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Ladies day out

selima soho

Tribeca Mom and I had a date on Saturday—she was family-free for the weekend and itching for a walkabout, and I was happy to oblige. We enjoyed  a little Mexican-Peruvian Brunch, and then it was off to Selima Optique on Broome Street. In a city full of chic alternatives to your usual mall brand opticians, Selima may be the chicest choice of all. They’ve got a surpassingly cool in-house line, a nice selection from other designers, and the kind of efficient and straight-up friendly service that keeps a person coming back. Which, as somebody with light sensitivity issues and a more-is-by-all-means-more outlook regarding the acquisition of new sunglasses, I do. Frequently.


To that point: what do you think of my new Ray Ban Clubmasters? I’ve wanted some forever, but the classic Clubmaster shape looks crazy on me. These are squarer, which somehow renders them softer and more flattering. Definitely less hipster than the original, but then again, so am I.

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Here they are close up. Cuteness, no?

jerome dreyfussbag

Tribeca Mom had a substantial American Express gift card burning a hole in her pocket, so we hit the Jerome Dreyfuss store on Broome Street—as excellent a spot as any for a splurge that’ll cost you nothing. Dreyfuss is Isabel Marant’s husband, and his bags work a similarly Frenchy-understated fashion insidery angle. I own one, a small grey leather number that makes any outfit I pair it with just a tiny bit cooler, and would die for another. But today was not about me. Tribeca Mom got this, and it is perfection: big enough to carry papers, but chic enough to bring along to dinner or a nice lunch, and made of the lightest leather. I can’t stop thinking about it.

Posted on July 28th, 2013 8 Comments

Auntie Kim’s little helper

la colombe

Better than drugs, people. And I really liked drugs.

Posted on July 28th, 2013 4 Comments

Friday links

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  • Who might have imagined while we were living through it that 1983 would turn out to be such an interesting year for the future of pop music? Check out this rundown of 30 albums that came out—that’s right—exactly 30 years ago this year. (EW)
  • The hypochondriac in me is thrilled by the notion of this bathroom mirror, which will read your vital signs at a (literal) glance. (PSFK)
  • Looks like Eliot Spitzer’s wife Silda might be getting out of the Good Wife business. (NY Mag)
  • These beautiful old neon signs from across the country make me nostalgic for the time before LED lights came along and took the grace out of everything. (Flavorwire)
  • Again with this. (NY Times)


Posted on July 26th, 2013

Hear me out

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OK, this jacket is crazy but also it’s not. Because the stripes are strategically contained, which keeps it from entering Candy Man territory, and instead endows it with an appealingly British prep school vibe. I won’t, but I want.

Posted on July 25th, 2013 9 Comments

Tough pretty little things

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I am so totally all about James Colarusso’s pendants right now: they’re substantial but still small enough not to overwhelm a look, sentimental but not corny, beautiful and wholly original. These chunky hearts, for instance, remind me of love itself: beautiful, faceted, and, from some angles, all messed up.

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If this forever shield weren’t so rough-hewn, the image and message would be impossibly twee. But the fact that it looks almost like a gravestone rubbing of the original gives it some depth.

james colarusso skull

This skull looks so liquid; like it was freshly imprinted in molten wax.

james colarusso block letters

I have been tempted by initial necklaces before, but until I saw these big block letters, none have ever driven me mad with desire.

Posted on July 25th, 2013

Thursday links


  • Love these vintage paparazzi shots of celebrities at Heathrow airport. (Voices of East Anglia)
  • The Times gets it just right about how dead wrong it is for Anthony Weiner to stay in the race for New York City mayor. (NY Times)
  • A powerful reminder that: wow, do we really need not to sweat the small stuff. (Daily What)
  • This piece on the longtime front desk clerk at the formerly weird and wonderful Chelsea Hotel—which has been purchased by developers who plan to turn it into a luxury hotel—is a nice little window into what was once one of New York’s most unusual, and uniquely New Yorky, institutions.
  • Fun facts about everybody’s favorite new show, Orange is the New Black. (Vulture)
Posted on July 25th, 2013