In which I share a random assortment of stuff I ran across this week

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I’m back in Manhattan after a really quite perfect week out in Sag Harbor, and—as much as I love it out there—there is something about summer in this stinky, dirty, steaming-hot city that I can’t help but adore. I’m always brought back to my earliest summers in the city this time of year, and how much I used to run around back then: to hear music in Central Park, or to Mets games, or the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. I always feel more connected to my younger self during this season, and to the sense of possibility I felt back then. It’s not always easy to access those feelings in grown-up life, so I’m grateful to summer for doing that for me. And with that, I conclude my little meditation, and direct your attention to this really quite cute striped hat.

I don’t know that I ever wrote about this shirtdress after I acquired it because it was already sold out in so many sizes, and I feel a little guilty writing about it now because there are even fewer sizes available (you might get lucky with their blue and white striped iteration, though). Traditional shirtdresses like this one never look right on me because I have hips, but this one flares out in a little A-line, which is quite magically flattering.

I went to the Maria Cornejo boutique on Bleecker the other day to try on this silk jersey dress, which I already own in black, and wear endlessly. I was thinking of the old if-you-like-it-buy-it-in-more-than-one-color rule, and was further motivated by the fact that Cornejo’s silk jersey dresses drape so beautifully and are perfect for travel because they pack down to nothing. Sadly, that glorious shade of orange looked all sorts of wrong on me, but if you’re the type of person who pull that off, you might want to give it some thought.

What I did buy: this top, which I agree looks like nothing special here. But click through and check out the rear view, and then imagine wearing it backward, which is what I plan to do. If you’re having a tough time picturing that, it looks like this.

I dig the subtle metallic threading on this Xirena shirt.

These cute military pants look a lot like a Nili Lotan pair that cost almost twice as much.

I haven’t liked anything designed by Marc Jacobs in a long time, but I do appreciate that his clothes are no longer stratospherically expensive. This dress isn’t cheap by any means, but it’s nowhere near as pricey as his stuff used to be, and I think it’s really cute: retroish without being costumey, which, as I always say, is the key.

I visited Universal Standard’s site the other day, and was so pleased to see all sorts of new stuff (do also check out their J. Crew collab, which is available in straight as well as extended sizes). I think this side-knotted top  is really lovely, and it comes in a very pretty green, too.

You’ve got to click through and zoom in on the print of this cool side button top, also from Universal Standard, because it’s pretty standout, and quite elegant.

And finally: Another Xirena top, this one in their wonderful light gauze.

Thursday links

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  • These images from 1972’s surrealist ball, thrown by Baroness Marie-Hélène de Rothschild and her husband Guy in their chateau outside of Paris are just amazing. (Dangerous Minds)
  • Boy, does this documentary sound juicy. (Vulture)
  • Check out these pictures of famous landmarks before they were finished. (Atlas Obscura)
  • A lovely remembrance of Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant critic who died last week. (New Yorker)
  • There will be a Deadwood movie. (A.V. Club)

 

Fashion challenge: chic, low-heeled sandals

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In truth, low-heeled sandals have been having a moment for a little while now, and I really want my eye to get used to them, because they make so much more practical sense than some of the shoes I clomp around town in. The queen of stylish lower-heeled shoes is Maryam Nasser Zadeh, and I found this excellent metallic sandal marked down on her site.

And this is Everlane trying—and pretty much succeeding—at doing Maryam Nasser Zadeh.

This braided number by Rachel Comey pops nicely in red, but comes in black too, for those of you looking for something slightly more versatile.

I don’t usually like brown shoes, but this tortoise sandal is really appealing.

These woven mules are so perfectly summery—I’d wear them with an all-white outfit.

I think that snakeskin functions as a neutral in much the same way metallics do: unexpectedly but brilliantly.

I get happy just looking at these rainbow-strapped Mansur Gavriel sandals.

I feel like my mother really peaked, style-wise, in the 70s, and this looks like something she would have worn then.

I could see myself walking all over creation in this pair: it just looks so damn comfortable.

The asymmetrical crisscross on these is so smart.

This would look so good with skinny black pants.

Famolares, guys!

This knotted slide could be dressed way up, but would also look pretty great with your most worn-in jeans.

This is Madewell but looks like old-school Helmut Lang.

Yes, I realize this is the third red shoe in this post. I’m having a red shoe moment.

At three inches, this is arguably not that low a heel, but I love the subtle metallic sheen.

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