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Thursday links


  • These wildlife photos, from the National Geographic travel photographer of the year contest are pretty stunning. (My Modern Met)
  • This story, about a “socialite” grifter who duped all sorts of fabulous people in New York, is pretty juicy. (The Cut)
  • It’s Tracy Morgan and it’s been too long. (Vulture)
  • I like these sculptures of everyday objects made from scraps by artist Lydia Ricci. (Kottke)
  • The time somebody tried to make glass dresses a thing. (Atlas Obscura)


Posted on May 31st, 2018 3 Comments

In the mood for colorful sneakers


puma sneaker

I think these Pumas are so cool—and even quite versatile—in mustard yellow. I also like them in purple, and this improbable-but-it-works maroon and orange platform pair.

adidas originals

These Adidas originals are so excellently candy-colored.

royale sneaker

This pair is by the Brooklyn-based sneaker company Greats, and I find them quite graphic and appealing.

nike air max

I wish I had a lipstick in this color—it’s a perfect plum.

green nike

This is such a good dark green, and they’ve got a little snakeskin detail on the tab, which I like.

leopard adidas

OK, these aren’t all that colorful, but why not have just a tiny bit of fun with a leopard-striped pair?

old skool

Of course I love the blue and black color scheme of these Vans Old Skools.


Here is an easy way to indulge the trend for all things lavender, if you’re feeling it. Also: this.

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The colorblock situation here appeals. I also like them in gold.

pink superga

Such a happy, poppy pink.

blue adidas

I like the slightly faded-out blue on these Adidas Gazelles.

And I also I dig the striped lining on this chambray pair from New Balance.

iniki runner

I think these are spectacular.

nike air force

And these have way too much going on, but it all kind of works.

Posted on May 31st, 2018 22 Comments

Dare I do a post on shorts?

mother shorts

Few issues divide the GOACA community quite like shorts do: some of you like them just fine, others find them to be nothing short of an instrument of the devil. And I understand the loathing: they can be tough to wear and unflattering too. But if you wear a shoe with some height, I think even the less-than-perfectly-willowy can get away with them. I love the way a Bermuda-length short looks with a button-down—very casual preppy chic—and this pair is nicely slouchy.

halogen shorts

This red pair is awfully snappy.

vince shorts

I showed you these Vince shorts last week in black, but I think they’re pretty classic in the khaki too.

perse shorts

I bought a version of these James Perse shorts a couple of years ago, and they are insanely comfortable.

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This chambray pair is pretty cute.


And I’m a big fan of the check pattern here.

fisher shorts

These are linen, which is a nice material to have next to your skin when the weather turns toasty.

lang shorts

I almost didn’t include this pair, because the last time I showed denim cutoff shorts, a whole flotilla of you complained that they’re the easiest thing in the world to make yourself and not worth the cash, but every time I try to make my own cutoffs I screw it up somehow, and possibly you are the same. Anyway, I like how these hit right at the knee.

hudson shorts

Same here.


Posted on May 30th, 2018 44 Comments

Tuesday links


  • Here’s a gorgeous short film with the most graceful underwater dancing, created and performed by Julie Gautier. (Kottke)
  • And I liked this animated short on the life of Marie Curie, the first female female Nobel laureate. (Open Culture)
  • Well this is nice news: a new study finds that sleeping in on the weekend helps you live longer. (My Modern Met)
  • This cultural history of ugly sandals amuses. (Racked)
  • A moving piece about one woman’s efforts to rebuild her life after her husband’s suicide. (Vogue)
Posted on May 29th, 2018 5 Comments

Wake up and take the GOACA redesign poll, everyone (Poll closed)


(Poll closed)

As I mentioned a while back, Girls of a Certain Age is getting a little redesign. I’m not out to reinvent this site, just to update and refine it, and it is really important to me that in doing this, I don’t add some feature you all loathe, or get rid of something you might adore. This poll will take you no time at all to complete—it’s really quick, promise—and so I’m hoping a whole ton of you will respond. Thanks a million in advance, ladies.

Which of the following things would you like to KEEP on this blog?
Which of the following things could you DO WITHOUT on this blog?
Which of the following things would you like to START SEEING on this blog?
Posted on May 29th, 2018 21 Comments

A whole bunch of striped tees

alt striped tee
Am I the only one who already owns too many striped tees, but is always on the lookout for more? They are the most addictive of garments, and can skew preppy or Euro or even punk rock depending on how you wear them. I like them paired with a snappy blazer, like Mme. Emmanuelle Alt is doing here, but there are so many ways to wear them this time of year: with jeans or dressed up with skinny black pants or a skirt; mixed with other prints or all on their own.

dawn tee

The colors here are so excellently new wave.

splendid tee

Just a good basic V-neck.

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The flare sleeve here brings a dose of femininity to the party.

boy stripe tee

Yes, this r13 tee is on the spendy side, but it is fabricated with 5% cashmere, which makes it impossibly soft. I lucked into this tee on sale a few years ago and it just gets better. Here is a cheaper option if you’re interested.

chevron stripe

Chevron stripes count as stripes, right?

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A very French girl choice, in graphic red and white.

peter brady

This is so Peter Brady, in a really good way.

levis tee

Red and blue always pops so satisfyingly.

wilt tee

I like the combination of stripe widths here.

contrast stripe

I am a sucker for a contrasting stripe.

apc tee

The sleeve length on this choice from APC is really chic.

rolla’s tee

Another kind of retroish option.

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A really fun—and even versatile— color combination.



Posted on May 29th, 2018 17 Comments