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I just snagged this Stila Illuminator ($32) to get that summer JLO vibe. I got it in the bronze color but, depending on how I feel about its results, am also intrigued by the “transcendent” opal pink color…stay tuned.
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The most popular items on Le Blog this week:
+This monogrammed wet bag (#etsyfind — $24).
+J.Crew bow-shouldered top ($49).
+Chic everyday white dress ($129 — currently 40% off!). Literally could be worn to anything at all — work, happy hour, lunch with girlfriends, Church, etc. So versatile.
+The Self-Portrait dress ($267) I purchased for my birthday. It did not fit (sad day) — the arms were too long and the bodice was bulky on me and it just wouldn’t have been worth tailoring. So back to Neiman’s it went. I’m hoping one of you fit into it better than I did because it is SO cute…
+This asymmetric dress ($69).
Did you read about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigning (er, being strongly advised to do so by his board and then acquiescing)? The news comes on the heels of quite a bit of negative PR for Uber — allegations of overlooked sexual harassment, a toxic bro-y culture, Kalanick’s reaming of an unsuspecting Uber driver, charges of intellectual property theft, and even sexism among the board members. The company is currently in something of a power vacuum with few executives in place. I’ll be curious to see what the next year holds for Uber. They have a fantastic, sticky product — like most of our friends, Mr. Magpie and I use it constantly and so many of the product enhancements over the past few years (i.e., being able to type in a destination before ordering, getting an exact cost prior to booking, being able to drop a pin, etc, etc) have been absolutely brilliant. Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke wrote that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” — and Uber has been, since day one, nothing short of magic. Between Amazon Prime and Uber, I feel like we’re living in an episode of the Jetsons. BEEP BOOP BOOP — aaaand, a new book is on my doorstep within 24 hours. BOOP BEEP BEEP — aaand, a car appears and I’m whisked off to dinner. It’s insane! We are living the future, people.
But, a great product is not a safeguard against the demise of a company. And someone once told me that — in matters of business — “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” It’s hard to course correct for an unhealthy internal culture; I’ve personally observed that the tone of a team is hard to re-direct. There’s something akin to emotional muscle memory at play, unless you totally clean house and start from scratch. And what company has the time or resources or inclination to do that while maintaining a highly successful product? It’d be tough.
In a totally different sphere, it’s occasionally useful to recall that while “Rome wasn’t built in a day,” the Roman Empire practically died over night. Not to be morbid, but it could be possible that Uber’s star has fallen, which could mean big things for Lyft and other competitors.
Or, I could be overstating the circumstances, and Uber will continue to triumph.
What do you think?
+Chic OTS top ($59).
+This memoir of a young mother dying of cancer is supposed to be incredible. I’m not sure I am emotionally prepared for it, though…
+Love this striped shirt ($88).
+Popsicle molds in the shape of a star ($12)!!
+I think I need these stainless steel condiment cups ($7 for 12) for summer dinners al fresco!
+Pretty floral midi dress ($93).