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There’s something very Saturdays-with-Martha-Stewart about this Trademark coat. And I’m desperado for it. —erica

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Next Level: Boys in Polka Dots

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If you ask me, these pieces are spot-on. (Did you see that pun coming? Oh, probably.) More on these four below. —erica

LEVEL I: This YMC tee's mantra is totally “go big or go home.”

LEVEL II: Even better than a Brooklyn Nets cap, this Saturdays sucker.

LEVEL III: This sweater from Kris Van Assche is playing some mind games: Some of those dots are white…and some are cut-outs that let whatever you wear underneath peek through.

LEVEL IV: Not at all subtle. And that’s what makes these Mark McNairy pants lovable.

Get ready for way more “Next Level” posts!

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Holy hail, have you seen a cooler light fixture than this Ladies & Gentlemen Studio one? And don’t even try to lie to me. —erica

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The Toronto Event the Alynne Lavigne Girls Say You Have to Hit

It involves Thanksgiving waffles—which we hadn’t heard of either.  

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Toronto in the summer is an embarrassment of outdoor-festival riches, but the mother of them all is the annual Canadian National Exhibition, which runs for 18 days in late August. Don’t let that kinda-stuffy name throw you: It’s a county fair taken to the next level, with borderline-crazy foods (um, cronut burger, anyone?), carnival games aplenty, and even a sand sculpture competition with a dedicated Star Wars section. Locals Alynne Lavigne and Eve Tolbolka of the way-cool jewelry line Alynne Lavigne are total experts, and they’re here to show us the ropes—take notes for next year. —genevieve ang

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 The Best Game: Plates

Eve: “We were walking by these game booths on the way to the food area when I saw this strange Michael Jackson stuffed toy. I mean, who would make a huge Michael Jackson doll? It wasn’t even like Michael Jackson from Jackson Five, it was, like, 1998 Michael Jackson. There was a huge crowd watching these dudes break plates. Alynne and I are on a softball team together, and they were all egging me on to do it. Five dollars buys you two balls, and I broke both plates the first time round. I was eyeing the Michael Jackson doll, and since I was already this far, I bought two more balls and broke two more plates! It was totally insane, and the crowd was going crazy.” 

Alynne: “I tried too and got nowhere near the plates, so I am baffled.”

Eve: “I am also baffled. I think the Michael Jackson doll embodies his spirit in some way, and I am nervous to sell it. It’s sitting in the living room right now.” 

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The Best Ride: Ferris Wheel or Starship4000 (Depending on Who You Ask) 

Alynne: “The ferris wheel—because that’s the only one I go on.”

Eve: “The Starship4000, which I have renamed the gravity ride. You don’t get strapped down, and you just float.” 

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The Best Food—This Year: Thanksgiving Waffle and Cheeseburger Poutine

Eve: “My staple every year is the corn dog. It’s hand-dipped and crispy, and the cornmeal is perfectly delicious. But I think this year the Thanksgiving waffle might have beat it out. It’s a waffle made out of Thanksgiving stuffing and topped with mashed potatoes, turkey breast, and gravy. I know!”

Alynne: “I took a bite of my boyfriend’s cheeseburger poutine, and it was pretty good. It had pickles, ground beef, cheese, bacon, and gravy. I’ve never seen it anywhere else.”

Just wait until you see what these two have coming for tomorrow’s edition—hint: it’s good.

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How Alynne Lavigne Draws Inspiration…From Dirty-Girl Rap

Hope you’re ready for some major GIF action.

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Get a load of that Rye Rye backdrop.

Some listen to Tchaikovsky while they work, but Alynne Lavigne prefers to keep it real. While creating just-tough jewelry, she binges on videos from old- and new-school hip-hop heroines, from TLC to Rasheeda. “It’s really an attitude we’re inspired by,” says Alynne, speaking for herself and Eve Tobolka, the Salt to her Pepa. So sit back and take in some of her favorites, in all their GIF glory. —jackie varriano

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Ciara featuring Ludacris - “Ride”
“The styling in this video is so badass—Ciara’s wearing all these gold rings like they’re Band-Aids. Also I love the baseball hat-jewelry combo.” 

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TLC - “Girl Talk”
“I can’t wait for early-2000s style to come back. Can you imagine?”

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Rye Rye featuring M.I.A. - “Sunshine”
“Such a good summer anthem! Check the amount of chunky gold jewelry Rye Rye is wearing in this video—it’s bouncing all over the place while she dances! LOVE!!!”

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Salt-N-Pepa - “Shoop”
“Classic jam! I like ‘None Of Your Business’ better, but the video sucks. This video, on the other hand, has everything I need. What is that pajama hat? Very necessary.”

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Rasheeda - “My Bubble Gum”
“This song is so dirty—I love how the video takes place in the daylight in the suburbs. I daydream about the hoop collection Rasheeda and her friends must have.”

Daaaang, do we have a good Alynne Lavigne edition coming your way tomorrow. Get an email about it here.

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Watch This: 12 Television Characters Whose Style You Should Maybe, Probably Rip-Off

After squee-ing through the season premiere of Scandal and applauding the let’s-just-go-there Castellano dance scene on The Mindy Project, we realized just how excited we were for T.V. to be back on its game. Who’s with us? Here, we pay tribute to our current primetime faves the best way we know how: with GIFs and outfit roundups, duh. —erica

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Mellie Grant of Scandal.

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Rayna James of Nashville.

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Leslie Knope of Parks & Recreation.

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Danny Castellano of The Mindy Project.

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Valerie Cherish of The Comeback.

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Nina Sergeevna of The Americans.

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Diane Lockhart of The Good Wife.

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Gina Linetti of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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Olivia Pope of Scandal.

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Raylan Givens of Justified.

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Mindy Lahiri of The Mindy Project.

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Selina Meyer of Veep.

Into this? Then you should definitely be following our “In Character” series.

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In Character: Tommy Solomon

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Before JGL charmed us enough to earn that nickname, he was a grown-ass extraterrestrial trapped in a teenage body on 3rd Rock from the Sun, and he had a serious thing for a center part. More on that look below. —erica

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As far as this guy’s concerned, knit polos (like this NSF one) should be a wardrobe workhorse.

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An Information Officer-appropriate Herschel wallet.

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A jacket from Bridge & Burn that can blend right in in Rutherford, Ohio.

If you want more “In Character,” well, here you go.

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Anthology Top by Miranda Bennett for Of a Kind

BUY / 50 of a kind / $115

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You ready for this? This Spinelli Kilcollin situation can be worn stacked on one finger or spread across three. —erica

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Double Take: By Your Side

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If your bedside table is actually just a teetering stack of half-finished books and unopened New Yorkers, now’s your chance to fix that. Book/Shop's double-sided bookcase has a spot for just about everything. Or, for something a little more pared-down, try Russian design label Field and Rage's Uno bedside table. You'll just have to find a better hiding spot for your retainer. —alex ronan

Whoa, so much more “Double Take.”

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