Sunday 19th April 2015
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Cheap and chic of the week

southwestern zara

I never just adore Southwestern patterns, but the excellent color palette here (perhaps you are aware of how much I love a good yellow, black, and grey combo) brings a nice dose of sophistication to the party.

Posted on April 17th, 2015 2 Comments

Department of worthy splurges

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You know how some pieces look like nothing at first, but end up being major wardrobe workhorses? This navy cardi wasn’t cheap, but it is soft and gossamer-light, and perfect for spring layering—and has gone into immediate and heavy rotation.

 

Posted on April 14th, 2015 8 Comments

Yay! It’s Shopbop’s Friends & Family event!

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As you know, I love a good Friends and Family sale, mainly because it’s a prime opportunity to clean up on the kind of pieces that might not otherwise ever get marked down. Sometimes this inspires me to look for splurgy, special items—a great party dress, wicked heels—but this time around, my short list is composed entirely of stuff I’m certain will go into high rotation immediately. Like this clever Veronica Beard blazer, with its zip-off striped dickey. It also comes in a slightly longer grey hoodie version.

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V-neck with a really oversize V like this one is so excellently  threw-it-on sexy.

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I know I’m always banging on about R13 jeans, but they really are the best, and Shopbop’s got a decent selection to choose from.

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This black Kenya bag from Clare V is so damn chic.

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Suddenly I’m wondering how I’ve managed to get by for 51 years without a gold handbag.

 

Posted on April 8th, 2015 16 Comments

Stripe season is nigh

heist striped top

I am a big advocate of wearing stripes no matter what the season, but there is no denying that something about them feels uniquely suited to warmer weather. And while I do love a striped tee, I am way oversubscribed in that category: all of the following are fabulous alternatives to that particular same old. This slouchy button-down/wrap hybrid, for example, is just so damn exactly right.

madewell striped scarf

A lightweight scarf with one of my favorite color palettes and an almost ethnic vibe.

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Slightly on the young side, but this top feels perfect for Saturday greenmarket/beach/hanging-in-the-park kind of days.

 

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Most printed wrap skirts skew too hippie girl for my taste, but this one has got a nice crisp shape, and I adore the contrasting waist tie.

courier shirt

So good all oversized and with white jeans, just exactly like here.

Posted on April 6th, 2015 10 Comments

Back to the land of the living

of a kind rain jacket

I had forgotten how exhausting and isolating and more than anything just supremely boring being sick can be, and even though I can not say that I am feeling just 1000 percent just yet, I hate staying away from all of you for too long. I’ve started venturing out of the house for activities other than walking the dog again, and here is what I’ve noted out in the world: rain, and lots of it. So here are some cute pieces of water-resistant outerwear for your delectation. I am crazy for this jacket by Bridge and Burn—it’s got a striped lining on the sleeves and an even cuter one on the body that you can see if you click through.

J Crew rain jacket

The boxy fit and light weight of this J Crew jacket appeals.

barbour nordstrom

A new Barbour obsession: the layered collar is rather fantastic.

 

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Wicked splurgy but so sharp: this option from Canada Goose.

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A nice, cheap chic option from Ann Taylor Loft.

Posted on March 27th, 2015 34 Comments

It’s always something

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As it turns out, my assessment the other day that I was coming down with either a cold or the flu was wildly optimistic: actually I have pneumonia, and a pretty impressive case of it. The doctor says I ought to be feeling a whole lot more like myself in a week, so that’s when I’ll resume posting on the regular. Until then, here is some delightfully loud spring outerwear, just for kicks. This long coat from Rodebejer is actually quite elegant for something with such a bold pattern, and the right length to wear with dresses, which so few coats are.

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poncho that is both straightforwardly pretty and full-on crazypants—which is a pretty neat trick.

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A bold print rendered on a very classic shape is always a winner in my book.

 

canvas jacket

Like a Barbour jacket gone tropical.

Posted on March 19th, 2015 25 Comments

Things I bought, things I want

 

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Good morning from Sag Harbor, where the backyard is gorgeous and full of snow, the sun is shining, my internet is moving so desperately slowly I shall consider it a miracle if a post gets out to you at all, and I just finally talked myself into this genius Fornasetti plate I’ve been obsessing over for weeks. Always such a satusfying moment.

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Are these Jack Purcells not rather perfect in the grey?

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I swore off eyeshadow a while back because I am just so damned bad at applying it. But this new creamy eyeshadow pencil from Charlotte Tilbury is so easy even I can’t mess up too badly: it just glides on, nice and light. And it comes in a variety of hues—one for every eye color—making matters simpler still.

Posted on March 9th, 2015 22 Comments

Print of the week

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All I want to do is work a little of this vibe into my lingerie game. But most leopard print underthings are so trashy.

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This Dolce & Gabbana bra is so right that I can almost not even bear it. It’s that dead-on print, of course, but also the full, retroish shape. So voluptuous. I’m convinced that if I owned it, I’d just walk around all day feeling like the  hottest creature alive. And it would already be mine, if not for the cost: $475, which is just not even fair.

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And here’s your reasonably-priced option, because you know I wouldn’t leave you hanging like that.

 

Posted on March 6th, 2015 21 Comments

To the wall

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How totally did my sister in law Shirim nail it with the snake ring she gave me for my birthday Tuesday?

Posted on March 5th, 2015 16 Comments

Vacation pretty

davines cream

There are many reasons I like to stay at The Standard when I’m in Miami: it’s nicely chill—located as it is away from the mad crowds of South Beach—it’s cool without being painfully so, and they have the best huevos rancheros at breakfast and a super-cute boutique. But best of all is the wonder that is the selection of beauty products on offer at their spa (which is pretty good too). Of course I swooned over the label of this Davines moisturizing cream, but the product is quite nice too: it goes on like a light oil and smells gloriously of nothing.

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I flaked and left my everyday conditioner at home, and so found myself with no choice but to buy a nice big tub of Momo Conditioner, also from Davines, which has magical detangling abilities and makes my coarse, dry hair crazy soft.

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My new favorite sunscreen: there’s waterproof and then there’s waterproof and this stuff is the real thing.

Posted on March 3rd, 2015 12 Comments