Katherine

Mar 052015
 

Sale PSA: Anthropologie is having 20% off all dresses for a spring promotion. There’s a bunch of gorgeous ones that I’m eyeing, including this patterned wrap dress (with pockets!) from Maeve, a very easy to wear striped crew dress from Sundry, and (my favorite) a paneled cocoon dress from Bella Lux, which also comes in petite sizes.

Elsewhere around the web, I’ve found an easy wide neck sweater from Trouve (one of my favorite less expensive knitwear brands), for under $50, and a pintuck black cocktail dress from Tadashi (I have a version of this and always get a ton of compliments), now $160. 

Every year, on this week I have a post marking the yearly anniversary of Feather Factor. I can’t believe it has been four years since I started this site, and though I may sound like a broken record each year, thank you to every single person who comes here, visits, leaves a comment, writes an email, or takes time to share something from their own experience. It’s been an incredible privilege to be able to meet so many amazing people from around the world and I feel very fortunate.

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Also, some sharp eyed readers caught a little note I included in my last post on the Four Seasons Tokyo, on needing a prenatal massage. I’m very happy to share with you all that we are expecting our first baby this year!  I’m terrible at announcements like these and it’s actually been Mr. Feather whose had had all the sweet, nice ideas for how to share the news with family and friends. My method of choice has just been blurting out “I’m having a baby” sulkily between yawns. We do know the gender – it’s a boy – and I’m terrified! It’ll be two against one when voting for family vacation destinations.  Continue reading »

Mar 032015
 

A quick post update that Shopbop’s BIGEVENT sale has begun, for up to 25% off everything on the site (except for Stuart Weitzman, drat). This still includes discounts for a lot of brands that have begun restrictions on basically every other site – like Canada Goose (act fast, especially for in demand items like the Victoria Parka) and Ferragamo.

My picks, which have a spring theme as you can see, are below. This sale is only twice a year (and one of the best, in my opinion) and I usually will pick up quite a few items, at least to try out, in anticipation for the season ahead. Enjoy and please share if you got anything!

SHOPBop sale

From left to right:

1. Graciella dress by Self Portrait, $640/$480 after discount. Such an incredibly beautiful, floaty white dress that looks more expensive than it is (though of course, the price tag isn’t cheap). The perfect item to wear at your bridal shower or a spring party. I love it.

2. Vara pumps by Ferragamo in Fleur Bleue, $525/$394 after discount. The classic shoe (I have three pairs) that’s comfortable, stylish, and wearable at basically any age. I love the baby blue, adds a youthful air to the classic lines.

3. Sexy Thing booties by Aquazurra, $565/$424 after discount. One of the most comfortable high heeled sandals you’ll find, ever, and the nude works great in not cutting off the leg. And compared to how expensive designer shoes are getting lately…not badly priced at all.

4. Voile tunic dress by Splendid in Lemon, $138/$104 after discount. I love the yellow color of this dress and it’s the perfect happy dress to wear to celebrate warmer days. You can wear it belted, under a jacket or alone, or as a floaty beach dress.

5. The Snap jacket by Current/Elliot, $273/$205 after discount. One of the coolest denim jackets ever, very flattering and meant to be worn with just a t-shirt or little summer dress. Very soft (I’ve tried it on several times in person) and I love the snap buttons. A little bit more special than your normal jean jacket.

6. Chantilly Lace espadrilles by Soludos, $65/$49 after discount. Such pretty espadrilles from the classic espadrille maker…how lovely and delicate are these? I remember I admired pairs from both Valentino and Tory Burch last year that were similar, but were hundreds and hundreds more.

7. Greta trench coat by APC, $660/$495 after discount. I love this clean, very stylish trench from APC which will survive the years without ever looking dated. The cotton material works around the year. A wardrobe classic from APC.

8. Champagne water bottle by S’well, $35/$27 after discount. I’ve been looking for a non-plastic water bottle and this is one of the prettiest ones I’ve found. Plus it’s insulated for both hot and cool drinks! The price isn’t bad either…and when’s the last time you saw a stylish water bottle?

Mar 022015
 

Sale PSA: a great khaki light parka to take you into spring from Current Elliott (this brand makes some of the best parkas in my opinion), now 30% off, a pretty cotton shirtdress from Halston that you can wear to work or style casually, now 40% off, an easy jersey weekend robe from Nordstrom that I’m picking up in gray, now under $40, and a sleek leather mini dress from Alexander Wang, now 60% off.  

Earlier in February, we took fairly spur of the moment trip to Japan. I’d been wanting to go for months and months now…I hadn’t been to Asia (not counting Australia) for over a year and was feeling antsy. Plus, Japan is always such an inspiring place…I could probably live there for years and find something new to admire every day.

I’ll be sharing some posts about the trip, starting with a hotel review. I hope you enjoy!

Four Seasons Tokyo Entrance

Our flight was a direct from San Francisco to Narita Airport, and we decided to spend the first half of our trip in Tokyo. Japan has so many nice luxury hotel options, and this time we ended up at the Four Seasons Tokyo Marunouchi. I’m usually a fan of the Four Seasons hotels, and wanted to try the Tokyo one due of its great location, and also because it has only 57 rooms. 57! That’s an incredibly low number for a hotel, especially one in one of the largest metropolitan hotel markets in the world. It was almost like a Four Seasons boutique hotel.

Four Seasons Tokyo Hallway

Our room was a Deluxe Premier, and was more than enough space for two. It could fit even a couple with a small child on a cot comfortably. There was a spacious bedroom, which opened up to an equally spacious living room and seating area.

Four Seasons Tokyo Living Room Bedroom

One of the great aspects of the Four Seasons was its proximity to Tokyo Station. We took the Narita Express in from the airport (super affordable, easy to use, and no risk of being trapped in Tokyo traffic), and hotel staff were waiting to greet us as we disembarked from our exact car, to walk us over to the property. Continue reading »

Feb 272015
 

 Sale PSA: Nordstrom has a selection of classic Havianas slim flip flops, including in black and gold both well under $20 for a limited time. I’m also loving a few items on the J.Crew site, including its well loved curator pant in navy, now under $55 (but be careful because its final sale), and this beautiful laser cut pleated skirt and classic striped breton dress, both perfect for spring and 25% off. 

1. I adore Olympia Le-Tan and have always kept an eye out for her new clutch releases, half hoping that she will and won’t release my favorite titles, because then I’ll have a serious challenge to my wallet. Her bags are beautiful, but quite pricey and I rarely wear clutches. Still, I have a soft spot for her designs and of course love books.

I was thrilled when I heard she had done a collaboration with LeSportsac – and even happier when I saw these amazing book pouches, and found out that they were around $50 each (versus $2,000 for her clutches). And then was sad when I found out that they were completely sold out. I even called their hotline in the US, and checked in Japan. Nada.

Anyway…I just happened to be browsing Shopbop the other day and noticed that they had all three of the Olympia Le-Tan book pouches, newly in stock and available! I immediately ordered my two favorites – the black and red – and considered going back for the baby blue, but don’t want to be a hoarder. They arrived yesterday and I love them. I probably won’t use them as clutches, but at least one I’ll take with me as a travel pouch, and the other I’ve already put all of the little cards, letters, mementos I have from my husband. And I stack it on the end of my bookshelf..it makes me smile to see it, what a cool pouch!

I recommend these for any book lover or Olympia Le-Tan fan..and if you really like them, I’d pick them up sooner as I would think they would sell out from Shopbop soon.

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2. Did you watch the Oscars? I haven’t in years but always still check for the dresses the next day. It’s gotten more boring though….I have to scroll through so many photos to find ones that I love. On that note, I thought I would share this great NY Times piece on the same topic – What Happened To Risk On The Red Carpet? Continue reading »

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