Taking requests: Not-unattractive items for the kitchen

This challenge comes from my sister-in-law Shirim, who is redoing her kitchen and wonders why most standard items for that room are so ugly. She is not wrong; this was a challenging post to put together. But because I love Shirim, I forged ahead, and bring you, for starters, this very chic bread bin.

I like this utensil holder so much I might have to order it.

Nothing like a classic Wesco trash can.

Shirim specifically asked for me to find a good-looking toaster oven, but I am not convinced such a thing exists. Also, toaster ovens never toast to my satisfaction, so I’m going old school on this one.

I mostly like this paper towel holder because it pretty much disappears.

Shirim is having a vexing time finding a dish rack that isn’t too awful to look at, and I have to say, this was the single toughest item to find. This one from Williams-Sonoma wins, mostly because it is less ugly than most, and is compact, which is good for your average New York apartment.

It wasn’t that easy to find a good-looking coffee maker either, but I did like the look of this one.

Shirim wanted an automatic coffee maker, but my choice for most stylish coffee maker of all time is this timeless drip version from Chemex.

It’s the big Shopbop fall sale, everyone

I love when Shopbop has these sales, because you get a nice markdown on items that otherwise might not ever get discounted. The deal is this: you get 20% off all orders under $200 and 25% off all orders over $500. I’m considering going for this jacket, which has such a good shape and a most excellent leopard print.

I love a grey suede boot, and this one has such a good semi-pointy toe.

R13 jeans are my jam, but I always wait for these sales to buy them cause they’re pricey. I own this pair and wear it endlessly.

If you’re at all interested in buying a pair of leather jeans, this sale is definitely something to take advantage of. I swear by my Frames.

Various sweatshirts I’m liking right now


Sweatshirts are good for lounging, of course, but I like them layered under coats and jackets for a casual-chic kind of a look. (It’s a look I overdid about a decade ago, but I’m feeling ready to re-embrace it.) I love this, with Zoe Karssen’s trademark bat.

Here’s one I actually own. It reminds me of prep school—not always a good thing—but in a nice way.

The message that never gets old.

The side-zipper here is just aces.

And of course I’m all over this because it’s blue and black, a combination I love.

This reminds me of the Agnes B snap cardigans that were so big in the 80s.

A camo choce, but of course.

This is actually a dress if you can believe it, but I like the idea of wearing it with leather leggings.

And finally, a splurgy choice from Comme des Garcons that I have wanted for years but can’t quite bring myself to spring for.

Here’s your playlist, ladies

This playlist has no overarching theme whatsoever and musically, it’s quite all over the place. The only way to listen to it is on shuffle. This was fun, so if enough of you enjoy it, I’ll make another.

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