Collected Week 2/26/16

Update: I wanted to make a note about the passing of Sam Beall of Blackberry Farm. For me, he was one of those people that I felt like I knew only because of how often I have heard about him in my industry and just in general. Although I did not know him personally, I know that his work through Blackberry Farm has touched a lot of people and his family is certainly in my thoughts.

WHAT I'VE BEEN UP TO
Enjoying one, single warm weekend reading magazines with the windows open. Driving a sad rental car and then becoming overjoyed when reunited with my beloved old Lexus. Sheet masks. Working on my goal to develop a list of go-to recipes to work with my appetite problem. This resulted in banana nut muffins and boiled Yukon Gold potatoes. Still working on this goal. Daydreaming about Greece. Contemplating a gypset lifestyle. Enjoying the launch of my best friend's new blog, Modern Swan

READING
It's What I Do - Lynsey Addario
This was one of the most fascinating books I've read and has definitely earned a place in my favorite non-fictions. War photographer Lynsey Addario discusses her career---which has included being kidnapped multiple times and embedding with the army in Korengal---photographing in Afghanistan, Turkey, Libya, Somalia, and elsewhere.

WATCHING
NOVA: Rise of the Hackers  (Netflix)
Especially in the years since I've begun learning to code, I've been fascinated with cyber-security, cyber-warfare, and cyber-espionage. This is a great little PBS documentary that digs into the different facets of this topic. 

LISTENING
Zayn - Pillowtalk

CLICKING
How You'll Know They're Asking Her More (The Coveteur)
The First Monday in May Trailer (YouTube)
Hong Kong's Missing Bookseller Cases Go Unresolved (NPR)
Fashion Week's Over In New York, Now What? (Man Repeller)
Shape Shifting Tech Will Change Work As We Know It (TED)
Klossy's Women in Silicon Valley series (YouTube)
Making Stores Matter in an Multichannel World (McKinsey)
French Designers Against Buy-It-Now Runway Shows (BoF)
 

Do you ever see a piece of clothing--maybe in a digital ad or a print editorial or even on the street--that just makes your heart swell with happiness? My browser is often flooded with Moda Operandi banners and today this Mary Katrantzou dress popped up. I saw it out of the corner of my eye and, for some reason, just got the butterflies. It certainly isn't the typical kind of gown that I would be drawn to but there is just something about it that struck me.

The same goes for a white Victoria Beckham jacquard camisole which I think would look cute with everything from jeans to shorts to performance leggings. With this particular piece, it was the proportions that caught my attention. The trapeze camisole creates a billowing effect that pairs well with a slim bottom half. 

I've also been quite into the new collection of Self-Portrait dresses on Net-a-Porter. I covet each and every one of them, but this off-white maxi dress evoked the most joy. I think we all imagine what we would wear to an event like the Academy Awards or something. For me, this would be a contender, paired with Chloe sandals and really messy hair.

With this fourth look, the Manuela caftan from Anjuna, I confirm that I am officially becoming a bohemian and harkening back to the days that I wore printed headscarves and fringed shirt dresses to MGMT shows. This time around, though, it's minimalist bohemian---the same flowing silhouettes and embroidered textiles but in neutral colors and with a Parisian edge, I think. So basically I'm saying that my closet needs to be filled exclusively with Chloe and Isabel Marant.