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  • OK guys, I’m out of here for the long weekend—expect me back bright and early Tuesday, and please do have yourselves a safe and happy holiday. Meanwhile, Here are the winners of the Bird Photographer of the Year contest, which is a thing. (Colossal)
  • This achingly beautiful piece—by novelist Jesmyn Ward—about the recent death of her husband, has been making the rounds this week, but if you haven’t read it yet, do not delay: as a friend mentioned, it’s the kind of piece that breaks your heart and then puts it back together again. (Vanity Fair)
  • This trailer for The Glorias—about the birth of the modern women’s movement—and directed by Julie Taymor—looks promising. (YouTube)
  • Have you listened to this week’s episode of Everything is Fine, featuring book recommendations by publishing star Lisa Lucas? If not, then do not delay! (EIF)
  • I enjoyed this profile of Miranda July, who I think is so talented. (Vulture)
  • This story is one wild ride through Brooklyn gentrification gone horribly awry. (The Cut)
  • A sweet remembrance of Lord & Taylor, the department store that closed all of its remaining doors this week. (NY Times)
  • Good on tennis star Naomi Osaka for taking a stand. (Yahoo Life)
  • This Marvel tribute to actor Chadwick Boseman, who died last week of cancer, is a real tear-jerker. (Kottke)
  • This is my new binge-watch—so hilarious and dark. (Rotten Tomatoes)

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    Mary
    4 Sep 2020
    7:53am

    The Vanity Fair piece is utterly heartbreaking.

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    Caroline
    4 Sep 2020
    8:18am

    I adored search party!
    I’m slightly ashamed to admit this , but my most recent binge watch was Indian matching..
    Perhaps I could have saved myself a lot of heartache over the years if I’d had a face reading of potential partners done first!

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      Sara
      4 Sep 2020
      8:27am

      I also loved Indian Matchmaking!! So good : )

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      kimbersam
      4 Sep 2020
      11:24am

      Indian Matchmaking was the jam–heart-breaking, educational, funny, sombering sad, shocking, maddening… etc. If you haven’t, check out A Suitable Girl by the same producer.

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    Bethany Ball
    4 Sep 2020
    9:16am

    Have had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Lucas on a few occasions. She is the real deal. Kind, passionate, and warm. Can’t wait to hear this week’s episode.

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    Linda Boardman Kerr
    4 Sep 2020
    9:05am

    The article about Lord and Taylor is so poignant. Living close to Chicago, for me the shopping mecca was Marshall Fields on State St.That was taken over by Macy’s and has been on the decline ever since. I enjoyed a few years working in display and visual merchandising another major department store in Chicago, and was so proud of our work, especially the window displays. Now it has all changed, in the ways the article explained. It’s very sad, and reminds me once again how glad I am to have been born in the 50’s. (I know, easy for me to say, a middle-class white person…)

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      Viajera
      4 Sep 2020
      1:31pm

      So I don’t really know anything much about the subject, but … once we vanquish the evil virus, I think store shopping will make a comeback. Maybe it will be slow, but I think it could happen. And the stores that will do better will be the ones that make an effort. I could be wrong though. I am nothing if not full of b.s. theories. … I thought Sears maybe could have made itself into one of those places where they just have one of everything, and you go try it on, and then order it? There’s a name for that I think, but, can’t remember. It would have been a way to *try things on* from brands with few stores, yadda yadda … some of us hate schlepping to the post office. (Other problem with Sears imo was the horrible website.) People still need a place to buy appliances too, and the same goes. I like to kick the tires. We need to make things here again, and we need to *repair* things here again. (I could, but will not, bore you all with what a piece of cr*p the new microwave is.) … The reason I went on this tirade was the mention of window displays. I’ve always wanted to maybe one day spend the holidays in New York, and that’s one of the reasons.

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      Meg
      4 Sep 2020
      3:29pm

      I truly loved Marshall Fields as a customer and as a retail partner. Franco Mints forever!

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    Mary
    4 Sep 2020
    9:40am

    I can’t stop thinking about the Vanity Fair article, specifically why her husband succumbed to the virus and she and her children recovered.

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    cw
    4 Sep 2020
    12:23pm

    Thank you for another round of seemingly great links! Hope everyone has a safe holiday! Future requests…velour tracksuits––are they once again becoming a thing?, wide leg jeans/pants and how to proportion and corduroy–it seems to be speaking to me––anyone else? Also that walnut/maple syrup brown color––I’ve never been crazy about “brown,” but this particular brown keeps popping up and I LIKE it!

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      HickfromStyx
      4 Sep 2020
      8:59pm

      Oh yes, I’m with you on this. All things 70s are becoming a thing: the velour, the wide leg jeans and pants, and the caramel color. I did get the velour track pants (they seemed like a good idea, but not the complete suit), already have the wide leg pants and jeans, only need caramel knee boots. Glorias are go!

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      Mary
      4 Sep 2020
      1:23pm

      I’m strongly considering wide leg jeans!

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    Viajera
    4 Sep 2020
    1:40pm

    Kim!! Have a fun weekend!!! You too, everyone here! Out West we are having a bizarre heat wave so I will be doing very very little of anything, but, in the scheme of things, I can’t complain (though, I still might).

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      Kim France
      4 Sep 2020
      5:54pm

      Thanks, Viajera! Right back at you.

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    D.Morgendorffer
    4 Sep 2020
    1:09pm

    I look forward to these links for my weekend treat. Meanwhile, I wanted to share a couple links that made me think of GOACA Stateswoman Mimi A. The always-excellent Perfume Professor had a post https://perfumeprofessor.net/2020/08/31/on-another-note-perfumes-true-colors-in-2020/#more-4976 that linked to an article on why there are so few Black-owned perfume brands https://www.thezoereport.com/p/black-owned-perfume-brands-are-practically-non-existent-heres-why-22978681 One of perfumers featured in the article, Chris Collins, was a brand ambassador for Ralph Lauren for twenty years. When I looked at the fragrance note descriptions for his perfumes on the Bergdof site, they seemed very much cinematic memory perfumes. The other perfume brand, Pink MahogHany Fragrances, does sell sampler packs on Etsy, which I hope to get eventually. I think I’m going to try to get the perfume sampler business I use to offer Chris Collins stuff.

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      Jessica M
      7 Sep 2020
      11:50am

      Ah, thanks for the shout-out, D! Much appreciated. I’ve smelled the Chris Collins fragrances in person and I liked some of them a lot but I haven’t gotten my hands and nose on samples…yet.

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      Jenny
      4 Sep 2020
      6:14pm

      I highly recommend Hi Wildflower (rebranding, so everything is 30 pct off) and Jazmine Serai, both brands led by women of color. I had eschewed perfume for years, and was so happy to discover these. Perfume has now become part of my daily routine. Jazmine Serai has a great sample pack.

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        D.Morgendorffer
        5 Sep 2020
        2:01pm

        With my weakness for lipstick, I knew about Hi Wildflower, but Jazmin Sarai is new to me. Back in the day, I used and loved Madini essences so I have a soft spot for fragrances in the brilliant Middle Eastern fragrance tradition. So, thank you for mentioning them.

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    Carrie P
    4 Sep 2020
    1:03pm

    Kim, thanks so much for including the L&T piece. So very sad for me. I worked there for many years and would like to share my social media tribute post:
    RIP Lord and Taylor
    Thank you for taking a chance on me as a 23 yr old college drop-out. Thank you for teaching me strong work-ethic and for endless meaningful experiences and rewarding opportunities. Thank you for giving me an education in fashion and style. Thank you for connecting me with incredibly wonderful and brilliant people from all walks of life; most especially three of my oldest and dearest friends. Above all, thank you for introducing me to HR, for it has given me a special purpose in life to help, protect and support others as needed.

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      Ellie
      6 Sep 2020
      7:04pm

      My grandmother worked at Lord & Taylor when I was growing up, back when it was only on the East Coast/NYC metro area. I always looked forward to the yearly outing when she took us there to buy a party dress and shoes. Since then, it’s become one of my go-to places for what I think of as reasonable, quality clothes for grownups. My grad school “interview suit” was a wool crepe L&T house brand that fit like a dream and wore like iron for years. I think every “meeting blouse” in my closet is L&T, and my sweater chest is, to this day, full of L&T cashmere and merino wool. My mom and I went to the going-out-of-business sale at the local mall last week, and the silence was literally funereal. But they had put out the remaining sweater stock, so we picked up one last round of cardigans.

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