Wednesday, October 22, 2014

This week's obsession: mad about plaid

Plaid will never go out of style. Thank goodness the Scots created this unique cloth pattern to help them distinguish one clan from another. Because some 500 years later plaid is ubiquitous (lumberjacks, punks, grunge, preppies, hipsters, Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, etc.). 

I think what I love most about plaid is its association with rebellion. In fact, in the 1700s tartan was illegal in Britain (Brits were forbidden to wear it because of the Scottish Rebellion of 1745). Plaid is badass.

Show me a girl who likes plaid and I'll tell you she has an inner wild child. Here are a few of my favorite plaid finds this season:

What's not to love about a red plaid scarf? I love this cashmere number from J. Crew.

I recently added this to my wardrobe: a cute shirtdress from Madewell (which I was delighted to find in a post from one of my favorite blogs). I usually wear mine with a belt and if it's cold out, I'll pair it with my favorite jeans.


And this pump! I can see it with cuffed boyfriend jeans and a crisp, white button-down shirt. Or black skinny jeans and a black body-conscious turtle neck.

The best thing about plaid: there are no rules. Find your rebel streak and have fun!

Top photo by Julia Robbs for A Cup of Jo.
A brief history of plaid. (Bustle)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Under the weather

I feel like this today. My head is so heavy on my shoulders I fear it might topple. My body aches. My throat is scratchy like sandpaper. 

Airborne, peppermint tea, olive leaf throat spray and lots of sleep are my best friends right now. How about you? What are your cold remedies?  

Photo from Flowers Magazine.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Little foodies

This happens when you invite six 2nd graders to try a seven-course tasting menu at one of New York's fanciest restaurants.


How to get your kids to eat everything, the French way. (Parenting)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


I have never known how to explain my feelings about animals. Until I read this quote. Pretty much explains with 100 percent accuracy my horrible ambivalence.

I do find baby animals pretty cute. (BBC)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner

At 17, Malala Yousafzai becomes the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner for her work promoting children's rights. Sharing the prize with fellow activist Kailash Satyarthi, 60, of India, Malala pointed out the significance of the occasion.

"One is from Pakistan. One is from India. One believes in Hinduism. One strongly believes in Islam. And it gives a message to people," she said in her acceptance speech. "It gives a message to people of love between Pakistan and India and between different religions... It does not matter what's the color of your skin, what language you speak, what religion you believe in. It is that we should all consider each other as human beings."

Malala has been fighting for a young person's right to an education since she was 11. It started with a blog for the BBC in which she chronicled the Taliban's systematic reign of terror in her childhood home of Mingora, Pakistan. Malala and many other girls risked their lives to attend school.

On October 9, 2012 the Taliban tried to stop her. She was shot in the face on her way home from school. "They thought the bullets would silence us," she said at the UN on her 16th birthday. "But they failed."
Malala's voice is only becoming stronger. Her Nobel Prize is a testament to that.

"Through my story I want to tell other children all around the world, they should stand up for their rights," she said today. "They should not wait for someone else, and their voices are more powerful."

Watch Malala's entire Nobel Prize speech here. (Digg)
Photo by Antonio Olmos for Parade Magazine.