As always, some of my favorite items and things to watch as we head into the weekend – have a wonderful one!
1. Some of my recent shawl/scarf additions that I’ve been enjoying. I have lots of black in my wardrobe, so black/red always matches very easily. I don’t know the design names, but both are from the last fall/winter Hermes season. (PS – here’s another shawl on my list that is beautiful, a bit reminiscent of some classic Hermes designs, in a soft cashmere/silk blend at 10% of the price).
The large black on the left I found while casually browsing the San Francisco boutique one day, the little scarf on the right I may have temporarily lifted while rummaging through my mom’s closet. I normally wouldn’t purchase this size – it’s 90 cm, the same as the “regular” silk scarves – and I rarely wear my silk scarves. However, I’m finding the cashmere/silk fabric much easier to work with – it’s more casual in my opinion!
2. I occasionally receive questions about retirement and financial planning, a topic that I am grossly unqualified to give advice on. I do have an interest in personal finance, and enjoy reading and watching stories about the topic. To that end, I wanted to share a great PBS documentary that I often pass along to friends asking for elementary 401k advice, The Retirement Gamble. It is a fascinating look at the retirement “industry” and not only gives a good overview of how you might choose to invest for your future, but gives plenty of good reason for why you might want to save in the first place.
3. I really enjoyed this brief interview with Jenna Lyons of J.Crew. Some unique answers and insights above and beyond the usual types of advice – “invest in accessories,” “work hard,” etc, etc.
4. Instead of a book today, I’m recommending a movie – the fantastic The Lives of Others. If you haven’t already seen it, I would highly recommend it. Yes it is more serious, yes it doesn’t have a traditional “happy ending”. But you won’t regret taking the time to watch this. Even my foreign film, unhappy ending loathing husband was a fan of the movie!