What would you have done?

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Apologies for this kind of depressing post, but I really want your input here. Yesterday, I was on the subway, distracted because I was late to therapy, when my attention—and that of everyone else in the car—turned to a youngish mother yelling profanities at and threatening her small child. She’d stop for a few moments and direct her attention to her phone, then start in again, and every time she did, her child’s hands went up reflexively to protect his face. It felt like he had been through this before, maybe many times. I wanted to go up to her and read her some version of the riot act, but I didn’t. I’m ashamed to say I stayed silent. I’m not sure why, but maybe because the mother seemed legitimately menacing, and I didn’t want to further scare the child, and there was no police officer to report her to, and even if I did that and that led to her being judged an unfit mother, the kid would be sent to foster care, which can be its own awful can of worms. Nobody else said or did anything either. But I keep thinking about that poor kid, and wondering what, if anything, could have been done in that moment to improve the situation. I’m curious how you would have handled this, or what you have done under similar circumstances.

Cool tee (and party!) for an important cause

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The Zero+Maria Cornejo store is almost directly across the street from a Planned Parenthood location, and they’re showing what good neighbors they are by throwing a benefit for that organization on Tuesday June 18 from 6-8 p.m. I’m totally going, and can’t wait to enter the raffle, which includes sure-to-be-great stuff from Cornejo, Anna Sheffield, Rachel Comey, Ulla Johnson and more. And if you can’t attend, you can always support the cause by picking up this super-cool limited edition tee, designed by Cornejo and featuring the visages of various historically important ladies.

10 animal prints for summer

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Apologies for the radio silence yesterday—I’m on a whirlwind trip to the lovely city of Montreal—arrived Sunday, back home today—working on a project that I can’t tell you about right now but which would be seriously cool if it all works out (care to guess exactly what it is in the comments?).  Anyway, I’ve got animal prints on my mind, which is odd because I always think of them as more of a fall/winter thing than something you’d throw on when it’s warm out. Still, the following pieces look like they’d work great this time of year. I am borderline obsessed with this crisp skirt, which has a great A-line shape and would be prefect with a simple white tee.

The print on this short-sleeved button-down is nice and light and so summery.

I might wear this zebra-print  dress with bright (red, maybe) espadrilles.

This jumpsuit is on the loud side, but I like that about it, and its lines are so pleasingly slouchy.

This skirt’s yellow print is delightfully unpredictable and quite graphic.

I always prefer a scoopneck tee to a crewneck or a V, and the army green here is aces.

I like the contrast of the tonal leopard print with the striped strap on this tote.

 

A retroish snakeskin-print bra that would look so cute peeking out from under a tank top.

You don’t see good giraffe prints—or really any giraffe prints—all that often, but this one is pretty stellar.

A caftan-ish silk and cotton dress that looks like it’s be perfection on really hot days.

 

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I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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