Monday 31st August 2015
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Prints of the week

co bigelow case

All my cosmetic cases are ratty and ancient, so I’ve been looking for a new one since I’m set to travel soon. But how to choose just one when there’s such an embarrassment of good patterns? Naturally I love this Japanese floral because it’s blue and black—one of my favorite color combos—and the oversized chain purse shape is a cute touch too.

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Of course the one I want most is this splurgy number.

nordstrom bag

Black and white ikat with a quick pop of bright is rather fresh.

Posted on August 31st, 2015 5 Comments

Hop to it

triangle tank

I know we’re all slogging around in our lightest clothes at the moment, trying to perspire in as ladylike a fashion as we can manage in the blistering heat and humidity and dying for a breeze, any breeze. But Emerson Fry just posted the first half of their fall collection, and it would be remiss of me not to direct you to the goods immediately. Some of the pieces, like this nifty triangle tank, can be worn right away. I love how much this piece reminds me of that time in the early 2000s when I wore almost nothing but asymmetrically-hemmed tops and thought I looked like the shit.

tie up dress

Another good transitional piece: this black dress (which, like so many EF pieces, could not get more timeless and yet manages to read very current too) is calculated to flatter. And there’s an adjustable hem, which you can use to transform it into a little asymmetrical number.

yoshi sweater

An oversized short-sleeved sweater—meant to be worn over a long-sleeved tee—feels very classically EF.

moto frenchie

Coated trouser jeans with a nice matte finish for superior versatility.

Posted on August 26th, 2015 10 Comments

Thursday Trifecta

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For ages, I have been conducting a highly specific search for a beige-toned t-shirt bra that could conceivably be described as sexy. This has not been a simple quest: beige bras, while indispensable, have an inherent frump factor. Buy how excellent is this little demi wonder?

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I know my bustier readers will protest that that bra could only work for the small of cup, so I present you with this, which goes up to an F-cup.

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Still not satisfied? Here’s a little number that tops out at GG.

Posted on August 20th, 2015 13 Comments

Five things that are helping me get through NYC in August

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This is the first shirt dress I have ever found that actually flatters my figure, and it’s really light and crisp and makes you feel like you are all confident and together even on days when you are feeling decidedly otherwise. Also: it is significantly less severe in real life and with the first couple of buttons undone. In addition to which: I’m guessing the model is an amazon because it hits at my knees. (Here’s a cheaper version, which is a bit shorter.)

easthampton pant

The most summer-light trousers I have yet to find. (And here’s a under $100 option.)

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I have to all but physically restrain myself from wearing this dress every day that the temperature soars, as it is made of the lightest silk jersey, and is nice and flowy and the soul of comfort.

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I used to never get polish on my nails during a manicure because it was usually just a matter of hours after application that the chipping commenced. But now that I have discovered gel manicures—quite late to the party, I know— that problem is gloriously of the past. My favorite place to go: Valley NYC. which is like a five-minute walk from home, and is quite chill and pleasant. The fact they sell really cute jewelry only adds to the appeal.

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I prefer to wear my naturally curly hair straight, but learned long ago that straight irons are too hideously damaging to use on a regular basis. My T3 curling iron works great at smoothing me out, doesn’t trash my hair, and—bonus!—has helped me master the loose wave.

Posted on August 18th, 2015 18 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

madewell hinge

My mother and I are—like so many mothers and daughters—as absolutely devoted to one other as we are capable of making each other crazy in that special way that only mothers and daughters can. So I have considered it especially good luck that my shrink is located less than two blocks away from her home. I’m far less perturbable, it turns out, after a good dose of therapy. Sometimes, as a little buffer after my appointment but before Mom, I’ll stop at the Madewell that is located exactly between them for a little visit. And so I did the other day, and discovered this hinge cuff, which I loved—it’s super-elegant, which you can’t quite see until you try it on—but didn’t buy and now I’m fully obsessed.

Posted on August 13th, 2015 6 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week: special Tribeca Mom guest post

lalaque
“Because my hair is so short (and my eyes are so tired, and my outfit most often has a stain on it) I’ve become rather dependent on red lipstick. I think it makes me look more awake and pulled-together and feminine. Plus, there’s something so lady-boss about a bright red lip. I’ve tried just about everything out there, but my current obsession is the deeply inexpensive Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen by L’Oreal Paris. It’s like a jumbo, super-smooth lip liner: it lets you draw the color on really precisely (but without a lot of tugging) and then it stays put. It’s matte but still nice and lush-feeling. And weirdly it never seems to get on your teeth.”
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“You know what else I’m obsessed with? These heels. They look like Aquazarra heels I just paid an assload of money for, which is infuriating. And they are also way comfortable. Ann Taylor is really doing things right these days.”
Posted on August 10th, 2015 10 Comments

Tuesday trifecta

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Three denim jackets that don’t look like your typical denim jackets. First up: I appreciate how Barbour-ish the shape here is, and feel like it’s one of those pieces I’d throw on endlessly come fall.

asos denim

A slightly less casual—and under $75—version of above.

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An impressively versatile silhouette, from Eileen Fisher, people.

 

 

Posted on August 4th, 2015 9 Comments

A few things I fell in love with over the weekend

 

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These cropped military trousers are on the pricey side for something so casual, but they are also pretty much exactly perfect.

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I am pretty sure this Clare Vivier clutch is just about the chicest thing ever, and have no idea why.

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In black on black, No. 6’s new clog shape is so Rick Owens.

 

 

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 18 Comments

Three actually cool sports bras

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Of course I am absolutely dying for this one from Mara Hoffman.

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And here’s a rather sexy option from a line called Michi that pretty much specializes in sexy sports bras.

 

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If Missoni made a sports bra, it would pretty much look like this one from Sweaty Betty.

Posted on July 28th, 2015 23 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

skinny chino

These skinny chinos remind me extremely much of the rather perfect Crippen trousers that I bought back in the spring and have worn to death. They even come in the same grey.

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And while we’re it it, here’s an added extra cheap and chic: I met a woman earlier in the summer named Liz, and she had the most dead-on tomboy style, and wore these canvas sneakers from Seavees, a brand of which I had never heard. Of course I copied her. They’re insanely comfortable, and I don’t feel like I’m clomping around in them, as I have in the past with other slide sneakers.

cutoff shorts

And one more thing (because yes, I am feeling guilty about posting those pricey cutoffs on Friday that seem to have hit a nerve with some of you): these.

Posted on July 27th, 2015 16 Comments