Sunday 26th April 2015
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Inspiration of the day

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This picture of the divine Lauren Hutton has been obsessing me lately—everyone has their own notion of what constitutes effortless glamour, and for me this picture totally does it.  Part of what makes it so stunning, of course, is Ms. Hutton’s exquisite beauty, but try covering her face up with your thumb and the whole thing still works pretty great: just a denim skirt, button-down, and done.  Hutton understood the whole fashion/prep intersection before that was a whole thing, and she still does it better than just about anyone, never getting too prim, always keeping it on the loose side. I fell down a Google k-hole over the weekend looking at pictures of her both as a young model and now, and picked out some of the summer classics that seem to be cornerstones for her. They make for a pretty decent weekend packing list.

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1. Bucket hat  2. Striped tee 3. Crewneck sweater (to be worn over shoulders) 4. Oversized button-down 5. Western-style chambray shirt, buttoned low as you dare 6.  Roomy white trousers 7. Old-school denim skirt 8. Safari-esque khaki blazer 9. Straw tote 10. Classic Tretons

Posted on June 9th, 2014 20 Comments

I continue to surprise myself

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A tuxedo-style blazer has never been much my thing, but suddenly I’m craving one; specifically one with angular-cut hems like you see here. This is the kind of piece that spiffs up half your wardrobe—and provides a welcome alternative to the office cardi, and that’s never a bad thing.

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The snake print is too much but in a very good way.  Dress it down instead of up and you’re aces.

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Ye olde under $100 option that doesn’t look like it’s under $100.

Posted on June 9th, 2014 6 Comments

My new favorite jeans

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I became obsessed with this raw-hemmed, cropped pair from Current-Elliott the moment I saw them on my pal Andrea Linett’s excellent site I Want To Be Her (do bookmark it! If you haven’t already!). They’re perfect for right this minute—and I am in fact wearing them as I type—but I think I shall enjoy them even more in the fall, as I like the look of a slightly high-water pant and boots.

Posted on June 4th, 2014 12 Comments

Whither the denim jacket?

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Some say it falls squarely in the category of things one shouldn’t wear past 40, but I say it’s a classic, and classics are forever. I’m quite curious: have you moved on from yours? Or will they have to pry it from your cold dead fingers?

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I’ve still got mine from high school, although I admit I don’t pull it out all that often—less because of any fashion directives than that it doesn’t really jibe with my typical style of dress these days. But I’ve found a few updates on the genre lately that I’d very much like to take for a spin. Like this dip-dyed, deconstructed version from MM6, thrillingly on sale—but still not cheap—at La Garconne.

 

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This snappy white white moto is practically work-appropriate.

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And this Chanel-inspired number could take you just about anywhere.

 

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Subbing out zippers for snaps makes for a utilitarian cool vibe here.

Posted on June 3rd, 2014 49 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

two band sandals

I’m a complete sucker for sandals that mix natural and metallic leathers: they make a strong statement, but at the same time remain nicely versatile. These cost about three times less than any other similar pair I’ve seen this season, and are every ounce as cute.

Posted on May 30th, 2014 20 Comments

Print(s) of the week

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Three hyper-graphic florals, all from the Net a Porter sale, because I appear to be in deep sale mode at the moment, and also because nobody brings the prints like Net a Porter brings the prints. A little bit of this Etro silk top  goes a wicked long way: it’s the type of piece you want peeking out from underneath a blazer for a quick pop of fun.

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Shroomy in the very best possible way.

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Blue and black is always a winner in my book, but I also like that this reminds me of the modish Mary Quant logo from the 60s.

Posted on May 29th, 2014 1 Comment

Tuesday trifecta: cork wedges

 

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Much like clogs, big old cork wedges are both permanently of the 70s and also, at this point, pretty timeless. I like the nice little touch of funk they add to an outfit, and you can’t beat them for lightness and walkability. Let’s start things off with that classic of the genre, Kork Ease.

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Dying for this elegant snakeskin version.

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Likewise, these are polished enough to be evening-worthy, and in a shade that will go with absolutely everything in your closet.

Posted on May 27th, 2014 9 Comments

Inspiration of the day: Brigitte Bardot’s pants

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I like patterned pants just like they’re shown on Miss Bardot here: trim, cropped, with a slightly oversized black top, and minimal accessories. I also like them in black and white, which feels more pulled-together to me, and can also be much more flattering. A patterned pant is pretty much going to do all the talking at the party, so you really don’t need to throw anything else into the mix.  And come summertime, you can pair it with a crisp white button-down for a look that will be so different than the one here that you won’t believe you only had to swap out one piece.

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1. Zara 2. Alexander Wang 3. Ray Ban  4. Topshop 5. Lela Rose 6. Vince

 

Posted on May 21st, 2014 5 Comments

Bandana-rama

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I’ve wanted an old-school bandana like I wore at summer camp for some time now, but whenever I see them in boutiques—as I have lately, quite a bit—they are marked up something stupid. Which is why it so pleased me to see them at Kaufmann Mercantile for a mere $2.95. $2.95!

Posted on May 20th, 2014 9 Comments

Print of the week

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I am wicked crazy for this classic Breton top  that at first glance appears to be all black—but is in fact cleverly punctuated by stripes of faded blue.

Posted on May 19th, 2014 3 Comments