Thursday 18th December 2014
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A few things I bought, a few that I want — all on sale

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First: what I bought, starting with this streamlined, slightly asymmetrical, altogether fantastic grandpa cardigan. It is so out of my playbook—and works equally well for lounging about as it does out in the world.

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R-13’s tees are not cheap even on sale, but I love the enduringly punk rock spirit of a black-and-white stripe, and a good one is not the easiest thing to find. (And OK, I also bought the short-sleeve version—which has wider stripes, is 10% cashmere, and is also on sale. They look super-cute layered.)

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This Isabel Marant blazer is only one of the most perfect reds I have ever seen.

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Now for what I’d like to buy, starting with this blue-on-blue leopard print coat from Band of Outsiders (here’s something similar—and somewhat less pricey—in a peacoat from Rebecca Taylor).

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The excruciatingly pointy toe on this Saint Laurent Chelsea boot slays me. (This Vince boot is similar, cheaper).

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I’ve been a fan of Proenza Schouler’s Fall collection; in particular their Baja print, which has appeared on dresses, jackets, and multiple bags—all of the wicked expensive variety. I could justify this little clutch though. (FYI—I’ve seen a lot of Proenza bags on sale this season, and as far as I can tell, the prices are best on the Proenza site. They’re still serious investments, but pretty ones).

Posted on December 12th, 2014 5 Comments

Under $150 Gifts for Guys

gifts-for-guys1. Alexander Mcqueen cufflinks 2. Suede Vans 3. Billykirk key chain 4. Dog lead 5. Timex watch 6. Paul Smith socks  7. J Crew tie 8. Leather driving gloves 9. Table clock


Posted on December 10th, 2014 10 Comments

Monday trifecta

cute cap

Of A Kind has so many good under $100 gifts to choose from right now, my favorite of which is this almost-too-cute cap with a sugar-coated pom-pom on top.

grab bag

But I also quite love the idea of this everything-goes grab bag.

cutting board

And this sturdy cutting board is just so cool.




Posted on December 8th, 2014 2 Comments

Gift Guide Part 4: Winter Luxe

cozy1. Cashmere throw  2. Shearling convertible gloves  3. Barbour quilted dog coat 4. Jacques Torres hot chocolate 5. Pendelton log carrier 6. Faux fur pom pom cap 7. LL Bean moccasins 8. Candle



Posted on December 5th, 2014 3 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

cf61ab79_1329 Everlane’s square zip wallet: very Comme des Garcons-esque—but not in price.

Posted on December 4th, 2014 1 Comment

Its all about the leather at the Ssense sale

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Ssense is a fabulous commerce site I don’t give a ton of coverage to because it is pretty much luxury-focused and pricey, pricey. But they have very good sales—the type that bring prohibitively expensive items into splurgy-but-worth-it territory. Like this unstoppably chic Jerome Dreyfuss satchel, which is so unexpected and yet exactly right in red.

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This Isabel Marant leather jacket is a remarkably good buy for an Isabel Marant leather jacket, and had I not already paid retail for one very much like it this season, I’d totally go for it.

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OK, thisRick Owens jacket exceeds the GOACA price limit somewhat egregiously, but I couldn’t not include it, because the jacket is just too fantastic, and one does not see pieces so classically Rick Owens marked down every day.

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 7 Comments

Top 5 of the week: Foul weather boots

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Here we have the French brand Le Chameau, makers of possibly the most elegant rain boot ever, with which I am freshly obsessed—but to which I have not yet succumbed.  This pair is so luxe it’s actually lined in leather and sold out at Net A Porter in a hot second, but as it turns out, Zappos is a virtual hive of Le Chameau options, from faux fur-lined to straight-up rubber.  Prices vary a great deal, from $120 for this cute packable pair to $490 for these killers, which I would wear as fashion, I swear.


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And here, as it happens, is another boot that flew out of Net a Porter (but that you can find in quantity here): it’s from Stella McCartney’s Adidas line, and does it not  look thoroughly cushy-delightful?

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A perfect approximation of a classic moto, but waterproof.

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A clean little wedge and a nice little price.

sorel boot

You can’t beat a classic Sorel, and I like this tricked-out, faux-fur topped, knee-high model for drama.

Posted on December 2nd, 2014 15 Comments

It doesn’t even make sense not to buy for yourself on Cyber Monday

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It’s just smart shopping. So many fantastic site-wide discounts at top retailers means you can pick up the kind of really quality stuff that normally never finds itself on sale. And if you stick with classic pieces—the kind you might reasonably be able to tell yourself will be filling out your wardrobe in some meaningful way—there’s no reason for guilt. This tailored coat from Emerson Fry—where everything is 20% off today—is one for the ages. Enter code EFMONDAY14  at checkout.

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Also at Emerson Fry: I want this button down and these slim-lined chino-ish pants, as both are studies in slouchy perfection.

asher v neck

Over at Equipment, everything’s 25% off sitewide (code word THANKS). I can tell you with some authority—having  recently and obsessively searched for the perfect oversize V-neck  cashmere  sweater that this is the perfect oversize V-neck  cashmere sweater. And it comes in lots of colors too.

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It’s 40% off a nice hunk of the collection over at Helmut Lang, which means solid deals on some pretty good leather jackets. I’m digging this hooded one. (and call me crazy, but this leather puffer is rather awesome as well and probably crazy warm).

ankle skinny

Current Elliott  is offering 25% off site-wide (enter THANKS at checkout) and if you’ve been at all obsessing over whether or not to buy a pair of  leather jeans (which yes, I do count as their own kind of classic) this would be the moment.

black coated

Of course, you could always go with a pair of black coated jeans, which pretty much do the same trick, and for substantially less.

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Everything’s 20% off at Need Supply, which might be all the impetus I need to finally pull the trigger on this Clare Vivier mini-duffel I’ve been visiting at their Elizabeth Street store.

Posted on December 1st, 2014 6 Comments

Print of the weekend

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I can not even with these.

Posted on November 30th, 2014 5 Comments

Top 5 of the week: Things with stars on them


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A big fat star on a  leather boot is the type of thing I might typically dismiss as being on the gimmicky side, but I’m loving these.

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This sleeping mask amuses me for days.

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You need to see this one up close to really appreciate the cuteness.

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I like that this Jennifer Fisher 10K gold mini-charm has a little bit of a shooting star quality.

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Golden Goose sneakers: crazy stupid pricey, and wickedly adorable.

Posted on November 20th, 2014 8 Comments