Things I bought, things I want, back from break edition

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Hello, and welcome back to the Winter Term here at GOACA. I hope your holidays were lovely; mine were a combination of fun and cozy, with a tiny bit of high drama on New Year’s Eve, and I did manage to get in a touch of shopping, but just a touch: all I bought was  this cashmere snap cardigan in gray on markdown at Vince (where, sadly, it is now sold out online, but if you live near a Vince store I’d swing by and see if they’ve got one lying around).  I actually like this army green even better, and it’s a perfect, slightly cropped, length, and soft as the day is long.

This fleece popover from Anine Bing was gone in a flash earlier this fall (although they have it back in limited sizes right now) but I think it’s pretty snappy in the black, too, and well worth nabbing, though I myself have yet to pull the trigger. I like that it sort of looks like it could be Patagonia (yes, that is kind of a plus for me) only a bit chicer, and without the annoying Patagonia patch on the chest. If you’re at all tempted, act fast, as I feel certain it will sell out too.

I don’t quite have the quite right body type for this dress so it was easy enough to pass up, but the print is unstoppable.

A super well-priced striped sweater that could not be a whole lot more adorable.

And this striped sweater is not quite so cheap, but is indeed super-cool: zoom in and check out how fantastic the sleeve alone is.

And here’s a leather skirt that is pretty reasonable, as leather skirts go, and has a snappy—and an often (if not inevitably) flattering little A-line shape.

An updated take on the signet ring that would look fantastic in just about any stack I could dream up.

I already have a couple of webbed, D-ring belts like this one, but none of them are in red, let alone such a good rich red, and the pattern here is so modern and graphic too.

I’m light sensitive, so I wear sunglasses when it’s sunny or glare-y even in the winter (and am light sensitive enough  to not understand why everyone doesn’t) and when it’s really bright out, the bigger the sunglass the better. I think these are quite glam.

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    c.w.
    7 Jan 2019
    10:45am

    Missed GOCA and you, Kim!! Happy New Year!
    Love that snap cardigan. Also love that dress and it’s so not in my normal comfort zone!

    I do buy Patagonia because they give their employees the day off for voting and they gave the company’s tax break from trump as a donation to public lands. I do dislike “public” labels, but at least theirs is on the smaller size!

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    Viajera
    7 Jan 2019
    11:01am

    Happy New Year to Kim and all!!!

    The striped sweaters look very nice. I’m sorry I must disagree on the fleece – it does not look any better than any other fleece. (I have no issue with fleece myself to begin with.) I like her sunglasses though. Too big and wrong shape for me but you can tell someone actually paid attention to the design. (Is there an Annette? will go intergoogle.)

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      Viajera
      7 Jan 2019
      11:02am

      Oops, Anine.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        7 Jan 2019
        11:53pm

        Yes! She’s adorable and used to be a model.

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    gk2829
    7 Jan 2019
    11:19am

    Happy New Year. 🙂 In case people don’t know about this issue concerning the impact of microfiber on the oceans, here is a link. https://www.patagonia.com/blog/2017/02/an-update-on-microfiber-pollution/

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      Valleyoftheshoes
      7 Jan 2019
      12:46pm

      You could buy and use a Cora Ball, you throw if in your washing machine. It catches the microfiber shedding from your laundry water. Easy to use and helps prevent water pollution.

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        Jenny
        8 Jan 2019
        10:22am

        Great info, thank you so much.

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    AmyM
    7 Jan 2019
    1:04pm

    I have looked at that Madewell sweater so many times. But sweater season here is so short, it’s hard to justify having more than a few in rotation. It’s so darn cute, though!

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      Monique Streff
      7 Jan 2019
      7:30pm

      I bought that super-cute Madewell sweater this weekend at Nordstrom during a rejuvenating spree with my best friend Ann. It just made me happy and the fit was great!

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    Kathi
    7 Jan 2019
    12:50pm

    Happy New Year!! Love the snap cardigan, what a way to separate from the crowd. Also love the striped sweaters. Welcome back, Kim 😎

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    Kimbersam
    7 Jan 2019
    1:19pm

    That DRESS!!! My heart!!! I am built like a 14-year-old boy, so it is completely my jam!

    Happy Holidays and New Year to everyone!!! Let us tell 2019 to “be better” than 2018 🙂

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    Mary
    7 Jan 2019
    1:24pm

    Oh, that Vince cardigan has my name written all over it!

    Having said this, I sometimes struggle to find the right shirt to wear underneath cardigans. Is it me or do crew neck tees look a little off? Are V-necks preferable?

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      Mamavalveeta03
      7 Jan 2019
      11:57pm

      I don’t like a crew neck that sits too close – I feel like I look masculine in them. But other than that, a tee – v or crewneck – is great!

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        Mary
        8 Jan 2019
        6:32am

        Ok! Thank you so much. I like the look of a V too but struggling to find the perfect one.

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      Kim France
      8 Jan 2019
      7:53am

      I prefer a V-neck or a scoopneck.

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    Rae
    7 Jan 2019
    4:02pm

    LOVE that dress and I really appreciate that it’s not polyester

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    moi
    7 Jan 2019
    9:34pm

    I hear you on the sunglasses. Since I was born and raised in the Desert Southwest, I’ve been wearing them—grey skies or blue skies—since I was a kid. Can’t step outside even to get the paper without them. This totally confuzzled my German cousin when I visited her a few years ago. She says she and her country people only wear sunglasses when it’s very sunny out—only celebrities wear them otherwise. She pointed out that people were probably staring at me because they were trying to figure out if I was “somebody.” Yeah. I’m somebody, alright. Somebody who doesn’t want to blow out her eyeballs by the time she’s 60.

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      Sara
      8 Jan 2019
      2:38pm

      Ha! I’ve been a Californian for 14 years now and have become exactly the same way.

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    Rachel
    7 Jan 2019
    11:06pm

    I live in the real world and all. I understand the whole fashion world sizing thing but my visit to & Other Stories when I was visiting NYC was really dispiriting. Nothing over a size 12, and their size 12 was definitely not the size 12 I wear in other brands. So I offer my own Bronx cheer via Northern California.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    7 Jan 2019
    11:51pm

    Sounds like you had a hygge vacation. Haha! I’m with you on the light sensitivity thing. It drives me nuts that my husband and youngest daughter rarely wear sunglasses – I feel like the rays are burning their retinas as we speak!

    Chic Vince cardi!

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    Mary
    8 Jan 2019
    6:34am

    I also wear my sunglasses at the drop of a hat. I do get the odd look sometimes, as it’s practically dark, but the glare is annoying to me.

    Love sunglasses though! Wonderful accessory.

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    c.w.
    8 Jan 2019
    7:49am

    I meant to comment on the whole sunglasses/light sensitivity thing. My mother had macular degeneration. WEAR SUNGLASSES. She was told that many of her generation suffered from MD because they didn’t wear sunglasses. I also have extreme light sensitivity to the point that I wear very pale amber or blue lensed glasses in places with florescent lights––airports are mostly horrible for me, but malls as well which is why I avoid them as much as possible.

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