Sunday, December 27, 2009

shoes? shoes.

maggie gyllenhaal in her rachel comey penpal short boots.

at gimme shoes in whiskey, on sale for $236 from $338, sizes 8, 8.5, and 9. in navy, sizes, 8, 8.5, 9, and 9.5.

update: 7.5 and 9.5 at kickpleat for $232

also at gimme shoes, repetto zizi in textured dark grey, on sale for $180 from $260, in sizes 38.5, 39, 40, 40.5.

the dark brown zizis at creatures of comfort, size 39.5 only, on sale $213 from $285.

definitely size up for the zizis. i wear a 39.5 (or 8.5-9), and these 39.5s were a tiny bit too small.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

happy holidays!

photo from orangette

this is my seventh(!) winter in cambridge, and i'm still waiting for my white christmas. i'll be spending tonight and tomorrow cooking and baking, which is no a mean feat on my part. a bourbon soaked dark chocolate cake is in the oven as i type, and many more goodies will follow tomorrow.

i hope everyone has a safe and cosy holiday season!

Monday, December 21, 2009

dressing for the holidays

leon's first christmas will be spent quietly here in cambridge with our little living fir tree. we've already visited friends and family early to avoid the frustrations of holiday travel. if i weren't planning on wearing sweatpants and a cashmere hoodie all week long, i wouldn't mind this apc sweater dress for christmas dim sum.

on sale for $170 at net-a-porter

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

delirious new york

our weekend in 100 words or less:

leon loves nora. he also loves the bull mastiff at cb i hate perfume (we need a dog). i love the steven alan outpost, lyell, and h&h bagels. we walked up and down stairs, in and out of elevators, shopped too much, laughed even more with dear friends, made salt dough handprints, and made friends with the deliciously chubby alex. i bought a SA reverse seam oxford shirt, lyell jacket, a wiksten dress, and merino yarn for a new scarf.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

this weekend...

leon and i are taking the morning train to nyc tomorrow. we're looking forward to long rambles with nora, museums and crafts with stephanie, and general december merriment.

oh yes, and shopping.

Monday, December 07, 2009

first snow of the season

(yes, that's leon playing with a cardboard box in which hector is hiding)

new custom skirt by modaspia
new falke tights

i bought a wreath, but the wreath hook doesn't fit over our front door, so it's now draped over a doorknob in the common hall. baby steps...

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

not quite ready for the holidays

i buy christmas cards on december 18. two years ago we ended up with a tree worthy of charlie brown because we waited too long. i wish i were better about the holidays, but they always seem to sneak up on me. this year i'd like to keep things quiet and uncluttered.

stephanie's elf houses are pretty amazing. i like how peaceful they look with their flickering lights and tidy facades.

Friday, November 27, 2009

fall sale: plaid top and jeans (and parka)

Hope full shirt, tobacco, $207, (size 38 and 40) at creatures of comfort

Current/Elliott superstretch leggings, $179 (size 26, 27, and 29) at bird

United Bamboo fishtail parka, $966 (size 4 and 6), at creatures of comfort

list of sales

fall sale: coat and boots

jeffrey monteiro peacoat, $599 (size 4 and 6), at bird

frye paige riding boots, $150 'GOBBLE,' (sizes 6, 9, 10), at need supply

list of sales

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

a.p.c. graphic black and gold dress

i've been waiting patiently for this dress to be in stock after seeing it on jennifer's blog. but of course now i've turned into miss spendthrift as i hold out for the sales.

Black Friday Sales

Creatures of Comfort, 25% 'special25' until november 26, most fall and winter items
Domahoka, 30% now until november 30
Beklina, 25% 'grechenblack25' until november 30
Frances May, 20% 'thanks09' november 27, 12am to 12pm, PST, and then 15% november 28-29
Steven Alan, 30-60% off, fall sale
Zoe, 25% 'Grechen' until november 30, non-sale items only.
Dace, 30% 'GRECHEN26' until november 30
Barneys, 40% off, fall sale
Bird, 25%-40%, fall sale
Need Supply Co., additional 40% off sale items 'GOBBBLE'
A.P.C., free ground shipping, 'FREESHIP' until december 3
Le Train Bleu, 30%, 'cybermonday' november 30, december 1 and 2

check back for an updated list and more posts on favorite sale items!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

the trench

i wasn't able to go to the steven alan sample sale last week, but a dear friend ameliorated the situation with a heddy shirt (and a book of fiendishly good stories...and a cashmere sweater...did i mention how awesome she is?).

it seems a lot of people are feeling the trench love. hopefully the weather will be mild enough that i can wear mine to the sale since it's roomy enough for both me and leon.

Monday, November 23, 2009

stripes and florals

image from la garconne

image from stels

i saw this T by Alexander Wang striped top paired with a floral rachel comey skirt at stels last week and thought it would make such a lovely outfit for spring. or for 'resort' wear, if you're going anywhere warm this winter. the top is very sheer and lightweight, but drapes amazingly thanks to the rayon+linen. of course, i'm bundled up in wool socks and blankets, so this is merely an exercise in wishful thinking.

you can get the top ($98) for 40% off with 40GRECHEN09 until Nov. 30. all regular priced items at standard deviation are 40%, and sale items are 20% off (20GRECHEN09).

i, for one, am saving my pennies for the sale in less than three weeks. wiksten at 40% off? not to mention my inability to say no to mociun tees and dresses. new york sure has a way of parting me with my money.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

rachel comey rosebud print, pt. 2

i love this print. and now i love it even more in this dress.

writer's block dress, $587 at la garconne. the name alone speaks volumes of my current state of mind. sigh. please, please go on sale.

edit: also at zoe

Friday, November 06, 2009

winter's coming

oilily warm suit courtesy of the grandparents

are you ready? leon is.

we're flying back to cambridge on wednesday. i'm overwhelmed by deadlines (terribly important life-changing ones) and stuck with a serious case of the mean reds. plus, my diaper bag still hasn't arrived, and all i bought at south coast plaza was a truffle from godiva.

mean reds, yeah.

Friday, October 30, 2009

beklina and domahoka halloween sale

two of my favorite shops are offering 25% off to celebrate halloween.

rachel comey penpal boots in whiskey for $258 (only size 9 left, probably fits 8.5 best)

steven alan heddy shirt plaid ombre, $141 (size m, runs a little large, i would go with a s)

use 25boo at beklina site-wide
mociun sun moon earrings (the turquoise adds a gorgeous pop of color)

virginia johnson wool shawls (i love the bulldog print in charcoal)

leon (fully recovered from the swine flu) wishes you a happy and safe halloween!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

the un-diaper bag + revised shopping list for fall

so i ordered this not rational hansel diaper bag.

i was considering a tote bag from dwell studio, but i really wanted more outside pockets. kate spade also has a cute tote bag with handy outside pockets, but the price tag is a bit too high for just nylon--plus, i don't think it attaches to strollers.

i still think that this market tote would make an excellent diaper bag. not only is it the cheapest, but you could definitely use it afterward.

i'm not really a bag person, but i wanted to get myself something nice. i've noticed that since leon arrived, i've had a hard time buying myself things. it's like 3 for him, 1 for me...

i am, however, keeping an eye out for the jeffrey monteiro peacoat. so far, i've seen it at metier, bird, and totokaelo (whoops, looks like it sold out). perhaps we should keep a running list of stockists?

my revised shopping list:
mociun dress in sticks and stones print
apc petit standards
rachel comey familiar metal dress in moss green (available at stels)
steven alan gathered sweater in oatmeal and burnt orange

of course, if i happen to be at the steven alan outpost, i'm sure i'll throw caution to the wind and buy as many button-down shirts as will fit me.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

shopping in the oc

it's in the 80s here in south orange county, so i can't wear my No. 6 boots. leon's been sick with a nasty cold, and yesterday i came down with a 24 hour stomach bug. so, we haven't done much exploring, but hopefully next week will be more promising. i'm on the hunt for a diaper bag that doesn't look too babyish.

unfortunately shopping in the oc is less than exciting. i bought this plaid top at anthropologie, for lack of anywhere else to buy at the irvine spectrum. i did, however, find a shop, laguna supply, in downtown laguna beach. it carries steven alan and etoile isabel marant. i didn't try anything on because my mom was scandalized by the prices. maybe next week leon and i will make a quick visit there.

we'll be back in cambridge in about three weeks, and then it's off to nyc to visit friends!

Monday, October 12, 2009

autumn in california

yes, more stripes.

leon and i are off to southern california for a few weeks starting thursday. i have to give a paper at a conference in oakland, and then more research and writing in orange county. by the time we return, all the leaves will have fallen. we're hoping to go apple picking on wednesday since this will likely be our last fall in new england.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

shoes that work (no. 6 clog boots)

i'm so happy with my new no. 6 boots. i'm glad i went with the dark brown, it's dark enough to go with everything in my closet. the 40s seem to fit perfectly, although only time will tell. so far, i think this has been my most successful shoe purchase in since my frye paige riding boots.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

creatures of comfort--no.6 boots on sale

creatures of comfort is having a 15% off sale on all shoes, sweaters and jackets.

if you like the black or tan no. 6 ankle boots, they have a few sizes left for $293. mine haven't arrived yet, hopefully tomorrow. i ordered a 40, which they recommended for a size 8.5 shoe.

the 40s in black are already gone! i am crossing my fingers that mine arrive tomorrow, the weather is perfect for them.

Friday, October 02, 2009

happy friday

we love october! i'm dressed head to toe in knits and couldn't be happier.

i hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. we're off to bar harbor and acadia for two nights on sunday.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

no. 6 clog boots

image from supernice
i can't find a photo of the short boots in fudge, so here's the tall boot version.

as much as i love the rachel comey short penpal boots (especially in navy), i'm pretty sure my feet would thank me to abstain.

matthew kindly reminded me that the quoddy tracker boots wouldn't work with the winters here, especially the salt on the sidewalks.

so i ordered these no.6 short boots in a dark brown. they're supposedly weather-proof, and i'm hoping they're comfortable. the shopgirl was super sweet and helpful. they're being made right now and should arrive by friday.

i still want the quoddys, but i should give my bank account time to recover.