Wednesday 23rd April 2014
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Inspiration of the day


diane keaton kenya bag

I’m liking the current proliferation of bright, stripe-y Kenya bags: they’re like an update on that fantastic one Diane Keaton used to carry around her tennis racket in Annie Hall.

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This one from Clare Vivier is like a portable good mood.

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A less beachy, more off-to-the-greenmarket-y version from J Crew.

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A bit on the preppy side of things, but just clean-lined enough to carry to work if you chose to.

Posted on April 23rd, 2014 No Comments

5 items the Saks sale makes it much harder for me to say no to

It’s raining Friends and Family events right now, and this week Saks* is having its turn, offering 25% off much, but alas not all, of the store (many major designers have exempted themselves, and beauty is not on sale, as it never is, at any department store—except, I am reliably informed, Nordstrom, sometimes). Still, as is my wont, I had no problem at all finding plenty to desire.

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A jacket from French brand Iro is a fabulous thing, but only starts to make sense at a discount.

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Lizard-print Helmut Lang sandals I can already picture wearing every weekend all summer.

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Stupidly expensive R13 jeans. Stupidly expensive even marked down, but my favorite brand, and a guilty pleasure I was too embarrassed to share the other day (possibly because it would expose that I was being a little elastic with the truth here*). But the denim is amazing: it has the feel—as no denim does anymore—of the jeans of our youth. (I consider this especially noteworthy because they’ve got some stretch in them, and I’ve always assumed the reason our jeans all feel cheesy now is because of all that spandexy stuff.) Were I to splurge right now on a new pair it would be  cropped one, which would look as great with boots right now as it will with sandals later.

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A flowy, silky, junk-hiding top from Joie. They specialize in them.

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 The Alexander McQueen leopard skull scarf I  have only wanted forever. I have a hunch fashion people think it’s the most tired thing in the world, and I care not.

*Just type FRNFAM at checkout.

Posted on April 22nd, 2014 14 Comments

Another week, another leopard print

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The king of the animal prints never looked more elegant than it does on this black on black coat— currently on sale (but, buyer be warned, still priced on the investment side of things) at Sandro.

Posted on April 21st, 2014 2 Comments

Print of the week

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I’m not sure whether I want to wear this Marc by Marc Jacobs silk shirt dress or make a pillow out of it—and that’s not necessarily an insult. (Check out the scarf version here; it actually looks highly wearable.)

Posted on April 17th, 2014 8 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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A silky, drapey top that looks not at all unlike a few from Maria Cornejo for which I have paid a great deal more.

Posted on April 15th, 2014 4 Comments

Meet the new kicks

slip on street style

I try to steer clear of the whole notion of athletic footwear as fashion (not always successfully) but slip-on sneakers I can fully get behind. They’re like exceptionally comfortable loafers, but so much cooler, as our friend here amply illustrates.

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Vince has many and varied excellent options to choose from in this category, and they have been the focal point of my personal slip-on sneaker fixation. So after much browsing and deliberating online, I finally pulled the trigger on Saturday at their Soho store and chose this woven pair. There are suede and leather versions as well, but I love how lightweight these will be come summer.

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Of course, a lot of you might say there’s no reason to look further than your classic Vans, and a lot of you would be right. I’d totally go for this metallic  option, even with that pesky front-and-center  branding.

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This snakeskin iteration is on the more fashiony side of things, but still nicely understated.

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There’s something about this rich charcoal suede pair from Rag & Bone that almost reminds me of desert boots.

Posted on April 15th, 2014 19 Comments

Indulge me

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Because yes, there was a leopard print post just last week, and I would not typically do another so soon, but this Current Elliott skirt is burning a hole in my shopping cart over at Shopbop, and when I can’t get something out of my head, I find it helps to share. Here’s how I’m picturing it: sized up so it sits a bit lower on the hips and falls a touch closer to the knees, and dressed down with a tee and flat sandals, or platforms that are on the chill side. Can you picture it? Should I go for it?

Posted on April 14th, 2014 23 Comments

Cobalt blue, and why not?

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Aside from good old trusty navy (and anything that skews darker)  I’m not an especially big fan of the color blue. But cobalt is different—a pleasing shock to the system that works any time of year and goes brilliantly with black—always a consideration in my book. I am a huge fan of this elegantly drapey dress, and not just because of the hue, but also because it has a grown-up hemline, and this turns out to be a particularly tricky season for finding dresses with grown-up hemlines.

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This beauty from Loeffler Randall is the kind of bag that can make an outfit.

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I never buy sandals in exciting rainbow-bright colors, but these make me want to.

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You know I love a good linen tee, and this one has a nice deep V, which is always so flattering.

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Bright blazers are a really easy way to make an outfit interesting without trying too hard.

Posted on April 10th, 2014 11 Comments

Feeling spring part two: 5 key jackets

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Good leather jackets don’t come cheap—so far from cheap, in fact, that I almost never feature them here. But a nice, throw-it-on-and-you’re done soft and slouchy one like this can turn just about anything you’re wearing into an outfit, and you can’t put a price tag on that.

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You guys know I love a good lightweight bomber, and this one is so cute and unexpected with the embroidery.

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A clean, cropped blazer, for when an outfit needs to read grown-up in a hurry.

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Ye olde trusty Barbour Beadnell jacket, now and forever.

steven alan car coat

Something on the more polished side, to throw on with a dress.

Posted on April 8th, 2014 11 Comments

The unburdening

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A few weeks ago, I bought myself a beautiful new Jerome Dreyfuss cross-body bag. It was pricey, but I’d been obsessing over it for ages, and had finally managed to talk myself into believing I actually needed it, and that was all it took. What I managed to conveniently overlook is that Jerome Dreyfuss bags are really heavy, and after a while, this one actually started messing up my back. If I carry it on one shoulder it’s fine,  but that’s kind of unwieldy, especially when walking the dog, which is a thrice-daily affair. Then this weekend, shlepping the dog and the bag around Nolita, I found the solution at Clare Vivier on Elizabeth Street. For those occasions when I don’t need to be carrying around much more than my wallet, phone, keys, and reading glasses, this classic suede pouch is very nearly perfect. It weighs next to nothing, and is big enough not to look wee, but small enough to keep you light on your feet. (That not-too-wee part is crucial: seriously mini bags don’t feel grown-up to me, especially if they’re in shapes you’re used to seeing at regular size, like hobos and satchels.) Here are a few other options, all with crossbody capabilities.


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Super-simple, deathly cheap.

lark and wolf

It’s not every day that you find a nice rich brown like this.

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Just the right amount of exterior stitching and not a touch more.


This little guy comes in navy and tan too.

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Black on one side, nude on the other: big fat crazy versatility all around.


Posted on April 7th, 2014 9 Comments