Weekend Update

1. Something I just discovered? J.Crew cape scarves.

My biggest beef with cape shawl type contraptions is that after a few minutes, they can slip around, and you keep on having to adjust them. So imagine my delight when I came across these cape shawls from J.Crew, with the genius detail of armholes! This simple detail means that the cape can easily stay in place, and plus, you can reach across the breakfast table without worrying about the tassels dipping into the maple syrup.

The material is warm and comfortable, and the price is right too (and if you wait long enough, J.Crew will likely have a code on them!).

PS: I’m also partial to this buffalo check version, in black/white.

2. A fascinating article via The Washingtonian, about How Donald Trump Lost His DC Restaurants. If you’re suffering from political fatigue as I am, I’d like to note that while this article has a lot of interesting information about how hotels operate and select their star powered restaurants, it does of course touch on the Trump political campaign. I am recommending it because it was just such interesting reading, and I love learning about hotels.


3. An article, via The Guardian UK, about the end of obvious cleavage. Thank goodness?

4. Do you wash your face every morning and evening? Here’s an article, via Racked, where the writer shares that they didn’t wash their face, at all, for 28 years. This kind of sounds like my nightmare, though I have to admit I’ve stopped washing my face in the morning shower with soap to save a minute, and I haven’t noticed any consequences.

5. This week, I’m reading A Gentleman In Moscow, by Amor Towles.

I had read and enjoyed Towle’s debut, Rules of Civility, and thus when I saw that his second work was out, Kindle’d it right away. A Gentleman takes place in Soviet Russia (Moscow of course) in the period between 1920-1960, and tells the story of an aristocratic count, sentenced to spend the remainder of his life in Moscow’s grandest hotel. My favorite part of the book has been learning about the time period and Russian history, through all sorts of charming little details and stories. If you enjoy historical fiction, I highly recommend A Gentleman In Moscow.

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  • Shirley
    November 5, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    I purchased to cape scarf and wore it today- honestly- the arm holes really weren’t that helpful- I still found myself repeatedly having to adjust the shoulder/neck and arm areas. If you are going to move very much at all it eventually gets on your nerves. Pro- soft and cozy fabric.

    • Katherine
      November 5, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you for the feedback! I think because I’m used to the much heavier Hermes poncho, it still seem so easy for me. I understand how any adjustment could get on your nerves though!

  • S. Jean
    November 8, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Love the cape scarf, thanks for the share. Also love the book recommendation, thank you! — I’ve read a few of your recommendations now: An Inconvenient Woman (as discussed, fantastic), The Expatriates (you were spot on – it was melancholy – but I found it to be very interesting and “real”). I wanted to share that I followed up and read People Like Us by Dunne and found this to be just as good as An Inconvenient Woman, I highly recommend. Based on the genre of these Dunne novels, I was led to The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin and have to say this may be my personal favorite. It is a fictional documentation of the lives of Babe Paley, Truman Capote and friends – it was juicy, full of fashion and class.

    • Katherine
      November 8, 2016 at 7:11 am

      Hi Stacie, so glad you liked the recs! I recommended Swans as well awhile ago….a fascinating read, Babe Paley was quite the lady!

      • S. Jean
        November 8, 2016 at 7:16 am

        I must have missed that post, my apologies! Great novel, she was indeed. Have a wonderful week. xo