Friday File – Sick Week

I’ve been sick all week. I’ve been slowly getting better, but I still have a bit of a persistent cough. Consequently, this week hasn’t been the usual, since I’ve been floating through the days hopped up on decongestant.

I haven’t been online as much as usual this week either, which means I only have two links for you. But nonetheless, I think they are both quite good. Enjoy and stay healthy!

Cathy Horyn walks us through her spring shopping agenda. Her penchant is for luxury designer garments (Celine, Marni, Dries Van Noten, Givenchy, etc.), a world of fashion I normally enjoy looking at, but have no experience shopping. It’s interesting to read her debate on current designer prices — some of which seem too high or right on target in her opinion. She peppers in her reflection with a few contemporary designer items (Opening Ceremony, alice + olivia, Rebecca Taylor). Of course pretty much all are above my pay grade, aside from the Uniqlo and H&M she mentions.

My friend Kirsty introduced the blog Empty Emptor to me this week via a post on a Net-A-Porter magazine article. First, the post itself was a brilliant breakdown of how the fashion industry uses language to convince a consumer that she’ll be happier for buying clothes. But second, where has this blog been all my life?!!!!!!!! (Yes, all those exclamation points are necessary.) The author, Jess, is a British post-doctoral cognitive neuroscientist whose blog aims to “analyse consumption, consumerism and consumer behaviour (in a very modest and inexpert way) through the lens of lifestyle, clothing, and my own wardrobe in particular.” Be still my beating heart, I think I’ve found my new favorite blog.