Weekend Update

1. Lately I’ve been a little obsessed with slide sandals, but I recently came across this super practical pair from Cole Haan and had to share. I will definitely be adding a pair of these very soon.

First off, compared to designer shoes, the price on these are sooo right. And that’s at full price! I love how supportive these look, without coming off as too dowdy, and the padded footbed looks heavenly. I’ll definitely going to try a pair, and if they work out, I’ll pick up another color as well. I have a hard time finding flat summer sandals which meet all my specs so when I do come across a pair, I jump.

2. An interesting article via the NY Times about UAL, “Fashion’s best kept secret.” I wish we had this store nearby, but we do have Jeremy’s. Although UAL, if it’s possible, sounds even better.

3. An opinion piece from StyleZeitgeist that I’m dying to hear your opinion’s on – What’s The Matter With Gucci. Do you agree? I love the pairs of Gucci shoes I’ve purchased but I have to say that the article does have some valid points…at least in my opinion. What do you think??

4. Another article, via the NY Times and a worthy read, about people’s budgets from all around the United States and what they can afford.

5. This week I finished Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, by Lindy West.

I really enjoyed Shrill, and would compare it to the sort of “memoir through essays” you might be familiar with from books like Bossypants or Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. Unlike Tina Fey or Amy Schumer however, I had never heard of West before this book, so didn’t have any preconceived notions of who she was. She comes across as smart, funny, articulate, and 100% feminist…all relevant reading in these precarious times, right? Recommended for anyone who watches Girls and laughs, at least a little. 

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  • Alice
    March 24, 2017 at 10:53 am

    I’ve totally been to the UAL in Nashville and there were many goodies. I think if you get lucky with sizes, you can get some killer deals, but it definitely requires patience and persistence (like going once a week!).

  • bisbee
    March 24, 2017 at 11:41 am

    I wish I had friends or family to visit in Nashville! I live in Maryland – we used to have a similar type of store called C-Mart – it was in Belair MD, which is about an hour north of Baltimore. They used to advertise their latest acquisitions that they were going to put out on the floor for sale on a specific day…I took off many a day from work to drive up there to see what treasures I could find! Unfortunately, it closed several years ago.

    Regarding Gucci – I don’t purchase, but I know people who do, and have waxed poetic about recent shoe purchases. The shoes cost a fortune…but more importantly, they are UGLY. I kept my opinions to myself…but spending $1300 for a horrid looking shoe is more than I can bear!

  • Hui
    March 24, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I agree with the article on Gucci. When did fashion became just sales figures with no elegance ? Today I was thinking of Gianfranco Ferre. Anyone remember s him? To me, that was fashion!
    I really like your Friday posts. It’s such a nice enjoyment to finish the week! Thank you, Katherine !

  • Vanessa
    March 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    Those sandals look great! Please post pics, Kat. If they look good, I might get a pair.

  • Linda
    March 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Another fantastic post! Please tell us how the Cole Haans work out, I want a flat with support to (so many of them have nothing). I love Gucci right now because it’s fun. I also enjoy Disneyland and Las Vegas (in small doses) for the same reason, though I used to not enjoy them on the principle of their “shallowness”. But I think art and fashion are places where we can indulge romance and frivolity *if we want* and save our seriousness for other matters: fighting for equality, fighting against famine and disease, etc; that’s what I’ve decided for myself, for now. I do agree with Gucci and Kering being driven by the market– it’s a business, like any other. I have a bit of Alessandro Michele Gucci (and Tom Ford Gucci) mostly shoes and bags which are well made, comfortable and…fun. I wouldn’t pay over $1,000 for a sweatshirt, but if someone else wants to, who am I to judge (though I wouldn’t let them run my money!) As for the way AM dresses– my husband I saw him in Paris and at first we thought he was a random homeless person at first!
    Anyway, I really appreciate your posts and the comments here– the jewelry comments have been great to read.

  • Hadilly
    March 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Jeremy’s is now closed. 😢

    I bought a lot of great clothes there. I miss it!

    • Katherine
      March 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Oh no! I knew one location was, didn’t realize it was both!

  • D
    March 24, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I was also so bummed when Jeremy’s closed! I now just need to scheme a visit to a UAL located city….

  • Archana
    March 26, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Bang on about Gucci. I come from that old school thought on personal style and Gucci is imbecile for my taste.

  • SLW
    March 26, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Great post! UAL reminds me of the Woodbury Commons outlets in NY. Have you heard of it? They have a ton of designer stores but I don’t think they are made for the outlets (at least that is what the sales people at Saint Laurent and Givenchy told me). They are maybe a season or two behind and the prices are awesome- esp with a promo thrown in there. I once scored a beautiful pair of Saint Laurent jane sandals for $200 plus NY tax. I used to go a lot, but I traveled to Europe every year for the past four years and did a bulk of my shopping abroad. It also just gets so busy on the weekends and holidays now with tourists from all over the world shopping at this large gem. Once the weather warms up, I think I will head over for a long over due trip 🙂 I also might be inclined to visit my in-laws in Knoxville now that I’ve read the article. Thanks for sharing!
    Interesting NY times article. I wish they included states that are a little more expensive to live in like Connecticut (where I am) and California.

    • Katherine
      March 26, 2017 at 10:19 am

      I have been to Woodbury before but I think UAL sounds even better for some reason. Would love the same from the NYT!

  • Lise
    March 26, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I have shopped at UAL since I was a teenager and I’d guess half my closet is from there. It’s perfect if you like the thrill of the hunt. I’ve grabbed Rene Lazard dresses for $40, Rag and Bone sweaters at 70% off and Isabel Marant that was still in stores at 80% off. The French Quarter store usually has an amazing Chanel collection…at a fraction of the cost of any reseller. But, their Hattiesburg location is arguably the best…and worth the drive when I’m home in New Orleans. I’d find a shopper at one of the stores and have her mail up boxes {I get one about once a month}. They don’t do refunds, but I’m a-okay with a revolving credit and a killer closet!

    • Katherine
      March 27, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Wow your wardrobe sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing your experience!

  • Tracy
    March 26, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I think Gucci and its customers are free to sell and buy whatever they want but by the same measure the critics are free to criticize especially when their point is valid, at least in my opinion. Fashion as a whole has been campaigning hard to be recognized as a legitimate art form and their products as cultural artifacts by numerous high brow documentaries, museum exhibits and Thursday styles thought pieces. When one of its biggest names infantilizes its aesthetics yeah people are going to notice. I rather like the maximalist aesthetic myself but I’m bothered by a feeling of deadness and cynicism seeing a whole collection composed of repetitive and snakes and roses.

    • Katherine
      March 27, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Interesting and insightful answer.

  • Mai
    March 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I loved your article about Gucci. I despise Gucci and Alessandro Michele and cannot understand why anyone likes his designs. They are gaudy at best to me and trashy and heinous at its worst. I have been so confused why there are so many blogs (like purseblog for ex) that RAVE about loving everything Gucci is doing. Sadly I feel Dior Is following in those footsteps now. I am also in the camp that finds nothing fun about vegas. I do love Disney though!! Love your blog so much and am happy to post for the first time!!!