1. I came across this beautiful Gucci bag the other day, and was struck by the gorgeous shade of blue. Then I realized that it’s a “wallet on chain” style, and was even more in love!
I’m a big fan of various wallet on chain styles, and am always keeping an eye out for new versions. This Gucci is probably my current favorite – the gorgeous suede, the beautiful Dionysus clasp, and the interior with card slots and lots of space for your phone, keys, and lipstick. And unlike the Chanel wallet on chain, the strap can be fully detached, so you can use it as a clutch, or crossbody, or doubled up as a shoulder bag. And the price is a lot friendlier than Chanel as well. Love! I’m just debating blue or black, since I actually have a Chanel mini in a similar blue already.
2. An interesting article via The Economist, about the South Korean cosmetics market for men. I think I know a few guys myself who wish there had been these cover up compacts available in high school and college!
3. I really liked this article via The Telegraph, on how to find your signature style. My favorite piece of advice was Lauren Santo Domingo’s, about mimicking a celebrity. Honestly I’d love to mimic her, except I’d need to grow quite a few inches and have a way pricier closet!
4. An interesting article via The NY Times (and the always excellent Vanessa Friedman) – The Bedazzling of the American Gymnast. Can you believe that the Team USA leotards this year will have over 5,000 crystals each on them? It’s a staggering amount and I can’t believe it doesn’t weigh more!
5. This week I finished Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Adichie wrote one of my favorite books of the year – Half of a Yellow Sun, so I was fully expecting to love Americanah, especially since it has such good reviews. And I did really enjoy the book – Adichie has so many interesting observations about life in America, race in America, and racism, and she writes truthfully and beautifully. My only issue was, I wasn’t really in love with the heroine Ifemelu – she was one of those characters who is described as everybody being in love with, and wanting to be friends with, but I couldn’t really understand why. I know some of you have read this book, so I’d love to hear your thoughts. And for those who haven’t, I’d highly recommend Americanah – especially if you’re interested at all in the topic of life in Nigeria, life as an immigrant in America, and the topic of race is in either country.