Life

Weekend Update

Some items that I am enjoying and reading this weekend…

1. I really enjoyed this article via The Huffington Post about the most important question you should be asking yourself. I’m usually not a fan of these “how to live life” articles, as I’ve already been told that I should dance like nobody’s watching….okay? However, I found this a very interesting read and would recommend it…(plus it’s fairly short!).

2. This James Perse shirt is one that has consistently been in my closet rotation for years – my black version finally began fading a bit so I added this one white. I’ve tried to find cheaper versions of this shirt and have tried Banana Republic, Aritzia, and more – but it’s never really right. The shirt is super comfortable due to the paneled sides, but still looks a little neater than a t-shirt. It is a bit low cut, so you may want to wear a tank underneath.

James Perse shirt

3. While we were on holiday, I finished a book which I can only describe as very important….Half the Sky, Turning Oppression into Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. It was a truly an eye opening read about not only the oppression of women globally…but also what we can do each and every day to improve the lives of women all around the world. Kristof and WuDunn are also authors of another good read, China Wakes, though it may now be somewhat outdated.

half-the-sky-cover1

I’ll be honest and admit that quite often when choosing something to read I will often stare at my list of books and pass over the heavy, potentially depressing reads for those which I know will be light and easy and have a good ending. Same reason for why I’ll probably end up rewatching Paul Blart: Mall Cop over Melancholia and the like.  It took me forever to open up my copy of Half the Sky on my Kindle but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. Really important reading that makes you realize how lucky you if you are simply born in a country and society that allows women basic freedoms…and which shows how you can to dedicate time and resources to those who aren’t.

4. Despite multiple testimonials from friends insisting that they are super comfortable, I have so far resisted the siren song of TOMS shoes. I know they are for a good cause, but to me they still look like the shoes humans wore in Terminator: Salvation when the machines had taken over. I was thus taken aback when I saw the very cute patterns from the Tabitha Simmons collaboration (I didn’t even know there was such a collaboration).

I am a sucker for grosgrain ribbon so that’s probably the pair I would purchase, though I like this “I Love You” pair as well. What do you think? Are there any more TOMS wearers out there that can tell me how great these shoes are?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  • Lucy
    December 6, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I actually just bit the bullet and recently purchased a pair of TOMS in a camo design. I have to say its absolutely a purchase I wished I had made sooner. I highly recommend you give it a try! I think the pair you have picked out would look lovely! There are a ton of promo codes offered by TOMS here are some: TOMS4YOU ($10 Off + Free Shipping expires 12/9/13)

    • Katherine
      December 6, 2013 at 8:15 am

      Hi Lucy, thank you so much for the code! Nice to hear that you are enjoying yours…I have a weakness for camo print as well so will have to look up your particular pair 🙂

  • Diva In Me
    December 6, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Oooh..That pair of Toms looks good! I’ve not tried Toms but I’ve heard how comfortable they can be. The first time I heard about Toms was only just recently. It’s actually through a book about Toms and how he started doing shoes and charity at the same time.

  • Y.
    December 7, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    I didn’t think I’d like Toms shoes at first either, but then I decided to get a pair when it went on sale at Neimans several years ago. It was the Neimans collab version with the butterflies print on the inside and black grosgrain ribbon on the outside. I am so glad I did. It is very comfortable, and it still looks like new after several years of wear. I don’t baby my shoes and that’s why I never bother getting a pair of Toms to begin with thinking that it would fall apart after a couple of wears, but surprisingly it didn’t. It has held up well after trips to the beach, amusement parks, etc. It has held up well and is worth a try if you want something casual and comfortable.

    • Katherine
      December 8, 2013 at 9:41 am

      Thank you Clara! Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Katherine
      December 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

      I looked up that collaboration and it looks lovely! Thanks for sharing your positive experience with them 🙂

  • Clara
    December 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    that was a really nice read from the Huffington Post! I really enjoyed reading it and definitely will be thinking about that question. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • Mrs C
      December 9, 2013 at 2:52 am

      Love James Pearse.. even their tees are nice!

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      • Mrs C
        December 9, 2013 at 2:53 am

        *Perse

      • Katherine
        December 9, 2013 at 9:16 am

        Yes! One of my favorite t-shirt manufacturers.

  • Clarice
    December 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Hehe live the shoes ! I got a pair for my daughter !!!

    • Katherine
      December 11, 2013 at 8:41 am

      Awesome! I’m sure she will love them!