Saturday 18th November 2017
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Top 5 of the week: Madewell new arrivals

Metallic jacket Madewell

I am in love with this quilted metallic jacket.

ruffle blouse Madewell

This shirt looks really excellently slouchy and easy.

Velvet skirt Madewell

This velvet skirt just seems like the kind of piece that would become a serious go-to.

striped shirt Madewell

Very winning color combination on this tee.

Platform boot madewell

I like a platform boot that doesn’t so much look like a platform, and this one doesn’t.

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 2 Comments

Cheap and chic of the week

One of my dogs is a big chewer, and he is very particular about what he chews: sheets, paper, underwear, and—every winter, and infuriatingly—my favorite Steven Alan cashmere beanie, which I have replaced more than once. Every time I get a new one, I try to hide it from him, but he has a preternatural ability to sniff it out and destroy. I can’t afford to keep buying new ones, and now that  I’ve discovered this one from J. Crew, I don’t have to.

Posted on November 2nd, 2017 4 Comments

A whole bunch of plaid shirts

Plaid shirts used to strike me as too tomboyish and style-less, but now I like them a great deal, and am—since I only have one—looking to expand my repertoire. I like how they look all oversized and slouchy, like here, and though they’re a natural with jeans, they get about a hundred times chicer when you pair them with trousers (I especially like how they look with leather pants).

The color really pops against the grey here.

And I adore black and yellow together wherever I find it.

The contrasting pockets and cuffs here are fun.

I like that this one is kind of faded out.

Blue on blue is always a winner in my book.

This silk option is nicely refined.

This is just pretty adorable.

Here is one I might go for: the blue and red together is so strong.

From Frank & Eileen, a shirt brand I really like: blue and white and nicely graphic.

I am mad for the poppy color combination here.

Here’s a sweet, feminine choice.

Red and black always looks great.

And finally: a classic scotch plaid from LL Bean.

Posted on November 1st, 2017 27 Comments

Print of the week

My nose runs in the cold, and it’s undignified—if human. So once it starts getting seriously frigid out, I never go out without one of my Liberty of London hankies—they add a touch of glamour to an otherwise inelegant moment. Liberty just released a whole lot of fantastic new options, and I’m having a tough time making up my mind but I’m pretty sure I’m going for this one. If you’re looking for a cheaper option, or to avoid overseas shipping, try this Etsy shop. The handkerchiefs are just a bit smaller is all.

Posted on October 31st, 2017 4 Comments

Join me as I search for a great pair of trousers

 

I do love my jeans and wear them all but constantly, but there are times when I’m in the mood to go a little snappier, and that’s when I reach for a nice pair of tailored trousers. I like them on the skinny side, and this can prove difficult because I am wide of hip, but the following pairs all look like they’d do the trick, starting with this dark grey pair from Vince.

I really do have a thing for red lately, and thinkthese look just fantastic.

These have a very  subtle floral metallic print, which could be fun.

A good tuxedo pant is just a good thing to own, and you can dress them way up if you care to.

This is Nili Lotan’s excellent Tel Aviv trouser in
wool.

Here’s a pretty well-priced pair.


These
 are for those of you who complain that I only ever show cropped pants.

Finding skinny pants in extended sizes isn’t easy, but I think these are pretty good.

Everlane’s trouser has a comfy elastic waist, and looks really wearable.

These are denim, which is cute.

A very elegant pleated pair.

I’ve shown you these before; they’re Topshop’s cigarette trouser and they’re dirt cheap.

Posted on October 31st, 2017 20 Comments

Top 5 of the week: Army green

I like army green any old time, but it’s an especially good color for this time of year, and it is so unexpected on this velvet top.

These pants are really well-tailored, and I like the cuff ankles.

A very snappy blazer for when you want to look especially put together.

A Barbour jacket with Liberty of London lining: perfection.

This super-soft sweater in camo is  the type of item I’d put on highest rotation.

 

Posted on October 27th, 2017 12 Comments