WEEKEND UPDATE

2016-7-6 fashion Designer Shoes

1. I can definitely feel spring coming here in the Bay Area. I recently pulled out my much loved black Birkenstock Gizehs out for the first time in months – only to realize that they’re all stretched out! I guess pregnancy feet? I can’t live without these sandals, so another pair is already on its way, so that I can break them in as soon as possible.

In the meantime, what do you all think of these “Santa Fe” espadrilles, by Tory Burch?

Tory Burch, $195

I kind of love them, but am not fully sure if they are actually admiration worthy, or something I should be sent to preppy jail for instead. The fact that they feature both a cactus and a pepper is why I probably will end up owning these by the end of summer, regardless. What do you think?

2. An interesting piece on the current state of fashion week, and the fashion industry in general, via The Washington Post, The Fashion Industry….It’s Missing the Real Problem.

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3. Well, while we’re talking about fashion week – I have another fashion piece! Whether the event is relevant still or not, I loved this review of New York Fashion Week, done by Cathy Horyn in graphic novel style. Her reviews are concise, interesting to read, and spot on – and even more fun in comic form.

4. Frequent fliers and road warriors may particularly enjoy this article, via The New Yorker – The Madness of Airline Elite Status.

5. This week I finished a great book – Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have to admit that I purchased this book awhile ago, and it’s been sitting on my Kindle for over a year. I kept thinking that I should read it, yet I kept getting distracted by books with plot descriptions like, “Bored housewife become serial killer”.

Half Yellow Sun

I finally started reading Half of a Yellow Sun earlier this week though, and realized that I should have read it much, much sooner. The novel tells the story of various characters during the Nigerian Civil War, all related to one another – a pair of sisters, a houseboy, an expatriate. I was immediately drawn into the story of the actual characters, which is compelling enough – however, I also really enjoyed learning more about Nigerian life, the Igbo people, and the devastation of the Nigerian/Biafran War. My favorite books are those I can’t put down because of the story, and where I come out having learned something new. This is one of those novels – highly recommended.

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