Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 179

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. // Fred Allen

+ How to find a new hobby.

+ This shirttail hem tee is $18 perfection.

+ In the pandemic economy, you can have a kid or a job.

+ Restocked my Briogeo scalp scrub.  It’s the best.

+ Rage baking, anyone? Maybe a toasted s’mores cupcake?

+ Net-a-Porter is having a sale. So many good dresses. This coral MK dress is fab.

+ Working through a personal crisis is about knowing what to share.

+ Revolve has the best beauty selections. Their ‘French pharmacy‘ is a must.

+ The Museum of Ice Cream was Instagram gold, and a toxic workplace.

+ This rattan and black metal chair is too chic for words.

+ Ways to make a small home office work for you.

+ The Reiss sale is awesome. Such a good time to stock up on suiting.

+ Life Hack: Recipe Filter shows you the recipe so you don’t have to scroll cooking blogs.

Universal Standard is a pioneer in the inclusive-sizing movement.  From size 00 to size 40, they have them all.  They also provide a photo of a model wearing each and every size, you never have to guess how something might look on you.

This Hannah Denim Dress is one of my favorites.  I bought it earlier in the year and then lost it to a bleach incident.  I’m finally replacing it, and I can’t wait.

I also love their workwear dresses.  They’re nice enough for the office, but casual enough that you can’t be over dressed and will still be comfortable.  The Mary Dress is a favorite.

I’ve also been looking for a replacement for my Everlane tees, and I think Universal Standard is it.  Their t-shirt shop is stocked with every style and color that you could ever need.

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  1. Meghan says:

    That NYT article spoke to me. I shared it all over my social media and got shockingly angry responses. People saying they’re so tired of people with kids pretending the rest of the world is on some kind of extended vacation.. I don’t think anyone has it easy in the COVID world, and you never know what people are going through at home. Full stop. I think the article just recognizes that trying to work at home and also care for a tiny human full time, isn’t possible. There are only so many hours in a day. Anyway, sorry… *end rant.*

    July 7, 2020/Reply
    • Jess says:

      No. I 100% agree with the NYT article as well. Enough is enough. There are no easy solutions, but there isn’t any solution that solves all the problems, makes all the people happy, keeps everyone safe. There never was before this for anything else either but this appears to be something we have apparently all forgotten.

      July 7, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I don’t think people with kids are pretending we’re on vacation. But it’s clear that people with kids have a different set of problems right now. My COVID life is not easy, but I can’t imagine what it would be like if I had a toddler to wrangle or an elementary age kid who needed schooling.

      Also, I think when employers put out emails saying parents can’t care for children during the workday — like FL state just did — it’s a big middle finger to parents. Schools are closed, camps are closed, daycares are closed, where are you supposed to take kids? Doubly true for parents who work jobs that don’t pay enough to afford the alternatives.

      July 7, 2020/Reply
    • Monica T says:

      There is definitely no monopoly on struggle right now, but if parents aren’t able to talk about their struggle with grossly unprepared school districts and poorly planned timelines, then the Department of Education will just roll on their merry way checking boxes like they’re doing their job. And it’s not just parents who are in a terrible position, teachers as well are being asked to accomplish impossible things. Teach classes in-person and support remote learning? How? And what about those teachers who are ALSO parents. Most budgets are being ruthlessly cut, so non-teaching personnel that allow the teacher to focus on actual teaching are not going to be there to help. The most vulnerable among us are the real losers in all of this. It seems like we should all care about that, regardless of our parental status.

      July 7, 2020/Reply
    • Pam says:

      I found the article interesting as it is a topic we are discussing at my work as we decide how and when to bring employees back. Though my children are college students many of my employees have young kids and I keep pointing out that they will not be able to come back if schools aren’t open. Luckily we have been able to keep everyone employed, and working fairly successfully from home – though i don’t know how some of them manage when both spouses work and there is no grandparent on the scene. I can tell some of them are doing short shift work trading off with their working spouse every couple hours, and getting in a few hours very early or very late. I am just relieved and grateful my youngest was a senior in high school this year and fairly self sufficient or my life would have been a living nightmare – we a have our challenges, but at least i did not have to keep my son, who had many learning and behavioral challenges and needed special education, occupied and out of his short fuse father’s hair while working a 10hour a day job that brings in 75% of our income (while cleaning the house and feeding and shopping for our family of 4). But I know there are people who are in that position and my heart goes out to them. As for the 75 people or so that work for me, i expect them back in the office when their school age kids can go to school and they are able to restore the child care arrangements they previously had.

      July 7, 2020/Reply
  2. Anon says:

    Meghan, I think you hit the nail on the head about the gist of the article. However, as a counterpoint, I’ll share my personal perceptions. I had to read the article twice before I understood how I felt about it. My first reaction was more akin to the reactions you’d got when you’d shared. I am married but intentionally childless, which is hard in its own right. In addition to being inordinately judged by men and women alike, it’s created workplace difficulties of its own. Single and/or childless people can suffer when bosses and/or coworkers deem their downtime to be “less important” than those who have to take care of a family. It’s not less important, it’s just the demands on single/childless people are different. My whole career I have been struggling with the special treatment that some (not all) parents with children advocate for and often receive (i.e. better working hours, no reduction in pay for fewer hours worked (or more pay for those who work more to pick up the slack), recommendations given without being earned because “he needs the job, he has a family to support.”) This also happens to my colleagues who are empty nesters. So it could be that the reactions you received were from folks that are picking up more slack at work to accommodate their co-workers with childcare obligations, often without extra recognition or extra-pay because their free time is “less important.”

    I’m glad I gave the article a second read so I could parse through why I felt a way about the article the first time round. And I couldn’t agree more that this is horrible for all of us and “you never know what a person is going through” (I think both at home and in the workplace).

    July 7, 2020/Reply
  3. TheLOOP says:

    That MOIC article has so many echoes of Audrey Gelman (The Wing) – businesses that tried to sell an experience and an ethos while failing to actually live up to it themselves. I don’t know what to make of their founders who seemed to be “playing at being CEO.” I am sure there are male bosses who are like these but it seems like the threshold for them is higher – sexual harassment or financial wrongdoings.

    July 7, 2020/Reply
    • Betsy says:

      “It was this pink, Kombucha-on-tap, millennial shitshow nightmare.” This phrase captures the entire ethos.

      Creating something doesn’t make someone a good manager or leader. Being good at something doesn’t make someone a great boss. This place sounds like a toxic nightmare – interesting article.

      July 7, 2020/Reply
      • TheLOOP says:

        Exactly! Trying to translate every creative endeavor into a business is unnecessary. I am just surprised at investors who over-value these ventures and seem to invest in the flimsiest of ideas.

        July 7, 2020/Reply
      • Belle says:

        I think a lot of companies — WeWork, The Wing, Outdoor Voices, Uber — are learning that having the founder as CEO has a shelf life.

        July 7, 2020/Reply
  4. ABVV says:

    I’m a huge fan of the Universal Standard v-/t-rex t-shirts. The fabric is nice enough to work under a blazer but still substantial to wear by itself. They’re also the perfect length to wear alone (low hip without being tunic length). I line-dry mine, and they seem to be wearing very well. As someone who’s a cusp size, it’s been amazing to find something that truly fits in a flattering cut.

    July 7, 2020/Reply
  5. Liz says:

    I have to admit, I don’t get it when people complain about having to scroll past a blog post to get to the recipe. Admittedly the food blog I follow the most is Smitten Kitchen and I like her writing, so reading her post before the recipe isn’t a chore. But at the end of the day, we’re mostly talking about free recipes here! Maybe just scroll past it without complaining about all the free content? However, one tip I have is that if I find a recipe I like, I copy and paste it into my email with a link to the recipe. I have an entire tab of recipes that I like. I do this because I worry about food blogs folding and therefore losing access to a recipe I love, but I think it could also help if you don’t like scrolling. Plus you’d have your recipes in one place.

    July 7, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      It’s not that I have scroll past a post, it’s when the scroll is so lengthy and disjointed that I can’t find the recipe. Or the new one I ran into last week, where you scroll through a long post, and then this phrase appears, “Please download our free e-book to get this recipe.”

      July 7, 2020/Reply
  6. L says:

    As someone new to Reiss but eager to try it, could anyone share how its sizing compares to, say, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, J Crew, any similar U.S. store? Converting UK to US sizing is tough enough for me for mass-market clothes, and if (as I imagine) Reiss as the equivalent of US designer sizing, it’s even trickier!

    July 14, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      It doesn’t run quite as small as US designer, but it is somewhat smaller than an Ann Taylor. I’m a 4 in AT, I’m a 6/UK10 in Reiss.

      July 14, 2020/Reply
  7. Yesi Merino says:

    Thank you for sharing. The NYT article was a interesting read.

    July 27, 2020/Reply