Sunday 17th December 2017
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Bags to carry to parties

Clare V bag

I have way too many bags in my life (I just did a major purge and still have too many). But I possess nothing in the way of a fun, not-too-big (but not inconveniently small) bag to carry to parties, I think because of my aversion to little bags. But I am game to find one, and believe that this is the kind of  item you can have a little fun with by, say, going for metallics or embroidery or a touch of fluff. I like the idea of one that’s on the loud side, which is why this bright orange shearling from Clare V appeals.

I have wanted this bag for a while now: the shape and the color are both absolutely perfect.

Here’s a cute (and not small) leopard clutch.

This wristlet is such a cool and also sophisticated option. (And here it is in silver metallic.)

The product description says this is velvet, but it looks much furrier—and is so adorable.

Here’s something that’s furrier still.

The chevron print here makes this choice a standout, as does the chain strap.

Oh, this just struck me as pretty sweet, what with the flowers and stars.

A gold metallic evening bag is a classic—and it can not be said enough: metallics are neutrals. This would go with everything.


And finally: this is just a hoot.

Posted on December 14th, 2017 21 Comments

Hoodies are just so essential to my way of living

I like to wear a hoodie with any coat in my closet that doesn’t already come with a hood, and especially like when they are contrasted with more classic pieces, like the woman here is doing. I like them on the thin side so the look doesn’t get too bulky, and I always size up because they often have to fit over sweaters.

This is nicely oversized.

I want a camo hoodie next; I like the blue-ish tone here.

Just a good basic black hoodie.

The cheapest cashmere choice I could find.

 is a really thin choice that would look adorable under a V-neck sweater.

This fleece option is a little bulky for layering, but is so cozy.

The stripes here are just the cuteness.

Here is the hoodie I own and wear endlessly—it’s excellently thin, with a shirttail hem that looks cute peeking out from under a jacket. It’s not cheap, but I found it on sale in a few colors other than black.


Posted on December 7th, 2017 7 Comments

A whole bunch of party dresses

I know I am a big proponent of the party in a top, but there are times a girl just wants to throw on a dress to go to a fête, and who am I not to facilitate such a thing? There are quite a few sleeveless numbers here; I like to wear them with snug cardigans or a shrunken leather jacket. As for what I’m wanting, I like all the slip-dresses I’ve been seeing, but they’re often quite clingy; this one has a bit of movement, which is nice.

Lace just immediately ups your game.

A nicely slinky velvet wrapdress.

Soft and drapy, in a nicely feminine way.

There’s a lot going on here, but I’m pretty sure it all works.

I’d love to wear this to a party; it’s sexy, but also just a lot of fun.

Another slipdress with a forgiving silhouette.

Nicely sophisticated, and the mustard-y hue is great.

Another one I’d love to own: it’s just so feminine, but also really sleek.

A very flattering, classic, pretty-easy-to-wear shape.

This is subtly metallic, which is fun, and I like the shape.

I do enjoy a purple dress.

A very straightforward, lovely silhouette; I’d have fun here with jewelry.

I don’t know what synthetics were involved in the making of this, but it looks like leather and is cheap.

The ruching on this dress is so flattering, and the print is fantastic.

There are eensy polka-dots on this silky number.

Posted on December 4th, 2017 10 Comments

A party in a top, part 7

Nili Lotan blouse

I have described the concept of the party in a top many times, but for those of you who are just joining in: the notion came to me when I realized that at crowded  holiday parties, all anyone notices is what you’re wearing from the waist up, so that’s all you have to worry about. And since we’re headed into holiday party season—and also because I’ve received a couple of requests—it seemed like time to trot this post out again. I like the quiet sexiness of this silk tie-neck blouse from Nili Lotan.

Mango blouse

This is just rather elegant, and looks like it costs more than it does.

Veronica Beard blouse

Prints get graphic and sophisticated in black and white.

Mango blouse

I love a lace party top—they’re alluring without being overly revealing.

Universal Standard tee

The knot at the shoulder here is a fun touch.

Nili Lotan tank

I am dying for this zebra-print tank—it’d look so great peeking out from under a blazer.

The Lady & The Sailor tee

A simple tee in velour, which makes it party-worthy.

Current Elliott top

A velvet top with sleeves that are nicely—but not excessively—flouncy.

Zero + Maria Cornejo Lena top

Sometimes, a party in a top should be on the loud side.

Eloquii blouse

A tie-neck leopard-print blouse is just about perfect.

Ella Moss tee

I’ve seen a lot of these choker tees lately, and like this one best because the neckline is nice and deep.

Mackage leather top

For the daring: a leather top.

Ulla Johnson top

Yellow just screams party.

Posted on November 28th, 2017 18 Comments

My uniform at the moment

Really, this is a post on layering, because I’ve had a few requests for that, and I figured that the easiest way to show you how to do it is to show you how I do it. I’m still wearing a lot of button-down shirts these days, so I’ll start with one from  Xirena cause they’re nice and thin, which is essential when you’re layering under a sweater. This one has a cute red and blue stripe pattern, and it’s on sale too.

I am big into V-neck sweaters these days, and very much want this one from Vince.


I have been searching for a thin hoodie for a while now because I like wearing them under coats. After an exhaustive search, I found the ideal one: it’s from ATM and I especially like the shirttail hem. I sized up so it can fit over even bulky sweaters.

I have been wearing these pants nonstop: they are so comfortable and flattering.


Typically I wear a black Chan Luu scarf, but I just ordered this one and am excited for the little color injection it’s going to provide on days that I can’t be bothered.

I bought the cutest, cheapest shaggy faux fur cropped jacket a month or two ago at a boutique in the West Village and it’s sold out or I’d link to it, because it’s so good (check it out here) but this one is pretty good too.

My Officine Creative boots have become one of my smartest investments in some time—they’re tall enough to give you a little height, but at the same time quite walkable.



Posted on November 20th, 2017 15 Comments

All sorts of stripes for this time of year

Veronica Beard sweater

People tend to think of stripes as a summer/spring thing, but I like them all year long and maybe especially when it’s cold out, cause they’re a little more unexpected. Striped items are also quite good as layering pieces, as they add a little interest to an outfit. This sweater has a lot going on—the reversed-out sleeves, the gold buttons—but it all really works.

Cupcakes and Cashmere jacket

It is so tough to find a goodletterman jacket that doesn’t cost a fortune for some reason, but this one is—while not cheap—not crazy-pricey for what it is.

Mango sweater

I like the drop shoulders here.

Violeta button-down shirt

A red and white striped blouse looks so great peeking out from under a V-neck.

B.P. tee shirt

I always love black and white stripes—they’re so nice and graphic—and am pretty sure this would go into serious rotation were I to buy it, which I am considering.

The Great henley

I got this henley a while back and have been wearing it endlessly—it’s super-soft, and nicely oversized.

The Great striped dress

I might belt this dress—it could just hang there otherwise—and am pretty certain it’s the soul of comfort.

Splendid Seabound sweater

A striped hoodie sweater would look fantastic under a blazer.

Smythe blazer

Striped blazers are always so appealingly English schoolboy.

Perfect Moment ski jacket

This ski jacket is the very essence of sportif. Click through and check out the multicolored version too, cause it’s seriously cute.

Halogen V-neck sweater

This V-neck would be good with a matchy-clashy button-down underneath.

Mango sweater

This is just really French-looking and chic. And cheap!

Topshop t-shirt

I’d wear this tee with my bright fair-isle sweater.


Violeta sweater

This has barely-there metallic stripes, which is a cool touch.


James Perse sweater

This grey option is nicely understated.

Stateside t-shirt

Many crewneck tees are too high in the neck for me, but this one dips ever-so-slightly lower, which allows the collarbone to be visible. I have a thing about always showing my collarbone.

Karen Kane hoodie

I like the really fine stripes on this hoodie. Also, it looks quite cozy.


Posted on November 16th, 2017 7 Comments