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.

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    Imastounded
    27 Jul 2018
    1:54pm

    That hat reminds me of one l sewed in my teenage years, and loved. Very nice.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      29 Jul 2018
      10:37pm

      Memories…I did, too!

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    Michele Godwin
    27 Jul 2018
    4:00pm

    I’ve been thinking about buying a Maria Cornejo dress for a full year; I look at a picture of it online a few times a day. A high school teacher for the last 17 year, I’ve never been able to justify spending $$$ on clothes, even pieces I know I’m going to wear a million jillion times. But I quit teaching in June and I’m looking for my next Big Career! As soon as I get hired I’m so gonna buy one of her dresses. SO EXCITED! (I’m telling you this because you’re the one who turned me on to her stuff. Thank you!)

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    KHD
    27 Jul 2018
    9:59pm

    I saw your insta post on the ZMC top and was scouring the website to find it, only to realize you turned it around–so totally brilliant! I want to try it!

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    elizabeth
    27 Jul 2018
    10:02pm

    I bought that exact Xirena Avery top. I love it and have been wearing it with cut-offs almost every day. I just bought another in black.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      29 Jul 2018
      10:36pm

      Is it quite oversized? (That would be a good thing for me!) Love it!

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        Delia
        30 Jul 2018
        12:25am

        Personally, I find Xirena tops to run a size large. I usually have to size down or I’m swimming in them (but I’m a shorty, so). Also, they do not shrink! That is all! As you were!

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        elizabeth
        30 Jul 2018
        1:48am

        For context, I’m pretty petite, but have broad shoulders for my size, so I can range from a 2 to a 4 in fitted blazers. I got an xs, and it’s still nicely loose and slouchy. Not tight in the shoulders at all.

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          Mamavalveeta03
          31 Jul 2018
          6:13am

          Thanks, GOACA’s!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    29 Jul 2018
    10:35pm

    I love loose shirtdresses like the one you feature, but for me, it doesn’t have a “grown-up hemline.” 🙃
    I have found ones with similar styling but a longer hem (yet, more expensive…ah, the trade off…) at American Colors and James Perse.
    Xirena is fast becoming a new favorite of mine – I love the white gauze top!

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