Weekend Update

1. I feel like I have been spending entirely too much time leering at beautiful shoes lately. I hesitate to post yet another pair, but these Aquazzuras were to beautiful to resist, plus they are selling out quickly (sad for a sale season lover like me).

Oh my, they are just so pretty, pretty, pretty. I love the lace up detail and the glossy black leather. Usually I end up having to miss out on these type of lace-up shoes, simply because I’m a stump and don’t want to make myself look even shorter, but these look like they’d be wouldn’t cut off the leg too much (unlike those lace up sandals that go up above the ankles).  Also, they look quite secure – a major complaint of mine with those barely there strappy sandals? Not enough material to hold your foot in and you end up feeling wobbly and uncomfortable.

Adding these to my fall list!

via Forbes

via Forbes

2. Forbes this month has a fantastic article – Inside Hermes – about the growing luxury empire of Hermes, with some in depth history of the house’s past as well as its strategies for the future. A lot of great insights and a recommended read for any fans of Hermes or the luxury industry in general.

3. Did you all know that Blake Lively launched her own lifestyle website, ala Goop? If not, you can read a little primer here via Entertainment Weekly (though I have to admit I chose a snarkier review). Then, you will have the necessary background for this cute and witty Vanity Fair article  – I Tried Living Like Blake Lively…..

4. My plane reading this week was a biography of the fascinating Clare Booth Luce – Rage For Fame, by Sylvia Jukes Morris.


I’ve always loved Clare Booth Luce and was excited to see this biography on my recommended reading list earlier. She’s an incredibly and terribly interesting person – born into poverty, eventually rising to become an acclaimed author, socialite and the first woman to be appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. An amazing story. A note that this book covers just the first half of Clare’s life – the second half is covered in the author’s follow up, Price For Fame.

Have a fantastic Labor Day weekend (for those celebrating it)!

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  • a
    August 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Hi K, you shared a photo of a Verdura box – what’s inside of it? I’m dying to know! Congrats, btw.

    • Katherine
      August 31, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      Hi a, it was a curb link bracelet 🙂 Thank you!

      • a
        August 31, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        Hi K, I would love to read more about your jewelry collection. I’m more and more prone to buying branded jewelry these days, what a slippery slope.

  • Ava Lon
    August 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Dear Katherine,

    I absolutely loved reading about the HOP article. Thank you for that! I do find it somewhat distasteful of the company to continue the lie of “how to go about purchasing a Birkin/Kelly” in that it SHOULD be accessible to anyone with the means to purchase it and they should refrain from their elitist-selective behavior in choosing which client is worthy and is not worthy of purchasing one. (Mind you, I am not saying this from the standpoint of one denied, but reading that this is STILL ongoing is a bit old in my book, don’t you think?)

    I hope you are having a great time in Australia – just saw your IG earlier and all those food images! Yummy!

    As for those Aquazurra heels, I am honestly flummoxed that you have not cultivated a relationship with an SA who is willing to shop for you with their discount. 🙁 This way you wouldn’t have to wait for “sale season” — who knows, by the time you read this, maybe you will befriend one 🙂

    I have to agree with the reader above, I, too, have been patiently waiting for you to share your Verdura present. Lovely box. Very happy for you and your first Verdura piece…and surely not the last!

    • Katherine
      August 31, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Yes the H game can get old real fast – in total agreement there. I hate that when I go to a boutique where I don’t have a “relationship” you run the risk of either getting very lovely service, or terrible, snobby service. I need some friends with discounts pronto!

      Verdura was a curb link bracelet…and yes I hope it’s not the last!! Thank you! 🙂

    • Sarah
      September 1, 2014 at 4:33 am

      Actually love the fact that Hermes is not available to everyone who can afford it. I hear they are going to give out aptitude tests before one is entitled to buy.

      • Katherine
        September 1, 2014 at 7:22 pm

        LOL. Then I should be getting in my purchasing in before the tests are implemented!

  • a
    August 31, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Regarding Ava’s comment, sometimes I just put my desired items on a wishlist or cart when shopping online. If I keep checking for them everyday around sale periods, I will eventually see whether they’ve gone on sale. There were a couple of items I bought that way. Some even went 70% off.

    Salespeople can be unreliable, because I found that so many of them leave their jobs or that they might have to go through a lot of redtape themselves. One time, it took me 1-2 weeks to get what I wanted through an SA who had several days off or just in general wasn’t good with following up. It’s sad that computers do better work sometimes. I’m not saying SAs are to be avoided – sometimes they are absolutely necessary, but for items that are available online, it’s better to do your own legwork.

    I also found that Shopstyle can send email alerts when your desired items online (from most major online stores) go on sale. It’s a huge directory of just about everything pertaining to fashion. Sometimes Shopstyle isn’t the fastest when notifying of sale items, but still better than nothing.

    • Katherine
      August 31, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      70% off! That’s awesome. I tried the shopstyle service earlier as well….you are right that it’s great but sometimes too slow and everything is sold out 🙁

  • calexandre
    September 10, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Those lace-up sandals are to die for! I hear you on “cutting off” the leg, however. I’m very tall, and nonetheless avoid anything that has an ankle strap. Even with height, that detail can do a number on the legs. But the open-work on these does seem like it would mitigate that problem.