-clogged and weak as a wee kitten. I have managed to pull together this post on cute little denim skirts, though: all of these appeal because they are just a little bit unpredictable. I dig the clean, front-zipperless look of this one from Citizens of Humanity.

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The A-line skirt is such a universally flattering silhouette that I can never figure out why more designers don’t exploit the shape more frequently. Here’s one from Acne Studios that’s very nearly perfect.

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I was obsessed with finding a wrap skirt version and had no luck at all until Emerson Fry released the second part of their spring collection yesterday and I spotted this cute little number.




Posted on March 17th, 2015 17 Comments

It’s the little things

crew parka

My friend Andrea has been running around in the cutest denim parka for the past few weeks, and I just assumed its provenance was super-fancy and obscure, because the jacket looks so sophisticated, and because in general Andrea is always uncovering the just-perfect thing from some hitherto-unheard-of source. And yet! It is from J Crew, and marked way down. Do we not love it when things go down precisely like this?

Posted on March 10th, 2015 4 Comments

It’s snowing again

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So we are going to look at some big old summery platform sandals, because I’m feeling belligerent like that. This raffia and leather number from Clergerie is maybe a little bit too much, but it is very much my kind of too much.

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The strap on this metallic cork version comes off slightly awkward here, but I’ll bet it looks amazing on.

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I think later on in the season I’ll probably do a post on all of the appealing and unexpected takes on the espadrille that are currently in stores, but for now, there’s this.

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I’m not typically a big fan of the slingback, but these are the cuteness.

crew platform

supremely walkable pair from J. Crew.


Posted on March 5th, 2015 12 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week


Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 7.15.45 AMMy new Blundstone boots are so coolest-girl-in-the-room, circa 1992.

Posted on March 4th, 2015 26 Comments

Not all fashion week street style is crazypants

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This young lady looks rather great, and for me it’s all about the interesting proportions created by that big old hulking scarf.

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Just like this one from Emerson Fry that I’ve had my eye on for ages.

Posted on February 24th, 2015 19 Comments

Top 5 of the week: 70s preppy

the brown sisters

My inspiration: the early years of Nicholas Nixon’s iconic portraits of the uber-WASP-y Brown sisters.

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Such a winningly orangey-bright hue.

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Bootcut jeans are beginning to feel just about right again.

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Few things more perfectly sportif than Tretorns.

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The trick to pulling off pearl studs without looking mumsy is to make sure you wear a pair that’s on the small side.

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I’m loving the look of a simple metal choker—not at all unlike the one I wore every day of seventh grade—right now.

Posted on February 20th, 2015 33 Comments

Print of the week

tiedye topcoatSometimes when J. Crew indulges their brand of crazy, it totally works for me.

Posted on February 18th, 2015 21 Comments

Dresses with grown-up hemlines: pre-spring, floral-print edition

alc floral

“It must be time for another installment of ‘Dresses with grown-up hemlines,’ mustn’t it be?” wrote a reader named Deborah last week, and she’s right: the last time I delivered this quarterly(ish) feature was October (and to be quite honest, I am never in a rush to put it together, for the same reason so many of you are eager to read it— few things are harder than finding decent contenders).  These are all spring dresses, but I would wear each of them right now, layered up: I love the soft/hard look of florals with black tights,  boots and a cardigan. The silhouette on this first one is crazy-flattering, with an unexpected color combination—white and black with pops of orange—that totally works.

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Very party-on-the-bottom, business-on-the-top.

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A super-abstract print with a totally work-worthy  silhouette.

fleet haze dress

Shirtdress-inspired, but so much more wearable.

Posted on February 16th, 2015 17 Comments

Thursday trifecta: tank watches that aren’t Cartier


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It’s almost a little nuts how dead a ringer this Seiko is for the real thing.

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This one’s got more of an Hermes thing going on.

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And here’s the splurge of the bunch: a spin on the classic from Isabel Marant that is very nearly perfect and which I want very much.

Posted on February 12th, 2015 5 Comments