1. I’ve been shopping a lot at J.Crew lately – four orders in a month! – and have been really impressed. I wanted to share one of my favorite items so far, which I stalked for a week to find in my size – these chambray shorts.
I don’t know if it’s just me, but lately I not only have been liking a lot of J.Crew items – a bunch of items seem to be sold out! Is the brand finding its mojo again? These shorts for example, were almost entirely sold out – but I recently noticed that they’ve been able to restock most sizes.
These shorts are like dressy denim to me, and I really like the little fringe detail. What would have made them perfect for me was a slightly shorter inseam – these are 4”, which means that I’ll only be wearing them with heels since I’m a shortie. But they still are a winner from J.Crew. The shorts also look awesome paired with the matching chambray scalloped top (also $42 with code SCORE).
How about all of you – have you been liking J.Crew more lately?
2. An economists rules for being a “foodie”, via The Atlantic – Six Rules for Dining Out.
3. A very interesting article, via The Daily Beast – Has Luxury Fashion Priced Itself Into Extinction? I love these types of articles since I completely agree that a) a lot of luxury is overpriced these days, and b) a lot of quality has gone down, and c) the combination of a + b is ridiculous. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
4. I don’t necessarily agree with all the points made in this article, via The Washington Post, about how Americans aren’t as open to “ethnic” foods as we might think we are…but it’s still an interesting debate. Read it – The Great Ethnic Food Lie.
5. Better was this interesting article, via The NY Times, of travel’s new “velvet rope” economy, where multiple levels of privilege now exist within the same cruise ships, hotels, and more.
6. This week I finished Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews.
I absolutely love a good spy novel – the problem I’ve found though, is that many of them are just…quite bad. The plot line is too implausible, the characters are one dimensional, the dialogue is cheesy. The protagonist is uber smart and sexy ladies just keep throwing themselves at him, even if they happen to be the female President of the United States. No seriously, I think I’ve read that exact plot before.
Luckily, Red Sparrow is actually pretty great. I really enjoyed this classic spy novel, set in modern day Russia. And the author, Jason Matthews, came from the CIA himself (where he spent over three decades), so I felt like there were lots of interesting tidbits from his own spy game experiences that could be found in the book. It’s actually pretty amazing that this was his debut novel….he deserved his Edgar Award! There were some small things that stuck out, but overall I couldn’t put Red Sparrow down.This is the kind of novel where you be both entertained, and actually learn something new. Recommended for any fan of John Le Carre, or just well written thrillers.