Weekend Update

1. For those looking for a great simple slide sandal for summer – I’d like to suggest these Bottega Venetas.

Bottega Veneta, $620 (also here on Matches if your size is sold out on NAP, plus no tax)

These have been my go to slumming around sandals since the weather got warmer, and they’re perfect for the whole slides trend going on right now, without being so trendy that they’ll look out of date. I love the clean lines, and the leather is soft but sturdy.

Random story – I actually lost my pair for several weeks – they are black and super thin and got trapped under my car seat and I couldn’t even find them when I looked there. I ended up giving up and ordering a second pair, only to find my original pair (before I had worn the second, thank goodness).

There is also this great pool sandal version that is more padded. I think the original is more sleek, but the pool slide looks more comfortable, with a thicker sole.

2. An excellent profile of Peggy Siegal, Oscars strategy extraordinaire, from the NY Times. I love the “game” that goes behind getting Oscar nods and wins each year and follow that with way more interest than the actual awards. So fascinating!

3. Another great piece from the NY Times, this one about the current state of the haute jewelry market – and how contrary to almost the rest of the luxury industry – it’s growing, and fast. I would love to visit a Nirav Modi store one day (but what I’d really like to do is go jewelry shopping in India).

4. Continuing on the jewelry theme we’ve had going on lately – I liked this feature, via the FT, on Tiffany’s (now former) design director Francesca Amfitheatrof. Interesting the bit about her writing Haider Ackermann and him not responding at first – I guess these things happen to all of us! I like Francesca much more than Reed Krakoff by the way (although I like the new Hardware collection).

5. This week I finished Open House, by Elizabeth Berg.

Open House is the story of a woman going through a divorce, and “finding herself,” and if you’re not the sort of person who finds these topics interesting (and if you refuse to watch Big Little Lies) you definitely wouldn’t like this book. I like all of these sorts of topics, and BLL is my favorite show right now, so of course I enjoyed it! Elizabeth Berg is a wonderful writer, and I’d recommend Open House for anyone looking for a great “book club” pick that is well written and insightful – a bedside “comfort read”.

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  • CT
    March 31, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Jewelry shopping in India is one of my favorite things to do! I have a lot of family there and grew up dreaming about shopping for wedding jewelry when it was finally my turn. Needless to say, I have the best memories from wedding shopping 3 years ago. The jewelry was the best part!

    • senorita
      March 31, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Great blog as usual. Love that you do my reading for me.I always read the articles and books you find.
      CT- I would love to hear more about the shopping in India. Maybe you can do an interview?

      • Katherine
        April 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm

        Thank you!

    • Katherine
      April 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      Oh man, that must have been such an amazing experience!

  • Sesy
    March 31, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Hello Kat,
    I think the Hardware collection somehow a bit look like Hermes, especially the ring. People who familiar with Hermes jewelry would have guesses right away that the ring look exactly like Kelly bracelet. The difference only it is a sphere instead of lock. The necklace reminds me a bit of Chaine d’Ancre and Clip collction from Ines de la Fressange. I was hoping to see something that is original and “oh so Tiffany’s” since Reed took his new post, instead I feel Tiffany’s slowly change into “inspired by …” jeweler like some common mid-brands but with high end prices.
    Also, have you seen Boghossian jewels collection? It is still family owned business and they use inlay techniques for their jewelries. Art of Inlay they call it. They lay a diamond inside the turquoise without any visible settings. I have not seen anything like it before. It’s gorgeous. Please check them out and perhaps you can do interview of someone who owns it. I know you have plenty of friends who own amazing collections 😊

    • Katherine
      April 1, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Boghossian looks so gorgeous! Thank you for telling me about this amazing brand!

      Very good points about Hardware…I hadn’t thought about that. I do like the three ball drop earrings and hope they are lighter than they appear!

  • Wendy
    April 8, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you for the Francesca from Tiffany’s post! I really enjoyed it. I think Tiffanys needs to update its everyday collections. They focus too much on the Blue Book line which is on the really pricy side! Hope the Hardware earrings you like are on the lighter side!