Weekend Update

1. I love my Birkenstock black Gizeh sandals, and lately, that’s all you’ll usually find on my feet. So comfortable and broken in. So can I please happily share with you my latest shoe purchase?

Pearl white Gizehs with a white footbed! So cool right? I love this combination and ordered it right away when I saw it. I’ve been admiring the white “Exquisite” version of these for awhile, but at $210 thought it was a bit rich. These pearly whites above are the same price as the regular Gizehs, and I think look super cool. You can find them at Nordstrom and Zappos (I notice that these are selling quite well, my size sold out at Nordstrom right after I placed my order).

Old J.Crew catalogs from 2010,

Old J.Crew catalogs from 2010,

2. I’ve ramped down my spending at J.Crew quite a bit over the last few years, and this WSJ article – Dear J.Crew, What Happened To Us? (Google Search link as otherwise it goes behind the WSJ paywall) goes into a few of the issues that most of us have experienced with the brand in the last few years. Then, you can read an update to the saga here.

3. I think that Johann Rupert is one of the most executives and most interesting figures right now in the luxury world, so am always interested to hear his thoughts on the industry.  This FT article, Luxury Goods Face A Global Reckoning, has some great (and potentially scary) quotes from Rupert, as he discusses softness from the China market and an overall luxury slowdown. I’ve noticed some of the changes that he mentions – would love to hear your thoughts.

4. My reading this week was related to another interesting article – Poor Little Rich Women – about the “Glam Stay at Home Moms” of the Upper East Side and their rituals. Because of the article I decided to read the corresponding book Primates of Park Avenue, written by Wednesday Martin about her experiences as an Upper East Side mom.


Based on this subject matter I was prepared to like this book and recommend it on the blog – but honestly, I thought it was pretty bad. The author came across as pretty unlikeable, and the subject itself seems to be torn between being a scientific anthropological study, and just petty gossip and complaints about wealthy women. There still were some interesting tidbits but the most I could recommended is maybe checking out the book at the library. Otherwise, I think the NYTimes article I linked above has most of the good stuff.

A much better book in my opinion, which also covers the “feeling foreign raising your child in a new society” is one I’ve mentioned before, Bringing Up Bebe.

Have a great weekend!

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  • Jill
    June 12, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    The ‘Primates’ book is getting so much (unflattering) press in the local NYC papers. My favorite was an interview with Wendy and at the very end of the article, I believe it may have even been the last line, she says she misses the Upper East Side (she now lives on the Upper West Side). I had to laugh at that, the hypocrite! I think I will take your advice and just borrow this from the library. I am curious about the book but expecting it to be filled with tired cliches and stereotypes. I went to a Van Cleef & Arpels lecture on the Upper East Side the other night, and I’m sure there were UES moms in that room, and I thought they were a delightful bunch!

    How are you feeling these days?

    • Katherine
      June 12, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Hi! I’m feeling fine…though extremely unwieldy by this point and the weather is heating up. I would highly advise not buying the book, you would be very disappointed…for sure go the library route 🙂

  • Alice
    June 12, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Ugh I totally got the primates book on kindle and haven’t even touched it. Now with all the bad reviews, it feels like it’ll be a waste of time. I’m waiting for China Rich Girlfriend to come out instead 😉

    • Katherine
      June 12, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Just try it since you have it…it’s OK, there are good parts and bad but the author is pretty bad I have to say. I’d read Kevin Kwan over it any day!!

  • CeCe
    June 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Hi Katherine! I know this is a it of a random question but, do you know where the cardigan Jennifer Bailey wore at WWDC is from?

    • Katherine
      June 14, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      I thought she looked really stylish too! I don’t know the brand but J.Crew had a very similar one out last year

  • Lesley
    June 14, 2015 at 10:42 am

    I want to get a pair of Birkenstock Gizehs..but am unsure about the size..and with a new baby (2 weeks tomorrow!), will not be able to make a getaway to the mall to try them on for now. I am a true size 8 in almost all shoes. What size should I go with? Hope you do another pregnancy update soon (: I feel for you about the weather getting warmer and being pregnant. Hang in there. Little bebe will the here in no time..and they truly are precious. I’m a new mom and can’t get enough of cuddle time with him and kisses on those sweet cheeks.

    • Katherine
      June 14, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Lesley – just two things to note about the Gizehs – they do need some break in time (so won’t necessarily be comfortable right off the bat if you are looking for comfy shoes). For comfy Birks right away, I would recommend ones with padded footbed.

      The Nordstrom size guide is pretty accurate I’ve found for the Gizehs – so I’d use that one, or buy a few sizes. Good luck!