This week I thought a lot about working on building my capsule wardrobe with quality basics. I’m also looking to upgrade certain pieces with a more polished-looking grown up version. I’m trading in my well-worn Minnetonka moccasins for these beautiful loafers from Everyone. While I have never bought anything from Everlane I have heard glowing reviews from friends and I admire their business ethics.
Here are some other pieces I have my eye on
Pike Leather Tote – Handmade in Pittsburgh $200
I’ve been looking for a simple leather tote bag for months but everyone I’ve seen so far has had something wrong with it, like the handles were too short or the size of the bag was off. I hope this one ends up working out for me because I love that it is made by hand with ethically sourced leather.
I love simple jewelry.
I’m also looking for a nice pair of tapered trousers and a timeless black blazer.
Two articles that I really enjoyed this week, both have a truth-is-stranger-than-fiction like twist.
The Spy Who Loved Me By Laura Collins in The New Yorker
Right Call: Yale Removes My Racist Ancestor’s Name From Campus By Tobias Holden in The New York Times
Broadchurch (on Netflix) I basically watch any British procedural. I started this one a few days ago and am hooked. David Tennant, who stars as the lead detective, makes it worth watching.
I recently started listening to NPR’s Hidden Brain with Shankar Vedantam. I loved this week’s episode, On The Knife’s Edge, which describes a program deployed in Chicago to help counter violence in male teens.
A co-worker shared this playlist, Shades of Cool, on Apple Music. I love that the dreamy tone of the playlist perfectly blends old and new music. The playlist is based of the Lana Del Rey song of the same name.
In the Kitchen
The best thing we cooked this week was a recipe for sheet-pan fajitas from Williams Sonoma’s blog Taste. I would have never thought to make fajitas this way but it was very easy and way less clean up – perfect for a weeknight. Any meat could be used in place of the beef and substitute lettuce wraps for tortillas for a healthier alternative. I went for corn tortillas just because I like the taste. Rob made margaritas with fresh, home-made sours mix which we agreed absolutely makes the margarita. I also added some simple peach salsa, which is just equal parts peaches and tomatoes, some finely chopped red onion, Serrano pepper, cilantro, sea salt, and lime juice – ratios to taste.