1) The financial struggles of the city and residents of Detroit are leading to some interesting innovation as they try to do more with less. Recently, the city’s farmer’s markets started offering food stamp recipients the chance to receive double-value for their dollar if they buy Michigan-grown foodstuffs. As a result, people are eating more vegetables and struggling farmers have more customers.
2) This $28 Forever21 purse is amazing. Perfect for fall.
3) The REWM has a review of the cleaning advice book, “My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha.” (Great title.)
4) Zara has some great sweaters right now. I love this long, ivory cable sweater. This shell pink v-neck is also a winner. I also kind of love this high-neck, boxy sweater (esp. with the matching skirt).
5) GQ has an amazing long-form piece on a man who lived as a hermit in the woods of Maine for almost three decades. He survived by stealing food from vacant cabins, and he did not speak to another person for almost the entire time. It’s a really fascinating read.
6) Now this is a jewelry box! Sadly, it costs more than the jewelry it would house.
7) The Burning Man festival has always intrigued me. The idea that hundreds of people will voluntarily gather in the desert in August to camp and commune without access to modern amenities is fascinating to me. Apparently, the tech billionaires are ruining it by trying to outdo each other.
9) MSN Living and Refinery 29 have a thought-provoking piece on why more brands don’t sell plus-size clothing. I don’t agree with all of the points they make, but I think it’s a well-researched, well-written piece.
10) Piperlime has so many lustworthy pieces right now. I am obsessed with this slouchy Velvet sweatshirt, these Rachel Comey boots and this Rachel Zoe peplum jacket. On the more affordable side, I love this Fifth Label coat and this RD Style chunky-knit sweater (in four great colors).
11) I laughed so hard at this blog post about the difference between sending your kids back to school in the 1970s and sending them back to school today.
12) BB Dakota is one of my favorite inexpensive brands. I love this midnight navy-to-charcoal ombre cardigan. This midi-length, high-waist pencil is also nice. And this amethyst, tank dress could be worn now and under a sweater two months from now.