Weekend Reads #110

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Weekend Reads

Fashion was broken even before the pandemic. A reboot could be just what it needs. (Washington Post)

On private anxiety during a very public pandemic. (Literary Hub)

What does Pride mean now? (New York Times)

Soma has 30% off your entire purchase this weekend! Y'all KNOW I love Soma.  You can see all my Soma reviews at this link but here's a quick list of my very favorite items:

Without Black women, plus size fashion wouldn't exist. (StyleCaster)

The Nordstrom Clearance Sale is happening and it's worth taking a peek.  There are some fantastic pieces on major discount.  These wedge espadrille sandals from Born are perfect with all your sundresses and under wide-leg linen trousers.  I have a version of this dress (seen here) and it's one of the best summer dresses I've even owned and still own! These slip-on sneakers are cool, low-profile, and neutral enough to go with your whole summer wardrobe. Want a stylish heeled sandal that is also stable and can be worn for hours?  This is a great choice for around $65. And finally, these perfect silky pants from Eileen Fisher are 70% off and will make a simple sweater look formal. With 60% off and more, this is a sale you do not want to miss.

The Gentlemanly Hater’s Guide to Gone With the Wind. (New Republic)

For those who are a fan of Bon Appétit, this is a must-read. (Heated via Medium)

A Senegal-raised, Silicon Valley-based designer shares her vision for a more sustainable and inclusive future. (Vogue)

How to join the Black Lives Matter movement without protesting. (Politics & Fashion on YouTube)


Okay, K and I totally went down a rabbit hole this week.  It started innocently enough – we finished The Great on Hulu, loved it, and wanted to watch another series that was quirky, witty, maybe dark but not as violent. So I researched and in an article, I think on Vanity Fair, I heard about Dispatches from Elsewhere, a series on AMC created by and starring Jason Segal as well as other fab people like Sally Field and Andre Benjamin.  We watched the first two episodes and were fascinated and began doing some research. Well, this wacky TV series is based on a true story, and there is a documentary called The Institute (we were able to watch it free on Tubi which is part of our Xfinity OnDemand but it's also on Amazon Prime and a few other places).  So we watched that.  And read a bunch of articles we could find about it all and couldn't figure out what is true, what is fantasy, do we even care, then went back to the series.  We have watched four episodes so far and really enjoy it. If you do decide to watch this series and go down a rabbit hole:

Right now reading White Fragility, but on the nightstand is How to Be an Antiracist, So You Want to Talk About Race, and Wow, No Thank You

Listening to RomComPods, a new podcast by my friend Becca Freeman that is like a Hallmark movie and an old radio show joined forces. A nice fun distraction for your drive, walk, or while preparing dinner. 

For Your Entertainment

“I Can't Breathe” by H.E.R.

Trying times all the time
Destruction of minds, bodies, and human rights
Stripped of bloodlines, whipped and confined
This is the American pride
It's justifying a genocide
Romanticizing the theft and bloodshed
That made America the land of the free
To take a black life, land of the free
To bring a gun to a peaceful fight for civil rights
You are desensitized to pulling triggers on innocent lives
Because that's how we got here in the first place
These wounds sink deeper than the bullet
Your entitled hands could ever reach
Generations and generations of pain, fear, and anxiety
Equality is walking without intuition
Saying the protector and the killer is wearing the same uniform
The revolution is not televised
Media perception is forced down the throats of closed minds
So it's lies in the headlines
And generations of supremacy resulting in your ignorant, privileged eyes
We breathe the same and we bleed the same
But still, we don't see the same
Be thankful we are God-fearing
Because we do not seek revenge
We seek justice, we are past fear
We are fed up eating your shit
Because you think your so-called “black friend”
Validates your wokeness and erases your racism
That kind of uncomfortable conversation is too hard for your trust-fund pockets to swallow
To swallow the strange fruit hanging from my family tree
Because of your audacity
To say all men are created equal in the eyes of God
But disparage a man based on the color of his skin
Do not say you do not see color
When you see us, see us
We can't breathe

A woman with curly hair wearing a plaid blazer holds a green fur coat over her shoulder on a city street.

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  1. Hi Allie,

    Not sure if this is the right platform for this (let me know if not), but I just read an email from the Ally shoes brand you told us about, with an interview for a size inclusive retailer. Looking at their website, it seems makes good basics with sophisticated & clean lines (kinda like Universal Standard, but with a little more colour choice lol): https://itshours.co/

    Here’s the interview from Ally shoes with the founders, two women of colour.

    Just thought I’d put them on your radar, in case you weren’t already aware. Thanks!


  2. Loved Dispatches from Elsewhere and can’t wait to see if there’s another season. Thanks for the supporting information. So fascinating.

    1. Right? And to see how much of the “documentary” was used in the series. We have two episodes left, we started binging but as we got deeper into it we want to savor each episode!

  3. Wow!

    Thank you for the link to Samantha Fore’s article. I had heard something about it, but not enough to be able to find it.

    After I read it, I googled the feature she referred to. The photo that leads the feature is all you need to see: her food, with 4 white people eating it. WTF? (& to be even more 1950s, the 4 whites are 2 male-female couples. Hello!)

    But it’s not just Bon Appetit. BA is part of Condé Nast. Anna Wintour has been Conde Nast’s Artistic director since 2013. This moment has brought her enough flack that she apologized in an email (I’m not sure if it was just to Vogue employees or to Condé Nast employees). But it’s the typical: heavy on words, light on meaning.

    Meanwhile, Edward Enningfield at Vogue UK has been putting out a much more interesting magazine than Anna. Here’s an example. https://www.gofugyourself.com/this-months-british-vogue-covers-are-very-moving-06-2020

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