Things I bought, things I want

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I’m in the mood for easy summer pieces that don’t require a lot of thought or effort, and this crisp pima cotton wrap skirt from Vince, which I pulled the trigger on yesterday, checks those boxes.

I guess I’ve got wrap skirts on the brain, because I’m also thinking about going for this denim number from the U.K.- based line M.I.H jeans. It’s also nicely marked down.

My mother, who is 82 and will not wear a shoe unless it is comfortable, swears by the brand Mephisto, and lately I’ve been wanting comfort in my footwear as well, but haven’t seen anything from that brand that particularly appealed.  These sandals, however, are very cute in a retroish way, and while they come in a lot of colors, I think the navy is nice and unexpected, but still versatile.

A Detacher is a brand I’ve worn since the Lucky days, and I’m sad to say this coming season is its last: designer Mona Kowalska is moving on to greener pastures. So I’m thinking I might have to buy this skirt, because I’m sentimental like that and the print is just unstoppable.

That A Detacher skirt is from Beklina, an indie e-boutique located in La Selva Beach, California, that produces a fantastic in-house line of footwear that includes some of the best clogs ever, and they always sell out fast. This  ribbed clog just went up on the site for pre-order, and even though the last thing my closet needs is more clogs, I’m quite tempted.

I see in the comments that a few of you are requesting a post on graphic tees, and I will get on that. In the meantime,  I think this is pretty cute.

I really want to look good in a jumpsuit, but they are just so tricky (and also often pricey). But I saw this one on my friend Andrea’s blog I Want To Be Her the other day, and I think it looks highly wearable, and the price is manageable as well.

Ever since Universal Standard started selling clothes in my size, I’ve been thinking about buying this chic draped dress, which reminds me so much of something you’d see from Maria Cornejo.

Such a cute polo shirt from purveyors of all things striped Kule, and I love the pop of brightness at the sleeves.

I know better than to buy a white blazer. Experience has taught me that it will take no time at all for me to destroy it. But this cotton and linen specimen from Vince is just so perfect. I saw it in their Soho store the other day and can’t stop thinking about it.

And finally: Alexa Chung has done a collaboration with Barbour, and the results are adorable, if pricey. I’m especially enamored of this orange popover rain jacket.

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    ARay
    20 Jun 2019
    12:31pm

    Ko-inkydink but just this am I ordered the open toe ribbed Beklina clogs. Finally got the email that my size was back in stock and I didn’t hesitate. They look so pretty. I had sent back the No.6 old schools I purchased late spring, just didn’t work for me, so the black clog position in my closet has yet to be filled. The Beklina’s have a glowing resume- hope we have chemistry (winky face, fingers crossed)

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    Joannawnyc
    20 Jun 2019
    11:11am

    I have a slightly different version of that Universal Standard dress and it is indeed very nice!

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      Anne
      20 Jun 2019
      12:26pm

      I have the Geneva in two different fabrications and it does not disappoint in either one.

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      Susanna
      21 Jun 2019
      9:19am

      Regarding the Geneva dress: On the site, it looks as though it is quite long. Is this the case? All of the models seem to be 5’ 7” and it comes to mid-calf on them. I’m 5” 3” and am worried it would practically graze the floor on me.

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      Kirstjen
      20 Jun 2019
      4:23pm

      Same here. I wish they would make a long sleeve one!

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    Julie
    20 Jun 2019
    11:18am

    Another vote in favor of the Mephisto sandals. I am a teacher and I can stand/walk in these comfortably all day long. They are also very adjustable in that the “buckles” are cleverly disguised velcro fasteners. My sister, who has a REALLY tough time finding shoes narrow enough for her foot, can wear these easily.

    As for the Beklina clogs….I have a pair in the Clay color on my wishlist. They are gorgeous!

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    Maryse
    20 Jun 2019
    11:28am

    I love that Barbour poncho thing. It’s too bad it only goes up to a US size 12.

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    Kathryn
    20 Jun 2019
    9:53am

    I’m going for the black wrap skirt, and honestly, the whole outfit as it’s styled there just begs to be worn walking around NYC in the summer heat looking completely unaffected and chic. (And if, say, one was dressed that way and ran into you and Andrea in front of 6397, the outfit might inspire you to be a lot more chill and a fair bit less fangirl. 🙂 )

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      Mary
      20 Jun 2019
      10:05am

      I think I need a trip to New York just to go to the 6397 store! There’s not nearly enough of it up here.

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      Kim France
      20 Jun 2019
      10:33am

      You were perfectly adorable when we ran into you, Kathryn, and you made our collective day!

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        Kathryn
        24 Jun 2019
        11:17am

        When the 6397 owner asked me how I was, I said “AMAZING! I JUST MET KIM AND ANDREA!” She immediately got to showing me your favorites in the store. 🙂

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    Mary
    20 Jun 2019
    10:03am

    I’ve yet to find a jumpsuit that looks good on me but when it appeared on Andrea’s blog, I too thought it looked promising!

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    Nancy
    20 Jun 2019
    10:07am

    I can vouch for the Mephisto sandals, which I own in the black/gold colorway (love that bit of bling) and wore all over Manhattan when I was there a few weeks ago. As for jumpsuits, the “Fleetwith” style from Patagonia (!) gets rave reviews, and I may just have to try it. It’s at Nordstrom as well as at Patagonia stores and online.

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    Mary
    20 Jun 2019
    10:37am

    Those clogs also look very “me.”

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    c.w.
    20 Jun 2019
    8:51am

    I do have a pair of Mephisto sandals that I bought maybe eight years ago and have kept because they are, indeed, so comfortable even though these days I rarely wear them. That Vince wrap skirt looks pretty perfect. If I wore jumpsuits that black one would be in my closet!

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    Heather
    20 Jun 2019
    9:39am

    Oooohhhh I love that Mih skirt…

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    Susanna
    21 Jun 2019
    7:37pm

    On me it would hit at knee length or below…one of the few perks of being a shorter person.

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    moi
    21 Jun 2019
    8:36am

    I used to scoff at jumpsuits. Then several years ago for the heck of it I tried on a black silk Catherine Malandrino and it fit so well and was so versatile (great alternative to a dress for going out), I was sold. Been looking for one to wear during the day ever since. Have ordered and sent sooooo many back. Recently pulled the trigger on this one by Modern Citizen (https://www.moderncitizen.com/collections/jumpsuits/products/mara-tie-front-jumpsuit-black) and it fits perfectly and is so easy to wear. And the price is great.

    Also: polos. Haven’t worn one since Junior High, but for some reason I recently bought two Ralph Laurens, one in black, one in navy, on sale at Dillard’s and have been wearing the heck out of them with jeans and clogs.

    Go figure.

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    Ellie
    20 Jun 2019
    8:12pm

    I, who am 42 and am increasingly disinclined to wear a shoe unless it is comfortable, also swear by Mephistos. A new pair of Helens is my annual harbinger of summer

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    Mamavalveeta03
    20 Jun 2019
    4:08pm

    My observations:
    1)Damn! That black wrap skirt by Vince is SO good!
    2)Now we’re talkin’ elevation I can get into. The sandals are kind of like if Birkies and Cobbie Cuddlers had a baby. Lol 😉
    3)Clog people all seem to be very passionate (Read:Obsessed) with clogs.
    4)I saw that jumpsuit on IWTBH, but isn’t Michael Stars a junior cut? Translation:Case of camel toe.
    5)That Alexa Chung jacket is adorable.
    *Kim, I’m looking for a great oversized cotton shirtdress, a-line, roll-up sleeves, not a million dollars. Idea for a post?

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      Susanna
      21 Jun 2019
      9:21am

      I’ve had my eye on this shirtdress: https://www.cosstores.com/en_usd/women/dresses/product.casual-a-line-pocket-dress-charcoal.0729474001.html

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        Mamavalveeta03
        21 Jun 2019
        2:08pm

        Yes! A-line, for sure. (But longer) I’ve been searching all over the worldwide web ever since Jennifer Alfano posted one the other day. Such a perfect summer piece!

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      Y.k.
      20 Jun 2019
      11:04pm

      Yes i love that idea – a shirtdress, a-line, not a million $ !

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    Jennyg
    20 Jun 2019
    12:42pm

    Love the ribbed clogs! Clogs are everywhere…Just watched Shrill and Forever. Amazing clogs on both main actresses.

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    Kathi
    20 Jun 2019
    2:42pm

    Instead of Birks, I have a pair of Mephisto Helena sandals and wear them all summer long. And I was just looking at the Mephisto sandals pictured above at my local store yesterday! Didn’t pull the trigger as I couldn’t spare the money at this time but I am keeping them on my radar. While I don’t have the Universal Standard dress, I did find something similar online at Nordstrom (Treasure & Bond) this spring. It is so wearable, flattering and flexible in dressing up/down. As I don’t see a trip to NY in the future, I think that if I somehow ran into Kim & Andrea I would faint from fan girl excitement!!

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    JB
    21 Jun 2019
    7:18am

    Immediately ordered the Vince skirt…hope it suits me as it looks so versatile and great for summer.

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