I own enough sweaters. I know this. But I love the look of this wool and cashmere crewneck, part of a whole collection of ribbed wool and cashmere sweaters that Everlane brought forth into the world earlier this week.
I love having two dogs, but there are downsides. It’s expensive, for one thing, and more than half the work, for reasons I still haven’t quite figured out. They fight over toys and have to be disciplined, just like actual children. And when it rains and you have to walk them, there is no carrying an umbrella: even if you become adept at walking them both with one hand—which I nominally am—there is the matter of picking up poop, and for this (at least if you’re trying to maneuver an umbrella) two hands is simply one too few. So like an idiot I have been, for months, just taking them out and getting rained upon, totally forgetting that a whole category of outerwear exists for expressly this purpose. Yes, readers, this is actually a post about me remembering that raincoats with hoods exist. I recently acquired this one—which has many handy pockets for poop bags and such—and my life has been, in its own small way, transformed.
I love New Arrivals time at J. Crew; it’s like the start of a new semester; a chance to begin afresh. As anyone who follows the Crew knows, not all New Arrivals are created equal—sometimes they can be a big seen-it-before bore—but this time around I’m downright excited, mainly because of this velvet blazer, as I have been dying to find you guys an affordable velvet blazer, and this one is just so good. And so luxe in the grey, though I know many of you will want it in the black, which is also quite elegant. I had talked myself out of needing to buy a velvet blazer when I thought I was going to have to spend $500-ish for one (I have a lot of blazers) but this is another story.
I like that the colors on this striped sweater are all over the map.
The pink faux fur trim on the hood of this down parka charms the hell out of me.
Such a flattering neckline—the kind of tee worth stockpiling, especially since it comes in about a million colors.
I am not really a colored jeans person. And in fact, I have known of the existence of these brick-red jeans from The Great for some time now without feeling one way or another about them, but the other day I ran across them again and felt strongly, suddenly, that they needed to be mine (am I the only one given to these transitory urges?) I might have waited for the moment to pass, but I went for it and am glad I did: they’re soft and comfortable (I sized up or they’d definitely be on the tight side), and a really nifty way to inject color into an outfit when I’m feeling lazy.
Another item I surprise myself by wanting: this corduroy vest by Frame Denim, my new faves. I don’t think I’ve actually worn a vest since the 70s—I always feel a little bit like I’m in costume, or about to take a drink order when I try one on—and I’m not at all sure I could pull it off. But this is so chic—I love that it’s corduroy, and such a good blue—that I might have to try.
Most sweater coats tend to look lumpy and un-tailored (that’s sort of the point of them, I guess), but this is just fantastic.
And these are crazy, I know, but I can’t stop thinking about them.
I always make sure the items in my cheap and chic posts are under $100, but am making an exception this time with these handbags, which are all under $150, because I can bring you so much more cuteness just by adding those extra fifty dollars (having said that, I’ll point out that there are a couple of under $100 options here too). First up: I think I this blue suede bag looks really luxe, especially with the chain handle. And I love that there’s another—leather—handle, because chain handles are wicked uncomfortable, chic as they are.
This bucket bag looks just like it could be Mansur Gavriel, but it’s faux leather and costs just a shade over $50.
Just a good, solid everyday bag, with room to fit a small laptop.
I really like the combination of the rich brown suede and natural leather handles here.
A chic little lady bag, streamlined as you please.
I’m on the lookout for red tops and sweaters and even jackets and coats at the moment—it’s the color that looks best on me, but I never wear it, which seems wrong. It’s just that I’m very picky about my reds, and only like them if they’re not too orange-y or, conversely, too dark and wine-y. This silk Henley gets it just about exactly right, though.
As does this Bella Freud sweater, which I’d like very much to own even though the year 1970 has no particular significance to me.
I know I should be saving this excellent specimen up for the peacoat post I’ll be doing soon, but it’s just so good I had to share it with you now.
This slouchy v neck blouse is an excellent, poppy, lipstick red.
I think this very designer-y-looking down jacket is pretty amazing for the price, which is just a squidge over $100.