Wednesday 22nd March 2023
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emerson tunic

Well guys, I’m packing up the rental car and heading out to Sag Harbor for the 4th, so this will be my final post of the week. See you back here Monday, have a fantabulous holiday (share your own plans in the comments if you’re feeling so inclined), and meanwhile, check out this organic linen leopard print tunic from Emerson Fry, which is going to make the best beach cover-up.

lna tee

I suppose I’ve got animal prints on the brain, because I also think this tee is pretty great.

levis jeans

A pair of cropped Levi’s jeans that have a waistline that is high but not too high sounds exactly right at the moment.

heart blouse

I dig the kind of abstract heart print on this Anine Bing blouse.

adidas sneakers

The cracked-suede effect on these Adidas is so cool and weathered-looking.

veja sneaker

And more sneakers: the pink and red here really appeals.

matta dress

A super-lightweight, flowy hippie girl dress for wiltingly hot days.

Monday links

fendi bag

  • LA-based artist Thrashbird turns crumbling concrete structures into big designer bags. (Colossal)
  • These color photographs of World War I are pretty astounding. (Kottke)
  • Here is a fun clip from a new documentary about female punk pioneers The Slits. Fairly NSFW. (Dangerous Minds)
  • On the occasion of her retirement, Times obit writer Margalit Fox takes a stab at composing her own. (NY Times)
  • “17 Real-Life Would-You-Rathers I, A Woman, Have Had to Ask Myself.” A funny/depressing little read. (McSweeney’s)

Writing swimsuit posts always makes me cranky, 2018 edition

solid swim

Actually, this year I didn’t go to nearly as dark a place as I typically do looking at swimsuits, I think because there is no shortage of really cute, wearable options available right now that it almost makes the prospect of looking for one exciting. Almost. I am reasonably at peace with my body and its flaws, but nothing throws those flaws into sharper relief than trying on swimsuits in a poorly lit department store dressing room with unflattering mirrors, so I make all my purchases online: far better to have to deal with the pain in the ass of making a return than to endure the former. And with that thought in mind, let’s look at some suits: I like the bustier detail here: it’s just the right amount of fashiony.

la blanca

Strategic ruching keeps this one flattering.

nina swim

I typically avoid horizontal stripes in a swimsuit because they tend to widen one, but this red, white, and blue number is so well-cut that I still think it would look really good on.


This is made of some magical material that holds in your stomach, and I like the Grecian vibe of the design.

ganni swim

The smocking at the bustline here is so cute.

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A polka-dotted halter suit is so excellently retroish.

lace swim

I usually don’t go in for lace-up anything, but it’s so well-executed here that I totally would.

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And here’s a lace-up in extended sizes.

becca swim

This looks pretty bare without really exposing anything much.

mio swim

Diagonal stripes are kind of fun and new wave, and definitely slimming too.

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Just a good classic tank suit.

army swim

I dig the army green and thin straps here.

kiini swim

I used to own this embroidered suit (and I’ve shown it to you before, I’m pretty sure) but the dog chewed it up. Now that it’s marked down I am tempted to (but probably won’t) spring for another, because it is so damn cute.

hoffman swim

The colorblocking here is bold without being too much.

stripe swim

This is rather spendy, but I think it’s just about the chicest thing ever.

tavik swim

And finally: I like the idea of a plunging neckline that doesn’t plunge too perilously deep.


Friday links




I do love me some melamine


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Do you ever find yourself obsessed with acquiring certain items for no real reason that you can think of? And if the answer is yes, will you please share in the comments so I can feel like less of a freak? I’m talking here about items you own enough of, but for some reason keep wanting to collect more of—which is how I feel about rolling suitcases (weirdly) and melamine dinnerware, and who even knows why. My favorite melamine plates ever are from the Liberty of London/Target collaboration from way back (I found a few on Etsy just now) and we use them for everything out in Sag Harbor —melamine is so handy  for outdoor dining, which we like to do there. Melamine’s unbreakability is part of the allure, as I am a big fat klutz who breaks dishes endlessly, but they also often come with some standout prints, like this gorgeous floral.


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The concentric circles here are pretty trippy-cool.

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From John Derian: a really elegant tray with a vintage rope print.

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I dig the Shibori pattern on this salad plate.

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And the Suzani print here is so bold and statement-y.

mela plate

This splatter print looks so one-of-a-kind.

mesa plate

There are a few colorways available for this one, but I find the pink and blue particularly appealing.

cereal bowls

A set of cereal bowls that are delightfully matchy-clashy.

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No print here, but I included this plate because it looks so much like a Heath Ceramics plate I own.

I dig this stuff


I have oily skin—yes, even still, at this stage in the game—and in the summer, my face shines like a disco ball. I very much dislike the look of a face that looks powdered, however, and for that reason was thrilled to find Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder, which goes on super-translucent, and, even better, has an SPF of 45.