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Weekend Update

1. Today I thought I would share my favorite new hair product with all of you – this awesome John Frieda Hot Air Brush, which I recently picked up for under $30 on Amazon (you can also find it at Target if you need instant gratification or a good return policy).

hot air brush

This little tool is a superhero! It gives a great “blow out” look and even a styling dunce like me can master it (though okay, maybe my hair looks ~80% as good as when my stylist blows it out…which I still consider a miracle). Less damaging to your hair than a hair straightener or curler and easier to maneuver than a hair dryer + round comb.

A little note on usage – I dry my hair about halfway first, and then use this to finish up the rest. Goes way faster.

2. While hunting for a very specific picture of Kate Moss the other day, I came across this cute little article on Grazia with Kate’s “Seven Fashion Commandments”, straight from Ms. Moss. For any fan of the very great Kate!

3. I thought this was a very intriguing (though in my opinion far too short) article from The Business of Fashion – “The Trouble With Second Hand Clothes”. I know that so often I donate bags and bags of clothes, never really thinking about where they go – just assuming that they’re going to a good place.

4. Actually, if you liked the article above about second hand clothing, then I would recommend Elizabeth Cline’s Overdressed, which I first read several years ago and recently picked up again.

via Jezebel

via Jezebel

The book didn’t grab me the way that say, Deluxe did (and there are quite a few typos which always surprises me in a real, live, book), but it does raise some very interesting questions about the nature of “fast fashion” and consumption. For me personally, it didn’t necessarily stop me from buying all fast fashion – it just made me think twice about buying so much of it, instead of a few items (whether expensive or cheap) that I really enjoy. Would love to hear your thoughts.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  • Sarah
    October 25, 2014 at 8:35 am

    ‘Overdressed’ is a good easy read, I actually found it better than ‘deluxe’ which was a bit wooly in places. ‘To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?’ by Lucy Siegle is also very good, with lots of good research behind it.

    • Katherine
      October 25, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Thanks so much for the recommendation Sarah! I’m adding that to my to read list next šŸ™‚

  • Sharon
    October 26, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Thanks for the recommendation on the hot air brush. I ordered it from Amazon to try. Anything that will speed up my morning routine is helpful!

    • Katherine
      October 26, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Hi Sharon, I hope you like it! Try to watch some YouTube videos first to see how others are using it, that helped me šŸ™‚

      • CS
        October 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm

        Hi! Is this hot air brush dual voltage?

        • Katherine
          October 26, 2014 at 6:57 pm

          No, but I’m going to give it a try anyway in Europe LOL…I’ll report back on how it survives!

          • Sybil
            April 8, 2016 at 6:08 am

            Hi! I love this hot air brush but I am looking for a dual voltage type when I travel to Paris soon. How was this on your trip to Europe?? Do you have any other recommendations for styling your hair when traveling? By the way, can you do a post about how you style your long hair when traveling? Thanks!

  • Yuet
    October 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Hi Katherine,I’ve been following your blog for several months now and finally decided to sent you a message. First off, I really enjoy your posts on travel, clothing tips and just your humor is really great! Your posts about your dad is great, and the needling of mr. Feather is quite humorous. But what got me to post is because I wanted to thank you for recommending this John Frieda curling wand. I ran out and purchased it and I really like it. Much easier than styling with a brush and dryer. Takes a bit getting used to but I love it. But thank you so much and continue with your wonderful posts!!

    • Katherine
      October 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      I’m so, so glad you like it! šŸ™‚

  • Grace
    October 28, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I love these links to these interesting articles and books, something I don’t normally see on Fashion Blogs. thanks for the heads up =) I may have to pick up Overdressed!

    • Katherine
      October 28, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks Grace! Glad you are enjoying them.