Now I’m Obsessed with Jenni Kayne

Tick off another mark on the List of Inevitability: Now I am obsessed with Jenni Kayne.

If you’re not familiar, Jenni Kayne is a high-end lifestyle brand that epitomizes effortless, natural California style.

From home goods to clothing to accessories, everything is Just So.

Just So Chic.

Just So Perfect.

Just So Simple.

Just So Stylish.

And Just So Expensive.

Cost was a factor that kept me away from Jenni Kayne until now. While I loved the curated offerings, even I could not justify a t-shirt for $125 (although I really, really like it).

And then things changed, like they often do.

For one, I received this amazing gift – really the most spectacular gift from the most spectacular person, and I will never discuss it here – that had so many beautiful Jenni Kayne items, including a bag, a pair of shearling slippers, a candle, and a fancy match striker among other luxuries.

I was so enamored of This Gift, which was Just So tasteful and lovely, and essentially I wanted to move into Jenni Kayne Headquarters and live out the rest of my days there.

Also, speaking of end of days, I have been vacillating between Why Bother and YOLO modes recently, and YOLO won out when it came to Jenni Kayne.

As I type, I am happily awaiting the arrival of my first real Jenni Kayne order, complete with moccasins, sandals and an oversized cashmere sweater.

I still have my eye on a lot more, and Dreaming of a Montecito Lifestyle a la Jenni is rapidly becoming a full-time occupation.

My Christmas List

This isn’t a gift guide in the sense that I am buying these for others, this is PURE ME.

Confession: I keep an ongoing wish list throughout the year, mostly to remember what I am into at the moment, sometimes to keep an eye out for deals and occasionally to share with others.

While the list includes the unrealistic (“Giant diamond ring” has been #1 for five years running), there are also the cool things I find along the way.

Here’s what’s on tap:

Image via Amazon

I *love* Cindy Sherman’s self portraits. A few years ago there was an exhaustive show of her work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and I spent hours immersed in her world. This new book is the #1 item on my Wish List.

Ok, I am also going to post about this tomorrow, but Santa came a bit early for me on this Patagonia Women’s Better Sweater. More thoughts coming, but suffice it to say this jacket – while not new by any means – seems to be having a renaissance in popularity. Include me on the fan list.

Image via Nordstrom.

Ok, here’s another item to file in the To-Me-From-Me category: These fluffy Ugg slippers. If I’m at home, I am always, always wearing slippers. Embarrassing but true: my second toes are longer than my big toes (this is called a Morton’s toe in medical terms), and the lifetime net result has been that I have broken my second toes over 4 times (!!!!) via a combination of running-related stress fractures or painful stubbing incidents. I’ve learned that slippers with some frontal barrier are enough to usually keep me out of trouble. These fit the bill.

Image via Jo Malone

It’s hard to pick a favorite Jo Malone fragrance, but there are a few that rise to the top for me. This isn’t one! However, I am well-stocked on my #1 winter scent (Pomegranate Noir, spicy and delicious for cold weather; FWIW, my overall top choice is Nectarine and Honey Blossom), and this one is a great alternative to round out a winter fragrance wardrobe. Did you know you needed a winter fragrance wardrobe? You do.

Image via Lululemon

Another future post coming, but 2019 was the year I went nuts buying Lululemon, a brand that previously did not appeal. What changed? I am not sure, but I went down a huge rabbit hole snapping up their running shorts, convertible Vinyasa scarves and workout jackets. This On The Go Poncho is slightly elevated from their usual fare. I want it.

Image via Lululemon

I promise to stop with Lululemon after this, but these gloves are So. Good. They are thin but do the trick to keep my hands warm enough from the time I get into my chilly car at the end of the day to when it warms up. Plus, they are thin enough to easily allow me to pick up my travel mug and sip coffee – an unusual requirement, but a requirement nonetheless.

Image via Crate and Barrel

This is the most needed, least exciting item on my Holiday List: new baking sheets. While we’re at it, pizza pans should also make the list. Despite how much I hate domestic chores, I frequently roast veggies of all varieties and heat more pizza than I care to admit. The grungy pans we have now could use an upgrade.

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Described as the “Oracle with Attitude,” this deck of cards is meant to be a fun way to answer questions Magic Eight Ball-style, but with edge.

100% self-explanatory.

IRI Shoes

Love ’em or hate ’em?

These shoes kept coming across my Instagram feed, and I finally succumbed.

They’re from iRi NYC, a brand designed “to promote individual expression through footwear.”

I bought the exact pair above. They remind me of the Keith Haring Absolut Vodka ads from my youth. I was obsessed with those ads.’

The upper is neoprene and the chunky sole adds about 2″ of height.

I’m happy to report the comfort level is high and every time I wear them, people comment on how unique they are.

Mark my ballot as “Love.”

Rothy’s Limited Edition Loafers

I finally bit on Rothy’s.

If you’re not familiar, they are a sustainable shoe brand whose products are made from materials like recycled plastic bottles.

One selling point is that they are machine washable.

While Rothy’s have achieved cult status with some of my friends, I wasn’t tempted enough to dive in until I saw these limited edition pink gingham loafers.

They also come in red or brown check, but pink gets my heart every time.

While these babies are going to be shelved until snow season is over (i.e., mid-2020 at the earliest), I’m patient.

OOTD, Friday

Greetings from my 10 year old daughter’s closet.

The one with the giant mirror.

Here’s what I wore today in clinic, minus personalized white coat on top of it all:

Ok, let’s get this out of the way: the sequin rose gold Minnie Mouse backpack is not mine. #tweendaughter

Let’s start with these J. Crew pearl hoop earrings that are currently on sale:

Next up:

Friends, these Jeffrey Campbell booties are amazingly comfortable, bridge the gap from work to weekend, and they are subtly brown, versus a black-and-white snake print. The pair well with so many colors, including blush pink.

And can we talk about the pants?

The Spanx Perfect Black Pants are not hyperbolically named.

I’d suggest sizing down. I am wearing a medium in the above picture (for reference, I am 5’9″ and weigh 155#).

And lastly, a confession.

That sweater?

It’s old.

Old. Old.

Practically vintage.

I checked the label and it is from the Banana Republic Holiday 2012 collection.

But I still like it.

Have a great weekend!

Pink + Red

This color combo is having a moment.

Image via Vanity Fair

These are all red carpet looks from the Emmys (Vanity Fair wrote about it here), but mass retailers also got into the game for Fall/Winter 2019.

This is from Trina Turk’s Instagram feed, but I can’t find it online. Yet. #Stalking

From the available now files: This Boden sweater is my favorite of the bunch.

This silk blouse – also Boden – is an alternative:

J. Crew adds a few other colors to the mix, but pink and red are front and center:

Coats from – again – Boden and J. Crew, respectively.

And now this.

Georges BB bag, $2140, at Louis Vuitton.

My take on the trend:

Nylon bucket bag with an added Salt strap. This adds a punch of color to any outfit.

Feminism and Dolly in 2019

Are you listening to this?

It’s incredible, and about so much more than Dolly Parton.

Don’t get me wrong: I love Dolly.

After more than six decades in the spotlight, Dolly Parton has become a cultural touchstone to multiple generations.

Her fans cross demographic lines from crusty octogenarians to ebullient drag performers to emerging fourth wave feminists.

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Young Dolly, image via Pinterest

This nine part podcast digs deep, and the first episode centers around feminism and Dolly.

Not giving away much here, but at one point, Dolly was asked point blank if she was a feminist, to which she replied “No.”

As someone who often wears a “Wild Feminist” shirt – among other apparel – I briefly felt like Dolly let me down.

The producers seemed to agree.

But here’s where this podcast is so brilliant: the disappointment with that answer was then discussed in a meaningful way, and in the end the thesis is that Dolly is a feminist without calling herself one.

My favorite quote from the episode: “There are feminists in theory. And there are feminists in practice.”

I can’t wait for the rest.