If anyone ever tells you that they’ve never made a big mistake in their career, they’re either a) lying to you or b) they’ve never taken a risk worth mentioning in their entire professional life. You will fall down, and whether you get back up or not is the thing that will define you. Because your career, like your life, is a journey, not a destination. So don’t be so afraid to fail that you fail to become a success.
1) The Pentagon is tasked with identifying the thousands of unknown soldiers buried in military graveyards, and they’re doing a terrible job. An investigator from Texas is trying to blow the whistle on the agencies failures in the hopes of bringing closure to the loved ones of WWII missing before the relatives pass on as well. It’s a fascinating article.
2) Banana Republic and London-based designer Issa (of the Kate Middleton engagement dress fame) have teamed up for a collection that is sure to fill the closets of young professionals everywhere. They’re offering a 3/4-sleeve replica of the Duchess’s engagement dress, and a similar short sleeve number. I also love this printed dress and the coordinating printed blouse in white and black. This collection is sure to sell out, so get ’em while you can.
4) I like a swipe of thin eyeliner to finish to off my every day makeup. Sadly, this means resharpening the pencil several times to keep that perfect point. But my carpal tunnel may lessen once my Smashbox ‘Always Sharp’ Kohl Liner arrives. Can’t wait.
5) J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler answered a consumer’s email about the ever-evolving style of the once basic brand. In my opinion, a little change at J.Crew was a good thing, but it’s gone too far. They want buyers to pay $1,750 for a tropical sequin dress, but they’re staple pieces (the cashmere, the pencil skirt, the t-shirts) are made with such abysmal quality that I don’t even buy them from there anymore.
In 2004-2008, 80% of my wardrobe from the PJs to the cocktail dresses was J.Crew. Now, if I find anything that doesn’t get returned to the store for a sizing (oh my god, the vanity sizing) or quality issue (I can see through this t-shirt!), it’s a miracle. Or a mistake made on final sale.
6) I love to window shop at ASOS when I’m in search of pieces that are unique and stylish. Last night, I found these deep teal high heels with a cool twisted strap, this cool and inexpensive clutch that looks like a metallic paper bag and this longline blazer with a notch lapel in nude.
7) A restaurant in LA has developed a 45-page “water menu” compiled by their “water sommelier” for those times when tap water just won’t do. If they were trying to make headlines with this mind-boggling show of pretension, they got them. This might be a good time to circulate The Story of Bottled Water.
8) This Robert Lee Morris sculptural cuff stopped me in my tracks. His pieces are phenomenal, and under-$100. I also love this beaded three-row necklace in a malachite color, and this epic blue beaded station necklace.
10) I am fascinated by the process of making movies and television. So I’m so excited to see the documentary Casting By, which details the life and word of casting director Marion Dougherty. Some of the greatest films in the library wouldn’t have been the same without her.