Katherine

Jul 282015
 

Sale PSA: LOFT has 50% off select full priced items with code HEATWAVE. My picks are a super versatile, classic denim jacket (now $40), a simple sleeveless pocket shell which you can tuck into shorts/skirts easily, now $20, and a sleeveless striped tank dress, very easy and casual (now $30).  

Anthropologie is having 20% off its sale items AND free shipping, with rarely happens, with code “HAPPYDAY”. My picks are this soft embroidered chambray dress, a clean white lace poplin dress (I might add a belt), and a delicate floral peasant top from Meadow Rue. 

While I’m waiting to (hopefully) fit back into some of the clothes I’ve bought this season, I thought I would share some  accessories I recently picked up. Some of these I’ve shared on my Instagram already, but I wanted to give a more in depth review. My latest Nordstrom Anniversary purchases are still in transit and/or backordered, which is fine as it’s a zillion degrees here in California and I’m most excited about a cotton sleep shirt (cute, huh?) anyway. But because of that, everything I have today to share happens to be from Hermes!

First up is a new shawl in what is my absolute favorite new silk scarf/cashmere shawl design of the fall season – Tyger Tyger, by the artist Alice Shirley. Isn’t it just gorgeous? It comes in a bunch of beautiful colorways.

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Something that Hermes does really well which I’ve always loved is support various artists and champion their work. I love following specific favorite artists – Kermit Oliver is one, and Alice Shirley is the latest! I bought another shawl she designed last season (Zebra Pegasus, you can see a peek of it here) and love it, it’s the perfect companion for my gray/green Kelly bag. Since I got a colorful Shirley design earlier, I decided to opt for the black/white/gray version for my new shawl.

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If anyone is looking for a beautiful silk scarf or cashmere/silk shawl from Hermes this season…I’d highly recommend Tyger Tyger! You can see all of the colorways here. I adore that you can have tie the scarf to have more of an animal print detail sticking out, or more floral. And the colorful versions are so gorgeous.  Continue reading »

Jul 242015
 

Sale PSA: Neiman Marcus now has an extra 25% off Last Call prices, which makes for some nice deals. So far I’ve found sleeveless flared DVF knit dresses in both a lovely coral shade and classic white (coral’s $160, white is $90), a beautiful cream colored Vince leather scuba jacket, now $560 (I think a light colored leather jacket is so cool, year round), and Jimmy Choo leather laser cut out booties, now 60% off. 

The Outnet just began its BIG clearance sale as well – items are going super fast so I’d hurry. I picked up this Red Valentino knitted bow dress and am still hunting around! 

In the past month or so, I’ve come across some interesting articles about a brand I’ve always admired, though haven’t purchased from lately – Prada. So I thought I’d make this Weekend Update a bit Prada themed, as I’d love to hear your opinions!

1. I’m a big fan of Prada shoes – for some reason they always tend to fit me, are quite comfortable, and they offer both very classic (sleek pumps in work appropriate heel heights, see here and here) and leading edge styles. The ones made out of the signature “Saffiano” textured leather are the ones I’ve always found trickiest – for some reason I’ve come across quite a few which have looked a bit messy.

These tartan flats are my favorite of the fall season so far – I am quite confident that they’d be comfortable and I’m just a sucker for tartan! I’ll probably monitor size levels and see if I can wait for for sale season or not.

2. My first Prada related article comes via Bloomberg, which reported last month on the brand’s disappointing third quarter profit announcement. The article mentions a plan in introduced more lower priced handbags in the 1,000 euro range, which I found quite interesting. The mini bag trend is big, and it certainly makes the bags more accessible. Do you think it solves Prada’s issues though? Continue reading »

Jul 212015
 

Sale PSA: Loft has a huge sale going on right now – 70% off all sale styles with code HOTSTUFF. Items keep appearing and disappearing in and out of stock, but here are my picks: a light and breezy racerback midi dress, now an incredible $14 after discount, a work/play appropriate green khaki shirtdress with great reviews, now $26 on sale, and an easy open knit cardigan from Lou and Grey, now $18 after discount. 

I’d also like to share one more score of mine from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – these really cool, superlight flats/sneakers from Cole Haan! I’ve admired them in store many times (they are really crazy light and flexible). They’ll be my new cold weather walking shoe. 

I’m very, very near full term now, and one of the things I’m looking forward to after giving birth is traveling again. I pretty much stopped traveling once I reached my third trimester, and I’ve been an insufferable whiner about it. I have major cabin fever/wanderlust! I decided to reminisce the other day about some of my favorite holidays with Mr. Feather, and amongst all the great memories I was also reminded of some of the many mistakes I’ve made while traveling. Here I’d like to share some of mine….I’d love to hear yours!

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Not reading the guidebook – especially under the part labeled “scams”. 

I know it’s super “newbie tourist” to buy guidebooks and actually refer to them in public while traveling…but hey, usually when I go somewhere new – it’s as a tourist! I actually love guidebooks and will usually purchase one before a new destination. They’re relatively cheap, and fun reading on a plane. That is…when I actually read them. The first (and only) time we ever went to Thailand, I brought a nice big fat Lonely Planet edition along. Which unfortunately, I never got around to reading. Which resulted in me not being aware of several massive scams to avoid that Thailand is infamous for.

I ended up falling victim to one of the biggest ones out there-  the infamous Gem Scam (curse my weakness for jewelry!). Luckily I didn’t end up buying anything, and Mr. Feather and I actually enjoyed our free Tuk Tuk ride around the city and our conversations with “strangers” about all the great jewelry deals out there. The level of organization and deception was actually quite impressive. But it could have gone a lot worse…and if we’d only taken the time to read basic warnings, we could have saved quite a few hours on one of our precious days in Bangkok! Continue reading »

Jul 172015
 

Sale PSA: A few pretty items from around the web. This gorgeous sweetheart lace tiered dress from Lover is now 40% off (I love the cream), a perfectly preppy and super light for summer sleeveless cotton dress from Equipment, now $90, and a black maxi dress with metal hardware detailing from DVF that you can wear both formally or casually depending on your accessories – now under $200. 

1. Nordstroms’ Anniversary Sale went public today, and by now I’m sure you’ve read a ton of recommendations online and heard from others in person about the best items (you can find my Early Access post, here). Along with all the flashier goodies, I took the opportunity to add a few more items this morning which I always add each sale – pajamas!

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(left to right) Carole Hoffman set/$49, Josie Happi Robe/$45, PJ Salvage set/$59

 

I always try to refresh my PJs each year, which I think is perfectly reasonable since I wear them so often. This time, I picked up three sets.

On the very left is a black jersey set by Carole Hoffman ($49) – these are fairly unexciting but I will share my secret that they are my favorite for changing into on planes! Discreet and I don’t feel embarrassed if I’m traveling with a coworker. In the middle is a classic Josie “Happi” robe ($45) – I’m a sucker for kimono type items and this is one of my favorite light robes for summer. Great as an outer layer over flimsier pajamas and also as a coverup by the pool. And finally to the right is a sweet little PJ Salvage set ($59) which I bought to try out as I love the back detailing of the top!

I also bought a pair of TOMS sneakers which look a little sturdier than their normal offerings, in a nice textured boucle – one of the nicest materials I’ve seen from the brand, in my opinion.

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2. Did you know that J.Crew is planning on launching a lower priced brand – J.Crew Mercantile? I had no idea until I read this article, via Business Insider. I don’t quite get the difference between this one, and J.Crew Factory (I guess Mercantile will be in malls…). Do you agree with the articles negative tone? I’m willing to give J.Crew a chance…but the concept is sounding a bit muddled to me. Continue reading »

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