Sale PSA: A pretty striped sequin mini dress from Veronica Beard, now 60% off, a cropped sweater from 3.1 Phillip Lim (great for layering), now under $120, a pleated gray cotton skirt from Joseph, now 55% off, and a simple cashmere blend v-neck cardigan sweater from Vince, now under $150.
1. A very pretty, Anthropologie-ish dress I’ve been eyeing from ASTR. If only I had a waist!
I’m a huge sucker for these sorts of peasanty type dresses you can just slip over your head in the summer, but for some reason I have a hard time finding the perfect one. They have to be lined, at least on the bottom (because I usually opt for the white/cream version), and not incredibly short (I’m looking at you, Free People). They can’t look too little girlish, or too hippie, or too Coachella. This dress is subtle enough to hit all points. I’m thinking since it’s from Nordstrom, I might just pick it up and wait until after baby, but I made that mistake with the first pregnancy, so…
2. As always, I love navel gazing articles about my area – here’s an interesting piece via The Guardian, about how Silicon Valley’s Housing Crisis Has Americas Highest Paid Feeling Poor. I’d love to hear thoughts from anyone in the area. I also have to comment that I’m very curious about the guy who makes $700,000 a year but can’t buy in Los Gatos. Does he have a zillion children? Super expensive bike habit?
3. Randomly I came across this article the other day about Goga Ashkenzi, the female oligarch originally from Kazakhstan who owns Vionnet, and thought it was so fascinating that I had to share. What do we think of her? Is she the real deal?
4. Another fashion article via the WWD, this time about two ladies who I think are the real deal, at least when it comes to fashion – the new strategy behind Elizabeth and James, and the Olsen’s bringing it in house. Personally I’m very excited about this! I’d love to see how the quality of the materials and design evolves. Doesn’t hurt that it’s cheaper than The Row, too.
5. This week I finished Black Edge, by Sheelah Kolhatkar.
Black Edge covers the rise and fall (the latter is debatable) of SAC and Steve Cohen, as well as the largest insider trading scheme in history. I have to admit that sometimes I find these finance type books a little boring – it’s kind of like how I don’t always want to read The Economist – but I found Black Edge to actually be very interesting, totally engaging. I read it through in two days. There are tons of interesting details, concepts are explained well, and there’s just enough gossip to keep it moving along….plus, I could read an entire book on Mathew Martoma, who I found even more interesting that the so-called protagonist, Steve Cohen! Recommended for fans of Michael Lewis and anyone looking for an interesting, relatively quick non fiction read in the world of finance and hedge funds.