1. I recently placed a small order with Loft, which was actually quite successful, though I ended up sadly returning most of the items however, as part of my wardrobe resolutions (see #3). The one item I did keep, which I would recommend quite wholeheartedly, is this little pleated flippy dress, currently 40% off (under $50!). It’s very, very cute.
This little dress was so comfortable and I thought would be very versatile for throughout the year, so I kept it. I’ll wear it with tights in the winter, and then with bare legs come spring. It can be dressed up for work, and also worn casually. And, I machine washed it, put it in the dryer, and it came out like new (and the skirt kept its pleats). That makes it a winner for me!
One thing I’d note is that this is not a sweater dress – the material is more like that of a thick tee (which I prefer). Also, the fit is loose-ish…I bought a Petite XS and it fits on me like it does on the model, which is loose and comfortable. If you like a fitted look, I’d go a size smaller.
2. Have you ever purchased from Kit and Ace? I haven’t, but have heard of the company due to the Lululemon connection. This was an interesting article, via Slate, about what “technical cashmere” may actually consist of. I always check labels myself…I’ve been fooled before by a “cashmere blend” sweater, only to find that’s only 10% or so of the content.
3. Complaining about Silicon Valley may be an activity I suspect is most enjoyed by other residents of the Bay Area, but I still thought I’d share this article – What’s Eating Silicon Valley. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
4. I really like the articles and videos I’ve seen with Caroline De Maigret, even though I’m still not quite sure what she does, other than be a glamorous Parisian. But isn’t that enough, most of the time? I enjoyed this video with her, via i-D – I love anybody fabulous who still has a sense of humor about themselves.
5. A book I have been meaning to recommended is Leaving Berlin. I finished the last week of 2015 and it was fantastic! I love a good fiction and also a good spy novel, and this was a great combination of both.
Leaving Berlin is set in East Germany after WWII has ended, and I found myself learning a lot about the general time period and the politics of Germany during this time frame, as well as being engrossed in the actual plot. I wasn’t able to predict how the novel would end. The writing was very strong, and I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommended.