celebrating Des Linden


To battle horrific conditions and make history:  conquer

This year Des Linden was the winner of the Boston Marathon, the first female, American winner in 33 years!

Since I posted a picture of last year’s female winner of the New York Marathon, Shalane Flanagan, I’m making marathon winner posts a thing.

Kenya Collection

Zuri Kenya is a dress brand that I discovered last year in The Village. Since then I believe they have taken off for many reasons. Besides the fact that African Prints are still “in,” Zuri dresses are responsibly sourced, the patterns change all the time, and they are not expensive.  

This latest, blue print would look nice with these Mansur Gavriel mules. The heel height is “walkable,” the color is versatile, and because the suede is dark it would resist getting grubby looking longer. If this look is too “matchy” for you, the shoes come in several other colors.


Pashmina Or Not

You can buy all kinds of things called “Pashminas.” But a Pashmina is actually a very specific thing. You can read about the Pashmina here. This yummy Pashmina scarf is from Marie Hell, and I guarantee you that it is the real thing.


I know because this is my friend Eileen, the founder of Marie Hell, and her taste, attention to detail, and sense of quality is impeccable. I see an outfit here: the Zuri dress, the Mansur Gavriel mules, and a Marie Hell scarf or stole.


“It really does strike me as increasingly necessary to give all possible support and encouragement to the conscientious, courteous, and trenchant efforts of these women, intrepid activists all, who tirelessly explain to other young women and young men and girls and boys that buying an article of clothing every week just because it looks new and costs next to nothing only to toss it in the trash after twenty days — that is the European average — is nothing short of a compulsive action, emblematic of a disease of the soul.” 

I love this and believe it is true “…emblematic of a disease of the soul.”

This quote is from a compelling and timely little book I read recently. “Everything Is Broken Up and Dances: The Crushing of the Middle Class,” by Guido Maria Brera and Edoardo Nesi, is about banking, globalization, and their effects on craftsmanship in Italy.  

My next read will be Nesi’s book, winner of the Strega Prize, “Story Of My People,” which tells about the closing of his family’s textile factory in Prato, Italy. 



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