Weekend Reading

By Kate Riley June 8, 2018

Wow, it’s been a hard week. Two tragic losses and I’m devastated by the news. Kate Spade was such a light in the design world, and Anthony Bourdain an inspiration to so many, especially those of us who love to travel. My heart is so heavy.

I struggle to understand how this happens, to find the right words to say, and to learn as much as I can about depression and mental health. We lost a family friend to suicide a month ago, a death I’m still trying to wrap my head around and why he made that choice. My sister lives with a chronic pain condition and she has educated me so much about why people consider and ultimately choose suicide. She shared this article on the reasons people attempt suicide with me this morning and some personal insight I found so helpful.

We must as a society reach out and help those who struggle, to give them the space to open up about it so we can support and hopefully save them. I welcome your thoughts on this issue, and any insight you may have too.

Because I traditionally share these, some favorite links from the week:

In love with the patterns and textures in this California Mediterranean.

I love creativity of Jenna’s charming laundry room makeover.

Another great tip from Emily on upping your gallery wall game.

Clever ways to hack the Instagram algorithm.

Easy and chic: DIY marbled dye pillows.

This is how Pinterest forecasts design trends.

A beautifully styled black & white wedding shoot inspired by haute couture.

Stephen Curry on how to build mental resilience.

Budget friendly bucket list destinations.

Remembering Anthony Bourdain and his favorite places.

Also these life lessons from Anthony Bourdain.

Kate Spade quotes on style and confidence.




  1. Kate, if you don’t mind me saying so, people don’t choose suicide, any more than people with allergies choose anaphylaxis, or people with vertigo choose to fall down. Even if it feels like it is, it is never a true choice.

    • thank you for pointing that out. I’m learning more and more about suicide, and it’s always hard to find the right words to write, and to say, especially on such a difficult subject.

  2. I had a good friend who suffered immensely for decades with manic depression and she ultimately took her life after her shildren were grown. It really seems like she died of a disease. No one should have to suffer like that and you simply cannot judge unless you can feel what they feel and walk in their shoes. I still miss you, Stacy.

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