1. I first saw these Kate Spade pumps earlier this week as I was trawling the web for my sale PSA feature, and haven’t been able to get them out of my head since.
Along with the original white version I linked, I’ve been obsessing over the tan, and of course, black. I wear my classic black Louboutin Simples and Decolletes all year round and am always looking for new variations on this classic.
Update: a lovely reader, Lesley, commented that Kate Spade is currently having a 25% off sale on all full priced merchandise, with code S14FFUS. The Lanas I linked above qualify on their site (I personally am having Nordstrom price match mine as I prefer their return policy, to price match just give Nordstrom the code after you place the order with the Kate Spade site link).
2. Back in January, I linked an article referencing an HBR study delving into social signaling through non-conformity – aka, if you show up to a Chanel boutique in sweatpants and flip flops, it must be that you are so secure in your social status that you can wear whatever you like while your billions sit neatly in little piles at the bank. Unfortunately, the conclusion did seem to be that to do this, you actually needed billions. Anyway.
Well, an enterprising journalist decided to go out and see if she could ensure good service for herself at some of our favorite luxury boutiques through the very same social signaling, and I thought the results were interesting (and sometimes funny). Enjoy!
3. If you love leather accessories like I do, you might like this little peek into the workings of a very high end tannery serving the top luxury houses, via the WSJ. There’s an accompanying article that’s very good but only open to subscribers, so I didn’t link directly, but you can find it at the top of the slideshow.
PS – the photo above is from my Instagram, taken last year in Paris from the Hermes offices, with all kinds of luscious leather – Vache Naturelle, Barenia, and more!
4. This week’s book recommendation is a guilty pleasure read of mine – the infamous Forever Amber.
Apparently this was one of the best selling book of the 1940’s, but I originally found it as a recommendation from Amazon after I ordered The Other Boleyn Girl. It’s a very charming, and slightly smutty read. Well apparently it was considered really smutty when it first came out and was even banned in a bunch of states and countries, but let’s remember that the period was the 1940’s. Meaning, it’s way more conservative than your average episode of Gossip Girl.
I’d describe the story as a cross between Vanity Fair, The Other Boleyn Girl, and maybe some Mean Girls thrown in there as well. It details the live of a young girl named Amber…who eventually rises to the (almost) top of society…and then, I’ll let you read from there.
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!