Archive for the ‘Shopping’ Category
Here are a few items I’m liking from J. Crew at the moment, starting with this fantastic jolt-you-right-out-of-your-winter-doldrums skirt.
A pretty great military shirt in a nice, faded khaki.
I do like a popover, and this is a fun, sweet print.
I feel kind of bad including this denim jacket because it’s not left in a lot of sizes, but it’s just so good I had to show it.
And finally: I am crazy for this faux shearling hoodie—in general, I’m very much feeling hoodies at the moment—and will probably have to make it mine.
These Nili Lotan jeans are pricey, but I really like the trousery-y cut. Plus, they’re quite flattering.
And these Nike sneaker boots are slightly weird, but I am completely obsessed. They just look so cozy.
And maybe it’s just my mood, because this is on the weird side too, but the mix of stripes and leopard print is killing me.
Nothing weird about this very nearly perfect silk blouse, though. It’s simply straightforwardly pretty.
I’d been thinking of doing a post on laptop cases in the new year anyway, so this worked out nicely. This one from Rebecca Minkoff is awfully snappy, and it comes with a strap, which is pretty smart.
This leather Madewell option would be on the boring side were it not for the fact that you can get it monogrammed, which is pretty great.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I believe every once in a while, Vera Bradley really comes through.
This Marc Jacobs number is very loud—there’s a whole other print on the flip side—but I sort of love it.
This quiet quilted cover from Hay is really quite nice.
This is made from recycled denim and even on sale it costs rather a lot, but I think it’s pretty fabulous.
This is fun in the cork.
A reader named Nicole asked for “Jewelry you can wear every day that won’t break the bank,” and a few others chimed in with similar requests, so everything here rings in under $175, which seemed like a fair, if arbitrary, price point to choose. I posted this necklace by Another Feather a few years back and remain crazy about it. It’s got a very simple, rather iconic, appeal.
These cuffs are so sweet—I’m tempted to buy a few, and wear them in a stack.
I love a marquis cut ring—it’s unusual and dramatic, without being over the top.
And I like the look of a signet ring—with or without a monogram.
There is just something very elegant about this cuff.
And there is something so endlessly appealing about an old-school I.D. bracelet
Here’s a cool little serpent pendant.
And here’s a quite appealingly minimal serpent ring.
Now, more than ever.
I own this particular pointy cuff, and it is so good in a stack.
And finally: just a really good pair of big hoops.
A few of you asked for a post on crossbody bags that are on the substantial side, which makes the assignment slightly more challenging, as crossbody bags skew small, and who knows why. All of the following measure at least ten inches, which to my mind feels big, if not gargantuan. I love the look of this Coach saddle bag in navy, which is nice and unexpected.
Clare V’s messenger bag can fit a small laptop, is super-lightweight, and comes in lots of colors, but I like this snakeskin version best.
I have wanted a duffel-shaped bag forever, and this one from Derek Lam is just impossibly good. I am sitting on my hands to keep from ordering it.
Just a nice big bag—it measures 11 by 11—this one seems perfect for travel.
I like the poppy green hue here, and the fun exterior pocket.
Another really big bag, with a great hobo shape.
This one is both fully reversible and rings in at under $50.
Dea writes, “I would love to read an expanded list of the things you can’t live without, like the list recently published in New York.” Happy to oblige, Dea. Let’s start with my lovely travel umbrella, which I ordered special from Liberty of London. It’s their Ianthe print, one of my favorites, and a particularly colorful iteration of it, and fits nicely in my handbag, and is ten times as sturdy as the cheapos I usually buy on the street.
My Christian Lacroix notebook is where all of my passwords live, along with notes and lists on everyday matters both big and small. Looking back through it is like a mini-history lesson in my own life, and the cover is one of my all-time favorite prints.
My Clare V Gosee Clutch gets carried more than any bag I own. Every time I buy a new, fancy bag I think it’s all over for my Gosee, but I always come back, because it’s just the perfect size and shape for all my stuff—it’s even big enough to accommodate my iPad when I’m in the mood to schlep it.
You’d think I was on the payroll, the way I go on about Chan Luu scarves, but they are just so good— lightweight and yet incredibly warm, and they come in some of the best colors, even though my default most days is black.
I wouldn’t dare go a day without my Bobbi Brown BB Cream—it evens out my skin tone beautifully, and provides a nice, subtle glow. And it has a nice, high SPF, which I didn’t used to think was such a big deal, but now know better.
I put a few drops of this stuff on right before I use my curling iron, to protect from damage and make my hair all silky and un-frizzy. It works (and smells!) like a dream.
When do the big morning dog walk in the freezing cold, my nose always gets runny. No idea why, but because of this, I never leave the house without one of my Liberty of London handkerchiefs. Some I buy straight from the source, but I’ve also found this great Etsy store that sells them.
These are Bully Sticks, and they smell like mad and the dogs go crazy for them and I buy them in bulk, constantly. Once, when my friend Michelle was taking care of the dogs, she got curious about what, exactly, Bully Sticks were made of, and it turns out the answer is bull’s penises. So there’s that.
And: I know it’s a lot with the Liberty of London already, but why have regular old sticky notes when you can have Liberty of London sticky notes in the very same print as your tattoo? I ask you?
Due to a pre-adolescent plucking experiment gone horribly wrong, my eyebrows are scant. This stuff makes it look like I have the nice, full eyebrows I have not had in real life for decades.