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Weekend Update

1. For some reason, even though it’s been quite hot this week, I’ve found myself staring at these two photos of Ashley Olsen and Kate Moss, over and over again. I found them on my computer a few weeks apart, and somehow my brain decided to match them together and thus torture with this joint collage. I almost never reach for the color pink when picking out items for my closet – yet now I think it looks so fresh and lovely!

ashley olsen pink coat

kate moss pink burberry trench

What do you think? I have two red/pink items of spring outerwear on my list now – both Burberry of course. One is a traditional trench in red/pink in a lighter spring fabric, while the other is a sweet bracelet sleeved jacket.

2. A lovely reader (hello T!), knowing my penchant for boring black/gray/white clothes, sent me this very interesting article via The Guardian about the end of minimalism and rise of “maximalism”. What do we think? I still love my neutral colors, but I have noticed that I’m more willing to explore outside my comfort zone lately (like with that pink coat above!).

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3. I found this article via CNN, about the world’s most expensive restaurants, quite interesting. I’ve only eaten dinner at one of these (Le Meurice), and I probably wouldn’t be back unless it was a) breakfast, or b) on an expense account. Have you ever eaten at any of these destinations, and would you?

4. This week’s reading recommendation is a magazine subscription that I just renewed myself – The Economist. You know, every year I always waffle on renewing The Economist and usually a few weeks will go by with no new issues before I pull myself together and pay for another year. I guess there’s this small, very bad side of my brain that keeps chirping that an US Magazine subscription would be a fraction of the cost and I’d probably be able to relax in bed a lot easier over photos of various Kardashian fashion failures. But when my Economist comes again, I always find myself enjoying it. It’s like that documentary you didn’t want to click over to from old Seinfeld reruns, but that now you can’t stop watching. I always learn something new from the magazine, and reading just one issue makes me feel like I’ve done my due diligence of the world for the week.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

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  • diane
    May 2, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I feel that, historically, fashion trends have corresponded to economic trends. I was in college during the early 70″s and it was the “rich hippie” era at school. That meant bright patterns, lots of jewelry (often rings on every finger), etc. What were we thinking?!!! We’ve been in an economic slump beginning in 2008, and, although I personally love minimalism, I think it’s been a reflection of the downturn. And while we are now experiencing recent market highs, I am not sure that fashion will successfully follow it with extravagance. The world has changed so much and with the income disparity growing, I think the “rules” of the past have changed. Those of us who are privileged can move right along with trends, but I don’t know that the middle class can keep up as they have in the past. But then I suspect that I’m older than the rest of your readers, so I may be off base….or experiencing cognitive decline…or both!

    Speaking of extravagance, doesn’t The Economist seem a bit thin for their $8.99. as compared to a copy of Vogue that is heavy enough to be used as a projectile and possibly give someone a slight concussion if hit in the head? I doubt that a rolled up Economist could kill a fly. But there’s always at least a couple of articles that I feel I need to read. I have now put the app on my iPad, but I don’t think there is a price break for purchasing a digital copy. It is convenient….there’s that. Enough of my rambling. Time for more coffee.

    • Katherine
      May 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      That’s a very interesting perspective – I would have loved to seen that hippie era, I love those styles 🙂 I had no idea the Economist was 8.99 now, I never buy it alone. That is a VERY hefty price!

  • Tabitha
    May 2, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Le Meurice didn’t do anything for me, either. I’ve eaten at three of them, but I’m just not a foodie, I love the great American burger!

  • Stacey
    May 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I think that’s wishful thinking on the part of the Guardian. Minimalism is quite evident in many of the latest designer collections. Sportswear is on trend – very classic, American styles. Just look at handbags. Gone are the days of gaudy, heavily logo’d handbags. They’ve been replaced by boxy, utilitarian styles. Maybe I’m wrong, but I wouldn’t wish a return to maximalism for a very long time. It doesn’t quite feel right. Less is more.

    • Katherine
      May 2, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      We’re on the same page, especially for handbags!

  • susan
    May 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Been to a couple and they aren’t on my all time great meals list. I do think there is a tipping point for the only averagely affluent like me, where the price of a meal becomes so high that expectations rise to unrealistic levels and I become hypercritical. Far better good quality ingredients competently cooked in a less celebrated venue, particularly with good company. Not a huge fan of pink clothing after the age of five but Kate Moss does tempt with that mac!

  • Anna
    May 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I really like Mary Kate’s choice of coat color. It’s a nice subdued pink that would go well with all sorts of neutrals.

    I don’t know that I agree with the takeover of maximalism. The clean lines of Celine, Chanel, Givenchy, and Saint Laurent wouldn’t be such fan favorites to this day if people were all of a sudden craving a kaleidoscopic acid trip overload. At any rate, I do hope they’re wrong about this because I love plain, simple, and classic.

  • a
    May 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Cedric Charlier has a beautiful light rose pink cashmere (?) coat for Fall, I believe. It was on my wishlist but I decided my beige coats would do as well.

    I like Maximalism in the sense that I think Minimalism has been done to death by so many hotels and restaurants.

  • C.Michol
    May 3, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I’m a minimalism junkie but this season I couldn’t get this top out of my mind (http://www.petit-bateau.us/Womens_soft_cotton_tshirt_by_Satu_Maaranen/pd/np/600/p/6630.html). So I guess I’m giving maximalism a try! It is nice to switch things up sometimes.

    • Katherine
      May 3, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      That’s lovely and very tasteful!