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. 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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Introducing my new favorite place on Etsy: inkkit.

Inkkit has gift wrap, ribbon, stickers, tape, tags, glitter, sequins, baker's twine, tape, and basically everything else you need to wrap the cutest presents in the land.

I have got to have some of that gold sequin ribbon. I would like to bedeck my entire house, and possibly myself, with it.

The shop also does custom colors, patterns, and the like -- I sent a little note with what I wanted for DC Camp, and they put together an adorable "Inspire Me" gift pack for my campers that included gift tags, glitter stickers, and one of those awesome twig pencils, among other things. So awesome. Look:

I'm about to place a big order for the holidays, and I may or may not go over budget, so if your gift is an empty box festooned with sequins, glitter, and stickers, I apologize in advance.

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In honor of our Saints' win this week (whew!), a black and gold roundup for you to enjoy on this fine Wednesday. I actually own that pencil sharpener, and it is THE BEST pencil sharpener on earth. Trust.

 

1. Ebony Ring Duo by Sophie Monet. 2. Gold Dot Tights by Kate Spade. 3. Triangles Wallpaper by Lisa Congdon. 4. Nars Eyeshadow in Silent Night. 5. Pencil Sharpener by Carl International. 6. Black/Gold Baker's Twine by Knot & Bow.

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I created this outfit mainly so I could tell y'all that Uniqlo now has an online shop. I was just at the actual store last week, and they didn't have that black vest in my size, but guess what? I can order it now. And so can you!

It is very, very cold in our drafty old house, so I am all ready for turtlenecks and hats, and down vests in my size. PS, I have a version of those Madewell oxfords, and they are still going strong after over two years. A worthy investment, I'd say.

Thanks for all the good ideas and well-wishes over the weekend. I am feeling tons better, and can almost turn my head all the way to the left. Heh.

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