Saturday 25th February 2017
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Shall we take a moment to consider backpacks?

I like the idea of a backpack a lot—they seem like the choice of smart, cool women who have more important things on their minds than what bag to wear. And if you’re shlepping a lot around, they’re so much more comfortable than a big, heavy purse. I think I will go crazy if I try to write my entire book in my apartment so I’ve been scouting out other places that I can work, and thinking about bags I can carry my computer in too, and a backpack just seems to make a lot of sense.

Herschel backpack—shall we take a moment to consider backpacks?

There is something quite appealing about a super-basic, no-frills nylon version.

Rebecca Minkoff backpack—shall we take a moment to consider backpacks?

But this buttery leather pouch-shaped option is quite nice too.

Kara backpack—shall we take a moment to consider backpacks?

Extremely minimal and super-chic.

Mansur Gavriel backpack—shall we take a moment to consider backpacks?

A gorgeous, splurgetsatic blue suede choice from Mansur Gavriel.

Mango backpack—shall we take a moment to consider backpacks?

This one kind of looks like the one from Mansur, but it’s super-cheap.

Elizabeth & James backpack—shall we take a moment to consider backpacks?

And I like that this looks like a bucket bag.

 

 

 

Posted on February 24th, 2017 20 Comments

15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

Everlane button-down—15 Wardrobe classics for $150 and under

Some items in this rundown are well under $150, like this excellent cotton shirt, for example.

Topshop tuxedo blazer—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

A quite chic, very nicely slouchy tuxedo jacket.

NYDJ twill trousers—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

These trousers come in a lot of different colors, and have a very hip-friendly fit.

Everlane cashmere v-neck—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

Everlane’s cashmere v neck is rather luxe for the price.

Ray Ban Aviators—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

You can’t beat classic Ray Ban aviators.

Levi's jean jacket—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

I like the beat-up black wash on this denim jacket.

J. Crew tee—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

My favorite tee of the moment, from J. Crew, is tissue-thin, and best sized-up.

& Other stories chelsea boot—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

OK, I’m cheating a little here, because this chelsea boot rings in at $155, but it’s still a remarkably good buy.

& other stories dress—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

A classic black dress, with a sexy low back.

Madewell crossbody tote—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

Just a good solid tote, nice and minimal, with the all-important cross-body strap.

J. Crew denim skirt—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

A cute denim skirt, flatteringly A-line.

J. Crew striped boatneck tee—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

striped tee, with a an also-quite-flattering boatneck.

Madewell trench—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

Everbody needs a trench coat, and this is as solid a specimen as any.

J. Crew chambray shirt—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

I like the menswearish stylings of  this chambray shirt.

& Other Stories pump—15 wardrobe classics for $150 and under

A cool pump with a very walkable heel.

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 6 Comments

Top 5 of the week

Isabel Marant top—top 5 of the week

All of the following are tomboyish shirts that still manage to come off a little feminine, thanks to careful, small details. I wondered at first, when I was putting together this post, if this was a real category at all. And then I realized that these are actually the shirts I live my life in. First up: The gathered shoulders lend some grace to this Etoile Isabel Marant popover.

Madewell top—Top 5 of the week

And I like the gentle smocking on this Madewell top.

Nili Lotan top—top 5 of the week

The ruffle trim at the collar of this otherwise straightforward chambray shirt just delights me—so not my type of thing, but I really like it.

J. Crew popover—Top 5 of the week

 microgingham print and slightly more diminutive collar help this top play it sweet.

November pleated button shirt—Top 5 of the week

Wide cuffs and interesting pleating here make for a bold (but not too loud) statement.

 

 

Posted on February 21st, 2017 2 Comments

Crewnecks redux

J Crew sweater—all I want to wear are crewnecks

I know I just did a post on crewnecks back in November, but they are what I find myself wearing most of the time this winter for some reason, so I’m revisiting. They’re just so easy,  and a little preppy, which I guess I’m digging, and you can make them look cool with a striped tee or patterned shirt peeking out underneath. I just saw this marled cashmere number in J. Crew’s New Arrivals and even though I don’t need any new sweaters, I want it so much.

Vince sweater—all I want to wear are crewnecks

Just a really good pink, which you don’t find every day, and it’s nice and slouchy too.

 other stories sweater—all I want to wear are crewnecks

A big, fuzzy mohair sweater at a nice price.

Rag Bone sweater—all I want to wear are crewnecks

I like the speckled effect on this cashmere option from Rag & Bone .Everlane sweater—all I want to wear are crewnecks

A boxier version of Everlane’s classic crewneck.

Kenzo sweater—all I want to wear are crewnecks

The stripes here are so playful, and I love the mix of colors.

Public School sweater—all I want to wear are crewnecks

The interplay of textures here is divine.

 

Posted on February 17th, 2017 3 Comments

Prints of the week

The Kate Moss for Equipment line has just released a new collection, and there are some really stellar prints in in, starting with this one, which incorporates circles and stars, two of my favorites.

Love the shooting stars here.

This one has an eye print: definitely not for everyone, but delightful in its way.

Posted on February 17th, 2017 2 Comments

Tuesday trifecta

Clare v. backpack—tuesday trifecta Clare V bags

A few new arrivals I’m liking over at Clare V, starting with this nifty canvas backpack. The lips patch is a bit twee, but I find I do not care.

Clare v clutch—tuesday trifecta Clare V bags

I’m digging the op-art vibe of this clutch, as I do love a loud clutch.

Clare v bag—tuesday trifecta Clare V bags

A nice crossbody shape, and a good blue.

Posted on February 14th, 2017 4 Comments