1. Every week I feel like my shoe wishlist just gets longer and longer. There are so many great ones this season! Here’s a beautiful pair which have been on my list for awhile. I’m just waiting for sale time to pounce.
I’m all about shoes which I can wear all the time – that’s why my Gucci Marmonts are still one of my favorite designer shoe purchases of the year. These Tabitha Simmons flats are so lovely – the embroidery is gorgeous and the tan color is perfect for spring and summer (though the black is great too). And I’m a huge sucker for a mary jane.
I was hoping they’d be found at the Matches private sale – but they aren’t! Drat! But there’s still lots of other goodies – I’d take a browse if you have time.
2. Do you research most of your purchases, or are you an impulse shopper? What’s the longest and the most time you’ve ever spent thinking about an item? I’d love to hear your answers, especially after reading this interesting article about how millennials can spend hours researching purchases – Online Browsing is the New Impulse Buy, via Racked.
3. Are you guys on Snapchat? I have to admit that I’m not – I have a token account but I’ve never used it. Sometimes I feel like I should just wait until my baby grows up and then he can explain it all to me. However, I did find this article, via Recode, on the future of Snapchat and its founder, very interesting – Evan Spiegel’s Private Snapchat Story.
4. Did you know that Raf Simons is going to Calvin Klein? I’m a big fan of Simons – I love his aesthetic and he personally just seems like such a nice, quiet guy (which means he’s probably a secret monster of course). Fashion followers will find this article interesting, via the Business of Fashion – Why Dior is Struggling to Replace Raf Simons. How much control do you think designers should have over various aspects of a brand’s business?
5. This week, I finished The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen.
I’ve read several books (the usual suspects like excellent The Things They Carried) and watched movies about the Vietnam War – but after reading The Sympathizer, realize that they’ve all been from the standpoint of Americans, fighting or observing in a foreign country. The Sympathizer however, is told from the viewpoint of a young Vietnamese revolutionary, and takes place in both Vietnam and the United States. The story is at times funny, violent, very serious, hopeful, or some combination of these all at once.
I enjoyed The Sympathizer, but it wasn’t the easiest read for me – it went slowly at times, and the subject matter was much more serious than some of the lighter fare I’m looking for at the end of a long day. If you love well written fiction however, or you would like to learn more about the Vietnam War, I’d recommend it. Also, if you read and loved The Orphan Master’s Son – I’d also recommend you give The Sympathizer a try.
Have a great weekend!