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Weekend Update

1. I’m starting to get requests to see some fall recommendations, including for field jackets. I love my Rag & Bone version and I wear it almost all year round (including right now in Australia, which is proving to be a colder climate than I thought). Unfortunately, I didn’t see a similar version from Rag & Bone this season (this was the closest version).

My friend recently picked up this Hinge field jacket and I loved it on her – the price I thought was also decent, at under $90.

This particular jacket comes in a variety of great neutral colors (navy, tan/khaki and black), which I always appreciate because not everybody likes green/khaki colors. It has a nice adjustable cinched waist, and is 100% cotton. Recommended for anybody looking for a transitional fall jacket for layering, and at a nice price to boot.

2. Anyone interested in the fashion industry and fans of Alexander McQueen’s work should read this piece via Vanity Fair – Designed for Destruction – detailing the rise and tragic fall of Isabella Blow and Alexander McQueen, and the evolution of their relationship. I found the article itself somewhat disjointed (it’s adaptation from the author Maureen Callahan’s new book Champagne Supernovas), but there was a lot of interesting tidbits and stories inside. Warning that it’s somewhat of a depressing read, and should make any reader a little bit more jaded about the fashion industry.

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3. On a lighter note, I loved this article from the WSJ profiling chef Niki Nakayama, one of the only female kaiseki chefs in the world. I love kaiseki dinners and will always opt for it when the option’s available (and reported to be good). What I love more than kaiseki though, is seeing successful females rise up in industries and positions traditionally dominated by men! Inspirational and I hope I can make it one day to n/naka!

4. I love essentially everything I’ve ever read from Michael Lewis – books (my favorites are Boomerang and Liar’s Poker), articles (if you have time and are interested in finance read this great piece on Goldman Sachs’ arrest of an ex-programmer).

Today I want to share one of my favorite pieces of advice from Michael Lewis, from his 2012 commence speech at Princeton – “Don’t Eat Fortune’s Cookie”.

If you have a low attention span for online videos (I, too suffer from this problem), you can also read the text of his commencement speech. The best parts are in the last 25% of the speech.

Have a great weekend!

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  • bisbee
    September 5, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Thanks for the Alexander McQueen article. Very interesting and yes, extremely depressing.

  • simiyalala
    September 5, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I just started Champagne Supernovas and I am enjoying it. Very nice take on the divergence of fashion in the 90s.Oh so juicy also.

  • Sarah
    September 5, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Unfortunately is all true about the fashion industry and The McQueen article you posted. I briefly worked in the fashion business-it was a living nightmare.

  • a
    September 6, 2014 at 10:17 am

    I think it’s high time to watch Zoolander and wash the fashion sorrows away!

  • Jessie
    September 6, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    always look forward to your weekend updates… I like the intro to the “don’t take fortune cookies”, really funny haha