Into the Weekend

From Carissa

Being petite in height, it can be a challenge to find clothes that don’t overwhelm my frame. Sometimes the newest styles look appealing in the magazine (on a 5′-10″ model, no doubt), but when I go to the stores they look less than flattering on me. Jean, the author behind the blog Extra Petite, is under 5 feet tall yet manages to always look put together, professional, and classic. She also has a list of her favorite petite-friendly brands, as well as tips on alterations to for a more flattering fit.

I’m quite sad that Downton Abbey has come to an end. One big reason I love period films is looking at their costumes, and because Downton Abbey’s six seasons spanned the years from 1912-1925, one could see the progression of fashion during that time. No worries, to get my fix of I found the Instagram account The Corseted Beauty which features historical fashion in art, period films, and real clothing from those time periods.

When I was pregnant people would ask if I was having twins. That was how big my stomach was, even though the weight I gained was in the normal range and my kids, as infants, were not heavy or big. So, when I see images of models who have had children yet managed to keep their smooth, flat stomachs, I wonder why some can bounce right back and some cannot. When I read about professional runner Stephanie Bruce and the photo she posted on her Instagram account of her post-baby stomach, I honestly felt relief. Here’s a beautiful, incredibly athletic woman being open about the choice she made to have children and the confidence she has in her post-baby body.

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From Melissa

One of the things my mom told me before I left for college in the U.S. was that I would have to work twice as hard to prove myself, being a foreign student, Asian, and a woman. The Filipino population at Syracuse was probably less than 1%, and I often found myself being the Asian girl in a room. This is not a problem my daughter will run into, living in the Bay Area. But, as the author of this article points out, we still lack Asian-American roles and role models in the media for our children to relate to. The author points to Kristi Yamaguchi as her role model growing up, and it’s interesting that we read Dream Big, Little Pig, Sofia loves looking at the author photo of Ms. Yamaguchi and her two daughters on the inside flap and asking about her.

At my previous job, we always talked about designing experiences to get to a desired outcome. This article on How to Design Happiness talks about exactly that: creating experiences and spaces that surprise and delight people. Many of the things outlined here by experts from (of course) Disney, Lippincott, and (surprisingly) Soul Cycle may seem intuitive, but you’d be amazed at how often these things are overlooked.

I’m obsessed with shows like Top Chef and Project Runway, not so much for the personal drama (I have Real Housewives of Wherever for that!) but to see people’s creative process and how they solve for the challenges they are given. The Fashion Fund is another such series. It follows the candidates for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, which awards $400,000 to the winning designer/s and the mentorship of fashion luminaries like Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg. From putting together a portfolio that stands out for the judges (the first step in selection) to creating pieces that answer a certain problem, it’s amazing to see what the designers come up with.

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