Katherine

Dec 182014
 

Sale PSA: Some fabulous sales are going on right now! The original super comfortable AGL flat, now in a great pewter/black combo at 40% off/under $200, the Saint Laurent “Lulu” bag in a sleek patent leather combination, now 30% off, a fabulous reversible blanket coat/cape from The Row, now 60% off, and sky high (but still comfortable, relatively speaking) Jimmy Choo silver sandals perfect for holiday parties, now a fantastic 60% off. 

Since I’ve been having lots of 2014 recap posts lately, I thought I would mix things up by sharing some books that have changed my life. Okay, maybe not in a big way, but I couldn’t find another more appropriate title for the post, and “5 Books that Made an Impact on Me and I Kind of Think of Them, Sometimes” just didn’t have the same cachet.

Books

I hope that some of you find this list interesting, and as always I’d love to hear all of your favorite books. Please! I’m a fiend!

1. The Millionaire Next Door: My mom made me read this book when I was a teenager and had just started my first time job as a hostess at a restaurant. I don’t subscribe to everything in the book, and I don’t think the authors would at all approve of what’s on my credit card statements. But I’ve thought of it more than a few times when making larger financial decisions. It’s literally stopped me in my tracks a few times before big splurges and I moved the money to my investment account instead. What power, huh? Ha!

2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: My favorite book of all time. Mr. Feather thoughtfully gifted me a first edition of this for my last birthday, but it’s too precious to take out so I just keep reading my old ratty paperback.

It sounds a little cheesy, but I always think of this book when facing adversity and it’s pushed me through some tougher times. Thinking about the fictional heroine – Francie’s – determination is always inspiring to me. She’s real to me, if that makes sense. Continue reading »

Dec 152014
 

Sale PSA: a sleek mock neck cashmere sweater from Equipment, now 40% off, a very cute and flattering olive rag & bone parka with coyote fur hood, now 40% off, and a gorgeous indigo wool coat from Chloe, now 60% off. 

Shopbop also has an additional 20% off sale items with code “EXTRASALE“. My picks are these classic black Belstaff biker boots (45% off after discount), my favorite 360 Sweater cashmere (now 55% off after discount), and a super pretty and comfortable jumpsuit from Splendid, now under $45. 

Last month, Mr. Feather and I spent a long weekend in Miami Beach for a wedding. I hadn’t been to Miami in years (when I want a beach destination I usually head for Hawaii), so I was excited for the trip.

When we were looking for hotels, I saw that the Metropolitan had recently opened in Miami Beach. I didn’t get a chance to stay at the Shambala Estate while we were in Bali (next time), so thought this would be a good opportunity to try out the COMO brand. Plus, the hotel had no nightclub or “scene” downstairs – a plus in my book as having come directly from some work travel in New York and Boston, I wasn’t in the mood for a loud hotel with a party atmosphere.

Como Metropolitan Miami Entrace

Inside the Metropolitan’s lobby, we admired the classic Miami style and colors used, including the beautiful original stone floors.

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Each of the Metropolitan’s guest rooms had these floors (at least ours did). At first, I was a little taken aback, since I’m definitely used to carpet, at least in the bedroom. But the Metropolitan provided comfortable slippers to move around in.

The Metropolitan is a “wellness” retreat, in keeping with the COMO brand, and you could definitely see that sense of calm in the rooms. No ostentatious luxury – it was much more like a serene spa.

Como Metropolitan Miami Bedroom

Beautiful bathrooms, and of course the Como Shambala’s own house toiletries, which were great. The shampoo didn’t strip my hair like many hotel shampoos tend to do.

Como Metropolitan Miami Bathroom

Each evening, without fail, an employee would come by to deliver ice for the bucket (of course – this is Miami!) as well as a fabulous turndown tray of sweets. Usually, turndown sweets have been a few chocolates, maybe a few candies in my experience. The Metropolitan though, went above and beyond. Continue reading »

Dec 122014
 

Sale PSA: a Proenza Schouler cobalt calf hair clutch with silver lining, now 40% off, Givenchy croc effect pumps with silver trim, now 40% off, a Carven leopard print coat, now 40% off, and a royal blue Tadashi lace cocktail dress, now under $150. 

J.Crew also has 40% off a great set of outerwear with code “GIVETHIS”. My picks are a pretty “Majesty” peacoat, a down filled puffer vest (I wear my J.Crew version tons in fall/winter, a great layering piece), and a wool plaid scarf you can layer over anything. 

1. I’ve been on a small beauty product binge lately. One of my favorite purchases? This awesome HD Blush from Make Up For Ever.

I love a good beauty item and buy into the hype around certain products as much as anybody else – but honestly, while I love a new goodie, I usually can admit that perhaps there was nothing particularly “special” about the latest it item. As a blush lover however, I have to say that this is the best new blush that I have tried. It goes on incredibly nicely using just my fingertips (perfect for travel), and has quite good staying power. I rarely buy the same blush twice, but I’ve already ordered another one of these in a different color to have on hand. Recommended!

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2. I loved this article via the WSJ,  “How To Dress Like A Fashion Insider“. Who wouldn’t want to dress like Ms. Alt? And she makes me feel good about wanting to buy only kitten heels lately and passing up on a bunch of really tempting but probably too crazy/cool items in Paris this past weekend. Continue reading »

Dec 082014
 

Sale PSA: Super classic and wearable Frye harness boots with the perfect low heel, now 33% off (there’s a bunch of Frye boots on sale at Nordstrom right now), a berry DVF mini shift dress, now under $200, and an Isabel Marant sequined wrap skirt perfect for holiday parties, now 40% off.

December isn’t over yet, but I feel confident enough at this point that I can start to list out some of my favorite purchases of the year. Enjoy!

Favorites of 2014

1. Black Hermes Bolide, size 35cm: I added this bag early on in the year, since my mom took possession of my 31cm size (I did a comparison of the two sizes, here). I love it and it is the perfect size for travel and for cramming all of my daily work items. I think this bag has had more random pieces of fruit and water bottles rolling around in it than any others. I also love its Fjord leather – I wish I could get more bags in this hardy leather!

2. Barton Perreira Ronette sunglasses: I am a sunglasses fiend and continually subject my shopping partners to long try outs at the glasses counters. My favorite brand currently is Barton Perreira – I love their styles, they’re quite wearable and the quality is really good too. The style I own from them is called the “Ronette” – a soft cat eye and it comes in the coolest colors – all neutrals, but with something special about each. The only problem is the price, of course…much more than some competitors, more in the Chanel range.

3. Anthropologie “Signe” dress (review here): I am still very happy with these dresses…really easy to wear, floaty, and the most important two words: machine washable. Continue reading »

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