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Things I bought, things I want, crazy-splurgy blow-dryer edition

dyson blow dryer

There is something obscene (I was going to say almost obscene, but there is no almost about it) about spending $400 on a blow-dryer, but reader, I did it. As I have mentioned before, I can’t stand blow-drying my hair. It takes too long, and is so monotonous, and I always end up thinking about all the interesting, productive things I could be doing if I wasn’t doing that. So when I read about Dyson’s newish and very space-age-looking blow-dryer, and a few of you mentioned that you swear by it in the comments, I was intrigued, mostly because it purported to cut down on drying time. The manufacturers also say it’s better for your hair and makes it smoother and shinier, and I suppose it does do a little bit of that, but the headline here is that it is supersonically fast at its primary job—I would say it cut down on the time I spend drying my hair by at least a third. I justify the high price tag because I wash my hair every two or three days, so the cost-per-use will work out nicely.

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I think these shoes are just the cutest in that berryish burgundy hue, and imagine that they’re deeply comfortable (here is the classic Wallabee if you’re more interested in something along those lines).

emerson fry caftan

Emerson Fry has a number of good caftans at the moment, and I’m really liking this leopard print version for lounging and sleeping, and perhaps for wearing to the beach if the weather ever turns warm again. I also like this short iteration of their classic design.

green vase

Having just shelled out a fortune for that blow-dryer, I am in no position to do the same for this paper geranium plant, but it is just so bright and gorgeous, and I really like the idea of permanently having something “flowering” on my kitchen table as I write.

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This Jerome Dreyfuss handbag exceeds the GOACA price limit by a fair amount, but it is so rare to find a good leopard print on a handbag, and the duffel shape is pretty much aces.  AG trousers

I like how nicely slouchy—and yet not sloppy—these trousers are.

MIH jeans blouse

And finally: a gorgeous silk blouse with a nice deep neckline in an excellent, poppy yellow.


Posted on February 5th, 2018 19 Comments

19 Responses

  1. y.k. says:

    o !! the paper geraniums are so beautiful. amazing isn’t it how something handmade inspires, compared to how depressing plastic flowers can be.

  2. Jamie says:

    I’ve been eying that same paper geranium plant. The only thing that’s kept me from committing has been the knowledge that any damage my pets inflict to it would be permanent, while an actual plant would be able to recover over time. I’m thinking of getting an actual Mrs. Pollock geranium (I think that’s the type it’s supposed to be) and trying my luck with that instead.

    As an aside, when I noticed it on the set of At Home with Amy Seders, I gave a little squee. It seems a lot of their furniture and decor came from John Derian.

    • Jamie says:

      Sedaris! Darn autocorrect.

      • Heather says:

        That paper geranium IS lovely, but my cat would destroy it in about 30 seconds. If it’s any consolation, real geraniums will grow easily in a sunny windowsill.

        • suz says:

          Sadly a real geranium is toxic to dogs/cats.

          The downside to me – apart from the cost – is the dust magnet issue with fake plants. It is so pretty and happy though! I still want it.

  3. joannawnyc says:

    Love Jerome Dreyfuss bags!

  4. joannawnyc says:

    Also, in terms of blow dryers that do it faster, you weren’t tempted by the Harry Josh one? That green one?

    • KimFrance says:

      I only had eyes for the Dyson, Joanna.

    • Alison says:

      Ah, I was just coming here to comment about the Harry Josh one. That’s my baby.

      So I am definitely a blow dryer snob, I have insanely thick hair that is prone to frizz and volume, and I live in Florida. It’s a struggle. The Harry Josh is brilliant, so powerful, and a fantastic value. Mine is 3.5 years old and going strong (and I treat it horribly…I’m constantly finding it sitting in a puddle on my bathroom counter or dropping it from extreme heights).

      The Dyson is also great, for sure. It’s about $100 more than the HJ but very cool looking and does a good job. But the one thing I’d caution is that of all of the folks who I know who have one (including several hairdresser friends), many have run into mechanical problems (shorts out, stops working, etc). Now Dyson is fantasic about repairing and replacing, but it’s a hassle. My hair dresser friends who use it each have 2 so they have a backup when one needs to be sent in for repair, it happens that often. So just something to think about if you’re like me and don’t have an air dry option. But magical hair tools are life changing, so worth the investment if you find one that works for you!

  5. Nicole says:

    Oh! You got the Dyson! I purchased mine early (summer of 2016) and I have been using it ever since. I know that some people say “it’s just a dryer” but I will share my experience. My hair is fine, easily damaged, and dries fairly quick in general, so it might seem silly that I wanted this.

    What I love most is that it doesn’t fry my hair. It hasn’t dramatically reduced my drying time, but what it has significantly done is reduce damage. I used to have a fuzzy, kind of frizzy section of hair, in the back. Gone. Never to be seen again. (I just got the travel case, which is handy, since the Dyson, with it’s giant cord, is kind of a pain to pack.)

    And I love those pants.

  6. c.w. says:

    I totally support y’all, Nicole and Kim, on buying the Dyson dryer. I bought the expensive DevaCurl dryer this fall and it has changed my drying life. And I agree, the cost per use equates the expenditure.

    I have been thinking about red/berry colored sneakers for about a month. Love these “wallabies.”

    The A.G. pants are in my shopping cart.

    And a side note: The Emerson caftans are outstanding, but they are HUGE. Mine went from my closet to my daughter’s closet in about a micro-second after she saw what it looked like on me. She’s almost 5’9″ and it looks GREAT on her so bear in mind, if ordering, what you might end up with…

    • Susan says:

      I agree about the Emerson Fry caftans! I bought the shorter one and it swallowed me up in a big way! Wish they would put in a drawstring waist or run a couple seams a little closer to the body to give it some shape.

  7. GS says:

    Hooray on the blow dryer! Yes the price is mind numbing but I can honestly say it’s one of the best things I have ever bought. This blow dryer and the Vitamix blender (also finally bought last year after much agonizing) are truly worth every penny.

  8. Comic Sansa says:

    I love Emerson Fry caftans, and I was very tempted by that leopard one for an upcoming beach vacation, but I already have four by EF, so I figured I should pass. But EF makes the best caftans, hands down.

    I recently bought a Dyson vacuum on super sale (but still expensive), and I love the thing. I don’t blow dry my hair ever, so I’m safe spending that much on the hair dryer at least.

  9. EW says:

    ditto on the dyson dryer, totally amazing and worth it. drying time down half and hair is soft shiny smooth…no matter what happens the rest of my life, at least I got the hair dryer thing settled…..

    also ditto on dyson vacuum — we call it Mike Dyson, the champ of vacuums.

  10. Robih says:

    I dream of caftan season.

    In the meantime, if you are still taking requests Kim, any suggestions for good gym bags?

    I have joined a gym for the first time in my life and somehow think a great gym bag will keep me organized (and help me someday have both a hairband and a water bottle at the gym with me).

  11. Katie says:

    I would love that Dyson blow dryer. I recently changed hairdressers and the new person does a super light keratin treatment on me that lasts 5-6 weeks and it’s changed my life. My hair has gotten thinner, coarser, and curlier as I’m moving through my 40’s. No matter what I did my hair always looked big and frizzy. It wasn’t the good curl. It would fall out in the wind and I would look like a raggedy ass poodle. Now it looks smooth, shiny, and healthy when I blow dry it with my T3 dryer. I’m not attempting to beat it into some sort of style with multiple heat tools.

    With all that said, I still want the Dyson. But I feel like I need to try it before I buy it. I wonder if anyone has it in stock so I can test drive it. Hmmmm….

  12. Kate says:

    I actually own that exact Emerson Fry caftan, and agree with the comment that it’s huge. You can’t tell in that photo, from the way her body is twisted, but it is much frumpier on that it appears. I work from home and ended up wearing it as a housedress during the summer – it’s fine for the pool on my building’s roof, but I had visions of taking it on an exotic vacation and looking slinky and fabulous, and that was not the reality at all.

  13. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I’m so basic (not bitch!) that it’s kind of funny how strongly attracted I am to leopard bags, leopard bras, leopard coats, etc. The bag is gorgeous!
    I’m a big fan of AG jeans, and these look very Nili Lotan-ish to me.


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