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Candy Colored (+ M&M’S® Crispy: Sweet Summer Fun)

One of my fondest snacking memories is getting single-serve bags of the M&M’S® Crispy from vending machines after soccer practice in high school. I was devastated when Mars discontinued the product in 2005 (I may have even written their corporate office demanding that it be brought back, helping to make the Crispy the most requested variety to be resurrected in the ten years since). Imagine my delight and surprise when Mars announced late last year that the Crispy will return to store shelves in January of this year.

J. Crew Chevron-Striped Dress

I purged about a hundred items from my closet during a recent clean-out which assuaged some of the guilt* I felt about new purchases. I want to hold myself accountable for monthly closet purges but resolutions and I rarely work out.

* Guilt because I have been complaining to anyone who will listen (which is the five people I have on speed dial) that I have too much stuff. I've recently been overcome with this urge to go live in the woods for five months, with Bear Grylls as my neighbor (I should probably stop consuming reality survival television), and I am panicked that I am not in a place in my life where I can just responsibly disappear at a moment's notice. 

And back on topic: I was on the fence about this chevron-striped dress from J. Crew (now on promotion for 40% off) but allowed the return period to lapse (on purpose? possibly). The fit-and-flare silhouette is flattering on a straighter figure and the chambray is durable but lightweight. The cut-out in the back (not pictured here) is also a nice touch. I thought the fit skewed smaller than normal so those between sizes should probably size up (but online reviews diverged from my own so I probably wouldn't recommend this style on final sale). The only issue I had with the design is how liberally cut the armholes were but I think this gripe may be personal to me.

And some interesting reads from the last few days:

1. Whole Foods, Expensive Cheese, and the Dilemma of Cheap Prison Labor via Vice

2. ‘Sea Slaves’: The Human Misery That Feeds Pets and Livestock via the New York Times 

3. The New American Slavery via Buzzfeed

Navy Sheath

Burberry London Westland Trench | c/o Chadwicks of Boston Suiting Separates Sheath | Banana Republic Haircalf Bow Glove in Leopard | Madewell Transport Tote (also here) | Michael Kors 'Runway' Chronograph Watch | Kate Spade Idiom Heart of Gold Bangle (also here and here) | Massimo Dutti Nappa Leather Court Shoe (similar)
Some of you may remember that I started this blog to address mounting frustration with the state of my starter work wardrobe, which is by no means a unique struggle among the newly graduated. Over the years, the focus of this blog shifted to my more whimsical pursuits but I still encounter questions from readers about where to find workwear that's affordable yet premium in quality.

When my baby cousin graduated from college this spring, I decided to browse for suiting separates for her because she is petite (and if there's one thing I've become adept at through blogging, it is shopping for petite women). While I normally avoid gifting clothes (would not recommend; hurt feelings occasionally ensued), she and I have a relationship that can weather a shopping hiccup.

J. Crew Bow-Shoulder Dress (+ Mid-Week Required Reading)

After a (long, at times seemingly endless) winter of living in muted colors, which mirrored my somber mood, I've been making an effort to dress more colorfully this summer. I recently added this J. Crew chartreuse sheath dress to my closet and couldn't be more pleased with it. The color is a subdued green-yellow (in this order because it's markedly more yellow than green), which makes it a versatile choice for both work and play. The abstract bows at the shoulder add a bit of whimsy and temper the monotony of just-another-work-sheath.

The dress fits true to size for J. Crew but those who are bustier may want to size up as that's the only area that a more well-endowed friend of mine struggled with in this style.

This same friend also found the bows slightly lifeless, but I personally prefer these bows to a traditional gift bow, which can be twee when done poorly. The dress also has exposed zippers in the back (I am indifferent to them but know that some women abhor them).

The material--100% merino wool for the shell--is the light three-season suiting fabric that J. Crew uses for some of its skirts and jackets. The dress wrinkles lightly after a day's wear but I don't consider it a serious issue. The dress is also available in darker colors which should conceal wrinkles better.

Sadly, the dress went on super sale and is now sold out online but secondary markets still have an array of sizes and colors for sale at what I consider reasonable prices. But do ask for measurements, as most sales will be final.

And here are some of my favorite reads/video from around the web this week:

1. Unhealthy Fixation via Slate

2. Hipaa’s Use as Code of Silence Often Misinterprets the Law via the New York Times

3. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin and the End of Campaign-Finance Law via the New Yorker
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