Jersey Strong!

Yesterday, to get out of the city for a little while and give myself a break from my raging allergies, I took the NJ Transit train out to Spring Lake, NJ to visit my awesome friend Kelly, who owns a lingerie store!

Outside Linger

Outside Linger

Linger is a super cute, super girlie store with a special section just for teens. Kelly and her sister Catherine opened it last year with the intent to make it a place where women could feel good about themselves. They don’t hang up sexy pictures of models wearing the lingerie (like Victoria’s Secret) because no one really wants to be comparing herself to Candice Swanpoel when trying on underwear. Kelly and Catherine are both the kind of totally down-to-earth, funny ladies who instantly make you feel upon meeting them like you can tell them anything, which is exactly why they’re the perfect women to run a lingerie shop.

Inside Linger: snuggly pajamas, cute underwear, big flowers and a shiny tin ceiling.

Inside Linger: snuggly pajamas, cute underwear, big flowers and a shiny tin ceiling.

They’re in the middle of building their online store, and I can’t wait for it to launch  because they have impeccable taste and their inventory is beautiful.

The waves crashing upon the store at Spring Lake... not a cloud in the sky!

The waves crashing upon the store at Spring Lake… not a cloud in the sky!

I was surprised to see that the boardwalk in Spring Lake was completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. The town’s been working really hard to clean the sand (it has to be completely sifted before people can walk on the clean areas because there was so much wreckage on the shore after the storm), as well as to rebuild. There’s a brand new clean stretch of boardwalk already constructed, which was heartwarming to see.  Anyone who reads my blog knows how much I love the beach, and Spring Lake is a beautiful little town full of Victorian  homes and mom & pop businesses. It’s one of my favorite places to go in the summer, and I’m looking forward to making the trip often this year as the season approaches.

The brand new boardwalk, and beautiful homes along the beach.

The brand new boardwalk, and beautiful homes along the beach.

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My very favorite sweaters with animals on them

Those of you who have read the blog for a long time may recall that it started as a preppy fashion blog, way before The Rock Star’s Daughter took off. Here are some super cute and super preppy sweaters featuring animals, which seem to be quite popular this fall!

I’m about to go take a walk around my neighborhood on Day #5 of Unexpected Sandy-cation from work. Please say a solemn prayer on my behalf that I don’t bankrupt myself at Urban Outfitters.

Polar bear flocked sweater by Pins & Needles at Urban Outfitters – $59 (also available in owl & tiger wearing bow-tie options)

Frenchie bulldog sweater from J. Crew – $98

This sweater has little cat face in the top left corner… It’s $108 at Lord & Taylor

Cheetah Sweater by MINKPINK – $89 at Piperlime

Color-blocked owl by Madewell at ShopBop.com for $88

 

Shark sweater by Sparkle & Fade at Urban Outfitters – $69

How much of a maniac would I look like in this outfit?

I am tempted, so tempted, to buy this cat print t-shirt and matching jeans by Irish knitwear superstar J. W. Anderson from his new collection at Topshop.com.

 

I know, I know. I’d look like a truly deranged psychopath. But maybe if I didn’t wear both items together at the same time? Sigh. I wish I could be a charming eccentric, like Vivienne Westwood. These are the kinds of things for which I browse online when suffering from totally uncool sinus infections during glorious September weather, when I’m feeling too sick to even write.

Also, this Everyday Bracelet shop on Gilt Group is going to be the expensive end of me. Check it out…

Who could resist???  It’s like a friendship bracelet from the fanciest friend you ever made.

 

Beach day!

Yesterday, I took advantage of this incredibly beautiful weather we’re having in New York and took the train to East Hampton to go shopping and hang out on the beach before the summer crowds swarm up there. My very ambitious plan (3 hours on the train in each direction) was somewhat thwarted by the complication of the beach really not quite being open yet for “business” — beaches officially open in Long Island after Memorial Day, who knew? While we were able to hang out on the sand, bathrooms weren’t open, so we focused a little more energy on shopping. Which, ya know, broke my heart (as if)!

So we began our big Hamptons adventure with a stroll through the local nursery & garden store. I had to fight the urge to buy a big potted plant because that would not have been so practical to carry with us on our mile-long walk to the beach, or on the train back to Brooklyn.

I really, really wanted these

Gorgeous African violets outside at Wittendale’s nursery

Then, we had a knock-your-socks-off breakfast at Babette’s, one of my favorite restaurants on the planet. Seriously, the bbq tofu at this restaurant make the train ride and cost of the train ride to the Hamptons worthwhile.

Then, cruising down Main Street toward the shore, check out some of these shopping finds:

I didn’t even go inside to check the price on this striped dress, because I knew I’d be in trouble if I went that far.

 

Pink tie-dyed Supergas from Italy? I love!

Other shopping gems in East Hampton include an Elie Tahari store that is so beautiful on the inside that I would sort of like to turn it into my dream house, a Calypso St. Barth (who used to make a violet perfume that was my favorite, favorite scent ever), Obligato – a super funky boutique, and a Ralph Lauren flagship store that is so overwhelmingly designed and immersive that I fear if I ever enter it, I may never leave.

A short walk past a ton of immaculately landscaped estates later, we were finally at the beach!

…And, then we realized the bathrooms were still locked up for winter. Shucks!! So, we returned to Starbucks after a little nap on the sand. Did you know that you can get a crazy sunburn even when the sun is setting, even when it’s kind of cold out? I’m the living proof.

Now, back to the daily grind!

Let’s go shopping in Brooklyn

I generally tend to do most of my window shopping in the early morning hours while dog walking, which is a good things because stores are not yet open, and I can’t spend money! Check out this super cute comic-themed POW! sweater with a pleated yellow skirt.

 

Goldy + Mac, a new store, right by my house! Great, just what I needed, more cute dresses and studded leather bags within walking distance from my couch.

Thank goodness for these bars over the window, preventing me from entering this store with my wallet. Check out this blue striped sundress.  Adorable! Keep it locked up!

 

Winter shopping!

Anyone who read my blog prior to the Taylor sensation is aware that it used to primarily be about shopping. I do most of my shopping, or more accurately, my window shopping, when I’m outside walking Maxim. This is fortunate for my checking account, because having a chihuahua with digestive issues (he’s 14!) definitely keeps me from venturing indoors to spend money.

Diane T on Court Street is a hike from my apartment, but sometimes when Maxim is up for the walk, this magnificent window is our destination. While it is my ultimate fantasy to work from home, I still have to get up every morning and put on respectable clothing and head into the city to my office. And that requires me to actually own respectable clothing.

So it’s that time of year when the post-Christmas sales are on, and my every waking non-writing thought is devoted to what kind of cool clothing I could be wasting money on. I have banned myself from late night ventures on BananaRepublic.com and am thankful every day of my life that Club Monaco does not have an online store (I am aware that ShopBop sells their stuff but that is on my danger list of websites).  This brown color-flecked Mad Men-style dress in the front window at Diane T this weekend may be my financial ruin. I think I have to have it.

Also, I have a sinking feeling that it is going to snow in the very near future. I have a love/hate relationship with snow. At boarding school, snow days were extreme rarities, like solar eclipses, because we were already at school; it wasn’t like several feet of snow could prevent us from walking forty feet across a lawn to the buildings where our classes were held. The snow had to be significant enough that teachers would refuse to drive in it for us to be awarded with a day off.

Now that I’m an adult I can look forward to days when massive snow falls close down entire streets in Brooklyn and disrupt subway service (ie, no work). However, chihuahuas are hot-climate dogs and Maxim is 100% not down with snow and ice. I’m still not sure how I have made it through this many winters with this dog without one of us having a heart attack from the stress involved with going o-u-t. He likes to linger in the doorway of our building and whine when it’s time to go out, not even wanting one of his dainty paws to be cold for a second. And this is a dog who has winter booties and a wool coat. Human babies in Scandinavia are not as well-dressed for the cold as this dog. So in preparation for the very annoying fights I’m going to have with my dog in the near future, I think the more practical investment for me right now is this kickin’ sky blue pair of classic  Tecnica Moon Boots from Zappos.

That’s it! Back to editing for me… Have a great week, guys!

All Saints does steampunk

I know what I’m adding to my Christmas list now that I’ve seen a glimpse of the new steampunk-inspired jewelry at All Saints, Spitalfields. This super funky chain store became one of my faves a few years ago on a holiday trip to Berlin and now that they have locations state-side, I’ve placed more orders with them than I care to admit. It’s a tricky thing, shopping at All Saints, because while all of the knitwear is really bad ass, much of it is asymmetrical, and I have the kind of body that looks stumpy and misshapen in asymmetrical clothing. I mean, it’s not obvious to people around me that the clothing is intended as asymmetrical. It just looks like I have extremely bad posture and excess body fat in the wrong places when I wear avant-garde sweaters (both of which may actually be the case, but I don’t really need to be wearing clothes to accentuate those things).
Steampunk is a little too punk most of the time for my taste (I mean, I like idea of looking all futurist and tough, but in reality I work in an office with a lot of people who wear cashmere and I sit in a cubicle, and it’s hard to feel punk rock when you’re in a cubicle and the person who sits next to you listens to INXS all day). But these new pieces are totally steampunk-lite: not too crazy for workplace settings. Me like!