Things I bought, things I want

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I’m actually a few weeks late posting this acquisition, a Clare V box bag that I bought for a party fancy enough that I didn’t want to carry my everyday bag, but at the same time not fancy fancy.  The top handle, however, was not the most me touch—a little girly—so I swapped it out for this cool crossbody strap and wear it that way. It kind of toughens it up a little, and I like the freedom from clutching a bag with wee straps.

I have been obsessing over finding the perfect black denim skirt lately. And while the one of my fantasies is a slightly more faded-out black, this one from Levi’s comes awfully close to being just right, because it gets a lot of other details correct, from the frayed hem (I know not all of you are fans of that, but I abide) to the subtle A-line shape.

And clearly I am having a black denim moment, because this Baggu tote also appeals. Looks like it’ll get even better as it’s beaten in a little too.

I know this cami from Anine Bing is a little on the crazy side, but I think it could be really cute peeking out from under an oversized cashmere cardigan. It’s also marked down currently (BTW, if you haven’t checked out Net a Porter’s sale yet, now might be the time, as discounts are getting steep).

And yes, in addition to having a black denim moment I’m also having an Anine Bing moment, because this dress has such a spot-on snake print, and the shape is so easy: like, you could wear a belt, but you don’t have to.

There was a time when I would have gone for these spendy little silk satin shorts, which would go a long way towards upping my lounging-about-at-home-in-the-summer sartorial game. But now, I just can’t bring myself to do it. Still, they’re pretty fabulous.

Another place I haven’t ventured yet are coveralls—I acquired some a while back, but wasn’t thrilled enough with them to share here—but I remain very intrigued. I’m not frankly sure I could pull off a coverall, but this one from Current/Elliott looks pretty great to me. There’s something about the shape of it that keeps things feminine.

And I’m also deeply digging this coverall from No. 6—it’s perfectly slouchy, but at the same time really crisp. It comes in a few colors, but if I went for it, I’d go for it in white (and hope for the best).

While I was on the Current/Elliott site, I found this perfect white tee, which also comes in this very good grey.

And because that tee wasn’t cheap, here’s a tee that’s a mere $25, and that I’m thinking of getting in white and this pretty faded pink. I really like the lower neckline, and the slightly longer sleeves.

I went out shopping with a bride-to-be friend the other day. She’s going to City Hall in July—just the two of them—and is wearing an off-white spaghetti-strap minidress (she is 30, and all leg, god love her). We were looking for footwear on this expedition, and after doing some preliminary online research determined that we needed to head to the Maryam Nasser Zadeh store on Norfolk Street, where the in-house brand of shoes is excellent but I do not understand the clothes (they’re very editorial, I guess, if that term still means anything).  Anyway, after poking through the racks a bit, my eye drifted to these awesome heels, which I would buy in an instant if only I had the lifestyle for them. My friend got them for her wedding ensemble, but in this also-very-pretty light lemony yellow.

Meanwhile, I’ve always thought this block heel sandal from Everlane was their attempt to do Maryam Nasser Zadeh, and they do get a lot right.

 

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    Mindy
    1 Jul 2019
    8:09am

    While the wash on that denim skirt is great, I always find those wide front slits to be dangerously too close to crotch exposure when sitting down. I’ve made that mistake a couple of times (yes, it’s taken me more than once to learn my lesson).

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      Christina
      1 Jul 2019
      5:42pm

      Same – I’ve had that exact experience and have learned to avoid skirts like these sadly. Kim, any tips on avoiding this issue? I used to turn the skirt a bit to the side when sitting, but it always felt a little uncomfortable.

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      Kate K.
      2 Jul 2019
      12:55am

      I agree. The second I looked at that (very cute!) skirt, I knew I wouldn’t be able to gracefully maneuver around that slit up the front.

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      Mae
      3 Jul 2019
      10:55am

      Doesn’t black underwear solve the problem? No “flash of white” when one sits…

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    Mary
    1 Jul 2019
    8:43am

    Loving the snake-skin dress. I have a heck of a time finding dresses! Don’t like sleeveless and definitely don’t like them tight (or too loose) so I’m really appreciating the fact this one doesn’t need a belt. The denim tote looks great and the fact it’s up to some abuse is nothing to sniff at.

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    Kimberly
    1 Jul 2019
    9:09am

    This week I bought a coverall just like that (in ivory); online from Gap of all places!
    I was ready to have to return it, but it’s really nice quality and fits me so great. I got a petite size, and there’s a tie to sinch the waist if you want. Sometimes Gap can really surprise with a gem amongst the blah

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      Mindy
      1 Jul 2019
      10:45am

      I have great respect for those who feel the confidence that they won’t come into physical contact with something that would taint a head to toe ivory/white look.

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        kimberly
        1 Jul 2019
        1:01pm

        Haha – I figure its washable. I wont be eating spaghetti in it though

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          Mindy
          2 Jul 2019
          6:54am

          If it were me, spaghetti would still find me. 🙂

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    therealblonde
    1 Jul 2019
    9:17am

    Are you me because I got that Clare V bag (though in the larger size, with a gold crossbody chain) and I got the Anine Bing camisole (though in red leopard) at the NAP sale.

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    Meg Davis
    1 Jul 2019
    11:57am

    This seems like a good time to say that I bought a green suede Clare V bag at your event in NYC last year (I think it was) and it was the most expensive bag I ever bought and I love it to death. It’s exactly right in texture, weight, hardware, size, everything. Total convert.

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    Kathi
    1 Jul 2019
    12:58pm

    Speaking of things things bought/want, did you see Everlane dropped two wonderful cotton dresses with grownup hemlines today??!!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    2 Jul 2019
    12:11am

    I’ve promised myself that if I get slim again (I’m down 15 lbs, but I’ve got a ways to go!), I will buy a jumpsuit. The No. 6 coveralls in red would be exactly the “Look at me!” kind of item to fit the bill.

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    Mae
    2 Jul 2019
    11:11am

    I went right to the Rag & Bone shoes shown with the Levi’s denim skirt…I’m weeeeeeak.

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