Friday 12th February 2016
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Things I bought, things I want

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A not-cheap but absolutely perfect linen tee that I’ve been wearing nonstop since its purchase.

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A somewhat wackadoo bag that I only nominally understand my strong attraction to.

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Cozy, cute wool clogs for padding around the house.


space NK

I wasn’t looking for a new favorite mascara when I ventured into the brand new—and dangerously close to my place of residence—Space NK beauty emporium in Nolita on Saturday. Neither did I especially want for bronzer. And yet both of those items—and more—made it into my shopping bag. Let’s review:

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I asked our salesperson what her favorite mascara in the store was (because, let’s face it: I’m always at least halfway looking for a new favorite mascara) and she produced a tube of Mascara Terrybly from By Terry. And people, my lash game has been transformed. Nothing short of false lashes has ever made them look so long, and glossy, and positively un-gloppy.

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I am so poor at eyeshadow application that I’ve pretty much given up on the proposition altogether, but this new brush makes screwing up hard even for me. Color glides on with one fell swoosh, and something about the shape of the brush itself and the angle of the handle gives you the control you need to be much more precise.


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This eyeshadow palette initially attracted me because it’s just so cool-looking—I am forever being drawn in by innovative executions of the beauty palette—but the colors are what closed the deal: all highly wearable, all low-drama.

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Just another light, sheer, super-flattering bronzer that I didn’t need but had to have.

More Los Angeles stores I liked

lost and found

I could come up with enough Print of the Week candidates from the excellent Lost & Found in Santa Monica to last me through the winter and possibly beyond, but for today’s purposes, I’m including just three.


Utterly fantastic throws, in a dizzying array of colors.


Blue and white always look so fresh together, and this is such a good ocean blue.

wrapping paper

I do love a good grown-up roll of wrapping paper.

dream collective

In Silverlake, over on the east  side of town, I visited and loved Dream Collective, which offers, along with its eponymous jewelry line, a nice selection of housewares, jewelry by other designers, and beauty goods.

lapis ring

The rich blue of this lapis ring is killing me.

evil eye cuff

This evil eye cuff is so not my usual thing but I am completely digging it.

so pretty

This splurgy little slice of perfection, on the other hand, is right up my alley.


I visited downtown LA for the first time ever on this trip. It’s very happening these days, and reminds me of a cleaned-up, brighter version of New York, but much more horizontal. And I liked a couple of shops there, but the best was probably Poketo, which is sort of like the cutest general store ever. They’ve got everything from clothes to books to toys for the kids, and I wouldn’t say it’s got the tightest point of view of any store I’ve ever visited, but it covers so much ground that’s it’s hard to care.

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These black Hasami bowls are both craft-y and elegant at the same time.

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Such a great, graphic hand block printed scarf.





Thursday links


  • This short New Yorker film about the twins convention in Twinsburg Ohio is so fascinating. And it gave me the chance to run this classic Diane Arbus photo. (Laughing Squid)
  • Simpsons fans: prepare to fall down the rabbit hole with this database of a whopping three million quotes and screengrabs from the show. (Slate)
  • The top 10 closing movie shots of all time. (Kottke)
  • Lululemon founder Chip Wilson just keeps stepping in it. (Racked)
  • Companies with quite fantastic job perks. (Mental Floss)

Dressing your age: discuss

linda rodin

Linda Rodin: making leather pants work at 67

There are few things I loathe more than lists that tell women what clothes they need to give up once they reach a certain age: my view on the topic is that if you can pull it off, you should wear it—but that you would also be well-advised also pay close attention to your internal radar. Which, around six years ago, told me that it was time to say goodbye to miniskirts. Not because I’d reached any significant birthday, but because they just suddenly looked silly on me. Have you had similar moments, and with what? Conversely, what will you never give up?

(Shirt)Dresses with grown-up hemlines

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Yesterday, I was doing my usual climbing-of-the-walls trying to find something suitable to post about when my downstairs neighbor/BFF Michelle came up for a study break (she’s in bar exam brain at the moment) and busted me for not doing a winter edition of Dresses with grown-up hemlines this season. Guilty as charged, and yet, can you blame me? By this particular time of year, the stores are down to the last dregs of their fall/winter sale merchandise, and just the eensiest stream of spring clothes is trickling in. Michelle, always game, pronounced herself up for the challenge and together we found a decent number of shirtdresses, which—it’s true—are ideal for slightly warmer weather, but are also eminently layer-able. Michelle found this cute and well-priced little option from the Gap, and I would totally step outside tomorrow in it with a cotton cami and tights as a base layer, then paired with a chunky cardigan.

banana dress

A really, really feminine, flattering cut for those of us with hips. Because the dress has so much volume, I’d make sure to wear it with a closer-fitting sweater or blazer.

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This pretty silk dress with concealed buttons is a nicely sophisticated option. It comes in black too, but I like this offbeat brownish-orange tone.

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This is how you make denim OK for the office: lots of structure and clean lines.

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My philosophy regarding leopard print is: the more classic the shape of whatever it’s on, the better it looks. And this is a very classic shape.