Ship & Shape

November 1st. Can you believe it?! I think this technically means that the holiday season has begun, but I’m just focused on managing my sugar hangover from last night (so.many.butterfingers!) with a green juice, lots of coffee, and some great reads.

My friends at Ship & Shape are launching their fall/winter collection today! These are some incredibly talented and thoughtful women who are doing really great things… from the sneak peek images they sent (above), I know this season will be better than ever! Be sure to check out their online shop!

Some of my favorite American-made brands are 25% off  till Sunday at The Dreslyn – I’d like this subtly sexy ALC dress, this classic Pamela Love ring, my favorite Rag & Bone skinnies, and this gorgeous Raquel Allegra silk tie-dye top in my closet. immediately.

One really easy productivity trick (totally doing this as of yesterday!)

This collaboration is pretty perfect.

The catalyst that led to Richard Branson starting Virgin Airlines.

Anna Wintour  on Conde Nast, having all the answers, and learning as we go.

Bonobos launches a women’s line : AYR (all year round). Bonobos produces quite a bit of their men’s lines in the US, so I hope AYR will follow suit!

and in case you missed it, Five Lessons from the Martha Stewart American Made Workshop and a visit to the Shinola flagship!

I share these articles as I come across them on Twitter, and am getting better at posting them to Facebook as well! I’d love it if you would follow along!

think different.

This week was a little crazy and I didn’t find myself with as much time to read as I’d like… but these were a few articles that stuck with me.

How Lucky’s John Januzzi made it in fashion… great reminder that persistence (and not being a jerk!) is key

New York Called – an interview with Otte founder Kay Lee

Home Grown! 11 Labels Made in NYC… always love finding new American-made labels!

also – Archana over at My SoCal’d Life asked me about my rituals… still figuring some of them out, but it was fun to share!

Have a wonderful weekend! xR



Earlier this week, I was interviewing someone for an upcoming feature (a good one that I can’t wait to share with you!) and she said that someone had given her an important piece of advice: when you are having a bad day, look back on where you were six months ago, and you’ll realize that you are in a completely different place.

That insight has stuck with me throughout this week. Where were you six months ago? The world of entrepreneurship is incredibly future focused – we’re always wondering what’s next and we know (really, believe) that we are only as good as our last sale/post/product/etc. so we often forget to celebrate how far we have come.

I think that the would-be-entrepreneur also gets caught up in this future focus, and as a result, forgets to just START. People think, I can’t start a business till I have $XX saved, or I’ve hit this milestone in my current career, or until the time feels right or everyone I know is on board. But really, you never know what will happen until you start. If you have an idea, try it out. See what your friends and family think. See if people are interested. Find out if you love the idea after six months or if you’re ready to move on to your next big idea (as Meg said earlier this week, if you aren’t obsessed, you won’t stick with it! I’ll add, you won’t know for sure if you are obsessed till you start!).

Nothing will be perfect at the beginning. But you’ll never have the chance to find out what perfect could be if you don’t start.

some reading for the week:

Olivia Wilde has started Conscious Commerce, an organization with a goal of changing how people shop. If you purchase this Anthropologie dress, proceeds will fund a school in Kolkata, India.

what do you think of domino 3.0? (thanks to Alex for sharing this article!)

Brand Strategy from Idea to Profit: do you know what a minimum viable product is? this article just may help you get started on your next big idea!

Have a great weekend! xx

follow along for more TAE! I’ve been helping open a new shop in Minneapolis – the grand opening is tomorrow and I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks on insta! 

In Jeans.

some of my favorites reads of late!

Laura Brown’s adventures in fashion

I’ve been on a perennial hunt for THE perfect pair of jeans… Laura Brown of Harper’s Bazaar sums up the obsession, perfectly.

The New Potato

Food & Fashion? Brilliant.

Talking Shop : Heidi Merrick + Desiree Kohan

I’ve never been to Des Kohan but after this interview, it is definitely on the top of my list for my next trip to LA! I love the concept, the attention to detail, the collaboration with and support of new lines… and the fact that nothing goes on sale, because everything in the store is worth it. So refreshing.

The Sweet Home

My friend Nate introduced me to this product review site – it’s amazing. For a review of bike locks, the reviewer interviewed known bike thieves!

Well Spent Book Club : CHEAP

Well Spent is one of my favorite blogs, and absolutely part of the inspiration behind TAE – I hated that it was so easy and enjoyable to discover new, honestly crafted clothing for my husband and that I had to search and search and read labels everywhere I went. They just launched a book club last month and, nerd that I am, I couldn’t wait to start commenting as soon as the post went up yesterday! There hasn’t been a lot of discourse yet, but hopefully there will be more as time goes on… I read next month’s book, Fugitive Denim: A moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade, several years ago and loved it. Would love for you to join in next month!

With that, have an amazing weekend! If there are any other great articles or blogs I should be reading, or brands I should be finding, please let me know!

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