Workday Reading

The Workday Reading: August 18, 2017

Charlottesville reading, lockets are my new obsession, why the word “adulting” sucks, and more…


1) Most of my reading this week was dedicated to Charlottesville:

  • The man who thought white supremacy was “fun,” until it wasn’t. (GQ)
  • Is there any point in protesting? (The New Yorker)
  • A CEO censored The Daily Stormer, he’s conflicted about it. (Gizmodo)
  • Thank you, Tina Fey, for the laugh we needed. #sheetcaking (WaPo)

2) These $59 gold flats look like the ideal commuter shoe.

3) Financial habits to master in your 20s (or 30s). (The Everygirl)

4) These clear makeup bags in large and small are perfect for travel.

5) The Kardashians: Sex tape to a billion-dollar brand. (Hollywood Reporter)

6) Lockets, I’m Obsessed: a blue enamel, a cloisonne, a triangle-shaped one.

7) From Trump Aide to Single Mom. (The Atlantic)

8) Bell-sleeve dresses for work/play in plus-sizes and straight sizes.

9) I beg you, let’s kill the world “adulting.” (Man Repeller)

10) Lululemon’s sale section is the best. These Love tees are my favorite.

11) How Lilly Pulitzer turned a breakdown into an iconic brand. (Harper’s)

12) If I could wear one brand for the rest of my life, Rebecca Taylor.


What I Had to Have. This Factory tee that reminds me of my pup, Avery.

What I’m Making. If you’ve never roasted a strawberry, you’ve never lived.

What Dropped My Jaw. The elaborate preparations for quinceaneras.

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  1. Karissa says:

    Loved the adulting and quinceanera links. Thanks for helping fill a slow Friday at work!

    August 18, 2017/Reply
  2. TR says:

    Man Repeller: thank you so much. Seriously. From the bottom of my heart.

    August 18, 2017/Reply
  3. Lynn says:

    WaPo article on Tina Fey is not what I expected. I was surprised. Initially, I thought it a satire on white people who choose to lament racism, but stay at home, eat cake and yell into the void, BUT do not act. Instead, they *hope* that someone else deals with it or that it just magically disappears because people *say* they aren’t racist and we have laws to protect against racism. When she actually said don’t protest I was kind of stunned. I don’t think everyone has to protest/counterprotest – it’s not for me, not for everyone. But I do believe that it is one of the many ways to act against white supremacy. To say don’t show up? I don’t know…based on some of the twitter comments I’ve seen it seems many people have been waiting for permission to pretend these issues don’t exist.
    I probably wouldn’t have seen this article, so thanks for posting

    August 18, 2017/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I think what she was saying is that by going to the same place to counterprotest, you draw more attention to them than to you. Let me give you an example.

      The Aryan Nation was HQ’ed in North ID for decades. Every year, they’d do a white power parade through the streets of one of the cities. Counterprotesters would come by the hundreds in the beginning. Then the media would come, also by the hundreds. Then one day, a reporter covering the march decided that instead of filming the group of 75 or so marching supremacists, he’d film the 100s of TV satellite trucks and reporters. Once the curtain was pulled back, the group stopped protesting because the media stopped covering it. Why throw a parade if no one will come and you can’t get press?

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    • Jessica says:

      I’ve read a lot of this criticism of her in this, too. I do think some of it is sour and humorless, for two reasons. 1. It’s SNL. If her directives (to scream into the void of sheetcake) were genuine and instructive – were you really waiting for Tina Fey to tell you what to *do* about the problem of Nazi resurgence? Really? and 2. If you *were* looking for someone to tell you what to do, The Southern Poverty Law Center (an organization that studies this subject more than almost anyone else) unambiguously states that showing up to a white supremacy rally only serves the white supremacists by drawing attention to their cause – which is what they want. They WANT discord. They WANT confrontation. Ignoring them is the opposite of what they want. In which case, some sheetcake to scream into might be nice. If you’re going to spend money though, sponsoring a white supremacist by donating to your local BLM chapter, the ACLA, whatever organization best serves your goals – is likely more productive. .

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  4. Anna says:

    Oh god, the comments on that “adulting” article made me want to stop using the phrase immediately, if not go back and delete it from all posts I may have previously made that contain it. Along with several other “Millenial” phrases that may have crept into my conversation/social media posts.

    August 18, 2017/Reply
  5. Lindsey says:

    Roasted strawberry bruschetta. It’s delicious! And so unexpected. Enjoy!

    August 19, 2017/Reply
  6. O says:

    The article about A.J. Delgado’s pregnancy was heartbreaking. To me, it illustrates the complete hypocrisy of Republican pro-life males. They don’t even know what they stand for, or why. The end result is that women suffer loss of career, loss of friends and loss of prestige.

    August 19, 2017/Reply
  7. Anne says:

    Abra, if you’re looking at lockets, or any other vintage jewelry, Lang Antiques will blow you away. I can spend hours looking through their stuff and the store in SF is amazing.

    August 19, 2017/Reply