I’ve just wrapped a month of fitness boot camp, and admit to two contradictory emotions supporting this momentous event: 1) pride, because I actually found myself much stronger and fitter than I thought myself to be; and 2) glee, because I hated waking up at 5:40 a.m. on camp mornings with a sort of visceral intensity I have never before experienced in my life. I will admit that it presented a wonderful platform for thinking through my blog postings — I would distract myself from the excruciating pain of back-to-back planks, burpees, dirty dogs, and — worst of all — flutter kicks (have you ever done these? If not, thank your lucky stars. O.M.-freaking-G. I think it’s probably as painful as childbirth. Spoken like a true non-mother. Too far?) by thinking about fashion. Today’s topic of choice: desert island picks. What would I pack if I literally could only bring 10 items with me?
1. DiorShow Mascara
Duh. This is my best friend, my fashion staple. I literally have a panic attack when I realize I’ve forgotten it. Which is why I always carry my DiorShow ($24.50, Sephora) in my purse. You neva know. The darker and goopier the better.
The only underwear I wear ($18 per pair, Shopbop). So.comfortable, no lines. Genius.
I have a love affair with some of my favorite printed and solid scarves/pashminas/wraps/shawls. They serve as neckwear to juju up a dull outfit; stand in for outerwear in cold weather; can be dressed up or down to accent a dress or jeans or even yoga-wear; and can, in a pinch, become a security blanket on a cold plane. This would be a must for desert island living — you could even use it as a sarong, head cover, or beach blanket. I would opt for Virginia Johnson’s bold patterns ($195, Virginia Johnson):
4. Face Shields (aka Oversized Sunnies)
The bigger the better to hide from UV rays and, of course, obscure the face when you’re not looking your best. Although — having said that — the current pair on my lust-list is the Tom Ford Nikita (tortoise — $360, Barney’s; black — $288, 80sPurple), which Kourtney Kardashian wears and therefore I covet.
5. J Brand Skinnies
You can find me in these ($176, Shopbop) about 50% of my life. The other 50, I’m in a skirt or dress. They just.fit. I like them in any color they come in, and have actually been checking out some cool blood orange/terra-cotta hues for fall. Would be slick with a chunky white knit sweater and some OTK boots or leopard booties.
6. All-Purpose Outerwear
For whatever weather the island gods throw at ya. This all-in-one find (from J. Crew BOYS! — $118, J. Crew) converts into a puffer vest but will also keep you warm in cooler weather.
7. Mr. Magpie’s Lived-In Sweatshirt
My security blanket. So frayed and tattered and snuggly ($50, Mincer’s). Need.
8. Comfy Tees
I love J. Crew’s vintage tees ($19-$29, J. Crew) — they come in such fab colors, are a little on the long side, and are just as soft as a feather.
By LRR, I mean Lather-Rinse-Repeat — the day-to-day gems and jewels that you sport all.the.time. For me, that’s a few important bangles (I wish the Cartier below were mine…but alas), my engagement ring (very similar to the one below, but mine has four prongs) and wedding band, a strand of pearls from my grandmother, a ruby-and-diamond ring I inherited from my mom’s aunt, and some of my favorite enorma-studs.
10. Impractical Shoes
I’m guessing I’d go barefoot most of the time, but — to keep my love of fashion alive, I’d need something pretty to look at on a regular basis / some way to dress up when I was feeling down. My go-to would be a pair of ridiculous tootsies, ad you know they gotta be Louboutin ($595, Bergdorf’s):
Woohoo. YAY FOR FRIDAY!