Friday 28th November 2014
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Top 5 of the week: Things with stars on them

 

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A big fat star on a  leather boot is the type of thing I might typically dismiss as being on the gimmicky side, but I’m loving these.

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This sleeping mask amuses me for days.

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You need to see this one up close to really appreciate the cuteness.

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Right?

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I like that this Jennifer Fisher 10K gold mini-charm has a little bit of a shooting star quality.

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Golden Goose sneakers: crazy stupid pricey, and wickedly adorable.

Posted on November 20th, 2014 8 Comments

Slideshow: 25 Rather Cute Holiday Gifts Under $50

Posted on November 18th, 2014 12 Comments

Tuesday trifecta: Investment bags

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What makes these worth shelling out for is that they are all classic but not boringly so, versatile enough to carry with most any outfit, and—most essentially—not going out of style any time soon.  First up: Coach’s Legacy Duffle, which I have been mildly obsessed for some time. The design is a few decades old, simple as the day is long, and its own version of absolute perfection.

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Leather backpacks are tricky, tricky, and typically I only like them when they’re very traditionally backpack-shaped. But the bucket bag silhouette here gives it both utility and the ability to be perfectly appropriate for work lunches.

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I’ve always advised people who think they need a tote as a work bag to consider a satchel instead—they’re just as roomy and practical and so much chicer. This one feels all natty and British to me. (Also, here’s one I die for but will only link to because it exceeds the GOACA price limit).

 

Posted on November 18th, 2014 12 Comments

In which I exercise restraint

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J. Crew‘s having another of their 25% off of everything in the store* specials (just type in SHOPNOW at checkout) so on Friday I trekked on over to their Soho outpost and stocked up on socks and gloves. Not the sexiest shopping trip in recent memory, but possibly the most gratifying. I especially like my new glove/mittens (the Crew calls them “glittens,”; I can’t).

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I have made some especially egregious splurges lately, so I was committed to this being a trip for just essentials. But that didn’t mean I couldn’t have a look around. This collarless leather jacket  reminds me so much of Agnes B when Agnes B was the rage.

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A bib popover is such an easy shape, and the grey is nicely sophisticated.

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With an oversized white button-down, red lips, and heels to the office Christmas party? Perfection.

 

*Except, it would appear, for Collection items.

Posted on November 17th, 2014 5 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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I bought the warmest coat I’ve ever owned, a Spiewak Snorkel Parka, back in my magazine days, after noticing it was what all the cool fashion editors who didn’t give a damn about pulling a look wore to trudge around in the snow and the muck during fashion week every February. They don’t make the exact model anymore*, but this version from Gap is as dead a ringer as you could hope to find.

 

*Although this one, also from Spiewak, comes close. 

Posted on November 14th, 2014 12 Comments

Fun with colorblock

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Otherwise known as the precise spot where fun meets chic. I love most anything red, white, and blue, and this Madewell crewneck has the added advantage of being super-soft and just the tiniest bit fuzzy.

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Couldn’t not include something from Liberty’s brand-new line of  wallets.

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The mix of textures here gives the illusion of layering without the bulk.

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This is just straight-up fun: a shearling and denim jacket from Current Elliott’s collab with Charlotte Gainsbourg.

 

Posted on November 13th, 2014 2 Comments

Taking Requests

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“Scarves, please,” wrote a reader named Kathy this week, and something about the brevity of her request—all executed in the subject line of the email—amused me just enough to comply. I find the stripes on stripes here both charming and sophisticated.

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A slightly rough-hewn look, with a color combination I can pretty much never say no to.

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Houndstooth on plaid: should be too much, totally works.

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Unfurled, this is a print-of-the-week-worthy moth pattern, and I love a blue with a green.

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Tiny, girly little blossoms bring a dose of sweetness to the party.

 

Posted on November 11th, 2014 11 Comments

Thursday trifecta

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I love leather jackets from Vince—they’ve got a total poor-man’s-Rick-Owens thing going on, which I only mention as a compliment: they come pretty damn close to the real thing for half the cash. Which still, unfortunately, doesn’t mean they’re especially cheap. But right now, a nice selection of them are marked down quite substantially as part of a big sale going on at Nordstrom, and if this is at all your your thing, you might want to take a look. Here’s one so fabulously paper-thin you can actually really layer with it, and I like its somewhat unexpectedly inky hue (here it is in the black, just in case you don’t so much).

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The big collar is kind of punky/romantic, and I like the crop on this one too—it’s perfect for wearing with dresses.

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OK, only the sleeves here are leather, and it’s not so Rick Owens at all, but I am sitting on my hands to keep from ordering this deeply cute boucle/leather combo.

 

 

Posted on November 6th, 2014 16 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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These Isabel Marant sneakers are a whole thing this season, but—cute though they are with that little pink tab— they are silly-pricey for just a pair of sneaks. I have a friend(cough) who is still kicking herself over buying them.

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Because all they are, really, are fancied-up Adidas Stan Smiths.

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Which Topshop does even cheaper.

Posted on November 6th, 2014 5 Comments

Alterna-sweats

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These Nike workout pants  are the perfect choice for all those times you might typically reach for sweats or leggings, but maybe want to look a beat or two more together.  I feel like they’ve got a whole slouchy cool thing going on that is almost fashiony on one level but still happily casual on another, and am looking forward to them adding a whole new level of cool to my morning dog walk.

Posted on November 5th, 2014 15 Comments