As I mentioned last week, I spent 72-hours this weekend on a religious retreat. We’ll talk more about how something I learned will deeply impact my professional choices moving forward on Work Wednesday, but I wanted to go ahead and share the punchline with you now in case Monday is being especially unkind.
While my mind is still sharp, my eyes are burning with the fire of one-thousand blazing suns, and I can’t keep them open for one minute longer than necessary. So I thought I would share a “mini-sized weekend reading” post because I found so many good things in my inbox, Twitter and Pinterest accounts when I finally got my iPhone back this evening.
1) William Shakespeare originated many words and phrases we use today, like cruel-hearted and laughing stock. Shakespeare also used nearly 30,000 words throughout his works, possibly giving him the largest vocabulary ever. Now, use this sweet infographic to compare Shakespeare’s word bank with some of the most popular artists in the hip-hop canon.
4) 40-percent-off of full-priced items at Banana Republic. I snagged some pieces to carry me through summer like this ombre striped halter dress and this ikat-print shirtdress. Also, if you’re looking for a relaxed alternative to jeans, I thought these wide-leg chambray pants would look great with a white utility shirt or a brightly colored tank.
5) Since I left the traditional 9-to-5 workforce, I’ve begun a too-talented waster of time. I’ll just check Pinterest real quick… Forbes has three ways to stop squandering the seconds.
6) Who doesn’t love a good-looking, inexpensive shoe? These $35 Zara sandals are my favorite pair right now. Snag ’em while you can.
7) In life, there are great mysteries. One thing that has always baffled me is the refrigerator crisper drawer. What does that selector switch do and why do I need it? Lifehacker has some answers.
8) How much do I want this Assouline coffee table book about designer Elie Saab? It’s too much gorgeous for one book to contain.