Wednesday 4th May 2016
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Top 5 of the week

 

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One piece of fashion advice that gets trotted out pretty routinely is that if a piece works for you, the smart choice would be to purchase it in more than one color. I have always expressed a wariness of this notion—context is everything, and just because a particular item works beautifully in one hue doesn’t mean it will conjure the same magic in another. And yet I do not so much practice what I preach, as my closet has no shortage of clothes bought in multiples. They’re not especially trendy or edgy items, but instead the kind of workhorse pieces you reach for every day. Like this excellent linen tee, which I bought in black a while back, and more recently acquired in grey and white too.

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I honestly believe that anybody who tries On Gossamer underwear will never go back to any other brand. They are lighter and thinner than anything I’ve ever worn, don’t bind unflatteringly, and will never ever ever give you a panty-line.

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Maria Cornejo’s exalted Gabi trouser combines all the elegance of a nice slouchy pair of slacks with all the comfort of your favorite sweats. It’s also rather magically slimming.

cashmere cardi Everlane

Everything about this cardigan is just about exactly right, from its oversize cut to its desperately soft feel. I bought the black version back in the fall and the grey one just last week, and wear them both endlessly.

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This gauze popover is really (low-key) sexy on—clingy in the right places and none of the wrong ones, with a super-flattering neckline. Last summer, my white one went into such high rotation that I sprang for the black version, and now I’m digging the idea of this nice, slatey grey too.

 

Posted on May 2nd, 2016 12 Comments

Things I bought, things I want

it mascara

I am always fascinated to learn which products make it into the makeup bags of beauty editors, who see and try absolutely everything. So when I read somewhere that It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara was gaining a big following among that cohort, I was too curious not to order some up for myself. Also, I was looking for redemption: The last time I heralded a mascara as my new favorite, the fact that it rang in at close to $50 did not meet with universal enthusiasm. This stuff goes for $24—not drugstore cheap, but not bad—and I think I like it about twice as much as that other, pricier, one. It goes on cleaner than any mascara I’ve ever tried—like, apply-three-coats-and- still-no-clumps clean—and lengthens and thickens like crazy.

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We all, from time to time, find ourselves on a Shopping Mission (some of us perhaps more often than others). And at the moment mine has been to find a good A-line denim skirt; one that doesn’t have a weird, super-high waist—so many do; I know not why—and is neither too short or super-long midi, which inevitably looks very Sister Wife on me. This suffers none of those plights, and would appear to be the answer.

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I know the print here is borderline frump, but I find myself inexorably drawn to this jacket nevertheless.

Posted on April 29th, 2016 13 Comments

Print of the week

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I thought nothing could get me excited about going to the gym. I was wrong.

Posted on April 28th, 2016 8 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

everlane tee

Would it surprise any of you to learn that the one item I am most frequently implored upon by readers to locate is a perfect, simple, inexpensive white tee? And that I have not been holding out on you just for kicks? Locating this particular item is a challenge for a number of reasons, not least of which is that we all have varying ideas on what exactly the perfect white tee is. For me, it’s linen, because linen slouches instead of clinging, which I think works best with white, and my favorite of the moment is this one from Everlane. It’s got an all-around loose (but not boxy) comfortable fit, and I love, love, love the sweet scoopneck. Fair warning: it is—as all linen tees are—the tiniest bit sheer. Nothing a flesh-colored bra can’t solve.

vintage tee

Also nice: the Vintage cotton tee from J. Crew—sized up. That part is crucial, because you want the V to drape sexy and low.

mango tee

And finally: I’ve got a deeply stylish friend who could afford to buy whatever she wants, and swears by this $9 option from Mango.

 

Posted on April 26th, 2016 24 Comments

Tuesday trifecta

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I am not so much a Kenya bag person, but I like all three of these enough to become one. The print here is just unstoppable.

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A rather streamlined version in what is possibly my favorite color combo: blue and black.

kenya bag

The spacedye effect on this one reminds me of Missoni.

Posted on April 19th, 2016 10 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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Just the kind of  bag that I love: slouchy, crossbody, and completely free of distracting and unnecessary hardware. That it rings in just under $30 is a minor miracle.

Posted on April 15th, 2016 14 Comments