Thursday 5th March 2015
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Packing challenge: weekend in the sun

I’m getting a lot of requests from you guys regarding this one, and here’s my main tip: pick a super-tight color palette and stick to it.

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1. Lola Hats  2. Shop Lattitude Bazaar 3. Etoile Isabel Marant 4. Samudra 5. Madewell 6. Current Elliott  7. Norma Kamali 8. K Jacques

Print of the week

tiedye topcoatSometimes when J. Crew indulges their brand of crazy, it totally works for me.

Tuesday links

lesley gore

Dresses with grown-up hemlines: pre-spring, floral-print edition

alc floral

“It must be time for another installment of ‘Dresses with grown-up hemlines,’ mustn’t it be?” wrote a reader named Deborah last week, and she’s right: the last time I delivered this quarterly(ish) feature was October (and to be quite honest, I am never in a rush to put it together, for the same reason so many of you are eager to read it— few things are harder than finding decent contenders).  These are all spring dresses, but I would wear each of them right now, layered up: I love the soft/hard look of florals with black tights,  boots and a cardigan. The silhouette on this first one is crazy-flattering, with an unexpected color combination—white and black with pops of orange—that totally works.

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Very party-on-the-bottom, business-on-the-top.

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A super-abstract print with a totally work-worthy  silhouette.

fleet haze dress

Shirtdress-inspired, but so much more wearable.

Friday links

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  • These 1930s-era government-issued Venereal Disease awareness posters are pretty great. (Collector’s Weekly)
  • How delightful: a restored version of Grey Gardens is being re-released in March. (The Frisky)
  • The dinosaurs were possibly tripping their brains out. (Death and Taxes)
  • Happy birthday, Judy Blume! Please, guys, make my day and share your best Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret and Forever stories in the comments. (Yahoo)
  • And finally: I am so, so sad this morning to learn of the death of New York Times media critic, big-hearted crank and badass among badasses David Carr. I’ve never met anyone who called it so consistently as he saw it. (NY Times)

Cheap and chic of the week

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The other day, I saw Maria Cornejo, and she was wearing a pair of old-school black and white Nikes just like these with her fancy leather pants, and that might sound weird and wrong, but it looked looked so damn cool.

Winter de-uglifiers

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Here are a few products I’m using right now to keep these relentless days of cold and wet from making me feel like a big, plain lumpen mess. First up: I got a wee sample of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang—one of a brand new line of lip colors from Marc Jacobs—with my most recent Sephora order and am now using it to the exclusion of all other lippy. It’s the kind of pink that works even if you think you can’t wear pink, and stays on for ages.

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Why have I been using brush eyeliners all of these years when pencils are so infinitely easier to work with? And this plummy hue so much softer and more flattering than straight-up black.

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A nicely subtle bronzer for my deathly winter pallor.


Thursday links

fash wk pics

  • I love these cleverer-than-usual photos of fashion week. (Slate)
  • Here’s a fun little feature in which various style insiders—including friends of GOACA Jen Mankins of Bird and the Of A Kind girls— talk about the moment that got them addicted to fashion.  (Racked)
  • The new season of House of Cards was accidentally on Netflix for about half an hour yesterday. (NY Mag)
  • This not-uninteresting infographic map shows the most common job in each state of the union. (Visual News)
  • Bring me the genius who created this mashup of Cathy comic strips and Louis CK rants. (Pajiba)

Thursday trifecta: tank watches that aren’t Cartier


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It’s almost a little nuts how dead a ringer this Seiko is for the real thing.

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This one’s got more of an Hermes thing going on.

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And here’s the splurge of the bunch: a spin on the classic from Isabel Marant that is very nearly perfect and which I want very much.

Valentine’s Day single-girl style

neon heart

I never mind the years that Valentine’s Day finds me unattached—it’s couples for whom the pressure is on; the rest of us can relax, maybe go out and catch some music (for a good cause) and possibly indulge in a little self-gifting. This neon heart is just six inches high and as cute as the day is long.

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James Colarusso makes so many good hearts, and I am especially taken with how rough-hewn and one-of-a-kind this pendant looks.

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What I really want is a tattoo of the Play Comme des Garcons heart, but this cute bottle of perfume is probably a far less batshit idea.