Archive for December, 2016
Comme des Garcons is now making their zipper wallet in this excellent matchy-clashy tartan print, which could skew preppy or punk rock, depending on the owner.
Today, I thought I’d share my favorite woodsy-scented candles with you, as it has just occurred to me that I like an awful lot of them. Right now, in lieu of having an actual Christmas tree (which, given my faith, would be a bit off-brand) I am burning Soap & Paper Factory’s Roland Pine, which smells uncannily like the real thing.
Red Flower’s Wanderlust is similarly woodsy, with just a hint of something else—citrus?—thrown in for a nice kick. I love it.
A pick from Fornasetti will set you back a bit, it’s true, but when the candle’s all melted down you’re left with a cool little objet. I like their Otto scent best—it’s a lovely, earthy mix of thyme, lavender and cedarwood.
Diptique’s Feu de Bois smells like entering a room in which the fireplace has been going for hours.
This Tom Dixon stone candle is the only one of the bunch I haven’t actually tried, but is it not fantastic-looking?
I sometimes get asked what my favorite well-priced tee is, and have—embarrassingly—been hard-pressed to answer, because I am desperately picky about t-shirts, and almost always overspend on them in order to get exactly what I want. Which is: something very, very light and cut to flatter—which in my case means not too tight in the stomach area, and with a flattering neckline. But now I’ve discovered the J. Crew Vintage tee, and all that has changed. It’s as well-tailored as a t-shirt can be—I especially like the quite flattering scoopneck option—and tissue-light, and, if you time your purchase to when the Crew is running one of their 40%-off specials, as they are at this very moment, quite a nice buy (two other styles I like: the dolman and scoopneck short-sleeve.) Just don’t let these babies see the inside of a dryer, and they’ll last you a nice long time.
- These National Parks posters, designed by leading graphic artists, are just fantastic. Proceeds from their sale benefit the National Parks Service.
- This advice on how to get away with a workplace meltdown is certainly worth a shot. (The Science of Us)
- Here are this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Time)
- This trove of vintage Christmas postcards from the New York Public Library archives is fun to poke through. (Mental Floss)
- Hilarious: the best media corrections of the year. (Kottke)
Take it from one who has been there and knows: if you wait until the first big winter storm is approaching to buy snow boots, you will be left with nothing but the dregs to choose from. Big old clunky winter boots may not be the sexiest purchase on your list, but that is no reason to delay. And this pair from Sorel is actually pretty chic, I must say.
Here’s a slightly more rugged Sorel model that I also rather like.
Every time I write about snow boots, a few of you bring up Mukluks in the comments, so this time I thought I’d include a pair—even though 1. I’m not certain they’d be all that good in actual snow, and 2. It goes against my usual (and I guess pretty loose) anti-fur policy.
These come in regular old black, but I’m kind of loving the blue.
Classic duck boots, for your preppier moments.
OK, so I’m not at all certain how the treads would hold up to snow and they’re not exactly boots, but I had to include these leather, faur-fur-lined Converse Chuck Taylors because are they not kind of great? I think they look very Rick Owens.
A leather version of classic Hunter boots, lined in shearling, at a very nice price.
This sneaker hybrid is right up my alley.
These lined Tretorns are just adorable.
- Here we have the best movie posters of 2016. (Flavorwire)
- And here are the best book jackets. (EW)
- North Carolina will repeal its anti-transgender bathroom law. (The Cut)
- This piece on The Ten Essentials of Any Hallmark Christmas Movie amuses. (Vulture)
- This Stevie Wonder tribute is impressive. (Slate)