1. Today I thought I’d share a great mid weight summer dress which I recently received, which was not only super flattering but a great price – this Leith tank dress, which is available in black and a lovely peach, for under $ 70.
The material is a nice weight that isn’t too heavy, yet isn’t too light that it wrinkles super easily/is too transparent. It’s one of those closet heavy hitters that can genuinely work for the office, drinks at night, or casually, depending on how you accessorize it. And, it has pockets (yeah!). I was originally going to post about this dress once I had a chance to photograph it on, but it seems to be selling out quickly so I thought I’d share now. If your size is sold out, I’d keep checking back, as it keeps coming in and out of stock (I got the black this way).
2. Have you ever stayed at the Four Seasons Hualalai? I’ve been exactly once, it was about six years ago, and I’ve been scheming to get back there ever since. I tried to do a big extended family Christmas there a few years ago, and the prices were so scary. We ended up at the FS Maui instead, where the rates almost seemed reasonable in comparison. Anyway, it’s a great overall experience, and I found this Bloomberg article – “The Worlds Smallest Ukelele“, on the current battle raging between the millionaires and billionaires at Hualalai a very interesting read. I do have to agree, when you’re paying four digits nightly per room…you don’t necessarily want to wake up at the crack of dawn just to race down and secure pool chairs.
3. I just finished reading this article, via the WSJ – Ranking the Resale Value of Designer Labels. Interesting reading, and not really a surprise about which brands and categories hold their value most, although it was good to see the actual numbers. If you’re not a subscriber to the WSJ, try this Google search, and click on the top WSJ result.
4. I came across this article, from Seventeen Magazine (!!) of all places, about a young girl forced into becoming a teen bride by her parents. An engrossing read and Jasmine’s spirit is truly admirable.
5. I haven’t been reading any new books this week, because I’ve been busy re-reading old ones – the entire Song of Ice and Fire series, from beginning to end. For die hard fans of the book, I’d really recommend doing a re-read at some point – there are so many new details you pick up, and you view characters and events very differently. It just increases my respect for the amazing story teller that George RR Martin is (one of my earliest and still favorite interview subjects).
Along with Game of Thrones, I’m recommending another favorite of mine this week – Kitchen Confidential, by Anthony Bourdain.
Most people have heard of Bourdain or seen his show, but may not have read his book (which helped propel Bourdain to celebrity chef-dom). Kitchen Confidential is a mix of Bourdain’s own experience becoming a chef, and his commentary on the restaurant industry in general. Recommended reading for any foodies (yes I hate that word along with everyone else), any fans of Bourdain, and anyone whose just curious about the restaurant industry and what it takes to become a chef.
Have a great weekend!