What We’re Into This Week: News in Nerdy Fashion

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EXTRA SPECIAL EXCLUSIVE CONTENT!

Okay, I oversold that with my best used car salesman typeface.

But I’m here to share something exciting that I typically reserve for my loyal gang of email subscribers. It’s a master list of what I’m reading, listening to and watching.

Each month (or more if I’m feeling prolific) I send a round-up of content with a little editor’s letter. At the end, I always include links to what I’ve devoured across the ether when I was either 1) at a loss for my own words (a rare occurrence if you know me) or 2) devouring an entire bag of popcorn and looking for an activity that didn’t involve typing at the same time.

Basically, it’s stuff I wish I wrote or created but am, nevertheless, stoked to share with you and spread the knowledge! Most of it is fashion or eco-related, some is just plain fun. This week, I collaborated with Scout (ICYMI – fab summer intern) to bring you a list that’s twice as nice.

If you like what you read here, be sure to subscribe to my emails. The clicks are free.

Kasi’s List

I Read

It will take a savage to combat sizeism, especially in lingerie. Leave it to Rihanna.

The People v. Zara. A skinnies and sandals saga.

Finally, and email exchange that doesn’t make me want to go “TL:DR.”

Fashion gets its own Perestroika in Russia.

Lynn Yeager is an OG fashion journalist and trend-defying magpie darling.

Asos gets design savvier.

News in nerdy fashion.

Blockchain and style, say whaaa? It could save us all!

Thrifting can be mind-boggling. This guide will help you go less bananas. PS – sign up for Selva Beat’s Scout program to support them.

Is it tone deaf to preach a vegetarian diet?

I’m drunk and high at the same time, drinkin’ champagne on the airplane. Or these new cocktails.

Will feeding your cat toona save the earth? I never thought I’d get into the biometric data of a cat or dog, but this article did it for me.

That smog looks expensive.

As we gray, we care less about doomsday.

Don’t go celebrating Pruitt’s departure.

Note to government: give us a better option than recycling.

Trans actors deserve to represent their own truth.

Check your gif use before you LOL.

Populism is for dummies. The secret to Canada’s multiculturalism.

First we lost our legroom…is privacy is next?

*Long form alert* Read this book if you’ve ever thought, “How does one actually go about sitting and emptying the mind?” Sakyong Mipham gives you a play-by-play for meditation.

I listened

Fashion Journalism isn’t dying. These folks are dedicated to rigorous standards and industry evolution. Episode 181.

The full history of Mr. Givenchy.  

Two of my favorite gals in eco fashion on how ‘normalize’ sustainability. Episode 23.

My Dad Wrote A Porno. Because it’s important to balance your serious news with a heady laugh. A special thanks to Ethical Unicorn for recommending these witty Brits. They’ve become my new car companions.

I watched

Seriously, zilch but retro Anthony Bourdain episodes and YouTube guides to wine regions. But I think that’s a good sign of productivity and – dare I say – sanity?

On my future watch list: Social Fabric

Oh, but I did abuse my new Moviepass subscription. Go see American Animals and Sorry to Bother You.

My passions for costume design and conscious fashion collide in Clint Ramos’ amazing work for Broadway’s Once on this Island. (I actually cried when I saw the costume for Asaka, Earth Goddess. It’s the last costume he explains, and it’s worth the long read.)

This company gives “stepping in gum” a whole new meaning.

Is used plastic a virgin material? These designers think so.

In fact, your DIY projects might eventually involve recycling your own plastic.

Long Form – Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

I Listened

99% Invisible. It’s my favorite podcast right now! Learn the fascinating design history of film sound (“Sounds Natural”), all the female statues in NYC (“Miss Manhattan”), and birth control receptacles (“Repackaging the Pill”).

I Watched

Fair Trade… hair?

So many amazing classics at my favorite Austin theater, Austin Film Society. Check out The Big Heat (a 1953 noir) and Grand Hotel (a 1932 drama) for the vintage fashion looks of your dreams. I second what Kasi said- go see Sorry to Bother You, and don’t let the third act twists throw you too much. There’s a lot to take from this film, insane or otherwise.

Tell us, what are you reading this week?

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