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There are few things I love more than a sausage on a string.

DSC09139So when Rob picked me up from work and drove us to Roma’s for some dinner stuff (prosciutto, mozzarella, bread, roasted red peppers), he grabbed one for me. This isn’t a frequent thing because I tend to go through these in a matter of days. I was peering through the windshield, in the car in the pouring rain, waiting to see his grey hoodie appear. All of a sudden I saw him, brown bag in hand, a flash of shiny white teeth in the window. He paused for suspense, then jerked up his arm to show a dangling saucisson. I jumped in the seat and clapped my hands.

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I love how well he knows me. I mean, he knows there isn’t a day I wouldn’t love to get a pair of earrings or a scarf or a catsuit, but he also knows he’s going to get a much more rewarding reaction from me via a boxed set of Perrier-Jouët (with matching etched glasses) or a hand-picked bottle of Rosé or a hunk of dried sausage on a string. Smart boy.

Anyway, I think the best gifts are the ones you can enjoy together.

DSC09138[p.s. how cool is the Vena Cava chiffon t-shirt? I’m in love.]

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So I broke the fast and bought two things. But before you go huffing at me like I’m some kind of relapsed addict, there’s a story.

The description said "What trip to the Riviera would be complete without these?" so I had to have them.

The description said "What trip to the Riviera would be complete without these?" so I had to have them.

First, this pair of nylon Elizabeth & James (the Olsen’s line) shorts has been in my shopbop wishlist for 6 or so months. Since it appeared that no one was visiting my wishlist or buying anything off of it, I took matters into my own hands and went to ebay. Ebay and I had a nasty divorce last winter when some unseen shipping charges sent an innocent (albeit drunken) couple of purchases beyond the $200 mark and I had to remove it from my bookmarks bar. But this time, I found the shorts in question for $49.99.

They weren't working with our color scheme.

They weren't working with our color scheme.

But I managed to get them for nothing by selling these old Lilly Pulitzer placemats of my granny’s that have been packed away since I rescued them from her house in a big move a few years back.

Finally got her!

Finally got her!

Then I blew it and got this slightly more expensive Vena Cava chiffon t-shirt from a sale on Gilt Groupe. If you don’t participate in that, e-mail me and I’ll send you a referral. It’s so brilliant.

Time to tighten my belt for School Taxes, Rd. 2.

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[Update: they have a blog now, and it happens to be my favorite of all—see blogroll to the right. They are a twisted, radical couple of girls who don’t give a s**t what you think!]

Vena Cava (not the anatomical variety) is a stellar line of really creative pieces I first found a couple years ago, but have seen featured with increasing frequency over the last year or so. The line is so lovely… really subtle, lots of details and hand-painting, and a feel that makes it seem like everything was pulled from obscurity in the racks of a second-hand store, but with a quality that imparts serious sophistication. It is not without surprises.

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The designers are originally from SoCal, went to Parson’s together, and started the line back in ’03 in their Brooklyn apartment. There’s definitely that duality in their designs, too; on the same page there are ladylike a-line skirts next to printed rompers. I love their Web site (www.venacavanyc.com) because you get a great glimpse of all the looks, plus you can scroll through some images that served as the designers’ muses.

Right now I’m dying for the Demon Blouse [update: I totally got it! See me wearing it here.], a white silk chiffon t-shirt with lots of tiny words written on it, and the King Tut shorts, chiffon deconstructed high-waisted shorts with a fluttery hem. The leather leggings are beyond incredible, too.

Vena Cava's Demon Blouse ($253) and leather pants ($909).
Vena Cava’s Demon Blouse ($253) and leather pants ($909).
King Tut shorts ($276).

King Tut shorts ($276).

Vena Cava is available at Barney’s and Barney’s Co-Ops, various boutiques nationwide, and a few of my online favorites, www.shopbop.com and www.revolveclothing.com, among others. Check out the Web site for details.

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