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Weekend Update

1.  Lately I’ve found myself very addicted to shopping at Matches Fashion. The customer service is great, the selection is excellent, the packaging is adorable, but most importantly of all, the prices on certain European brands are a lot cheaper (and all the prices already include duty). Like these excellent Tod’s loafers, available at full price for $357.

When’s the last time you saw a designer shoe, with a sturdy sole like this one, for under $400? Another example are these classic pebbled sole loafers – just $311 at Matches (in a great rose gold color), whereas they’re $425 on the Nordstrom site.

Matches used to be less expensive on a whole slew of designers, including Max Mara. Now, it seems they’ve gone to parity with US sites on a lot of brands – but there’s still some hidden gems! I’d recommend checking out Matches, especially if you’re looking for goodies from European labels.

2. A fun little read, via Racked, on why everyone on TV has the same hair. Once I read this, I couldn’t stop seeing the hair everywhere! And now I want to perfect it for myself…the article has convinced me!

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3. Have you noticed more and more stores noting that items are “Final Sale”? I have, and it’s can be offputting, espeically if the discount isn’t that great. The WSJ covers the final sale trend.

4. Do you want to see scores of beautiful interiors (and die a little inside if you’re like me, because you want these rooms so bad but know they cost millions)? Read this fascinating article, via Vanity Fair – The Secrets of the Uber Rich’s Interior Designer.

5. This week I finished Heads in Beds, by Jacob Tomsky.

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Tomsky is a luxury hotel veteran, and shares his experiences over his decade + working at various chains (all with names disguised unfortunately). I’d If you’re a hotel lover like me, I’d say that you’d enjoy this book – I would compare it to the hotel version of Kitchen Confidential. A fun, easy and entertaining read.

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  • ella
    August 12, 2016 at 8:41 am

    Loved the Racked article – my 13-year-old and I have been calling this “DryBar hair” for years!

    • Katherine
      August 12, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Love that term!

  • Phil
    August 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you for featuring “Heads in Beds.” I literally bought the ebook version as soon as this saw this post of yours. I am in the industry and I and I can’t believe I only reading this now! Hilariously entertaining! BTW, the hotel that was in the first few seconds chapters takes place at the Ritz 😉

    • Katherine
      August 13, 2016 at 8:19 am

      You’re the perfect reader for this book! So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Hui
    August 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I remember reading somewhere that Betty Catroux was pretty “pround” of never having worked a single day in her life – lucky girl!

    • Katherine
      August 13, 2016 at 8:20 am

      Professional muse and icon are a pretty sweet job description, ha!

  • Nancy
    August 12, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    i’m obsessed with matches too! i was able to snatch one of the few remaining DVF Santorini dresses (from your previous post) from their website.

    • Katherine
      August 13, 2016 at 8:20 am

      That dress is gorgeous!

  • Olivia
    August 17, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Hi Katherine — just fyi, there are some great options on Tod’s shoes (loafers, brogues, flats) at Yoox, which is running a 15% off everything sale or 20% off if you purchase through the app plus free shipping on all orders. Some of the Tod’s brogues come out to $250 after the discount! Of course, Yoox can be somewhat hard to navigate, but there are gems to be found!

    • Katherine
      August 17, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you! I always love Yoox but sometimes get intimidated.