♥ I recently gained some weight, as a result of long(er than usual) work days and the related poor(er than usual) diet. It’s not an alarming amount of weight, but some of my work blouses (and the more tailored dresses) are starting to feel pretty tight in the torso.  To compensate for the discomfort I have to endure at work, I…

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♥ 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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