Weekend Update

1. I keep trying to add more color to my wardrobe, but it’s just so hard (why does black always end up looking like the best color?). I’ve come to realize though, that it’s harder for me to do soft pastels than it is to just jump in with bold shades.

For some reason, I am really drawn to this Autumn Cashmere sweater and its particular shade of pink. I’m not even a fuchsia type person, yet I think this color just looks so bright, fresh and young. I’ve added this sweater to my sale watch list. Do any of you ever find yourself drawn to bright colors, when you’re usually only all about the neutrals?

2. I loved this little interview, via Garance Dore, of her with Emmanuelle Alt talking about personal style. I’ve always admired Alt’s fashion sense and love that you never seen her posing in crazy fashions on the street during fashion week. She’s consistent and dresses in a way where I can imagine her actually wearing the clothes for her daily job and life.

3. Burberry is ending its various lines – Burberry Brit, Prorsum, and London, and combining them all in one brand. This article in the NY Times – Burberry Puts the Nail in the Coffin of the Multiline Brand is a good summary of what’s going on, and the reasons why. What do you think? Personally, the three brands always confused me as well – I thought I had a pretty good idea of what each stood for, but then would see some item that would totally surprise me with how it was labeled.

4. For those who were saddened/surprised by Raf Simons’ departure from Dior, check out this interesting interview between Simons and Cathy Horyn, via System Magazine.

5. Some readers may recall that I’m a big fan of Margaret Atwood – I’ve read almost all of her books, and she’s one of the few authors where I’ll automatically buy their new release (no matter how bad the reviews). So this week, I’m starting to read her latest work, The Heart Goes Last.

Atwood Heart

On top of loving Atwood, I also love dystopian settings in novels (to the point where its led me to some truly awful young adult fiction), and The Heart Goes Last is classic dystopian Atwood. So far I’m really enjoying the story, and I’d recommend it especially to fans of any of Atwood’s past work (especially The Handmaids Tale, and the MADDADDAM trilogy).

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  • Anonymous
    November 13, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Great video – thanks for sharing!

  • L.
    November 13, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Yes!! I am a wearer of perma-black (usually a little gothy) and dark grey, and for some reason, I love adding in a very rare jewel tone. My favorite cocktail dress for years was a blue jewel tone; and I used to have a giant pink sweater, in a similar color to the one you linked. I loved wearing both of those items (and surprisingly everyone with them, too!) I’m fair-complected, so I think a lot of pastel stuff just washes me out.

  • Whitney Farris
    November 13, 2015 at 9:55 am

    For the person that swims in the sea of blacks, I have recently started adding bright pops of color to my wardrobe. I have a cashmere sweater in that exact color, it really makes black even deeper and richer.
    I, too, am not a fan of pastels. I find them to be “cutesy” little girlish and totally uncomfortable in them.
    Slade, my daughter once told me that I looked like I was in permanent mourning.

    • Jaime S
      November 13, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      I just bought a sweater from Banana Republic that is a neon pink – can’t wait for it to arrive!

      • Whitney Farris
        November 13, 2015 at 7:55 pm

        Okay my toxic twin!😈 We seem to have this ESP thing down pat! Great minds think alike!

  • Petti
    November 13, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I always wear black too, just because black makes me look slimmer. But if I’m not that overwieght, I wouldn’t mind try different colour. Not too bold but something like pink with brown, purple with black would be nice I think.

  • LL
    November 13, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Same! My winter closet is pretty much all gray, white, black, and navy, and as much as I like those colors I do feel bored of it sometimes. I was also drawn to that same shade of fuchsia but at J.Crew. I also thought it was odd because I don’t own many pink items, especially not for winter, but I really liked it and decided to buy it!
    I personally don’t look good in pastels during fall or winter because they tend to wash me out, so I stick to berry or jewel tones the few times I wear color.

  • Iris
    November 13, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Love the video. It provides some interesting insight into the French fashion minds. I love her point – wear something comfortable and something that you would be confident in. As I get older, comfort is more and more important. I also love the point that brands don’t make the style, it is the person who wears the outfit who makes the style. Great video!

  • Sarah
    November 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Interesting Burberry article thank you for posting- a few years ago Burberry was what may be referred to as a toxic brand, associated with ‘chavs’. That was one of the reasons of the multi brand creation. Thankfully that is no longer the case, and we can all go back to the single brand.