Sayonara, C. Wonder and Piperlime

I was surprised to learn this week that two retail haunts on my usual rotation were going out of business.


First up: C. Wonder.

A quick check showed they’re already gone. The link above just gets you to a brief “We’re Outta Here!” message.

C. Wonder founder  Chris Burch – ex-spouse of classy Tory – describes the downfall here.

And in the Number 2 spot: Piperlime.

While I didn’t hit up this site as much as the other brands under the Gap umbrella (Athleta and Banana Republic are particular weaknesses), they would occasionally run some decent sales on brands that usually weren’t discounted (Clare V., I’m thinking about you).

Still, I miss you both already.





I was so crazy busy these past two weeks that I didn’t get a chance to update the blog. Argh.

In between two work trips, I was running around like mad but I kept my eyes open to new little things over which to obsess.

Last weekend I admired this Tess and Tricia necklace my hair stylist was wearing:


 This jewelry is hand-made in the Twin Cities and features naturally shed antlers. Very boho chic and well-priced, too! I am waffling between a necklace with seed bead embellishment, one with a tiny tassel and one that has a gold ombre pattern. Decisions, decisions.

My first Graze box also showed up this week!

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The snacks were chili and lime pistachios, raspberry and coconut muffin trail mix, pecan pie trail mix and dried cherries and berries.

I wasn’t totally prepared for how small the snacks would be; they are approximately the size of a deck of cards. The truth is that they are appropriately sized for a snack, but I would normally dive headfirst into a giant bag of M&Ms, so this is an adjustment for moi.


C. Wonder is showing a lot of cute polka dot items for fall:

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Trixie held her own dance party last weekend, complete with a costume consisting of a dress, a winter hat and a fuzzy scarf that looks like it’s made of Muppet fur:


That girl looooves to dance.

Happy weekend!




Other Button Down Shirts

I can’t resist posting some other great shirts I found while scouting the White Shirt post from yesterday.

Bumblebees (a weakness of mine) and hearts from C. Wonder:

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Fun and British-y prints from Boden:


C. Wonder again:


And again (not a button down, but I digress):


And, oh, wow, this one from Thomas Pink:



Click through to see a close-up. This is awesome.

Style Staples, #2

Any list of Must-Have Wardrobe Essentials includes a crisp white shirt.

I don’t disagree that this is a style staple; I just don’t wear them often.

Why not? Well, frankly, I spill a lot. I refuse to iron. I have PTSD from wearing a thin white blouse as part of a school uniform in high school and freezing through four years of Wisconsin winters.

But when I see a pulled together, stylish person wearing a white shirt, I have to admit it looks pretty classy. It’s also a particularly sophisticated look for Women of A Certain Age, like Diane Keaton – who rocks a white shirt often and does it well.


If you’re looking to invest, Anne Fontaine is the way to go. The one with the asymmetrical collar is my favorite but comes with a steep price tag ($450!). Still, it is gorgeous and unique:

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Thomas Pink is also a shirt superstar:


Eddie Bauer isn’t a brand I shop often, but I own this no-wrinkle white shirt and it is a champ (with a favorable price tag of around $50):


A short sleeve version from Boden that I just love:


Slightly more casual looks from Banana Republic and C. Wonder, respectively:cn7337403 9700_3402_1

I really wish I could have them all.