Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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I am actually serious about fanny packs

rachel comey fanny pack

Or Belt Bags, as they’re referring to fanny packs these days. I love the fact that this once-totally-dorky accessory is enjoying a big style moment, and am very tempted to try it, because it seems like it would be really handy for dog walking. I also like the way they look worn as crossbody bags (I am informed by a super-cool friend that this look is a bit overly trendy, but I still like it).  This crocheted version by Rachel Comey is number one on my list.

rebecca minkoff fanny pack

A cool camo print from Rebecca Minkoff.

kara fanny pack

This pink shearling number is just sort of fluffy and fun.

Matt & Nat fanny pack

Here is a vegan option, for those of you who require such things.

opening ceremony fanny pack

This one is on the bigger side, so I’d probably wear it slung across my shoulder as opposed to around my waist.

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I love the notion of a monogrammed belt bag from Clare V.

herschel fanny pack

A quite utilitarian, very well-priced option from Herschel.

Rag & Bone fanny pack

This is on the smaller side, and I like the look of the leather zipper pulls.

Things I bought, things I want: winter doldrums edition

nili lotan tel aviv jeans

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions—they’re just a recipe for disappointment—but I have made a decision to continue to shop significantly less this year, and so far I’ve been pretty good. Still, these Nili Lotan jeans were too good a deal to pass up, if still not especially cheap.

veronica beard scarf

There is a very good sale going on right now at Veronica Beard—you can get one of their excellent Dickey blazers for less than $200, which is a pretty steep markdown. I think I’m definitely going for this silk and cashmere camo-print scarf, although I haven’t pulled the trigger just yet.
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There’s a good sale at Clare V too; that’s where I saw this rather excellent shearling foldover clutch nicely marked down. If you’re a fan of a bright, poppy handbag, do check out that sale.

equipment slim signature blouse

Just a really, really good leopard print silk shirt which would look great with one of the V-neck sweaters I posted yesterday.

needle & thread hoodie

There are two splurgy hoodies I’m most likely not going to buy in this post today, and the first one is this cutie with embroidery. It might be a little on the crazy side, but I like that about it.

amuse society weekender

I don’t need another weekender, but if I did, I’d definitely buy this one.

water filter

I drink a ton of water, which I order in cases from Fresh Direct, and the wastefulness of that is starting to get to me (I do recycle, but still). So I’m thinking it would be a good idea to join the 21st century and get a water filter, and this one is just so simple and lovely.

sacai hoodie

Another hoodie, this one the platonic ideal of  a hoodie: it’s just so damn polished and elegant even.

madewell track trousers

And finally: These velvet track trousers look perfect for lounging around at home.


The black sweater: 15 takes on a classic

nili lotan sweaterThere are few items as timeless and forever useful as a black sweater, and although I am making some effort to wear color close to my face, I don’t think I’ll ever quite give them up. They’re just too figure-flattering and easy. This is a splurgy cashmere option from Nili Lotan: I think the buttons at the shoulder are really chic.

vince sweater

Just a nice, heavy V-neck with ribbing that isn’t too tight, as ribbing so often is.

gia cardigan

A lightweight cashmere cardigan is such a good layering piece, and I like them slightly oversized (here is one that looks pretty good too, and is cheaper).

universal standard cape

This cape  sweater from Universal Standard is so good I wish it came in straight sizes, as I do so many pieces from Universal Standard. I heard a rumor that they are planning to do a capsule collection of straight sizes, but it’s totally unconfirm-able.

trouve sweaterI like how forgivingly cut this V-neck is—very good for camouflaging stomach junk.

other stories turtleneck

The side slits on this chunky turtleneck are a nice touch.

sundry sweater
 Bowie-esque lightning bolt is fun and graphic.

other stories mohair

This is made from a mohair blend, so it’s nice and fluffy.

eileen fisher sweater

There are subtle sequins on this Eileen Fisher option, which would look as nice with jeans as it would more dressed up.

halogen cardigan

A round-neck cardigan can skew a bit girly for my taste, but they’re really good with dresses.

brochu walker sweater

I’m afraid that this is only available in limited sizes, but it’s so graceful and sculptural (and comfortable-looking) that I had to include it.

free people sweater

Here is a really excellent big huggy choice.

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The lace detail here is so pretty, and even a little sexy.

topshop sweater

I like the slit detail at the arms here, and the price is quite nice.

Another big old V-neck suitable for the coldest of days.


Here is a post on black pieces under $100 that I wrote a while back.


Week of requests: On living alone

The #1 weapon in the fight against loneliness

“This may be completely off the mark, but as someone who is recently divorced and living alone at 43, I would love to see a `Best things about living alone’ sort of thing, writes a reader named Jenn. I find this not at all off the mark, Jenn, and imagine you are not alone in the GOACA community. I’ve been on my own since I left my marriage in 2004, which is by now a long time ago. And I don’t give much thought to the fact that I live alone because I am just so busy doing it. And yet sometimes I feel triply marginalized in this culture—I am single, childless, and nearing my mid-50s, and often this makes me feel badly out of step with my friends and even, in certain ways, my family.  But dwelling on that will get a person absolutely nowhere, so I try to focus on the things I like about going through life uncoupled. Like the fact that I can do whatever I choose when I choose to do it, and I never have to cook if I don’t want to. I find that one key to being on your own is to always be open to new friendships, something we naturally just stop doing once we reach a certain age. But, like Jenn, I’m very curious to know: those of you who are single, please share your favorite things about your current life in the comments (and to those of you who are coupled: what do you most miss about being on your own?)

Week of requests: dressing for a corporate environment

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“I would love to see your ideas for stylish workwear for the corporate office,” writes a reader who goes by MLP. “I know that’s not your wheelhouse, but I would love to see what you come up with.” This post is, in fact, so far out of my wheelhouse that I have avoided executing it for the longest time because I have so little experience in dressing for a true corporate environment (I’ve only ever worked places where jeans were permissible), and feel I have little to offer. But I’ve received so many requests for my take on this over the years that at last I’m giving in. What follows are pieces I would wear if I suddenly found myself working in an office office. For starters, I know for sure I’d wear a lot of button-downs because I own so many of them already, and they make me look put-together on days that I don’t especially feel that way.

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Of course I have to throw on a few necklaces to keep the button-down from being too boring. Here’s one I’ve got my eye on.

everlane blazer

Throw a blazer over almost anything and it becomes instantly office-worthy.

cigarette pants

If I were to find myself in an office environment again, I’d definitely acquire a good pair of skinny cigarette pants (here is a cheaper pair).

marant belt

An interesting (but, as I always say, not too interesting)  belt is a small, cool way to let a little of your personality shine through.

halogen boot

I’d wear a pair of boots like these, which look like the ones I splurged on here (and here is a sort-of-clunkier version I also like.

marant dress

When I worked in offices, I wore a lot of dresses—mostly simple ones with something architecturally interesting going on, like this one.

sea dress

I think you could get away with this in a more creative corporate environment (I’d probably add a cardigan).

vince dress

I’d layer a shrunken leather jacket over this.

preen dress

It’s on the investment-y side, but this dress makes such a statement and is really flatteringly cut.

jill dress

And you couldn’t beat something like this on days when you want to look especially polished.




Week of requests: Duvet covers

Anthropologie duvet cover

“I’m in the market for a duvet cover and would enjoy seeing what you find,” writes a reader named Nancy, and I’m happy to oblige, because the right duvet cover can really transform your bedroom with a minimum of effort. (Also: I’m curious what other home/design posts you’d like to see here. Anything you’re in the market for? Please let me know in the comments.) I think this chevron-patterned number is really nice and subtle and quite chic too.

Holli Zollinger duvet cover

Here is a really good print that makes a statement but won’t overwhelm the room, which is pretty much exactly what one wants to achieve with a duvet cover.

Brooklinen duvet cover

I buy most of my bedding from Brooklinen because it’s cheap and well-made, and because my big dog likes chewing on linens so much that it’s pointless go for anything fancier. Their basic cover, which I like in grey, goes for a pretty-damn-unbeatable $95.

Calvin Klein duvet cover

Broken stripes are nice and bold and a little preppy.

Anthropologie duvet cover

I like that this sort of looks like a very contemporary quilt. I also like the dog.

John Robshaw duvet cover

I am a big fan of duvet covers (and quilts!) by John Robshaw, and this is just so elegant.

Eskayel duvet cover

Another fantastic, dreamy pattern by Eskayel, who make some of my favorite prints.

Anthropologie duvet cover

I like the light-on-dark embroidered business here so much that I’m considering going for it, chewing dog be damned.

Marimekko duvet cover

A bright, happy, slightly loud number from Marimekko that I would acquire in an instant if it wouldn’t clash so violently with my headboard.

Marimekko duvet cover

Another fine choice from Marimekko. I like that the dots are all irregular in shape—if they were straight-up polka-dots, it wouldn’t work so well.

Liberty of London duvet cover

And finally, a little Liberty of London cuteness from Anthropologie’s Liberty of London capsule collection, because, knowing of its existence, how could I not?