Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 331

Freeing yourself was one thing, claiming ownership of that freed self was another. // Toni Morrison

+ How to be hopeful, even when it’s hard.

+ This <$50 3/4 sleeve sheath dress is perfect for work.

+ Only Murders in the Building is back. Hello, weekend plans.

+ Express has several great blazers right now. I love this cropped tweed jacket.

+ Do women really only have 10 years to sprint up the career ladder?

+ So many good florals at AT: Love the black and white and the purple/pink melange.

+ Tips for choosing the right wine for any special occasion.

+ 4th of July Outfit. Eyelet Maxi Dress + Knotted Sandals + Straw Fedora

+ Working remote? Advice for how to network on Slack.

+ This Lipofix mask lifts the neck and minimizes double chin for events or photos.

+ How to check your AirBnB, hotel room or apartment for hidden cameras.

+ I couldn’t resist the pretty citrus print on this cute onesie or the $15 price.

+ Moving to a new city solo can be less lonely than you think.

+ This cotton-linen maxi and gauze sundress (also in plus) are perfect for the beach or pool.

+ 22 Dinner Recipes for When It’s Too Hot to Cook.

+ Skims pajamas (also in plus) are a great maternity option. I love this set.

+ Can poker teach us the strategies needed to succeed at the office?

+ This exfoliating body mitt will get your skin smooth and in shape for summer.

One Cool Thing. 300+ years ago, a Spanish galleon wrecked off the Oregon Coast. But this isn’t the plot to Goonies, it’s real.  The backstory, and the discovery.

On two occasions over the past 18-months, I promoted Shein clothing on this site.  That will not happen again.

Former Roll Call reporter Beth Brotherton wrote this piece from the American Manufacturing Association detailing how Shein is polluting our planet with fast fashions, likely created with forced labor, and exploiting a loophole to continue their immoral practices.

To give you a sense of scope, Shein is producing 1.3 million new styles per year.  Other fast fashion retailers, like H&M, produce just 25,000 in the same time period.  This means that the bulk of the styles, which often retail for less than $20 a piece, are going into the trash.

Popular with young people and on TikTok, Shein has taken over the fast fashion industry by copying designs from other retailers (even other fast fashion shops like Zara) and drastically cutting prices.  Because they ship straight from China, they can avoid US laws meant to enforce better labor practices, allowing them to make their products with forced Uighur labor and with materials harvested from locations known to employ slave labor.

This post is deeply distressing.  I encourage you not to shop at Shein, and to share this post with friends and relatives (esp. young women).  You won’t see them here again, and hopefully, Rep. Blumenauer’s efforts to close the slave-labor loophole will be successful.



  1. Rebecca says:

    That galleon story was something else, and a story I never would have come across on my own. Thanks for sharing it!

    June 28, 2022/Reply
  2. Rachel says:

    I’ve been making ceviche on repeat when it’s too hot to cook – this is my go-to recipe. Any firm white fish works well – I usually use rockfish.

    June 28, 2022/Reply
  3. Mary says:

    Super not the point but it’s pronounced SHE-in, according to a tweet by the brand. I have never purchased from them and do not plan to change that. Thanks for the article.

    June 28, 2022/Reply
    • Belle says:

      See, last time I pronounced it Shein, I got corrected. Apparently, it is the Givenchy of the fast fashion world, no one can agree.

      June 29, 2022/Reply
  4. EmMA says:

    That onesie is really cute- but be warned, snaps are the devil! Zippers (or magnets) make allllll the difference in the middle of the night.

    Signed, mom of a 5 month old who lived and learned and will never buy PJs with snaps ever again

    June 30, 2022/Reply
  5. Anon says:

    Thank you for the PSA about Shein! I knew they were fast fashion, but didn’t know how much worse they were than other fast fashion options. Appreciate you keeping them off the site!

    June 30, 2022/Reply
    • Dee says:

      Agreed. Thank you.
      I really respect and enjoy how you bring your authentic self and opinions into this site. Not just to spark discussions or comments, but to be you. Like how you don’t post sales on Veterans/Memorial Days. Very cool

      July 1, 2022/Reply
  6. Pam says:

    I’m glad you have discovered and shared the worst of Shein. Their quality is crap and their manufacturing abhorrent. They have an amazing use of AI to generate the million plus styles they churn out like textile litter. Lots of young women without a lot of money waste their money on Shein crap. Thank you for taking a stand.

    July 2, 2022/Reply