Friday 27th November 2015
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The ones that got away


The coolest store in Cartagena is called St. Dom: it specializes in Colombian designers and carries clothing, accessories, home items and books, very concept store-like. They also have an extremely well-edited selection of sophisticated takes on indigenous crafts, and I went particularly crazy for these very graphic poufs. Only problem was, they were obviously too big for my carry-on—really, most everything was too big for the carry-on, and I brought home a serious case of shopper’s regret over all the  good items I left behind. And yet! I found the poufs here, and even though I really don’t need a pouf (has anyone in the history of ever needed one?) I’m considering it.

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Also super-easily available here: La Chamba pottery, which is so pretty you won’t want to cook with it, but you totally can. I’m particularly enamored of this stew pot.


Things I bought, things I want: winter beckons edition

canada goose

One of the very few reasons I’m even remotely looking forward to the cold weather to come: my nifty new Canada Goose parka, which I like because: 1. It doesn’t look like every other Canada Goose parka. 2. The pockets and the color make it sort of army jacket-ish in a way that appeals. 3. That collar!

kim in hat

The most excellent photographer Michael Waring (he shot some of my favorite features ever at Lucky) snapped this crazy-good faux fur hat  on me the other day just moments after I purchased it at No. 6. It was maybe on the pricey side, but I am certain everything is going to work out just fine on the cost-per-wear front.


Gloves and mittens, on the other hand, would never shake out on the cost-per-wear front for me because I spend all winter losing them. (Except the very most seriously cheap street vendor ones, which I am weirdly capable of hanging on to forever.) But if I were to splurge, it would be for this lambswool-lined pair, because it just looks so damn cozy.

chilvers boots

Last year, as you may or may not recall, I became fixated on these Penelope Chilvers foul-weather boots. Even though calf-hair is not my thing at all, and in fact kind of ooks me out, I found them completely charming. But I hesitated on making a purchase—they’re not very me, love them though I do—and then they sold out everywhere. At which point I decided I needed them, of course. Right now, a number of places are all stocked up (check here and here for colors other than black) and I know they will all be gone—yet again—before I decide to go for it.

heist scarf

I just think this scarf is the chicest thing ever and want it desperately.



Monday links

staten island ferry

  • A treasure trove of vintage pictures of New York City and its inhabitants, from Andy Warhol to a guy passed out on a car. (Kotte)
  • Priceless. (Vulture; mildly NSFW)
  • Oh, this modern world. (A.V. Club)
  • All of these images and footage of people across the world paying tribute to France are quite moving, but when the Army football team runs on field with the French flag, I just lose it. (Mental Floss)
  • And yet again more on the morning morning weep front. (Time)

A quick word


I don’t think of misery, but of the beauty that still remains. 

—Anne Frank

To my small army of GOACA readers in Paris: I am hoping you are well, and that everyone you’ve ever loved—or even liked—is well.  What you’ve just endured is unimaginable, but know this: us New Yorkers never thought our lives would return to normal after the horror of 9/11, but they did, in time. Paris will come back up off its knees too, probably sooner than later. No city as fluent in love as yours will stay down for long.

A maybe-perfect cashmere cardigan

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My last cashmere cardigan died from overuse. So did the one before that. Neither was exactly cheap, so I’m done paying a lot for them, given their eventual, seemingly inevitable, fate. This one from Everlane is more like it: oversized but not too oversized, long, but not too long, soft as a puppy, and quite nicely priced, as cashmere goes. I wear it even as I type.

It’s the little things

cdg perfume

I am not a perfume person, and not because I don’t like the idea of wearing perfume: it’s just that most are so strong they make me dizzy, and so many are too ickily sweet for my taste. This, however, is right up my alley: it smells of cypress oil, cedar, vetiver and—ever so subtly—patchouli, and I can’t stop spraying it on, and then smelling my wrist.

Thursday links

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  • Attention, Transparent fans: The Pfeffermans are back! (Variety)
  • Twenty musicians weigh in on their favorite music memoirs. (Vulture)
  • This woman. (Jezebel)
  • More 90s love. (Slate)
  • If you adore the old Eero Saarinen TWA terminal as I do, you will no doubt find this story rather adorable. (Grub Street)



Thursday trifecta


A few picks from the Nordstrom sale, starting with this sweater. Because while chevron prints can be many things, they can rarely be described as mellow, and this is kind of mellow.

eliz & james

A nifty pair of cropped trousers to show off your ankle boots. (Remember, unless you are model-height, they will not be as cropped on you as they appear here, which goes a long way toward explaining why I am such a fan of cropped pants: if you are of average height like me—I’m 5’6″—they never require alteration.)

weitzman boots

This looks so much like a more comfortable, walkable version of this extra-splurgy Rick Owens boot.

Print of the week

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I know, I know, two Liberty of London prints in as many weeks, but I can’t even with this dog collar.

What do you hoard?

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What are you far from running out of, but still endlessly tempted to buy? For me, it’s beauty products in general and lip colors in particular, because they are always being discontinued.