Wednesday 20th September 2017
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Things I bought, things I want

I had been sticking pretty well to my new austerity plan until recently it was blown all to bits by the purchase of these Christian Loubouton booties. But I had an excuse! I needed something to wear to my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah next month, and somehow a bootie just felt cooler and more versatile down the line than going for a pair of pumps. I am thinking I can bring the cost per wear down pretty fast if I wear them pretty much always. Here is a cheaper-and-similar option, and here’s another cheap one that’s kind of different but that I like a lot too.

I need another tote not at all, but I’m very much digging this one because it’s big but not too big, and the red is so good.

You know I love a dark floral, and I also really like the zipper detain at the neckline.

How excellently cozy does this faux fur jacket look?

I require some new long-sleeved tees, and this one has such a nice (and subtle) asymmetrical hem.


Posted on September 20th, 2017 17 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

This silk shirt looks so luxe, but rings in at just under $100.

Posted on September 19th, 2017 10 Comments

Top 5 of the week: Universal Standard

My favorite plus-size brand has just released some new looks for fall, and they are just so spot-on. Some, like this striped cashmere sweater are pretty straightforward, while others skew a bit more fashiony.

The slouchy asymmetry of this cardigan makes it both interesting and flattering.

I’d wear this cape sweater on fall weekends with jeans. Just a good kicking around outfit.

This leather top is precisely the kind of really cool, forward piece it is very nearly impossible to find in plus sizes.

The tie here is kind of fun, and a good stomach-junk concealer too.

Posted on September 19th, 2017 28 Comments

Just a handful of cute white sweaters

Aside from coffee-spill factor (which is substantial if you’re me), there is no reason not to be wearing white sweaters as the weather goes chillier. They’re so fresh and pulled-together, and look as good with jeans as they do with dressy little trousers. I have a couple of them, but neither is exactly perfect, and I feel as though the quality of my life would improve if I found that ideal one. It might look a bit like this Nili Lotan version I dug up at Barneys Warehouse.

A nice deep, wide V-neck is so far up my alley, and the price is decent.

This big huggy turtleneck would look so good with corduroys.


This is splurgy (and not technically all white) but I want it so.

Pretty straightforward looking, but it’s made by Demylee, who always use great wool.

The wide sleeves here are flattering, and I like that it’s a little sheer, so you could have a pretty cami peeking through.

Another good buy, and I really dig the neckline.

The straps here are just totally random, but I like them. And also knew that one of you would come up with something clever to say about them in the comments.


Posted on September 14th, 2017 16 Comments

J. Crew has some decent stuff at the moment

I have stopped even checking the New Arrivals tab on J. Crew’s site because the yield of nice, must-have pieces has continued to diminish as they struggle with changes in upper management and clarifying their vision. But just for kicks I clicked through today, and found a number of pretty cute items. Like for instance, I am dying for this pink velvet blazer: it’s a flattering hue on many, and the extreme pinkness takes the formality of the blazer down a notch.

Zoom in and check out the adorable lip print here.

This popover is so pretty with all the lace at the bib. I’d wear it with khakis, just like here.

This just looks like a good everyday piece.

I always love a star print, and the fact that this one is metallic just increases the fun factor.

I really like this model, and am sometimes not sure if it’s her or the item in question I’m responding positively to. But this is objectively cute, right?

So appealing: like a Barbour jacket, but with the length of a trench.

The Crew has lowered the prices of all of their cashmere, which couldn’t be lovelier.

This leopard print faux fur coat is already beginning to sell out in some sizes, so if you’re at all interested, jump to it.

I’d also bet that this quilted version of their Downtown Field Jacket will go fast. It comes in black, too.


Posted on September 13th, 2017 37 Comments

Top 5 of the week: lingerie resources

I really like nice lingerie—bras in particular—and don’t much care that there isn’t anyone to share it with at the moment. Wearing it always feels like a sexy little secret I’ve got going with myself. I used to have a couple of very nice bras and bikini briefs I saved for special occasions, but now I look only for really good pieces that aren’t too delicate or constricting so that I can wear them every day.  This bra is my most recent acquisition from from Fleur du Mal, a brand that skews toward fashiony, streamlined pieces.

I don’t go to Agent Provocatuer as much as I might like because it is so damned pricey, but I keep my eyes peeled for their sales, because they mark items to move. I have been known to splurge there, though, on a couple of hand-embroidered bras so pretty I’d wear them as outerwear if I could. This is just so gorgeous and almost graphic.

I’ll head over to Nordstrom if I need something very specific, like I did when I was searching for a not-unattractive  T-back bra to wear with a particular dress. They’ve got a really hardworking lingerie section.

For bikini briefs, I like UK outfit Mimi Holliday. Their pieces are just really cute and not terrifyingly pricey. These have such good star embroidery.

Also, I always check out Journelle to see what’s new in the panty department, because they’re good at stocking stuff that’s sexy but functional, like this.

Posted on September 12th, 2017 28 Comments