Monday 30th November 2015
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Gift Guide rule #1: give beauty products pretty enough to display


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Just as a for instance: I don’t even especially care what this, Miu Miu‘s first fragrance, smells like (Lily of the Valley and Akigalawood, apparently); I just want it to chic up on my vanity.

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The milky pale pink of this Mason Pearson brush takes it from being a slightly workaday gift to something kind of special.


I discovered this Davines moisturizer at the Miami Standard last winter and fell in love: it’s ultralight, very nearly fragrance free, and comes in such 70s-Laurel-Canyon-chic packaging.

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The best presentation of a makeup color palette  I’ve seen all season—and it’s makeup color palette season.


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Nobody but nobody does attractive packaging like Soap & Paper Factory, and theit stuff—like this shea butter moisturizer—works great too.

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YSL has been reviving its lip print on dresses and blouses and whatnot off and on since the 70s, and this palette provides such a satisfying frisson of glam.

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Bella Freud’s clever graphics work so well on this quartet of mini-candles.

cremede corps

I am on a Peter Max kick again (see here for evidence) and am so digging this funkadelic, supersize eternally popular moisturizer from Kiehl’s. (Here, if you’re interested, is a very handy—and similarly Maxified—set of travel-sized Kiehl’s items.

diptique votice

This is a freaking Diptique Votive Calendar, and it is both stupendous and sure to sell out soon.

Posted on November 30th, 2015 2 Comments

Sale notes from all over

carly boucle

Let’s start off with Net A Porter, since they were the first to hit my inbox. And of the selection at Net A Porter, let’s begin with this boucle jacket from Iro, which I have eyed many times; it gives you the chic of a winter white without being quite so impractical.

j brand pencil skirt

As a lady with hips, pencil skirts scare me. But this denim version, which I purchased over the summer, actually makes me feel va-va-voom rather than lumpy.

clare v clutch

I have wanted this Clare Vivier clutch since it hit stores a few months ago, and I am not even a clutch person.

illesteva net

Blue-lensed sunglasses are so cool—especially for winter, somehow.

dreyfuss dreslyn

And now we move on to the site for LA boutique The Dreslyn, where absolutely everything is 25% off. They’ve got pieces on offer that never go on sale. Like this Jerome Dreyfuss bag, for instance.

cdg cardi

Also: a cardi with the Comme des Garcons heart I so adore.

vince cashmere

And why not a delectable cashmere poncho?

rag bone distressed

Next stop on our tour is Barneys, where it pleases me not to report that a lot of the marked down items are summer holdovers and not that exciting. But there are gems to be rooted out: these Rag & Bone jeans have exactly what I’m going for lately: a nice boyfriend-y cut, and cropped hem.

lotan cardi

I’ve had a thing for this Nili Lotan sweater since I saw it in her Tribeca store a while back. It’s a very throw-it-on-and-suddenly-your-outfit-says-something kind of a piece.

atm trousers

Just a smart little pair of black trousers, and you can’t beat that.

isabel coat

I am showing a back view of this Isabel Marant coat because it is styled annoyingly, with a top that makes it look quite unappealing (which is, I am certain, why they have every size available when it has sold out pretty much everywhere else). I bought it at the top of the season, and find it to be a very appealing piece: practical, comfortable, and French girl all at once. And I’m not even bitter that it is now judiciously marked down and I paid retail, because I have worn it to absolute pieces.

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Finally, over at Shopbop they’re having one of their the-more-you-spend-the-more-you-save sales: shell out $250 on goods and you get 15% off; $500 earns you 20%, and $1000 and over, a whopping 25%.  And—unlike Shopbop’s Friends and Family events, this one comes with no lengthy list of brand exclusions. Which pleases me because I can show you items like this Canada Goose jacket, which was totally not on sale during their last F&F.

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I always feel the need to point out an opportunity to buy R13 jeans for less, and these are a particularly good pair—and flattering too, which is rare for grey jeans.

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A rock-solid moto jacket  from BLK DNM, at outfit that knows its way around a leather jacket.

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My friend and associate Andrea Linett lives in these these faux-shearling-lined Rachel Comey booties.

Posted on November 25th, 2015 6 Comments

Top 5 of the week: Toggle coats

capucine toggle coat

Is there any article of outerwear as simultaneously chic and cute as the toggle coat? Here is my favorite French Vogue editor of all the French Vogue editors, Capucine Safyurtlu, wearing a very nearly perfect one.

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And here’s an option from J Crew that I like every bit as well.

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The natural-colored rope on the toggles here is a nice touch.

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camel option is quite 70s preppy.

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If I wasn’t already knee-deep in parkas, I’d totally go for this.

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Loden is very weekendy-cool.

Posted on November 24th, 2015 1 Comment

Run, don’t walk

e1 tassel scarf

Did anyone else know that Everlane was about to spring a deeply elegant, very limited edition capsule collection on us? I am rushing this post to you this morning because I feel it will all sell out imminently. This big old gorgeous scarf is so sophisticated and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be in my shopping cart in a matter of minutes.

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And I wouldn’t mind this quite elegant crossbody bag.

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And these boots!


Posted on November 19th, 2015 8 Comments

Creepy cool

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Items with skulls on them can be frightening, and they can be kitschy, and a lot are just outright bad. But the ones I like best manage a certain menacing elegance, like this Alexander McQueen card holder.

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Name your poison indeed.


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The subtle-but-perfect corner detailing on these notecards sets them apart in a very crowded skull-notecard field.


Posted on November 19th, 2015 3 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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A perfectly classic weekender for holiday travels—and you vegans will be happy to know it clears the bar.


Posted on November 19th, 2015 6 Comments

Things I bought, things I want: winter beckons edition

canada goose

One of the very few reasons I’m even remotely looking forward to the cold weather to come: my nifty new Canada Goose parka, which I like because: 1. It doesn’t look like every other Canada Goose parka. 2. The pockets and the color make it sort of army jacket-ish in a way that appeals. 3. That collar!

kim in hat

The most excellent photographer Michael Waring (he shot some of my favorite features ever at Lucky) snapped this crazy-good faux fur hat  on me the other day just moments after I purchased it at No. 6. It was maybe on the pricey side, but I am certain everything is going to work out just fine on the cost-per-wear front.


Gloves and mittens, on the other hand, would never shake out on the cost-per-wear front for me because I spend all winter losing them. (Except the very most seriously cheap street vendor ones, which I am weirdly capable of hanging on to forever.) But if I were to splurge, it would be for this lambswool-lined pair, because it just looks so damn cozy.

chilvers boots

Last year, as you may or may not recall, I became fixated on these Penelope Chilvers foul-weather boots. Even though calf-hair is not my thing at all, and in fact kind of ooks me out, I found them completely charming. But I hesitated on making a purchase—they’re not very me, love them though I do—and then they sold out everywhere. At which point I decided I needed them, of course. Right now, a number of places are all stocked up (check here and here for colors other than black) and I know they will all be gone—yet again—before I decide to go for it.

heist scarf

I just think this scarf is the chicest thing ever and want it desperately.



Posted on November 16th, 2015 23 Comments

A maybe-perfect cashmere cardigan

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My last cashmere cardigan died from overuse. So did the one before that. Neither was exactly cheap, so I’m done paying a lot for them, given their eventual, seemingly inevitable, fate. This one from Everlane is more like it: oversized but not too oversized, long, but not too long, soft as a puppy, and quite nicely priced, as cashmere goes. I wear it even as I type.

Posted on November 13th, 2015 4 Comments

Thursday trifecta


A few picks from the Nordstrom sale, starting with this sweater. Because while chevron prints can be many things, they can rarely be described as mellow, and this is kind of mellow.

eliz & james

A nifty pair of cropped trousers to show off your ankle boots. (Remember, unless you are model-height, they will not be as cropped on you as they appear here, which goes a long way toward explaining why I am such a fan of cropped pants: if you are of average height like me—I’m 5’6″—they never require alteration.)

weitzman boots

This looks so much like a more comfortable, walkable version of this extra-splurgy Rick Owens boot.

Posted on November 12th, 2015 3 Comments

Print of the week

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I know, I know, two Liberty of London prints in as many weeks, but I can’t even with this dog collar.

Posted on November 11th, 2015 2 Comments