Well, well, well….it’s been quite a week. I flew (with Mike) to Lexington, KY to attend a dear friend’s wedding, gambled on horses, watched the most depressing presidential debate EVER, wrecked two batches of quinoa pizza crust, comforted a crying 8 year old about homework stress three times, assured a 5 year old that he would “get to do homework someday” four times, discovered that #repealthe19 was actually trending on Twitter, drank mayyyybe a little too much bourbon last night (thanks for my latest obsession, Kentucky!), and went to a class parent meeting this morning. Without coffee. Someone get me a medal.
Let’s kick things off with a turtleneck. This cozy sweater by Velvet is the softest, lightest cashmere ever, has a subtle fringe detail, and is marked down at Nordstrom Rack for 65% off retail. I bought a small.
Also, glitter. I’ve been totally intrigued by Sole Society’s glitter flats and their 42 5-star reviews. Apparently they are very comfortable after a short break-in period?? One reviewer got it done with thick socks and a blow dryer and I. Am. Tempted. Because…glitter.
It’s getting colder. H&M has the faux-leather jackets for boys. I like this one for Raines and this one for Pax.
So maybe Mike deserves the medal. He was recently interviewed in US News about predictive analytics and healthcare, and how he went from missiles to medicine.
Hey, New York. If you’ve been following me on IG (@shanachristine), you may already know that Mike and I attended the opening of Theo Who Lived, a documentary about Theo Padnos, an American journalist kidnapped in Syria. He was held for two years, then released. His story is harrowing, but Theo’s ultimate message is one of love (and the power of a good sense of humor). Truly a powerful film. It’s showing now in NY, and will be opening in LA next week.
It’s been an interesting week to be a woman. This old article from Buzzfeed on what it means to be a “cool girl” got me thinking about how we often tie together “cool” with unaffected. I know I’m guilty of this in the past – letting blatant sexism slide because I prided myself on the ability to remain calm, cool, unaffected. I really loved how Michelle Obama addressed Donald Trump’s latest remarks about women. Especially this:
“The shameful comments about our bodies. The disrespect of our ambitions and intellect. The belief that you can do anything you want to a woman,” she said. “It is cruel. It is frightening. And the truth is, it hurts. It hurts.”
She’s right. I don’t know what’s worse – the comments themselves, or the attempts at normalizing them. “To dismiss this as every day locker room talk is an insult to decent men everywhere.” she continues. “The men that you and I know don’t treat women this way. They are loving fathers who are sickened by the thought of their daughters being exposed to this kind of vicious language about women. They are husbands and brothers and sons who don’t tolerate women being demeaned and disrespected.”
Sing it, Michelle. This isn’t about women, it’s about all of us – our sons and our daughters.
Even worse, the US isn’t alone. The Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, delivered a (now famous) speech to the Australian parliament, where she took her opponent to task for sexist remarks. “I’m offended,” she stated, numerous times, unapologetically. By the time she was finished, I wasn’t sure if I should cheer or cry. So instead I bought this tshirt. You can see the full clip on GOOD.
Fall in Philly is the best. I can’t decide if we should head over to Dilworth Park’s Octoberfest (foozeball tables, food trucks, picnic tables, a DJ, and beer) or head over to our fav, Morgan’s Pier, where they’ve turned the beer garden into an “autumn wonderland” complete with pumpkins to carve, hay, and heat lamps. So fun.