Checking out the new arrivals at Shopbop

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The styling and much of the product on this site skew pretty young, but I am never challenged to find something suitably grown-up to want when I visit Shopbop. I think this crocheted Rachel Comey fanny pack is rather spiff, and would wear it cross-body instead of around my waist.

I showed you this  Xirena top in white a week or so ago, and at the time considered buying it, but I feel like I’m going to get more wear out of the black version, so that’s what’s in my shopping cart.

I just think this dress from Equipment is so elegant and crisp in a 1979 Vogue kind of a way; here it is in a gorgeous dark floral print.

Jumpsuits look awful on me always, but I never stop searching for one that will fit me just right, and I’m especially drawn to utility shapes like this one from ALC. The fact that it’s satin dresses it up a tiny bit.

A tote without a shoulder strap isn’t quite as practical, true, but it’s so much chicer.

I get a lot of queries from you guys as to whether overalls are appropriate for a GOACA, and my general answer is that if they make you happy, you should wear them. But I do think it’s best if they’re nice and clean-lined and not too  tricky or torn or distressed, like these from Frame.

A nice updated take on the hippie girl dress that would even—with a cardigan or shrunken jacket—be suitable for the office.

I’ll never tire of cork platforms, and these crisscoss-strap slides look pricier than they are to me.

I’m traveling to Portugal in a couple of weeks (and am very open to suggestions regarding where to visit, eat, and sleep, so please share) and am considering acquiring this body pouch to keep my valuables close to my person and out of my bottomless airplane bag.

 

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25 Thoughts on Checking out the new arrivals at Shopbop
    Kate Sullivan
    9 Apr 2019
    12:02pm

    Idk how long you’ll be in Portugal, but if you have time to get out of the cities for a couple of days, this is the best hotel situation I’ve seen in a long long time (and I’m a luxury travel agent, so I see quite a few): https://barrocal.pt/ – reasonably priced, amazing Susanna Kaufman spa, great food, etc.

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    Tammy
    3 Apr 2019
    8:17am

    When shopping in Lisbon, Freakloset is a must. Their shoes are to die for. Going to Freakloset requires walking up a hill, but it’s totally worth the trek.

    Will you stop in Porto at all? There’s a main market that is a must-go stop. The beach in Nazare is amazing.

    No matter where you go, be sure to eat seafood. It’s so fresh and simple and good!

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      Kim France
      3 Apr 2019
      8:56am

      Yes we are going to Porto too; thanks for the tip!

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    Tammy Madsen
    3 Apr 2019
    8:21am

    If you stop in Porto, do a food tour through Taste Porto Food Tours. Ask for Andre, who got serious screen time on an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s show in Porto.

    https://www.tasteporto.com/

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    Synnøva O'Gorman
    3 Apr 2019
    10:06am

    When I was in Portugal, my favourite place was down the southwest, called Odeceixe. There’s a U-shaped beach where the river meets the sea. You can swim in the salt water on one side and the fresh water on the other. Great vibe – as many guitar playing chilled out hipsters as families with kids having their Sunday swim. And a really nice eatery right there on the beach too. Down this part, all the towns are built in away from the coast (to save them from the Atlantic winds) but then they have a “Praia” about 2 kms away. Loved it.

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    Sherri
    3 Apr 2019
    10:40am

    Love the Rachel Comey fanny pack (oh my god, the pink one), the Xirena top and the Fjallraven pouch–you clearly had travel on your mind! Would love to see a post about really easy travel dresses for day (short sleeve, sleeveless, but not necessarily strappy sundresses which feel too beach to me). When I went to Italy last September (which was still HOT), many women were wearing simple, loose dresses to walk around Florence and Rome. It seems like women wear more skirts and dresses than shorts in European cities than in the states. At the very least, would love to see what you’re going to pack for Portugal!

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    Kirstjen
    4 Apr 2019
    5:05pm

    I went to Portugal a few years ago. If you get good weather, walk along the corniche from town to town. It sounds a lot more intense than it is. You can literally walk past 5 towns in about 2 hours, and there are lots of places to stop for ice cream, cocktails or something more substantial. If you need a break from the heat and sun, head to Sintra for an afternoon. It’s a nice side trip from Lisbon and it’s extremely green. And while in Lisbon, check out the Port Wine Institute if you want to try some port. You can try 100, 200, or even 300-year-old port, or do what I did, and try a couple different ones that were as old as me. I also had some of the best stinky cheese there I’ve ever eaten… There’s also quite a bit of really good street art there. Subways are cheap and very clean.

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    Elisa
    5 Apr 2019
    10:34pm

    Also, the Tile Museum in Lisbon was quite fantastic.

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    Heather
    6 Apr 2019
    5:31am

    I wrote a blog post about my visit to Lisbon last May: https://champagneminimalist.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/lisbon/

    If it’s tl;dr, my fave Lisbon restaurant was Palácio Chiado http://palaciochiado.pt/en/

    Have a wonderful time!

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    Maria Costa
    13 Apr 2019
    11:28am

    Oh cool! We bought a house in Tomar last year and are moving there on July 1st! Thanks NYC for 17 great years, but it’s time to wander. One of my favourite things in Lisbon is the old seed store SOARES & REBELO. I bought some fava beans in October, threw them into the ground and have a massive harvest ready to pick in a few weeks. Obviously not a regular tourist attraction, but cool to see such an old shop.

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    Elisa
    4 Apr 2019
    6:30pm

    In Lisbon, take a ride on the #28 streetcar. You will see the whole city and lots of things to go back to. Great if you have jet lag. Have fun!

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    Katherine Myers
    3 Apr 2019
    12:40pm

    We were in Lisbon at Christmas. Best restaurant was A Taberna da Rua das Flores. No reservations, you have to put your name on a list, but then you can head up to the square and have a drink at the kiosk and watch the buskers and the passersby. We took a walking tour with Humberto who we found on Airbnb. Doing that on the first day really helped us get our bearings and learn about the history of the country and the city. We went also drove south to the Algarve for a few days — breathtaking coast hike/walking. And we stopped over in the Azores for a few days on the way home as well. Spectacular hiking and Loved the hot baths at Terra Nostra Garden (but it was January so the air was cool and the warm water was great.

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    Kathi
    2 Apr 2019
    12:54pm

    The Floral Equipment dress is stunning. I also like cork platforms, have a couple of pairs I can’t wait to break out once it gets warmer.

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      Ilene Antelman
      2 Apr 2019
      8:21pm

      Lisbon!! First off it’s a great walking city, eating city, music city, etc., etc!

      Eating- Time Out Market, compact but terrific food choices
      (You must eat pastries! The Pastel de Nata is a national treasure)

      The Sardine Store- Conserveira de Lisboa (not far from Time Out Mkt)
      Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 34
      the graphics on the tins are fantastic & whats inside them is delicious

      Beautiful Linens–isabellaradesignempano -find them on instagram
      hand embroidered & other joys

      Henrique, a wonderful tour guide who’ll take you down the coast, day trip or more. I’ve sent several friends to him & all were immensely pleased.
      Lisbon Van Tours – Tours and Experiences around Lisbon

      And of course Fado- Tasca Do Chico
      R. do Diário de Notícias 39
      Small club. Sometimes the owner sings, others wait for their chance. Special place, gets crowded-well known spot- so arrive early, can’t recall if they take reservations, or hang around for folks to leave & scoot in!

      Whatever you do, you won’t be bored! Enjoy!!

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        Rebecca
        3 Apr 2019
        8:45am

        Dang… now I want to go to Portugal!

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    Tara
    2 Apr 2019
    2:59pm

    Lots of great finds here! Not sure where you’re staying but check out this recap from LookLingerLove–Chassity had some restaurants she really liked in Evora, a bit over an hour outside of Lisbon: http://www.looklingerlove.com/blog/decor/portugal-trip-recap/

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    EW
    2 Apr 2019
    5:30pm

    I *still have* my original Guess? jeans overalls from 1986!
    They are even a little baggy but kind of spot on for now. They have the peg legs and mixed grey and blue denim

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    y.k.
    2 Apr 2019
    10:06am

    Clare V. bags are always perfect.

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    Eloise
    2 Apr 2019
    10:39am

    Overalls usually make me cringe but for some reason I am drawn to this pair. Darn you, Kim !

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    Monique
    2 Apr 2019
    11:57am

    I too am going to Portugal, in May. Can you share the information you get? Thanks!

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    Mary
    2 Apr 2019
    12:35pm

    I’m cursing you as well, Kim – love the sleep des and the Xierna top!

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      Mary
      2 Apr 2019
      12:36pm

      Sorry for the auto correct – slides is what I’m interested in!

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    Susan Davis
    2 Apr 2019
    12:46pm

    My family and I had a stopover in Lisbon last year. We stayed in a chic hostel called Host Bell Portugal. Private room for 4 for $125 with a continental breakfast. There were college students and business travelers so this 50something GOACA felt chic. Check out Youtube videos from Wolters World for tips – very helpful. I wish I had gone to Porto and the National Tile museum – maybe next time. Our Tuk-Tuk (electric surrey) tour was worth it. 3 hours with a personal tour guide (he quit his job as an architect) to point out all the must-sees. Book in advance via Trip Advisor. Bom Dia!

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      Susan Davis
      2 Apr 2019
      12:47pm

      (Please post your favorite things from Portugal, Kim!)

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        Kim France
        3 Apr 2019
        9:20am

        I certainly shall!

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