I’m getting a lot of requests from you guys regarding this one, and here’s my main tip: pick a super-tight color palette and stick to it.
The other day, I saw Maria Cornejo, and she was wearing a pair of old-school black and white Nikes just like these with her fancy leather pants, and that might sound weird and wrong, but it looked looked so damn cool.
I never mind the years that Valentine’s Day finds me unattached—it’s couples for whom the pressure is on; the rest of us can relax, maybe go out and catch some music (for a good cause) and possibly indulge in a little self-gifting. This neon heart is just six inches high and as cute as the day is long.
James Colarusso makes so many good hearts, and I am especially taken with how rough-hewn and one-of-a-kind this pendant looks.
What I really want is a tattoo of the Play Comme des Garcons heart, but this cute bottle of perfume is probably a far less batshit idea.
Perhaps you are wondering—as I did aloud to a friend on the phone as I was putting this together—how many posts I can do about things that are blue. The answer, I think, is possibly infinity. The hue is really versatile, safe for color-phobes such as myself (so close to black!) and really luxe-looking too. (Of course it’s got to be the right blue: I like a rich navy or cobalt, and avoid anything too light or turquoise-y because that’s so season-specific.) Blue bags in particular are a perfect lazy girl’s styling tool: you can be wearing your most workaday trousers and sweater with one and still come off like you’ve got a look going on. I’m liking the idea of a super, super simple tote these days, and this East West shape from Everlane is kiling me.
An option from J Crew that looks way more expensive than it really is.
The art nouveau-ish quilting on this splurgy little clutch is pretty winning.
I’ve got this cross-body bag in the grey so it would be seriously excessive to buy it in the navy too, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think about it.
A pretty convincing faux leather at a very nice price.
The lovely ladies at Of A Kind are bringing all sorts of excellence your way this morning: first off, they’re offering GOACA readers an exclusive (and whopping) 35% off all their limited edition jewelry. And then just to be extra-awesome, they’re giving away one of these sweet little pendants by Dream Collective. Enter here to win.
My newest thing I’ve decided I need: a pair of lug sole boots. For those days when the snow’s a few days old, so foul weather boots would be overkill, but the sidewalks are so icy that wearing something without treads would be like accepting an invitation from yourself to fall on your ass. Nothing more classic than this rugged knee-high version.
Or more cleaned-up badass than these Tory Burch moto boots.
I will never stop wanting to pull off a lace-up boot look, and these from Clergerie are about as polished as they come.
This year’s Emerson Fry caftan has gone on sale, people.
After an eternity of sales and the same old product I feel like I’ve been staring down for months, J. Crew has at last posted fresh new merch online. Here are a few pieces that have caught my eye, from the intergalactically splurgy to the pleasingly under $100. First up: I can’t let the fact that it’s not crisp white shirt season prevent me from pointing out the excellent example of the genre that is this tuxedo tunic. (Why they’ve styled it in Pilgrim mode here is mystifying, but unbuttoned at the neck it’ll be fantastic. And this is just exactly the type of hem that makes front-tucking a breeze.)
I’m a sucker for a blue leather bag—as colored leather goes, it is by far the most versatile hue—and this one is perfect for days when you don’t need to be lugging around your whole life.
UK-based jewelry designer Rosa de la Cruz has obsessed me for a while now, but her stuff has been nearly impossible to find in the States. J. Crew is now carrying her as part of their (pretty great) fine jewelry collection, and while they’ve got some of her less expensive (but still not cheap) pieces, this pendant is of course the one upon which I’m totally fixated.
This shirt dress is definitely for warmer weather, but you can easily adapt it to wear right now: just put a long sleeved tee underneath it, a cardigan over it, then throw on some black and tights and high boots and you’re set.
And here’s a super-subtle colorblock take on that great obsession of mine, the Clare Vivier duffel bag.
I totally need a new pair of big long tall walkable boots, and these are so perfect and elegant and excellently unadorned.
A preppier take on chambray.
Coolest workout leggings ever.
A bag to fit bigger-than-itsy dogs.
My newest Waylande Gregory obsession.