style notes: buying for keeps

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is it just me, or is this so common that it's becoming a cliché? [insert designer name here] builds loyalty and acclaim around gorgeous, great pieces, customers flock to the brand, brand buzz builds to the point of hype, prices increase, and...quality decreases.


in the kitchen: winter hot pot + sukiyaki

the kaiseki dinner presentation when we stayed at a ryokan in Japan last year

i consider November through March to be prime cozy eating season.


#askLAM: the best minimalist wallet?

last month, reader Tammy asked for recommendations for a great minimalist wallet.


foundations: the chic leather slip-ons

wearing everlane sweater and tank, old current/elliott jeans, lucky necklaces (similar), rebecca minkoff bag, and vince slip-ons (also here)

new year, new shoes (and a review!).


wardrobe planning: holiday/travel 2014 essentials

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October and November have been a bit of a blur this year. my inspiration/mood this holiday season: laidback essentials that go from airport to holiday gatherings to Christmas morning.


sale PSA: everything you want to wear

to round out the holiday weekend, a short and sweet sale PSA to kick off your December:

one of my favorite designers of seasonless, easy chic pieces

i'm springing for these favorite slides in black, which will be the perfect lounge + travel shoes. 

what's on your wishlist? let me know if you get anything :)


currently // November

current mood // loungey in the pre-holiday calm.
current favorites // my EF cobra slides – took about a week to break them in, and are now super comfy, i sized down to a 36 (i'm usually 6.5/37). my newbark slip-ons scored on major sale. 
currently wishlisting // these amazing midi boots just marked down.
currently reading // Laurie Colwin everything (how did it take me so long to discover her writing??)
currently listening // Serial. so. addictively. good. 
currently making // preparing to brine and roast my first turkey. combining the wisdom of Alton Brown and Ina Garten, wish me luck!

what's current for you?


wardrobe planning: fall 2014 [update]

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now that it's November, all i want to wear are oversized scarves, cozy coats/knits, and boots. my updated wardrobe list is mostly about adding a few dressier pieces and filling in some gaps in the f/w basics department.


Q+A: Kareen // designer | Kostome

silk textures and prints | Kostome fall 2014

one of the best things about running les anti-modernes* is the opportunity to meet and interview brilliant and creative women from all over the world. recently, a mutual friend and former professor of mine invited me to the trunk show and launch of Kostome. i was intrigued and excited to meet Kareen Smith, the creative force and one-woman atelier behind the designs. 

read on for the interview!


#askLAM: the best slouchy black pants?

readers often write or comment with questions on finding a particular piece or a wardrobe recommendation. starting this month, i'll be doing a regular mini-series titled #askLAM. hopefully you'll find this to be a useful and fun regular feature :)


inspiration: Kate Young

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"The most important thing to me is that people feel really good. And there are definitely times where I say, 'I think you need to push your comfort zone here. I know this doesn’t feel right, but I feel very strongly about it, and I think you’ll be happy with how you look and with the picture.' But I really want their clothes to be representative of who they are. My clients don’t look alike, for the most part. I don’t come in and make them look a certain way. That doesn’t really interest me. I really want it to be the best, most flattering, most clean and chic version of them."
–Kate Young, interviewed by The Cut

in this age of cookie cutter Celebrity Fashion, i really love her considered, rigorous approach to style and styling. and yes to Hillary Clinton rocking a jumpsuit. read the rest of the interview here.

what's inspiring you lately?


Emerson Fry x les anti-modernes* // fall essentials

is there anything better than a great coat and luxe accessories to usher in fall? this month, i've teamed up with the lovely folks at Emerson Fry on my fall essentials edit.

i'm particularly inspired by a textured take on seasonless classics, and these are my favorites from the EF Fall 2014 collection: the gentlewoman's tailored coateasy luxe slides, and a convertible portfolio.

sale PSA // the big 2-5

a short and sweet sale PSA for your mid-October // 
(and everything else that's rarely marked down) going on now!

are you eyeing anything? :)


wardrobe building 101: fall classics

nothing makes me happier than breezy, low-60s crisp fall weather. currently living in my go-to fall classics: trusty A.P.C. trench (similar here and here), ryan tank, black rag & bone jeans, dicker boots, and petra tote.

do you have a classic fall favorite?

P.S.: new markdowns at the closet cleanout shop >>


Q+A: Grace // copywriter

i've always been fascinated by the evolution of media and how we communicate. naturally, when i connected with the lovely Grace earlier this year, i was super curious about her take on writing in the digital age, and her globe-trotting path to working in advertising. 

read on for the interview!


wardrobe planning: fall 2014

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the September issue this year: add key/special pieces to amplify and complement wardrobe foundations.


review: the Filofax planner

i love everything about September – but, sartorial matters aside, it's the back-to-school stationery that gets me every season.


foundations: the olive utility jacket

recently, a reader emailed me to ask for recommendations for a good olive utility jacket.


essentials: early fall uniform

hello, September //

feeling ready for fall with my trusty everlane swing trench (in XS), favorite r&b black skinnies, and varas. the sleeves on the jacket are a little long on me, but i'll be cuffing them up while it's not too chilly. i like the midweight, slightly sculptural quality of the treated cotton, and the silhouette makes me feel just a little like Anna Karina...

what are your early fall favorites right now?