Weekend Update

Greetings from Tokyo and happy early Valentine’s Day! I’m a secret fan of this holiday (though I will never, ever go out to eat the day before or day of). However, did you know that in Japan, Valentine’s Day is exclusively a holiday for women to purchase chocolate for men? Mr. Feather is thrilled – he finally has his day of recognition!

1. I’m still in the throes of scoping out deals on fall/winter clothing, but have started checking out some options for the coming warmer weather. This Topshop white shirtdress caught my eye immediately! I am a shirtdress fan and frequent shopper and this is a really good one. The fabric is a natural cotton/linen mix, the length is just long enough to be able to belt without being obscene, and it even has unobtrusive pockets. A winner for sure.

2. For those who haven’t heard, Gap (the parent company) will be shutting Piperlime down, eventually. I liked Piperlime and always thought it had good buyers, though I did find it difficult to navigate the site sometimes.

3. I thought this article – The Russians Aren’t Coming To Fashion Week – was very interesting. Have you noticed any changes in the purchasing habits and/or demographics of luxury items in your area or on your travels? I personally have, and noticed a lot more breathing room in luxury boutiques last time I was in Paris (and it wasn’t just due to the low season).

4. Those interested in luxury will also find this Slate article good reading, about what we can come to expect from luxury houses in a “plateauing market”.

5. Finally, my plane reading on the way over to Tokyo was the very good Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova (who also wrote another favorite of mine, Still Alice).


Like Still Alice, Left Neglected is at its core a story about a medical condition (in this case Hemispatial neglect), and how it affects an individual and those around them. I always end Lisa Genova’s books feeling like I not only just finished a great fiction novel, but that I also learned a lot. Highly recommended.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend!

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  • Ava Lon
    February 13, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Dear Katherine,

    I love that shirt- thank you for posting about it! And I needed a good book to read and it looks like you covered that for me, too! Thanks so much!

    Gosh, so many frequent flier miles you are accruing! You know how you ask us who we want to read about? Well, how about a current post about you – describing your job and showing us your enviable closet 🙂 I’d love to read that! 😉

    I hope you have a great weekend and HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!


    • Katherine
      February 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      Oh you are too kind…have a great weekend as well!

  • Luxuriously Frugal
    February 13, 2015 at 9:38 am

    How can you read so fast! Truly impressive! Happy valentines day to you! Thanks for sharing!

  • irina
    February 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Good morning:) My question is how can you read these heartbreaking novels!! I can’t even read brief description without almost crying.
    If you like historic biographies, I recommend “Churchill factor” by Boris Johnson, the mayor of London:) I heard an interview with his on Freakonomics podcast first and couldn’t order the book faster!
    Happy valentines!

    • Katherine
      February 14, 2015 at 4:15 pm

      Hi, thanks so much for the recommendation, I’m going to add to my list! I can get through a decent amount of heartbreaking novels, but I do like them to have a good ending 🙂

  • Whitney Farris
    February 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I agree with you about the Valentine dinner situation. My husband and I never go out for a few days before, or after. It’s a very special day for many! Myself as well, but we go out to dinner quite frequently, so I like staying at home. He gives me a great gift always and I give him my undying love! It’s a win win situation all the way around!

    • Katherine
      February 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      That does sound like win win 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Jo
    February 23, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Hey Katherine, I have both books but I can’t seem to finish it. I read “Love Anthony” within a week and I loved it but I find these two a tad boring, but I will finish it though. Who knows when. Lol.

    xo Jo