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Jul 212014
 

Today’s sale PSA: some more great Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks: Halogen calf hair pumps, now $60 (my favorite are the tan leopard and the berry + they’re a manageable height for work), a gorgeous two tone Vince coat, perfect as a soft fall/winter layer, now $450, and my personal favorite, a great Coach leather duffle bag in three colors that you can even wear crossbody, now $240. A super classic style! 

For those suffering from Anniversary Sale fatigue, I also found a very cool camo field jacket from Velvet, now 30% off, a very pretty, floaty peasant dress from Free People, now 30% off, and some awesome metallic “Wave” pumps from Nicholas Kirkwood, now 55% off. 

One of my favorite TV shows currently running (which I’ve also recommended on the blog), is Veep, starring the fantastic Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, the Vice President of the United States.

Veep Season 1

I love Veep because it’s a very funny, sometimes brilliant show which also has great fashion (especially for those who have more formal workplaces). I remember reading an interview with Veep’s costume designer, Ernesto Martinez, where he stated that Selina was a politician who was self made, wealthy. and not afraid to show it – always a fun attribute to have when it comes to a character’s wardrobe. Accordingly, there are some great pieces and fantastic jewelry.

Veep has had three seasons so far, and it was fun to watch them again and see how Selina’s wardrobe evolved throughout. This week’s post will focus on season one. Enjoy!

One of the first looks we see – this great form fitting red sheath dress. I love how flattering it is on her.

I found one very similar from Nicole Miller (you can adjust to neckline to make it more demure).

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Paired with the dress? Of course a delicate, and stunning layered necklace.  The most famous iteration of this of course is from Tiffany “Diamonds by the Yard“. I also found a version from Kate Spade for under $130.

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Heading out to an evening event, dress and jacket coverup.

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A shot of the tank dress and the star of the show, this citrine necklace.

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Onto the next episode. A classic black dress which reminds me a lot of Black Halo’s “Jackie O” style.

You can find a great gold necklace like Julia’s from Marco Bicego, or one from Ralph Lauren for under $70.

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Jul 182014
 

Usually on a Friday I post a weekend update, but since this Friday marks the start of Nordstroms’ official Anniversary Sale, I thought I would just do one massive sale update instead of my favorite picks. I am not a Nordstrom card holder but was able to accompany a friend when she did a preview awhile back – here were some of my favorites. This is one of my favorite sales of the year and I always feel confident ordering and trying out items due to Nordstroms’ amazing customer service.

I’ve started with my top ten favorite items – I expect to add more (and please share your favorites from this sale in the comments as well).Enjoy and happy shopping!

The Chloe Marcie Bag: $1323

One of my favorite bags ever and so versatile and easy to wear. A perfect comfortable shoulder bag and the front flap is a great feature. I love all the colors too, super classic. Hop on this one fast as I’m sure they will sell out (though restocks will probably happen). 40% off.

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Zella Leggings: $34

Simply put, in my opinion, the best leggings ever. I buy a pair every single year. So comfortable and great quality. Love, love, love.

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Diptyque “Baies & Figuier” Candle set, $120 

This was one of my favorite purchases from the Anniversary Sale last year, and I already picked up another set as a gift. The candle snuffer and the wick trimmer are both high quality and so luxurious to use. Plus, both Baies and Figuier are classic scents that almost everybody will love.

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Barefoot Dreams Cardigan, $60

Sorry for the picture of the lady in her underwear, it was the only one I could find. This cardigan must be felt to be believed. So comfortable and cozy and you can wear it out too, not just at home in your lingerie. The perfect “throw on” piece that you could keep at home, in the office for when it’s cold, anywhere. Totally that go-to comfortable piece. They have been restocking so if your size isn’t there, check back.

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Jul 162014
 

Today’s sale PSA: a Pucci linen/cotton wrap (I love this, and think it’d make a great pareo as well) now 30% off, a comfortable, long striped maxi skirt from Bobeau, now up to 65% off (so under $20!), and a super chic utility jacket that I love in white (you can wear it all spring, summer, and fall), now 20% off. 

Last month, I shared some of the hotels and resorts on my “dream” list – the places where I’d love to stay, all around the world. Today I am sharing part two of “The Hotel List” – I hope you enjoy, and as always, please share yours!

5. Ballyfin, County Laois, Ireland

I’m always beseeching Mr. Feather to go with me to far flung and and maybe more exotic places – Antartica! Botswana! Laos! The other day however, he was surprised to hear me musing about Ireland.

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Ballyfin is an incredibly unique property in Ireland’s countryside – a completely restored historic property with amazing decor and beautiful grounds. I love staying at hotels where it’s very clear that the owners have put a lot of love (and money) into the property – and Ballyfin is the perfect example of such. I could spend a week here just marveling at all the details in the rooms, and just walking around the grounds. I can’t wait to stay here one day.

PS No golf courses! Ireland has enough top tier resorts + courses that Ballyfin doesn’t need to be one).

6. Amanpulo, Palawan, Philippines

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Only an Aman resort would be able to lure me back to one of my most loathed and dreaded places in the world – the chaotic mess that is Manila International Airport. But the beaches at Amanpulo look magical – not to mention the fact that the resort is on its own private island, and guests stay in individual villas and casitas. Continue reading »

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Jul 142014
 

Sale PSA: We all know that Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has arrived – unfortunately only for card holders. I will be updating with all my sale picks once it goes live on the 18th to the public!

In the meantime, here are my sale picks: a very pretty, wear everywhere sweatshirt from L’Agence, now 40% off, a Splendid maxi dress with a sweet split in red and black, now under $80, an Alice & Olivia silk midi dress in a gorgeous shade of blue, now 40% off, and finally for petite gals, these super comfortable boyfriend chinos from Big Star, now under $60. 

Today I thought I would share with you all some of my recent larger sale purchases – both the duds and winners!

I’ve been busy the last few months and haven’t had a lot of time to physically go to stores and browse, so all of my items were actually mailed from some of my favorite sales associates. Nothing beats the instant gratification of sale shopping in store…but coming home without having to park or browse and fight through racks to a nice stack of packages definitely comes a close second.

You might notice that a lot of my sale purchases were Chanel, and all were clothing. For some reason I wasn’t really looking for shoes this season (except for throwaway cheapies that I could thrash in the sand), and I’ve been feeling like I have enough bags…for now. I sat out the last few seasons of Chanel but the past spring and cruise collections really caught my attention. Actually so did Paris/Dallas pre-fall because of my love of Westerns, but that’s another story.

All right, here we go – my spring 2014 sale returns and keeps.

Chanel trench detail

Sale Item #1: Black Chanel trench (see below for it on), 50% off. I was really excited to receive this trench and thought it would be a great light topper for spring and fall. I loved the buttons and the Lesage tweed trimming. However, there were several problems with this trench. First, it was quite large on me, even in a size 34 (the smallest Chanel makes). The lapels were huge for my shape and frame.

Second, it made a very distinct rustling sound whenever I moved..it sounded like I was smuggling garbage bags under my coat. Seinfeld fans may remember the episode when George buys the suit that “swooshes” for his interview with McKinsey…I felt exactly the same way. I only had to try it on once to put it back in its box.

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Burberry trench detail

Sale Item #2: Burberry trench (seen above), 40% off. This was actually a very pretty trench, and there weren’t really any issues with it. It fit very nicely and would have required only minor alterations. In the end, this went back in the box because the color was almost identical to a Valentino trench I have. Also, while I liked the convenience of the snap buttons, I still thought that the classic Burberry with horn buttons was prettier.

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