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18 cute pieces for you petite ladies

eileen fisher jacket

I know this petite-friendly post has been a long time in coming, and I apologize for the delay. I also promise that I will provide more, specific posts like this in the future, but for the first time around I thought I’d throw out pieces I like in every category (except dresses, which proved especially elusive). I was pleased to see that Eileen Fisher has a not-small petites selection, and very much like this vaguely sculptural stand-collar jacket.

J Crew popover

J. Crew has petites too, although not as many as perhaps they should (and why don’t they get on extended sizes already while they’re at it?). I think the gathering on this popover makes it nicely feminine.

halogen sweater

A very well-priced  V-neck cashmere sweater.

anthropologie jacket

This jacket is just a tiny bit twee, but I somehow really like it, and cropped styles like this are nice and elongating.

eileen fisher jacket

As you may recall from my post last week on colorful tops, I am loving yellow these days, which might explain why I’m very much a fan of this quilted jacket.

J Crew denim shirt

A good denim shirt is such a solid classic that I don’t know why I’ve never included it in any of my rundowns of the best classics to own.

spacedye cardigan

This spacedye sweater is quite Missoni-esque, but not nearly so pricey as Missoni.

anthro floral blouse

The pink flowers on this sweet blouse are really good.

flutter sleeve top

This flutter-sleeve top reminds me of Ulla Johnson, but—as with the above sweater—it’s a lot more reasonably priced.

eileen fisher top

A crisp white tunic with a hi-low hem comes in handy on those for days when you’re not at all interested in exposing your behind.

anthro striped tee

This striped tee comes in a few colorways, but I’m partial to the black and white.

J Crew blazer

Just a really well-cut blazer from J. Crew.

anthro button down

I am crazy for the color of this button down, and the barely-there print.

J Crew downtown field jacket

I was pleased to see that the Crew offers their downtown field jacket in petites.

J Crew leather leggings

Leather leggings that are pretty well-priced for leather leggings.

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And here’s a super-affordable pair of cigarette pants.

J Crew white jeans

White jeans in a nice slouchy boyfriend cut, just how I like them.

pilcro jeans

And finally: a pair of perfectly clean, un-distressed black jeans.


Posted on January 31st, 2018 21 Comments

A few new beauty products I’m liking

marc jacobs mascara

Even though I’m happy with my current mascara regimen, I can’t help but but ask every beauty store clerk I encounter what their favorite formulation in the store is, because my quest for perfection in that realm is real. On a recent visit to Sephora, I was directed to this Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, which is pretty fantastic: it goes on quite glossy and very black, and the volume it imparts is intense.

nars lip color

When it comes to lip color, my main priority (aside from the just-right hue) is something that goes on and stays stays put. I am also partial to matte as opposed to glossy, cause glossy is always so sticky. I am very much liking my new Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment in a color called Warm Leatherette. It’s on the pinkish side of berryish, so it’ll be even better when spring rolls along, but I’m wearing it now on those drab days when I need a little lift.

drunk elephant b hydra

Until quite recently, I am embarrassed to say, I didn’t moisturize: everything I tried on my sensitive skin has played hell with it, and felt too heavy to wear under makeup. But Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Instesive Hydration Gel is so super-light you can scarcely feel it on your skin, and it hasn’t caused any irritation.

drunk elephant c firma

After I put that on, I apply Drunk elephant C-Firma Day Serum, which is also quite light and does a good job of evening out my skin tone, which can be all over the place. If you are interested in either of these Drunk Elephant products but aren’t certain about making the (not small) cash outlay, try this travel size duo.

rohto eye drops

Bloodshot eyes can ruin a good look, so on the days that mine are less-than-pristine, I use Rohto Cooling Eye Drops and they get an almost otherworldly white.

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I loathe putting lotion on my hands, because it takes forever to absorb and I’ve got better things to do than just sit there and wait. But this Brazilian Bum Bum Cream sinks in shockingly fast, and smells delightfully of a Caribbean vacation, too.

Posted on January 30th, 2018 43 Comments

What are are you loving on TV?

the crown

I ask because I inhaled seasons one and two of The Crown, and then watched Victoria—also quite good—but now I have to wait for new episodes of that (I have never been a big fan of the monarchy or period dramas, but now I can’t get enough. Go figure). Right now I’m catching up on season four of Broad City but not loving it as much as I’ve loved previous seasons. Suggestions?

Posted on January 29th, 2018 194 Comments

Monday links

black and white



Posted on January 29th, 2018 7 Comments

20 pretty tops that ring in under $100

chloe & katie top

I really looked hard for tops that very much don’t look like they cost under $100, and was pleased to find so many, all of which I hope you like. This blouse has so much going for it: a nice deep neckline, cool, subtle print, and satisfyingly over-long sleeves.

topshop origami top

This origami top is not left in a lot of sizes, but I think it’s so lovely and sculptural—and looks so much more pricey than it is—that I had to include it.

madewell tunic popover

Just a good, crisp, white popover for throwing on when you want to feel pulled-together.

vince camuto top

I like how the sleeves on this blouse are kind of sweet and romantic, but the rest of the top is nicely streamlined.

eloquii top

This is actually made of t-shirt material, but it looks much fancier, and is definitely work-worthy.

& other stories top

I don’t usually dig a high-neck blouse, but this is so chic, and feminine too.

birdie mixed media top

A simple flowy top for throwing on whenever.

madewell plaid popover

If you like plaid shirts but aren’t so crazy about button-downs, this popover might be the answer.

mango printed tee

This t shirt looks appealingly like a kimono.

madewell flannel shirt

A cozy flannel shirt with graphic black and white stripes.

allsaints isabel top

I’d wear this camisole top under a blazer on a date.

j crew boy shirt

I have an army green shirt exactly like this one and wear it endlessly.

eloquii pintuck top

Pintucks give this a put-together feel.

velvet top

The ruffle neck here is nice and subtle, and I love the red.

& other stories button down

A good blouse for layering under a V-neck sweater.

topshop knot front blouse

This tie-front top comes in black and army green too, but I think this so-subtle shade of pink is quite pretty.

bp perfect shirt

Give me stripes any old time.

eloquii contrast bow blouse

OK, the print of this blouse is on the loud side, but I think if you wore it under a blazer or sweater and only part of it was visible, it would be great.

nydj blouse

This is the kind of top that doesn’t make the hugest statement, but goes with everything.

mango bow sleeve blouse

And finally: a brilliant, vivid green bow-sleeve top.



If you missed it last week, here is a post on colorful, happy tops to combat the winter blahs.

Posted on January 29th, 2018 2 Comments

Friday links

mosaic tile



Posted on January 26th, 2018 7 Comments