Weekend Update

1. Today I wanted to share the new item on my fall wish list – the perfect animal print pump.


Isn’t it perfect? The print isn’t cheesy, it’s a great tan color that’s dark enough to hide mild stains…and most importantly, the heel height is easy enough for work and longer events where you might have to spend more time standing than just the distance from the car to the door.

What isn’t so perfect? The price. When did heels get to be near $1,000 now? When simple pumps start breaking the four digit barrier…I’ll be paying more and more visits to the cobbler to extend the lives of my old pairs, for sure!

coach classic

2. I’ve been a fan of Coach for a long time – the brand has consistently come out with great, high quality leather accessories over the years and at a much more affordable price point than its competitors. The customer service I’ve encountered in Coach stores has always been great (and sadly sometimes much better than what you may find at Hermes or Louis Vuitton). That being said, there’s no denying that the brand has lost some mojo lately, and it recently announced the closure of 70 stores . I enjoyed reading this Fortune interview with Coach’s CEO Victor Luis, about the new direction for the company and how it plans to turn itself around.

3. I stopped posting outfit photos on Feather Factor awhile back (explanation: I lack courage to take them anywhere but inside and my place just isn’t big enough), but if you did like them, I’ve been trying to post more on my Instagram!

4. Somehow I came across this little Details ditty about Chef David Chang’s “5 Most Annoying Things That Customers Do.” Agree or disagree? Some pretty vehement thoughts about vegetarians! The article was an offshoot of a larger Q&A, also quite interesting.

5. This week I wanted to share a very fun book about parenting – that was interesting and charming even to me (a non-parent!). The book is Bringing up Bebe, a real life account of author Pamela Druckerman’s time in France as a new parent, and the contrast between American and Parisian styles of raising children.


I have been able to spend a decent amount of time in Paris now over the years, and yes I have noticed and experienced some common stereotypes of American versus Parisian mothers, and their children. But for me this was less of a parenting book and much more just an interesting story about a new mom trying to adjust to life in France. Well written, charming and humorous – I’d recommend to both parents and non-parents alike.


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  • Mila
    June 27, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Katherine, I loved your outfit posts here. Please do more of them here rather than on instagram.
    I like the shoes a lot and got so excited when I saw your post. I have been looking for a good animal print pumps but the price for these is outrageous!
    Will pick up a book. Sounds like a fun read 🙂

  • Kelly @ Alterations Needed
    June 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Ditto about the crazy price of shoes! I also think it’s really weird how the sensible mid-heel is more expensive than the exact same shoe in the 4″ heel height. How does that work? =P

  • Samantha
    June 28, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    What a coincidence! I bought the trina sandals in nude and black and love them! I am also reading “bringing up bebe”.

    Happy weekend to you 🙂

  • Glenda
    June 28, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I have several Coach bags from back when they simply made great leather bags in their New York location; inherited them, love them, carry them. I also inherited a pair of Michael-Michael Kors shoes that look exactly like the photo above, and I wear them with just about everything, a terrific neutral! My understanding is that while they were bought at DSW and not cheap, they were certainly a good bit below the $1,000 mark!

    I just finished Bringing up Bebe, & I enjoyed the read, too. I’ve just started Bebe Day By Day, follow-up book by same author. I love your book posts, as I’m always interested in what other people are reading. Here’s what I’m reading:

  • Irina
    June 30, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Thank you, Kat:) Those of us, who don’t have Instagram, will continue to suffer from withdrawal:)