Saturday 3rd December 2016
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Things I bought, things I want

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I am mad, mad, mad for my new body and hair oil infused with Portrait of a Lady perfume by Ferederic Malle. It’s my all-time favorite scent—so elegant and warm—but I can’t bear to wear perfume (too fume-y) so an oil is the perfect, subtle way to go. And the stark black bottle is so mysterious and chic.

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I finally caved and bought a Mansur Gavriel bag—is this not the best red?—and am so glad I did: it’s nice to know that no matter what I leave the house wearing, I’ve got a built-in pop of color going.

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And more red: I saw this Everlane cashmere crewneck when I attended a preview in their showroom a while back, and have been waiting patiently for it to turn up on their site. Now all that stands between me and it is the trick of somehow justifying the purchase of yet another Everlane sweater.

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Are my new gloves not desperately cheerful?

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And yet again more red: Some of you were asking in the comments which red lipstick I like, and the answer depends on the day. I just popped into Sephora on Wednesday and picked up this Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Beetroot—it’s a nice, berryish red, which is easier to wear, I find, than straight-up red red.

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 9 Comments

Save big on jewelry, today only

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Polyvore is running a special on jewelry from Iconery today, with select pieces—and I mean really good ones—at a whopping 50% off. A few of the pieces I designed for them are up for grabs, but I’ve got my eye on this gorgeous sapphire diamond crescent pendant necklace. Offer expires at midnight, December 2. Just type in POLYDEAL at checkout.

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 No Comments

The most attractive puffers I could find—an annual survey

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If you live where it gets seriously cold, there is no getting around owning a puffer. Which is somewhat of a drag, as they are not the chicest outerwear ever invented, and by the end of every winter, I, for one, am so tired of wearing mine I’m ready to burn it. But they get the job done, no arguing with that, so I feel like the least I can do is bring you guys some reasonably nice-looking specimens to choose from. This Canada Goose parka also comes in military green and black, but I think it’s just so chic in impractical ecru. Also, the fur part of the hood is removable, for those of you who find such things objectionable. (For those of you who’d just as soon not purchase an item with real fur in the first place, I’ve got options below.)

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I like this clean-lined, collarless option from & Other Stories.

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The faux fur hood here is fun.

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Your very well-priced option.

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Nice and long—without looking shlumpy, as long puffers so often do—and the army green is cool.

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A solid,-investment-y choice from Mackage.

Posted on December 1st, 2016 13 Comments

Gift Guide #2: Beauty sets

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Beauty sets abound this time of year, and I am a complete sucker for them. They’re almost always a really good deal—as in, you get a lot more than you typically pay for—even if you go the splurgetastic route, like with this Laura Mercier fantasia of her most iconic products.

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Look closely: this (also rather splurgy) Ultimate Beauty Kit from Net a Porter is all winner, no filler.

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This palette from Too Faced seems like an especially good deal: a bumper crop of eyeshadows, blushers, and bronzers, and a happy little travel-friendly tube of their stellar Better Than Sex mascara, all for just under $50.

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The purchase of this selection of skin-care items from Kiehl’s benefits Feeding America.

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The packaging of this Ren Skincare set is so pretty you won’t even need wrapping paper.

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I would just up and die if somebody gifted me this lipstick paradise from Bite Beauty.

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But I also quite like this smaller set, also from Bite Beauty, which rings in at a quite reasonable $39.

Posted on November 30th, 2016 6 Comments

Today, I bring you zipper wallets

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Because they’re super-chic and handy, and nothing says fresh start like a new wallet, and I’m feeling like a fresh start might be just the thing right about now. First up: I’ve got no idea why I am so totally fixated on this splurgetastic multicolored number from Balenciaga—thoughts, anyone?—but I totally am.

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A really nicely put-together under-$100 option.

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I like the exterior change purse here.

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The geometric cubes on this pick from Pierre Hardy are fun.

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Love this embossed gold leather choice from Comme des Garcons.

Posted on November 29th, 2016 6 Comments

Tuesday trifecta

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I didn’t think I could possibly need another pair of sneakers (really, the word “need” got removed from of the equation quite some time ago) but then I saw these special blue Adidas Stan Smiths, and now all bets are off.

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These Vans are lined in fleece, and weatherproofed for winter, and I tried them on at Madewell the other day and they are just completely fantastic.

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Old-school Pumas, but with a platform.

Posted on November 29th, 2016 5 Comments