Workday Reading

The Daily Eight: September 9, 2016



1) How we arrived at the era of post-truth politics. (The Economist)

2) This Free People Horseshoe Belt is the must-have belt of the fall.  Coming in a close second is this black Audra Cut-Out Belt from Anthropologie.

3) Five tips for pitching a great idea to ensure it won’t get overlooked or shot down. (WNYC)

4) Winter is coming! Hate snow boots?  Try these waterproof, over the knee Blondo boots with a shearling insole for warmth.

5) Designers refuse to make clothes for American women and it’s a disgrace.  Go get em, Tim Gunn. (WaPost)

6) Essie finally came out with a gel-like nail polish.  But I think Deborah Lippmann is still my fave.

7) A thought provoking article: The Case Against Cats. (LA Review of Books)

8) This sliced gold (yes, sliced) labradorite ring from Net-a-Porter is a drop dead piece everyone will want.

*image found here.



  1. Anna says:

    Soooo cats are basically the humans of the non-human animal world? Yet one more way we can relate 🙂

    September 9, 2016/Reply
  2. Jenn S. says:

    Gunn is absolutely right – it makes no sense. When such a significant portion of the American female population wears sizes 14+ why would you not design for them?! Even if they care for nothing else, they’re throwing money away.

    I’m on the smaller end of the size spectrum, size 2. It’s worth adding that shopping for attire in conventional, middle-class-accessible places is NOT the cakewalk that many think it to be. Many lines either do not make, or stores do not carry, sizes below 4 or 6. It is rare that I can go to a set of physical stores planning to buy three outfits and actually find myself able to accomplish the goal without going online and flying blind in terms of fit. This, however, is just an inconvenience…not an insult.

    September 9, 2016/Reply
    • Anna says:

      It is much more difficult to design and manufacture clothes for larger women therefore cutting into profit margins. Women’s in general is a crap-shoot in terms of fit. We all have bigger hips, shorter waists, smaller shoulders, bigger boobs, whatever. Men’s clothing is generally cut straight and loose, whereas our stuff has to conform to our curves, curves that vary considerably from person to person. I’m average height, neither very thin nor overweight, and I have trouble finding clothes that fit well. Things tend to be tight around my hips but loose on my waist. Or if they fit my shoulders, the sleeves are too long. Those challenges are only multiplied as our bodies get larger.

      September 9, 2016/Reply
    • SM says:

      Good for Tim Gunn for speaking up for non-sample sized women. There appears to be clear disdain in the fashion industry for designing for diverse body types. Also very interesting that he basically threw Project Runway under the bus.

      September 9, 2016/Reply
  3. LS says:

    I have those Blondo boots and they’re awesome. Two things to note:
    1. They aren’t really “over the knee” unless you’re short. I’m 5’0″ and they’re just barely high enough. I think the Zappos reviews have more detail.
    2. I tried to be stylish and wear them with white jeans and they left my jeans all black. Definitely don’t try this without knee high sock.

    September 9, 2016/Reply