Sometimes you just need to sit around in your $600 satin PJ pants and ultra-luxe cashmere sweater and eat popcorn. Sometimes you would like to do this during the day, as is my desire right this second. Can I get a little more satin-bepantsed Olivia Pope style in my life, please? THANKS, UNIVERSE.

1. Carine Gilson Silk-Satin Pajama Pants

2. See by Chloe Picture Frame Keychain

3. Gorjana Aria Ring Set

4. Mother of Pearl iPhone 5 Case

5. Cristinaeffe Collection Cardigan

6. Herbivore Botanicals Lip Butter

7. Popcorn!

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1. Aiden Modern Vintage Turquoise Ring / 2. Jennie Kwon Black Equilibrium Cuff Ring / 3. Jules Smith Zoe Bracelet / 4. Sorel Caribou Boots / 5. Tuareg Fleece Jacket + Scarf / 6. Zara Funnel Collar Dress / 7. Madewell Linen Baseball Tee / 8. Benjo's Cousin Traci Boot Laces / 9. She Makes Hats Simple Slouch Hat / 10. Emerson Fry Trainer / 11. Joe's Jeans Rolled Skinny Ankle / 12. Kowtown Seattle Black Pant / 13. Eyefly Abbey Road / 14. By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Care / 15. Deborah Lippmann Dark Side of the Moon / 16. Leonor Greyl Eclat Naturel Styling Cream / 17. Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish / 18. Madewell Western Jean Shirt  / 19. H&M Knee Socks  / 20. CloudberryFactory Knitted Wool Socks

 

And now, presenting this year's Fall Uniform. It's a little different than the Elegant Cowgirl of past seasons. I'm going a little more monochromatic, a little more edgy, a little more... COLD. I'm really into the slouchy-pantsed, layered look that's happening. Also: short dresses, tights, wool socks, and boots. Because now I live in Canadia.


Vince Paper Leather Scuba Jacket

I am also yearning for a leather jacket. Here is my money-is-no-object pick. If you are my rich uncle, please get in touch. I'd also take this one. It's on "sale."

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Below, please enjoy this list of things I've been reading before, during, and since moving. It's a haphazard list, but a good one.

1. Nate Berkus: The Things That Matter. When I was packing to move to DC, I really could only take what would fit in my (small, sedan-like) car, so I really had to think about the things that mattered. Like clothes. And all of the textiles. And this one wire chair that was NOT staying in Monroe if it killed me. (It nearly killed me.) Seriously, though, our homes do tell our stories, and mine says, "You might be a crazy person."

2. Kathryn Casey: Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder. I listened to this book -- my first audiobook ever -- for hours during the two-day drive, and it made the time pass so much more quickly. Bonus: MURDER!

3. Washingtonian Magazine. This month's copy of Washingtonian was waiting when I arrived in DC, and is it not the perfect issue for me? Best local shops, AND a sandwich guide? I mean to tell you.

4. Alethea Harampolis, Jill Rizzo: The Flower Recipe Book. I've wanted this forever. It's gorgeous and easy and now I am a professional.

5. Bryan Batt: Big, Easy Style: Creating Rooms You Love to Live In. You may remember Bryan Batt from such roles as Sal on Mad Men, but you may not know that he owns an adorable shop on Magazine in NOLA called Hazelnut. He also wrote this book, which features tons of New Orleans homes and is one of my new favorites.

6. Marya Hornbacher: Waiting: A Nonbeliever's Higher Power. If you are a part of any twelve-step group and can't get into the higher power thing, I recommend. High(er)ly.

7. John Nelson: License to Cheat: The Hypocrisy of Nevada Gaming Regulation and the Exploitation of the Federal Courts. I've known the man who wrote this book since I was a little girl; his lovely wife wrote me the sweetest note recently about my coming out post, and revealed that John had written a book detailing his journey into gambling addiction and the casinos who take advantage of that. 

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Hello, gentlemen of the Internet! I am back with another helpful roundup of basic staples for your wardrobe. Last time we talked about OUTERWEAR. Today we are going to look at some basic tees and shirts you should have in your wardrobe. As ever, these can be mixed and matched with all of the other basics we've discussed thus far. A button-up with a hoodie and/or denim jacket? YES. A striped tee with a classic tailored blazer? SIGN ME UP. 

1. James Perse White Crewneck Jersey T-shirt / 2. G Star CL Hugh Striped Crew / 3. Gant Varsity Cardigan Sweater / 4. J. Crew Selvedge Chambray Utility Shirt / 5. Shipley & Halmos Stripe Polo / 6. Steven Alan Reverse Seam Shirt / 7. J. Crew Merino Half-zip Sweater / 8. Yohji Yamamoto Sailor Striped Henley / 9. J. Crew Cashmere V-neck Sweater

Now, obviously, you don't have to have ALL of these. But a nice solid tee, a button-up shirt, and a half-zip sweater will take you everywhere, in my book. You could get by really well with just those three items. However, I cannot think of a hotter thing than a nicely-fitted striped polo. And that chambray work shirt is a classic, and looks good with everything, so if you don't want to be classically amazingly dressed, you should skip it. (What I am saying is, buy it now.) Also, a loose-fitting striped henley? CAN YOU GO WRONG WITH THAT? I ask you.

Next time we will talk about bottoms -- pants, jeans, shorts, and the like. In the meantime, take yourself shopping for these items. You deserve it! And the world deserves to see you dressed so well.

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J. Crew Fatigue Jacket / J. Crew Denim Jacket / Penfield Stapleton Vest / American Giant Hoodie / J. Crew Ludlow Sportcoat / Lands' End Chambray Shirt

A while back, my delightful friend Erik asked me to do a roundup especially for guys, since he is interested in looking good, but is somewhat sartorially challenged. So naturally, it took me three months to get to it. I'm going to post several roundups regarding dudes and what I like to see on them, so pay attention, guys who read this site. Yes, all three of you.

First up: Outerwear! I find if you have just a couple of these essentials, you can mix, match, dress them up or down, wear them together or alone, or any which way but loose. My personal fave is the high-low mix of chambray shirt or denim jacket + sport coat. Is that what they call them these days? Is the word "blazer"? I am eighty-seven years old.

Anyway: Enjoy! More to come soon. And, Erik: You are welcome and I take payment in the form of Bulleit bourbon. THANKS.

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1. Nicole from Making It Lovely was our surprise guest at Chicago Mini Camp! This sequence of photos is my favorite thing ever: Nicole is all sweetly explaining something, and I am over there looking like a fool. Anyway, Nicole was a delight as always, and answered many Chicago-related questions, and others besides. 

There's a great guide on Nicole's site about what to wear to Alt. She clearly included all those dotted items just to torment me; I mentioned during my Camp Mighty talk that I was totally over dots (even though I still wear them, because I am nothing if not contradictory), and Nicole teased me relentlessly about it in Chicago. I will never live it down. Death to the dot!

PS, the above photos were taken by Helen (known to campers as Janky G.), who wrote a sweet recap post about camp.

And now, let's do some Christmas shopping, shall we?

 

2. Speaking of campers, one of my NYC girls just opened an adorable shop called Hattan Home. She has some real cute stuff, and I am certain she is sending me one of those Harry Allen piggy banks as a Christmas gift. Go, Lindsay!

3. Emily's Clementine Store has some awesome stuff for the holidays, and she is putting together the best gift guides, all of which items are available in her shop. Emily is yet ANOTHER camper, and I obviously have the best job in the world to be able to connect with all of these good people.

4. Surely you know of the great Jamie Meares, yes? She is running a Christmas sale at her shop called 12 Days of Furbish, and I suggest you get yourself over there so you don't miss any hot Furbish action. Also, she has a really good Christmas mix on Spotify. Quit being so awesome, Jamie. THANKS.

5. In Louisiana-related news, please enjoy this story about former LSU basketball player Stanley Roberts' quest for a college diploma. I'm sorry about the crying you're about to do.

6. Y'all enjoy your weekends! I'm going to maybe finally do some holiday decorating, and get ready for a super-quick last-minute trip on Monday. Be sweet, and don't get into the eggnog while I'm gone.

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1. Ice Pearl Studs 2. Ban.do Sparkle Headband 3. Lulu Frost For J. Crew Necklace 4. Madewell Sequin Shorts 5. Madewell Sequin Drawstring Pants 6. Madewell Sequin Lightbox Dress 7, 8, 9. Confetti System for West Elm ornaments

Please enjoy these sparkly items for your holiday styling. Those ornaments will even be good for non-Christmas-related decorating, right? Also, as indicated above, I need y'all's opinion on something: I want to get just one of those Madewell sequin items for the holidays. What do you think? I am leaning towards the pants, because they are different and kind of casual, and I already have a black sequin dress, although it is a little different than the Madewell one. So, what say you? Are the pants too crazy...uh, pants?

PS. Doesn't that Madewell model totally look like Kristen Bell?

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