Best of The Week: 1/22/21


How is everyone feeling this week? Hopeful? Happy? Relieved? All of the above? Me too. I have no segue so I will just get right to it: I am loving this everyday menswear-y button-down that I think I would wear like crazy all year. But mostly I’m way into this cool older model that they used for all these new arrivals marketing shots!

I love these little padlock earrings that look so good on and slightly punk rock (without feeling silly).

I just scored this 100% cotton dress from Mango, that I’m planning on wearing with a thin leather belt and clogs or sandals just as soon as things warm up. It’s on sale, so seize the day!

I just got these near perfect, forever Jodhpur boots from RM Williams after seeing them on an effortlessly chic girl on the street. End of story.I am really liking this Pacifica Rose Water Shampoo, that smells really pretty and does exactly what it says.

Another hit from fabulous glasses destination Sunglass Museum: These Annie-Hall-esque shades that are just right for now, and then later with maybe a tweed blazer. And do check out all the fun and affordable readers! p.s. everything is 20% off right now.

Here’s a cute tee-meets-blouse for only $35.

And I’m thinking I might need this light-powered alarm clock (that’s also a reading light and sound machine), so I can wake up for early meetings without disturbing my co-sleepers (yes, Gino migrates to the bed every single night).






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  1. None of the above. I feel very sad and worried. Andrea, there’s nothing wrong with making political statements, and it’s your blog after all, but please don’t assume your readers all share your beliefs.

    1. I don’t comment when I don’t care for something Andrea posts. You may want to give that approach a try. And, I sincerely hope your fear and sadness dissipate in the years to come.

    2. You’re right she asked and you shared your opinion. Now, you know how you feel now? That’s how I’ve felt for four years. I am so relieved to have someone who takes the office of president seriously. Who takes a global pandemic seriously. While I generally vote democrat, I’ve always believed who ever was president would behave in a grownup and responsible manner, whether I agreed or disagreed with their policies. But… then 2016 happened and I learned differently. What I learned is when a leader takes themselves too seriously, but doesn’t take their job serious enough, then the events of January 6 happen.

    1. Eloise, she asked us a question. I responded politely and shared my own feelings. Not agreeing with someone doesn’t mean you should abstain from commenting. And I don’t think my feelings will dissipate easily, judging by a couple of the new admin’s first actions, which have already been chilling.

  2. Happy, hopeful and looking forward to seeing positive change for all Americans!

    And thanks for sharing that Everlane top! I get their emails, but after one too many new releases of elastic waist corduroy pants (eeks!), I find myself ignoring them and miss the good stuff!

  3. Andrea, I am so relieved. I cried when Kamala was sworn in. I am so happy I finally get the chance to have a woman v.p. And everything about that inauguration was amazing.

    On another note, I am very interested in that tee and dress!

  4. Sold on that shirt! (which is so much cooler-looking on this chic “older” model than on a younger pouty type) Also the sunnies & perfectly shaped classic riding boot—I’ll wear these with everything else in my closet for another 10years!!

    PS After 4 years plus of gritting my teeth and pronounced hate and lies, YES feeling hopeful too! ox

  5. To paraphrase Marc Maron’s tweet today, I feel like we’ve just been released from a 4-year-long hostage situation.

  6. I’m feeling so relieved and grateful with the new POTUS and VPOTUS — and I don’t even live in the US! Judging from the press, all of Europe is both happier AND safer now (climate-wise and Russia-wise).

  7. Anna, I am truly confused by your remark regarding decisions the new administration has made so far as “chllling”. Here is a list of the executive orders Biden signed his first day as president: and IMO the new policies are concerned with providing aid to people, reversing some of the prior administrations divisive or negative policies with an emphasis on equality and fairness. It is hard to understand how this is chilling as I believe it seems hopeful and the start of finding our way back to a country that cares about each other.

    1. He withdrew federal funding from any institution that doesn’t permit biological males to compete in women’s sports, which will deny girls and women athletic and educational opportunities, as well as get them physically injured. He put tens of thousands of Americans out of work, many of whom are in states that overwhelmingly voted for him, and via actions that he outright lied he would not take during his campaign, while expanding dependence on hostile countries for those services. He vindictively got rid of an nonpartisan initiative for history education and smeared it as racist, all the while claiming “unity”. There are more things, but these is at the top of what I found utterly chilling.

    2. Anna,

      By “non-partisan history education initiative,” I’m assuming you are you referring the 1776 Commission’s report. That initiative was definitely a partisan response to the 1619 project (and it was not a coincidence that it was released on MLK Day) and had numerous problems with it. There were no professional historians on the commission, which is one of the reasons that the American Historical Society (the non-partisan association for professional historians) condemned it. And the report itself suffers from problems like self-plagiarism and lack of research (no citations or lit. review) that would cause a freshman composition essay to fail. I’m struggling to understand how the report benefits educators at all, and why you find its dissolvement “chilling,” and would greatly appreciate you offering your perspective (if you are still reading this!)

    3. Anna, Took me a second, but “doesn’t permit biological males to compete in women’s sports” appears to be code for “discriminates against transgender athletes.”

    4. Thank you, Anna, for responding. I appreciate hearing your perspective. I do admit I am baffled by the way you delineate between partisan and nonpartisan. And I don’t believe the problem with the report is simply that it lacks citations or, isn’t well written (frankly, most reports aren’t well written), but that it lacks context and evidence that comes from research. The identification of progressivism as a threat to democracy isn’t simply a poor semantic choice; it indicates a complete lack of knowledge about how that term and concept have been used in American history. Again, no professional historians–i.e. the people who have a terminal degree in history and teach it–were on the commission, whose purported purpose was to determine how to best teach patriotic history.

      I suspect that our exchange won’t change either of our assessments of the report, but I nonetheless appreciate having it. Again, thanks for sharing.

    1. @Andrea, thank you for continuing to publish our comments and have this exchange. I don’t like to hog your comment section, but I want to respond to Amanda for as long as you let us.

      @Amanda, the 1776 report was the first in an explicitly nonpartisan initiative that explained the country’s founding principles, bill of rights, constitution, their historical context, and their various obstacles/impediments on all political “sides”. It was mostly well-written and in fact so mild in seeking to be inoffensive and nonpartisan as to be milquetoast. There were some issues, imo in particular of the derogatory use of the term “Progressivism”. While not inaccurate, the report should have made clearer that it was talking about a specific radical political theory, and not the way we think of progressive values and movements today. (Also there were at least 2 highly rated historians who wrote it, as well as political scientists, and the AHS is sadly compromised and partisan, so their criticisms must be taken with more than a grain of salt.)

      Whatever its issues of citation or other problems, it could have been amended. It could have been expanded. It could have even been taken away from the official White House, as it was, but without partisan hostility. The opposite happened: DNC surrogates and many who I doubt even read it smeared it as “racist’; Biden called it “counterfactual and offensive”, which is completely insane by any moderate or even conventional Democrat standard; moreover, he promoted Critical Race Theory under the euphemism of “sensitivity and diversity training”. If he condemned a government project encouraging civic education, what exactly is Biden aiming to unite us on? Does he really believe that enforcing explicitly radical leftist CRT training sessions in workplaces and classrooms will make us care about each other more? All this is, again, utterly chilling to me.

      @Eloise, acknowledging biology and sexual dimorphism in no way discriminates against transgender athletes. Denying it, however, harms female athletes.

  8. Love this best of list! Does anyone know the name of the “older model”, she has such a great look! As for how I’m feeling, without getting too political, I can hardly put into words how relieved I am to have a leader who cares about the country over his own self interest.

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