Let’s Party! Welcome, Madewell.

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Madewell is coming to Sacramento! And they’re having a launch party this Tuesday night that I’m co-hosting!

It’s no secret that I’m a big Madewell fan. In fact, when they called to talk about launching their new shop, I glanced down and realized that I was—at that moment—already wearing no less than three items from the store.

So while I’ve clearly had no trouble shopping the online site, I was super excited to learn that they were opening in Sacramento’s Arden Fair Mall. I’ve missed browsing the denim bar, trying on a dress or some shoes, stacking rings from the accessories table… just that tactile experience. Now they will be about 20 minutes away!

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They were kind enough to let check out more of their fall line in anticipation of the event. I love the detailing on what are, ostensibly, basics. “Skinny skinny” knee-rip jeans with just the right whiskering on the rise, a swingy tunic with pin-tucks (and pockets!), and a blazer with long arms and a bit of stretch that’s easy to dress down.

I asked Raymond Kim to take a few photos over coffee at The Mill—a new-to-me favorite coffee spot to work or meet at in midtown. (See? So many exciting new things happening in Sacramento.)

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Madewell’s Sacramento grand opening event is Tuesday night from 7pm-9pm at Arden Fair Mall and, if you’re local, you should definitely swing by and check out the fall line while the DJ spins. (I’ve got my eye on these oxfords and this hat as well.)

I’d love to meet you—and toast the opening together! Help me welcome them to town.

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Photos by Raymond Kim.
Most clothing courtesy of Madewell. Also pictured: Billie Boot, Pivot Pendant, Bracelet cuff & Transport Tote.
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Perfect summer sandals?

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the perfect summer sandals

Every year, around this time, I can’t help but start looking ahead to sandal season, browsing online to see if anyone is selling the perfect summer sandals. Aron will insist that it’s a moving target… and he’s probably right. But I’ve at least developed a few favorites, and I know what I’m looking for: essentially, a slightly more refined version of my beloved salt-water sandal.

Could these from Madewell be it?! They look pretty darn perfect!

P.S. Past favorites

[Images: Crisscross Sightseer Sandals in Tan and Black, by Madewell]

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Like so many women, I have a thing for chambray shirts lately (see examples A and B, in my favorite, the JCrew Keeper). I literally would wear mine every other day if I could.

It’s trickier to find a good dark denim shirt these days. Or maybe it’s just trickier to make them look right. They tend to be either made for men, in boxier cuts (though maybe you could add darts to this Cowboy Cut Shirt), or cut slim for women wearing it with a Stetson. But this painterly fashion photograph has me rethinking a search for a true denim, slim-cut  shirt (or at least a darker chambray).

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While I haven’t tried any in person, these look like potential candidates for styling this right: (from top left, clockwise) Calvin Klein Fitted Denim; JCrew Factory 2-Pocket Chambray; Levi’s Juniors Annie Western Shirt; Calvin Klein Fitted Denim in Medium Wash; Lands’ End Denim; and the Madewell Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Harvest Wash. Anyone else have a favorite?

[top image via A Well Traveled Woman]

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(1) I’ve had these bags by Valhalla pinned for ages now. A very Brooklyn bag. (And P.S. Did you know you can buy Etsy gift cards now?)
(2) The Gilmore Girls Complete Series on DVD–because they’re not on Hulu or Netflix, darn it!
(3) Round out her collection with still-relevant, out-of-print issues of Domino Magazine.
(4) A beautiful Turkish Towel.
(5) Classic riding Boots will be a huge hit. It’s a thrill to open the giant box and get that whiff of leather. And these will last forever.
(6) These will come in handy when the weather warms up: A set of waxed canvas Panniers for riding bikes together.
(7) The new Eames coffee table book.
(8) I think the LemLem Split Scarf is gorgeous. But it’s the sort of thing I would never splurge on myself. I’m guessing there are many others out there who would love this just as much as I would.
(9) A gold-dotted dish for keeping her earrings in.
(10) Gorgeous coasters. I don’t actually like to make people use coasters, but for these might require an exception.
(11) A perfectly simple, gold, Michael Kors Women’s watch (that’s big enough to fit on a man’s wrist).

(12) All of the best cafes in New York seemed to use these Classic Italian Cappucino Cups.
(13) Cashmere socks  Completely decadent.
(14) Swedish Hasbeens 877 Zip It Emy Boots. These might be really for me.
(15) A trendy necklace for wearing with t-shirts and jeans.
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In case you’ve been pining for a certain fall boot

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Frye's Dorado Riding Boots

After years of pining, Aron treated me to a pair of Frye’s Dorado Riding Boots last year. Funny thing was–once they came, I realized that my trusty Madewell Archive Leather Boots were pretty darn awesome and that I didn’t need such an extravagant gift. I think he secretly sighed in relief, while I tried not to look back as I handed the boots over to UPS.

But this year I spotted some Frye lookalikes at Aldo and couldn’t help myself. A few of you asked about the boots I’m wearing on our trip to Apple Hill; those are the Aldo Laverdiere boots in the dark brown–which look suspiciously similar to the Frye Dorados, don’t you think? (But they cost a whole lot less.) I also think the Aldo Fantlants look exactly like the classic Frye Melissa Button Boot.

[Images and shopping links (clockwise from top left) Frye Dorado Riding BootAldo Laverdiere BootFrye Melissa Button Boot Aldo Fantlant Boot]

P.S. I wish everyone could have won the Radisson giveaway. I know you had to comment, but I loved hearing from so many of you! I’ll be announcing the winner on that post and contacting them by email. Thanks again!

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