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Wednesday links

 

  • This rundown of ten pastel-colored films is fun. (Flavorwire)
  • These are some seriously next-level balloon animals. (Colossal)
  • Jagged Little Pill, the album, is becoming a musical, with a book written by Diablo Cody. (The Cut)
  • It’s quiz time! Can you name the author based on the character? (Mental Floss)
  • This rundown of the Dirty Dancing remake is stupendous. (Go Fug Yourself)

 

Posted on May 31st, 2017 1 Comment

Because you asked: What I wear on dates

Last week’s post on dating led to a couple of requests for me to tell you what I wear when I go out, and while I don’t think I’ve even begun to get it down to a science, I’m more than happy to share. I subscribe to the philosophy that you should go for a look that is just slightly sexy on a date: I should probably go with tighter clothes, but I almost always wind up wearing a loose top and tighter pants, because that is what I own (I almost never wear dresses, at least on first dates, for no particular reason). On a recent first date that went very well, I wore a white, collarless cotton Isabel Marant button-down, half-tucked, of course. Nothing makes me feel more sexy and confident than a white button-down. This tuxedo shirt from Nili Lotan is a nice stand-in for the Marant—or on the less pricey end of the spectrum, this button-down from Everlane.

I paired the button-down with leather jeans, which can be a little too little forward for a first date if you’re wearing them with a risque top; the shirt subdues them, makes them come off as the (very sexy) classics that they are.

I had two dates over the long weekend, and on one of them, I wore this Ulla Johnson top.

I paired them with slightly cropped black jeans. The date went horribly—truly one for the books—but I looked all right.

It’s too cool outside in the evenings to go out without a jacket right now, but I hate when I carefully assemble a look and then my outerwear shlumpifies it. This Iro jacket, which I just acquired at the Net a Porter sale, keeps things snappy. I wore it on the date with the grey top and the black jeans.

On the second date of the weekend, I decided to go more casual,wore this Everlane button-down.

And these R13 grey jeans. That date was kind of fun.

This may look like a clunker of a shoe, but I promise that on it is really quite alluring—even my brother who hates my taste in footwear approved. They dress up jeans nicely.

I bought these heels recently to wear to my mom’s upcoming 80th birthday party, but find that they’re working well for when I’m feeling like dressing things up a little on dates, too. I never thought pumps could be sexy until I tried these on. It’s the ties that do it. Also, they are surprisingly walkable given the height of the heel.

I try to carry a smaller bag on dates; my everyday bag just feels too clunky and workaday. This one fits all the essentials and is pretty cute.

Posted on May 31st, 2017 48 Comments

Tuesday links

  • There are some fantastic pictures included in this interesting article about aerial photography. (My Modern Met)
  • A great piece about middle-aged female sexuality—based on my pal Claire Dederer’s excellent new memoir, Love and Trouble. (The Cut)
  • Portraits from the Summer of Love,  on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. (Flavorwire)
  • Don’t miss this profile of Hillary Clinton, by the awesome Rebecca Traister. (NY Mag)
  • These vintage photos (most of them look pretty 80s) of lady wrestlers are highly amusing. Ever-so-slightly NSFW. (Dangerous Minds)

 

Posted on May 30th, 2017 9 Comments

A whole mess of Summer pants

For whatever reason, I’ve got a lot of requests up my sleeve this week: you all seem to have a lot on your minds. A reader named Kristin wants “General guidance on summer pants—I’m working in the summer for the first time in a long time and am struggling with getting dressed. ” I feel you, Kristin. There are times when I miss working in an office—I desperately miss the spirit of collaboration, and being around other people all day—but I never long for how much I stressed out every morning over what to wear. It used to just destroy me. It doesn’t matter how many clothes you have—and I had a lot—you can always look in your closet and feel like you have nothing to wear. So great basics you can turn to without too much thinking are key. And a good summer trouser counts as one of those. These high-waisted khaki cigarette pants are so damn chic, and inexpensive, and they come in black, too.

A wide-leg pant can be very flattering, and is always office-appropriate.

I’m a big fan of J. Crew’s boyfriend chino; it’s got the just-right amount of slouchiness, and the cut is nice and feminine.

These stovepipe trousers are just a good solid classic cropped option.

linen-blend pant with a deep cuff, a good blue and a nice price.

A good casual Friday grey chino.

From very cool plus-size brand Shegul (which a reader named Becca clued me in to), a very cute pair of tapered trousers.

These have a tuxedo stripe, which is fun.

From Violeta, Mango’s plus-size line, a perfectly snappy pair of  white chinos.

Red trousers are a kick, and really pop with a white button-down.

And why not checked pants?

I just really like the nice clean cut here.

Posted on May 30th, 2017 22 Comments

Friday links

  • A graphic designer matched Pantone swatches with real-life landscapes. (My Modern Met)
  • These photos of deserted areas are rather haunting. (The Atlantic)
  • Goats in trees! (Atlas Obscura)
  • A bunch of pretty of-their-moment and very fun movie lobby cards from the 1960s. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Well this is nice: Nicki Minaj has been secretly funding schools and clean water for a village in India. (A.V. Club)
Posted on May 26th, 2017 4 Comments

Items for the home in that pale pink I like so much

Smeg toaster

It turns out that the pale pink I’m so enamored with is so prevalent that New York magazine has given it a name—millennial pink—and devoted a whole feature* to it. You’d think that this would dampen my enthusiasm a bit, knowing my taste was so predictable, and yet it does not. And while I can’t very well bring you one more post on clothing in that hue—having already foisted two of them upon you—I can bring you one on home decor items. I found so many good ones, like this excellent toaster, from the Italian company Smeg.

Aquanova trash bin

What a delightful little trash bin.

Tokyo Design Studio dinner plate

A star print and pink on the same dinner plate is almost too much good.

Tender Rose candle holders

I’ve never owned candle holders in my life, but these are quite tempting.

Bloomingville jars

These jars seem like they’d be good for storing makeup pencils and such.

Le Creuset French press

This Le Creuset French press coffee maker is pretty damn adorable.

Ferm Living pillow

An appealingly simple graphic pillow from Ferm Living.

Muuto vase

The kind of vase that would be good with whatever flowers you chose to place in it.

 

*The link to it appears to be broken this morning.

Posted on May 26th, 2017 8 Comments