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Taking requests (and an opportunity for redemption)

cheap sunglasses

Any excuse to run a picture of Francoise Hardy

“I am done buying trendy sunglasses,” writes a reader named Jessica. “I want some sunglasses-for-life. I would like to spend about a hundred dollars, although I will spend more for the perfect pair. I will not spend two hundred dollars even if the sunglasses are pure magic, because I totally just can’t.” Well guys, I feel like I’ve owed you this one for a while, because you never see anything but stupidly expensive sunglasses here, as that’s all I ever buy. You know better than to do that, of course, and I’d like to think I could learn to. So what follows are five brands with decent selections in Jessica’s—and possibly any sane person’s—range.

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This winter when I was staying at The Standard in Miami, they had a Warby Parker pop-up shop going on in the lobby, and the only thing that prevented me from buying some of their sunglasses was that there were too many cute pairs to choose from (and I am a very decisive person). This is such a good example of what they do well: chic and retro, but somehow quite classic at the same time. And the quality is rock solid.

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It doesn’t get more sunglasses-for-life than Ray Ban, and on the right person, there’s nothing sexier than their aviator. But if I were looking to invest, I’d go for Clubmaster. It’s sturdier, and also just that much more unexpected.


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Marc by Marc Jacobs has a selection that is both fun and witty and trendy and somehow utterly safe at the same time.  This seems like the lowest-risk version of cat-eye frames ever (which is a good thing).

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You’ve got to pick through Wildfox‘s selection, because a lot of it is way too young and trendy, but they aren’t afraid of color, which I like. And they do the occasional very successful “tribute” (these remind me of far more pricey Karen Walkers).

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Yes, Toms, the shoe company makes sunglasses and a lot of them are rather sophisticated and cute. I totally don’t have the correct head shape for these, but I love them.

Posted on May 25th, 2015 19 Comments

Print of the week

j crew chevron

I love it when J. Crew gets the wild print/boy shirt thing exactly right.

Posted on May 22nd, 2015 7 Comments

Thursday links

30 Rock - Season 7 Tina Fey as Liz Lemon

Posted on May 21st, 2015 10 Comments

Top 5 of the week: Espadrille wedges

keneth cole espadrille

I might be alone in this, but I think these are totally sexy.

barneys espadrille

Just too damn cute with that print at the toe.

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So 70s fabulous it’s almost unbearable.

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Pricey and surely quite perilous to walk in,  but the red and the navy is just too excellent to be ignored.

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This J. Crew pair comes in more straightforward versions, but the leopard print amuses.

Posted on May 21st, 2015 11 Comments

It’s the big twice-yearly Nordstrom sale. Do not delay




Two reasons to get moving: Everything pops back up to full price on June 1, and the good stuff is already going fast. I focused my search on warm weather classics, like this excellent take on the Breton stripe shirt for Rag & bone.

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I feel like I’d wear this high/low cashmere cardigan to death.

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skinny pant that’s not too skinny so it can be worn by many. And the chambray feels like such a chic alternative to the same old black.

dartford boot

Love this hipster take on the Chelsea boot.

Posted on May 20th, 2015 3 Comments

Lazy girl’s styling tools—when in Los Angeles version

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Debbie Harry knew how to get with the program when she visited Los Angeles

The years I spent simultaneously doing a great deal of travel for my job and dressing in very nice clothes taught me an interesting lesson: you do not have to be particularly dissatisfied with your sense of style to find yourself feeling totally off your game when visiting a city whose aesthetic differs from your own. Paris, interestingly, never gave me a complex. But Milan always made me feel like a total shlep. And LA—because I am a New Yorker and child of the 80s whose wardrobe will always be weighted heavily to the color black—makes me feel like an overgrown Wednesday Addams.

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I alluded to this the other day when mentioning my imminent trip to LA, because I am quite envious of how well the natives employ color in their wardrobes. I could never move quite so far out of my comfort zone, so instead I fake it up with accessories.  I bought this Etoile Isabel Marant belt specifically because I knew it would add dimension to outfits when I had otherwise failed to do so, and while it was not cheap, it is working out nicely on the cost-per-wear front. (Here is something on a similar theme that’s much cheaper.)

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My poppy blue mirror lens Illesteva sunglasses both put me in a better mood and make me cuter. I wish there was a scientific way to prove this.

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You guys know I love a blue handbag, and this is just an excellent blue—it stands out but also feels like it’d be quite versatile.

diorite sandal

There are those who believe that snakeskin footwear can be considered a neutral, and I am  one of those people. It is for this reason—and also because they look so eminently walkable—that  these idle in my shopping cart.

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I never get on a plane to go anywhere without one on my Chan Luu scarves, and their silk and cashmere blends are especially perfect for this time of year. Pink might strike you as an odd choice for somebody as allergic to girly as me, but this is such a good, dusty, greyish pink that it comes off really chic.

Posted on May 20th, 2015 20 Comments