Weekly Link Roundup

My local Burger King stopped carrying the Fiery Nuggets, which had been one of my favorite fast food releases this year, earlier this month, prompting me to finally try the Crispy Wrap (released in August), as BK employees say in the subreddit that they use the same glaze on both the wrap and the Spicy BK Royal Crispy Chicken Sandwich. Sadly, neither option provides the same intensity of flavor as the Fiery Nuggets for my liking. But McDonald’s just brought back their spicy nugget, which (somewhat) softens the blow.

+ Burger King’s New Wraps Might Just Outshine McDonald’s (The Takeout): “… the new BK Royal Crispy Wraps are the spitting image of … Snack Wrap: crispy chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and sauce all snugly wrapped in a flour tortilla … At $2.99 each, the BK Royal Crispy Wrap is also priced like a snack.”

+ Adorable Little Detonators (The Cut): “Just as she doesn’t have their language of playdates and tantrums, they can’t seem to access the words to ask her about her experiences. Instead, they reminisce about fun times they had in the past as if neither of their lives were interesting enough now. If we don’t pull away, all these unspoken feelings make themselves known in one way or another, be it through some snide side comment or by lashing out and doing something hurtful even when friendship is on offer … It doesn’t sound revolutionary to suggest that the key to maintaining your friendships through the hurricane of early parenthood is simply to do the hard slog of communicating and committing, but it actually is.”

+ $20 ‘Quiet Luxury’ Outfit From Taobao, China’s Amazon (Insider): “While the clothes might look like quiet luxury at a distance, you could immediately tell something was off when you looked at the details … This is evident in the type of materials used to create the buttons and the zip, which didn’t have the same weight and feel that you would expect in a truly luxurious outfit.”

+ Bernard Arnault Built a Luxury Empire on ‘Desirability.’ Who Will Inherit It? (The New York Times): “In France, Mr. Arnault has become a lightning rod for anger over growing economic inequality … At 74, Mr. Arnault has been working to make sure his company — created by gobbling up many European luxury houses that had been weakened by bickering family owners — will stay firmly in his family’s hands, safe from corporate raiders like himself. Last year, he persuaded the board to raise the mandatory retirement age for the chief executive and chairman to 80, from 75, and created a corporate structure that ensures the family’s control of LVMH, locking in his children — each of whom has been named to highly visible positions within the company — as the chief decision makers.”

+ Our Business Is Killing (Slate): “Female veterinarians in clinical practice are 3.4 times more likely to die by suicide than the general population; male vets are 2.1 times more likely. Three-quarters of these deaths come from vets in small animal practices like mine. There are a number of reasons for this. Poor compensation is a major factor. Another is the crushing expectations of clients. Then there are the long hours, lack of work-life balance, and isolation from colleagues.”

+ This Is What a Real Housewife Looks Like (The Cut): “Her motivation was her business. Not so much for the cash … but the marketing opportunity is nearly priceless. For all the bad rap old-fashioned linear TV gets … it still moves the needle on product sales … Lyons struck the reality-TV bargain: to sacrifice control and risk tabloid-style humiliation for attention and possible gain. In so doing, she’s not only inviting a level of public scrutiny she hasn’t had since her J.Crew days but also testing the limits of niche fame.”

+ The Real Message of “The Real Housewives” (The New Yorker): “… once most of the Housewives have become financially independent, a new cast member intent on cosplaying Betty Draper is interjected. Her housewifedom is soon revealed to be a mirage, but no fear, she has something real she can rely on: an assemblage of random gigs. The show needs these actual housewives to establish brand continuity but also to fulfill its pedagogical role in women’s media. We wait for the lesson to be learned: you better work, bitch.”

+ When Does a Style Become a Classic? (The New York Times): “… the whole point of a classic is that it transcends any particular style. One of the reasons a classic is a classic is that it can morph to reflect contemporary styles while never losing its core identity.”

+ H&M Has Begun Charging for Returns [In the U.K.) (The Business of Fashion): “Fast fashion giant H&M has eliminated free returns for online purchases in the UK, where customers will now be required to pay £1.99 for both parcel and in-store returns. However, members of H&M’s customer platform don’t have to pay, and it’s free to register online.”

+ Retailers Bet Wrong on America’s Feelings About Stores (The Atlantic): “Going to a store that’s actually good at being a store is all too rare … at any price level, the charms and conveniences of in-person shopping have to be cultivated, which requires corporate oversight that actually understands and values the reasons that people like going out to shop in the first place … More than 80 percent of retail purchases made in America are still made in person, and industry experts generally agree that that number won’t bottom out in the near future.”

+ The MEROKEETY Sherpa Pullover seen above is currently 48% off at Amazon (after an extra 30% off coupon). It is extremely soft and fairly light, if a bit bulky, but surprisingly warm.

+ Who Owns a Celebrity? What the Freddie Mercury Auction Taught Us (Bloomberg): “… possessiveness is at the root, I believe, of why some people lost their minds at the opportunity to buy something that Freddie Mercury once used, looked at or wrote. To buy something from his life reinforced the sense that they really do own a piece of their idol–that their proprietary approach to a person they never met is grounded in fact.”

+ Sabato De Sarno’s Gucci Reset Is Here (The New York Times): “Sabato De Sarno … called his first collection ‘Ancora.’ That translates literally as ‘again.’ But, he said in an interview a few weeks before the show, not again as in a retread … but as the ‘again, again, again’ of desire: the feeling that, when you find something you love, you can never get enough. The feeing that, presumably, Gucci sparked in him, and that he (and his bosses) were hoping his Gucci would spark in consumers … though it was a nice idea, it was the wrong name for the show. It would have made more sense if Mr. De Sarno had called his collection ‘Intermezzo.’ Because that’s really what this collection was (or seemed to be): not a major statement, but rather a cleansing interregnum after the overblown muchness of Mr. Michele’s tenure.”

+The Return of the Marriage Plot (The Cut): “… the focus on family structure as an explanation for economic stratification has worked to obscure the racial wealth gaps and racist policy decisions that leave Black and Latino families economically disadvantaged regardless of whether they are headed by married couples … It’s not marriage — it’s money, and the racist and economically unjust policies that leave some Americans with less of it to begin with, regardless of their marital status. For those who have money, marriage is likely to help them to have even more of it; for those who find a good match, there are many emotional and societal rewards of partnership. But you need stability first; you need the money, jobs, housing, and health care first. And these are the things that the American government, particularly the American right, does not want to offer its people.”

+ Recently purchased: Sézane Betty Cardigan, PRETTYGARDEN One Shoulder Dress, Madewell Plissé Mini Tee Dress, MELLODAY Crop Trench Blazer, lululemon Always Effortless Jacket, Nike Dunk Low Basketball Sneaker, QINSEN Square Neck Dress, and J.Crew Louisa Lady Jacket in Plaid English Wool.

Have a great week, everyone!

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