Friday File

Happy Friday! I admit I am ready for Spring Break next week, even if it means I still have to work. I had a lot of class visits in the Fashion Study Collection this week plus a donor visit. I need a rest from lecturing, even if that means getting some monotonous cataloging done at my desk. Is there something you do at work that is commonly thought of as boring but you actually enjoy (at least from time to time)?

Aside from work, I’m looking forward to the Marc Le Bihan trunk show at Robin Richman this weekend. His spring/summer collection and pre-sale fall/winter collection will be 15% off, and there is a cocktail reception tonight.

Now, the best links of the week:

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has smart, funny, and compelling thoughts on gender, feminism, and Africa and she’s stylish as all heck. Her Ted talk is incredible. I need to get my hands on her books. Someone get this woman a bigger platform immediately!

My good friend Liz is headed to the National Stationary Show. And her business, Betsy Ann Paper, needs a little help with a Kickstarter. If you love beautifully crafted stationary, you will want to back this. The rewards are stellar!

I’m planning to sit down with my iPad this weekend and read through the New York Times special section on Museums, which was published earlier in the week.

We need to do something to better support female fashion designers in the United States. The following section, reported as industry culture, makes me rage: “Over the past six months, I’d estimate that nearly a dozen publicists and designers have mentioned to me that it’s more difficult to sell an editor on a female designer. To them, the hierarchy goes like this: straight men first, gay men second, women third.”

I would visit a Museum of Food and Drinks.

I can’t wait until the Yves Saint Laurent movie comes out (June 25)! Also, I’m clutching my pearls over so many original garments worn in the film.

Rena Tom wrote a great piece that muses over handcraft versus machine craft.

Designer L’Wren Scott was found dead on Monday, which was ruled a suicide. Cathy Horyn wrote a personal reflection about Scott’s life and her relationship with the deceased designer.

Planning for 2014

For the past two years, I’ve used Laurel Denise’s planners because they are awesome. You might remember my post about the 2013 planner last year. I really love them because they break down my days, weeks, and months so I can map out my life. I can see my packed schedule in front of me at once, which is incredibly helpful.

Well today I want to share Laurel Denise’s 2014 planner! I wasn’t compensated for this post — I just can’t help but sing its praises. When my purchased planner arrived I didn’t waste any time filling it up with my future activities and goals.

Next year’s planner is larger (the closed dimensions are 7.75″ x 9.5″), so there’s more space inside on the monthly and weekly calendars to track your activities and tasks. The cover comes in metallic gold, grey, or navy blue. My only wish is that the cover was made out of a stiffer material. You’ll also see that this year’s version offers a slightly modified format on select pages.

Like last year, the first page has space to start planning monthly goals. I love sitting down and beginning to think about what I want to do and accomplish in the next year. Resolutions are great and all, but this page makes goal planning more tangible by taking it month by month.

Then each month, week, and day is broken down on a spread of full and partial pages. On the left, the monthly calendar is always visible — one of my favorite features. The inner columns flip to show days on the left and weekly planning space on the right. This year, the weekly planning space on the inner right column isn’t divided up, enabling you to list or sketch out your weekly tasks with more flexibility. The full right page, which is always visible, has ample room for monthly to dos and notes — more than previous years.

Near the back of the agenda book, the spread above is full of prompts to help you remember books to read, places to eat, quotes, gift ideas, songs to download, websites, and further space to plan your dreams and hopes for 2014. So useful.

The next spread offers space to plan out monthly goals and ideas for 2015. I like that this planner never stops prompting you to think ahead and strategize.

And the last six blank pages offer abundant space to take notes on any subject you want. I’ve used these pages in previous years for blog planning, contacts’ addresses and phone numbers, employee scheduling, research brainstorming, lists of garments or books that I want to acquire for my fashion study collection, and more.

You can purchase your own Laurel Denise 2014 planner right here for $35. It’s an investment that pays out throughout the whole year.

And now a treat — I asked Laurel Denise if she would like to do a giveaway, and she said yes! One of my readers will win a 2014 planner by leaving a comment answering the question below! The winner can choose which color she or he would most prefer — metallic gold, grey, or navy blue.

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations Erin! And thank all of you for entering!
To enter to win:
-Leave a comment with the answer to the following question by December 11, at midnight CST:
What day are you looking forward to the most in 2014?
-Include your name and email address in the appropriate comment submission fields.
-Sorry this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.
-I’ll announce a random winner on December 13, here on the blog.

photos by Travis Haughton