Thursday 31st July 2014
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It’s the little things

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Such good deals to be had at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, people. Like for instance this drapey Vince jacket, which currently costs around $650, but after August 4 will pop back up to its regular price of closer to $1000. Also: this fantastic Rag & Bone stand-collar army jacket, and their classic Newbury bootie. In addition to which: this pretty silk blouse from Joie, and this pretty fabulous cashmere poncho. And so very, very much more. Do not delay!

Posted on July 29th, 2014 3 Comments

In the pink

 

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It all started with this salmon-hued Isabel Marant jacket, about which I could not stop thinking this weekend. The silhouette is fantastic—feminine but just short of lady, and not too cropped, which is my main complaint with jackets today. But the real draw is that amazing salmon pink hue. It’s such a sophisticated take on a shade that can look anything but, and I love the idea of my everyday, throw-it-on-and-go jacket being a color other than black.

 

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More rosy goodness: These baby-pink sunglasses are an instant good mood.

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The super-light cream-pink of these jeans almost reads as neutral as khaki—I’d go up a size and wear them boyfriend-style, with a crisp white blouse or tee.

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Exactly the mid-point between bubble-gum and hot pink, and suddenly, exactly the color I want on my toes.

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The iPhone case I would totally be buying had I not just bought a new iPhone case.

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Yes.

 

Posted on July 28th, 2014 16 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week: Summer stripes on sale

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1. Mango 2. Madewell 3. Velvet Graham & Spencer 4. Joie 5. Soludos 6. Equipment 7. Pim & Larkin 8. Madewell 9. Lanston

Posted on July 24th, 2014 6 Comments

Made in America: The Girls of a Certain Age List Part II

This time around, I’ve added a few brands suggested by readers, and consulted two excellent sites, The American Edit, and The American-Made Guide to Life for backup. As usual, chime in with any favorites you think I’d like in the comments, as there shall be a Part III.

 

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CapitalEyewear Glasses The eyewear business, as many of you know, is big old racket controlled almost entirely by a single huge conglomerate called Luxxotica: it is because of them that frames, which really don’t need to cost so much, do. Capital Eyewear is an indie straight out of California happily defying Luxxotica’s iron grasp, and producing a small-but-compelling range of  glasses for under $150. The wooden frames are something to behold, if not actually wear.

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Catbird Jewelry The folks over at Catbird totally get the whole little-bit-of-accessible-luxury thing: I can always find something to desire while browsing their site, or on visits to their tiny-and-always-jam-packed Williamsburg store.

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Clare Vivier  Bags Turns out everybody’s favorite anti-status handbag is made right in LA. I’ve currently got their Sac Bretelle in heavy rotation: it fits all the necessities while remaining supremely lightweight.

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CP Shades Apparel Oversized and flowy clothes with a Northern California-style comfort-first appeal. I love this beach cover-up with the excellent pockets.

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Faribault Woolen Mill Co. Blankets, Throws, Scarves This Minnesota-based mill—going strong for well over a century—churns out some absolute classics. A throw like this could be at home in your home whether your aesthetic is midcentury, bohemian, or antiquey-American.

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Found My Animal Dog Gear Their degrade leash is rather smashing, but I’m also a big fan of this company’s decidedly un-prissy dog carriers.

 

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Heath Ceramics Tableware If an earthquake hit New York and all my dishes were destroyed, this is precisely where I’d go to start all over.

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Organic by John Patrick Apparel, lingerie. A small but lovely line composed of classics made modern—the perfect cardigan, a live-in-it crewneck—and the most splurge-worthy camis and bias-cut slips I’ve yet to come across.

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The Podolls Apparel This San Francisco-based line is notable mostly for the pieces they execute in handwoven fabrics from India and Japan: the prints are so good that they know to keep the silhouettes simple—just how I like them.

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Splendid Apparel Just some of the most flattering, reliable, well-wearing tees around.

 

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20X200  This brilliant online venture brings gallery-quality work by contemporary artists to the people.  There’s also a pretty nifty vintage section, with work by such masters as New York street photographer Berenice Abbott.

Posted on July 21st, 2014 25 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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Madewell is having a pretty nice 30% off event right now (type in KEEPCOOL at checkout), and my hoarding instincts are kicking in just looking at all the linen t-shirts up for grabs. Nothing hangs better than a linen tee.

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It’s not every day that you see a classic Armor-Lux striped top marked down.

 

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The cuteness.

Posted on July 18th, 2014 4 Comments

Fancy feast

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I had a working girls’s lunch with Tribeca Mom and our our friend Danielle yesterday in midtown to celebrate Tribeca Mom’s new job—she’s now the editor of Redbook—and even though she always swore she’d never want to be in the top spot at a magazine (and believe me, there are a lot of reasons not to want to be) she is all in and glowing.  Most women who make it to editor in chief start wearing head-to-toe designer the instant they hit the corner office—they become editrix-bots—and I was pleased to note that this was not at all the case with TM, who had on her usual brilliant mix of high/low: a black textured a-line skirt from Club Monaco; a printed top from H&M offshoot Cos; and classic pointy-toe Manolo Blahnik pumps. And then this rather fancy-looking lady bag, which at first I thought was Gucci.

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But which turns out to be Ecco, and  on sale right now on Zappos. That’s my girl.

Posted on July 17th, 2014 18 Comments

Like a lady

 

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Considering what an excellent venue they are for stunning patterns—so much surface area!—I would do well to make room for some nice, full ladylike skirts on my style map. This abstract zebra print would look great now with bare legs, and even better come fall with black tights.

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Just a smashingly gorgeous floral that could go ladylike or even kind of edgy, depending on how you had your way with it.

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The thick band of of blue at the hem is what saves this skirt from too-girliness and gives it a necessary shot of sophistication. I’d wear it to a summer cocktail party with a just-pressed white button-down, some big gold hoop earrings, and my hair piled on top of my head.

Posted on July 15th, 2014 16 Comments

It’s the little things

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I’m not so much of a bracelet person—they drive me nuts when I’m typing—but I love the way they look against summer-(fake)tanned skin. This clever pyramid tennis bracelet provides a nice stealth touch of punk.

 

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And the smiley faces here make me think of a Cartier love bracelet gone goofy.

 

 

Posted on July 14th, 2014 4 Comments

Friday trifecta: eyelet

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I love when designers go all counterintuitive with eyelet and do it up in really clean, basic shapes, instead of going all fluffy prissypants with it. This Rebecca Taylor tee (also here on sale in limited sizes) has been on my mind since I saw it in her Madison avenue store earlier in the summer.

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Black eyelet becomes immediately more sophisticated.

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A slouchy option from Rachel Comey.

 

 

 

Posted on July 11th, 2014 2 Comments

Top 5 of the week: country living

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Flat sandals always feel a little too close to the ground for city wear—I walk a lot, and it’s nice to have at least an inch separating your feet from the filthy summer streets. But when I’m out in Sag Harbor—as I have been all this week—I’m either barefoot or wearing my K Jacques Marathon sandals, which I bought in Paris on vacation when the strap on one of the shoes I was wearing that day abruptly broke in convenient proximity to their store. Three years in and they’re still going strong: not bad at all, considering how trashed most summer shoes look by Labor Day. UPDATE: Here’s a very similar pair that’s available in lots of sizes if yours is sold out.

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My hair’s default state is frizzbo, and the humidity out here is turned up to 11 at all times. When things get dire, I smooth on this Absolute Beautifying Potion from Davines—just a few wee drops will do.

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I didn’t buy this Maria Cornejo silk jersey dress as an investment piece, but now I’m quite pleased to be able to rationalize it as such: it’s feather-light and comfortable as a caftan, and very dress-me-up-dress-me-down. Note the sleeves, which gently camouflage arm junk while still letting you feel like you’re going sleeveless.

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My Sag Harbor packing philosopy: if it doesn’t fit it in my LL Bean tote it doesn’t go.

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Tan towels from Kate Somerville aren’t cheap, but they’re so easy to use, and unlike other brands I’ve used in the past, turn your skin a color actually found in nature.

 

 

Posted on July 10th, 2014 15 Comments