1. Even though I love my Longchamp Le Pliage bag and would recommend it to almost anyone, sometimes I wish there was a teeny bit more padding, and some more pockets inside. I saw this quilted BP tote hanging at our local Nordstrom right before I left for Europe, and picked it up to see how it’d handle a week of carrying all of my electronics, work samples, and being generally thrashed around.
At $42, I’m very happy to report that I’m a big fan of this tote, especially for anybody looking for an easy to clean, comfortable to wear hold-all bag that can handle a laptop, chargers, bottles of water, a change of clothes, and more. It has two huge side pockets (great for items like chargers and water bottles), as well as a zip pocket, and several open pockets inside for items like smartphones.
It’s not often you find a great item at such a fantastic price point, so I’d mark this bag as highly recommended. Please note that the color in real life, at least for the black, is more matte (like in the photo above), than in some of the other pictures shown.
PS: The leopard tote above is pretty cool too, though sold out online. I did get a chance to check it out in person as well and while the pattern is very cute, it felt a lot more flimsy and didn’t have as many pockets.
2. I’m always a fan of Cathy Horyn’s writing, and I enjoyed this piece, from about a month back, about how straightforward, eminently wearable clothing is now coming back into fashion. A very interesting article that delves into a bit of a history on fashion, as well as how it reflects our times today. For me, personally? I’m happy for simpler, more “wearable” items…especially for the numbers I’ve been seeing on price tags!
3. Thank you to a lovely reader, Olivia, who sent me this fascinating NY Times article describing why some Chinese tourists are disillusioned after visiting Paris, when the city isn’t as welcoming or friendly as they had thought. I love Paris and feel lucky that I get to go on a regular cadence. Over the last two decades that I can remember of various visits to Paris, I have observed how the situation has evolved to where some newly arrived visitors – especially those without a working grasp of French or English – might feel confused or unwelcome. It sounds like the situation is improving however, and I hope that anybody who visits one of my favorite cities is able to have a wonderful time.
4. Can I share one more article with you all – this nice little piece from the WSJ about how great reading is for you (not to mention how satisfying).
5. Now on the topic of reading – I’ve liked the few books I’ve read by David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas and the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet), so I was happy to pick up his latest work, The Bone Clocks, and enjoyed it enough to now recommend it here!
The book is a wide ranging saga that starts in England in the 1980s, and skips to the present day and even the future, while moving through a variety of settings and characters. I would recommend this book for any fans of Mitchell’s past work (and it’s easier to read than Cloud Atlas), or any lovers of good, character driven fiction with a little bit of fantasy thrown in as well. Recommended and my favorite by Mitchell so far!