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My (somewhat improbable) new summer uniform

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It’s been all about the button-down this season.

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Which I pair with—and here’s the improbable part—jeans shorts. They’re an item I typically associate with the young and the leggy, but if you purchase them in a slouchy boyfriend cut, it totally works. I wear the pair you see here so frequently that I got it them the white too. When I’ve got on the blue ones, it’s always with a blue shirt; with the white ones I go white on top too. It elevates the look just a touch and makes it less relentlessly casual.

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Belting also keeps things looking put-together.

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For footwear, I opt for something with a bit of height, which helps me hit the streets at least feeling leggy, which I’m not. I’ve been getting an impossible amount of wear out of these seamed clog sandals from No.6.

Posted on July 24th, 2015 27 Comments

Thursday links

love me back

  • Just a whole bunch of especially great book covers. (Kottke)
  • The most epic road trips in American literature. (Atlas Obscura)
  • Don’t know which of these guys I’m going to miss more. (A.V. Club)
  • An astonishingly thorough guide to all the running gags on Arrested Development. (NPR)
  • Your morning weep is particularly weepy today. (Time)
Posted on July 23rd, 2015 5 Comments

Just doing my job

strawberry thief

The new Barbour/Liberty jackets are here, and one of them is lined in their Strawberry Thief print—a personal fave—and how could I not let you know?

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 10 Comments

Thursday trifecta

travel journal

Generally speaking I can’t bear anything that’s too twee, but then I’ll visit the Coral & Tusk website and get sucked right into the vortex. This leather embroidered travel journal, for instance, feels like it needs to be mine.

bugs napkim

I only use cloth napkins—it impresses guests, and always makes my takeout feel that much more civilized. And my collection is impressive, but none are quite so perfect as these.


This sachet has Hostess Gift written all over it.


Posted on July 22nd, 2015 4 Comments

What I did on Sunday

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I need to stop with the tattoos, I know*. Get myself a hobby, or perhaps just some amusing nail art when the fever strikes. But is this not rather cute?


*I’m also aware my cuticles look pretty busted here.

Posted on July 21st, 2015 23 Comments

Top 5 of the week


It’s always a good day in this household when J. Crew throws a bunch of new arrivals up on its site. There’s a lot that I like this time around, but here are my top picks. First up: I always fear I’ll look too butch if I try to pull off a traditional chambray shirt, which is a drag because I really like the look of a chambray shirt. This popover version seems a lot more wearable.


You can’t beat a chino with a tuxedo stripe for cheeky good fun.

blazer j crew

corduroy blazer is so Seventeen Magazine back-to-school issue circa 1979.

military trench

I tend to like trenches best when they are some (dark) color other than the classic khaki, and this  military green totally nails it.

j crew sneaker

Blue on blue and just so good.

Posted on July 21st, 2015 7 Comments