Wednesday 29th July 2015
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Wednesday links


  • Director David O Russel—of American Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook fame—has made a movie about Joy Mangiano—of Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers fame—and it stars Jennifer Lawrence and here is the trailer and I’m obsessed. (Flavorwire)
  • Beautiful—and mildly voyeuristic—photos of Paris. (Slate)
  • The indie rock of the 90s playlist to end all indie rock of the 90s playlists. (Medium)
  • I found this mesmerizing. (Laughing Squid)
  • A very smart guide to how to handle your partner’s depression. (Lifehacker)


Cheap and chic of the week

black dress

Don’t know why I haven’t posted yet about & Other Stories, the fashiony European chain that opened its first US outpost not far from me some months back. It’s by the folks who bring us H&M, but is more sophisticated and a little less trend-obsessed than H&M, and every time I go there I find something excellent. This black dress, for instance, seems so lovely and understated and French Lady to me.

mountain print maxi

A slightly wackadoo print on an otherwise very tailored, clean piece is almost invariably a winning combination in my book.

water lily print

I love the easy, flowy, deeply summery vibe of this blouse.

Ten perfect white shirts

thomas mason tuxedo shirt

Summer is my favorite season for many reasons: iced coffee, the house in Sag Harbor, Long Island tomatoes in August. Not-so-favorite is the heat when it turns oppressive and the city gets stinky and soul-melting. It can also play hell with one’s personal style—on the most wilting of days, any amount of clothing can feel like too many—which is why I rely so heavily this time of year on white blouses, mostly of the button-down variety. Just throw one on and you instantly feel well-ventilated and crisp. I own an impressive array but am of course always on the lookout for more, and am very close to making this Thomas Mason tuxedo shirt from J. Crew mine, as it is clean-cut, sexy, and slouchy all at once.

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There is a woman named Sylvia Sichel who I knew in college, and who wore a sleeveless white button-down like nobody’s business. Whenever I see one, I’m reminded of how much I wanted to be her, and how great they’d look with cropped skinny pants, just like she used to do.


For those of you who like the idea of sleeveless, but aren’t quite ready to bare your upper arms: this sweet popover  could be the answer (and I love the excellent butt-coverage in the back).

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A pintuck blouse is always feminine, and I like this one for being on the pared-down side.

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The clean tailoring is a nice counterpoint to all the frou on this lace and eyelet option.

madewell white

A fun short-sleeved iteration, with excellent pockets.

xirena heist

This one of so excellently apres-beach.

Frank & eileen

I love a classic button-down from Frank & Eileen—they’re slightly boyfriendish in fit, but not at all boxy. (Here‘s your more budget-friendly option.)

current elliott popover

Of course this very tomboyish popover is on my short list.

crossover shirt

I am so intrigued by this crossover shirt from Steven Alan.

Tuesday links


  • Single-topic Tumblr of the day: WesAndersonPalettes. (Wes  Anderson Palettes)
  • These school chalkboards—untouched since 1917—were just uncovered and are rather amazing. (Visual News)
  • 17 true facts that sound totally untrue. (Mental Floss)
  • On the occasion of its the 20th anniversary of Clueless, the top ten spiritual heirs to Cher Horowitz. (Flavorwire)
  • Wow. (YouTube)

Dresses with grown-up hemlines: summer edition


This Christiam Wijnants number is so right out of my playbook: slouchy, asymmetrical, and in a fun-but-sophisticated print.


I am such a fan of the shirtwaist silhouette: so feminine but really crisp at the same time.

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I’d wear this with a form-fitting  cotton slip underneath.

steven alan shirtdress

Here’s your most excellent throw-it-on-and-go option.


beaded multicolor!

I am dying over this little beaded multicolor slice of heaven.

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Sweet and girly without being prissypants.


A super-easy under $75 option from Everlane.

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A simple tee dress that gets important details—like the flattering neckline and elegant sleeves—exactly right, from Emerson Fry.

Print of the week


Do not delay in checking out the brand new collab Vans has going with Eley Kishimoto,  a design house that knows its way around a good pattern.

We like things with butterflies on them

lacroix notebook

Another genius notebook  from the house of genius notebooks, Christian Lacroix.

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How excellent is this candle in stark black and white?

timorous wallpaper

Such elegant, clever wallpaper by Timorous Beasties.

Thursday links

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Bright on bright

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Red, white, and blue is just so classically summery and fresh, and I’m a total sucker for it. Currently idling in my shopping cart: this sweet tomboyish striped tee—made of linen, which always makes a tee just that much more feminine, because it drapes so nicely.

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Golden Goose sneakers are stupidly expensive, but the cuteness of these can not be denied.


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And how perfectly cocktails-by-the-pool is this very sportif clutch?

Wednesday links

broad city