Weekend Update

1. I can definitely feel spring coming here in the Bay Area. I recently pulled out my much loved black Birkenstock Gizehs out for the first time in months – only to realize that they’re all stretched out! I guess pregnancy feet? I can’t live without these sandals, so another pair is already on its way, so that I can break them in as soon as possible.

In the meantime, what do you all think of these “Santa Fe” espadrilles, by Tory Burch?

I kind of love them, but am not fully sure if they are actually admiration worthy, or something I should be sent to preppy jail for instead. The fact that they feature both a cactus and a pepper is why I probably will end up owning these by the end of summer, regardless. What do you think?

2. An interesting piece on the current state of fashion week, and the fashion industry in general, via The Washington Post, The Fashion Industry….It’s Missing the Real Problem.


3. Well, while we’re talking about fashion week – I have another fashion piece! Whether the event is relevant still or not, I loved this review of New York Fashion Week, done by Cathy Horyn in graphic novel style. Her reviews are concise, interesting to read, and spot on – and even more fun in comic form.

4. Frequent fliers and road warriors may particularly enjoy this article, via The New Yorker – The Madness of Airline Elite Status.

5. This week I finished a great book – Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have to admit that I purchased this book awhile ago, and it’s been sitting on my Kindle for over a year. I kept thinking that I should read it, yet I kept getting distracted by books with plot descriptions like, “Bored housewife become serial killer”.

Half Yellow Sun

I finally started reading Half of a Yellow Sun earlier this week though, and realized that I should have read it much, much sooner. The novel tells the story of various characters during the Nigerian Civil War, all related to one another – a pair of sisters, a houseboy, an expatriate. I was immediately drawn into the story of the actual characters, which is compelling enough – however, I also really enjoyed learning more about Nigerian life, the Igbo people, and the devastation of the Nigerian/Biafran War. My favorite books are those I can’t put down because of the story, and where I come out having learned something new. This is one of those novels – highly recommended.

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    February 26, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Hmm – I can’t find the “choose what you pay” option on Everlane. Can you point me towards it?? Is it on the Street Shoe page or on the main shoe page? Thanks!

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      February 26, 2016 at 9:56 am

      You don’t see it? That’s odd…can you check out the black/white street shoe, or the solid white, and see what they say? They should say “choose what you pay”. If you still aren’t seeing it, I would try to make an account first and then sign in…you might have to have an account to see the prices.

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      Nina R.
      February 27, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Mona – the “choose what you pay” box only appears with certain colors of the Street Shoe on the main page that Katherine’s links take you to.

      Katherine – thank you for your wonderful and informative blog! You cover so many areas of interest to me and your taste level is so refined. Thank you for continuing to post in you increasingly your busy life!

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    Whitney Farris
    February 26, 2016 at 8:46 am

    I think the shoes are adorbs! I have a pair by CWonder with a pair of lips and me. Kiss me! For those that might not know, CWonder is Tory Burch’s ex husband, Chris Burch. They were a little bit more than the ones you have featured, but not by much. They are denim and leather. Chris Burch has since shut down and gone out of business. In one fashion article, it said that he only opened the stores as more or less a FU to Tory.

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    February 26, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Half of a Yellow Sun is a wonderful book. Glad it made your list. Her other books are great also. I enjoyed Americanah.

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      February 26, 2016 at 10:38 am

      I haven’t started Americanah but have heard mixed reviews. Glad to hear you liked it, I’ll give it a try later on!

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        March 10, 2016 at 2:35 am

        I was going to recommend Americanah as well. I discovered this author while i was pregnant (on bed rest for 7 months – my kindle was literally on fire the whole time! :p ) and and read all of her books. Half the Yellow Sun and Americanah were both hands down my favorite. She has a way with words and story telling, you just never want to put the book down!
        Strongly recommend you read it when you have time 🙂

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          March 10, 2016 at 10:19 am

          Another vote for Americanah! OK this is going on my Amazon list, thank you!

          • Caroline
            March 10, 2016 at 1:42 pm

            Are you kidding me, thank *you*! You’ve no idea how many books i’ve read thanks to your recommendations. I read about 60%+ of the ones you’ve recommended – and i would have read more if i had more time. Currently reading the Bernie Maddof book :p

          • Katherine
            March 11, 2016 at 10:41 am

            Thanks Caroline 🙂 Isn’t the Madoff book good? Can’t wait til the HBO special comes out!

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    February 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I bought the street boot. The black boot with white trim.

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    February 26, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Not related to this post but I recently tried Tapas 24 in Barcelona per your recs. Thanks!
    Look forward to more travel posts in the future.

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      February 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Yummy, I’m jealous! Glad you had a good time.

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    February 26, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    I loved the article about the airlines!

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    February 27, 2016 at 9:55 am

    LOL about maintaining airline elite status. I don’t fly much nowadays therefore have no status to speak of with any airlines so I buy business or first class seats to get the “perks”.

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      February 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      I did almost no flying last year and as a result lost my status as well. United at least did a soft landing for me to 1K but there’s so many here in SF it doesn’t matter anyway!

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    February 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Sooo… are you thinking of selling your old Birkenstock Gizehs?? If yes, what size are they?

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      February 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Hi Sushu, I’ll likely just keep them to wear in the garden, etc 🙂

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        March 5, 2016 at 6:28 am

        Totally understandable 😀

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