Entries Tagged as 'Wednesday Reading'
1) When I was seventh grade, my Mother bought me my first Seventeen magazine. It was the back to school issue, and Katherine Heigl was on the cover. Those glossy pages are remembered fondly. Perhaps that’s why I found this list of headlines from vintage teen magazines made me chuckle. I also like the list of Cosmo headlines, they never cease to amaze.
2) I’m attending a holiday party where the host has requested that all the women wear red. I sold my go-to red dress a few years ago, so I guess it’s time to find a new one. I’m thinking about this lace Adrianna Papell, or this Cynthia Steffe dress that looks like it could be Monique Lhuillier. Maybe I’ll just rent this one-shoulder dress from Badgley Mischka, instead?
3) While I am not a parent, I found this article, “7 Secrets to Raising Happy Kids” very illuminating. Lots of good advice, not just for raising children, but for being a fully-formed person.
4) The temperature was -24 degrees in Montana over the holidays. I was forced to buy a pair of glittery shearling-lined boots to wear as slippers because my parent’s house never cracked 55-degrees. I’m thinking about picking up these TOMS boots to wear in the house instead, or maybe I’ll just go 80s and buy leg warmers. Very Flashdance.
5) The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is selling out everywhere, and with its selection of rose-hued neutrals, it’s not hard to see why. Ulta has fresh stock, so get ‘em while they’re hot.
6) Check out these amazing shadow sculptures. Nothing is what it seems.
7) Roland Mouret, why must you tease me? Your dresses are beautiful, but the prices obscene. Even when I find them for 75%-off at Centruy21, they still give me pause. This is the Target designer collaboration that I would most like to see.
8) Unlike most of my gender, my handwriting is terrible. My old Boss once banned me from writing him any notes because he could never translate my “serial killer scratches.” Due to our reliance on typing, some schools have stopped teaching cursive. Comedian Stephen Colbert does not agree with that decision, this video defending his position will cheer up a dreary Friday.
9) Kate Middleton wore a $36 Zara necklace to an event. It is now selling for five-times that amount on eBay.
Want something similar for under-$75? This multi-row Cezanne crystal necklace is beautiful. I also LOVE this beaded multi-row necklace from INC, the mix of grey, silver and gold is so beautiful. And if you prefer something with rocker-chic, this Topshop chain necklace bridges the gap between edgy and pretty.
10) It’s a bit too cold to be thinking about flats with open backs. But I loved these Sam Edelman studded shoes so much (esp. at $110), that I bought them so I wouldn’t miss out come March.
11) This weekend, my hometown is having a food drive. Our little community donates more pounds of food than the City of Seattle collected at their food drive. I’ve always been proud to be from such a generous place, but one thing has always perplexed me.
You see, it takes hundreds of volunteers to collect food from the working class neighborhoods because there is a bag on every porch. Only a dozen are needed to do pick ups in the Country Club and the wealthier subdivisions. Studies show that nationally, the poorest 20-percent of Americans give 3.2% of their income to charity, while the wealthiest 20-percent give only 1.2% to needy causes.
It’s the season to be grateful for what we have. So even if you can only make a small donation, I encourage you to give to FeedingAmerica, a charity that helps local food banks and non-profits that feed the needy. If you’re from MT, you can give to the MT Food Bank Network directly. And if you have the means, think about setting up a recurring donation that can be debited from your account each month.
I loved this quote the moment I read it. Our modern world is conditioning us to be dissatisfied with nearly everything, but too often, we don’t turn that angst into anything productive or positive. So whether you’re inventing fire or your just figuring out a way to deal with a personal issue, action is the source of all solutions. What will you fix today?
1) In the first world, we talk about “girl power” as a way to help women grow in their personal or professional lives. But we often take for granted the challenges that girls and women in the developing world face…like being forced into marriage before you’re even a teenager.
This video from MEMRI shows an 11-year-old Yemeni girl who is being rescued before her mother can sell her into marriage. Powerful stuff.
2) That first one was a tough act to follow, but…I’m really feeling structured necklines for fall. I can’t wait for styles like this Alexander Wang Gathered Silk Top and this MSGM Asymmetric Blouse to trickle down to Zara or H&M.
3) Can someone explain to me the appeal of the pointy nail shape I keep seeing on so many actresses, entertainers and socialites? And speaking of nails, I’m thinking about buying this Velvet Manicure Kit from Ciate. I love the berry poncho color.
4) I was invited to a late summer wedding and I’d like to find a dress with a color befitting the warm weather. I like this light green dress with a flirt a-line skirt from 4.Collective or this coral, gathered neck dress from Raoul.
5) Three female executives are suing Merrill Lynch for gender discrimination. Apparently, ML required the women to read a book titled Seducing the Boys Club and attend seminars on how they could better fit into a male dominated workplace. Advice included gems like playing on their “masculine instincts” to “protect the weaker sex.”
6) I bought a pair of these Old Navy lounge pants to wear around the house on the weekends. They’re baby soft. Best $25 I’ve spent in a while.
7) These have been making the rounds around the Hill, but in case you haven’t seen them…check out 29 Hill Staffer Problems and 29 Worst Things About Being an Intern. And don’t miss The Hungry Lobbyist’s post, 20 Lobbyist Problems.
8) I’ve been searching for a pool cover-up that was classic and easy. I found the best selection at Piperlime. I looked at this printed kurta, but ultimately chose this gauzy white tunic.
9) Feeling a bit shiny in the summer heat? Try HD Microfinish Powder. It sets your makeup and keeps shine at bay. Thanks for the recommendation, Wit & Whimsy.
10) Did a little baking for a friend’s party last week. And when I tell you that you need to make these sea salt brownie cookies, I.am.not.kidding.
I wanted to take a brief moment to thank all of you for coming to visit the blog each day. For leaving comments. For sending e-mails. For telling friends, interns and family members about the site.
The blog, and the small community of readers that has grown up around it, has been a constant part of my life for nearly five years. And when I sit down on Thursday nights to write this post (which is my favorite, by the way), I feel really glad that I decided to start a blog all those August recesses ago. It hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always been worth it.
1) This sultry KAUFMANFRANCO gown sets my world on fire.
2) The New York Times Magazine featured a long piece about sex on campus written from the perspective of female students. Reaction to the article was heavy and swift. Like with many articles, readers complained that it focused solely on the perspective of heterosexual females. The author talked about why in the Q&A, and expressed her hope that other writers will examine the topic more broadly than she could in 4,800 words.
3) I would like to buy a new handbag, since a few of mine are starting to show their age, but there are just too many great options. Just when I think I’ve picked one, I see another one that I like. The current top contenders are this “tech bag” with a separate iPad pocket, the Minkoff Cupid bag or this Kate Spade Skyler tote. Too many choices.
4) Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat is a product that makeup gurus rave about. I purchased a tube of this miracle highlighter a few years ago, and thinking it was just like under-eye concealer, applied it incorrectly. As you might imagine, I was less than thrilled with the results. Luckily, Into the Gloss has an in-depth tutorial on how to use it correctly for maximum wattage.
5) PBS has created a truly inspired ad campaign that actually makes me want to donate. It features promos for fake reality shows, which, given the premises of some of the shows on TV (“My Cat from Hell”, “My Big Redneck Vacation”), could easily be coming to a DVR near you.
6) Have an iPhone 5? Need an awesome, stylish case? This mother-of-pearl case from handbag maker Rafe is incredible.
7) Has the royal baby been born yet?
8) After yesterday’s post about summer dresses, a reader suggested I check out Limited, and boy, did I find some cute things. I like this printed dress and this ponte, striped dress with a full skirt. But I think this long black and white ikat print is my favorite. And the best part? Everything is 40% off.
9) I think it might be time to get Netflix. People keep raving about this show “Orange is the New Black” (trailer is NSFW), and I’ve been told that “House of Cards” is a must watch. Subscribers, do you think it’s worth the money?
10) Looking to vamp up your wardrobe? This under-$75, waist-cinching belt from BCBG is the perfect choice to amp up sheath dresses and pencil skirts. Wowza.
11) Kanye West convinced thousands of men to buy a $120 “hip-hop t-shirt.” It looks just like a Hanes white tee, but costs 4,000% more. It would be easy to judge him for being greedy or completely lacking perspective, but remember, this is the man who will be paying child support to Kim Kardashian. He needs every penny he can get his hands on…and a shady Caribbean bank to hide his assets for him.
People talk a lot about the importance of closure. We’re programmed to need a finite end or a reason why, but what if all you get is a phone that doesn’t ring? It’s hard to think of silence as closure, but if you think about it, it says all you need to hear.
1) There’s been some discussion in the press recently about households with female breadwinners. Some people are simple-minded enough to decry this as a bad thing. I feel differently. But delving deeper into the issue, Learnvest has an article featuring three men who earn less than their partners. Their thoughts on what it’s like to be the one who earns less are worth a read.
2) I intended to take a break from shopping. But writing a fashion blog and trying to pack for a trip to Montana with a closet full of D.C. work clothes, forced me into the Penn Quarter J.Crew this week. I met a blog reader while standing in line to check out and purchased a fun summer outfit. I really like the way the pattern on this Liberty shirt works with the bright red color of the shorts.
3) What if your wife passed away and you discovered that she wasn’t who she said she was? A Texas family, a Seattle-based Social Security investigator and a newspaper reporter are all trying to answer one question: Who was Lori Ruff?
4) Bobbi Brown, Navy & Nude eye shadow palette. To.die.for.
5) Pippa Middleton, sister to the Duchess of
Windsor Cambridge, and burgeoning fashion icon, is writing a new column for Vanity Fair. Her first subject? A Guide to the Best of Wimbledon. Pimm’s Cup, anyone?
6) The Outnet has become my favorite place to shop on the web. They have great jewelry and accessories, like this Missoni scarf for 60-percent-off and this pretty eight-pointed star ring. And sometimes, I find an item so good that I just have to have it. This Alice + Olivia Leather-Trim Dress for example. I will wear this all winter and fall.
7) I have a handful of trips planned for the last half of 2013, so I was so excited to discover the website Roadtrippers. Plug in your starting point and your destination, and the website tells you where to eat, what to see and what to do along the way.
8) I’ve been seeing a lot of “designer” graphic tees in the stores lately. This Kenzo tee caught my eye, as did this Zoe Karssen shirt. I think the best way to wear one is either with a very full skirt, to de-emphasize the frilliness, or with colored skinny pants and a cool jacket. What about you?
9) Cyber-bullying is a growing problem. Our nation’s youth are living their entire lives online, and with the anonymity of the Internet, the playground taunts have taken on a new severity. I thought this article on how Sweden deals with cyber-bullying was fascinating because it illustrates just how very different the cultures in Western nations can be.
10) Why must Marco Bicego jewelry be so beautiful AND so expensive? It is not fair.
The quote above is from Fred Rogers, the creator of the greatest children’s television show of all-time, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. On Tuesday, I was having a really bad day, and this list of facts about Mr. Rogers that was published on Buzzfeed really cheered me up. Won’t you be my neighbor?
1) Doctor’s injected a little girl with a genetically modified version of the HIV virus and it killed her cancer. Way to go, science.
2) Now, from that mind-blowing piece of news to an exasperating one. The Subway fast food chain is fighting a legal battle in Wisconsin where the company is being sued because their “footlong” sandwiches may only be 11″ long. I can’t believe that this non-issue is worthy of the court’s time. Pardon me while I try not to make any jokes about how it’s not the length of the sandwich that matters…
3) I love Urban Decay’s Naked 2 Eyeshadow palette, and this tutorial on how to use the Naked shadows to create the perfect glamorous-smoky eye is definitely worth a click. I will definitely be trying that look out soon. And speaking of makeup…
4) Sephora is having a 15th Birthday sale featuring some amazing products priced at under-$15. I especially like the trial-size bottle of Josie Maran Argan Oil. There’s nothing this stuff isn’t good for, I use it on damaged cuticles, dry skin, blemishes and my split ends. It’s a wonder product.
5) Lifehacker has a fascinating post on how thinking about buying something may actually make you happier than buying it. If this is true, what will the credit card companies do when their business plummets?
6) Longtime readers know about my hatred for the retina-searing clothes produced by the Ed Hardy brand, so I particularly enjoyed this article in which the brand’s designer laments that Jon Gosselin, of Jon & Kate, Plus 8 infamy, is the cause for his brand’s demise. Perhaps, I should send Jon Gosselin a fruit basket as a thank you?
7) Now that my pool is finally open, I’ve discovered that I’m in need of some essentials. On my shopping list: this hair color protecting spray to keep my dye job intact, this caftan cover up and these simple metallic flip-flops for the pool deck. I also stocked up on SPF 50 sunscreen. Bring on summer!
8) Speaking of summer, I know that many of us have summer vacations on the books and that means packing. Mimosa Lane has a great post on summer packing essentials. Perhaps, I should do one of my posts on what to pack for a trip? Those are always a crowd pleaser, and they really help me focus my own packing decisions. (I like to pack as light as possible.)
9) My obsession with white seems to be waning, as I develop a new adoration for maxi dresses. I bought one a few weeks ago, and now I feel like I need 10 more. The dress that started this fixation came from Jessica Simpson, I love the way it moves and fits. I’m hoping that this mixed-print dress goes on sale next month, so that I can grab it too. I’m also thinking about buying this loose-fitting jersey dress for my August vacation.
10) Lastly, the best thing I’ve seen this week is Stephen Colbert’s astonishing tribute to his mother Lorna following her recent passing. Grab the tissues, you’ll need them.