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Fabulously British

{ Blog Swapping Series, Part 7: }

On Friday you enjoyed our blog swap with Girly Obsessions for a seventh time. Ash shared her love for girly reading materials… but don’t forget to enjoy our obsessions. Check out my post, where I tell you all about my obsession with Jack Wills… the Brits know how to take preppiness to a wonderful place. Move over JCrew this could be love.

Between the two of us, Ash has always been the more adventurous dresser. I have never been one for weird fabrics, strange cuts and obscenely bright colors. If an outfit feels like it needs to be checked on or maintained while you’re wearing it then I’m not a fan. I put clothes on and simply expect them to be there until the day is done. Well… depending on how much wine is involved I suppose.

Now as to what I do actually like. It can be gathered onto a nice, short list that is the most preppy thing ever to be seen. Stripes, cropped pants, ballet flats, tweed jackets, sheath dresses etc. The key words are nautical and equestrian. I have saome fail safes for finding clothing but then I discovered a new one. Jack Wills.

We all know I could have been sold entirely based on the navy/pink stripe combo, where as Ash has a love for everything with the Union Jack. If there’s one thing the British can be counted on for it’s classic and preppy. Not to mention how can you not love pretentiousness of a brand that refers to themselves as University Outfitters. It makes me want to put on riding boots and head to St. Andrews for extremely overpriced fish’n’chips.

photo source: Jack Wills

Stripes ahoy!

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I don’t know why, but stripes are like crack. Every day this summer both of us are going to end up looking like little sailors and we’re more than OK with that amount of repetition. I think everything I bought for this summer season has stripes. It’s mildly ridiculous. I guess we can add striped Ts and dresses to the list with ballet flats, cropped black pants, Kate Spade purses and obnoxiously large sunglasses. If we can’t actually be on vacation might as well bring a touch of the Cape to the everyday.

Addicted and it feels so good.

photo source: Ann Taylor

C.Wonder… wonderful or not?

Since I have morphed into a crowd-averse shopper – definitely bi-product of living in New York – I avoid clusterfuck sample sales (except for DVF) and Soho during the weekend. What a nightmare that neighborhood is on a Saturday at 3 p.m. Crowded sidewalks, trash all over the street, tourists unaware of personal space boundaries, stores with stuff tossed everywhere – it’s just a mess and I can’t deal.

But on a gorgeous fall day, I couldn’t say no to a stroll down there (avoiding Broadway religiously and only taking side streets) to see the new C.Wonder store that is being aggressively advertised in NYC cabs. Founded by Chris Burch, Tory’s VC ex-hubster, the store is Stage 2 Tory … it’s an explosion of gold (+1, my favorite metal), lacquer finish furniture, Chinoiserie, J.Crew jewel-tone prep, Tory’s over-logo-ing with a shot of Anthropologie’s funky housewares and Lily Pulizter’s Palm Beach each thrown in. It’s a lot. And while I wanted to hate on it for being over the top, I kind of liked it. I wouldn’t buy 3/4 of the stuff in there, but it was fun to look around. Plus we saw Kelly Ripa… man, she is tiny.

I was utterly ambivalent about the clothes because they’re overbranded with branding that has no equity yet (I guess they have to start somewhere), but the housewares and accessories were really fun with great wallets (got a black leather zipper wallet), crazy ikat-patterned nesting bowls and cozy, monogram-able throws that are easy and reasonably priced gifts. The check-out was fun too because there are no registers, it’s all done on iPhones. Kind of awesome. So as you get in your holiday shopping frenzy in the coming weeks, this is a great place to start finding some hostess-y kind of gifts. And for those non-NYC readers, C.Wonder’s e-shopping experience is coming soon, but for now you just have to content yourself perusing their Facebook page.

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