Saturday 23rd August 2014
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What I’m craving for fall: Part I of a (possibly lengthy) series

Menswear-inspired boots that are on the slicker side of things, so you don’t feel like a guy when you put them on.

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1. Pedro Garcia; 2. See by Chloe; 3. Acne; 4. Pedro Garcia 5. Pierre Hardy 6. Zara 7. J. Crew 8. Massimo Dutti

 

Posted on August 22nd, 2014 10 Comments

Top five of the day: denim skirts, classic and otherwise

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I spent half the summer searching for the right denim skirt, and finally settled on one that fit my specs (A-line; no-nonsense wash; knee-length hem) even though I wasn’t exactly electrified by it. This is the one I should have held out for, and would have, had I only known it was coming down the pike: the long, slim—but not too slim— silhouette is retro without being obviously so, and kind of sexy too, in an unexpected way. Truly a textbook wear-it-now-wear-it-later weekend piece too: perfect with sandals right this second, and with boots come fall.

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coated denim skirt is the perfect way to get a leather-type vibe without having to fork  over too much cash.

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This super-clean black stretch denim skirt with nifty side zipper detail is so very office-worthy.

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A simple, unadorned, and delightfully under $100  option.

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The slit’s on the daring side, but the rest of this A-line skirt plays things so straight that it doesn’t come off as too much.

 

 

Posted on August 20th, 2014 13 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

zara gray bomber

Just the perfect lightweight silky gray bomber is all.

Posted on August 19th, 2014 4 Comments

Two leather jackets worth snapping up now

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I am flipping out a little over this  leather jean jacket from Zara: so damn chic, and far more polished than its denim counterpart—a nice option for a grown-up.

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All I wanted to find last winter was a simple, simple leather jacket; collarless, not too cropped, with few to no adornments. Sort of exactly like what we have here from Madewell, except for the only options I could find then cost well over $1000 and I wasn’t up for that. This one, on the other hand, rings in for half that much—not nothing, but certainly a very good deal by leather jacket standards. It’s on backorder, but I wouldn’t let that put you off—we’re all still in sitting-by-the-pool mode, after all.

Posted on August 14th, 2014 16 Comments

Big fun! Three giveaways in one!

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Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur, the fabulous ladies behind limited edition commerce site Of A Kind, were inspired by a conversation the three of us had over drinks the other day about my current infatuation with all things bangly and cuff-ish to put together this particularly enticing giveaway for you: not one but three bracelets, each one cuter than the last.

Enter here by Midnight, August 19 for your chance to win the following beauties (clockwise, from left): the Athena Bangle, from Katie Diamond Jewelry; the Cut-Out Cuff, by Winifred Grace; and Bing Bang’s Smiley Cuff (which you may recall me writing about here). If it weren’t the entirely unsportsmanlike thing to do, I’d be having a go at at this one myself.

Posted on August 13th, 2014 6 Comments

Everywhere you look: bucket bags

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I love bucket bags—they are `70s in the best, most classic Shelly-Hack-in-a-Charlie-Ad kind of way, and whenever they become a thing again, as they seem to every five years or so, I always find myself wanting one. This version is big enough for laptop-lugging, which is nice.

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And I love the tassel and front zip details here.

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This cotton woven number doubles as a backpack.

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The embossed leather here looks like super-luxe croc.

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And finally: a wicked cute beachy option.

 

 

Posted on August 12th, 2014 7 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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I love the idea of this blue leather sandal—just a tiny bit unexpected, but still classic as you please.

Posted on August 8th, 2014 2 Comments

Accessories like crazy at the Shopbop sale

Don’t not check it out, people, this is a good one: lots of cute summer stuff—sandals, sunglasses—going for cheap, and super-nice bags going for a lot cheaper than they usually do.

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Sheriff & Cherry 2. Clare Vivier 3. Sol Sana 4. APC 5. Matiko 6. Helmut Lang 7. Linea Pelle 8. Steven

 

Posted on August 7th, 2014 1 Comment

Introducing Jolie/LAIDE—with a special offer

Screen Shot 2014-08-04 at 5.31.54 PM Here we have  my friend and former partner in crime Andrea Linett, modeling a bag from Jolie/LAIDE, the new mini-line she has just launched with her best friend Anne Johnston Albert. Cute, no? A favorite vintage army bag of Andrea’s served as inspiration: “It was so great and held so much, but I wished it were more urban,” she says.  “I wanted it to feel more polished, so I could wear it with nice clothes. And I love satin. It feels very French to us.” Of course I already own it, and to me it is the perfect choice for when lugging your laptop around all day is on the agenda: feather-light, and roomy without being bulky.

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I have yet to get my hands on their very nifty tote, also quite utilitarian-chic and inspired by a Swedish army bag, but updated with lots of interior pockets.

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They’ve also created the big slouchy tee of all big slouchy tees—if this is at all your thing, you’ll be wanting one—meant to be worn partially tucked in, and with sleeves rolled if you’re in the mood.

In an exciting development, Anne and Andrea have generously extended an exclusive 20% sitewide discount to Girls of a Certain Age readers. Just enter GOACA20 at checkout. And do not delay: the offer expires at midnight Wednesday.

 

Posted on August 5th, 2014 11 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week: I know, I know edition

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I get it. You’re not in the mood to look at any lined army/navy-style parkas with faux fur trimmed hoodies just yet. It’s hot out and you’re tired. But this baby drapes like pieces I’ve seen come down runways, is as comfortable as the day is long, and—if past experience with good Zara fall jackets is anything to go by—will sell out long before it’s cool enough to wear it.

Posted on August 1st, 2014 8 Comments