Things I bought, things I want

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The lovely Joy DaRos, who owns the Sullivan Street boutique JDR and Company—which is ground zero for all things Il Bisonte (and more)—gave me a gift card a while back, and it’s been burning a hole in my pocket. It took me a while to decide on a bag because so many of them are so good, but I finally went for this fabulous saddlebag in such a good blue. It’s just big enough for all the essentials, and the interior has three separate compartments, which is handy.

As I’ve mentioned here before, I’ve got a bad knee—torn meniscus, it turns out; surgery is imminent—and all I feel like wearing anywhere are sneakers. But most of mine don’t give me the height I crave. Most platform sneakers look too cartoonish and clunky to me, but these Vans come off reasonably proportional.

Have I shown you this Lee jumpsuit before? I honestly can’t recall. But it’s a good one, right?

And I like the hue—would we call it a dusty rose?—of this jumpsuit.

Cos calls this a  leather overshirt—which is like just a jacket, right?—and I think it’s nicely minimal and well-priced for what it is.

Surely I don’t need another puffer, but I might need this sherpa puffer from Madewell.

I’m also a fan of this Barbour puffer with great faux fur details.

I don’t typically love a high-neck sweater, but the high-V here is really quite good, and so is the moss brown color.

An oversized button down, the likes of which I’ve been living in these days, with light blue stripes.

I’ve got a silk V-neck top from Maria Cornejo that I wear endlessly, and which is definitely worse for wear. I’m thinking of replacing it with this crepe top, which is 100% polyester, but looks reasonably soft and breathable.

A cute half-zip pullover for throwing on whenever. And cheers to Madewell for continuing to employ models who weren’t born yesterday.

The frayed hem on and length of this denim skirt are both exactly perfect

 

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    Linda Kerr
    21 Jan 2021
    11:48am

    Bought the skirt! Just the thing with brightly colored leggings and boots or sneakers.

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    Jeanne
    19 Jan 2021
    2:47pm

    So sorry on the knee surgery. Those are tough ones to deal with. Can you come back with a report on how easy the front snap works on your new purse? It’s a gorgeous color.

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      Kim France
      19 Jan 2021
      7:34pm

      It’s not a snap but a buckle, and it’s pretty easy to maneuver.

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        Joy
        20 Jan 2021
        1:03pm

        Surprise! It’s a buckle on the outside, but underneath the buckle is an easy-to-open snap! No buckling (or unbuckling) required! (Just to be sure 😘, Joy)

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          Joy
          20 Jan 2021
          1:13pm

          … oops! I meant a snap *above* the buckle 🤪 (The point being is that it’s easy to open/close.)

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    Kate
    19 Jan 2021
    3:24pm

    Kim, that bag is dreamy. Best wishes with your pending surgery/recovery — please remember that your GOACA readers are patient and rooting for you.

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    Eloise
    19 Jan 2021
    7:11am

    Sorry to hear about the upcoming surgery- hope all goes well and that your knee heels quickly! That bag looks divine and I quelled the early rumblings of a debate about the dusty rose jumpsuit by convincing myself the placement of the buttoned back pockets would make sitting down uncomfortable.

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      Eloise
      19 Jan 2021
      10:33am

      Update: I un-convinced myself and ordered the jumpsuit.

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        Mamavalveeta03
        19 Jan 2021
        1:11pm

        Lol! Convinced – 7:11am. Unconvinced – 10:33am.

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          Eloise
          19 Jan 2021
          1:29pm

          What can I say? I’m very much a Libra and tiring of leggings but unwilling to revert to jeans quite yet (if ever).

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    y.k.
    19 Jan 2021
    7:45am

    i love the bag- don’t see enough blue leather!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    19 Jan 2021
    1:14pm

    It’s a shirt! It’s a jacket! It’s a SHACKET!!! I’m hoping that all goes well with your knee surgery, Kim!

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    Viajera
    19 Jan 2021
    12:10pm

    Good luck with the surgery!! … …. Also that is a cute sherpa puffer.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    19 Jan 2021
    11:04am

    I agree with y.k. about blue leather. Meanwhile, I hope your surgery goes as smoothly as possible. As someone with a fair amount of caregiving experience, I can say, don’t hesitate to ask your caregivers for help (something that be challenging for people to do). Asking for help will make them feel a)good knowing that they can do something useful for you in the situation and b)honored with the knowledge that you trust them.

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    tamara
    19 Jan 2021
    9:48am

    wishing you the best for an “easy” surgery (i’ve had 4 knee surgeries, so i don’t use that word lightly)…if you’ve never had one, i will say that the most humbling aspects (for me there were 2): 1. stepping into your underpants is an issue; and, 2. The bathroom is a challenge. The toilet and the shower. Best if you’ve got a friend around for the first couple of days for both of those situations. Try to keep your sense of humor and if you want any real, get through the day survivor tips, reach out to me on IG or my email. I came up with lots of good tricks but won’t bore the rest of your readers with them here.

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      Heather
      20 Jan 2021
      8:14am

      This may be TMI, but I use — and LOVE — a device called the Pstyle when I’m hiking and backpacking. It would be great for this issue as well. Stand and pee!

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    cw
    19 Jan 2021
    9:40am

    I highly recommend acupuncture pre and post op. It helps with anxiety, swelling, blood flow and speeds the healing. Sending you loads of good thoughts. Also, terrific list of “want and bought!” Jumpsuits are looking very desirable to me right about now since I’m basically hunkering down so it doesn’t matter if I have to half undress to pee.

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    Nancy
    19 Jan 2021
    8:31am

    Good Morning – I have also had a torn miniscus and the surgery was fairly easy with good results. Good thoughts you have the same experience.

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    Sheila
    19 Jan 2021
    8:31am

    You know it’s a good round up when you click through on several items! Just wanted to wish you good luck with your surgery!

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    Kim F
    19 Jan 2021
    1:59pm

    As someone who had surgery for a torn meniscus (6+ years ago) if I had to do it again now, I’d look into stem cell therapy for repair. Surgery is so invasive and if it can be avoided, avoid it.

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