perhaps because of overcrowding and lack of personal space and all the emotional things that come with either of those things, we seem to be craving customization with regard to the retail. we want more monogramming (“don’t touch my stuff!”) and handwritten notes (“aw, you thought of me! how sweet!”). with that in mind, anya hindmarch has opened a shop-in-shop on the seventh floor of bergdorf goodman with bespoke service at the forefront of the shopping experience.  in addition to embossing initials or other letters onto her leather goods (wallets, handbags, toiletry bags, pouches), customers can request to have a message written in their own handwriting embossed into anything — does it get more personal than that

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no “q&a tuesday” this week because i feel like i just did it when [in actuality] i just didn’t really post very much in the past seven days. many apologies on that front — work is busy, etc — but while we’ve got the day goin’ i thought i’d turn your attention to racked's recent visit to the studio of jewelry designer venessa arizaga. i own her pieces and they are quirky, but the kind of quirk that a grown woman will still feel comfortable wearing. just enough quirk. i’m just gonna put it out there: i think you’d like her stuff a lot.

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fashion photography crush: mario testino (via fashion gone rogue)

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it feels like summer, which means that sand shoes are still approp. www.liketk.it/tXX6

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after years of using statement jewelry to add character and personality to my *look,* i’ve found myself seeking simpler pieces. thus, it is no surprise that another feather and its modern, paired-down aesthetic caught my eye. portland-based designer hannah ferrara began making minimalistic jewelry after searching long and hard for pieces she herself wanted to wear. the result was a line inspired by her travels, minimal design, ancient relics, and an appreciation for well made objects and heirlooms.

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the first day of fall may have been last tuesday but it is nearly 80 outside. nevertheless, it is indeed time to transition to a new season’s wardrobe and i’ll be seeking inspiration from rebecca taylor's spring line. it may be meant for spring but this weather is weird and those breezy fabrics are screaming “wear me now!”

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do you have a lot of bottles of nail polish hanging around, crowding up precious counter space where other, more meaningful tzotchkes could lay? if so, you need a color clutch. one box fits 18 bottles of nail polish of all sizes (except the christian louboutin behemoth) and only takes up 2.5 inches of space — because it’s designed to slip into your shelf like a hardcover book. support the launch of this economical, affordable product by making a purchase on its kickstarter.

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the name of need supply's latest lookbook is 'highland punk.’ intriguing.

you should definitely subscribe to the retailer’s newsletter because it is simple and the imagery crisp and you’ll want to buy everything, which definitely held true after seeing a glimpse of the fall collection in my inbox the other day. it is the perfect unexpected combination of bit of rock ‘n’ roll, grunge, and minimalism rolled into one tomboyish bundle of coziness. wave your latest paycheck “bye, bye.”

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style is about evolving your own uniform that reflects who you are and how you feel most comfortable. for me that’s often jeans and a t-shirt.

kate lanphear, my queen.

(Source: The New York Times)

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apologies to the members of peta reading this, but i really love leather; there’s nothing i enjoy more than sliding on a buttery, broken-in leather jacket, particularly when chillier temps start to arrive (now). nevermind, i take back my apology — this one is faux. see? all is right with the world again.

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