Favorites of 2013

Happy holidays! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday season. We are at home in the Bay Area for Christmas for the first time in years, and it’s been great to have some time to relax and catch up with everything. For me I have always associated Christmas with not only the traditional American festivities, but also lots of Asian food. So I am so happy that this season I have finally have access to my favorite dumplings, hot tofu soups, shabu shabu, beef noodle soup, and so much more. Hooray!


I shared some of my favorite wardrobe items in 2012, and wanted to do the same this year. Here are some of my favorite additions in 2013 (and I have a resolutions and lessons learned post coming up soon too).

Frye Jackie boots (reviewed here). I have been looking for the perfect pair of ever so slightly heeled knee high black boots for a very long time, and was so happy to find these Fryes. I love this style and most importantly of all – they are comfortable! I’ve worn them not only to work but all around Europe – tromping over cobblestones and also through muddy lawns. I’m not afraid to get them dirty though I will be taking them into the cobbler ever so often to make sure they last a long time.

I found mine at Nordstrom (where the black is readily in stock), the rest of the colors can be found at Zappos.


Sachi coat (reviewed here). This was one of my first purchases of 2013 and I enjoyed wearing it both last and this winter. I love having the option of a bright colored coat to throw on anytime, and the price was a small fraction of what I usually pay for outerwear. Nordstrom has this year’s version on sale in a lovely bright blue and always classic black, for a little over $200.


Knot clutch (reviewed here). Actually my favorite bag this year was by far the Kelly that Mr. Feather ordered for me, but I listed a Kelly last year, so I’m highlighting my second favorite. My little Bottega Veneta knot is my favorite evening bag in my closet and I use it not only for formal occasions, but more casual ones as well where just a phone and some lipstick are needed. A classic shape and style that I would recommend to anyone.

via this post

Trouve sweater. I never highlighted this particular sweater on the blog – I purchased it earlier in the year in black and have found it very versatile. It’s a nice oversized fit (size down), and a light, soft fabric that is comfortable in both fall and spring. I wear this sweater to work quite often, but it’s actually my go to favorite for flying now – it’s long enough to cover leggings and easy to move around in on a plane. The price is also nice, under $70.

Balenciaga jacket (reviewed here). By far the coolest leather jacket I own! I love this little leather jacket and wish that I had tried the biker style earlier. I always thought it would be “too cool” for dowdy old me but the shape is surprisingly very versatile and classic. I’d recommend anybody and everybody at least giving the style a try.

The Balenciaga version I have is pricey but actually fairly “reasonably”priced compared to other luxury versions on the market (Saint Laurent for $5K, anyone)?That being said, there are a slew of options across many different price ranges.

My picks are a lovely version from Vince for $1K, and a Topshop version in faux leather with very good reviews for under $90.


There we go – my favorite wardrobe additions in 2013! Thank you very much for reading along and I hope that you can share some of your favorite closet (or not) items that you added last year. Happy holidays again and wishing you a wonderful week!

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  • tabitha
    December 26, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Loveliness all round but ooh that Kelly, three cheers for hubs!

    • Katherine
      December 26, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much, I hope you get your etoupe beauty soon!

  • bluepolkadotpjs
    December 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I love your blog and it’s been my joy reading your blog this year. Will be your reader during 2014 as well! 😉
    Hope you have a happy new year!

    Kisses from the midwest.

    • bluepolkadotpjs
      December 26, 2013 at 10:50 am

      Btw, your Kelly is tdf. =) Hope I can add a Kelly in my wardrobe some day. I’ve added my very first Chanel handbag (actually 2) this year, I am so happy! I am going to stay away from their store for a while. =P

      • Katherine
        December 26, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        Thank you so much! A Chanel bag is a classic addition to any wardrobe, wear it in good health!

  • Anna
    December 26, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    These are great additions to your closet; the black Balenciaga jacket is a particularly successful find, as it will service you for a long time to come. My favorite additions are:

    1. Alexander Wang monk strap brogues in indigo ($134 via The Outnet). They’re not only comfortable but also surprisingly versatile in my wardrobe
    2. Two pairs of Giuseppe Zanotti high heeled sandals ($70 and $80 via DSW). I’ve already worn them all day and my feet didn’t even ache (and they 4” tall!)
    3. Two Alxander Wang dresses (Outnet love)
    4. Dolce and Gabbana black midi skirt and YSL mini skirt. Both are workhorses in my wardrobe
    5. Derek Lam pencil dress ($80 via Barney’s Wearhouse). It’s perfect for work and is very flattering.

    These are just some of my successful additions this year. I feel that I’ve finally come into my own style rhythm 🙂

    Happy New Year, Katherine, to you and your family!

    • Katherine
      December 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Anna, I am really jealous of all of your great finds at such amazing prices! Wishing you a happy holiday as well 🙂

  • Prêt-à-Porter P
    December 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    My rick Owens coat is a lifesaver.

  • Ammu
    December 27, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Love that bag and the Frye boots!
    My top wardrobe additions this year include my Ray Ban aviators, a delicate gold necklace with a tiny cut-out star pendant, my Trina sandals (love them so much I bought three pairs and never travel to a warm country without a pair), a couple of white linen blouses and ikat cotton dresses from my favourite Indian label, White Champa, and a couple of grey cashmere pullovers and ikat cashmere scarves from Nepal. Alas, I did make a few unsuccessful (inexpensive) purchases – a reminder not to spend too long looking at costume jewelry!
    I am hoping my Christmas purchases turn out to be reliable standbys during the year ahead – a pair of flat ankle boots from 12th Street by St. Vincent and a black/flamma bucket bag by Mansur Gavriel.

    • Katherine
      December 27, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Costume jewelery is my weakness too – I always think it is much less expensive than the “real thing” but then I never end up using any of it. Your new Christmas prezzies sound lovely – I hope you enjoy them!

  • Ammu
    December 27, 2013 at 5:05 am

    Oops, that should be 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent 🙂

  • Shirling
    January 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Always love reading your post 🙂 I love your black Kelly 🙂 very classy. Mine is toolbox i got in Paris last Fall.

    • Katherine
      January 8, 2014 at 9:59 am

      Thanks so much! I LOVE the Toolbox! WHat size is yours?

      • Shirling Vanessatime
        January 10, 2014 at 7:48 am

        I got size 26 in Blue Hydra. In my opinion, size 20 is too tiny, and 33 is a bit too big, 26 is perfect, what do you think?

        • Katherine
          January 10, 2014 at 9:15 am

          My favorite sizes are the 20 and 26. Wonderful choice!

  • Shirling Vanessatime
    January 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Btw, your black Kelly is very tempting, plan to get one 🙂 very classy especially with gold hardware.

    • Katherine
      January 10, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Thank you! I love it, would highly recommend