Review: Sam Edelman Leah Cap Toe Pumps (Chanel Slingbacks Lookalike)

Chanel’s two-tone leather slingbacks are among the luxury purveyor’s most celebrated and recognized footwear (second perhaps only to the two-tone ballerinas). Unfortunately for me, the shoe fits my feet wrong in too many important ways (and the lack of a proper quarter doesn’t allow for the use of cushions and other solutions). Thankfully, many “substitutes” can be found on the…

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Mélange (+ Lioness Palermo Blazer Review)

For those looking for an affordable alternative to the Balmain Double-breasted Wool Blazer, you might consider the Lioness Palermo Blazer, which has faults but is a reasonable option considering the price point. At $88.00, the Palermo Blazer is reasonably-priced; if possible, coincide your purchase with a Shopbop store-wide event. It’s no steal, though: The 100% polyester shell can start to look…

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Review: Arc’teryx Patera Insulated Parka

For anyone who’s reading the news and wondering: What does one wear in a state of deep freeze? Ski-wear (+ all the Heattech) or maybe a spacesuit, that’s what. Though, when the low is minus 50, why risk frostbites when there’s shelter? But for those, like me, who are battling merely average winter temperatures in a humid continental climate, here’s an outerwear review for you:…

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Review: Free People Kate Faux Fur Coat

Panic-buying outerwear when the 10-day forecast shows below-freezing highs for the foreseeable future is inevitable during the coldest weeks of the year. But I am (more or less) holding myself accountable to the outerwear resolution I set last fall, though, of buying coats that are different in at least two respects from those in my possession. As I own only…

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Review: Mackage Jada Maxi Length Down Coat

**** The all-black version of the Jada Down Coat featured in this post is now 51% off at SSENSE, and all sizes are still available. **** One especially brutal week in a Chicago winter some years ago colored my conception of Midwestern winters. On a rational level, I know that average temperatures in Chicago are not meaningfully lower than those in…

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