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Things I bought, things I want

it mascara

I am always fascinated to learn which products make it into the makeup bags of beauty editors, who see and try absolutely everything. So when I read somewhere that It Cosmetics Superhero Elastic Stretch Volumizing Mascara was gaining a big following among that cohort, I was too curious not to order some up for myself. Also, I was looking for redemption: The last time I heralded a mascara as my new favorite, the fact that it rang in at close to $50 did not meet with universal enthusiasm. This stuff goes for $24—not drugstore cheap, but not bad—and I think I like it about twice as much as that other, pricier, one. It goes on cleaner than any mascara I’ve ever tried—like, apply-three-coats-and- still-no-clumps clean—and lengthens and thickens like crazy.

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We all, from time to time, find ourselves on a Shopping Mission (some of us perhaps more often than others). And at the moment mine has been to find a good A-line denim skirt; one that doesn’t have a weird, super-high waist—so many do; I know not why—and is neither too short or super-long midi, which inevitably looks very Sister Wife on me. This suffers none of those plights, and would appear to be the answer.

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I know the print here is borderline frump, but I find myself inexorably drawn to this jacket nevertheless.

Posted on April 29th, 2016 15 Comments

Print of the week

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I thought nothing could get me excited about going to the gym. I was wrong.

Posted on April 28th, 2016 9 Comments

What do you own altogether too many of?

sunglasses

I have a bit of a sunglass problem. Also a denim problem, a Fornasetti problem, and a lipstick problem. And you?

Posted on April 28th, 2016 75 Comments

Wednesday links

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  • For the 70s nostalgists among us: wild tales of Studio 54. (Mental Floss)
  • It turns out that dogs hate hugs, which is both good to know and such a drag. (The Science of Us)
  • Anyone who has struggled with depression will likely find this amusing. (R29)
  • What it’s like to fly on Air Force One. (BBC)
  • Your morning weep. (Time)

 

Posted on April 27th, 2016 1 Comment

The sartorial minefield that is the polka dot

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Because there are so many ways polka dots can go wrong—they can come off too costumey, too young, too goofy—I’ve got some pretty tough criteria for choosing them. To wit: I like them in the most limited palette of colors, all of which are dark and none of which are earth tones. I like when the actual dot is not a perfect sphere. And I like them on clean, sophisticated shapes. The dots on this shirtdress from Marimekko are much, much bigger than I usually find acceptable, but it works, in a poppy summery, fun way.

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A small dot print on a straightforward button-down feels pretty classic to me.

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The subtle dark-on-dark palette is what makes this sneaker chic and not crazy.

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The easiest way to incorporate this (or really any) print into an outfit is with a scarf, and the pattern on this one is so pretty and painterly.

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This tee is Proenza Schouler, so of course it costs a fortune, but boy, would it look cute peeking out from under a blazer.

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Dots can be pretty genius for print-mixing, and this sweater quite conveniently does all the work for you.

Posted on April 27th, 2016 13 Comments

Tuesday links

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  • These photos of Japanese professional female wrestlers are on the intense side. (Atlantic)
  • Hey guys, it’s the trailer for the Anthony Weiner documentary. (Vulture)
  • 14 fun facts for Veep fans. (Mental Floss)
  • Swearing: good for you! (Laughing Squid)
  • And finally, because I can’t resist: Prince’s party playlist is about as awesome as you might imagine it to be. (Boing Boing)
Posted on April 26th, 2016 2 Comments