Things I bought, things I want

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Over the holidays, I stopped in at the Of A Kind pop-up shop, because: 1. It was right in my neighborhood and 2. I like to be supportive of people I like, and Of a Kind was co-founded by Erica Cerulo, who I worked with at Lucky. Like the Of a Kind site—which specializes in unearthing cool pieces by indie designers—the shop was full of extra-tempting items, and I bought this alpaca-blend sweater without even entering the dressing room, on the strength of how extra-soft and lightweight it was, and how much I liked that blue (it also comes in a very soft pink). So I had no way of knowing until the first time I wore it out of the house how preternaturally warm it is for a sweater of its weight, but it really is. Also, it’s also marked hugely down at the moment.

I love my blue Nili Lotan Tel Aviv jeans—they’re pretty much the perfect slouchy trouser jean—and have been searching for a black pair (they’ve been discontinued) for ages, and finally found them—marked way, way down, over at Barneys Warehouse (they have the blue ones too, BTW, also for cheap but not in quite so many sizes).

 

The next item isn’t something I purchased, but rather something that was gifted to me, by my ever-thoughtful mom, after I complained of insomnia: one of those weighted blankets everyone seems to be raving about. It didn’t 100% cure my sleeplessness—alas, nothing totally has—but it really helps, and I’m amazed that something so heavy isn’t suffocatingly hot, but it’s really not. Just super-cozy and somehow relaxing.

I’m seriously considering pulling the trigger on these green jeans—the hue is a fun departure from the usual blue or black, and comes off almost like a neutral.

I’d wear this embroidered top now with a long-sleeved tee or turtleneck underneath, and later on when it gets warmer all on its own.

The striped faux fur jacket is so fun and graphic.

I did a really stupid thing the other day, and spilled boiling hot water on top of my right foot while I was making pasta, which resulted in what I’m pretty certain is a second-degree burn. It hurt like a mother, and still hurts if I try to wear anything other than sneakers, which is problematic on two counts. One, because it’s pretty chilly around here these days, and sneakers aren’t the warmest, and two, because most sneakers don’t give you any height, and I crave height. So I’m considering these,which are toasty and faux fur lined, and which have a hidden wedge heel.

I also like these—which aren’t quite sneakers but look comfortable—and they have treads, which would be better when it snows.

I’m really digging silk tops at the moment because they’re so thin and therefore easy to layer under sweaters, which comes in handy when it’s Arctic out, and this one is very nearly perfect, what with its deep V-neck and nice clean lines.

And finally: this glittery pink cosmetics case is kind of a kick.

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23 Thoughts on Things I bought, things I want
    marjorie
    23 Jan 2019
    4:30pm

    your poor foot! heal well. xo

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    Donna
    23 Jan 2019
    1:48pm

    Love, love, love that Of A Kind gives the actual garment measurement. Really helps in choosing a size. Unfortunately the Mateo sweater is sold out! I really wanted that sweater in blush. Didn’t need but sure wanted!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    22 Jan 2019
    9:59pm

    Amazing deal on the Nili Lotan jeans! If I wore a tiny size, I’d go for them in a heartbeat! I have been searching for a weighted blanket that doesn’t cost an arm & a leg, and this one is reasonably priced. They really help with anxiety, too, which is preferable to klonopin.PLEASE get the burn checked out. Infection is a real possibility. (Says EMT hubby)

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    gt
    22 Jan 2019
    10:40pm

    AG jeans look great, except it makes weird noise around my butt.

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    Maryse
    22 Jan 2019
    11:33am

    Alpaca is known for being warmer and lighter than wool. And I do like those sneaker boots. I’m on a no shopping kick though unfortunately. Too much stuff. Take care of that foot!

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    Kathi
    22 Jan 2019
    11:58am

    Love the blue sweater, it is the perfect hue. Agree that the green jeans can be treated as a neutral. I have a pair of darker green jeans that I have been wearing since fall, they brighten up my outfits on the dreary days. I also like the high waisted jeans, so slammin stylish. Be careful with that burn 😘

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    LG
    22 Jan 2019
    12:23pm

    Ooh, OUCH re: your foot burn! I hope it heals quickly and is less painful very soon…burns are really rough.

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    Abrah
    22 Jan 2019
    12:34pm

    The blue on that sweater is spectacular!!!

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    kimbersam
    22 Jan 2019
    1:02pm

    Burns are completely yucky. I have a few on my hands from cookie baking that are taking a while to heal. Has anyone else noticed the further we advance toward ‘a certain age’ the slower we heal?

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    Sara
    22 Jan 2019
    2:57pm

    Hope the foot is on the mend soon! I love the green jeans SO much, have been intrigued by the weighted blanket as I have insomnia as well. I worry that I’ll end up feeling claustrophobic under the weight.

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    suz
    22 Jan 2019
    2:59pm

    I really don’t like being allergic to wool/Alpaca at times like this – that sweater is a beaut.

    As for the burn – get some burn gel – Alocane Maximum Strength Emergency Burn Gel. It has the highest concentration of lidocaine available and is basically what they have on hand at coffee places that care about their employees. Was a barista way back in the day and once had most of an urn of hot coffee dump on my arm. Which really really hurt. This saved me.

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      suz
      22 Jan 2019
      3:04pm

      It won’t scar but will be ouchy for a while till it heals because of where it is. Most kitchens/coffee places have strict rules about shoes because of this happening, so don’t worry. Professionals do the same thing.

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    Sharona
    22 Jan 2019
    3:57pm

    If you’ve got blistering from the burn, get to your doctor or a clinic and get a Silvadene prescription. It’s worth the copays and the hassle.

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    Jana
    22 Jan 2019
    9:28am

    Kim, how do those Nili Lotan jeans run? Did you need to size up to get a good slouch?

    I’m a little afraid of those back pockets, but I may pull the trigger…

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      Mary
      22 Jan 2019
      9:32am

      I’m about to pull the trigger on the jeans too and wish I could try them on!

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      Kim France
      22 Jan 2019
      9:37am

      Jana, the Nili Lotan jeans run pretty true to size.

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        Rachel
        23 Jan 2019
        8:58am

        Sorry, another question about fit. Would you say TTS means loose fitting (as in the photo in your post) or more body hugging (a la the Barney’s webpage photo)? Thanks!

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        Jana
        22 Jan 2019
        9:39am

        Thanks, Kim….Take care of that foot! xo

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    Mimi
    22 Jan 2019
    10:37am

    My sympathies, Kim. I did the same thing making a pasta dish for a crowd on Superbowl Sunday a few years ago. I was only wearing socks when the boiling water sloshed onto my foot on the way to the kitchen sink. Unbelievably painful! I did go to the doctor and I wasn’t able to wear normal shoes or boots for at least two weeks. I lived in Uggs. The burn did ultimately heal and didn’t scar. So be patient and gentle with it.
    Re today’s post – forget the Shopbop silk shirt. What made my heart beat faster was the high waisted jeans it’s shown with. Wouldn’t ya know it? They’re $600!

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    y.k.
    22 Jan 2019
    7:24am

    I have a pair of PAIGE jeans in a green that looks very much like that AG pair – I’ve been wearing mine all winter, it feels so much fresher than black or grey. and I can’t even click that cosmetics case because I don’t need another and glittery pink is so up my alley.
    Sorry to hear about that boiling water mishap! sounds so painful!!

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    Christina
    22 Jan 2019
    8:41am

    I love those grey trouser jeans and other similar styles but the length always befuddles me. I can never figure out what shoes to wear with them – boots never seem like quite the right height and it’s too cold to wear them the way they’re styled. Perhaps they’re not a silhouette that works on very tall folks (too cropped)?

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    c.w.
    22 Jan 2019
    9:15am

    Forgive me for sounding like a mom, but DO have your foot burn checked out. Burns can seem very innocent. Ordering the blue sweater even though we are (at this time) having super mild winter. The color is too good to pass up! I’d suggest the second Gentle Souls pair of boots as they look…more soothing and i also prefer a black sole with black shoes. very tempted to try the weighted blanket––is it a dog fur magnet? And forgive ant typing mistakes––i managed to cut both my thumb and my index finger on my left hand (super small cuts, but super annoying!) rendering those two digits useless! Oy and Egad!

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    Melissa
    12 Feb 2019
    7:13pm

    I bought the Nili Lotan jeans in my usual size but they were too big. I found them for a lot less on The RealReal and I really love them. They are so comfortable and different from the usual jeans I always wear.

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