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Words do this to us. They feed us even before we see. They build expectations. They are things too. And they lead us to see other things in a certain way. Words activated like and paired with the visual are the message.

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Fashion Finds: Fall Is Very Nearly Here

Danelle Cheney

When we shop, we're looking for designs that make our lives more comfortable and beautiful. We're also looking for good deals — thank you yet again, T.J. Maxx —  because hey... who doesn't love a bargain? Check out the goodies we found, and their lovely T.J. "Must-I-needa" prices.

Clockwise from top left:  1 "Flirty" leather bag by Rebecca Minkoff, $99 2 "Quinne" caramel leather booties by Franco Sarto, $59 3 "Steph" vino leather satchel by Aimee Kestenberg, $179 4 Black leather buckled booties by Franco Sarto, $69

Clockwise from top left:

1 "Flirty" leather bag by Rebecca Minkoff, $99
2 "Quinne" caramel leather booties by Franco Sarto, $59
3 "Steph" vino leather satchel by Aimee Kestenberg, $179
4 Black leather buckled booties by Franco Sarto, $69

Another Word for %&#!

Andrea Chesney

We notice that people who decline to use or endorse the official finger-waving swear words of our planet actually have their own words they use in the same emphatic way in moments of emotional duress – so, really, what's the difference?  Hmm?

The Hey you, yeah YOU &%# is still coming out as a verbal popped cork, wethinks.

File: Sugar, fudge, fap it, maroon, feckerington, duck it, monkeybumper, billystomper, ships on toast, naff off, fetch, dagnabit, gosh, shut the front door, snap !


Wear Your Weekend Shoes.

Andrea Chesney

What would happen if you could bring the energy of Friday and Saturday nights to Monday morning? The swooping, great thoughts, big goals and dreams and passions. Is there value in being the person in the tall heels, the marathon number, devoted volunteer, flawless stylista, amazing parent, passionate observor on Monday? What would happen? What new insights would be available for your life? Your relationship? Your job? 

Anyway, booties we love for fall, while you are thinking about that.


When To Jump

Andrea Chesney

It’s not wrong until it’s wrong, said my first mentor, a brilliant man who had also invented a retail entity that has become one of the world’s ways of thinking about life. It’s not wrong until it’s wrong. 

Think about it and if you still are like, all, YES, then you know what, try it. Because otherwise we can’t get there from here. Jump.

What We Can't Smile Without: Johnnie Boden

Andrea Chesney

Johnnie Boden found a breakthrough formula and sticks to it. A witty identity is paired with appealing photography. Images are brilliantly styled and captured in a recognizably English, Boden-brand way. Bits of copy are uniformly Bodenized, whether online or in the fat little lovely catalogues; cheeky thoughts and UK word-play thrive saucily. The merchandise bubbles out energy. No big-box boredom here. We've read blogs describing this as clothing for “yummy Mummies” and rather outrageously comparing them to Talbots. But in cities, we see Boden pieces worn by high school and college girls, ad agency creatives, and lots of us out on dates. Even bits colorfully mixed with club gear, UO, Crew and Anthropologie. The higher-end range dresses us with a new Boden edge. Who says the British can’t be (teasingly) direct in their pitch and woo? Because, ooooh, our Johnnie can, mmm. This is one smooth, solidly iconic brand. Go, Boden House people, go. Keep making us smile the way you do. 

While we’re on the subject, our Fall looks from Boden:

Sweet Things May Save The World, Or At Least Us.

Andrea Chesney

You can’t try a new pair of shoes for a block in NYC without ending up in front of a cupcake shop. Like Buttercup Bake Shop, these places joined with stores like Dylan’s Candy Bar, a gloriously stylish ode to the magic of candy that that was created by Dylan Lauren, Ralph’s daughter, to offer what people needed. The message: sometimes sweets are really just what we need, health be damned for a minute. Other sweet things we love: earrings, rings, dog faces, kittens, this handbag, neighbors named Dottie, a bridge like this, the way you said that, and the way we found this shoe. Sweet de-stressers can be fun. That’s what you need sometime. 

We’d love to get our hands on these sweets. If we’re being completely honest, we’d lick the packaging clean and keep it cause it’s sweet long after the sugar is gone:

Hope Seemed Lost. Then There Was Etsy.

Andrea Chesney

Just when the economy sucked most, and retailers were still boring, a flash of brilliance burped out the gorgeous unicorn we know as etsy. Swear to god, we can spend two hours in an airport traveling from Holiday Earrings to Vintage Birds to 50s Jewelry Cases to Handknit Icelandic Hats to Dog Toys and Cocktail Bags and Wind Up Clocks and Tiki Sets and never feel anything but grateful delight knowing that wonderful clever people are out there, everywhere, doing this, believing in something, believing in themselves, creating this other fabulous shopping world. Some favorite things and the etsy shops we found them in:

Why Are You Doing This To Me?

Andrea Chesney

Lettering inspired by horror movie poster designs from the 80’s.  Compiled here by Christian Annyas,  via  Riley Cran .    

Lettering inspired by horror movie poster designs from the 80’s. Compiled here by Christian Annyas, via Riley Cran


One of the hazards of life is getting on a plane, and meeting a man who turns into a true love boy and then you go marry him and live in his city and then you realize it is the same city where a huge powerful Jabba the Hutt sort of company is, and the company is run by a million people who have been brought up thinking that the best branding colors are disco party purple, hot pink, my little pony aqua, and toy truck orange, for everything. All the time. 

And the thing is, you have to live there and so you walk around biting the insides of your cheeks, and it hurts. Why are you doing this to me? So, how about this: if I send you a brand new Pantone book, free, will you look at it? Because lots and lots of people love you. You are part of their lives. We know you care. So... a little peek at our Pantone book and ways to think about new ways to woo people without startling them? It will make you look good in a modern sleek world.