Weekend Update

1. Those looking for an easy summer shoe – I’d recommend checking out  these excellent mules, from Mercedes Castillo.

I’ve wanted some heeled mules for a while but I have a problem with many of the styles – I feel like too much of the back of my foot is exposed without support, and the shoe keeps feeling like it’s going to fall off. The angled leather of these holds your foot quite nicely, and the leather looks soft and comfortable. The height is also walkable, and I love the slight architectural look to the shoe. Plus, the price isn’t bad at all! Please share if you have experiences with this brand.

I also found these shoes at Nordstrom, but with a higher heel. I need the middle height!

2. The NY Times covers a secret of many 20 year olds – their parents help with the rent. What do you think? This is common in our area, where rents are incredibly high.

3. I really enjoyed this piece via the WSJ, about the Rise and Fall of a K Street Renegade. Goes into detail about the lobbying process, which is one I’m always fascinated by. I’d love to read a good fiction thriller about a lobbyist. Any recommendations?

4. An interesting article via The Daily Mail from the designer behind the label Issa (remember them?) about how and why their label went bankrupt. The Mail used to be my daily pleasure but lately I haven’t been visiting it as much because I prefer not to see Piers Morgan smiling mug every day. The piece is heavy on the gossip and a little light on the reporting (but hey it’s the Mail), but still worth a quick read.

5. This week I finished The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman.

I’m not normally a young adult or fantasy reader, but this had been on my reading pile for what seems like years, so I finally decided to give it a shot. And to my surprise, I actually read it all the way through! I’d categorize The Golden Compass as similar in tone to the Narnia series/Lord of the Rings, but definitely engaging enough for adults. Very well written and if you’re a fan of fantasy (or just love young adult), I’d give the series a try.

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  • D
    February 26, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed The Golden Compass – I remember reading that book in high school and really loving it, and then making sure to avoid the movie re-make a few years ago so it didn’t tarnish any of those memories, haha. I recently picked up The Executioner’s Song, on your recommendation!
    – D

    • Katherine
      February 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      I hope you like it! I liked the first half more than the second, it’s a great read for true crime lovers though. But LONG!

  • bisbee
    February 27, 2017 at 5:51 am

    I don’t think it does young people any favors for their parents to help with rent. I’m not talking about those still in school or recently employed…it’s the ones who have been working for a while, but live above their means. My 33 year old stepson lives in NYC and his mother gives him money every month…my husband stopped, thankfully. She thinks she is helping out…she is not. An emergency gift can be a good thing, of course…a regular payment, no. She is also way too involved in her adult children’s daily lives, in my opinion. I keep that to myself, of course! 😉

    • Katherine
      February 28, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      That’s an excellent point…33 is definitely too old (in my opinion) to be taking monthly money from your parents!

  • irina
    February 28, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Good morning! His dark material is one of my most favorite fantasy books, right there with Robin Hobb. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I think i support parents’ help in the very beginning of career of their children. However, it’s probably a tough call when he/she either needs to commute for 3 hours to get to work because he can’t afford living in the area close to work or parents help. Especially in a situation when it’s hard to get a job, or a job has potential but pays little now. Overall, i believe that you need to be able to survive on your own.

    • Katherine
      February 28, 2017 at 8:26 pm

      So glad to hear you love it too! Should I read the next two?

      • Irina
        March 1, 2017 at 5:29 pm

        I definitely would, esoecially since Pullman is publishing the first book in the trilogy around His Dark materials later this year. I honestly can’t wait. I loved the original books for obvious message of religion vs. science fight ( and so many other things) and I can’t wait to see what he would bring out in the Book of dust.