Weather Vain: Kansas City, Missouri - 81 and Clear

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Go for the barbecue…or, on a day like today, the weather. Here’s how to take advantage of K.C. on this gorge Monday. —erica

Clockwise from top left:

+ So sunny that you’ll need this Rag & Bone straw number all damn day.

+ A dress—from Black Crane—ready to hit any of the 70-odd galleries in the Crossroads Arts District

+ Collette Ishiyama's stingray necklace—it adds some unfussy cool to just about anything.

+ Matthew Williamson shades as rosy as the flora around the Laura Conyers Smith Fountain.

+ A Tila March clutch that’s toootally ready for a date-night outing to Justus Drugstore

+ Senso sandals as fresh as the crazy-good salads at The Mixx

Way more “Weather Vain” right this way!

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A Case for…Reasonably Sized Shoulder Bags

Recent epiphany: It is not necessary—or at least not necessary every single day of the week—to carry three magazines, a pair of flats, a scarf, eight lip products, and the receipts for everything you’ve purchased since June on your person. In light of this revelation, I’ve become obsessed with purses the size of paperbacks, and these eight are ones I admire not only for their pared-down chicness but also for the positive effects they promise to have on my posture. —erica

1) Khirma Eliazov camera bag: If only the point-and-shoot inside was so sleek.
2) Wendy Nichol leopard satchel bag: Yes, yes, leopard is very of-the-moment, but this shape is timeless. As in, you’ll actually carry this sucker next year.
3) Sang A grid bag: Embroidered leather gives it a texture somewhere between a pot-holder and a pie crust. Please note that those are both very positive associations.
4) Manimal purse: The fresh, slightly girly spin on fringe overcomes any hippy-dippy vibe.

The term handbag originated in the early 20th century, referring to smallish luggage carried by men.

1) Tila March Bonnie bucket: The buckle makes you want to flip this bag on its side—to inspect it at every angle.
2) Clare Vivier Le mini sac: This is the kind of purse you long to find at a vintage store but never do.
3) Collina Strada Victorian: Floral-printed canvas? Um, genius.
4) Meredith Wendell boxy python: If I had the power to, I would name this wonder “shades of greige.”

Shoulder bags first became popular during World War II (with more women going to work) and didn’t have a comeback until the seventies—thanks to Jackie O and her namesake Gucci hobo.

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Of a Kind

I have decided to risk Tila March overload because this season’s shoe line is just that good.

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TILA MARCH

The fact that Tila March is doing shoes now is just too much. I am still pining over the bags. In a major way. I remember this one time Erica emailed me to let me know they were selling them at some ridiculous discount on Ideeli, and I spent the next hour intensely emailing with my mom and Erica about whether or not I should purchase one. I kept doing that thing where you put it in your shopping cart, and once your shopping cart times out, putting it right back in, and then doing it all over again, so as to sort of “reserve” the bag until you make up your mind. Except I was doing it with serious dedication. I ended up not buying the bag, maybe because I took a step back and became embarrassed with myself about the whole situation, but probably more likely because my funds were already depleted from some other shopping indulgence. Now that I’m remembering all this I think it’s obvious I should have bought the bag and been done with it, and hopefully in doing so avoided having to relive the  experience by writing about it on the internet.

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