While I love Catbird as much as the next girl, I love investing my life savings into their breed of delicate "baby jewelry" (as my friend Marina might say) a bit less. SO, I was pleased as punch to discover Moorea Seal, an online boutique of cheap and cheerful, yet design-centric goodies, including decorative accessories and jewelry.
Lo and behold, their ring assortment in particular is quite sweet, and for the price of a single ring at Catbird, you could likely create your very own signature stack.
Here's what I'd pile on:
There's been mucho discussion for the past two seasons on special sweatshirts, but realistically, I feel a little too casual when wearing even a terribly special sweatshirt to the office or out on the weekends. The slightly special SWEATER, on the other hand - in particular, the special sweaters from Heartloom - solve this fashion dilemma quite nicely.
My favorite of Heartloom's easy, mildly bohemian sweaters is the Adeline (black or "doe"), which boasts an intricately detailed mesh inset panel on the chest, making what would be just a normal black sweater a bit more interesting and a lot more sexy.
Heartloom's sweaters range in price from $136 - $298.
Truth be told, I generally categorize pedicures more as maintenance than pampering. But one chilly night last week, after a visit to TriBeCa's Sweet Lily Spa, I was forced to concede to a change of heart.
Shabby chic and cozy beyond belief, Sweet Lily is the kind of spa that you visit and hope to never leave. Chairs are deep and comfortable, wine is served (cheers to that!), reading material is plentiful and Zoya polish options abound. That night, I indulged in their new Vanilla Latte Pedicure (60 minutes, $74), comprised of a hot coffee soak, vanilla coffee bean salt scrub and an extended massage with vanilla cream. If it sounds delicious, that's because it IS delicious - though thankfully calorie-free. If you're in the mood for a treat (and why wouldn't you be, you hedonist, you!), book an appointment at 212-925-5441.
I've spent a ton of time thinking, lately, about shopping strategy. I always CLAIM to buy only things I love or things I need, and prefer the best quality I can afford...but do I always live it? My shopping mantras were put to the test when I popped into H&M a month or so ago. There, I spied the Paris collection, and within it, this entirely amazing, entirely impractical faux fur jacket.
If memory serves, this jacket retailed at $59.90 (read: CHEAP!), and being faux, I'd generally eschew as I tend to think that faux fur makes people look like stuffed animals (sorry, everyone). BUT, the pull of this jacket was strong. I had visions of Kate Moss running through my head as I imaginary styled it with skinny jeans, a powerful stiletto and perhaps a classic fedora, like this one from Eugenia Kim.
So, despite the fact that this jacket was clearly not a NEED, nor of the best quality (in fact, it shed all over me yesterday), I'm glad I gave into a fashion whim and pulled the trigger.
Other H&M faux fur jackets online here.
Perfectly Parisian and pedigreed like WHOA (her mama is Jane Birkin), Lou Doillon is high on my list of girl crushes. So, obviously, I abandoned a Powerpoint deck mid-slide this afternoon to cruise on over to the ELLE.com preview of her interview in the November issue in the magazine. A choice quote from Lou:
“My role models are Patti Smith, Nina Simone, and Fiona Apple—the girls who have the balls to say they’re girls. In a modern world where a majority of women say, ‘I don’t need you, I’ve got my money, I’ve got my stuff, ’ I say, I desperately need men. My whole album is a tribute to men. It takes a man in me to tell you that I’m on my knees for men.”
The November issue of ELLE hits newsstands October 21.