1. This week I wanted to see what you all knew and thought of the jewelry brand Temple St Clair. This gorgeous amulet necklace caught my eye the other day, and now I’m a little obsessed.
I had always admired Temple St. Clair jewelry, but always got distracted by other trinkets. My favorite pieces have always been the amulets – I just think they’re gorgeous and I’ve never really seen this design anywhere else. The only thing holding me back is obviously the price – and the cost of the chains, ouch! Does anyone have any pieces?
2. A fascinating (to me) article in the NY Times about how San Francisco has become too expensive to raise children in. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Almost everyone I know who does have kids in SF pays for private school (and stresses out about the process continually).
3. Another article via The NY Times, behind the scenes with Maria Grazia Chiuri before her first Dior Couture show. I always love reading about haute couture – that little detail about how you barely hear any sewing machines because everything is done by hand – wow!
4. A longer piece via The Hollywood Reporter, interviewing Kellyanne Conway (ever wanted to know what she thought about black stretch pants)? You know what I want to know? Did Gucci give her that coat? Somehow I really don’t think so (but please tell me if you nkow!).
5. An interesting piece in the WSJ, about how luxury brands are struggling to steer Iranians away from knockoffs. What do we think, $5 for a Louis Vuitton belt complete with box, is that a deal?
6. Given the events of this week, I thought I’d recommend a book I had shared years back on this site – Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Half the Sky tells the story of how women are oppressed around the world, and how crucially important continued investment in women’s health and equality worldwide are. The book not only covers an important topic, but is also a fascinating (and sometimes difficult read). Is it perfect? No, and I suspect that there are aspects now of the book the authors would have done differently. But I highly recommend it, and if you enjoy it, I’d also recommend Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (I like Infidel as a counterpoint as it’s told directly first hand).