Sunday 19th April 2015
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It’s the little things

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At long last: a sugar bowl that even I—a serial breaker of sugar bowls—can’t destroy.

Wednesday links

classic album covers

  • A look at the locations from six iconic album covers. (Atlas Obscura)
  • How crazy: there was a nazi summer camp on Long Island in the 30s. The pictures are both disturbing and unreal. (Dangerous Minds)
  • “First, forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable,” and more great quotes by writers on the topic of writing. (Flavorwire)
  • Ah, romance: according to one dating app, most first dates happen at Starbucks. (Time)
  • A not-uninteresting mini-history of eyebrow grooming.



Yay! It’s Shopbop’s Friends & Family event!

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As you know, I love a good Friends and Family sale, mainly because it’s a prime opportunity to clean up on the kind of pieces that might not otherwise ever get marked down. Sometimes this inspires me to look for splurgy, special items—a great party dress, wicked heels—but this time around, my short list is composed entirely of stuff I’m certain will go into high rotation immediately. Like this clever Veronica Beard blazer, with its zip-off striped dickey. It also comes in a slightly longer grey hoodie version.

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V-neck with a really oversize V like this one is so excellently  threw-it-on sexy.

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I know I’m always banging on about R13 jeans, but they really are the best, and Shopbop’s got a decent selection to choose from.

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This black Kenya bag from Clare V is so damn chic.

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Suddenly I’m wondering how I’ve managed to get by for 51 years without a gold handbag.


Need least, want most

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The only thing preventing me from buying this cotton canvas jacket from Hunter right now is that it’s so chic it would make the Barbours in my closet feel bad about themselves.

Print of the week

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I mean, can you even?

Tuesday links



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  • A nice mini-survey of office design of the 70s, which suddenly looks quite cool. (Flavorwire)
  • Just a bunch of mouth-shaped doors. (Atlas Obscura)
  • Some of Frida Kahlo’s extra-spicy love letters are up for auction. (Dangerous Minds)
  • I’m stumped—you tell me what this list of the bestselling albums in American history says about us as a culture.
  • Hilarious. (SB Nation via Kottke)


Since you asked

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A lot of you commented that my post on rain jackets the other day wasn’t as helpful as it might ideally have been because all the items featured were too short to provide any real protection from the elements. I couldn’t let that stand. So for starters, here’s a nice cheap chic version from Everlane.

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And another, splurgier iteration (and of course this is the one I have chosen to become obsessed with) from Emerson Fry.

Monday links

maya angelou

Stripe season is nigh

heist striped top

I am a big advocate of wearing stripes no matter what the season, but there is no denying that something about them feels uniquely suited to warmer weather. And while I do love a striped tee, I am way oversubscribed in that category: all of the following are fabulous alternatives to that particular same old. This slouchy button-down/wrap hybrid, for example, is just so damn exactly right.

madewell striped scarf

A lightweight scarf with one of my favorite color palettes and an almost ethnic vibe.

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Slightly on the young side, but this top feels perfect for Saturday greenmarket/beach/hanging-in-the-park kind of days.


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Most printed wrap skirts skew too hippie girl for my taste, but this one has got a nice crisp shape, and I adore the contrasting waist tie.

courier shirt

So good all oversized and with white jeans, just exactly like here.

Hey strangers

joni mitchell black dress

A trillion apologies for making my way back to you so slowly, people—as it turns out, my body was not quite down with my brain’s plan to bounce right back to work a week after a pneumonia diagnosis. So I’ve been spending my time alternately napping and lounging, marathon-viewing Broad City and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, ordering takeout Pho, and wondering how it used to feel to actually, like, accomplish things. Next week I will be back to you; this I promise. Meanwhile, do please enjoy Joni Mitchell being absolutely divine.