Saturday 13th February 2016
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Lazy girl’s stying tool: loud-and-proud button-downs


More one-and-done dressing, this time in the form of seriously statement-y tops that look great on their own or—if you’re feeling slightly less bold—peeking out from under a V-neck or blazer. Go to the Nordstrom site and zoom in on this one from The Kooples: the print’s got everything from stars to birds to dandelions to spiderwebs, and it all totally works.

rebecca taylor top

Florals against a dark backdrop are always just so good. (And here’s your cheaper version.)

zara stripes

Just a touch poppier than your average stripe.

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Stupid-pricey, but so pretty I had to include it.

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This print reminds me of Florence Broadhurst’s classic Horses Stampede wallpaper.

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Most paisleys are executed in earth tones—something I’ve never understood, because they look so right done up all bright, like this.


Posted on February 12th, 2016 34 Comments

Things I bought, things I want

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A not-cheap but absolutely perfect linen tee that I’ve been wearing nonstop since its purchase.

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A somewhat wackadoo bag that I only nominally understand my strong attraction to.

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Cozy, cute wool clogs for padding around the house.

Posted on February 9th, 2016 6 Comments

More Los Angeles stores I liked

lost and found

I could come up with enough Print of the Week candidates from the excellent Lost & Found in Santa Monica to last me through the winter and possibly beyond, but for today’s purposes, I’m including just three.


Utterly fantastic throws, in a dizzying array of colors.


Blue and white always look so fresh together, and this is such a good ocean blue.

wrapping paper

I do love a good grown-up roll of wrapping paper.

dream collective

In Silverlake, over on the east  side of town, I visited and loved Dream Collective, which offers, along with its eponymous jewelry line, a nice selection of housewares, jewelry by other designers, and beauty goods.

lapis ring

The rich blue of this lapis ring is killing me.

evil eye cuff

This evil eye cuff is so not my usual thing but I am completely digging it.

so pretty

This splurgy little slice of perfection, on the other hand, is right up my alley.


I visited downtown LA for the first time ever on this trip. It’s very happening these days, and reminds me of a cleaned-up, brighter version of New York, but much more horizontal. And I liked a couple of shops there, but the best was probably Poketo, which is sort of like the cutest general store ever. They’ve got everything from clothes to books to toys for the kids, and I wouldn’t say it’s got the tightest point of view of any store I’ve ever visited, but it covers so much ground that’s it’s hard to care.

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These black Hasami bowls are both craft-y and elegant at the same time.

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Such a great, graphic hand block printed scarf.





Posted on February 5th, 2016 7 Comments

(Shirt)Dresses with grown-up hemlines

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Yesterday, I was doing my usual climbing-of-the-walls trying to find something suitable to post about when my downstairs neighbor/BFF Michelle came up for a study break (she’s in bar exam brain at the moment) and busted me for not doing a winter edition of Dresses with grown-up hemlines this season. Guilty as charged, and yet, can you blame me? By this particular time of year, the stores are down to the last dregs of their fall/winter sale merchandise, and just the eensiest stream of spring clothes is trickling in. Michelle, always game, pronounced herself up for the challenge and together we found a decent number of shirtdresses, which—it’s true—are ideal for slightly warmer weather, but are also eminently layer-able. Michelle found this cute and well-priced little option from the Gap, and I would totally step outside tomorrow in it with a cotton cami and tights as a base layer, then paired with a chunky cardigan.

banana dress

A really, really feminine, flattering cut for those of us with hips. Because the dress has so much volume, I’d make sure to wear it with a closer-fitting sweater or blazer.

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This pretty silk dress with concealed buttons is a nicely sophisticated option. It comes in black too, but I like this offbeat brownish-orange tone.

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This is how you make denim OK for the office: lots of structure and clean lines.

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My philosophy regarding leopard print is: the more classic the shape of whatever it’s on, the better it looks. And this is a very classic shape.



Posted on February 3rd, 2016 12 Comments

Print of the week

warm top

Is it too early to be shopping for Spring? Because I am completely nuts for this top, which is from the debut collection by the people behind Warm, one of my favorite neighborhood boutiques.

Posted on February 1st, 2016 7 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

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Doesn’t this boot from Topshop look an awful lot like this one from Anne Demeulemeester that costs about eleventy times more?

Posted on January 28th, 2016 7 Comments