Wednesday 22nd October 2014
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Wednesday links

Yoga Joe

  • Meet GI Joe’s chill cousin, Yoga Joe. (Visual News)
  • And yet again: Take that, Texas. (Daily Intelligencer)
  • Do we think it is a good thing or a slightly pernicious thing that both Apple and Facebook will now pay for their employees’ egg freezing? (The Cut)
  • A Bill Murray Christmas special is a Christmas special I would watch. (A.V. Club)
  • 50 of the greatest debut novels since 1950. (Flavorwire)

Cheap and chic of the week

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These excellent old-school Onitsuka Tigers—which I discovered recently at Emerson Fry —get pretty much everything right: the black laces, the cool grey-on-black palette, and most of all, the price: a mere $75.

Oh, how I love Shopbop’s Friends & Family sale

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Whenever Shopbop does their 25% site-wide discounts (which they’re doing now through Thursday; type in FAMILY25 at checkout) I get excited to indulge in items that I might otherwise reject as too splurgy. Like for instance: this dreamy Jerome Dreyfuss backpack with the chain straps.

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Or perhaps a thoroughly unnecessary bauble of some sort: Shopbop’s got tons of fine jewelry, and you don’t often see that marked down—I’m currently obsessing over this devastatingly sharp little black diamond ring.

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And Oh my God I am so dying over this parka. UPDATE: This has just sold out in the black, but is equally—if differently—fantabulous in the white.



Tuesday links


  • Just a bunch of great old photos of Barbra. And her nails. (The Cut)
  • And on a completely different aesthetic note: these portraits from New York’s recent Comic Con are a delight. (Flavorwire)
  • Office nappers, take note. (Laughing Squid)
  • Of course I had to see what a $1 million RV looks like. (Mental Floss)
  • New Yorkers and those just looking for an excuse to visit: so many awesome sample sales going on this month. (Racked)

Guest post: a mini-guide to belts, by Andrea Linett

Because I am frankly hopeless at finding good belts and am always envying hers, I asked my dear friend Ms. Linett—whose peerless blog I Want To Be Her! should be on your daily hit list—to round up some of her favorites. How fortunate for all of us that she happily obliged.

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“I love a good soft belt tied in a knot, but it doesn’t always stay in place. This one has that look built in and is perfect for adding a little fun to an otherwise plain dress.”

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“I wear this belt just about every day (I have brown and tan and really need black).  It’s super-simple and unadorned but it adds just the right amount of “accessory” to my skinny black and blue jeans.”

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“A tiny bit hippie girl—but really clean at the same time.”

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“Just a really good 70s boyfriend-y belt made out of some nice quality brown leather, and with the perfect brass buckle (not too exaggerated, not too teeny, and I love that it’s round).”

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“I appreciate the mix of rough-hewn leather and polished ribbon here.”

Shopping for others

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I am so proud of and inspired by my sister in law Shanna, who is running her second New York City Marathon in a few weeks—just under three years after taking up the sport. Some might take that pride and inspiration and actually use it to lace up a pair of sneakers themselves and get cracking, but the only fire it has lit under me is—predictably—one to find her the perfect marathon leggings. She has been very kind to humor me in this respect, allowing her busy work days to be interrupted with enthusiastic emails from me filled with links to possible candidates. Her pick, I am delighted to report, is the one I was hoping she’d choose: this awesome pair from Stella McCartney’s Adidas line. Are they not totally Print of the Week-caliber? It is a little ridiculous how much pleasure I am taking in all of this.

My version of the classic white button-down

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It might be overstating things to say that life itself would be impossible without my  J. Crew bib popover, but not by much: it’s an instant outfit crisper-upper for when I’m feeling shlumpy, and always makes me feel like I’ve got a little bit of a look going on, even when I pair it just with jeans (which is usually). It’s simultaneously tailored and feminine so it’s sweeter than a button-down. And It’s impossibly comfortable. I’m thinking I might be wise to order it in multiples, just in case the Crew stops making it, which would be just absolutely criminal.

Also: please do excuse the bathroom selfie. Eventually I will class things up around here.

Friday links

norway currency

  • Check out how cool Norway’s new currency is. (Atlantic Wire)
  • I find myself almost completely uncompelled by the Rock and Roll all of Fame nominees for 2015.  The only exception is Lou Reed, who it’s kind of impossible to believe hadn’t been inducted already. (Rolling Stone)
  • Simon and Schuster is publishing 13-pound book of every Bob Dylan song lyric ever.
  • Seriously trippy buildings currently under construction. (Mental Floss)
  • One has to laugh. (Ever-so-mildly NSFW.) (Dangerous Minds)

My clutch philosophy

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Clutches make the whole act of carrying a purse more glamorous: they’re like objects of leisure, really, meant for adornment rather than utilitarian hauling. And because utility isn’t so much their thing, it is my belief that they pretty much only have one job: to be either very clever, exceedingly attractive, or some engaging combination of the two. I like that last one best.

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Take this Meli Melo green and leopard number as a perfect case in point. As cheeky as it is beautiful, in the very best possible way. And how exciting is this: the fine people over at the (really) genius bag site Roztayger  are offering it exclusively to Girls of a Certain Age readers for 20% off! Just enter GOACA at checkout. This rather elegant grey version of the same bag is part of the offer too.

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A good metallic bag—even more than a shoe, I think—can both function as a neutral in your wardrobe and still be rather badass, like this option from McQueen.

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This Lizzie Fortunato bag with geometric embroidery might seem like a particularly eclectic choice, but it incorporates so many colors that it’s actually amazingly versatile.

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An elegant croc print in surprising blue, for fun.

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This is an “homage” to a far pricier version from Stella McCartney, and I have to say I like it better than the original.



Checking in with Tribeca Mom, lady boss

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If you ask me—and yes I’m biased, but I’m a tough critic too, and also not just saying this because she did a very sweet little bit on me in her October editor’s letter (although that was quite lovely of her) —Tribeca Mom is taking quite well to the Editor in Chief business over at Redbook.  It’s been fun to watch as she leaves her stamp on the magazine and it becomes sharper, smarter, and more elegant, but still as warm and accessible as ever. And when you talked, she listened, people: you wanted plus-size fashion integrated throughout the entire magazine and not confined to one dinky column, et voila! So it is!

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Something I’ve always liked about Redbook is their commitment to cheap chic—nobody does under $50 style like they do, every month—and in this respect TM couldn’t be a better match for the job, as she loves nothing more than seeking out That Which Looks More Expensive Than It Is. Her most recent big score on that front: this super-sophisticated take on the leather moto jacket from Ann Taylor. “It makes me feel like I’m not in a corporate costume,” says TM, who dresses rather grown-up and lady for work because that’s how the power chicks at her company roll. At $348, it’s not exactly a bargain, but not bad for a leather jacket either, and it definitely passes the Looks More Expensive test: All the small details that fancy brands get right are right here— from the hardware to the crop to the perfect snap collar. And if TM is anything to go by, it looks twenty kinds of cute on.