Leandra and Amelia Debate Cowboy Boots and Khaki Shorts
03.02.18

On Feb 16, 2018 at 8:35 AM, Amelia Diamond wrote:

Hello and good day to you, sweet sir.

Should I buy this faux mink belted robe? I know I have that Reformation one with the collar but this one feels less dramatic. I think it would look really nice with these tortoiseshell earrings. Speaking of tortoise, I could see you wearing this.

And should I get this gigantic-sleeved top? Sorry for the statement that follows but I want a few new things “for Paris.”

Wearing the same thing for a week straight unfortunately triggered a shopping bug in my brain…

On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 10:47 AM, Leandra Medine wrote:

Love the Pixie Market top! But the problem with winter is…it’s cold, so that top will spend most of its time in Paris under a coat. That coat is awesome too; if you could find the faux fur one that Toteme made (probably on sale at this point), I’d get that one, it’s so yummy and delicious. Let me see if I can pull up a photo.

Found it!

Now, by the time this story publishes, I will literally be in labor (maybe), which means I’m only a few short months away from being able to wear clothes!!! How exciting is that? Here’s what’s on my Matches wishlist (yes, I use the wishlist feature — it’s a great way to evaluate what you actually want vs. what you think you want and the way I do that is by putting things I’m excited about in there and waiting to see if I still want it the next week/month. If it sells out it just wasn’t meant-2-be.

Here’s a plain tank that will look great with canary yellow shorts and breast milk + a pair of Cinderella mules because apparently, we have not yet over-indexed and the market is still super into shoes that could have belonged to a fairytale princess.

I am also not above wearing these Cinderella shoes with this caftan and calling it a black-tie affair. I’m not above a disco ball ice bucket either.

Also, I love this top. I don’t know why. It’s been in wishlist mode since like, January. I keep envisioning it worn over a white peasant-style blouse with khaki shorts.

And finally! The same manufacturer who makes my shoes also does the shoes for Toga, so I *did* up and get these, which I will dutifully wear with bermuda shorts and a striped long-sleeve tee on the one hand:

Various dresses on the other:

Okay, final wishlist set!

On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 11:18 PM, Amelia Diamond wrote:

Those Isabel Marant shorts are perfect shorts!

Speaking of shorts even though I am not there yet, have you thought about your summer look with two children, one on each hip? I wonder if the peplum trend you spotted over NYFW will be helpful to your parenting skills. Seems like a peplum would make it easier to keep kids on your hips.

I LOVE THOSE TOGA BOOTS, I LOVE THOSE DRESSES. (But that yellow Belle-from-Beauty-and-the-Beast one really needs boots to add oomph, huh).

I think the only summer-y thing I’m thinking about is this Caroline Constas top. Gotta wait for it to go live on Intermix.

Meanwhile (and I know I just showed you that Pixie Market onethe Toteme one is great too but almost too robe-y?) I’m distracted by the coats on sale on Matches, likeee…

This leopard raincoat by Christopher Kane
This tartan robe by Racil!
Or THIS ONE BY SHRIMPS

The thing is I’d never wear the weirder ones. They’re just so fun to click through.

When’s the last time you’ve been to the Gap? I just found this belted utility jacket and I am into it.

I’m over at The Outnet now. Bouncin’ round the net. This Stella dress feels like you. Am I way off base?

…Am I even MORE off base (mentally) for wanting this Burberry sweatshirt?

P.S. I WANT SOME CUTE GOING-OUT TOPS THAT I CAN WEAR WITH JEANS. WANNA HELP ME?

On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 9:16 AM, Leandra Medine wrote:

I don’t want to say it out loud because then I worry it will go away but I can’t really think of coats because…it’s low-key not winter? Yesterday was 65 degrees, today is supposed to be 71…it’s insanity in such a fun way. I’m officially in the stage of pregnancy though where nothing fits and every morning when I wake up, I’m about an inch wider across the belly and there is a cool new breakout either on my forehead or chin, so I wouldn’t mind some inclement weather to require me to stay indoors.

If I could get dressed for a 70-degree February day, this is what I would wear:

Jacket sleeves scrunched up and probably a hundred bracelets on my left wrist and like six (fine, 2-3) earrings in my right ear.

Also, tho, I just came across this jacket from Topshop, which is perfect to recreate this Alexa Chung lewk we street-style copy-catted last year. Pair it with this Tory Burch dress…

And a pair of combat (or cowboy!) (or glitter!) boots and you’re all set.

On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 10:41 PM, Amelia Diamond wrote:

Those Topshop boots — the cowboys — and that Tory Dress are both sooo good.

It IS weirdly hot but I feel like it’s just trying to distract me!!!

Speaking of distractions, I know you think we’re almost over-indexing the princess heels but these Charlotte Olympia pink bow kitten toes really scratch an itch I didn’t know I had (should I should I especially since I have a gift card??)

Or these gold slippers by Giuseppe Zanotti?

You know, I never think about bags, but these ones from Fivestory are cute and under $250:

A little red velvet lunch box

This straw lady bag

…Okay, this bag is more — $345 — but would be cool for every summer wedding.

Dammit, tricked into thinking about summer again. But now I’m stuck because HOW PERFECT ARE THESE REBECCA DE RAVENEL EARRINGS?

I’m also into these Lizzie Fortunato earrings. They feel very Harling.

I’d wear them with this Topshop dress that I just now fell in love with.

As for that which I could never afford but man do I love to stare at:

The Jimmy Choo + Off-White collection:

Oooo
Ahhhh
Weeee

^ The above set of links is a consumer-based representation of one 29-year-old’s 29-year-old existential crisis.

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM, Leandra Medine wrote:

I hate those Charlotte Olympia mules. I can picture your bunions hanging out of them and you tripping over yourself on our way out of a Mexican-themed restaurant after many tequilas and really, now is not a good time for you to injure yourself. These are by no means a better option, and definitely won’t facilitate your not tripping, but I’m really into them (royal blue is *the* color! Do you believe me yet?). I love all the Off White x Jimmy Choo shoes, too, but actually have my eye on these RN.

Re: the bags, I know what you mean! I have never been a wild bag person but lately I’m thinking about them more and more. We’re undergoing a handbag renaissance to be sure and it’s a fun one because, in order to participate, you don’t have to spend all your cashmonies on a designer bag. All the it-bags of today and tomorrow are by small new brands — it’s like, content doesn’t go viral anymore, but you know what does? PVC totes and acrylic clutches! This studded thing from Studio 33 is cool too. Also never not here for the Trademark buckets, so I’ll take this guy. Generally, though, I’m into the bags that look more like dob kits or makeup pouches than anything else. Something like this. Or this Prada one feels super OG to me, too.

I just contradicted myself by showing up with two designer bags, but I never said I was perfect. Anyhoo, I checked ahead to the weather until May and it looks like winter is over! My summer lewk is menopausal-protagonist-in-a-Nancy-Meyers-film-meets-indie-teenager-from-Portland. Here’s how it will shake out:

Omg and not to get way ahead of myself here, but 4th of July! I have a surprise for youuuuuuu.

On Sun, Feb 25, 2018 at 6:00 PM, Amelia Diamond wrote:

Okay with royal blue, you win — I believe you! (Although IDK if those Saint Laurent platforms scratch any of my itches, but mannn is that Trademark bag good.)

I love your summer lewk. It is full whackadoo. You are going to be a great mom because you will be so easy to spot in crowds with those lime green cat eye sunglasses. As for the 4th of July come early, here’s a star-spangled barrette for your fair while you’re at it.

I keep trying to channel mine because yours are so fun and I can’t. Get. There. Yet. It’s a mental block.

But I can do spring, and for spring I am going to:

A) Clean out my closet of absolutely everything that doesn’t make me feel like a better person when I wear it. Even if it’s comfy. I’ll find the solution for that later.
B) Wear this jacket everywhere.
C) As an alternative to white jeans, see if these pants are flattering. If they are made like riding lessons, as they say, then they will be.
D) Add this top to the repertoire.
E) Get these shorts.
F) Use up the whole alphabet on this brand (look at this pretty-ass dress! I could wear a sweater over it for non-dressy occasions)
G) Revisit cardigans…but only this one to start. I’d wear it over a striped Saint James tee, or that aforementioned dress.
H) Not give up on block heels if the heel is doing something interesting.
I) I want something that looks like this dress but is way less expensive. This concludes the alphabet as I know it so that I can go hunting…

LEANDRA HOW HAVE WE NOT DISCUSSED THIS: WHAT “LOOKS” ARE YOU GOING TO DRESS YOUR HUMANS IN???

On Mon, Feb 26, 2018 at 9:59 AM, Leandra Medine wrote:

I’m going to put them in striped onesies exclusively although I did register for this dress because what the fuck it is so weird!

Sometimes I *really* don’t get your style. Do you want to wear that quilted jacket WITH the (very clearly) ill-fit pants? Bypassing everything here including the cardigan with annoying tie-sleeves (you’re never going to be able to tie them tight enough because they’ll require you use your hands, which is just not reasonable, not to mention they will fit under a nary a lightweight nor heavy jacket). Boresville! The slip dress I can get behind, the slingbacks are cool because they’re not sickly expensive but that’s about all they have going for them.

I recommend this for you:

I usually like your style because it’s intentional — you pick a SHOE and a pant-silhouette or dress for the season and that’s who you are, whereas I dabble into so many different areas that nothing feels as special as it could (or should feel) because what’s one look that makes you feel good when you ostensibly have multiple? It sounds stupid when I say it out loud, but I actually think about this a lot in the context of uniform-izing my wardrobe and overall essentialism. The thing is, then I log into Instagram where the street style runs amuck, or it’s fashion week season, and I’m introduced to all these new concepts, which make me go: yeah, no, actually, I’m gonna do that.

Right now I think I’m here for the toe rings (I miss my ankles!), high-waist cropped pants, scoop neck tees and novelty sunglasses.

But who knows, tomorrow I might be a fucking CHIC gardener.

I’d also wear red lipstick so that my head/face embodied America, and these shoes:

On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 8:30 AM, Amelia Diamond wrote:

That dress is so weird but also adorable. I can’t get off The Tot now. This little duck jumper baby-egg overalls thing (wtf is this shape it’s so cute). My ovaries!!!

I would not wear the quilted jacket with those pants because otherwise I would look like this woman I know — I was morning drunk when I selected them and excited by that heavily equestrian-leaning brand (speaking of horses), however, I like the white pants you sent through way better. FINE, way to know me.

Also I love the cut of those Tibi straight legs but I need them in something other than lavender. I’m funny about that color.

THAT SAID, I am really, really, REALLY into this lavender gingham Maryam Nassir Zadeh dress.

Maryam Nassir Zadeh dress paired with Volon bag, Tibi polo shirt and corset, Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes and Roxanne Assoulin bracelets

I do just pick one thing then stick with it per season. It’s stressful to me to switch it up too much! But it’s also why you look like a daily surprise party! Wouldn’t it be so gross if you were a human surprise party and when the babies came out, a buttload of sprinkles followed, like those Flour Shop cakes?

Speaking of being a human surprise party, I can’t believe you’re about to give birth and I’ll be away for it, which means there’s a chance I won’t see you until the technical spring? (It’s one month away!) There’s a 99% likelihood I come over unannounced like Urkel though, so don’t worry. You especially shouldn’t worry because I’ll be dressed for warm weather and the dawn of new beginnings!

Count on me wearing something like this:

A peach-striped cotton shirt

This khaki jacket from J.Crew

These Chloé shorts

This Burberry rainbow tote (I’m all-in for this collection) once it’s for sale to tote my laptop in

Maybe these Miu Miu penny loafers

These sunglasses

(Not with this outfit but) These polka dotted mules

Ahh and speaking of polka dots, I never got that Pixie Market top I sent you years ago in this email chain. I might do this one instead for Paris. It’s easier under coats.

Even though what I really want is this green sweater — I think I shall officially declare this ENOUGH shopping for winter!

K, big fat grandma kiss, bye!

On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 5:54 PM, Leandra Medine wrote:

I always forget about J. Crew until you remind me! Now I can’t unsee these mules. That swing jacket, btw, is real cute. Would you get it in pink? And wear it with matching high waist pink jeans like these ones, on sale, from Isabel Marant?

I saw those Club Monaco mules in the window of the store earlier this month, I think they’re great. You should get them. You can wear them with your pink lewk and add like, a striped Kule tee under the jacket. Hey! Speaking of windows, the bathing suits at Forever 21 are cutesville too.

But I’m getting ahead of myself, it’s way too early for bathing suits.

Is it too early for flammable boots or novelty earrings, though? I think not!

Also, I’m really into true capri pants right now. The price on these by Chloé is a little steep, but I can probably make a case for them because I am reckless about money when in the presence of something I want that both delights and surprises me.

…Yup, case made. See? K, I have to go. Bye grandpa!

Photos by Louisiana Mei Gelpi; Art Direction by Emily Zirimis.

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