Saturday 20th January 2018
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Taking requests: The home office

celine desk—DWR

I work at my kitchen table, sitting on one of my not-especially-ergonomic dining chairs, and the fact that a few of you wrote in wanting a post on items for the home office just made me start thinking again about how I must at last clean out my extra bedroom (which currently functions as a storage facility) and turn it into a real place to work at home. If I ever do accomplish such a thing, I’d love a desk just like this one.

west elm desk

Here’s a cheaper option I also like.

loring writing desk target

And here’s one that’s cheaper still.

aeron chair

When I last worked in an office, I had an Aeron chair, and I just might splurge on one if my home office dream ever becomes a reality—they really are quite comfortable, for office chairs.

west elm office chair

But I also quite like this cheaper choice.

target desk chair

And this one too.

desk lamp

The poppy yellow of this desk lamp is just so good.


We had Vitra’s Uten.silo hanging storage unit in my house growing up, and I have wanted my own version for ages. So timeless.

power strip

This power strip is so much more attractive than what I currently have.

pencil cup

I like a few bright accents in an office, which is why I’m a fan of this vivid orange pencil cup.

lacroix sticky notes

These neon Christian Lacroix sticky notes are by no means necessary, but still quite fabulous.

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This magnetic tower is a cool way to store paper clips.

leather folder

And this leather manila folder just seems like it would come in very handy, and is so chic.

flip clock

I love the idea of an old-school flip clock—so delightfully analog.

small tray

A small tray for your whatnots that comes in a vast variety of colors.





Universal Standard is making workout clothes

power move tee—Universal Standard

The line is called Game by Universal Standard, and it is, as you might imagine, really good. I think this tee is the cuteness.

naked armor bodysuit—Universal Standard

And this bodysuit is pretty great too.

I am actually serious about fanny packs

rachel comey fanny pack

Or Belt Bags, as they’re referring to fanny packs these days. I love the fact that this once-totally-dorky accessory is enjoying a big style moment, and am very tempted to try it, because it seems like it would be really handy for dog walking. I also like the way they look worn as crossbody bags (I am informed by a super-cool friend that this look is a bit overly trendy, but I still like it).  This crocheted version by Rachel Comey is number one on my list.

rebecca minkoff fanny pack

A cool camo print from Rebecca Minkoff.

kara fanny pack

This pink shearling number is just sort of fluffy and fun.

Matt & Nat fanny pack

Here is a vegan option, for those of you who require such things.

opening ceremony fanny pack

This one is on the bigger side, so I’d probably wear it slung across my shoulder as opposed to around my waist.

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I love the notion of a monogrammed belt bag from Clare V.

herschel fanny pack

A quite utilitarian, very well-priced option from Herschel.

Rag & Bone fanny pack

This is on the smaller side, and I like the look of the leather zipper pulls.

Things I bought, things I want: winter doldrums edition

nili lotan tel aviv jeans

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions—they’re just a recipe for disappointment—but I have made a decision to continue to shop significantly less this year, and so far I’ve been pretty good. Still, these Nili Lotan jeans were too good a deal to pass up, if still not especially cheap.

veronica beard scarf

There is a very good sale going on right now at Veronica Beard—you can get one of their excellent Dickey blazers for less than $200, which is a pretty steep markdown. I think I’m definitely going for this silk and cashmere camo-print scarf, although I haven’t pulled the trigger just yet.
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There’s a good sale at Clare V too; that’s where I saw this rather excellent shearling foldover clutch nicely marked down. If you’re a fan of a bright, poppy handbag, do check out that sale.

equipment slim signature blouse

Just a really, really good leopard print silk shirt which would look great with one of the V-neck sweaters I posted yesterday.

needle & thread hoodie

There are two splurgy hoodies I’m most likely not going to buy in this post today, and the first one is this cutie with embroidery. It might be a little on the crazy side, but I like that about it.

amuse society weekender

I don’t need another weekender, but if I did, I’d definitely buy this one.

water filter

I drink a ton of water, which I order in cases from Fresh Direct, and the wastefulness of that is starting to get to me (I do recycle, but still). So I’m thinking it would be a good idea to join the 21st century and get a water filter, and this one is just so simple and lovely.

sacai hoodie

Another hoodie, this one the platonic ideal of  a hoodie: it’s just so damn polished and elegant even.

madewell track trousers

And finally: These velvet track trousers look perfect for lounging around at home.


The black sweater: 15 takes on a classic

nili lotan sweaterThere are few items as timeless and forever useful as a black sweater, and although I am making some effort to wear color close to my face, I don’t think I’ll ever quite give them up. They’re just too figure-flattering and easy. This is a splurgy cashmere option from Nili Lotan: I think the buttons at the shoulder are really chic.

vince sweater

Just a nice, heavy V-neck with ribbing that isn’t too tight, as ribbing so often is.

gia cardigan

A lightweight cashmere cardigan is such a good layering piece, and I like them slightly oversized (here is one that looks pretty good too, and is cheaper).

universal standard cape

This cape  sweater from Universal Standard is so good I wish it came in straight sizes, as I do so many pieces from Universal Standard. I heard a rumor that they are planning to do a capsule collection of straight sizes, but it’s totally unconfirm-able.

trouve sweaterI like how forgivingly cut this V-neck is—very good for camouflaging stomach junk.

other stories turtleneck

The side slits on this chunky turtleneck are a nice touch.

sundry sweater
 Bowie-esque lightning bolt is fun and graphic.

other stories mohair

This is made from a mohair blend, so it’s nice and fluffy.

eileen fisher sweater

There are subtle sequins on this Eileen Fisher option, which would look as nice with jeans as it would more dressed up.

halogen cardigan

A round-neck cardigan can skew a bit girly for my taste, but they’re really good with dresses.

brochu walker sweater

I’m afraid that this is only available in limited sizes, but it’s so graceful and sculptural (and comfortable-looking) that I had to include it.

free people sweater

Here is a really excellent big huggy choice.

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The lace detail here is so pretty, and even a little sexy.

topshop sweater

I like the slit detail at the arms here, and the price is quite nice.

Another big old V-neck suitable for the coldest of days.


Here is a post on black pieces under $100 that I wrote a while back.


Week of requests: On living alone

The #1 weapon in the fight against loneliness

“This may be completely off the mark, but as someone who is recently divorced and living alone at 43, I would love to see a `Best things about living alone’ sort of thing, writes a reader named Jenn. I find this not at all off the mark, Jenn, and imagine you are not alone in the GOACA community. I’ve been on my own since I left my marriage in 2004, which is by now a long time ago. And I don’t give much thought to the fact that I live alone because I am just so busy doing it. And yet sometimes I feel triply marginalized in this culture—I am single, childless, and nearing my mid-50s, and often this makes me feel badly out of step with my friends and even, in certain ways, my family.  But dwelling on that will get a person absolutely nowhere, so I try to focus on the things I like about going through life uncoupled. Like the fact that I can do whatever I choose when I choose to do it, and I never have to cook if I don’t want to. I find that one key to being on your own is to always be open to new friendships, something we naturally just stop doing once we reach a certain age. But, like Jenn, I’m very curious to know: those of you who are single, please share your favorite things about your current life in the comments (and to those of you who are coupled: what do you most miss about being on your own?)