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Weekend Update

Sale PSA: Classic minimalist low booties with great reviews from Sam Edelman in a variety of colors, now under $100, a cream cashmere hoodie from Helmut Lang, now 55% off, stack heeled black city sandals from Joie, now just $103, and a classic hooded cotton parka from Burberry, now 25% off. 

1. What do you all think of this classic Gucci bag? I am very, very, very interested in it. I’ve probably looked at this a dozen times.

I’ve always admired this exact Gucci top handle bag, ever since I was a little girl and first saw it on a trip to Vegas with my parents (that’s how long it’s been around!). It’s just so classic and I’ve always loved the bamboo handle detail. I think this is a great, classic Kelly style handbag at a relatively friendly price – and it can be dressed up or worn casually. If you’re looking for a forever black bag that you can wear on dressier occasions, I don’t see how you can do much better than this.

2. An interesting articles for travel junkies, via the WSJ – How Hotel Companies Launch a New Brand.

3. A good article via The NY Times, about Tamara Mellon’s new shoe company (yes she’s launching another one…again). I find her story fascinating because not too many people are able to relaunch under the same name, with a whole different strategy. It’ll be interesting to see if her new pricing works out, or if it’s still too high.

4. A very interesting and lengthy read via The Atlantic, on what happens to women’s ambitions after college. Look out – this is a five part article (the links to the next portions are on the left and bottom of the page).

5. This week I finished The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney.

The Nest is one of those multi POV, family dramas – this one centering around an inheritance, appropriately called “The Nest”. I’d describe it as very enjoyable book club reading – if you’re looking for something to take with you on a plane or vacation, I’d highly recommend giving this one a try! Note that the characters aren’t necessarily all very sympathetic, but I never mind that.

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  • Anonymous
    January 13, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Hi Kat – I liked the Atlantic article, as I am 40, leave work at 3 p.m. and spend my evenings cleaning up dropped food! I am squarely in the Scale Backers group. I set my own work schedule post kids, having worked at my firm for many years. I did not ask anyone for permission–I just made the changes and continued in my work without fanfare. I waited 15 years after graduating to have my first child. I actually decided to have a kid after I realized I wasn’t getting enough compensation and career growth to make my career the central focus of my life. I will say it was far easier for me to “stay in the game” with 1 kid versus 2. 2 kids is double the sicknesses, overlapping school/child care closures, etc. I do feel lucky to be able to keep a solid if not impressive career while being there for my kids for a few hours before bed.

    By the way, have you seen the Ali Wong Netflix special? I loved when she said “I don’t want to lean in–I want to lie down!!”

    • Katherine
      January 14, 2017 at 8:51 am

      I have seen that special! It’s hilarious!

  • Trang
    January 13, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Kay – I have been considering not that bag for about a year now but couldn’t decide between black and cream (which apparently net a porter calls blush pink now). Constanza pascolato and Carlo Bruno both have different styles and yet both rock the heck out of it don’t think it’s totally doable. Are you taking the plunge?

    • Katherine
      January 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      I just looked up Constanza. Man is she fashionable! I think I’m 50/50 right now on the bag, I know it’s a forever one but I also am neck deep in mommy duties. How about you?

      • Trang
        January 15, 2017 at 9:48 pm

        Hey Kat – Sorry I typed up my comment on my phone earlier and I now realize it’s barely intelligible! Constanza and I are nothing alike, but I aspire to be someday so glamorous. The mommy stuff is also what gets me. It’s hard to justify a bag that I can rarely wear and honestly what I probably need is a gold or etain evelyne. I’ll let you know if I do it and Hopefully, you will let us know how you like this bag

  • Lanit
    January 14, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Hi Kat,

    I love my Gucci bamboo top handle bag. There is a thread on tpf called Gucci bamboo handle bags that shows my beautiful grey one. Gucci even stamped my initials on the interior pocket fir me as a courtesy. It’s definitely classic and I’ve enjoyed mine for quite a few years. A nice price difference from Hermes.malso the classic black box had a red interior lining at one point. Hope you decide to get one!

    • Katherine
      January 15, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Oh your bag sounds beautiful!!

  • Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Thanks for the recommendation on the Atlantic article! It’s long but well worth the read! I’m pregnant with my first child and there have been days I cried over turning down a once-in-a-lifetime startup opportunity because they have awful maternity leave policy. I have stressed so much about covering covering my pregnancy up before the end-of-year promotion is decided! The struggle is real!! Growing up I was a very ambitious woman, always topping my class and went to very competitive schools and graduate programs. Becoming a mom and seeing all that hard work seems to have been for nothing makes me so frustrated 🙁 🙁

    • Katherine
      January 16, 2017 at 7:30 am

      I relate to this very much. I am writing a post on my own experiences soon. Please enjoy your pregnancy though and take care of yourself, your health is #1.

      • Anonymous
        January 16, 2017 at 11:57 am

        Thank you! I really enjoyed it knowing that a little life is growing in there, the little flutters! My husband has also been very supportive in so many ways! It’s just that there are so many things I need to adjust to. And one of them is now what happens to my ambitions? I really look forward to hearing your experiences! Again thanks for sharing the article! It’s always helpful to know what other women have been through.

  • irina
    January 18, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Hi Kat, I am too very interested to hear your experience on this. I’ve never been very ambitious , nor did i go to the most prestigious school but I’m definitely affected as well. And some days it scares me..

    • Katherine
      January 19, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Oh Irina, it is such a huge life change. I completely feel you.