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New thing I really want of the day

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As I’ve stated in the past, I am totally anti-logo in all cases, except for the Comme des Garcons heart—for which I am a complete sucker. And this new button-down, with the heart all cute and diminutive, is really almost too much to take. (It comes in black too, which is equally tempting, albiet in an entirely different way.)

Posted on March 10th, 2014 7 Comments

The Chinese Year of the Snake started Sunday

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And I forgot. But it hardly seems right to let my failure as a pegger-of-stories-to-events prevent us from ogling lots of lovely serpent jewelry today. Right? Let’s start things off big: this Elise Dray triple snake ring is made of white, pink, and black gold. And then grey, brown, and black diamonds. Also, when the snakes are eating their tails like that? That’s called an ouroboros.

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In general I’m a big fan of figurative  serpent imagery over anything more literal-ish, and veer away from that which skews in any way goth, scaly, or Ozzy. I go nuts for pieces as super-simple as this yellow gold ring by Conroy & Wilcox.

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And here’s a not-entirely-dissimilar one in brass that’ll run you a whole lot  less. This is totally a category in which you can find items at any point on the price spectrum.

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I’ve been gazing at these  itsy gold hoops on my every visit to to Love Adorned for months now.

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And yet, at the moment I might be more likely to go for the similar mood struck here for under $50.

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Generally speaking, I’m not a snake cuff person; that’s always fallen under the heading of Drama Jewelry for me, along with headpieces and jeweled chokers. But this one is so minimal and elegant that you can almost see it on Kate Moss during that brief period back in the 1990s, when she was dating Johnny Depp and  always wearing clean Calvin Klein separates.

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This one just made me laugh. And we must always leave the door open just a crack for cheeky in the universe of personal adornment, don’t you think?

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This Ariel Gordon necklace is the type you could put on, and leave on, for days, and not fuss over whether it went with every single different outfit you changed into.

Posted on February 12th, 2013 4 Comments

Saturday: a retail recap

I got a pedicure Saturday morning; my first of the season, and it wasn’t pretty. As the nice lady buffed a winter’s worth of callous and dead skin off my feet, I flipped through the fashion mags and found these Pikolinos sandals in Marie Claire. There’s nothing I’m a bigger sucker for than Maasai beading, and as it turns out, these are the real thing: the bead work is done by Maasai women; all profits from their sales go back to programs helping their community. There are a half dozen or so sandals to choose from, but these are my favorites.

Also: for the pedi I went with Nars Jungle Red. Because I’m old school like that.

Afterward I dragged my newly prettified feet all the way to Tribeca so I could try this top on for myself at the Nili Lotan store. And it did look nice, but in the end? $285 =  way too much for an item I will inevitably spill coffee on.

Next up: I walked uptown to Greene Street so I could check out the new Acne store, which is full of beautiful things I would like very much to own,  but which is laid out—as you can see here—like the world’s most fashionable corn maze.

Continuing north on Greene, I popped in to Kirna Zabete—from whom the Acne people could learn a thing or two about creating innovative-looking stores that are also happy, intuitive places to shop—to gaze at all the pretty Duro Olowu dresses.

And then also: Space NK—which I love because it reminds me of being in London, even if lots of the brands they carry are American— and picked up this this exfoliating scrub by Malin and Goetz. It’s all fresh and pepperminty, and perfect for washing your feet after wandering all over creation on a hot summer day.

Posted on June 11th, 2012 7 Comments

A lot of really expensive stuff is less really expensive right now



Gilt’s Marni sale started today: this pretty little number is marked down from about a zillion dollars to a comparatively reasonable $544.


And over at Ssense, there is a monster of a sale going on. Lots of  Christopher Kane’s glorious floral prints now seem almost within reach. Also there:

Tons of Marc Jacobs—particularly bags, which one doesn’t see on sale every day. And really just insanely so much more. Don’t not go to the Ssense sale.

And don’t pass up Forward! How great are these pre-styled-for-your- convenience stackable rings?  Plus, plenty of (actually within the realm of the affordable) tees, tunics, and other slouchy necessities of summer.


Posted on May 29th, 2012 4 Comments

Crazy or cute?

Because I kind of love them.



Posted on May 13th, 2012 8 Comments

How hard can it be to find a well-priced sophisticated floral print dress?

I love me an Erdem pattern

So very, very much harder than it should be. They can go wrong in so many ways: luridly tropical; aggressively Palm Beach-ishly unfeminine; garden party Stepford.  And while it is true that I am pickier than most regarding this category, it’s only because I believe there’s a benefit to setting the bar so high. A fantastic floral-print dress—one with a well-considered color palette or unexpected shape—is a very, very useful thing to have up one’s sleeve. And potentially quite flexible as well: you can do the whole winter/ fall layering trick  and wear them with tights and boots and a little jacket. One easy step and you’re not wearing only black anymore—which sounds obvious but in fact isn’t—and as I’ve noted, is a valuable quality for any article of clothing to bring to the table.

Of course the dress I am most in love with is the one I am least likely to spring for, because it clocks in at a dizzying $995. (It’s from Derek Lam’s 10 Crosby line, and I would like to take a moment to state that we are traveling nowhere as a retail culture that I care to go when a piece from a designer’s diffusion collection almost breaks the four-figure barrier.) But there is just so much to love.  The drop-waist, the grown-up length, the shirtdress elegance from the waist up, without the (frequently unflattering) waist-down consequences that a shirtdress can bring with it. And above all else, that pattern—there is nothing more elegant than sticking to a  simple color palette—and that whole reversed-out thing, which is just so impossibly good.

At first, this Cacharel number looks maybe too young and too and short, but the model pictured is 5’10”, and upon closer observation this seems like it might be one of those summer dresses you could wear on the weekend all loose and comfortable, and then if you were actually going to leave the house and see people, you could just belt it and look like you made an effort.  Zoom in and you’ll see that the poppy print has an impressionistic feel, which which ups the sophistication factor a touch too.


Chris Benz, a man who never met a bright he didn’t like, loves his florals. And he’s really pushing outer limits of bright on this one, but it works, mostly because he played it so clean and simple with the shape.


A good stealth floral, like this one from Cosmic Wonder, is the rarest of finds.

And last,  from our friends at J. Crew (via Net a Porter): a lovely watercolor floral that one wishes, given the season, could be just a touch cheerier color-wise, but can be yours for  a—comparatively reasonable—$200.

Posted on May 9th, 2012