All my cosmetic cases are ratty and ancient, so I’ve been looking for a new one since I’m set to travel soon. But how to choose just one when there’s such an embarrassment of good patterns? Naturally I love this Japanese floral because it’s blue and black—one of my favorite color combos—and the oversized chain purse shape is a cute touch too.
Of course the one I want most is this splurgy number.
Black and white ikat with a quick pop of bright is rather fresh.
I know we’re all slogging around in our lightest clothes at the moment, trying to perspire in as ladylike a fashion as we can manage in the blistering heat and humidity and dying for a breeze, any breeze. But Emerson Fry just posted the first half of their fall collection, and it would be remiss of me not to direct you to the goods immediately. Some of the pieces, like this nifty triangle tank, can be worn right away. I love how much this piece reminds me of that time in the early 2000s when I wore almost nothing but asymmetrically-hemmed tops and thought I looked like the shit.
Another good transitional piece: this black dress (which, like so many EF pieces, could not get more timeless and yet manages to read very current too) is calculated to flatter. And there’s an adjustable hem, which you can use to transform it into a little asymmetrical number.
An oversized short-sleeved sweater—meant to be worn over a long-sleeved tee—feels very classically EF.
Coated trouser jeans with a nice matte finish for superior versatility.
For ages, I have been conducting a highly specific search for a beige-toned t-shirt bra that could conceivably be described as sexy. This has not been a simple quest: beige bras, while indispensable, have an inherent frump factor. Buy how excellent is this little demi wonder?
I know my bustier readers will protest that that bra could only work for the small of cup, so I present you with this, which goes up to an F-cup.
Still not satisfied? Here’s a little number that tops out at GG.
This is the first shirt dress I have ever found that actually flatters my figure, and it’s really light and crisp and makes you feel like you are all confident and together even on days when you are feeling decidedly otherwise. Also: it is significantly less severe in real life and with the first couple of buttons undone. In addition to which: I’m guessing the model is an amazon because it hits at my knees. (Here’s a cheaper version, which is a bit shorter.)
I have to all but physically restrain myself from wearing this dress every day that the temperature soars, as it is made of the lightest silk jersey, and is nice and flowy and the soul of comfort.
I used to never get polish on my nails during a manicure because it was usually just a matter of hours after application that the chipping commenced. But now that I have discovered gel manicures—quite late to the party, I know— that problem is gloriously of the past. My favorite place to go: Valley NYC. which is like a five-minute walk from home, and is quite chill and pleasant. The fact they sell really cute jewelry only adds to the appeal.
I prefer to wear my naturally curly hair straight, but learned long ago that straight irons are too hideously damaging to use on a regular basis. My T3 curling iron works great at smoothing me out, doesn’t trash my hair, and—bonus!—has helped me master the loose wave.
My mother and I are—like so many mothers and daughters—as absolutely devoted to one other as we are capable of making each other crazy in that special way that only mothers and daughters can. So I have considered it especially good luck that my shrink is located less than two blocks away from her home. I’m far less perturbable, it turns out, after a good dose of therapy. Sometimes, as a little buffer after my appointment but before Mom, I’ll stop at the Madewell that is located exactly between them for a little visit. And so I did the other day, and discovered this hinge cuff, which I loved—it’s super-elegant, which you can’t quite see until you try it on—but didn’t buy and now I’m fully obsessed.
Three denim jackets that don’t look like your typical denim jackets. First up: I appreciate how Barbour-ish the shape here is, and feel like it’s one of those pieces I’d throw on endlessly come fall.
A slightly less casual—and under $75—version of above.
An impressively versatile silhouette, from Eileen Fisher, people.
These cropped military trousers are on the pricey side for something so casual, but they are also pretty much exactly perfect.
I am pretty sure this Clare Vivier clutch is just about the chicest thing ever, and have no idea why.
In black on black, No. 6’s new clog shape is so Rick Owens.
Of course I am absolutely dying for this one from Mara Hoffman.
And while we’re it it, here’s an added extra cheap and chic: I met a woman earlier in the summer named Liz, and she had the most dead-on tomboy style, and wore these canvas sneakers from Seavees, a brand of which I had never heard. Of course I copied her. They’re insanely comfortable, and I don’t feel like I’m clomping around in them, as I have in the past with other slide sneakers.