Friday 30th January 2015
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Snowcopalypse is nigh

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Dateline: NYC, 24 hours from now

I love a really good snowstorm; there are few things quite so awesome as watching Mother Nature bring even this most frenetic of cities to a screeching halt. Still, this one looks like it might skew scary and dangerous, and so I’m sending my thoughts to all of you in its path. Stay safe, indoors—70mph winds, people!—and dry. It is precisely for days like this that those evil geniuses at Amazon invented Instant Video. Meanwhile, I have done my version of storm preparedness: checked the flashlight, water, and candle supplies, and had a truly epic top-of-the-morning visit to the local Whole Foods for provisions (my necessities, you might be surprised to note, are simple and few: I greet any excuse to live off of PB & J for a few days as the stuff of dreams).

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Meanwhile, does my Sammy look like a handsome devil or what in his new Barbour coat?

 

 

Five things I liked this week

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new favorite mascara.

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preppier take on chambray.

 

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Coolest workout leggings ever.

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A bag to fit bigger-than-itsy dogs.

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My newest Waylande Gregory obsession.

 

I love this cute bowl from France

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Because it has stars on it, so of course I do.

Tuesday links

die of fun

  • This Parks and Rec superfan quiz is really hard. (Vulture)
  •  Life is all about small victories, people. (The Science of Us)
  • Oh Brooklyn, you really do make it too easy. (Time)
  • The great Pamela Adlon, co-creator and sometime co-star of Louie—is getting her own show.
  • Good on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for inviting  this badass to attend the State of the Union. (The Cut)

It’s the little things

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Ever since I got my new iPhone with the app that keeps track of how far you walk, I’ve become obsessed with taking 10,000 steps daily for good health. That nets out to about five miles, which isn’t nothing in this cold. And I hate the cold with the special passion reserved for those of us who grew up in much more temperate climates. Here are a few of the things that keep me warm: first up, my awesome new, super-toasty parka from Add Down (I got the longer version, which is sold out, but the shorter version is pretty great and currently marked down too).

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I think that at this point if my house were on fire, my Nike Roshe Run sneaker boots might make it to the top 5 list of items I’d grab before fleeing.

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When it’s really freezing, nothing but an old-school chunky woolen scarf will do.

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And my new favorite thing of winter: leather leggings, which are so much cozier than jeans to crawl into for that first-thing-in-the-morning dog walk. Just buy them in your actual size—instead of sizing down, as is sometimes recommended—and they’ll stretch out to a fit that’s nice and slouchy.

Cheap and chic of the week: woman-in-black edition

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Yesterday’s post on quilt-patterned pieces proved controversial; today I offer you nice, inoffensive classics all in black as a palate-cleanser. Here’s rather perfect crisp poplin button down.

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It’s not often that you find a nice cashmere crewneck for under $100.

 

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Mango’s tees are so excellently soft and slouchy.

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Yes, I do think the leather Baggu counts as a classic at this point.

 

Quilty pleasures

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As prints go, this isn’t necessarily the easiest one to wear—you have to keep everything else very sophisticated and minimal or risk coming off very I Own A Pottery Wheel. But how good would this Etoile Isabel Marant cotton jacket look with some leather leggings, boots, and a simple black sweater?

port of call clutch

This Lizzie Fortunato bag is perfect for remedying that moment when you’re about to run out of the house in head-to-toe black.

quilt scarf

happy, bold star print from Claire Vivier.

 

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I’m in love with this in the streamlined black and white.

Wednesday links

debbie harry

  • Here’s a fun slideshow of music’s top 40 style icons. (And yes, I will seize upon any available excuse to run a picture of Debbie Harry.)
  • These pictures of lucky charms brought into the battlefield by soldiers in WWI are quite poignant. (Slate)
  • I’m all about coming from love, but this is genius. (Time)
  • Martha Stewart Living magazine, a reunified Germany, and a bunch of other things that turn 25 this year. (Mental Floss)
  • There exists in this world such a thing as pro-life cowboy boots, and down in Texas, Wendy Davis’s replacement wore them to her swearing-in. (The Frisky)

Wednesday trifecta

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Nothing says Fresh Start quite like a new wallet, because it forces you to go through your old one and get rid of the long-expired expired gym and museum memberships and Container Store gift cards you forgot you even had until you’re left with nothing but the bare essentials and a satisfyingly clean slate. I’ve been obsessing over this new model from Comme des Garcons. It comes in black too, and I think the fact that I can’t decide which I like better is the only thing preventing me from going for it already.

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Here’s a fantastically splurgy option that is just so Lady Badass I could almost, almost see going for it.

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And here’s an under $50 option that looks so much fancier.

 

 

 

 

Sale notes from all over

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First things first: it’s the last day of the Net A Porter sale, and everything is 20% off whatever it is currently marked down to. This Nina Ricci coat is leopard perfection.

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From Nordstrom: a jacket I have obsessed over all season.

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Product is flying out of the Emerson Fry sale so fast that two different pieces I wanted to show you sold out before I could complete this post, so if you are at all interested, do not delay. This is about as chic as a parka gets, IMHO.

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And because at this point in sale season not everything is available in every size, a few bags: over at Shopbop there’s a rather stunning array marked down, and the one I’m having the hardest time not pulling the trigger on is this Clare Vivier Sandrine Bag.

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Over at The DreslynJerome Dreyfuss loveliness.

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And at Bergdorf’s: this smart little number, perfect for work, from Rag & Bone.