1. Even though we’re now barreling head first into summer, I’ve still been taking the opportunity to stock up on a few fall staples during all the nice sales going on. I recently picked up this little cashmere hoodie during one of J.Crew’s sales, and like it so much I’m highly considering another color, even though I’ve vowed to cut down on multiples.
It’s just so comfortable! The hoodie is currently up to ~50% off on J.Crew with code “SHOPNOW”. I’d sized up to allow room for lots of layering and a nice, comfy fit.
2. I have a confession to make. Even though I have enjoyed a few TED talks and like the concept, a lot of the times I just can’t make it through the 30-40 minute long videos. Which is fine, but the talks are usually very good and I end up missing out on all the lessons due to my short attention span, and plus I end up looking like an ignoramus when smug intellectuals (rampant in the Silicon Valley workplace) bring them the talks in the office. I always wish there was a Cliff Notes version so I could just learn all the important, deep parts and then go back to reality TV (my current favorite, by Bravo of course, Ladies of London).
That’s why I was so happy to be sent this great article from Lifehack, 100 things learned while watching 70 hours of TED talks. Are all the lessons good? Not necessarily…some of them even contradict! But an interesting read and I think each of us can learn at least a few lessons.
3. I receive emails occasionally asking if I can help authenticate bags, a task I am definitely unqualified for. I recently came across this article via the WSJ, “The Finer Art of Faking It,” about how counterfeit luxury items are getting better and better year on year. I won’t use this space to debate whether or not we should support buying fakes (my personal answer: no), but I would just advise that if you want an authentic item, you know your product quite well if you’re not buying from the source. If you don’t feel comfortable, go to the actual shop to buy, though of course there are great, 100% authentic deals to be had at consignment stores and eBay.
4. My mom recommended a documentary to me, called A Bite of China, which I am thoroughly enjoying, and a little embarrassed over having not heard of it earlier! I’m only a few episodes in, but so far have found it to be a gorgeous and fascinating series that makes me proud of my own cultural heritage. It also has helped me to explain several concepts to Mr. Feather (who is not Asian), such as our cultural obsession with food, and why I need to have an Asian meal no matter where in the world we happen to be after about 4-5 days. Definitely well worth a watch.
Have a wonderful weekend!