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BP. Crop Trench Coat // Beige Nougat //XXS

▪ A few people recently reached out to me and asked for crop trench recommendations so I thought I’d share some of the options that I found with you all. I recently picked up the BP. Crop Trench Coat–which runs 1-2 sizes big, but I kind of like the bagginess which works well with fitted bottoms–and the ASOS Swing Button Mac–which is a delightful shade of pink and would be perfect for spring. The Brooks Brothers Water-Repellent Twill Cropped Swing Jacket, Jack Wills Hathershaw Cropped Trench, Avec Les Filles Cropped Trench Coat, Draper James Utility Jacket, and Target Cropped Ruffle Trench Coat also look promising.

▪ “I Love My Unique, Personalized Stitch Fix Shirt—Oh, You Have One Too” (The Wall Street Journal): “In conference rooms, courtrooms and offices, professional men and women who use the online service say they are seeing fashion doppelgängers.

▪ (I’ve, in the last few months, become a loyal subscriber of Bon Appétit’s YouTube channel. In particular, I love Pastry Chef Claire’s segments, because of how effortless she makes extremely painstaking recipes look.) “What the ‘Pivot to Video’ Looks Like at Condé Nast” (The New York Times): “Over the last two years, Bon Appétit’s YouTube subscriber base increased from 34,000 to more than 1 million. In the same period, the number of monthly unique viewers for the videos on its website grew by nearly 2.5 million … Over all, video now makes up a quarter of revenue for The Lifestyle Collection — that’s Bon Appétit, Architectural Digest, Epicurious, Condé Nast Traveler and … Self. All told, these brands produce about 40 to 50 videos per week, and that doesn’t include those made for advertisers.

▪ “The Un-Cuddly Truth About Pandas” (The Wall Street Journal): “The image of the pathetic panda … is a very modern myth … The real panda is a secret stud, with a taste for flesh and a fearsome bite … The real threat to pandas isn’t their incompetence but our mythology … We need to let the pandas take care of themselves, something they can only do if we leave them with enough forest to live their secretly sexy lives.

▪ “Four Ways to Fix Facebook” (ProPublica): “… four concrete, practical reforms that could address some of Facebook’s main problems … Impose Fines for Data Breaches … Police Political Advertising … Make Tech Companies Liable for Objectionable Content … Install Ethics Review Boards.

▪ “These New Pharma Bros Are Wreaking Havoc on Prescription Drug Prices” (Bloomberg): “They tend to work with smaller, privately held companies and rarely post on social media. Patients haven’t raised much of a stink about prices, either, because they pay little or no money at the drugstore to get their drugs.  Some of the largest insurers and pharmacy benefit managers have blocked … high-priced drugs from coverage. Others allow exceptions or aren’t closely monitoring all claims. Smith’s and Bove’s approach depends on enough health plans covering the drugs to make a profit.

All sale styles are an extra 40% off at Anthropologie, no code needed (discount reflects in cart). My picks: Dog Trinket Dish (ordered!), Skate Park Buttondown, Everyday Mock Neck Top, Tracy Reese Pleated Midi Dress, Cityscape Stapler, Maeve Mod Striped Knit Skirt, Dolan Left Coast Sanibel Tie-Waist Dress,  and Plenty By Tracy Reese Vivid Stripe Column Dress.

▪ “Middle-Class Families Increasingly Look to Community Colleges” (The New York Times): “Already, some free community college initiatives have become magnets for middle-class students … Middle-class parents who send their children to community colleges say it can send a powerful message to them about personal finance.

▪ “The Instagram Moodboard Community Is Having a Breakdown Over Polyvore Closing Down” (The Daily Beast): “… online shopping platform Polyvore suddenly shut down on Thursday afternoon, after being acquired by Montreal-based online fashion retailer Ssense … moodboarders said that their creations allowed them a form of easy creative expression. Unlike other aesthetic-based accounts, creating moodboards does not require a high level of skill or artistic abilities. The community was also very welcoming and open to new members.

▪ “Invisibilia: Do the Patterns in Your Past Predict Your Future?” (NPR): “… being more realistic about patterns is important but hard to pull off because it involves accepting something that feels like a contradiction: that patterns are important and predictive … but you can’t say for sure whether those same things would influence the life of any individual kid because randomness has a lot more power over complex things like life than we like to think. Randomness … is as important as pattern, though obviously it doesn’t get the same respect in our algorithmic world.

▪ (I couldn’t decide how seriously to take this claim, but found two articles that seem to support the idea that many institutions and establishments providing lodging don’t use fitted sheets. I am not ready to call fitted sheets a scam though.) “Fitted Sheets Are a Scam” (Motherboard/Vice): “Most hotels, prisons, and the American military don’t use fitted sheets for various reasons.

▪ “Fashion Forward and Uncomfortable” (Vanity Fair): “The pressure on women to keep up with fashion and current style seems so much greater than it is for men that many of us go along with whatever ridiculousness the runway sends our way.

▪ “In a Disposable Age, Luxury Is Something Old, Worn, And Beautiful” (Quartzy) “In many wealthy countries, clothes have become practically disposable. Between 2000 and 2014, global clothing production roughly doubled, but the average number of times a person wore a garment before discarding it steadily fell … Part of the reason we accept the low quality of a lot of clothing we buy today is because, ultimately, it doesn’t matter much.

▪ “Men’s Wear Just Had a Huge Designer Reshuffle: What Does It Mean?” (The New York Times): “… while the men’s wear market is healthy, it is still small compared to women’s, especially when leather goods such as bags and shoes are factored in; changing designers creates a sense of anticipation and excitement that calls attention to a brand, especially when … the designers are famously master marketeers.

Select styles are 50% off (and sale styles an extra 40% off) at Ann Taylor until 4/10 with code REFRESH. My picks: Cargo Joggers (own and love), Wide Scalloped Trouser Belt, Pointelle Mock Neck Poncho, Flounce Sleeve Sweater, Pointelle Turtleneck, Faux Wrap Knit Dress, and Liya Leather Block Heel Sandals.

▪ “Southeast Asia Fashion Startup Zilingo Continues Its Meteoric Rise with $54M Series C” (TechCrunch): “Raising this much money is rare over the life cycle of any startup in Southeast Asia, but to do it in less than 2.5 years after launching your product is unprecedented … That platform strategy goes some way to explaining why investors are doubling down on the business.

▪ (This article draws heavily from a report released by Thredup, a resale site; I would advise taking these numbers with a grain of salt.) “Resale Is Expected to Be Bigger Than Fast Fashion Within 10 Years” (Fashionista): “… resale market will be worth $41 billion by 2022, and 49 percent of that will be apparel.

▪ Recently purchased: Ted Baker Women’s Caprila Dress, Leith Cold Shoulder Midi Dress, UGG® Year Round Down Comforter , J.O.A. Tie Side Pants, and BB Dakota Lisanne Top.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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