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Archive for January, 2016

Wednesday links



  • At Vogue, legendary creative director Grace Coddington calls it a day. (Vulture)
  • How Victorian fashion could kill you. (Mental Floss)
  • Somebody put a washing machine on a trampoline and yes, I’m an 11 year-old boy for thinking the outcome is hilarious. (Kottke)
  • The Girls/Sesame Street mashup we didn’t know we needed. (Vulture)
  • Probably this has been shared all over your Facebook feed as it has mine, but if you haven’t seen this footage of Adele and James Corden driving around London while they sing and goof around, it’s pretty fantastic. (Laughing Squid)


Posted on January 20th, 2016 1 Comment

Cheap and chic of the week

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A fits-it-all clutch in a really good blue.

Posted on January 20th, 2016 5 Comments

Blowout sale alert: Emerson Fry

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The folks at Emerson Fry are moving out of their current HQ and looking to offload as much merch as possible before they do, and if you only follow one piece of advice I ever extend here, let it be this: run, don’t walk. I am digging the dead-solid timeless elegance of this black overcoat.

emerson crewneck

This linen crewneck is perfect for winter layering; I already own one, and am thinking about stockpiling.

skater sneak

And these skater sneaks are pretty much perfect.





Posted on January 19th, 2016 7 Comments

Tuesday links


  • On the occasion of her 70th(!) birthday, the quotable Dolly Parton. (Mental Floss)
  • Good on Cher.  (Jezebel)
  • The State of the Union Address as a Wes Anderson movie. (Kottke)
  • Just the most charming footage of Debbie Harry on The Muppet Show, circa 1981. (Dangerous Minds)
  • A rather clever indictment of the whiteness of the 2016 Academy Awards disguised as a manicure tutorial. (Pajiba)



Posted on January 19th, 2016 4 Comments

Wayback machine: 80s prep

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Today—and I’m guessing it’s because we’re getting some real, blustery cold here in New York—I’ve gone all nostalgic for the first real winter of my life. I was 16, and had decamped from my huge high school in balmy Texas to a small boarding school in frigid Western Massachusetts, where everyone—students and faculty, male and female, hippie kids and straight-up preps alike—seemed to rely on the same handful of classics to get through the season. By far most ubiquitous were these LL Bean boots—which I wanted desperately but feared I was too much of a poser to pull off. I still feel this way, somewhat.


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Technically a men’s item even though all the cool girls had one too: this blue and white Norwegian sweater.

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I never uderstood the appeal of the down vest the way people wore it back then—jacket-less, with flannel shirts—but now I’m liking the idea of layering one under  a nicer coat on days when I just can’t face my puffer.




Posted on January 19th, 2016 19 Comments

Wednesday links, Bowie edition


  • Let’s start off with a very fun slideshow on his style through the years. (NY Times)
  • When Bowie was quotable, he was very quotable. (Vulture)
  • His 100 favorite books. (Mental Floss)
  • Bowie once said that this cover of “Space Oddity,” performed by astronaut Chris Hadfield in outer space, was “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created.” (YouTube)
  • And I love this brief piece, with a title that says it all: “Thank You, David Bowie, From the Weird Kids.” (Medium)
  • Extra added bonus post: this bit of genius. (Slate)
Posted on January 13th, 2016 19 Comments