Thursday 3rd September 2015
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Tuesday links

joan jett

  • Hit songs that were actually covers. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Juicy bits from the new Joan Didion biography. (Vulture)
  • Oh please. (Jezebel)
  • The science of hating the sound of people chewing. (Mental Floss)
  • Fascinating: in England, before homosexuality was decriminalized, gay men spoke in a secret language called Polari. (Slate)

Summer makeup update

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Tribeca Mom raved about this, and at first I was wary because it’s a lot of cash for the tiniest little bottle. But it creates the most natural flush of any cheek tint I’ve ever tried, and you use just the eensiest smudge so it’ll last forever.

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Also from Perricone: a super-light, foolproof-even-for-me concealer.

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The best match for my skin tone in the history of ever, with a significantly higher SPF than my usual BB Cream.

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A waterproof mascara that delivers on volume.

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And a waterproof eyeliner that would stay put in a hurricane.


Packing light

mini steamer

I’m taking a trip to Central America in September, and am resolved to fit everything for two whole weeks into one standard-size carry-on. This means being at peace with the notion that I will wear the same few things over and over. Which is fine: as I’ve stated in the past, I always wear the same things over and over anyway. Given the climate, I’ll be bringing along the kind of superlight cottony clothes that are inevitably all wrinkled by the time I reach my destination and unpack. So I’m bringing along my new Jo Mangiano Go Mini steamer, which is truly quite mini, works just as well as its larger counterpart, and rings in at just under $15, which is hard to beat.

Thursday links


  • Just a bunch of pictures of headbangers. (Slate)
  • This rundown of the ten best twist endings in movies is rife with spoilers—it would have to be—but quite amusing at the same time. (Flavorwire)
  • Mere words can’t convey my excitement over the fact that there might be a Flight of the Conchords movie. (A.V. Club)
  • Using your left hand, laughing with your mouth open, and other random things that are considered rude in some parts of the world. (Mental Floss)
  • The FDA has approved female Viagra. It will go by the rather random name of  “Addyi.” (Jezebel)

A note to subscribers


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Thursday Trifecta

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For ages, I have been conducting a highly specific search for a beige-toned t-shirt bra that could conceivably be described as sexy. This has not been a simple quest: beige bras, while indispensable, have an inherent frump factor. Buy how excellent is this little demi wonder?


I know my bustier readers will protest that that bra could only work for the small of cup, so I present you with this, which goes up to an F-cup.

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Still not satisfied? Here’s a little number that tops out at GG.

Print of the week

market dress

I have a dear friend with a quite fabulous name—Dini von Mueffling—who has had a character on the Sex and the City named after her. And the librarian in The Virgin Suicides too. And here, for the trifecta, is the very pretty Market dress in Dini’s Navy Floral. I do love a dark floral.

Tuesday links

swinging 60s

  • These pictures of Swinging 60s London are so good. (Telegraph)
  • Relatedly: I don’t know if any of you share my enthusiasm for silly stock photos, but I hope you do because some of these from the 70s are pretty great. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Oh, this is fabulous. (Mental Floss)
  • Special for you: possibly the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever linked to. (Mental Floss)
  • Well this is good news: Tracy Morgan will host SNL in October. So glad he’s feeling up to it. (A.V. Club)

Five things that are helping me get through NYC in August

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This is the first shirt dress I have ever found that actually flatters my figure, and it’s really light and crisp and makes you feel like you are all confident and together even on days when you are feeling decidedly otherwise. Also: it is significantly less severe in real life and with the first couple of buttons undone. In addition to which: I’m guessing the model is an amazon because it hits at my knees. (Here’s a cheaper version, which is a bit shorter.)

easthampton pant

The most summer-light trousers I have yet to find. (And here’s a under $100 option.)

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I have to all but physically restrain myself from wearing this dress every day that the temperature soars, as it is made of the lightest silk jersey, and is nice and flowy and the soul of comfort.

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I used to never get polish on my nails during a manicure because it was usually just a matter of hours after application that the chipping commenced. But now that I have discovered gel manicures—quite late to the party, I know— that problem is gloriously of the past. My favorite place to go: Valley NYC. which is like a five-minute walk from home, and is quite chill and pleasant. The fact they sell really cute jewelry only adds to the appeal.

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I prefer to wear my naturally curly hair straight, but learned long ago that straight irons are too hideously damaging to use on a regular basis. My T3 curling iron works great at smoothing me out, doesn’t trash my hair, and—bonus!—has helped me master the loose wave.

I love a sleeper hit

stud belt

I’ve never adhered to the if-you-haven’t-worn-it-in-a-year-throw-it-out rule. Life is long and unpredictable, and you just never know when a piece you’ve never quite incorporated into your wardrobe  will suddenly come off the bench and save the sartorial day. It has happened to me any number of times, most recently with this rather punkish belt from Emerson Fry. The fact that the studs are all black makes it a lot more subdued than the classic silver-studded version, but still I kept feeling very mutton dressed as lamb whenever I tried it on with jeans, which seemed like the natural pairing. Turns out it’s about a thousand times cooler when employed as a counterpoint to preppy pieces.

boyfriend chinos

Like chinos.

white short sleeve

And a white short sleeved button down.