Weekend Update

Sale PSA: A Vince cashmere sweater with the coolest funnel neck detail, now 25% off, faux leather leggings from SPANX, under $75, (I’m trying these out and will report back – the reviews on these here are great), the perfect skinny ripped denim from FRAME, now under $150, and an intarsia knit wool sweater from Isabel Marant, now 50% off. 

1. I’m starting to put together my serious winter wish list, and there are so many great shoes this season (anyone else think so too)? Near the top of my list is  this Prada block heeled velvet sandal.

Prada has so many great velvet items out this season, but these are my favorite. I love the stacked heel, the platform that makes it more comfortable, the dual tone colors of black and tan – really, everything! I think they’d be perfect with blacks, tans, grays – so really the perfect heeled winter sandal. Now if only the price were more reasonable (I feel like I say that about every shoe now, so is the problem just me)?

2. Do you guys do Blue Apron? I tried for a bit, and when I forgot to cancel my husband and I would groan each week when a new box arrived. We’re probably just slow cooks, but each recipe takes us way longer than the advertised 30 minutes! I thought this Buzzfeed article about the reality behind these subscription food boxes, to be very interesting reading.


3. An interesting piece on The Situation With Street Style, via The NY Times.

4. I came across this fun article via the WSJ – about when dinner guests order a $700 bottle of wine, on your tab – and then immediately searched for the follow up, of more tales of wine lovers behaving badly. Both are great reads!

5. This week I finished The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue.


Emma Donoghue is one of my favorite authors – I’ve read almost every novel she’s done – so when I saw she had a new book out, I ordered it right away! The Wonder is what I’d describe as a mystery novel, set in the aftermath of the Crimean War, about a girl who supposedly hasn’t eaten in four months. I enjoyed The Wonder, as I enjoy all of Emma Donoghue’s books, and I finished it quite quickly. That being said, it wasn’t my favorite work of her’s – I found Room and Slammerkin to each be more compelling. Still a worthy read however, for any lovers of mystery novels (especially period ones), as well as any other fans of Donoghue.

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    October 8, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I am in total agreement on wanting a pair of block velvet heels, although I wonder if they will just get dirty so quickly. Also, I love the expressions of each Vespa rider in that Anna Dello Russo photo.


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    October 10, 2016 at 3:08 am

    I consistently find Prada (and Miu Miu) shoes to be the most comfortable and therefore wearable heeled shoes. I say go for it!

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    October 10, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Hello – we tried HElloFresh, a very similar to Blue Apron service, and another one which i already forgot the name of. We are not experienced chefs but we do cook a lot, however, with both of us cooking/chopping/prepping at the same time, it almost always took way over 30 minutes or whatever time was promised. Also, with Hello Fresh, i found that the produce half of them time arrived already spoilt ( overfrozen etc), and timing instructions almost never were correct; also, it fell a bit repetetive, even with seemingly lots of options. Definitely not for us:) On the good side, the portions were big, we always had some leftovers, or could feed another person at dinner ( well, almost always) and a couple of time that i emailed to say that it’s ridiculously UNfresh produce, I was given a credit. They definitely work on variety of dishes, gluten free/paleo options etc , so i wish them success:)

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      October 10, 2016 at 10:56 am

      This was our experience with Blue Apron as well, at least in terms of the prep – way too long! We are not experienced cooks but glad to hear that even ones better than us have the same difficulty, lol.

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