Weekend Update

Happy Chinese New Year (for those celebrating)! I am still in Japan for the holiday (Kyoto right now, to be exact) and have eaten more on this trip than I have on any other travels this past year. I’m very happy here, and extremely well fed!

1. I saw the chicest woman checking in simultaneously with us at our hotel in Kyoto, and couldn’t help admiring her straw bag and asking where it was from. Imagine my surprise when it ended up being not from some local Japanese store, but Net-A-Porter!

I love the vibrant colors of this tote and think it’d be the perfect shopping bag/travel tote for spring and summer. I always think a straw bag looks super chic, and this one is particularly unique because of all of the colors. Perfect with a simple top and jeans as modeled above.

2. Since I’m in Japan, I thought I’d share this interesting article from David Chang’s Lucky Peach (did you know he had a magazine? I didn’t!) about making ramen in Japan, versus America.

3. Those with some free time and an interest in the entertainment industry will enjoy this in depth article about the Sony hack, via Vanity Fair. I think it’s a shame that Amy Pascal resigned – I’d love to hear your opinions.

4. Continuing on the Japan theme…I wanted to recommend a great Japanese (translated) mystery/thriller novel I recently read, Salvation of a Saint.


I love detective novels (when they aren’t predictable) and when I find an author I like, try to read whatever I find from them. I really enjoy Keigo Higashino’s Detective Galileo series, though not all volumes have been translated yet. For those who also enjoy detective series, I would recommend Salvation of a Saint. A great read and also a little look into some aspects of Japanese culture.

My best wishes for a wonderful New Year!

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  • Whitney Farris
    February 20, 2015 at 7:21 am

    I have several alor bracelets. I bought when they were still under the Philippe Charioll brand. I love that brand very much. I like the basket ,but never have been able to get into them ,as a fashion item. When we lived in South America, those type of baskets were used by our maids to carry groceries back from the store. I think they are beautiful, but I see them as a functional item, rather than a fashion type thing. I have never been to Japan. I would love to one day. I have been,and lived all over the world, but never to Japan.

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Whitney I think you would love Japan. How amazing that you lived in South America, that is one area I’ve never been that I feel very deficient in!

  • Julie W
    February 20, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I love all of your book recommendations since I love detective stories as well! I recently read most of Dennis Lehane’s novels because of your glowing rep’s, and I absolutely loved them all!

  • Julie W
    February 20, 2015 at 9:10 am

    And by rep’s I meant recommendations, stupid autocorrect 😛

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks so much! I love Dennis Lehane!

  • This Gorgeous Life
    February 20, 2015 at 9:54 am

    That straw bag is sooooo pretty!

  • irina
    February 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Good morning:) Have you tried Jeffery Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series? I’m sure you probably did since he has been around for a long while but , in case you didn’t, I recommend it:):)
    Your pictures from Japan are so beautiful, all those PH pastries!

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      No, thank you!!! I’ve added to my Amazon list!

  • Ava Lon
    February 20, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Dear Katherine,

    Happy New Year! Hopefully it will be a much better one for us both! 😉
    I saw the new tiny Mansur Gavriel cross body bag and IMMEDIATELY thought of you
    I could totally see you wearing this for a casual day out where you don’t have to (nor would want to) carry a lot.

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you so much! That MG is adorable. Yes, I think this should be a better year for us for sure 🙂

  • Sarah
    February 21, 2015 at 2:09 am

    I ve never been to Japan and would love to read more about your trip. X sarah

  • Kimberly
    February 22, 2015 at 5:20 am

    Happy Year of the Ram from HK! Hope you’re having a wonderful trip. Kyoto is so beautiful. I always gain weight in Japan, but sadly that’s become the rule for travel recently. I’m off to Amazon to check out the book recommendations. Safe travels!