Weekend Update

Sale PSA: Easy stretch twill skinny pants from Wit and Wisdom with GREAT reviews, now just under $35, a pretty ruffled denim jacket from Scripted, now $150 (I also like the ) a metallic mini dress from DVF, perfect for holiday parties, now under $150, and the Fendi mini peekaboo bag in black, now 30% off. 

1. I love lipstick. It’s the one makeup item which managed to survive in my routine post-baby, and even though I usually can’t resist trying out new releases whenever I’m at the mall, I tend to go back to my old standbys. One of my all time favorites is the NARS Audacious lipsticks, so when I saw this set – featuring the work of Man Ray, and containing four different shades, all of which I’d happily wear – I had to order.

I’m normally not a sucker for these “special box” sort of releases, but some reason over the years I’ve accumulated quite a few from NARS. I just love the little boxes they come out with! And plus, my favorite colors to purchase are nudes and corals. I’ve gotten into the habit of sticking a lipstick or gloss in almost all my bags, and these smaller sizes are perfect for clutches. Hoorah!

2. If you love an engrossing crime story, please cease all activity and get ready to read the best article I read all week, the “Dirty John” series from the LA Times. Enjoy (and I’m sorry for distracting you for the next few hours of your life).


3. I know we’re all inunudated with endless Weinstein news but I really want to hear all of your opinions on Marchesa, so I’m sharing this article, via The Hollywood Reporter. What do you think? Did you ever wear Marchesa? Will you consider the brand in the future?

4. I’m always pleased to be able to share an article from Oprah – here’s one about the “mid-life crisis” hitting Gen X women. Did you relate to this at all?

5. This week I finished The Lost City of Z, by David Grann.

I don’t read as much non fiction as I would like, but I always enjoy David Grann’s books because they’re basically like non-fiction that read like fiction. The Lost City of Z is about the historic quest, undertaken for centuries by explorers, for  “El Dorado” – that supposed forgotten city deep in the Amazon filled with riches beyond imagination. I’m deeply lacking in my own travel experience in South America, so I especially enjoyed Z, as I was able to learn so many interesting facts about the Amazon. Highly recommended for fans of non-fiction and fiction alike, especially those with a travel/exploration bent.

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    October 20, 2017 at 9:01 am

    i started reading that doom and gloom mid-life crisis but couldnt finish it. Too depressing, and I guess I don’t relate. I just turned 40 this year, so I might be a tad-bit early, but generally i have felt empowered by my age. I have decided to become super-selfish, yes people have a visceral reaction to a woman/mother making such a statement, but honestly, its kept me sane. I don’t do anything i dont want to do. The strategy has worked for the last two years, and i’m hoping to live out the rest of my life this way so mid-life crisis be damned.

    on another note, i’ve always wondered about the very sudden and dramatic rise of the Marchesa brand, but once i found out she was married to Weinstein i did attribute it to that relationship. but i did think the actresses were trying to curry favour and not being forced, simplistic of me. I think their dresses are beautiful and ethereal, but even the Marchesa Note line is way out of my clothes-shopping price range so I’m indifferent. To be honest I don’t feel sorry for the designers, they benefitted from the relationship. If they are that good they will re-group and carry on.

  • sydnee
    October 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    I love lipstick too!!! Can’t get enough of lipsticks and glosses, I might have an addiction ha!

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  • simiyalala
    October 20, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I bought a beautiful Marchesa Notte dress for a formal wedding this summer in Off Fifth. I had read about Weinstein forcing stars to wear Marchesa dresses before but all the stories I have been reading lately are abhorrent. It is unfortunate that Chapman didn’t make her own fame because some of the Marchesa designs are extraordinary. I won’t be purchasing another Marchesa dress in the future.

    • Bee
      October 21, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      I have to say I have read a lot of comments like this and disagree. No one knows for sure, but my assumption is that perhaps (probably?) she knew he was not faithful, but I sincerely doubt she knew he was essentially forcing himself on women. She and her children will have to bear a lot of fallout from his actions already in the years to come. I have always thought Marchesa designs were gorgeous and will not avoid them based on her soon to be ex-husbands actions.

      • Elizabeth
        October 22, 2017 at 7:40 pm

        I agree with this. I think there is enough blaming of women overall in this situation without extending it to someone who is, husband or no, a very talented designer, when we have no knowledge of the relationship.

  • S in HK
    October 20, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    OMG just read the Dirty John series in one sitting. I am just in awe… thanks for posting the story.

  • Jane
    October 23, 2017 at 8:08 am

    The Dirty John podcast was incredible! After listening, I have so many thoughts about the wife!

  • Lissy
    October 23, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I always look forward to your weekend updates. There is always something interesting! I’m a Gen X-er myself and do relate somewhat. I up and quit my job earlier this year so I could move to NYC to be closer to family. If you had asked me a year ago, I would never have imagined that I would have done such a thing. But my version of the mid life crisis hit and I made drastic changes! I’m also now sucked into the Dirty John series. I’m listening to the podcast and it helped get me through today’s workout.

  • Susie Tunes
    October 23, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Hi Katherine,

    With respect to Marchesa, it will be interesting to see if Georgiana Chapman can save the brand. It’s initial, rapid emergence from no where seemed very odd at the time.