Double Take: Rock Steady

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If you need proof that rocking chairs aren’t just for little old ladies on front porches, how’s about these two? There’s the smart-looking Félix from the Belgian designer Frédéric Richard and the less angular—but no less awesome—Savannah III designed by the Brit Jolyon Yates. They both, well, rock. —alex ronan

Ready to sit back and take in more “Double Take?” Here ya go.

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Yes, you still want a leopard-print dress. And, yes, it should be this Loup one. —erica

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Weather Vain: Ojai, California - 81 and Clear

Judging by what’s showing up in my Instagram feed, Ojai is the new Palm Springs. And if you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer temps, you should probably be saying “oh, HI” to Ojai right now. —erica

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Clockwise from top left: 

+ Jeffrey Campbell boots-slash-mules in dusty, Ojai Racho Inn colors.

+ A very in-from-L.A. slip dress, c/o Organic by John Patrick.

+ A Rundholz sweater—in case the air’s a little crisp for a morning farmers’ market stroll.

+ A ring from Unearthen that’s jazzy enough for a dinner—with a wine flight?—at Azu.

+ An Eayrslee clutch to tuck under your arm while you shop (outdoors!) at Bart’s Books.

+ For strolling around Summer Camp and Modern Folk, this Lissy Verkade scarf is juuust right.

More outfit (and destination) ideas over here.

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To call this Nomia number a T-shirt dress is a massive understatement. —erica

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Might we suggest this Jesse Kamm dress for any fall weddings you’re hitting? (Because that matrimonial season is def not over?) —erica

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If you aren’t keeping an eye on Lauren Manoogian's knits, you are definitely missing out. —erica

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Couple Up: Natalie Portman and Jake Gyllenhaal

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You know what’s so like these two—those celebrities who we all kind of want to date? They’ve remained total pals: In 2011, five years after their split, he called her “the Audrey Hepburn of our generation,” and she labeled him “the Cary Grant of our generation.” Yup, class acts. —erica

Natalie Portman: A black Jennifer Behr headband, a big Acne turtleneck, and sunglasses from Elizabeth and James.

Jake Gyllenhaal: Nudie jeans, a comfy henley from Rag & Bone, and Original Penguin shades.

Right this way for more couples who once were…

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Here comes Manon, making that whole feather jewelry thing feel fresh. —erica

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Here’s what I think: This Mes Demoiselles sitch is the most hippie-doo puffy vest there ever was. And that’s what I love about it. —erica

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The Insider: Kevin Kearney

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Later this fall, the Of a Kind site is getting a facelift—and we have this dude to thank. As CEO of Hard Candy Shell, Kevin Kearney has worked his design magic on the web homes of little publications like The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. But before you start thinking he’s all business, you should know this: His company’s also to thank for the fluff-ball heaven that is Cute Roulette. Here, get to know a guy we think is the bomb dot com. —mattie kahn

Q: What is the best part about your job?

A: I mean, I think it’s probably the fact that I get to pick who I spend all day with. All the employees that I’ve hired are people who I like spending time with, so being able to spend time with people who are smart, creative, and passionate all day is pretty good.

Q: What’s the last web redesign that really impressed you?

A: I think the New York Times’s most recent one. We do a lot in the media space, and that was one of the rare ones that we didn’t work on where I said, “That’s a great job.”

Q: What’s the worst piece of professional advice anyone has ever given you?

A: Don’t rock the boat.

Q: When’s the last time you went off the grid?

A: About two weeks ago.

Q: What was the occasion?

A: I went to Mozambique for sixteen days for diving. It was pretty great. It’s hard to be on the grid when you’re in the water with a humpback whale. On one of our dives, the whales were singing, which is a pretty amazing sound if you ever get to hear it.

Q: What restaurant in your neighborhood is underappreciated?

A: Everybody thinks Battersby and Dover are really great, but there’s a place called Bergen Hill in Carroll Gardens that I think is the most underrated.

Q: Tell us something we don’t know about the nuts and bolts of Of a Kind.

A: Well, maybe this is obvious, but I think the real key to the success of Of a Kind is just the taste of Claire and Erica. Everything else is sort of secondary. To me, when I think of the one thing that matters about Of a Kind, it is that.

Meet more serious STARS right here.

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