Amy Poehler

The last Amy Poehler quote I posted was a hit, so when I came across this gem in Elle while I was working through my saved articles last week, I knew I had to share.

A little bit of serious reading and some fun eye candy for you this weekend…

It’s Time to Tackle the Working Conditions of Women – BOF

Trafficking and exploitation are far more common in the US than one would think – this is a topic I’ve been learning more about lately and this BOF article was a timely reminder of the importance of empowering women.

How to Overcome Self Doubt and a Lack of Motivation

I’ve been reading and re-reading this lately as I work to overcome what could be crippling fears and self-doubt. What do you do to manage your doubts?

Sarah Frances Kuhn Camera Straps

I am kind of in love with these camera straps after seeing Taylor Tomasi Hill wear them for her Goop Fashion Week coverage… so affordable and hand made in Brooklyn! Which color to get?!

Loren Hope 2014 Lookbook

Gorgeous American-made jewelry, styling by Sara Kate Studios, and graphics by Sarah Tolzmann. Makers, take note. This is how it should be done.

Hackwith Design House Tasseltry

My friend Lisa just launched these incredible tassles made of scrap material from her clothing line… Her clothing is incredible, and this no-waste component is brilliant and I’m so proud of her for launching this so quickly. Also – check out Kate Arends rocking Lisa’s new releases, shot by Melissa Oholendt. Again, a text book example of brilliant women (who I am lucky to call friends!) partnering to create something amazing.

Happy Weekend, Friends! xx

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Me too, Amy, me too.

Some of the best things I read this week…

The standing invitation to lose faith in yourself

I didn’t realize it until I read it, but somewhere along the way, I lost faith in myself. I’m spending all of my time focusing on the things I didn’t do well or don’t know how to do rather than focusing on the fact that I’m trying, and that I’m doing my best. And that I can always ask for help. I’ll be reading and re-reading this going forward…

Women vs. Women – A little thing called Self Respect

Kate Arends on friendship and support among women. Kate was one of the very first bloggers I met (rather awkwardly, in typical Rita form) and she is incredibly supportive. I’m proud to know her.

Ladies against Humanity

Surprisingly, my most proper friend introduced this game into our lives, and I have laughed so hard I cried many times while playing – often at the look on her face when reading a card. These female-oriented options are hysterical.

CFDA Reveals New Strategy

Thrilled to see New York Manufacturing become a strategic initiative for the CFDA! I personally think it should be American manufacturing, but I’ll take what I can get!

The Art of New Beginnings

Sometimes it feels incredibly, painstakingly difficult to start over. But this article (about Miley Cyrus, with references to Kim K., Victoria Beckham and Kate Upton) makes me realize it can be slightly formulaic – and that millions of people have done it, so I can too.

SMP LIVING – Behind the Blog with Reading My Tea Leaves

I loved this interview with Erin and this advice is particularly fantastic: Spend less time doubting yourself and more time proving to yourself how great you are.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


Hello friends… I hope you had a wonderful week and are ready for the weekend!

PLEASE do whatever you can for the Philippines.

  • Donate directly via Red Cross (or via the link on facebook!) or Unicef (or Text RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10).
  • Imogene + Willie is donating 20% of all sales this weekend to relief support.
  • This Feed Projects t-shirt will provide 10 emergency meals.
  • Please let me know if there are any other great ways to donate… 

I somehow stumbled across Adam Braun‘s blog this week – the founder of Pencils of Promise is pretty inspiring.

Speaking of Imogene + Willie, Beth of Local Milk is starting a new series, Uniform, about the language of clothing. Her first post, inspired by a visit to I+W, is beautiful.

Girl Crushes Collide – Lena Dunham interviews Mindy Kaling for Rookie Yearbook. This just made me happy.

Also! I’m working on a few holiday + entertaining gift guides for December… is there anything in particular you’d like some help with? Please let me know!

[Image of the Electric Love NYC studio via Hello Citizen]

let’s hang out elsewhere:

all of the answers.

Isn’t it refreshing that ANNA WINTOUR admits to still learning as she goes? and doesn’t have all of the answers? As an entrepreneur, I’m always hearing that I should become an expert, fake it till I make it, act the part, etc. And there’s a lot of validity in that advice. But at the end of the day, we’re all still learning, and improving as we go… I’m admittedly a huge nerd, but I can’t imagine why you would ever want to stop learning/know everything! What’s the fun in that?


I’m really excited for Northern Grade this weekend! If you are in Minneapolis, are you going?!

A great interview with Pamela Love and another via Steven Alan with Colleen Keller, designer of new-to-me label Babe.

I told you yesterday that I was obsessed with pouches… Becca’s gorgeous pouches launch Monday!

just for fun…Garance Dore : What does your Scandal Crush say about you?

have a wonderful weekend!