I may need a new bag

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I’m always impressed by women who manage to switch out their bags every few days, or to match their outfits; it’s something to aspire to. My M.O. is more to buy a bag I love, carry it for months and months every single day, and then get sick to death of it and crave a new one bad. It’s like when you really like a song and play it so many times that finally you can’t bear to hear it anymore. That’s where I am right now, and I have to say, it feels like the pickings are slim. I believe I think this because I’m not crazy for any bag trend right now, and especially not what appears to be the biggest one of all: making them really, really tiny. But I did manage to find a handful I liked, including this delightful, loud orange one.

Or maybe what I really need is a backpack? This one is a pretty perfect size, and I like that it’s kind of handbag-ish-looking.

I know it’s not the most practical thing, but I do sort of desire a chain-strap bag, and this one from A.P.C. is so elegant.

This is a good laptop-friendly option, and the striped strap is fun.

This looks very chicly minimal and old Jil Sander to me.

I’m not especially looking for a tote, but this splurgy little number from Il Bisonte is such a fantastic and unexpected blue.

 

This nylon camera bag has got a very utilitarian, cool-girl appeal.

Cheap and chic of the week

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Just last week I was saying I don’t see the point of short-sleeved sweaters, and yet here is another one I think is really good, so I guess I’m going to have to revise my opinion. This ribbed polo from Everlane comes in a few colors (I like this poppy cobalt blue too) and is made of merino wool, so there’s a minimal itch factor. The fact that it’s got more buttons at the neckline than usual strikes me as very chic and a little French, as do the elbow-length sleeves.

Things I bought, things I want

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Kind of an eclectic mix for you today, starting with this cute 6397 linen caftan dress, which I’d coveted in the store. As soon as I saw it was on sale,  I pounced. It is the perfect thing to wear on a very hot day.

I know I just showed you a pair of trousers with a stripe down the side yesterday, but I’m really digging these too: they’re perfectly slouchy.

This woven leather tote will only get better with age.

This zebra-print jacket is rather bold and clever.

I really like the gold details on these classic Stan Smiths

This cool ribbon ear climber is such an attractive alternative to hoops.

 

The slinky material here gives this oversized dress a touch of polish.

And finally: I’m not certain I can survive without these leopard print pajama bottoms.

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I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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