Wednesday 16th April 2014
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Cobalt blue, and why not?

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Aside from good old trusty navy (and anything that skews darker)  I’m not an especially big fan of the color blue. But cobalt is different—a pleasing shock to the system that works any time of year and goes brilliantly with black—always a consideration in my book. I am a huge fan of this elegantly drapey dress, and not just because of the hue, but also because it has a grown-up hemline, and this turns out to be a particularly tricky season for finding dresses with grown-up hemlines.

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This beauty from Loeffler Randall is the kind of bag that can make an outfit.

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I never buy sandals in exciting rainbow-bright colors, but these make me want to.

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You know I love a good linen tee, and this one has a nice deep V, which is always so flattering.

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Bright blazers are a really easy way to make an outfit interesting without trying too hard.

I can’t help it

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These crazy pricey fancy designer leopard print sneakers obsess me.

Wednesday links

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  • Love this episode of Billy Eichner’s Funny or Die series Billy on the Street, in which he asks random passers-by if they’d  sleep with Paul Rudd for a dollar. (A.V. Club)
  • In my next life, I want to come back as a person who loves herself as much as the couple who made this save the date video for their wedding. (Jezebel)
  • A bunch of movie stars in their worst roles. (EW)
  • Batkid returns. (Time)
  • Random and fascinating: UPS trucks don’t turn left. (Kottke)

Feeling spring part two: 5 key jackets

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Good leather jackets don’t come cheap—so far from cheap, in fact, that I almost never feature them here. But a nice, throw-it-on-and-you’re done soft and slouchy one like this can turn just about anything you’re wearing into an outfit, and you can’t put a price tag on that.

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You guys know I love a good lightweight bomber, and this one is so cute and unexpected with the embroidery.

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A clean, cropped blazer, for when an outfit needs to read grown-up in a hurry.

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Ye olde trusty Barbour Beadnell jacket, now and forever.

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Something on the more polished side, to throw on with a dress.

Cheap and chic of the week

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One is never too old for a  little ladypunk moment.

Monday links

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  • On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, an oral history of Heathers. (EW)
  • Word is that CBS wants Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman, and that Colbert wants to do it. This is so totally fine by me. (Split Sider)
  • I just can’t seem to get enough of the daily routines of creative geniuses. (Harvard Business Review via Kottke)
  • Here’s one for all the cranky New York nostalgists. (Fast Company)
  • Strange and beautiful MRI scans of fruit. (Daily What)

 

The unburdening

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A few weeks ago, I bought myself a beautiful new Jerome Dreyfuss cross-body bag. It was pricey, but I’d been obsessing over it for ages, and had finally managed to talk myself into believing I actually needed it, and that was all it took. What I managed to conveniently overlook is that Jerome Dreyfuss bags are really heavy, and after a while, this one actually started messing up my back. If I carry it on one shoulder it’s fine,  but that’s kind of unwieldy, especially when walking the dog, which is a thrice-daily affair. Then this weekend, shlepping the dog and the bag around Nolita, I found the solution at Clare Vivier on Elizabeth Street. For those occasions when I don’t need to be carrying around much more than my wallet, phone, keys, and reading glasses, this classic suede pouch is very nearly perfect. It weighs next to nothing, and is big enough not to look wee, but small enough to keep you light on your feet. (That not-too-wee part is crucial: seriously mini bags don’t feel grown-up to me, especially if they’re in shapes you’re used to seeing at regular size, like hobos and satchels.) Here are a few other options, all with crossbody capabilities.

 

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Super-simple, deathly cheap.

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It’s not every day that you find a nice rich brown like this.

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Just the right amount of exterior stitching and not a touch more.

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This little guy comes in navy and tan too.

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Black on one side, nude on the other: big fat crazy versatility all around.

 

Just throwing it out there

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Jumpsuits are a thing, guys. And not the 70s disco parachute cloth version that haunts our collective nightmares, but something more tailored and clean—and definitely cut to be more flattering to more bodies. I know I’m going to catch major blowback here from some of you for featuring these, and I’m not entirely sure I’ll be buying one myself, but I daresay I’m intrigued.  Because for instance, doesn’t this look like the perfect one-step solution for those days when you can’t figure out what to wear to work?

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I love the idea of wearing this crepe version  for evening: it’s got an appealing menswear feel, but with a neckline that turns things sexy.

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And here’s a kick-around version from DKNY.

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Even J Crew is in on the game, with an ever-so-slightly crazy eyelet version that’s also kind of awesome.

Thursday links

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  • Put an (endangered) bird on it. (Laughing Squid)
  • I am forever intrigued by what people thought the future would look like in the past. Here are some New York-centric takes.
  • I can’t say it enough: Amy Schumer is a genius. (SplitSider)
  • Brad Pitt’s production company will be making a movie about the Stuebenville rape case—specifically about how the online activist group Anonymous exposed the small town’s cover-up and brought national exposure to the case.
  • Glass houses, Hobby Lobby. (Mother Jones)