Friday 25th April 2014
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What are your guiltiest pleasures?


Skittles, British gossip rags, and Scandal. For starters. And you?

Better than drugs

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I am such a devotee of Deep Sleep Bath Oil  from British beauty brand This Works that when the company’s products briefly stopped being available in the US, I spent a tiny fortune on essential oils, trying to replicate its scent for myself. If you’d have become addicted to it, you might have too: it’s as effective as Ambien and smells divine (in addition to the expected lavender and camomile, there are notes of coconut and patchouli, which skews things decidedly sexy. In fact I have, on more than one occasion, dabbed it on my pulse points before a date). Yes, the bottle will set you back, but you only use the tiniest little capful for the whole bath. Or, if you still can’t quite take the leap, there’s always the Deep Sleep Shower Gel or pillow spray.

Friday links

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  • It’s the Season Two Orange is the New Black trailer, people.
  • Quiz time! How well do you know your Office Space? (Vulture)
  • A brilliant list for our ADD times—great novels that come in under 200 pages. (Flavorwire)
  • RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (New York)
  • And a big Mazel Tov to Chelsea Clinton, who will always be a lovable gawky 13 year-old frizzbo to me, but is apparently all grown up and pregnant. (Slate)


Crazy or cute?

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The mythic white Birkenstock Arizona sandal: I have seen quite stylish women wear these with rolled-up jeans or khakis in the summer and look fantastic. But they scare me. And excite me, just a little. Thoughts?

Little box, big sound

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This little black box is a Mini Boom wireless Bluetooth speaker; a friend just gave me one, and it’s the new best thing I own. You just charge it, choose your favorite music from iTunes or Spotify or Pandora or wherever, and tote it  with you wherever around your house you may roam. Remember when you could only hear your music when you were in the same room as the speakers? Such quaint times.

Thursday links

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  • Check out these amazing pictures of a just-uncovered 1927 mural that had been hidden—inexplicably—under a dozen layers of white paint at the Sherry-Netherland Hotel in New York. (Curbed)
  • Here’s the story of the IT guy from Peoria Illinois whose Twitter account got him a job as a writer on Late Night. (Vulture)
  • The year is 1978. The man is Elvis Costello. The setting: an American A&P. Also, Geraldo is there. Go. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Your morning Happy. (Time)
  • And finally: I feel I would be remiss if I did not let you know that today is the last day that Shopbop is offering 25% off absolutely everything on the site as part of its Friends and Family special. Do not delay! (Shopbop)


Print of the week

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I’m not sure whether I want to wear this Marc by Marc Jacobs silk shirt dress or make a pillow out of it—and that’s not necessarily an insult. (Check out the scarf version here; it actually looks highly wearable.)

Taking requests


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Forgive me, reader who wrote in requesting that I do a post on stud earrings, for I accidentally deleted your email and forgot your name. But I can very much get with your request: I wore so many crazy big earrings back in the 80s that my that my piercings now sag unattractively, so for me it’s either about the lightest of lightweight dangly earrings or studs, always. But aside from all that, I also quite appreciate the no-muss-no-fuss aspect of studs: you can put them in and forget about them for days if you care to, which, for a lazy accessorizor such as myself, is pretty much all you can ask for in a piece of jewelry. Of course I had to start things off with this beautiful serpent pair with diamond eyes, because it’s a whole lot of pretty.

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This pyramid stud with wee chains is a quiet little moment of tough chick.

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Flower earrings for people who would usually think flower earrings are too girly.

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An elegant diamond pair, at a decent price.


Wednesday links

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There may be a Soul Train musical, which would only be amazing. (A.V. Club)

Mindy Kaling’s got some rather amusing exercise tips. (Vulture)

More Amy Schumer hilarity: here’s Josh Charles, guesting on her show in a spot-on Aaron Sorkin parody. (Slate)

Dominos has really gone and done it this time. (Jezebel)

True Detective meets The Family Circus. (Dangerous Minds)


Cheap and chic of the week

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A silky, drapey top that looks not at all unlike a few from Maria Cornejo for which I have paid a great deal more.