Wednesday 3rd September 2014
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Wild things

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Preppy little tabletop items depicting jungle animals fill me with delight. I can not tell you why.

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I am so thoroughly charmed by this cocktail tumbler, with its creatures all in a row. Very Scully & Scully: the affordable version.

 

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And I’m not going to lie; I love all the gold.

 

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Isn’t this platter by Waylande Gregory actually rather punk rock? I would like very much to own it.

Top five of the day: denim skirts, classic and otherwise

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I spent half the summer searching for the right denim skirt, and finally settled on one that fit my specs (A-line; no-nonsense wash; knee-length hem) even though I wasn’t exactly electrified by it. This is the one I should have held out for, and would have, had I only known it was coming down the pike: the long, slim—but not too slim— silhouette is retro without being obviously so, and kind of sexy too, in an unexpected way. Truly a textbook wear-it-now-wear-it-later weekend piece too: perfect with sandals right this second, and with boots come fall.

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coated denim skirt is the perfect way to get a leather-type vibe without having to fork  over too much cash.

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This super-clean black stretch denim skirt with nifty side zipper detail is so very office-worthy.

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A simple, unadorned, and delightfully under $100  option.

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The slit’s on the daring side, but the rest of this A-line skirt plays things so straight that it doesn’t come off as too much.

 

 

Wednesday links

fireworks

  • Rather stunning photos of fireworks. (New Yorker)
  • Now this is the kind of lady I like to see on the cover of Sports Illustrated. (Jezebel)
  • Genius comeback of the day.  (Slate)
  • The Foo Fighters just raised the bar on this whole ALS ice bucket challenge business with a pretty clever Carrie tribute. (Time)
  • I think any one of us could have told the NFL in advance just exactly how well their suggestion that artists pay to perform at the Superbowl was going to go over. (Atlantic Wire)

 

 

What is the most totally not you item that you’re dying for anyway?

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I am neither a fan of the loafer, nor that which is conspicuously designer-branded; my style only just ever-so-slightly skews preppy. And yet I crave myself a pair of Gucci horsebit loafers something fierce. And you?

Cheap and chic of the week

zara gray bomber

Just the perfect lightweight silky gray bomber is all.

Tuesday links

marilyn look

  • Fun pictures of glamorous, long-gone famous people from the late, great Look Magazine. (The Cut)
  • This mashup of Sid and Nancy and Growing Pains is on the amusing side. (Dangerous Minds)
  • 25 authors who published great books before they were 25. 25! (Flavorwire)
  • Check out the floor plans for these unbelievably luxe pre-WWI Manhattan apartment buildings and die just a tiny bit inside.
  • Somebody ranked all 20 seasons of America’s Next Top Model. (Atlantic Wire)

Notes from the weekend

lemon lemongrass

It was a lively one out in Sag—we had a full house, a nephew’s 12th birthday party (I can’t believe I have a nephew who’s 12), a white knuckle-inducing 14-hour cable-and-wifi blackout, and the September issues of Elle, Marie Claire, and In Style. And a visit to Provisions, the health food store/cafe in town that has had a fantastic natural beauty section since well before natural beauty was a thing. I met Andrea there for lunch, and afterward we smeared various delightful-smelling samples on ourselves, and I fell in love with this Dr Hauschka Lemon Lemongrass Body Oil. It’s light enough that you’d be happy to use it even during this sticky time of year, and has the very most refreshing of scents.

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There is a lot of physical fitness around here in the summer—my sisters-in-law are both runners, and typically get their five miles in before the rest of us have risen for coffee. This—and the extreme cuteness of the Stella McCartney for Adidas collection—has me rethinking the wisdom of my sedentary lifestyle. I know some of you are going to think these sneaks are twenty different kinds of silly for anyone serious about workouts, but I believe they might just provide the exact kick in the pants I need.

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It’s been a very head-to-toe summer whites season for me this year —as long as there is a jumbo-sized bottle of Shout on the premises, I am good to go—but there is suddenly a distinct nip in the air out on the south fork of Long Island in the evenings, and a bit of layering is called for. I failed to check the forecast and shivered my way right through this weekend, and am thinking that to avoid a repeat performance, I might just pop into J. Crew and grab this nifty shirt jacket —it’s a slightly heavier weight, and meant to be worn on its own or unbuttoned and layered—when I’m back in town. Military green is aces with white, and is a look you can take right into fall.

Monday links

writing studios

  • Truly heavenly writing studios—any one of which I would be quite pleased to inhabit. (Flavorwire)
  • Oops. (A.V. Club)
  • Here we have the story of one Mo’ne Davis, the awesome 13 year-old girl who has not just held her own in—but positively dominated—the Little League World Series. (NY Times)
  • Nora Ephron, quote-meister. (Mental Floss)
  • Underwater crochet, but of course. (Laughing Squid)

 

Her wardrobe, please

french01Behold one Capucine Safyurtlu*, my style obsession of the moment and a French fashion editor, because of course she is. Check out how she rotates the same cornerstone pieces into her outfits repeatedly:  the studded belt, the gray trousers, the black top. Google search her and you’ll see the black pumps get quite a workout too.  It can never be said enough: this kind of reliance on fewer, better pieces really is how you create a signature style.

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1. Organic by John Patrick 2. Nordstrom scarf 3. Nili Lotan tuxedo top 4. APC jeans 5. IRO belt 6. 3.1 Phillip Lim pencil pant 7. Etro crepe top 8. Helmut Lang pump 9. Clare V duffel 10. Loeffler Randall boots

 

 

*I know, the cigarette. Awful. Let’s  chalk it up to Frenchiness and hope she accessorizes with a nicotine patch some time soon.

Two leather jackets worth snapping up now

denim jacket zara

I am flipping out a little over this  leather jean jacket from Zara: so damn chic, and far more polished than its denim counterpart—a nice option for a grown-up.

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All I wanted to find last winter was a simple, simple leather jacket; collarless, not too cropped, with few to no adornments. Sort of exactly like what we have here from Madewell, except for the only options I could find then cost well over $1000 and I wasn’t up for that. This one, on the other hand, rings in for half that much—not nothing, but certainly a very good deal by leather jacket standards. It’s on backorder, but I wouldn’t let that put you off—we’re all still in sitting-by-the-pool mode, after all.