♥ I’ve been trying to add to my “collection’ of special occasion bags, and ordered the Fame Clutch in two colorways now that they are on sale (+ an extra 50% off with code BIGGESTSALE) at J. Crew. ♥ Beijing’s Big Brother Tech Needs African Faces (Foreign Policy): “The training of AI to work better on black faces is a significant opportunity for…

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♥  For Banana Republic cardholders, take an extra ~64% off sale styles at Banana Republic with code BRPERK and BRCARD. The Soft Pleated Long Trench Coat that I featured earlier this year is now on sale in both colors at a very reasonable price. Some more picks: ♥  Tariffs Threaten Retailers’ Inventory Discipline (The Wall Street Journal): “Retailers appear to be placing orders…

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♥ Happy 7-Eleven Day! Today we all get free Slurpees! ♥ AI is better than people at recognizing patterns, which makes it a natural replacement for wholesale and retail buyers. This New York Times story does end on a hopeful note, though: our inferior brain may be our saving grace and what slows the rate of automation. ♥ A recent study examining the mere…

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♥ In true masochistic fashion, the first thing I do in the morning is read the news. And news these days has a way of making me feel anxious and powerless. I’ve taken to re-reading At the Existentialist Café, which I originally read in 2016, as a refuge from this anxiety-inducing world. Existentialist themes of freedom and authenticity seem especially appealing when…

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♥ I am not someone who enjoys wishing ill on others, but I hope Mitch McConnell gets “frequent mandatory updates on his pc … that require immediate restarts … with no document recovery.” Blocking the confirmation of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court will be the career-defining feat of McConnell’s tenure as Senate Majority Leader, a GOP victory made even clearer as…

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