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Fashion people can be real snobs about pieces that come pre-styled—because, like, only amatuers need to take shortcuts—but I say to hell with that. Not only do pre-styled pieces take the guesswork out of creating a cool layered look, but they eliminate any unwanted bulk you might accumulate along the way. I popped in to Comptoir de Cottoniers* today and saw this little number, which demonstrates my point perfectly.

Likewise: I could never make this happen so—literally—seamlessly in a million years.


This is actually a dress, and rather short. But also too cute not to share.


*Comptoir doesn’t yet have American e-commerce—boo!—but they make it pretty easy to order from their British and French sites, so don’t let that deter you.

Posted on September 26th, 2012 6 Comments

Ethnic tops that cost what ethnic tops should cost

I like Isabel Marant as much as the next girl. One of my favorite bags of all time is an Isabel Marant bag, and I do not regret for a moment having spent a fortune on it. But it’s criminal what she gets for some of those little cotton ethnic tops of hers. I knew there had to be a better option out there.

So I contacted the first person I always do when I’m looking for anything bright, ethnic, and authentic: My dear friend Elise Loehnnen, who moved to LA last year run Beso (and its very shoppable blog), and who I miss desperately. She sent me a link to to La Mariposa Imports, which led to the discovery of  this rather winning hand-embroidered blouse.

And this one too, which falls just short of perfect due to a higher-than-ideal neckline, but is still pretty damn charming. It’s got that contrast-y thing going with the stripes and the pattern, which I seem never to tire of.

Then I found Great Blouses, a site that specializes in all manner of Romanian folk items, and happened upon this top, which couldn’t be not be more Marant-ified if it tried.

And over at the  Romanian Handmade Products site, they’ve got short sleeved versions, which are less French girl than Dazed and Confused, but could find a very nice place in one’s summer wardrobe.

Posted on April 25th, 2012 6 Comments