1. For those looking for comfortable, gorgeous sandals for summer (and who don’t mind a designer price tag), I would highly recommend these lovely Valentino block heels.
I’ve never been a huge Rockstud wearer (nothing against them, they just didn’t speak to me and I figured I didn’t need another expensive habit in my life), but my shoe salesperson insisted I try these on because I’m always complaining about comfortable sandals. And wow, these are really comfortable, and gorgeous! Something about the 2 inch block heel, the soft leather, and the straps makes these really easy to walk in. I also love how the design makes them suitable for day and night.
There’s a higher heeled version which is also gorgeous, but not as comfortable. These are being added to my spring wish list, for sure.
You can also find them in black and pink, here, and in red at Matches (where you can see how they look worn). I’m normally a girl who always chooses black, but for some reason I keep going back to the brown.
PS: Are Rockstuds still “in”? Please inform me if not!
2. An article that’s been making the rounds lately that is an interesting read for anyone who hasn’t yet read it, via The New Yorker- Doomsday Prep For the Super Rich.
3. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on this piece, via The NY Times – Can Reed Krakoff Save Tiffany? I was quite disappointed in this choice, honestly. I love Tiffany and have nothing specific against Krakoff but I just didn’t feel they were the right fit. I would love for them to find some modern new Elsa Perettis and Jean Schlumbergers and Paloma Picassos instead of an overall artistic/creative director. But I hope that I’ll be proven wrong. Tiffany still has some of the best customer service out of all the designer brands that I’ve encountered by the way, and their prices can look downright reasonable next to Van Cleef!
4. An interesting and pop culture filled piece via Vanity Fair, How David Foster Became Patient Zero of the Kardashian Phenomenon. Definitely read if you’re a reality TV junkie, like me.
5. I was just complaining that I wanted to read more retail experience stories from Racked, and here they’ve served up just that, with Six Retail Horror Stories
6. This week I’m finishing up one of the eeriest books I’ve read in a while – Helter Skelter, by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry.
Helter Skelter is the story behind the Manson Murders, an event which I of course knew vaguely about in broad strokes, and nothing more. I had added it to my list a while back after I read The Girls, by Emma Cline, which is a fictionalized account of a girl who joins the Manson Family. Vincent Bugliosi, the author, was the lead prosecutor for the trial and thus has an intimate insider’s view of the entire crime, and takes you through it, from the awful murders themselves all the way to Manson’s conviction. Helter Skelter was fascinating, such an interesting read, and super creepy – I couldn’t read it at night after a while, unless my husband was nearby! Highly recommended for fans of true crime, though you may have already read it.