Weekly Link Roundup

May 22, 2017

Forever 21 Stretch-Knit Skater Dress
▪ Forever 21 just re-released one of my favorite travel pieces. I own probably ten of these knit skater dresses in various colors, and they've held up well despite countless washes. The material composition is a little different from years past (they were 96% rayon, and 4% spandex; they are now 62% polyester, 33% rayon, and 5% spandex), but the retail price has been reduced from $14 to $9.90. Other new arrivals that caught my eye: Open-Shoulder Flounce Jumpsuit, Racerback Maxi Dress, Draped Mini Dress, Lace-Up Cami Romper, and Lace-Panel Cropped Cami.

▪ The last reality TV show I watched with any seriousness was (the first season of) Jersey Shore, and (I blame lack of access for this) I have since struggled to keep current on this front. I smile and nod when people talk enthusiastically about the newest season of the Bachelorette, but can't even feign familiarity when the Real Housewives (regardless of locale) enter any conversation. I try to bridge this gap in basic conversation fodder by reading detailed analyses of reality TV shows, like "The Dark Decline of 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians."

▪ In the vanguard of men's fashion: RompHim (aka male rompers), because everyone should be able to dress like toddlers.

Embattled retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is apparently an attractive acquisition target.

▪ Everyone panic, robots are coming for your (white-collar) jobs.

▪ Take 25% off your purchase or 30% off off sale styles with code GOFISH at J.Crew. My sale picks: Shift Dress in Morning Floral, Edit Bag, Lace-up Suede Sandals, One-shoulder Ruffle Top in Eyelet, Sheath Dress in Polka Dot Textured Tweed, and Off-the-shoulder Ruffle One-piece Swimsuit.

▪ Things people are doing now: getting married to themselves.

The Atlantic's June cover story (subject matter: Asian slavery) is predictably polarizing and fraught with emotional and ethical tension. While I don't personally identify with the "economic, cultural, and historical context" of the story, it nevertheless touched me.

4 inches = the distance between civility and hostility.

▪ Rich person Tim Gurner to Millennials: If you ever want to be a homeowner, stop buying avocado toast (But for real, avocado prices are out of control). I can't decide if this is more or less condescending than the time Jason Chaffetz told constituents to stop buying smartphones and use that money to "invest" in their health care instead.

Some bags from Madewell's Transport line are on sale at Madewell: transport tote (also here, transport weekender (reviewed here), transport rucksack, and suede medium transport tote.

▪ Modern families have become multifaceted, so when they break up things can get messy. I was prepared for messiness going into "What Makes a Parent," but was unprepared for how frustrated it would make me. I had hoped that the article would reframe the question for me, but instead it just reminded me of how overpowering privilege (in this case money) can be.

▪ I don't watch Anthony Bourdain's shows because five minutes is the longest I can go without rolling my eyes at him. Something about his pursuit of the "authentic" feels spurious and affected to me. His disdain of food trends is endearing though, and I find myself wondering if I should give his shows another shot after watching this clip (video link).

A New York Times reporter clicked on countless "Around the Web" ads so you don't have to. I'd accidentally clicked on a few of these ads previously, but a (not irrational) fear of malware prevented me from actively exploring that part of the web. I may start now.

▪ The whole Juicero... imbroglio has been super entertaining to read about. If you've enjoyed the coverage so far, you can't miss this Gizmodo piece titled, "The Mad King of Juice: Inside the Dysfunctional Origins of Juicero" (no relation to Lear).

▪ Recently purchased: Ann Taylor Fluted Sleeve Striped Shift Dress, J. Crew Smocked Off-the-Shoulder Gingham Dress, Kate Spade Harbour Stripe Shower Curtain, and BP Scalloped Faux Leather Tote.

Have a great week, all!

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