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Top 5 of the week: leopard prints


I was off leopard prints for a while, but I’m feeling them again, I think because I keep seeing them on items I really want, like these sweats. I could do without the pre-distressing—I can destroy my own clothes, thank you very much—but still think they’re pretty great.

This jacket is also super-distressed, and it also costs way more than it should, but I am not a little obsessed with it.

Why not leopard print sunglasses?

Leopard prints in fun colors are always a delight, and this mini-tote from Clare V feels both totally cute and nicely sophisticated.

OK, I realize I’m getting way ahead of the seasons on this one, but this faux fur peacoat is just divine.

Posted on July 26th, 2017 13 Comments

Tuesday links

  • These abstract neon light installations are pretty cool. (Colossal)
  • Looking for a rabbit hole to fall into this morning? How about this rundown of the top 150 albums made by women? (NPR)
  • These vintage snapshots of people posing with their TV sets is delightfully random. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Check out this crazy Chinese bookstore. (Flavorwire)
  • Here is the trailer for Rebel in the Rye, about a young J.D. Salinger, which I am mostly showing you because it stars uber-hottie Nicholas Hoult. (A.V. Club)


Posted on July 25th, 2017 9 Comments

I love a duffel bag

It’s just a really good shape—so sportif, and utilitarian too. I’ve included handbag-sized duffels here, as well as some big enough to take along on a weekend. This one from my new favorite bag line Kara falls somewhere in between.

The natural leather here will age really beautifully.

I own this Vera Bradley quilted duffel; it’s the perfect size for a weekend away, well-priced, and quite lightweight.

This Herschel version comes in all sorts of colors and prints (click through to see) but of course I’m partial to the camo.

Here’s a (dirt cheap) nice pale pink.

You can’t beat a classic Filson bag—I think they’re just fantastic-looking and they’re very well-made.

This packable iteration is handy for travel.

I wore this bag all spring—I love the mix of textures, and it’s the exactly perfect size for all my junk—and now it’s on sale.

Posted on July 25th, 2017 4 Comments

Monday links

  • Arresting photos of trees. There is one mildly NSFW image here. (The Atlantic)
  • The photos themselves aren’t all that excellent, but I found these portraits of Chicano girl culture from the 1990s to be rather fascinating. (Dangerous Minds)
  • A bunch of tattoos inspired by architecture. (My Modern Met)
  • A very handy list of what to stream when it’s raining on vacation. (Vulture)
  • Steven Soderbergh shot a movie with his iPhone. (Indiewire)



Posted on July 24th, 2017 4 Comments

A cavalcade of summer whites

When it starts getting really disgustingly, wiltingly hot outside—as it does right about now—my sartorial solution is to throw on something white and hope for the best. Practically speaking it makes sense, because white keeps you cool, but it looks cool too, and I love the way women look when they pull it off from head to toe (allowing a pop of color here and there with the help of accessories). I absolutely love the look of a white blazer, and this one is pretty reasonably well-priced, so if you spill coffee on it, the universe won’t implode.

A V-neck tee with a nice deep V, just how I like.

A crisp white button down is one of summer’s absolute essentials for me; nothing makes me feel sexier or more put-together.

This eyelet top is just very pretty.

I like these jeans because they’re straight cut, and therefore not super-tight.

I am not a huge fan of the off-shoulder top, but this one has such irresistibly clean lines.

Just a really good featherweight tank.

A very office-worthy dress.

The gathered details on this top make it so feminine.

I surprise myself by liking this jumpsuit, but I do.

Here’s the kind of incredibly easy dress I’d throw on when the thermostat inches toward 100.

These army-inspired trousers are just so good. (And here’s a cheaper version.)

Simple, flattering, and breezy.

I’d wear this with a simple white tee.

Sundresses are so sweet, and I like the contrasting buttons on this one.

Posted on July 24th, 2017 7 Comments

It’s the big Nordstrom sale, everyone

There are tons of discounts on a lot of pretty good stuff, starting with these nice cropped trousers from Vince.

Here’s a perfectly great plaid shirt—I like it when the color palette is nice and simple.

A massive version of the best exfoliator I’ve ever tried.

This raincoat comes in yellow and red too, but I think the black is on the elegant side.

This lace-trimmed tank would look lovely peeking out from under a blazer or cardigan.

Just a good slouchy tee.

A really pretty duvet cover.

Posted on July 21st, 2017 1 Comment