Friday 31st October 2014
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Top 5 of the day: stacking bracelets

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This brass horse shoe feels equal parts classic and ’70s to me.

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A wee little touch of punk for your pile.

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A thicker cuff always looks nice when mixed in with skinnier bracelets.

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Like the fisherman’s knot bracelets we wore as kids, but all grown up.

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And this is just pretty for miles.

Thursday links

Autumn in Pomerania, north side of Poland. Forest near Gdynia.





Reader, I bought it


Forgive me in advance for breaking the GOACA price limit, but several of you asked what I was wearing in this picture, and I have been dying for an excuse to show you what is without a doubt my most exciting purchase of the entire fall anyway. I will say this for Isabel Marant: when she nails it, she really nails it.

Print of the week

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It’s all about the back view on this one.

Wednesday links

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  • RIP to Oscar de la Renta, maker of the pretty. (NY Times)
  • And let’s also bid a fond farewell to original badass Ben Bradlee. (NY Times)
  • This Ohio State Marching Band tribute to classic rock makes me stupidly happy.
  • Fun facts from studies about online dating—like for instance the fact that putting the word “love” in your profile actually ups your chances of finding it.
  • These photographs and accompanying interviews with various New Yorkers about what they are reading on the subway are a delight. (BBC News)



Wednesday trifecta: silk tees

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I bought two new long-sleeved silk tees for fall, and they’ve already proven to be fantastically versatile: they work just as well with your slouchiest trousers as your tightest jeans, can be dressed way up or down, and tucked and way you please:  in, out, or the old half-and-half. This windowpane check could not be a whole lot simpler, but stops well short of austere.

a detacher alan

A super zoomed-in plaid from one of my all-time favorite brands, A Detacher.

liam tee

A totally subtle—but nevertheless thoroughly arresting—abstract print.




Cheap and chic of the week

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This moto jacket from Loft’s little sister line Lou & Grey is like a more casual, cooler, infinitely cheaper version of this.


Shine on


fornasetti mano tray

I once thought that my taste would become more refined and understated as I aged, but the older I get, the more I am drawn to bright, shiny things (am I alone in this?)—and I’m pretty sure that by the time I hit my seventies, I’m going to be one of those ladies whose outfits are far more amusing than they are stylish. I feel similarly about items for the home: gold used to strike me as tacky for interiors, but now I’m loving little hits of it: like this Fornasetti trinket tray, which is currently on my top 5 list of things I’d like to receive as a gift.


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A wee chevron box for your whatnots.

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Just an urchin-shaped thing that I suddenly feel quite strongly belongs on my coffee table.


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I totally already own this.

Banana Republic, again

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It’s Banana in the 90s, y’all

As someone who recalls Banana Republic’s glory days with particular affection, I was intrigued by the following note, which I received recently from a reader named Aubrey: “My days shopping at Banana Republic ended a few years ago, but I had some time to kill, and stopped into their store earlier today. Lots of great pieces. Would be interested to get your take.” My initial take is that it would take a lot to revive Banana—the brand has felt so same for so long, and when a lot of customers jumped ship, it was because the quality just wasn’t there either—but with new creative directors anything is possible, and they have one of those. The website looked promising, but that doesn’t always mean much, so off I went to the Soho outpost to kick the tires.

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And here is what I discovered: progress. Nice pieces here and there that I would totally wear. The best of them by far—a near-perfect leather A-line midi skirt—isn’t on the site for some perplexing reason, but it should be. This very 1970s YSL military blouse, which I liked the looks of online, was just as nice in real life.

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If I worked in an office, I would be all over this boucle skirt with the zipper detail, because it is professional-looking but also just a tiny bit badass. Also, it’s not as short as it looks: on a person of non-model height such as myself (I’m 5’6”) it hits at the knee.

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I thought this jacket was pretty fun, and very much the type of item one could throw on and know looked good and not have to worry about. And it’s boucle—which I know, again with the boucle—but it’s such a fun, luxe fabric for everyday items.

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And this wool trench in the grey is straight out of the Lauren Hutton playbook.

On what do you receive the most compliments?

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Clothing or accessory-wise, that is. I’d guess for me it’s my rings—if for no other reason than that I wear so many of them.