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Another thing I really don’t need but totally want, regardless

Zimmerman riot swimsuit

Riot cutout mesh-paneled swimsuit by Zimmerman. Available on Net-a Porter.

Just one day into the slightly-less-than-sub-zero temperatures and I’m already thinking about the beach. Jumping the gun a bit, perhaps, but we deserve it, after what we’ve been through these past few months.

Now I’m not sure I’m ever going to lay down $750 for a bathing suit, but if I were, this little number by Zimmerman would be up there on my list. More modest than my usual two piece selections, and yet totally outlandish at the same time. I’m not 100% sure I could pull it off, but I so want to be the femme fatale that wears this suit, that I’m willing to give it a go. (Maybe I need a wide brimmed hat like this one to go with it.)

Now off I go to the corner store to buy a lottery ticket…

Maybe the Monday, Monday posts should just be on Tuesdays at this point. Or, more links to some sites about fashion

tess giberson fw 2015

One of my favorite looks this season from, of course, Tess Giberson. Quite possibly because it’s so cold out these days, but whatever. Photo by Elizabet Davids / Courtesy of Tess Giberson

Because it’s fashion week. And like it or not, this is the moment when everybody is thinking about clothes. May as well jump on in.

When you just want to see images of the shows, head straight to style.com. I rarely bother with any of their editorial content, but their coverage of every look to come down the runways is comprehensive and a great place to start.

The polar opposite to Style.com (and a particular favorite of mine) is Stylelikeu which is all about the expression of the self through style, and not at all married to seasons or trends. Their profiles really get to the heart of what makes their incredibly inspirational subjects tick. I do believe it is the only fashion/style related site that moves me to tears on a regular basis.

Lucky magazine founder Kim France’s Girls of a Certain Age is great because, well, it’s for girls of a certain age.

I find myself drawn to Racked because it looks good (I’m a sucker for nice design) and is comprehensive without feeling all overwhelming and dizzying.

Refinery 29 comes close to being just a bit too overwhelming, but they have been at it for, like, ever (in the internet world at least) and the site is kind of like an old friend at this point. Plus they parse out other useful information like how to drink tea properly which is the type of knowledge I like to gather. They also serve up a nice horoscope.

Another more commercial site that stays on my radar is The Cut. Because once you get past the moving parts and ads it is surprisingly smart and has a great sense of humor, not to mention lovely taste in clothes.

This is a bit random, but I always enjoy checking out the mood board from The Glamourai. They even have a shop, so we can all be copycats with the touch of a button.

The award for best name goes to Andrea Linett’s I Want To Be Her. Because how many times have we all thought that phrase while checking out some girl?

For the most part, I find the obligatory here-is-another-photo-of-me format of the fashion blogger to be slightly annoying, even if I love everything they wear. With the exception of Accidental Icon Lyn Slater, who somehow manages to pull it off. And her prose is so intelligent, that it has inspired me to try and take it up a notch here. Wish me luck.

And then last, but far from least, there is Garance Doré, bien sur.

Monday, Monday– or a few links to some great end-of-season sales that are still happening right now

OC jacket

Photo courtesy openingceremony.us

Ok first up, this wrap/blanket/jacket from Opening Ceremony is now only $188, which is practically free.

photo courtesy Florahenri.com

photo courtesy Florahenri.com

A girls’ liberty print bathing suit from Flora and Henri that’s so pretty that the fact that it’s called a maillot doesn’t seem at all pretentious…

photo courtesy Sweetwilliamltd.com

photo courtesy Sweetwilliamltd.com

You can always find something amazing (like this orange floral dress by anais and i) for your kid to wear at Sweet William and right now the winter stock is 40% off…

Photo courtesy mnz.com

Photo courtesy mnzstore.com

Maryam Nassir Zadeh still has a rocking sale going on… if you wear a size 37 or 38 you can score a pair of these open loafers by Ter et Bantine

Photo courtesy Onekingslane.com

Photo courtesy Onekingslane.com

You might not be aware of this, but One Kings Lane, everybody’s favorite online furniture store, has a whole section called “Downstairs” where everything is even more discounted than on the rest of the site. Today, I am thinking about upgrading my umbrella situation, which is somewhat pathetic…

Photo courtesy redflower.com

Photo courtesy redflower.com

If you know me at all, you know of my devotion to the sensually holistic beauty line Red Flower… and they are having a valentine’s day 3 for 2 style sale right now that is not to be missed…

Photo courtesy tessgiberson.com

Photo courtesy tessgiberson.com

I own this crochet backed sweater by Tess Giberson and if I hadn’t worn it about a thousand times between September and now, I would be all annoyed that I didn’t wait for the sale to buy it at it’s current (very) reduced price. You, on the other hand, can take full advantage of this last-gasp sale should you be so inclined…

Another thing I don’t need but totally want, regardless

SIS-WOM-BEA-BLK-2

The SISII all-black version of the LL Bean rain boot is at Bird right now. Even as I type this caption.

I remember as a kid, and a teenager, and then into my twenties, not being able to imagine life in foul weather without the iconic LL Bean duck boot. But slowly, the tall wellie style took over, and, in my life at least, mukluks have assumed all snow duties.

But then these all-black duck boots show up at Bird, and I am suddenly tempted to throw away all of this adult nonsense and go back to basics. Especially now that I can do so while remaining all sophisticated and chic and whatnot.

Hmmmmmmm…..

Another thing I really don’t need but totally want, regardless

Photo from the lovely A Detacher website.

Photo from the lovely A Detacher website.

The holidays are over. My bank account is depleted. Plus I’m sure I’m going to make some kind of decluttering, less-is-more style promise to myself when I finally get around to making my resolutions.

But were I in the market for a new handbag, I’m thinking this would be the one. And it’s at A Detacher, which is one of my favorite NYC stores/shrines– I always stop in to dream whenever I’m in the neighborhood– so there are probably all sorts of other wonderful things on the racks and shelves that I want too.

But right now, instead of shopping, I’m going to go out and scrape the snow off of my car.

Fun!

My fall uniform

maria cornejo lola skirt

I know that Maria Cornejo didn’t actually have me in mind when she cooked up this skirt, and yet it really is one of the most perfect-for-me things I’ve ever worn.

I have always dreamed of being one of those women who wears a uniform. And by uniform, I of course don’t mean a plaid kilt with a white shirt and navy shoes, but rather a small set of perfectly-suited-to-me clothes that I just alternate. I’d always look pulled together and great and chic and all that, without having to think twice about what to wear on any given day.

My closet would be all neat and whatnot, with space between the hangers holding several variations on my personal wardrobe theme. I’d be able to see everything at once. My drawers would open and close with ease, the contents neatly folded. All of my socks would be in perfect pairs and of course have no holes…

I could go on and on.

The reality is that I’ve saved t shirts from as far back as 1985. And sweaters. And dresses. And pants. The list could go on and on…

It would be easy if I didn’t wear them, but of course they all come out from time to time and I get a kick out of rocking a bit of my own personal history through the streets of ever-in-the-current-moment Williamsburg.

However, there are a few items that have elevated themselves to the status of uniform… that I find myself turning to again and again, that can be dressed up while still feeling like pj’s, that automatically make me feel like a lady. The above “lola” skirt by the brilliant Maria Cornejo is one of those pieces.

I should probably just buy 3 of them and be done with it. And you guys should too. If you’re into wearing skirts, that is…

New shades

glasses by Takemoto

Custom made bamboo glasses by Takemoto on Hong Kong. Photo from Ebay.

So there I was, buying ice cream from the yellow truck on Bedford Ave, and I found myself dumbstruck by the incredible glasses that the girl serving up the scoops was sporting. And for once in my life, instead of just noticing them and walking away, I asked her about them.

I even remembered what she told me (handmade, Etsy, Hong Kong) and went straight home to my computer to look them up. They are really meticulously handcrafted, come in lots of different colors, will fit you perfectly (if you fill out all of the information correctly) and will be made especially for you, at under $100. Which in this age of overpriced designer everything, is a beautiful thing.

So go check out Takemoto’s Etsy shop and order yourself up a pair of these glasses, be they for reading or just looking good. I can’t imagine that you would be sorry.

Summer kicks

restrepo shoes at Jumelle

Here is the pair of shoes I most want this summer, staring back at me from the always-tempting window of Jumelle on Bedford Ave in Brooklyn.

Not that any of you noticed, but I usually write about books on Tuesdays.

I am straying from that path today, however, because I was so completely distracted by the above pair of shoes (seen in the window of Jumelle, a neighborhood favorite in the style dept.) Suddenly, all I can think about is the fact that it is finally warm, Memorial Day is upon us, and I can finally trade in my wool Adidas hightops for some cute summer kicks.

And the above pictured Dieppa Restrepo loafers are on the top of my list. Because they’ve got a little color whilst remaining neutral… a little pattern but you can wear them with anything.

But, of course, there are other contenders.

robert clergerie loafer

Neutral airy platform… what’s not to love about these Clergerie loafers?

Like these Robert Clergerie espadrille/loafers I spotted at Bird. All easy breezy with a platform to make you feel like you have something special going on without the least bit of discomfort that a heel might serve up.

bensimon tennis sneakers

The shoe that every cool french girl wears whilst strolling along the shores of the Riviera…

And then there is the classic Bensimon tennis elastic sneaker, which, to be honest, I don’t think would be all that good for actual tennis playing. But they will do quite nicely between the farmer’s market and the beach…

IX Style sandals

These sandals, by IX Style, are handcrafted in Guatemala by female artisans.

Last but certainly not least, these Huarache sandals won’t break the bank ($89!) PLUS a portion of your cash goes to helping impoversihed kids get clean drinking water. What’s not to love about that?

(Oh and of course there’s the new pair of Tretorns I have yet to buy…)

The shorts of my dreams

Tess Giberson shorts

Here I am, on Mother’s Day, actually, wearing the shorts of my dreams, by Tess Giberson.

I am flat out boring when it comes to shorts. Or maybe I should say classic. But I will tell you, when it comes to this summertime staple, I generally skew early 60′s prepster, choose one pair, and wear them for years (like 10 or 12) till they are threadbare.

Once said favorite shorts are no longer presentable, I save them, swearing I’m going to get a tailor to remake them, (like that’s ever going to happen) and then begin the search for my next pair.

Tess Giberson Spring/Summer 2014. Photo via Style.com

Tess Giberson Spring/Summer 2014. Photo via Style.com

A year ago, I ripped a huge hole in my last pair (remember the ones Proenza Schouler did for Target a few years back?) and I have been adrift ever since. That is, until I saw the most perfect shorts ever, in my all time favorite color of kelly green, striding down the runway in Tess Giberson’s Spring 2014 show. This was highly unexpected, as the word preppy is about as far from an appropriate adjective as one can get for Tess, and yet they were perfectly at home, sleek and simple, in the midst of a collection that in fact took much of it’s inspiration from the classic WASP style.

Hooray!! Problem solved! Until I went to place my order and discovered that, as not enough stores seemed interested, that style was not going to be produced. SO ANNOYING and shortsighted of retailers everywhere who clearly do not understand a great thing when it is hanging there in front of them. So I patiently waited till the sample sale, when I would hopefully get my hands on the pair from the show.

Well, the Tess Giberson Sample Sale came and went, and the shorts, which were about to leap into my waiting arms, were taken off the rack and sent to some magazine in the UK that requested them for a shoot. Supposedly the shorts would be mine when they were returned, but I was fairly certain I’d never see them again.

So while I didn’t give up hope entirely, I began to look around for other potential candidates…

Opening Ceremony's water print shorts.

Opening Ceremony’s water print shorts.

From Opening Ceremony’s own line come these crazy print denim shorts, evidently inspired by OC founders Humberto and Carol’s LA upbringing (which worries me a bit about kids growing up in the City of Angels.) Good shape, but a bit short for a woman of my… um… maturity level, lets just say.

christophe lemaire shorts

These linen Christophe Lemaire shorts are a good mix of style and comfort…

I checked over at Bird, which always has something I can’t leave behind, and saw these black linen shorts by Christophe Lemaire. Linen is always a nice touch, and the length is good. I almost brought these home, but I am personally still holding out for a more tailored look.

J Crew shorts

These J Crew shorts are kind of for when I die and come back as an English schoolboy.

Which brings us to J Crew… the obvious go to when it comes to classic style. And these shorts are almost perfect (in fact they might make the ideal back up pair, come to think of it) Really the only problem is that I was looking for a sort of medium length pair, as I’d been wearing Bermuda style shorts for the past 15 years and want a bit of a change.

And then the email of happiness landed in my inbox, resulting in last week’s trip to Tess Giberson’s SoHo shop for the pick up, and this Sunday’s gloriously warm weather, which was probably the first time I would have been able to wear the shorts anyway, what with this crazy cold winter/spring we’ve been having, made the whole saga worthwhile.

It just goes to show you. Patience and persistence does pay off. Even in the fashion world.

Going native

natives for kids

The ultimate summer playground-to-beach shoe. (They come in adult sizes too!)

And then, suddenly, spring was upon us and we looked through our children’s pile of shoes and realized that last year’s water shoes are no longer serviceable. And flip flops, whist cute, are a recipe for disaster when it comes to climbing rocks and jungle gyms and fences.

These are the things one learns as one stumbles through the epic adventure called parenting.

“Fear not!” we say to ourselves reassuringly. “For this is the year that we finally upgrade to Native for this purpose. Sure they are made of plastic,” we muse. “But lo, these kicks actually have some support, are flexible, and should last all summer long. As opposed to some other brands-who-shall-remain-nameless that had to be replaced mid-summer.”

Here’s to many sprints through the sprinklers and hours on the shore.