Weekend reading: decluttering tips, homemade cleaners, rhinestones, and Italian fashion



You guys, I am so excited for this weekend.

My parents are coming into town, and my dad and I are going to run a 10K together! My mom and a couple of her friends here are also going to walk the 8K at the same time. I’m hoping for good weather, though it looks like rain.

Hope you all enjoy this Spring weekend. Here are some good reads you might peruse with your morning coffee:

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Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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thanks for your weekend reading suggestions! I always look forward to them!


Oh wow, can I ever relate to that last one. I used to be a scientist and felt that I was taken less seriously or treated as less smart if I cared about fashion. The attention I received was often uncomfortable and because of that, I often dressed down. I wonder, are there so few of us who are smart and love fashion or are we all just hiding out? :)


This was a very common thing I heard when I worked in tech. Female engineers in particular would say that they enjoy dressing up, looking nice, or wearing skirts or makeup. But they felt that it caused them to be perceived as an outsider, not “one of the guys.” Not only does it draw attention to your femininity itself, but it makes you look like part of a more female-dominated group instead of the male-dominated engineering group (e.g. sales, marketing, design). And geeks can be very insular and distrustful.

Being perceived as an outsider is a real threat to a woman’s career in that kind of position.


Sarai, I have lurked around your blog for a while– I don’t even sew (yet!)– and I always find something amazing and mind-expanding in your reading suggestions. Thank you for sharing!


Thanks for commenting, Aimee! I’m glad you like them.


Good luck with your race! I’m on week 8 of my C25K program & I just cannot finish that 28 minute run without having to walk for a minute near the end. It’s killing me!


I’ve done some pretty long distances, and my favorite mantra when you are working on running longer distances is “there’s no such thing as too slow.”


Thanks for the shout out, Sarai. I loved putting the post together, but more than that, I loved learning about rhinestones and beading. I overbought and am now left with approximately 2-3 gross’ of rhinestones, so expect to see more sparkles on my work in the future!


Hope you have a great race- love that you’re running with your family! Great weekend reading. I especially liked the articles on Italian fashion and “rich” entrepreneurs! I always look forward to these posts-Thanks!


I’ve read most of the posts now and I found that the New York Times article and “What does it mean to be a rich entrepreneur” post go very well together. I really like the conclusion of the latter one. Read one after the other if you get the chance.

And I also need to do some de-cluttering this weekend!


I have always hated clutter. When I married my husband, I had no idea he would turn out to be more of a neatnik than me. We live in a one bedroom apartment, with plenty of storage..IF you take clearing out seriously. We empty closets and throw stuff away about twice a year, and I go through my stashes and clothes more often than that. Every Christmas I pay attention to the things I don’t put out on display, and if it also is set aside the next year, it goes to Goodwill. We would never be able to live in this apartment if we didn’t constantly go through all the bits and pieces; if something comes in, another goes out. It also means I’m surrounded by only my favorite things that I love.


Isn’t that an interesting article on the lady in Long Beach? I didn’t realize you were from LB, that’s where I live now :)

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