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Friday links


  • These vintage posters advertising the London Tube are just fantastic. (Atlas Obscura)
  • Laverne Cox will play the Tim Curry role in Fox’s remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Deadline)
  • Well this is kind of cool: Sesame Street just introduced a new character with autism. (Mental Floss)
  • Turns out you can’t mention menstruation on a New York City subway advertisement. Ads for breast implants are still a go, though. (Slate)
  • This is both totally weird and completely beautiful. (Dangerous Minds)
Posted on October 23rd, 2015 7 Comments

I am obsessed with quilts lately

sybil quilt

And I’m a little afraid to say that, as “obsessed with” topped the list of words and phrases you’d like to ban, but really there is no other word for it. People are doing some quite cool things with quilts these days, and I want in, bad. This one, from LA-based design house Wolfum, is such an unlikely mix of colors, but it totally works.


Meg Callahan’s quilts are stupendous; this is my favorite because it looks traditional and modern at the same time.


kim quilt 2

The slow fade here is just so pretty.

anthro quilt

Here’s a well-priced option from Anthro.

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And here’s the feel-good-about-yourself-while-you-shop option: all profits from the sale of this one—which I found on the excellent site Indego Africa—goes to educational training for the women who made it.

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 19 Comments

Going plaid

houndstooth street

Houndstooth can come off very Nancy Reagan and fusty, but it can also be super-sharp and absolutely all you need to make an outfit look truly together.  It’s also excellent—as this photo illustrates—for print mixing, if you keep everything in a very straightforward palette of black and white. I definitely think Houndstooth is at its chicest in black and white, but do make room for exceptions.

Crew houndstooth

Like this blazer which just looks like it would be fun to wear.

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The oversized checks work quite well with the oversized shape on this one.

beard jacket

Another excellent faux-layered blazer from Veronia Beard. (And here’s the matching trouser if you’re feeling it.)

theory houndstooth

This bag is almost a little new wave.

Posted on October 22nd, 2015 12 Comments

Tuesday links


  • Oh, I love this: there is a Beastie Boys-inspired character in the new Star Wars. (The Verge)
  • I know there are a few of you who will greet the news that Netflix is bringing Gilmore Girls back with untethered glee.  (The Atlantic)
  • In more Wayback Machine news: The Absolutely Fabulous movie that people have been speculating on for years is finally happening. (A.V. Club)
  • This Atari ad from 1983 is good for a laugh. (Mental Floss)
  • So happy for my pals Heather and Jessica of Go Fug Yourself: their most recent book, the ridiculously readable The Royal We, is being made into a movie. (People)


Posted on October 20th, 2015 2 Comments

Taking requests


“Tell me a peacoat cavalcade is imminent,” writes Raina, one of my favorite commenters, who writes the witty design blog If The Lampshade Fits. “And that you will be including this vestment of the gods.” Request granted, Raina, even the part about the (frankly fantastic) Sacai coat you see here, even though it exceeds the GOACA price limit by a pretty wide margin.

J Crew peacoat

Here’s a  more classic version from J. Crew, right down to the  bold gold buttons.

mango peacoat

The slouchy cut and pale, pale grey here is a cool take on the pea.

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For those of you who live in parts of the country where it never gets seriously cold, I present this, which is pretty cute in the denim.

loft peacoat

A good bit longer that is standard, with a nifty (faux) fur collar.

nordstrom pea

The exterior stitching here is a lively touch.

Posted on October 20th, 2015 15 Comments

Monday links

truth or dare

  • Here’s a fun little rundown: the 50 best music documentaries of all time. (Vulture)
  • This was all over my Facebook feed last week and perhaps it was all over yours too, but just in case you missed it: a really remarkable video account of what it’s like to raise a transgender son. (YouTube)
  • Larry David as Bernie Sanders this weekend on SNL was a tiny little burst of genius. (Slate)
  • Oh, this modern world. (Visual News)
  • Trippy.  (Laughing Squid)


Posted on October 19th, 2015 1 Comment