Tuesday 24th May 2016
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Print of the week

printed floral

Such a happy floral for your Friday.

Posted on May 20th, 2016 3 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

crew espadrille

I very much like a flat slip-on espadrille for summer, but I very much dislike spending a lot on them, because by the season’s end they are—no matter how fancy the brand—inevitably trashed. And really, there are so many cute, inexpensive options out there that you don’t ever have to spend a fortune. This light denim pair by Soludos feels like it would be seriously versatile.

print espadrille

I don’t usually like wearing prints on my feet, but this is almost too cheery and adorable, and the price is seriously right.

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These, at $80, are the priciest of the bunch, but they’re so damn stylish in the leather.



Posted on May 18th, 2016 7 Comments

Dresses with grown-up hemlines, spring edition

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The theme this time around—and I didn’t realize I even had a theme until I took a look at all of these dresses together—is ease and comfort and a certain throw-it-on-and-go appeal. And isn’t that we’re all looking for in a dress as the weather turns warmer? Let’s start with the one I covet most intensely: this zebra-print is so good and somehow not-too-overwhelming, and I love the neckline—so graceful.

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You know how I like a dark floral.

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Just a really flattering shape—loose, but with enough definition not to come off too bulky.

twist front dress

This gauzy twist front dress is idling in my shopping cart even as I type. It looks so breezy, and drapes just right.

zara denim

Shirtdresses can be so unforgiving, but this one is so excellently flowy.

combo dress

Pre-styled for your convenience: this sweater-and-skirt combo dress.



Posted on May 17th, 2016 22 Comments

Prints of the week

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Three surpassingly good resources for African crafts that I’ve run across lately. First up: I discovered the commerce site Duka—which specializes in East African textiles—pretty much by accident a while back, and have been obsessively poring over its selection of one-of-a-kind scarves ever since.

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I have wanted a Kenyan beaded collar for the new pooch since he entered my life a few months ago, and finally sprang for this one over the weekend.

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From the wonderful site Indego Africa, which features goods make by Kenyan and Rwandan women: a woven bowl that’s going to look exactly perfect on my kitchen table.

Posted on May 12th, 2016 8 Comments

Fixation of the week

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I fell down a major rabbit hole over the past few days, and all the blame goes to Julie Klam, a (very clever) writer from whom I learned that one can customize totes at LL Bean. Reader, if you are looking for a highly effective time-killer, rest assured that it has been located. A person can spend hours noodling away here, changing strap lengths and colors and monograms, and I pretty much did. After a while, I felt a little snow blind from all the options and permutations, and possibly the bag you see here is deeply crazy, but something about it appeals.

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Over at Adidas, you can choose from a dozen or so sneaker options, and of course I went for Stan Smiths. My friend Michelle came up with this bold-but-not-overwhelming blue/green color combo.

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I kept my Chuck Taylors on the simple side, but you can really go crazy here if you choose to, as every single small detail of the shoe, right down to the racing stripe on the sole, is up for grabs.

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So many options at Jonathan Adler: Pillows! Throws! Rugs! All ready for you to make yours. Just choose from a multitude of prints, then proceed to have your way with them. I kind of like my rather subdued Union Jack pillow.

Posted on May 6th, 2016 17 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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Three weekend-casual jackets under $100, starting with this poppy blue-on-blue camo-print.*

madewell white

I love the idea of this white, slouchy number worn simple as you please, with jeans and a tissue-thin tee.

hm cargo

Here’s one that’s nicely Barbour-ish, but that rings in at just a shade under under $60.



*I know some of you do not like when I show camo prints, as you feel that presenting them in a fashion context trivializes the efforts made by those in our armed services. But how I feel is this: military themes have influenced American fashion in a huge way since WWII, and were I to exclude camo on the aforementioned grounds, then—just as a for instance—I’d have to also exclude (formerly Navy-issue) peacoats, too, and that is just altogether unthinkable. 

Posted on May 5th, 2016 28 Comments