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Weekend Reading: longevity, classics, and creating desire


This week, I was fascinated to read about Donyale Luna, the beautiful 1960s model pictured above. She was the first african american to appear on the cover of Vogue, along with films by Andy Warhol and Fellini. A deeply complicated and troubled woman, she contributed to the changing image of women of color in the 1960s.

Weekend Reading:

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Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.



March 4, 2016 #

Great list as always! I really enjoy the posts about slowly constructing your personal wardrobe, and the post about vintage patterns was really inspiring. And yes to the wide-legged pants!


March 4, 2016 #

A resounding YES to wide-legged pants! I want to be like those stylish ladies. :-)


March 4, 2016 #

Wide-legged pants – YES! I think they are much more flattering to the female form than bell-bottomed trousers. I think I’ll make a pair this weekend!


March 4, 2016 #

I like wide pants and I cannot lie… as long as they are paired with a slim-fitting top, as I don’t care for the volume-all-over look. Not that I ever wear pants, though.

Team Pattern For The Win! I always used to wear black. Then I had babies, and it became very impractical – solid black gets grotty even more quickly than pure white! I also quickly realised that my babies really enjoyed colours and patterns on my clothing. Even more importantly, I discovered that wearing colours and patterns improved my mood, and gave me a much-needed boost at the beginning of my day. Now most of the things in my wardrobe are patterned or textured.

Betty Jordan Wester

March 4, 2016 #

I love wide legged pants, but I think the only way wide legged pants will make a big comeback is if they’re in a flowy, most likely knit material- sort of like wearing a maxi.

I am firmly team pattern. I can’t wear black at all. I look ghastly in it. My neutral is Sand.

I also enjoy the feeling of anticipation. I think sneak peeks are really fun. But I’m not really an instant gratification person. I’m the kind of person who will wait until my tea is done before I tear into my GF cookies. This may also be a by product of my age (42) as everyone I know up to 10 years younger than me feels mostly the same way. While my much younger teen cousine and nephews don’t want to wait for anything. (obviously there are some things I love being able to get right this very second, but they’re definitely in the minority).


March 8, 2016 #

Can I just say how much I enjoy and look forward to your weekend reading. There are so many threads here I can relate to.