Weekend Update

1. I haven’t shopped in the Nordstrom “Brass Plum” (is it even still called that?) junior’s section in a decade, ever since I realized that loose cashmere hoodies were infinitely more comfortable than tight fitting halter tops. I recently ventured back however, in a quest to find loose fitting, affordable dresses for my giant belly. And I was really surprised by what I found! There were quite a few great items, but my favorite was this little off the shoulder dress.

Really cute, not too short (I’m a paltry 5’1 and still find many juniors’ sizes a bit too Snooki-esque for my taste), and even lined. And the best part – full price for either navy or coral (two great colors) – $42! I love this dress and depending on how you accessorize it, it could be either it’s the perfect casual day dress, going out night/party dress, or resort/beach wear. I bought a size larger to fit my bump and maybe will get the other color for after!

2. Some of you may have article read this series of articles published last week in The New York Times, about the hazards faced by nail salon workers all around the country (but particularly in New York), and the human costs are for the inexpensive manicures you see advertised all around.


The article was both disturbing and eye opening for me, and I hope that you will find it educational as well. Part One – The Price of Nice Nails, and Part Two – Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers, are linked for you to read.

3. Whenever I decide to dedicate a good afternoon to wandering around and shopping in the 8th arr in Paris, I always end up meandering over to the Moynat boutique (a must visit destination, by the way, for any luxury leather lover). I’ve never been disappointed by the brand and it’s only a matter of time before I break and buy a bag. I thought this little feature on the brand and its director, Ramesh Nair (formerly of Hermes) via the WSJ, was a nice little peek into the brand (though I would have liked more pictures!).

4. I just finished catching up on all my HBO shows, which served as a reminder to me to exhort all of you to watch one of the funniest shows on right now – Silicon Valley. I waited way too long to watch this show because I didn’t think it could possibly compete with dragons and incest, and plus I didn’t really want to watch a show about the area where I live, starring all dudes, who all yap about startups (I could just wander over to any one of several neighboring apartments in my complex for that).

SIlicon ValleyHowever, this show is so, so funny. And so, so insightful and true. It’s kind of like once you start working and then go back and read the Dilbert comics – you wonder how the creators could have known so many personal details about all the obnoxious people you’ve encountered. It’s my guilty pleasure and watching it is by far one of the highlights of my week.

Whether you live in Silicon Valley or not – please watch this show. Mike Judge is a comedic genius. Enjoy!

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  • Belen
    May 15, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I agree with you, Silicon Valley is genius. Probably my favorite show right now (although nothing has ever been able to top Homeland for me).

    • Katherine
      May 16, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      You’re right, Homeland is another great one!

  • LL
    May 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Silicon Valley! My boyfriend and I watched season 2 over the course of two sittings — a bit shameful, but that’s the truth. We’re UC Berkeley undergrads and he’s startup-inclined, and I live two exits away from Sand Hill, so it’s great fun to compare and contrast fiction and reality.

    • Katherine
      May 16, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Isn’t it hilarious?? I think they must have some writers that live here!

  • Mila
    May 15, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Ki Katherine,
    What size did you get the dress in?

    • Katherine
      May 16, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      I got a medium, pre preggers I probably would have gotten XS or S – I do have wider shoulders so maybe the S, otherwise the XS is actually a good length (I’m 5’1).

  • Lesley
    May 16, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I recently got the Loft Striped Swing Dress and that totally accomodates baby bumps! I’m almost 37weeks pregnant and just wore it on Thursday. I did have to use the belt b/c without it I looked even bigger. I’m 5’2″ and have gained about 25lbs of pregnancy weight and stuck with XS regular. Like you, I’m always looking for “normal” clothes to wear during pregnancy. (:

    • Katherine
      May 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

      I looked up this dress and it looks perfect for pregnancy! Thank you!

  • Kimberly
    May 18, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Such a cute dress! In the 90s my favorite black leather shorts were from Brass Plum. Happy to know some version of it still exists.

    I’ve been avoiding Silicon Valley so I didn’t want to see my neighbors on the screen. I can tell its spring/ summer because the boys have changed from skinny jeans and hoodies to shorts and hoodies. Since you’ve recommended the program I’ll add it to my queue. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • Katherine
      May 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Please add the show, you will not regret it! 🙂