Weekend Update

1. I know I just said that I have too many black bags, but I recently fell in love with this beautiful Bottega Veneta tote. I’ve always admired the Cabat tote, but didn’t move fast enough on the Mini size before it was discontinued. I love the “normal” medium Cabat but it’s never completely worked for me as it’s a little too big, a little too unstructured (though I’m constantly trying to change my mind on this!).

Anyway, I recently tried on this great Bottega tote in store and I love it! It has the same great structure as the Cabat, but with a little zip pocket inside, adjustable straps to make it a tote or shoulder bag, as well as side clips to structure it. The only detail its missing is the great woven interior that the Cabat has, but I guess the compensation is that it’s around half the price.

By the way, the photo above is from Net-A-Porter, but for some reason they have the same bag priced at $4345, whereas Neiman Marcus has it at $3950.

2. On the topic of Bottega Veneta, I enjoyed this New Yorker piece on the brand’s designer Tomas Maier and his design aesthetic. What a cool dude!

3. I’m sure a few of you have seen this NY Times article, about finding intimacy with a perfect stranger by asking each other these 37 questions. I thought a lot of these questions were very thought provoking, and quite honestly some were ones I didn’t even know the answers to for my own husband. An interesting read and perhaps a way to get closer to your partner (or that good looking stranger next to you on the plane….I hope it happens to you, it’s never happened to me!).

4. I’ve been trying to improve my fairly terrible Mandarin by watching Chinese movies, and recently watched Lust, Caution after the recommendation of a friend.

Lust Caution

If you’ve heard of this movie and you’re in the United States, it likely may have been related to its NC-17 rating…maybe that’s even why you watched it, eh? Anyway, yes there’s quite a lot of gratuitous nudity and more in this movie, but it was also an interesting, very good movie. I loved Ang Lee’s vision of 1930’s Shanghai…so inspiring from a design perspective. Oh, and of course the clothes were fantastic too. Recommended, but probably not a movie I’d recommend watching with a) your parents, or b) coworkers.

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  • Petti
    January 16, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Great bag!

  • nancy
    January 16, 2015 at 11:43 am

    no other way to learn mandarin than to watch porn. thumbs up! whatever it takes. jk. I try to improve my mandarin by hanging out and practicing speaking with native speakers.

  • guest
    January 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    great bag!, so, are you going to get it? 🙂

  • guest
    January 16, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    It is a sophisticated bag! So, are you going to get it? 🙂

    • Katherine
      January 16, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      I’m going to see if there are more nice colors coming out for spring, I hear there are!

  • Annie
    January 16, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    That movie definitely stays with you, even though I initially thought it was rather sensationalist. My parents say that the novel it was based on was very well-written and because it was not very sexual (though it was sensual), they refused to watch it out of respect for the novel. But I loved the part where the character played by Tang Wei sings the old prewar song. The lyrics to that are beautiful and relevant to the story.

    • Katherine
      January 16, 2015 at 9:37 pm

      That’s really interesting about the novel, thank you for sharing. After this movie I think Tang Wei is gorgeous!

  • ZC
    January 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Hi! I really enjoyed reading both articles, “Just Have Less” definitely words to live by.

    I wanted to ask your thoughts/maybe share your experience, if any, with TSA Pre-Check and Global Entry?

    • Katherine
      January 16, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      I have both and love them. The only problem is with TSA Pre is if you fly with an airline that isn’t your “preferred” one domestically you don’t always get pre, which is annoying. Whenever I fly Southwest I never, ever get it! International generally isn’t a problem though.

  • Sybil
    January 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    I love Bottega Venetta Intrecciato. Their totes and knot minaudurees are always on my yearly wish list but keeps getting passed over by something else. Alas, like you, I missed out on the mini Cabat Tote, as well. As compensation, however, my very good BV SA kindly invites me when they have their sale and I am able to satisfy my BV Intrecciato craving with a nice accessory such as a lovely continental wallet or cosmetic pouch. Not the same, I know, but I get to own and touch that luxurious woven leather any time I want. One day …

  • Oonagh
    January 18, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I love Tony Leung, any film he’s in will be good.