What’s in a Girl Crush?
Who knew this question would be so complicated?
A Conversation Among Women in the Wake of the Election
We received 1,100 emails in response to our call for conversation about the election. Here, our customers speak for themselves.
8 Cat Instagram Accounts to Calm Your Anxieties
Fight anxiety with the calming effect of feline faces.
7 Books We’re Reading This Fall
Book inspiration for the literary woman.
How We Really Get to Sleep
Shouldn’t this be the easiest part of our day? An honest look at how we really sleep.
Author Sloane Crosley on Balancing Two Careers—Then Finally Quitting Her Day Job
Bestselling author Sloane Crosley on conflicts of interest, working from home, and why it took her so long to quit her day job.
The End of the Office Dress Code? What the ‘New York Times’ Doesn’t Understand About Women’s Workwear
It’s time to deepen the cultural conversation about workwear so that we can, once and for all, shift the focus from women’s bodies to their brains, both in the office and beyond.
The Going-out Top: A Modern Phenomenon
Remember the top that you shared with your entire friend group in college? Of course you do.
Maureen Sherry’s “Opening Belle” Examines Wall Street from a Woman’s Perspective
From astronomical year-end bonuses to butt-grabbing co-workers, a woman on Wall Street tells her story.
The 9 Types of Book Clubs (You Know Who You Are)
Remember the book club that turned into wine club? Or wedding club? Or just fizzled awkwardly because two members got in a mysterious fight? You know who you are.
The Billion-dollar Idea: 5 Tips for Originality
What makes the special sauce in a billion dollar idea? Wharton professor Adam Grant investigates the sources of originality.
4 Ways to Own Your Mornings
Mark Twain once gave this piece of advice: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
MM in the News: Talking with Fast Company, CNBC, Crain’s, and Entrepreneur
It’s been a wild week here at MM.LaFleur! Take a moment to read our latest press.
Women’s History Month: 8 Inspiring Women and the Products We Named for Them
At MM.LaFleur, we don’t just make clothes for women of purpose—we also name them after women of purpose. Here are a few of our favorites.
What to Read: 4 Books by Women at the Top of Their Game
Still searching for your path? Take inspiration from these four women who conquered their respective fields.
25 Things You Should (Attempt to) Have by the Time You Turn 30
Because you need a real bed, a nice coat, and a go-to karaoke song.
Bookmarked: 5 Takeaways from Paul Kalanithi’s “When Breath Becomes Air”
Lessons on how to live from a story about death.
I Changed My Name When I Got Married—and Now I’m Changing It Back
Wait, what’s my name again?
Bookmarked: 5 Insights from Laura Vanderkam’s “I Know How She Does It”
In the first installment of our “Bookmarked” series, we review tips from Laura Vanderkam’s “I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time.”
Start the New Year with Advice from Writer Paul Bowles
“And yet it all seems limitless.”
6 Winter Book Picks: Cozy Tales to Read by the Fire
The holidays are the perfect time to catch up with family and friends—or to escape them by holing up in the corner with a good book.
4 Reasons Why Improv Training Will Make You Better at Your Job
You’re giving a PowerPoint to a room full of saber-tooth tigers… go!
Get Smarter Without Trying: 8 Podcasts We Love
Podcasts—where learning and zoning out collide.
4 Life Lessons I Learned from the Author of “Calvin and Hobbes”
Have you read cartoonist Bill Watterson’s 1990 commencement speech? You must.
5 Rules for How to Fight Like an Adult
For starters, stop texting.
Why Everyone Should Travel Solo at Least Once
Pack your bags, ditch your friends, and set out on your own.
Ignore Your To-do List: Why Play Makes You More Productive
Break out the adult coloring books!
Autumn Book Picks: 4 Inspiring Reads by Real-life Heroines
Love. Grief. Loss. Psychosis. It’s all here.
Practicing Gratitude: How Five Minutes a Day Made Me More Thankful
The unexpected power of the gratitude journal.
MM.LaFleur’s Comprehensive Guide to Tipping: Whom, When, and How Much
From your hair stylist/unofficial therapist to the locksmith who saved you at 3am.
What Happens When a Type-A Girl Takes on Meditation?
To do today: practice mindfulness.
MM in the News: The Wall Street Journal Says Online Retailers Can Predict Your Perfect Outfit
And guess who’s leading the pack?!
The Power of Creativity: Why Every Professional Needs Playtime
How finding a creative outlet will make you better at your job.
Short-Shorts at JCPenney: Dressing for Work in a Sexist Society
A JCPenney employee was sent home for wearing short-shorts from the store’s “Career” section. What’s wrong with this picture?
I Outsmarted the “Working Mother Industrial Complex”—and Then Opted Out
Why my “have-it-all” plan was flawed.
The Introvert’s Guide to Working in an Office: 10 Golden Rules
You love your co-workers; you just can’t get anything done when they’re around.
5 Nutrition Fads—and Their Alternatives for Normal, Busy People
Want to get healthy without overhauling your entire life? We have some thoughts.
Table for One: 5 Tips for Successful Solo Dining
When was the last time you took yourself on a date?
The One Word Women Should Stop Using
Why do my female friends keep (mis)using this word?
I Finally Read… “The Portrait of a Lady” by Henry James
You know those books that you’re “supposed” to have read, but never got around to? One writer finally faces a classic by Henry James.
So Many Girl Crushes, So Little Time
Why there’s nothing wrong with a once-in-a-while friendship.
What Happy People Do Differently
Are we trying too hard to be happy? All signs point to yes.
25 Vintage Ads We Can’t Believe They Got Away With
These vintage ads make women look totally bonkers. Let me guess… they were written by men?
2015, MM.LaFleur-Style: Finding the Sweet Spot
You don’t need a resolution. We like you just as you are.
Going Through a Break-up? This Frida Kahlo-themed Poem Will Help
Whether you’re years beyond your last break-up or still freshly reeling, read this poem. Quick!
Look Beautiful Over the Telephone
We dug up a pamphlet about “How To Be a Super Secretary” from 1951. Scary stuff.
You Don’t Have To Be a Woman To Be a Feminist. Emma Watson Explains.
Emma Watson is right: We should all be feminists.
“This Senator Saved My Love Life”: One Woman’s Bizarre-but-Awesome Story
Hear what happens when Senator Alan Simpson intervenes to save a floundering relationship.
The Sleeping Schedules of Geniuses… and Fashion Startup Employees
The sleep habits of geniuses vs. the sleep habits of MM.LaFleur.
Remembering Maya Angelou, Woman of Many Dimensions
Maya Angelou in Hollywood, 1971. (Photo: WF/Corbis) Yesterday, inimitable writer Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. Just…
Business Time: The Cheeky Columnist Everyone Should Be Reading
Our CEO’s ode to her favorite columnist, Lucy Kellaway.
Gloria Steinem Is “A Body with a Thousand People in It”
What we learned about Gloria Steinem at New York Women’s Foundation’s annual breakfast.
Have a Big Decision to Make? Consult this Shakespeare Passage.
To thine own self be true.
Sneak Peek of “The Oldest Living Things in the World”
An interview with artist Rachel Sussman, whose book “The Oldest Living Things in the World” comes out today.
Reclaiming the Finish Line: A Boston Native on the Meaning of This Year’s Marathon
A Boston native reflects on her family’s experience of the 2013 Boston marathon, and the meaning of the race today.
E.B. White Doesn’t Procrastinate, He Delays
E.B. White doesn’t procrastinate. He delays.
Are These Really the 10 Best Sentences Ever Written?
The American Scholar rounded up the 10 best sentences ever written. In English. According to them.
I (Un)consciously Uncoupled and Didn’t Even Realize It
Last night, Gwyneth Paltrow announced the non-divorce heard round the world. She and Chris Martin are splitting, or as they…
Miyako’s Mood Board: Finding New Meaning in a Poem from Childhood
Every Monday, MM.LaFleur’s designer Miyako Nakamura reflects on what’s inspiring her this week.
What Ira Glass Wishes Someone Had Told Him
“This American Life” host Ira Glass’s advice to beginners.
11 Mood Lifters To Get You Through the Winter
How the MM.LaFleur team beats the winter blahs.
Hey Toyota: Why Are You Still Talking To Little Girls (and Boys) This Way?
This “cute” Toyota ad makes us wonder: Why are we talking to little girls (and boys) this way?
All Stories Are About Wolves
“All stories are about wolves.” From Margaret Atwood’s The Blind Assassin.
Beyoncé’s Just the Beginning: The Year in Awesome Women
Call them feminists, or just call them awesome. The year in notable women.
Nelson Mandela on Optimism
Nelson Mandela on optimism.
A Call for Conversation from Our CEO
A call for conversation among women in the wake of the 2016 election.
Aldous Huxley on Taking It Easy
A passage from Aldous Huxley’s final novel, Island.
Why I Can’t Stop Reading “Humans of New York”
A look at Brandon Stanton’s brilliant blog, Humans of New York.
On Aging and Beauty
“Only with stupid men does a woman’s intelligence count against her.”
Joan Didion: “When the Twilights Turn Long and Blue”
We could read Joan Didion passages forever.
Mood Boosters: The 7-Minute Workout
7 minutes to a happier, healthier day? MM.LaFleur investigates.
[UPDATE] Why the “Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide To Being A Man” Is Both Laughable and Disturbing
Business Insider’s “Unofficial Goldman Sachs Guide To Being A Man” makes me feel equal parts annoyed, enraged, saddened, and all-out disturbed. Here’s why.
On Perfectionism: Why You Shouldn’t Fear Failure
Perfectionism. So overrated.
Hip To Be Square: 15 Mesmerizing Works by Josef Albers
Feast your eyes on 15 mesmerizing works from abstract artist Josef Albers’s series, Home to the Square.
Return To New York’s Heyday with Poet Frank O’Hara
A little poem to set the mood.
Why We Must Re-learn To Be Alone
Shhhh. Everyone just settle down.
Why Women Should Be Vexed by Vanity Fair’s 2013 Best-Dressed List
Vanity Fair’s “Best-Dressed List” usually offers a fun glimpse into some of the world’s most well-funded wardrobes. But this year, it left a bad taste in my mouth.
Banish Insomnia with a Little Help from T.S. Eliot
A very highbrow way to lull yourself to sleep.