1. I know I just said that I have too many black bags, but I recently fell in love with this beautiful Bottega Veneta tote. I’ve always admired the Cabat tote, but didn’t move fast enough on the Mini size before it was discontinued. I love the “normal” medium Cabat but it’s never completely worked for me as it’s a little too big, a little too unstructured (though I’m constantly trying to change my mind on this!).
Anyway, I recently tried on this great Bottega tote in store and I love it! It has the same great structure as the Cabat, but with a little zip pocket inside, adjustable straps to make it a tote or shoulder bag, as well as side clips to structure it. The only detail its missing is the great woven interior that the Cabat has, but I guess the compensation is that it’s around half the price.
2. On the topic of Bottega Veneta, I enjoyed this New Yorker piece on the brand’s designer Tomas Maier and his design aesthetic. What a cool dude!
3. I’m sure a few of you have seen this NY Times article, about finding intimacy with a perfect stranger by asking each other these 37 questions. I thought a lot of these questions were very thought provoking, and quite honestly some were ones I didn’t even know the answers to for my own husband. An interesting read and perhaps a way to get closer to your partner (or that good looking stranger next to you on the plane….I hope it happens to you, it’s never happened to me!).
4. I’ve been trying to improve my fairly terrible Mandarin by watching Chinese movies, and recently watched Lust, Caution after the recommendation of a friend.
If you’ve heard of this movie and you’re in the United States, it likely may have been related to its NC-17 rating…maybe that’s even why you watched it, eh? Anyway, yes there’s quite a lot of gratuitous nudity and more in this movie, but it was also an interesting, very good movie. I loved Ang Lee’s vision of 1930’s Shanghai…so inspiring from a design perspective. Oh, and of course the clothes were fantastic too. Recommended, but probably not a movie I’d recommend watching with a) your parents, or b) coworkers.