1. How wonderful are these lace espadrilles from Tory Burch, below? I truly, truly love them, and they’re a mere fraction (something like ~25%?) of those very cute Chanel espadrilles that have been tempting me for years now.
I have an unnatural amount of loathing for the gym so I like to walk whenever I can, generously estimating the number of calories I must be burning. Thus I’ve been on a flats rampage these last few months, looking for comfortable shoes to walk outside in and enjoy the warm weather.
I adore these espadrilles and they’ve been added to my “buy” list when my size is back in stock. However in the meantime, I’m also debating between this pair and a very similar version in black, which is probably the safer option if you don’t want dingy looking footwear by the end of summer.
2. Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought something from a luxury house in Europe – and marveled at just how much cheaper it is! Anyone who is interested in the still fast growing Chinese luxury market should find this article about the trend of “daigou” agents– people who procure luxury goods abroad for a small fee, in a sort of “luxury arbitrage”.
3. Can we ever get tired of Ines de la Fressange? I can’t and I adore this interview with her via the NY Time’s T Magazine. Some great tidbits about her own personal style, and advice to all the rest of us.
4. I generally feel a bit sheepish recommending books/movies on the blog which have been huge bestsellers/hits – it’s kind of like your weird relative exhorting you to go and watch that cool little movie that came out awhile ago, called Avatar. Regardless, I’m forging ahead and recommending one of my favorite books, Angela’s Ashes.
There’s been a certain amount of debate over how accurate this autobiography really is, but reality or fiction, Frank McCourt’s story of his childhood is one of the most compelling I’ve ever read. I re-read it probably every year. Some may find the stories within depressing, but I personally find a tone of perseverance and humor throughout, and always leave this book with a positive spirit.
Enjoy your weekend!