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A good saddlebag is hard to find

Not so hard to find if you’re willing to spend, say, $900. Or if you don’t mind designers taking great liberties with the notion of what, exactly, a saddlebag is. But if you’re looking for one with a very traditional shape and no unnecessary hardware, and that comes in a color found in nature, and that’s pretty well-made, you might be looking a while. I do like this one from Maison Scotch, though, and the price isn’t battypants.


This J Crew number will run you a bit more, but it could not be a more classic shape. Truly—cliches aside—one of those bags you’ll own forever. In addition to which: it’s impossibly rare to find bags  with exactly no hardware, which is a look I love, and when you do they’re usually somebody by super-fancy and truly cost a fortune.

Posted on September 25th, 2012 10 Comments

Morning links

  • The Coen brothers are developing a TV series with FX based on their 1996 movie Fargo. And despite my previously articulated thoughts regarding the unholy nature messing with the classics,  I actually think this one could totally work.
  • On the other hand: Glee never, ever needed to make this happen to one of my favorite Hole songs. (Vulture)
  • Three guesses what takes the #1 spot on this countdown of the top 50 high school movies of all time. (EW)
  • Jane Mayle has created a capsule collection of  handbags for Club Monaco, which you can check out here.
  • Victoria’s Secret is included a “Sexy Little Geisha” lingerie set—complete with chopsticks and a fan—in their new collection.  Which has, as one might imagine, landed them in a bit of hot water. (Styleite)
Posted on September 25th, 2012 12 Comments

I am powerless over my desire for this Liberty-lined Barbour jacket


If my home ever caught fire and left me with time to grab only ten items in my closet before fleeing, I’m pretty certain my Barbour Beadnell jacket would make the cut. It’s not the coolest article of clothing I own, but it’s definitely  the one that makes me feel coolest when I wear it—in that whole British, town and country, glamorous-without-trying kind of way.  Plus, it’s excellently water-resistant and warm and un-bulky,  which is nice for those of us who live where the weather can be crap all winter. Now, J. Crew is selling Barbour’s fabulous Liberty print-lined Beadnell —which hasn’t always been the easiest thing to track down. I can’t possibly justify the purchase, seeing as how I already own one. But possibly you can. In which case, I am jealous, jealous, jealous.

Posted on September 24th, 2012 7 Comments

It’s almost October

Which means that flowy, asymmetrical sweater season is almost upon us! I wait all year for this. Doesn’t this one just look like a big fat hug?

There are a bunch of sweaters that do this kind of V-thing dead center, and I kind of love it, mostly because I wanted for years to be cool enough to pull off a poncho and never was, and this seems like the wearable, grown-up version of that.

One way to get around concerns that a big old sweater is going to swallow you up: choose one with a super-flattering neckline.

And for those who prefer their drama minimal: this very clean number, which is only just slightly longer in the back.

For those days when 100% butt coverage is a must.

This one is such a nice red, and good for those who desire a bit less bulk.

Posted on September 24th, 2012 9 Comments

Morning links

  • Kate Moss may not be the best role model for our children, but she sure does know how to pull together an outfit. Check out 128 of her best, from 1990 on. (The Cut)
  • Also: here are many, many post-Emmy red carpet carpet rundowns for your delectation: New York,  Fab SugarDaily MailHuffington PostE! and Stylecaster.
  • Plus! The Fug Girls got to watch the red carpet from the actual red carpet this year: read their postmortem here and learn which Girls girl they think hit it out of the park, whose presence they were most pleasantly surprised by, and whose dress was actually totally transparent IRL. (New York)
  • In honor of  Bruce Springsteen‘s 63rd(!)  birthday yesterday: 63 of his best lyrics.  (Flavorwire)
  • You must look at this Forbes list of America’s top hipster neighborhoods, if for no other reason than to read about the methodology they employed to draw their conclusions, which almost reads like satire. (Forbes)
Posted on September 24th, 2012 2 Comments

The ladies bring it

Who says there’s only room in Hollywood for 23 year-old chippies? Check out how fantastic Julia-Louis Dreyfus looked on the red carpet. Also, I was glad she won for Best Actress in a Comedy: Veep is hilarious.

And I can’t say I was one thousand per cent  on board with Julianne Moore’s dress, but is there a more beautiful creature anywhere? She is 51, people!

Meanwhile, I  think January Jones should explore the possibility that maybe her stylist doesn’t like her very much.

Posted on September 24th, 2012 12 Comments