I bring you the Uniqlo-Marimekko collab

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I don’t think Uniqlo always nails their collaborations, but they have knocked it out of the park with the one that was just launched with Marimekko, and I’m interrupting my Thanksgiving break to bring it to you now because it is selling out fast. This puffer, for instance, is just insanely cute, and is already gone in many sizes, so hop to it if you’re interested.

This ultra-light down parka is pretty good too, and would look great layered under a coat.

This rather dear wool and cashmere sweater is almost entirely sold out, but maybe you’ll get lucky.

A really pleasingly graphic wool and cashmere hoodie.

This turtleneck is made with Uniqlo’s magical Heattech fabric, so it’d be nice and toasty.

I might go for this cotton tee myself, as it’s one of my favorite Marimekko prints.

This Heattech cap has a deeply winning color combination.

Same goes for this scarf.

Time to talk gratitude

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OK guys, I’m taking off for the holiday, which I will be enjoying at my brother’s place in Brooklyn. And because it has been proven that the more we focus on gratitude the happier we are, I thought I might—as I always do—ask you to tell me what you’re feeling grateful for (and what you’re doing for the holiday) and share what I am too. This year I’m feeling especially grateful for females who have kicked ass: Greta Thunberg, Fiona Hill, the American women’s soccer team, and the mighty RBG, who just keeps rolling along. And while we’re on the topic of righteous ladies, I’m also feeling grateful for for my mom, who, at 82, gets more done in a day than people half her age, and inspires me constantly. And the boyfriend, Seth, who makes me feel loved and safe and amuses the hell out of me on the regular. And my brothers, who are always there for me, and my friends, who are too, and the dogs, who just never quit. And all of you, of course, and the lively, funny, smart and supportive community you’ve built here. OK, now it’s your turn. See you back here bright and early Monday.

27 really good puffers

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A number of you have been after me to cover this category, sooner than later, so here you go. I often default to black when it comes to choosing a color for my puffer, but I very much like this oversized army green one from Acne Studios. I also like that you have the option to cinch the waist if you so choose.

That’s real shearling on the collar of this military-ish number, which is on the splurgy side but is also marked down.

I hear great things about Everlane’s sleeping bag puffer, and it looks cozy as all get-out.

A very Chanel-ish number that would be great for layering under a coat.

This very stylish and surprisingly cheap jacket was the best-selling item I featured on GOACA last year. Now they’ve made it in a really good red, and I’m not certain I can resist.

I’m kind of nuts for the fun colorblock on this one from Kule.

And this one looks very excellently like ski jackets people wore back in the 70s. I also like the combination of brown and powder blue.

I’m intrigued by Down Official, a brand-new direct-to-consumer outerwear brand, and this is their debut women’s jacket, which is purportedly super, super-warm, and has a removable faux fur hood and shell.

The collar on this Cos jacket is really smart, as is the silhouette.

Another Everlane option that looks like it would weather the elements handily.

This is based on J. Crew’s best-selling coat of all time, and it’s water-resistant, which is a big plus. It also rings in at under $150.

I like a faux fur-lined hood, but most of them look so fake. This one doesn’t however, and I dig the length too.

Here’s another well-priced option that comes in an enticing variety of colors.

This chic little specimen is from Herno and it’s not cheap, but I feel like you could get away with wearing it to pretty much the fanciest of parties.

The off-white hue here is exactly perfect, and I like that it’s slightly cropped too.

Uniqlo has a ton of good puffer options—they’re famous for it—but I’m partial to this one because it is both long and lightweight.

Why not a blue and black leopard print puffer? I also quite dig the leather trim.

This quilted number from Ganni is on the lightweight side, but I think it’s really classic (with a twist) and chic.

This one is packable, which is handy, and because it’s so lightweight it’d be excellent for layering.

I’m dying  for this faux-leather choice: it’s super-chic, and looks just like the real thing.

But I may want this denim puffer even more—it’s just so cool.

I like the retroish print on this corduroy option from Madewell.

The quilting on this one is slightly nuts, but I kind of love it. And I’m very much liking the bright, saturated blue too.

Here’s one that’ll be desperately warm—it’s The North Face, after all. And it’d be ideal for runners, I think, because it’s so cropped.

I like the tie-fastenings and off-kilter collar here.

The exterior of this funnel-neck coat is made of recycled nylon.

And finally: this Stella McCartney for Adidas puffer is sold out in some sizes, but I had to show it anyway, because I think the little details—like the big pockets and slightly off-to-the-side zipper—are really good.

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