Weekend Update

Lately I feel like all of the shopping I’ve been doing has been the torturous kind, where I look at beautiful sleek summer dresses, order them, wait for them to arrive, only for them not to get past my belly. So today I wanted to share some of the more practical shopping I’ve been doing.

I pretty much live in flats these days, and since I’ve been trying to get myself to walk more, that means I’m in my trainers….a lot. I recently was on a quest to find some nice leather ones, and wanted to share two of the bigger successes. This Nike pair had a larger/chunkier sole than I thought…but it’s super comfortable as a result while still very airy due to the holes (so it’s not too hot for summer!). And, they bring back fond memories of elementary school when all I really wanted in the whole world was a pair of Nike trainers with air bubbles on the bottom.

The famous Common Projects pair was of course much sleeker and also more comfortable than I thought…and though I slightly prefer the solid leather version to the perforated, I just thought the latter would be a bit more aerated for the summer months.

Both are great options for anyone looking for a cool pair of leather trainers that are still quite chic for city walking!


2. I remember reading about the story of Saudi princess Maha’s brazen escape attempts from the Shangri La when it first occurred, and remember being fascinated and wanting to learn more. So I was very happy to find this article about the princess and her exploits in the latest Vanity Fair. I hope she finds her happiness.

3. I’m neither a Kardashian hater, nor a fan. I watch too many Bravo shows to be snobby about reality TV, anyway. But I did find this article via Harpers Bazaar – 24 Hours With Kim Kardashian – to be an interesting peek into the life of the reality star.

4. This week’s reading (which is currently in progress for me) – the so far very good Gods and Kings, by Dana Thomas, about the rise and fall of designers Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.

Gods and Kings Dana Thomas

I’m a big fan of the author Dana Thomas (and actually interviewed her a few years back), so was happy to discover that she was back writing about the fashion scene with a new book. Just like in her past work, Deluxe, Thomas does a great job of delving into the fashion world and making this topic fascinating even to those who aren’t necessarily looking for a “fashion read”. I’m really enjoying learning more about the careers and personal lives of both McQueen and Galliano…even though I know how the story (at least for McQueen) will end.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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  • Whitney Farris
    May 1, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Delux was a fabulous read. I think the Princess is indeed a very unhappy person and I enjoyed reading the article in Vanity Fair. She makes power shopping look like child’s play. I have never been a tennis shoe person, or as the Brits say and you Katherine , trainers…..however…….I did succumb and buy a leather quilted pair. They look more upscale than the regular tennis shoes, that’s the only way that I will wear them. I have finally started wearing flats and now know what I have been missing all these years!

  • Whitney Farris
    May 1, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I gave you a cool emoji after the trainer comment, but it didn’t show up! so here it is

  • Oonagh
    May 3, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Gods and Kings is very good, as is the McQueen bio, Blood Beneath the Skin.

  • heather
    May 9, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Question! Are the perforated ones actually perforated all the way through or is there leather lining covering the holes on the inside? Thanks so much! I’ve been eyeing these but worried they’re too warm…

    • Katherine
      May 10, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      Hi Heather! The ones I got did have a lining but they weren’t lining, rather a kind of fabric so they were still cool…but not perforated all the way through to your actual foot, if that makes sense.