Monday 22nd September 2014
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Cheap and chic of the week

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Two great things that I’m loving this season—the color green and bucket bags—together in one perfectly cute package.

 

Posted on September 19th, 2014 6 Comments

Reader, I bought them

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Before you all call me out for purchasing these crazy pricey MM6 sneakers, can I just say that I have—with the exception of this morning, when I got dressed all nice for a fancy breakfast with my agent—not taken them off since Saturday? They’re crazy-comfy—because they’re sneakers so of course they are—and have just a bit of a platform, so you don’t feel all stumpy when you wear them. And they’re going to kill it on the cost-per-wear front, I can just tell. Or so I must keep telling myself.

Posted on September 18th, 2014 19 Comments

In which I am a tiny bit Single White Female

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This is jewelry designer Aurelie Bidermann’s store, which opened quite recently on Lafayette Street, dangerously close to my home. Considering the fact that the place is so new, I consider it quite an accomplishment that they already know me by name there. I have, in fact, been such a loyal and enthusiastic customer that I’d imagine if this place were a bar instead of a jewelry store, they’d have created a cocktail for me by now.

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There’s a French fashion editor connection, of course. When I did my post on Paris Vogue’s Capucine Safyurtlu, I became obsessed with the stack of bracelets she seems never to leave the house without. The mix varies, but she always wears the simple bands of varying widths that you see here.

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Frequently she mixes in brighter pieces, comme ça. Which is very cute, but mostly it’s the bands that have obsessed me: I suspected that, like everything she wears, they maybe appeared simple at first glance, but were in fact, highly specific in their rightness. I had no idea where they came from and figured it was something secret and French and perfect and I never would.

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Meanwhile, life moved on and so did I. Pretty much.  Then the Bidermann store opened, and—because I’m familiar with her stuff from boutiques and Shopbop and Net a Porter—I paid a visit. And got chatty with the shopgirls, and it all came together. Turns out Bidermann and Capucine are best friends, and the bangles, as you can see from my excellent modeling job here, all display symbols of love and good luck. They are wonderful but they are not cheap (or readily available outside of her stores). Don’t they look gorgeous all together? I would have liked to have purchased them all. It’s possible I purchased a couple.

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I definitely came home with one of their Soho bracelets, because I’ve been a fan of them for a while. It adds a nice, chill pop of color to my stack. That I will return for the red one seems probable.

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I also sprang for this one, decorated with what looks like scarabs. It’s a little punk rock, but in a very soft, exceedingly French way.

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Bidermann really covers the waterfront, price-wise, which I appreciate—she has pieces with precious stones that cost in the tens of thousands, and then others like this nifty ring, which doesn’t go for whole lot more than $100.

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I have hit serious critical mass on snake rings at the moment, but were I not, I might have gone in for this.

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I love the look of this rope bracelet: so damn classic, but a little tough, too.

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A friendship bracelet, all grown up.

Posted on September 16th, 2014 9 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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You’ve got to pick through Piperlime’s new in-house collection to get to the good stuff, but it is definitely there—and well worth the search, as prices are fantastic.  This clean-lined silk blouse, for instance, rings in at $79.

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And this classic dolman sleeve V-neck sweater—which also comes in wine and cream—is $74.

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This washed silk button-down is a bump more at $92, but less than half the price of not-dissimilar tops from Equipment the site’s also got on offer.

Posted on September 10th, 2014 6 Comments

Fly right

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I just received the best care package maybe ever from the lovely folks over at White + Warren as thanks for doing this Q& A on their blog—which was really all my pleasure. Among the booty: one of their famous travel wraps, which especially thrilled me as I had left my previous (and beloved) White + Warren travel wrap on my seat after a flight to London a number of years ago. If, like me, you are always cold on airplanes, you must own this thing: it is super-soft, crazy warm, and lightweight enough that it only takes up a corner of your carry-on. It also doubles as a scarf, and comes in the most satisfying range of colors.

Posted on September 9th, 2014 9 Comments

It’s the little things

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One might assume—given that I am old enough to require reading glasses in the first place—that I might also be grown-up enough to carry them in a proper eyeglass case, instead of  jamming them into my bag and expecting that they will not, over time, become scratched and mangled shadows of their former selves. And yet I have not achieved this level of maturity. And—given that I am me—I imagine that the only thing that will inspire me to do so is the acquisition of a really spiff case. This one from Il Bisonte might do the trick.
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As—but of course—might this.

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Here’s an option so pretty it’s almost sculptural.

Posted on September 7th, 2014 9 Comments

What I’m craving for fall: part II of a (possibly lengthy) series

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I used to really actively dislike quilting, but lately I’m finding it quite chic, and keep gravitating to it whenever I see it in stores. So funny how taste changes that way. The pieces I like best are black (if you wear a lot of black like I do, it’s a nice way to at least add texture when you’re not adding color) with shapes that are on the sophisticated side.  Like for instance, this bomber, which—with its oversize silhouette and cool wrist detail—is so Euro fashion editor.

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The easiest thing to do with a quilted bag is to go for a Chanel look, and I love that this clean-lined tote doesn’t.

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Dying for this awesome little duffel.

 

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This leather bomber is a dead ringer for the Isabel Marant bomber that I went crazy for back in the spring—but so very much cheaper.

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 8.16.32 PMWhipstitching with quilting sounds like a recipe for disaster, but this actually totally works.

 

 

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 12 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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I love that capes are a thing this season, but am not so much a fan of the fact that they’re mostly skewing on the pricey side. This appealingly Euro-preppy version from Massimo Dutti, however, is a perfectly lovely exception.

Posted on August 27th, 2014 9 Comments

Going green

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I love when the fashion forces determine it’s time to trot out some nice, rich, jewel-tone greens: done right, they’re sophisticated, unexpected, and just as poppy as heck.

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print that doesn’t take itself too seriously worn as part of an otherwise quite straightforward outfit is always aces in my book.

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Throw this elegant number on with anything—jeans, a straight skirt, slouchy trousers—and poof! your outfit’s interesting.

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My coat closet is a sea of black and more boring black; this might mix things up a bit.

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Scarves: the lazy girl’s way to embrace any trend.

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top with definite reach-for-it-every-day potential.

Posted on August 26th, 2014 22 Comments

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 21 Comments