Weekend Update

1. I’m still very much enjoying J.Crew lately – I’m so happy that the brand has “come back”! My latest purchase is this drop sleeved shirt – it’s a little big on me, but I still love the silhouette and general design.

This shirt reminds me of what I wish a lot of Everlane pieces would be like – I like a lot of Everlane items, but wish sometimes there was a tad bit more styling. Funny how the J.Crew price is quite similar to what I imagine Everlane would sell a similar piece for as well, even though Everlane markets itself as less expensive. What do you think?

2. I’m always game for a snarky article about Silicon Valley, so am sharing a particularly good one about the current state of haute cuisine in the Bay Area, again via The NY Times – Dinner Disrupted. I have to agree that the tasting menu prices are outrageous! We received a very generous gift awhile back of $500 to one of these restaurants, so we could go out to dinner…only to discover that only covered basically one person’s portion when the bill came, and we only had a glass or two of wine each. Outrageous.

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3. On the topic of J.Crew – a two part interview via The FT, with Jenna Lyons on personal style (part one, and part two).

4. An interesting deep dive, via Esquire, about Jared Kushner and his role in the Trump campaign – lots of juicy little gossipy tidbits (my favorite kind of political article, of course.

5. I’m so relieved that I don’t have to apply for school anymore…I have no idea how I’d get in anywhere, but it just makes me more nervous for my own children. Articles like this one –  To get to Harvard, Go to Haiti, again via The NY Times, don’t help! But I guess there’s always something each generation…I’d love to hear your thoughts.

5. This week, I just finished (as of this Friday morning) The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer.


I got this book as soon as it came out earlier this week, since I’d been hankering after a funny read for some time now. And I have to say, it doesn’t disappoint! If you’re a fan of Schumer’s, and/or also liked books like Bossypants or Yes Please, I’d highly recommend this book. A fun, funny and engaging read.

Also, I was surprised to see this book at only 3 stars out of 5 currently on Amazon, but reading some of the negative reviews, they seem to largely be part of an orchestrated campaign to take down her average score…disappointing behavior and also very annoying since I usually love reading Amazon reviews to help me decide whether to buy books! Just a heads up.

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  • Jun
    August 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Long time reader but lurker. Just wanted to say thanks for the esquire article. It’s a juicy read. I think it’s a nice complement to this new yorker article

    • Katherine
      August 20, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you for the article! Very juicy as well, ha!

  • CD
    August 19, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    I lol-ed @ the Silicon Valley article. As a fellow Silicon Valley resident, the life style here amazes me sometimes (not in a good way), but then it also feels so normal. Here is another article I read recently and also lol-ed:

    • Katherine
      August 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      I read this too! I didn’t share it because I thought it’d largely only be interesting to those of us who are here and actively suffering, lol!

  • TC
    August 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I’ve met many of these kids (my company runs a well paying summer intern program and while I’ve so far avoided getting one, I have had to interview a lot) and most ring hollow. Yes, they’re high-gpa high-scoring students, but the things that makes their resumes impressive — the volunteer work, the research projects, charities — were, almost to a person, assigned. None were self-started, self-directed, nor did students show commitment with increasing responsibility over time. BTW, that last one is a very important criterion for me.
    I notice also at how some parents are too involved in their children’s lives; I sometimes wonder where the mom/dad ends and where the child begins. I know it’s because parents want to ensure their kids’ future, but the way some go about it is not healthy. I’m sure I would feel different if I had a child, but I can’t help but think that our and our friends’ parents didn’t chew our food for us, metaphorically speaking, and we all turned out fine.

    • Katherine
      August 21, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Really interesting and that’s a great point you bring up about responsibility over time – that’s probably a dead giveaway, you’re completely right.

  • Mercy
    August 23, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    I like this blue tulle skirt you posted Katherine but somehow I can’t find any details or link about it. Is it somewhere in the post but I just missed?

    • Katherine
      August 23, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Hi Mercy, it’s one of the items from Jenna Lyon’s wardrobe 🙂