Friday 22nd May 2015
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Now and forever: We like things with birds on them*

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Just such a cool and cheerful print.

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It is nothing short of amazing—given how long I have coveted this Eames bird and how often I give in to my material desires—that it is not mine yet.

bird plate

Splurgetastic but so good.

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Surely I have posted about this Fornasetti owl candle before, right? It is just way too far up my alley for that not to have happened, no?


*Which is a reference to this classic bit.

Friday links

sally draper

  • Quiz Time! On the eve of its final episode: Are you a Mad Men superfan? (Vulture)
  • And: these recollections by various feminist writers about the show’s most exhilarating and heartbreaking moments is fantastic.
  • On the one hand, I find the notion of a piece about the 25 most influential marriages of all time to be on the silly side; on the other hand, I enjoyed it thoroughly. (Time)
  • Am I the only one who loves looking at pictures of really cool swimming pools? (Atlas Obscura)
  • Southwest Airlines, being the worst again. (Jezebel)



What’s the best decision you ever made?


At the risk of getting far, far more personal than I typically do, I’ve got to say that no decision I’ve ever made comes close to being as pivotal and positive as the one to walk away from my marriage. And you?

New thing I’ll wear to death

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At first glance, Everlane’s new sneaker-hybrid-y Street Shoes come off a bit wonkishly pointy, but then after you try them on you realize they’re perfect. I shall walk all over creation this summer in these.

Print of the week


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The fact that the palm trees are upside-down just slays me.

Thursday links


ice cream sandwich



Top 5 of the week: backpacks

ragbone backpack

This is big enough for a small laptop, but doesn’t come off at all I’m-shlepping-my-laptop-ish.

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As roomy as a tote—but delightfully hands-free.

transport backpack

Like you took a rugged little rucksack and ran it through the  streamline machine.

baggu backpack

This under $50 option reminds me just a touch of the ones from agnes b we all wore in the 90s.

croc stamped

I like how much this croc stamped leather number resembles a bucket bag in shape.

Here I go again

in extreme dimension

As longtime readers know, I tend to fall passionately in love with—and declare total loyalty to—a new mascara about once a year before discovering one I adore even more. And so it has happened again, thanks to the no-less-than transformative powers of In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash from MAC. The lady at the store claimed that if you apply three layers, the effect all but approximates false lashes, but I only had to do it twice to achieve the kind of (gloriously clump-free) length, curl and volume my fine little lashes crave.

Monday links

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Shopping for (mostly) pretend: Esqueleto


My new favorite store in San Francisco is actually in Oakland (which Northern Californians are fond of calling the Brooklyn of the Bay Area), and is called Esqueleto. It’s part of Temescal Alleys, a cluster of shops (plus an ice cream place and the requisite hipster barber) gathered in a couple of small side streets.  A number of the stores are quite cute and cool—and all are worth popping in to—but Esqueleto is the jewel in the crown. Their website offers a fraction of what they actually stock, so it’s hard to give you a true sense of how lovely this place is. If you are nearby, you must, must stop in.

diamond claw ring

It is owned by the jewelry designer Lauren Wolf, and her insanely beautiful pieces—like this splurgestastic diamond claw ring—take up the biggest and most prominent counter. One emerald ring was so pretty, and looked so perfect on my finger that it almost made me cry. So my date for the day, the wonderful but horribly enabling Emily Hsieh (of old school Lucky fame) might have talked me into buying it.

gold braid ring

In addition to the boss lady’s line, they carry a quite robust and really, really well-edited assortment of pieces by other jewelry designers, too. Some names I was familiar with, but some were totally new: this gold braid ring Katrina LaPenne would be a glorious addition to just about any stack. (Here’s the less expensive silver version.)

diamond friendship bracelet

This diamond friendship bracelet  by Scosha is pretty nifty in a very undone-glamourous kind of a way.

judge print

Their selection of art and objects is almost as compelling as the jewelry. I of course loved this snake print and might have to make it mine at some point.

stoneware jug

And I’m not at all certain what I’d do with something like this stoneware jug, but it sure is fantastic.