1. Do you ever come across items that just stop you in your tracks? That recently happened to me when I saw this leopard pouch with gold chain, by Sophie Hulme.
I’ve been looking for the perfect little leopard bag for what seems like the longest time. To me, this design is almost perfect. The print certainly is – I’m picky about the kind of “leopard” prints I like, and I love this one, it’s very reminiscent of the ones that Dolce & Gabbana or Valentino use. That being said I’m not 100% satisfied with the leather print on leather – I wonder how it’ll work in real life (and I’ll be ordering one to find out). I would have preferred calf hair for a leopard print (those looking for a solid color are lucky, as the black version in a natural grained leather is beautiful) . But for the price and the looks, it’s pretty close to perfection!
2. Recently I was doing research on label standards for an entirely non-fashion related project at work, and came across this interesting article from a few years back in the NY Times, about how “Made in Italy” can still mean, for a large part, “Made in China”. Four years later, still very relevant and a fascinating read for those interested in clothing/luxury.
3. I haven’t had a personal finance piece on here in awhile, so thought I would share a set of WSJ articles – Six Figure Incomes and Facing Financial Ruin, and a corresponding followup with reader advice. I think anyone residing in a high cost of living area can relate and perhaps sympathize. Would love to hear your thoughts.
4. I recently re-read an old favorite book and author, and was reminded about how good it was – Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer.
I have absolutely no interest in mountain climbing, and only found myself reading Into Thin Air the first time when I was on a Jon Krakauer binge. I didn’t think I would particularly love the book, but it ended up being my favorite from the author. Learning about the preparation (or lack of) that those on an Everest quest go through, and the various economic and practical details was fascinating. Not to mention the central story, written from first hand experience of one of the most devastating climbing disasters in recent history. Highly recommended for non-fiction and fiction lovers alike (this story is the former).