Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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Week of requests: 20 wardrobe classics, revisited

Nili Lotan shirt

“I loved 20 wardrobe classics,” writes a reader named Shelley. “Perhaps an update?” And why not? As I’ve said before, I don’t believe that there is even one universal item that every woman must have in her closet—we’re all different, with different bodies and ideas about what looks good on them—so what I’ve included here are my classics, the items I return to again and again. It’s almost the same lineup as last year, which surprised me, but of course the choices are all new. First up: there are few pieces I rely on as much as I do a great white button-down. This one is from Nili Lotan and is my absolute favorite, but this one from Madewell is much cheaper, and nicely oversized.

R13 jeans

Without my R13 grey jeans, life as I know it would be impossible. They are spendy, true, but they fit me just right and it’s tough to put a price tag on that. Plus, they have a nice amount of stretch without looking like they’ve got too much stretch, which is key.

Theory blazer

You can’t go wrong with a navy blazer—they are somehow just a little more French girl than black.

Mia clogs

I live in clogs—they’re so comfortable, and make me taller, and since I am convinced I have impossibly stumpy legs, this is very important.

Zero + Maria Cornejo coat

A black winter coat in an interesting fabrication is a good thing. This alpaca blend is from Maria Cornejo and exceeds the GOACA price limit, but it is currently on sale, and I own it and can tell you that it is as stylish and versatile as you please.  Here is a faux fur coat that costs a lot less and is pretty great too.

Madewell tee

A striped tee is forever, and I love them in black and white.

Blundstone boots

The only item I am flat-out repeating from last year are these Blundstone chelsea boots—you could walk forever in them, and they’re reasonably priced. Here is a slightly more refined pair with a bit of a heel, if that’s what you’re after.

Maya Brenner necklace

I am always wearing a few necklaces, and my current favorite is this shark’s tooth that I gave myself for my birthday last year. Here it is in silver, substantially cheaper, but just as chic.

J Crew popover

I like popovers a lot—they’re often more flattering than button-downs, but have a similar put-together look. I think the lace detail on this one is really pretty.

Equipment dress

As I mentioned last year, I dislike the notion of the Little Black Dress, and prefer the idea of the Serious Black Dress. In honor of the cold, I’ve chosen one made of cashmere to show here.

Wommelsdorff hat

Last year I determined that a cashmere beanie was one of life’s essentials, but we are locked in such a deep freeze at the moment in New York that this time around I chose something more substantial.

Jerome Dreyfuss bag

I always come back to a good, grown-up black handbag. This one is from Jerome Dreyfuss, and I want it bad.

Nili Lotan Jenna pants

I wear my army pants constantly, and like the notion of changing things up and getting this pair in blue.

Everlane cashmere v-neck sweater

A cashmere v-neck looks great (and a little sexy) on its own, and preppy-chic layered with a thin button-down.

J. Crew cardigan

A big huggy cardi is good for those days when you’re feeling like camouflaging your entire upper body.

Filson tote

An attractive, sturdy tote is a must-have for travel. I think this one from Filson is meant for men, but I like it a lot.

Manon ring

I’m always looking for new rings to add to my stack.

Everlane puffer

I’m so glad puffers are having a moment, because they’re so practical and warm that I’d wear them even if they weren’t fashionable. This one comes in a few colors, but since I’m all about a red puffer these days, that’s what I’m showing here.

Levi's skirt

A denim skirt is a summertime essential for me.

Ugg hoodie

And finally: I think you know by now how I feel about a good zipper hoodie.

Posted on January 4th, 2018 24 Comments

Week of requests: leather jackets

Theory leather jacket

A couple of you expressed a desire for a “perfect” leather jacket, which is a tricky request to fulfill, as we all have our own individual ideas about what perfect is. This has also been a tricky post to do because most of the really exemplary leather jackets I find are too pricey for me to feel comfortable posting on GOACA. So all of the following are on sale—some still pricey, but less pricey. And because they are all on sale, sizes are sometimes limited, for which I apologize. My ideal leather jacket is fairly streamlined, with minimal-to-no hardware or ornamentation, so that’s what I’ve included here.  This one from Theory seems thin enough to wear right now under a puffer, which I always think is a good look.

Allsaints leather jacket

Allsaints makes great leather jackets, and I’m a big fan of this shearling-lined number. The combination of brown and black is underrated.

Allsaints leather jacket

Here is another choice from Allsaints, which I like because it has a certain chic slouchiness, and would look as good with a dress as it would with jeans.

Cole Haan leather jacket

Another nicely streamlined option with a nifty snap collar.

Sandro leather jacket

OK, this exceeds the GOACA price limit even marked down, but there is something so fun about red leather, and it’s lined in shearling so it’s warm, warm, warm.

Lauren Ralph Lauren leather jacketI’m pretty sure I think this is just classic and perfect.

Maje leather jacket

Cropped and cute, with a great furry collar.

Lauren Ralph Lauren leather jacket

A dark green leather jacket is a very stylish and unpredictable thing to own.

Bernardo leather jacket

A super-clean-lined choice.

Vince leather jacket

This one from Vince could not be a whole lot more perfect in my book, and I like the ever-so-slight sheen of the leather.

Allsaints jacket

And this little cutie is suede so it doesn’t quite fit with the category, but it’s so damn adorable I had to include it.

Posted on January 2nd, 2018 30 Comments

Things I bought, things I want

No.6 shearling boots

The other day it was so cruelly cold out that I marched right over to No. 6, and purchased myself these shearling-lined boots, which I have somehow been living without all these years and now I don’t know how that was even possible. They are so comfortable and so, so damn cozy that I practically look forward to walking the dogs on super-chilly nights.

Eskayel quilt

This quilt is by Eskayel, one of my favorite producers of unstoppably good prints, and I nabbed it the other day when they were running a Cyber Monday special. It looks excellently matchy-clashy with my headboard, which is also upholstered in Eskayel fabric.

Kapital scarf
And on that theme, this quilt scarf might be crazy, but it’s a kind of crazy I can get behind.

Herschel fanny pack

All the cool kids are walking around my hipster neighborhood in fanny packs these days, and I am a little embarrassed to admit that I’m sort of the eensiest bit intrigued. This one in millennial pink is almost impossibly trendy, but I think it’s super-cute anyway. (Here’s a slightly more grown-up option in black velvet, and an adorable crocheted one from Rachel Comey).

Vince hoodie sweater

This space dye hoodie just looks like the coziness. It’d make an excellent layer.

Lauren Manoogian neck pillow

The chicest neck pillow ever, from designer Lauren Manoogian. This would actually make a really good gift, if you’re doing some last-minute shopping.

Farrow top

I’m always on the lookout for red tops, because the color looks good on me, but it’s frequently a struggle to find the exactly right one: either the red is wrong—usually too orange-y, sometimes too brown—or the item in question is overly prissy or fussy. It’s rare that I happen upon a red top that gets everything right, but this one comes pretty damn close. It’s ever-so-slightly fussy, but manageable, and well-priced too.


Posted on December 21st, 2017 28 Comments

The GOACA guide: Ten gifts I would love to receive

meditation pillow

I believe in buying people the kind of gifts they’d never buy themselves, and all of the following items fall under that heading for me. They’re all deeply unnecessary, but each in its own way quite excellent. For starters: I have been trying again to meditate—it is so hard!—and believe I could at least do so stylishly (if not effectively) on this cushion.

portable speaker

The cutest speaker maybe ever.

Kapital Kuba socks

And these socks just delight me.

Fujifilm Instax photo printer

A diminutive photo printer would come in so handy. I miss actual pictures.

wrought iron snake

This wrought iron snake would look perfect on a coffee table.

Murano glass vase

Such an unstoppably gorgeous Murano glass vase.

Urban Outfitters puffer

I have it in my mind that I need a red puffer, and I like the shirttail hem on this one.

Blackline cutting boards

These black cutting boards are so unexpected and cool.

Astier de Villatte mug

This skull print mug from Astier de Villatte is just precisely the type of item I would never buy for myself—it’s so pricey for a mug—but would be impossibly thrilled to receive.

Manon ring

It exceeds the GOACA price limit, and I don’t have my fingers crossed that anyone’s going to splurge on it for me, but I have wanted this knot ring for ages and ages.

Fornasetti plateMy new favorite Fornasetti plate.


Posted on December 20th, 2017 13 Comments

The GOACA guide: Ten gifts from museum shops

Fuck snow globe—gifts from museum shops

I love checking out museum shops—I won’t lie, they’re probably my favorite part about visiting museums—and they are excellent resources for unique, unexpected gifts. I am especially taken with this snow globe by artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese.

Minipresso espresso maker—gifts from museum shops

A truly mini, totally portable espresso maker.

Eames house bird—gifts from museum shops

The Eames house bird is such a classic, and would look at home in pretty much any residence.

measuring tapes—gifts from museum shops

I have this measuring tape somewhere—it’s small and handy and a really satisfying shape to hold in your hand.

Yayoi Kusama tea towels—gifts from museum shops

Tea towels from the great Yayoi Kusama.

The US Constitution—gifts from museum shops

Everyone needs a copy of this handy in these tricky times.

Big love ball—gifts from museum shops

I am so tempted by this big ball.


Alexander Girard tote—gifts from museum shops

The logo on this tote was designed by Alexander Girard, who was the director of design for Herman Miller’s textile department for over 20 years.

Louise Bourgeois coasters—gifts from museum shops

These Louise Bourgeois coasters are utterly gorgeous.

Finell drying rack—gifts from museum shops

The coolest drying rack I’ve ever seen (and one I wish I’d known about it when I did this post).

Posted on December 19th, 2017 13 Comments

The GOACA guide: 20 gifts under $50

Stendig calendar—gifts under $50

All sorts of inexpensive gift excitement, starting with this classic Stendig calendar, which I’d love to own. It’s as of-the-moment now as it was in when it was designed by the great Massimo Vignelli back in 1966.

Soap & Paper factory Neroli hand lotion—Gifts under $50

Soap & Paper Factory has such pretty packaging that you scarcely have to wrap your gifts—and this lotion is really good, and smells brilliantly of neroli.

Helen Levi cup—Gifts under $50

This ceramic tumbler by Helen Levi is just so pretty and handmade-looking.

Le crueset espresso mug—Gifts under $50

This wee Le Creuset espresso mug couldn’t be much cuter, and it’s cheap enough that you can buy a whole set.

W/R/F vase—Gifts under $50

A really quite elegant small vase.

Opinel Bon Appetit steak knives—Gifts under $50

The differently-colored handles on these steak knives are so graphically appealing.

Baggu duffel—Gifts under $50

A poppy red duffel is unexpected and fun.

Izola stainless steel flask—Gifts under $50

A stainless steel flask that comes with a canvas carrier: so streamlined and elegant.

Flight 001 Universal travel adaptor—Gifts under $50

This universal five-in-one adaptor may not be the sexiest gift, but I own it and can attest to its brilliance. Plus, it’s cute.

raffia bread basket—gifts under $50

I feel like a bread basket is a very civilized thing to own, and aspire to such things.

Becksondergaard fingerless gloves—gifts under $50

These bright gloves are an instant good mood.

Cause and Effect cuff—gifts under $50

Just the simplest brass cuff—but so chic, especially in a stack.

Minnetonka slippers—gifts under $50

These Minnetonka slippers just ooze coziness.

Graphite feather—Gifts under $50

This graphite feather is so arresting in black.

Fiorucci book—Gifts under $50

I got this book, a look back at the iconic brand behind many a GOACA’s adolescent fashion obsession, a while back and am so enjoying it. It’s got posters in the back, which is a fun bonus, and will add a lively graphic punch to any coffee table it’s placed on.

Moma Design Store clock—Gifts under $50

A compact, space-age clock from the MoMa design store.

Urban Outfitters beanie—gifts under $50

This beanie comes in New York, Paris, and London versions, too.

Nordstrom passport case—gifts under $50

This passport case looks fancier than it is.

Ban.do Tumbler—gifts under $50

I can’t help it, and am not certain why, but I love this tumbler so damn much.

Georg Jensen wine stopper—gifts under $50

Such a stunning Georg Jensen wine stopper.


Posted on December 18th, 2017 4 Comments