Katherine

Oct 242014
 

Sale PSA: An everyday, classic black trench coat from Burberry, now 25% off (with nice size availability, for now), classic large Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses in black and tortoise for under $100, and clean, round toed heeled (but not too high) knee high leather boots in chocolate and black, now under $100 with good reviews from Nordstrom. 

Neiman Marcus is also offering a nice promotion of up to 30% off a big selection of sale and regular priced items. I’d check out the Burberry outerwear section (lots of great jackets and coats) to start, and there’s lots of other great finds like this beautiful Vince shearling coat or a pretty and dazzling sequin gown from Aidan Mattox. 

1. Today I thought I would share my favorite new hair product with all of you – this awesome John Frieda Hot Air Brush, which I recently picked up for under $30 on Amazon (you can also find it at Target if you need instant gratification or a good return policy).  hot air brush

This little tool is a superhero! It gives a great “blow out” look and even a styling dunce like me can master it (though okay, maybe my hair looks ~80% as good as when my stylist blows it out…which I still consider a miracle). Less damaging to your hair than a hair straightener or curler and easier to maneuver than a hair dryer + round comb.

A little note on usage – I dry my hair about halfway first, and then use this to finish up the rest. Goes way faster.

2. While hunting for a very specific picture of Kate Moss the other day, I came across this cute little article on Grazia with Kate’s “Seven Fashion Commandments”, straight from Ms. Moss. For any fan of the very great Kate! Continue reading »

Oct 222014
 

Sale PSA: black flat leather riding boots with an elastic back from Frye, now 40% off, a pretty black tulip hem knit dress that’s great for work or drinks (petite sizes only, all sizes), now under $75 from Felicity & Coco, and a cashmere textured boyfriend sweater from J.Crew in an array of colors and sizes, now under 50% off/under $140 with code “TGIFALL”. 

A friend unexpectedly stopped by my place this weekend (well actually they kind of invited themselves up…that’s how you know it is a very close friend) and remarked that it looked like a clothing tornado had blown through. I explained that I was going through my fall closet cleaning process…and more specifically, getting rid of some items that were too “young” for me. We got into a conversation about how as we’ve gotten older, our style taste has changed. I thought it was a very interesting discussion. Here are some of the biggest changes in my style as I’ve exited my 20’s!

Herve

Farewell…!

1. No more bandage dresses or anything too tight. I feel so bad for Mr. Feather because whenever I drag him shopping with me, he always goes to Herve Leger and holds up suggestions. His success rate in the last 3+ years? 0%. I know that they’re a favorite with the male persuasion, but anything “bandage” or that requires me to start sucking in (you all you know what I mean) after an appetizer has gone out the door. Everything has to be comfortable, and require little thought throughout the evening. Extra points if you can get away with a regular bra (no strapless!).

2. Kitten heels forever! When I get dressed in the morning for work, so often I think to myself “this would look great with so and so pair of heels in my closet”. When I was younger, I’d trot over and fetch them and be off for the day. Now? 9/10 times I reach for a pair of my Ferragamo Vara shoes (I have three pairs now), or my Repetto kittens. Just so much more comfortable throughout the day. Oh, and if it’s going to be a really long work day…like when you have calls with Europe and Asia? Chanel or AGL flats, all the way! Continue reading »

Oct 202014
 

Sale PSA: Waterproof flat black leather riding boots from La Canadienne, now 40% off, a DVF black lace pencil skirt with zip detail, now 60% off/under $100 (great price, all sizes available!), a classic cable knit wool sweater from Isabel Marant, now 55% off, and adorable suede heeled loafers from Nine West, now under $70. 

This is the sixth post in my Australia series. For the remainder, please see here.

Earlier in the first part of my review of Emirates Wolgan Valley, I took you through our villa and some of the resort’s facilities, including the gorgeous pool. Today, I’ll take you through a (very condensed, packed) view of some of our favorite activities and dining while there, from morning to evening.

Each day at Wolgan Valley began with us walking to the main lodge for breakfast in the dining room! This is where we ate each morning and evening. It was a huge comfortable space where you could enjoy drinks and canapes by the fire, and then move on to the formal dining room for dinner.

Emirates Wolgan Valley Dining Room

Some of our favorites from breakfast. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and when I’m on vacation, I always indulge! Almost all the ingredients were local – my favorites were the mushroom toast and the poached eggs with toasted brioche and smoked trout. I could talk about the smoked trout for quite some time. Smoked and cured fishes/meats are my favorite.

I should mention that most activities and food at Wolgan Valley were all inclusive – meaning they were included in our room rate (standard for all guests). So there was lots of pigging out.

Emirates Wolgan Valley Breakfast

After a big breakfast, we would usually do an activity or walk around the property. One morning, we did a little hike along the river bordering Wolgan with one of the wildlife guides. The water was incredibly clear – we were told that you could drink it straight from the stream, that’s how clean it was. We each took a little taste!

Emirates Wolgan Valley River

Checking out all of the flora with our guide. We learned all about the various trees in the area, the acacia that were just coming into bloom, the sap that natives used to eat for energy. Continue reading »

Oct 172014
 

Sale PSA: Besides the huge Shopbop F&F sale (which ends today), there’s also the Saks F&F sale, going on, for 25% off. There are so many exclusions this year (Rag & Bone? Really?) but I took some time to search through and there are a few gems worth checking out. Chloe shoes are not excluded, so I’d check out the Suzanna boot and famous-for-their-comfort scalloped ballet flats. There’s also a lovely sweet little black cross-body/convertible clutch from Sophie Hulme, my favorite Helmut Lang Villous sweatshirt (in white too, unlike Shopbop), and a pretty golden Aidan Mattox Art Deco dress, perfect if you’re looking for a New Year’s dress early. 

1. I had some questions about what other bucket bag I was considering after my Mansur Gavriel post, so I thought I would share it here. I have yet to receive a perfect specimen (unfortunately the first one was banged up), but here it is!

The bag is by Saint Laurent and at $1,290, I dare say that it is quite a reasonable price for the brand. Lined in suede, adjustable straps (but not too much), studs on the feet, subtle gold gromments – what’s not to love? The damaged bag I received fit my giant new iPhone, my sunglasses case, keys, a small wallet, and a lipstick.

Bill Blass

2. Remember Bill Blass? I was thinking about what happened to the man and the brand the other day, and in my searching came across this great article via the NY Times: The Long Fall In The House of Blass. Continue reading »

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