Tuesday, August 31, 2010

carven toggle coat

in spite of my vast collection of coats, i am still missing the crucial toggle coat. i nearly bought a black watch plaid one from chimala last year when it was marked down to $300 at bird, but i waited too long. i'm intrigued by the shape of this carven coat. the front doesn't really correspond to the back, and i can't tell if i like that or not. i almost feel as if the cocoon shape should be consistent throughout, although the box pleat would make it comfortable for bicycling.

found at la garconne (and much too expensive for me).

classes start on thursday. it feels strange to be teaching again after a 1.5 year hiatus.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

turtle, found.

distraught and heartbroken all weekend, i decided to take a bowl of food outside tonight and shake it around while calling for turtle. i had read online that after dusk is best when looking for your cat. right before i went outside, i felt compelled to check the basement one last time. with a flashlight in one hand, and food in the other, i whispered 'turtle' over and over again. i heard a faint meow and rounded the corner of the U-shaped basement, searching for the source. she meowed again, and i saw her peering at me from atop a brick wall that stopped a foot short of the ceiling. it extended through 3 storage units, all of them locked, one of them mine. she was in someone else's unit, so i ran upstairs and knocked on his door. thankfully he was there, and he unlocked the unit in order to get turtle. she ran away from him and toward my unit. i went back upstairs for the key and for matthew's help. he was then able to clamber up a few boxes and fetch her down.

a bowl of food and water and one unhappy bath later, turtle is busy licking herself clean. i cannot believe our luck. thanks for sending all those good thoughts our way.

leon is going to be so happy when he sees her tomorrow.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

turtle is missing

we are beside ourselves with worry.

Friday, August 20, 2010

makie fall

i think it's the slanted front pockets that make me love this dress. a long chunky cardigan or knit vest, perhaps, and bookts, of course. normally i don't wear black, but i love the plaid on this dress.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

rachel comey fall

saw this rachel comey dealer top on frances may's blog the other day. the print and bands of grey create such an interesting optical effect, but the little details are what get me every time. in this case, the pleats in the back.

arnold arboretum

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

yet another striped shirt

yes, i know, striped shirts are ubiquitous nowadays. but i'm really fond of half-sleeves like this wood wood top.

i also think the slightly over-sized fit of this toast breton top is lovely. it's hard to tell if it would hang so perfectly on me, though! there's always saint james, too.
regarding trousers: any recommendations? something with a more fitted ankle, not too tight, not too baggy.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


pour porter's recent post about archetypal style started me thinking about my own attempts to pare down the wardrobe. i'm going to be teaching in the fall, and a part of me knows this is my only opportunity to bring out my pretty frocks and skirts. but i'm hoping to give these special pieces room to breathe by interspersing them with my uniform. button down shirt, not-too-skinny trousers, and moccasins/boots.

slightly obsessed with the teeny eton collar on baron wells' shirts. now if only jcrew's pants fit me well, i would be set for fall.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

more ace & jig

i couldn't stop thinking about how soft and lovely the ace & jig fabric was. of course stel's and bows+arrows both sold out of the dress and tank in my size (medium) by the time i was ready to commit. i called steven alan tribeca this morning. no luck. and then i checked penelope's shop online, and there it was. they have the tank in yellow, white, and blue, too. i went with the navy version because it's august and i'm gearing up for autumn. i'm hoping to pair it with tights, boots, and a parka this winter. i may just have to get the tank, too. there's still at least five more weeks of warm weather...

Friday, August 06, 2010

sale at kick pleat

kick pleat is having a 70% off sale on all sale and spring merchandise starting today until the 8th.

anna called kick pleat, and apparently these dieppa restrepos aren't on sale. bummer.

if i were in brooklyn, i would go to stuart & wright's sale.

anyway, i'm going to stel's warehouse sale today (75% off).

Monday, August 02, 2010

a new home for my clogs::anna allen clothing

i was so happy to see my clogs on anna. i cannot wait for her next shop update because her sailor top is one of the nicest i've ever seen.