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Archive for November, 2016

Monday links

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  • Welcome back from the holiday, everyone. Here’s a fun little thing I wrote. (And how clever is this illustration? I liked it so much I had to get a little bit more mileage out of it by running it here. The picture is about a million years old, but I’m getting to the age where the older the picture, the better.) (The Strategist)
  • The 33 best movies with a runtime of over three hours. (Vulture)
  • 25 notable women on overcoming rejection. (The Cut)
  • I suppose it’s pretty punk rock that Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s son burned millions of dollars worth of punk rock memorabilia to protest the commodification of punk rock. (Billboard)
  • Some of the facts on this list of 20 random facts about shopping are rather interesting. (Mental Floss)
Posted on November 28th, 2016 3 Comments

Gift Guide #1: Gifts that give back

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This roundup is far from comprehensive, and if I’ve left out a cause you feel particularly attached to, please speak up in the comments—possibly I’ll do a second round. First up: Thistle Farms offers sanctuary for female survivors of abuse, addiction, trafficking and prostitution. You can support them by buying items from, among other lovely things, their bath and body line, which graduates of their program work to create. I ordered this room spray—a blend of fir, cedarwood, and spruce essential oils—because it sounds like it smells fantastic.

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The Starling Project‘s mission is to provide sustainable solar energy to communities in need around the world, and they sell these very graphically pleasing candles in order to raise funds.

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Globe In empowers artisans in remote areas with the tools to build sustainable businesses. You can buy all sorts of cool stuff on their site, but I like their fun gift baskets best, and am particularly fond of this Celebrate Box, which comes with such goodies as a Batik table runner from Ghana, upcycled greeting cards from Malawi, and dark chocolate from the Dominican Republic. (The basket itself is from Mexico.)

 

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Sudara offers lounge-worthy pants and robes made by women who’ve escaped sex trafficking in India. I love this print, but there are tons of other good ones as well.

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Krochet Kids employs poverty-stricken women to knit caps, sweaters, and scarves. This cuffed beanie comes in a few colors, but I like this rather chill ecru.

 

Posted on November 28th, 2016 8 Comments

Your GOACA Black Friday guide

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I wasn’t going to post today, but there’s a dizzying amount going on in the world of retail currently, and it didn’t feel right not to share. First off, the Zero+Maria Cornejo sale has commenced, and there is, as always, much to love. I own and am a big fan of this blanket-stripe tweed jacket, which is now nicely marked down. Also worth knowing: over the holiday weekend, Cornejo is donating a percentage of sales to Planned Parenthood. So are a number of other female-run businesses, including Apiece Apart, Ace and Jig, Clare Vivier, and Ulla Johnson. At Net-a-Porter, they’re donating 15% of all sales of full-priced items to the White Ribbon Alliance, which provides pre-and post-natal care to women in developing nations.

  • Over at Asos, the discount is 30% off sitewide. Just type in THANKFUL30 at checkout.
  • Assouline, home of luxe coffee table books, is offering 25% off all items under $800. The code is CYBERASSOULINE.
  • Macy’s is offering 20% off everything, and a whole lot off of select other items.
  • Shopbop is doing one of their buy more, save more deals: if you spend 200+ you get 15% off; spend $500+ you get 20% off, and spend $800+ you get 25% off. Code is GOBIG16.
  • Frame Denim is also having a progressive sale: if you spend $200, you save %10; $350 saves you 15%; $500 saves you 20% off, and $750 saves you 25%.
  • At Allsaints, you can get 30% off everything by typing in CYBER at checkout.
  • French Connection is offering a whopping 40% off everything. Checkout code: F40BLF
  • There are also really good straight-up sales going on at Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Forward, and Ssense.
Posted on November 25th, 2016 10 Comments

Wednesday links

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Posted on November 23rd, 2016

For what are you thankful?

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Now more than ever, we’ve got to be able to access our gratitude—there are actual studies proving that literally naming the things we are grateful for on a regular basis leads to higher degrees of happiness, and that’s only going to become more important as these weird times stretch on. So please do share. As for me, I’m so, so grateful for my dear friends and family, of course, and for the dogs. I’m grateful for my happiness, and my sobriety, something I haven’t shared with you before, but am now. And I am desperately grateful to all of you, and the exemplary community you’ve built here. I have been so pleased and proud of the way you all came together as a community in the days after the election to lend strength to and support one another. And the civil and engaging spirit in which you have disagreed, when debate was called for. Keep on speaking up. And have a great holiday.

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 69 Comments

Tuesday links

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  • These movie posters give star billing to the props instead of the stars, which is clever. (Visual News)
  • Strange parenting superstitions from around the world. (Mental Floss)
  • 20 quotes about gratitude. (Flavorwire)
  • The Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock spoke movingly at a demonstration held at the Brooklyn playground named for his bandmate Adam Yauch, which was recently defaced with anti-semitic, pro-Trump graffiti. (Time)
  • I am very much enjoying the recaps the Fug Girls are doing of The Crown. (Go Fug Yourself)

 

 

Posted on November 22nd, 2016