Everything I didn’t buy this week

It was a big week for not shopping around here, but not for lack of temptation. To wit: I have been jonesing hard for this Zero+Maria Cornejo skirt, which has such a cool print and is rather magically flattering as well.

And this splurgetastic Rick Owens hoodie is pretty enchanting too.

Just a really good short-sleeved button down; the contrasting stripes on the sleeve are a nice touch.

The zebra print on this Isabel Marant bomber is so chic, but is also subtle enough that you could be wearing another print with it and not look nuts. I really, really want this.

And here is another skirt I feel would be really flattering. It’s flouncier than I usually go for, but not in an overwhelming way.

A cute peasant top with a touch of subtle metallic threading, which is always fun.

Yes, these striped jeans are a little crazy, but they’d look amazing with an oversize white tee or, later on, a big black sweater. I’d very much like to possess the nerve to wear them.

The pinstripes on this graceful asymmetrical top are pleasantly unexpected.

I love an irregular dot print, and you don’t find good ones all that often, which is why I am so enchanted by this Anine Bing blouse.

And finally, the floral quilting on this wee rolling suitcase is really appealing.

Taking requests: Packing for safari

“In October, I’m going to Kenya on safari, staying for ten days in luxe tent camps,” writes a reader named Anna. “All good (excellent, actually). However I’m utterly confused about what to wear. One is discouraged from wearing blue or black by day (the colors attract nasty flies) and from wearing camo anything. So, by day, literally safari-colored clothing (khaki, stone, white, army green) and by night, dressy-but-not-too-dressy for safari tent drinks and dinners (black and blue allowed). I’m thinking feminine and safari sexy (just a little bit).” Glad to take up the challenge, Anna, and can I say that I am intensely jealous? Also, because my main packing rule is to choose a limited color palette, this request is right up my alley. I love the idea of being limited to this particular set of hues, and would go heavy on the khaki, starting with this excellent utility shirt from J. Crew.

These Vince shorts come in khaki too, but are so damn crisp in the white.

I’d bring a few white T-shirts, one of which might be James Perse’s Casual Tee, because it’s got such a good, deep scoopneck. But I like this V-neck from Everlane too, if you’re interested in a cheaper (as in $15 a pop) option.

These espadrilles would be nice for lounging about Base Camp.

This sneaker is not on the list of recommended colors (or maybe it qualifies as stone?), but I feel like it would work, and also go with everything.

A pair of khaki chinos with a nice, relaxed cut seem essential for a trip like this.

Temperatures in Kenya in October are generally hot, but it can cool off in the mornings and evenings, so a nice Chan Luu scarf in army green makes sense.

For evening, I’d pack a light dress in a T-shirt material. If I was feeling splurgy, though, I’d go for one of Maria Cornejo’s silk jersey dresses because they are so pretty, and eminently packable.

This dress feels slightly Out of Africa in a slouchy, updated way, which I dig.

And finally: a hat is essential, and this one is packable. And here is one with a wider brim, if that’s what you’re after.



Top 5 of the week: cosmetic bags

I don’t have a big trip planned for any time soon, but I’m always looking for cute cosmetic bags, and this Liberty print is new (to me) and very much to my liking.

This Longchamp bag comes in a lot of colors, but I like this elegant navy.

The moon and stars here are quite charming.

I’m always a sucker for a good geometric print.

And finally: I’m certain this waxed canvas number from L.L. Bean is meant for the guys, but if I were going on a serious trip, I’d choose it, because it folds out and hangs, and has multitudinous compartments for all your various stuff.

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