Weekend Update

Here are some items and reading of note that I’ve been enjoying over the last few weeks.

1. First up is fabulous cardigan from one of my past interviewees, the lovely Wei! I was thrilled to hear Wei’s news that she finally started her own line, YLIN. She was kind enough to send me one of her cardigans to try out and I loved it – it’s a super soft cashmere with a lovely surprise detail – bows down the back!

YLIN Cardigan

I’ve worn this cardigan to work and received quite a few compliments. The bows keep their shape nicely. I love wearing it with the sleeves rolled up a bit.

YLin Cardigan Bows

Wei sent me a size XS and I love that it isn’t too tight – a comfortable, easy fit. You can find it here: YLIN bow cardigan.

2. I have mentioned a few times that I’m a bit paranoid about retirement savings – I found this article via CNN to be very interesting with some good high level advice. It also includes one of those handy retirement calculators that I always like to use to punch numbers into and horrify myself.

3. My favorite new candle scent for winter: Santal by Diptyque. Mr. Feather actually is the one who picked this out, and when I went back for my second helping of this scent, the salesperson mentioned that a few years ago sales all of a sudden went up of Santal because some “big Hollywood” person said they stockpiled the scent. Being the curious Googler I was, I finally figured out that it was Brian Grazer (the rest is a quick and interesting read, via the WSJ).

I also love this great set of ten Diptyque minis – a fabulous gift!

4. I’ve been trying to catch up on some reading and recently finished Double Down – a super interesting and honestly quite gossipy read about the 2012 presidential elections. I was a fan of the writing duo’s previous work, Game Change, about the 2008 elections (you may have also seen the HBO movie). I’m someone with only a passing interest in politics, and still found both books incredibly fascinating (and now look at cable TV news in a whole new light!).


via NYTimes


Please feel free to share anything of note that you’ve been enjoying lately as well. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  • V
    November 22, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Hi Katherine, I’d love to hear how the cashmere sweater holds up. I’m pretty hard on my winter wear and would like my cashmere sweaters to not look like I slept in them and wore them 24/7 for 3 out of 4 seasons straight (even if that is what I do!). However, it seems that all the non-pilling cashmere sweaters want 3 arms and 4 legs (sorry, Loro Piana, I only have 2 of each!). Time to go skulk around eBay I guess.

    • Katherine
      November 22, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Hi V, I can definitely do an update after I’ve worn it for a while! Yes the pilling is a problem for many cashmere brands these days – kind of sad. Actually my latest J.Crew cashmere sweaters have not been pilling, the ones from earlier years did, and the ones before that were the top quality that I wish J.Crew would bring back. I’ll update if I find some good quality items!

      Have you tried Uniqlo btw? I hear they have good sturdy quality at a reasonable price.

  • Adele
    November 22, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Oooh I’ve not smelt Santal before, will have to go seek it out & sniff!!
    Happy Friday Katherine xoxo

  • similandra
    November 23, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Game Change was such a great read. I am currently in Double Down and the dish is great!

    • Katherine
      November 24, 2013 at 12:16 am

      Yeah! The dish is even better I think!

  • Trey
    November 23, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I love white, from bright white to deepest off white. It’s so fresh and modern and I see it more & more, thanks to women asserting their sophisticated eye into the world with confidence. You should see the white on white Porsche’s, Ferrari’s, car’s, traditionally men’s territory trolling the streets of Aspen, all driven by women; and to my eye a man with the courage to wear white is amazing; try pulling off white on white as a man..difficult, but a good tan and not quite matching separates helps. As to retirement, my very uneducated guess is that, for those of us who work for a living, it may prove an illusion; everyone retired now takes out much, much more than they contributed. That can’t go on forever… that said, my guess is most of us won’t want to retire at 55. 65 whatever, we’ll probably live into our 90’s and will probably segue from a high stress, high pay job to something more about giving, more about our passions and work into our 80’s, while subsidizing our lifestyle with our savings. Think more about 2nd career, less about retirement, perhaps?

    • Katherine
      November 24, 2013 at 12:17 am

      Great points always Trey! I actually like the idea of working past 55, 65 in a job that I find fulfilling.

      • Trey Allen
        November 25, 2013 at 6:51 am

        I do tend to prattle on, don’t I? 🙂 is a great financial blog BTW. Happy holidays!

  • Joanna
    November 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Love love LOVE the sweater! I originally saw it on Wei (whom I started following after your interview) and I’d love to some day have it in my wardrobe. Such a cute design.

    • Katherine
      November 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Thanks! I love it and have it in Paris with me right now!