The Daily Eight: September 16, 2016

Sep 16, 2016

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I have no idea if this is actually Lao Tzu.  Sites like Good Reads and Brainy Quote have made it impossible to check.

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1) The $1,000 date night: Has D.C.’s tasting menu culture finally jumped the shark? (The Washington Post)

2) Ann Taylor has 40%-off with code YESPLEASE.  I grabbed this faux-leather pencil and these black, bow flats.

3) 25 well-known women talk about anger and how to deal with it. (The Cut)

4) For affordable sweaters, try this Sun & Shadow off the shoulder.  Also, this Topshop chunky funnel-neck.  Plus-size? Try this Halogen zip-back sweater.

5) Are state governments to blame for the rising cost of college tuition? (fivethirtyeight)

6) L’Agence makes the best tweed.  So does Iro.  Sadly, I didn’t win the Powerball this week, so Halogen.

7) Meet the second-grader who is a fashion Instagram star. (Narrative)

8) Traveling for work? Hit up Sephora’s On the Fly shop.  Thank goodness, Drybar makes a travel kit.

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  1. TheLoop says:

    $1000 is crazy. But at least he’s giving his staff health insurance. Also hope they are getting paid reasonable wages and not expected to survive just on tips. And it sounds like the menu is uber-personalized. TBH, we should stop calling these “restaurants” – they are customized dining experiences and when put that way $481 per person is still high but digestible.

  2. Anna says:

    The $1000 is including the priciest beverage pairing, so it’s pricey, but not AS pricey. Personally, I don’t have an objection to many of these high-priced establishments. My issue with this one in particular is that this is a relatively untested chef. He’s 25. Didn’t even make it to the finale of Top Chef. It’s ballsy to charge this much at your very first restaurant. The other “experience” restaurants are headed by chefs who’ve proved themselves in one way or another. Even if I had the money to spend, I wouldn’t go here until maybe the place has gotten rave reviews. I mean, it’d be like a Staff Assistant demanding a high-powered lobbyists salary and just saying, “I went to a fancy school, trust me, I’ll be good at this job.”

  3. Jenn S. says:

    Even as, “an experience,” I can’t imagine paying that much money for a single meal. If it’s, “experiences,” one seeks, one go on a brief (or nearby) vacation for that kind of money or just a smidgen more.

    • Stephanie says:

      Seriously. This is well into Hunger Games Capitol territory.

    • blurb says:

      And see, for some, this is like a vacation or better. So to each her own, right? We can all decide what constitutes an experience worthy of dropping cash.

      • Jenn S. says:

        Sure! We can all decide that for ourselves. It is preposterous that a rookie chef thinks that’s called for on his first adventure. To echo Anna, above, “I went to a fancy school, trust me, I’ll be good at this job.”

        To each her own, but I can’t help but question the judgment of someone who thinks that’s an experience worth dropping cash on (esp. with the rookie chef) unless that someone has a swimming pool full of money that they can Scrooge McDuck into.

      • Stephanie says:

        Yes, and if you drop cash on stupid things, people might judge you.

        • Jenn S. says:

          Absolutely. And I’m not going to suggest that anyone base their life choices on fear of judgment from others – if the experience is going to ruffle your feathers in a good way, do it. But understand that if you choose to share the tale of that experience with others, you’re not likely to be met with understanding.

  4. Anna says:

    Off-the-shoulder sweaters look so cozy, but the annoyance of wearing a strapless bra negates the sweater’s coziness.

    • Cait says:

      Amen to this! I almost pulled the trigger on this one, but the last thing I need is to extend summer bra strap struggles into my winter wardrobe.

  5. Virginia Zignego says:

    Re: L’Agence tweed… Out of curiosity, have you ever used Poshmark? I’ve found a number of brand name items there for much much less.

  6. SN says:

    The University of California used to be free. When Ronald Reagan became governor of CA he deleted it from the state budget, with the results you see today. One of his many inspired actions. Disgusting.

  7. Sandy says:

    Impatiently waiting for today’s posts…thought maybe your award show round-up would be in store!

    • Belle says:

      I haven’t done the Emmy’s in a few years. But let me look around, maybe there will be something worth commenting on.

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