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Weekend Update

 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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  • Sonya
    June 13, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Good hoodie! I have the Loro Piana version 😀

  • Anonymous
    June 14, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    love the documentary. we do have food, it is in our blood.

  • little luxury list
    June 14, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Ooh cashmere hoodie? I’m definitely intrigued!
    My brother also told me about “Bite of China”. Supposedly some of the chefs and artisans sell their good on Taobao too. I was able to get a jar of amazing chili sauce with sesame seeds and I think sunflower seeds.

    I also agree – why buy a fake? There was a good article in I think the daily Mail about fakes as well. It is scary how good the fakes are these days!

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  • Socalchic
    June 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I stopped buying J. Crew cashmere because I find that the quality has really gone downhill over the last few years. They seem to unravel at the seams after a few times wearing them, especially around the sleeves. The past three sweaters I’ve bought from them have all done this. It’s an easy fix, but still annoying. It’s a shame because I used to love their cashmere collection!

    • Katherine
      June 16, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      Oof I’m sorry to hear that! I’ve been OK so far – although the “featherweight” ones have been bad for me, I’m avoiding them going forward.

  • blue
    June 17, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I read the WSJ article, and just wanted to say that eBay’s anti-counterfeit measures are a joke. I’ve reported so many sellers with obvious fakes for sale and those seller are still all in business. I laughed when I read the line from their associate general counsel, “In the rare cases when a counterfeit item appears on the site…” Rare? eBay couldn’t care less how many thousands of fakes there are, as long as they’re making money from the sellers’ fees.