Katherine

May 272016
 

Sale PSA: Nike “Juvenate” sneakers, now under $75, the classic “Gigi” sandal from Sam Edelman, now $50 in a ton of color options, solid 14K “Twisted Hoop” earrings from Lana Jewelry (these are gorgeous and won’t get tangle in your hair like regular hoops will), now 40% off, a belted cream boucle jacket from Isabel Marant, now 66% off/under $300, and the prettiest white lace dress from Elie Tahari, now under $240. 

More picks from designer sales: a sleek pebbled black Gucci wallet on chain, now under $530 (I also love this large bamboo handled tote, now $2000), a navy A-line Burberry trench coat, now 40% off, Chloe grommet detailed suede scalloped sandals, now 40% off, and classic Gucci driving loafers, now under $320 (bookmark and stalk back for your size if you really want these – also suede currently out of stock, but you can check periodically here). 

1. I have an addiction to summer bags, and a favorite I recently discovered is the Cannage tote, from the Dragon brand by designer Craig Wright.

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I love that this is a straw tote, but made out of sturdy leather, which is not only more durable, but also comfortable against the skin. I adore the look of straw totes, but have to admit that often I find them a bit scratchy. Comfort is very important to me, so I’ve never been able to use an actual straw tote for long. These Cannage totes though are awesome though – and the kind of woven leather that just gets better and softer with time. A great choice for anyone looking for a summer tote!

2. Do any of you watch The Americans? I started, but never really got into it. I feel like I should give it another go, but can’t find the time. Mr. Feather however, is addicted. This article, via The Guardian, echoes the show but in real life – The Day We Discovered Our Parents Were Russian Spies. Continue reading »

May 252016
 

I feel like spring sale season really snuck up this year…I wasn’t prepared at all! I barely have my wishlist done, and now a bunch of items are on sale…awesome. It’s finally time for some of those super high prices we’ve seen come down closer to earth. Here are some of my selections – these are from Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and Saks, which all started their designer sales.

Bags

Bags – left to right:

Prada Daino Small Double Bag (40% off/$1560): This is one of those workhorse bags that you’ll end up using a lot, in my opinion, due to the durable pebbled leather and the adjustable strap that you can use crossbody. The size isn’t too big, yet holds a ton. There’s enough structure to use it for work, yet it’s not too formal for the weekends. The type of bags that Prada does best. I also love this suede double Prada bag…so luscious, and also 40% off.

Proenza Schouler Courier Backpack (40% off/$1005): Lately I’ve been quite into a good backpack. After having a kid, I just appreciate their functionality so much more. If I didn’t already have my Soie Cool, this would be a likely candidate for my bag wardrobe. Super chic!

Fendi 2Jours Petite Saffiano Shopper (40% off/$1330): I’ve mentioned a few times how much I like this bag – a friend of mine has it and I always admire it on her. A sleek little crossbody tote that fits more than you might think. It’s beautiful and seems very well made.

Honorable mention but not pictured: this lovely Gucci bamboo shopper (I love almost all Gucci products with bamboo). Looks super practical, flattering, and on sale is under $1200.

Also adding – this Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir bag, in beige and fuschia tones, also 40% off!

 

Shoes

Shoes – left to right:

Manolo BB Pump (40% off/$357) : The classic BB pump in blue suede, in a lower heeled version so that you can actually wear them longer (like in the office, etc). Love this striking deep azure shade. Continue reading »

May 232016
 

Sale PSA UPDATE: Designer sales have begun all around the web! I’m working on a dedicated post for tomorrow, but here are some quick picks – a classic black Burberry trench for 40% off, a bamboo flap shoulder bag from Gucci with great reviews, now under $1200, the fantastic Fendi 2Jours mini shopper (I love this bag), now 40% off and pretty suede and patent sneakers from Lanvin in navy blue and black, now 50% off.

Low heeled cork sandals from Vince Camuto in tan and black, now under $80 (also check out these cage wedge sandals from the same brand, under $100), a really cool split sleeve bomber jacket from DKNY, now under $300, an embellished Falabella shoulder bag from Stella McCartney, now 50% off/under $450, and classic Acne Pistol boots, now 55% off. 

Here are couple of my outfits from the past two weeks – I’ve been trying to get these posts up sooner before items sell out, I’m going to try to be even faster as the cargo dress below is going quickly!

I mentioned before in a Weekend Update that I’ve found a new love for J.Crew – this cargo dress has to be one of my favorite purchases from the brand this season. The fabric is a light linen blend that’s perfect for summer, and it’s a pullover style that’s still nipped in at the waist a bit (so it doesn’t look like I’m wearing a tent). A great casual dress, and if you have a more relaxed workplace, you could also wear it to the office. Super versatile! It does require ironing once you machine wash it – as you can tell, I didn’t do the most thorough job, but I think this dress looks good a little “rumpled”. If when you check it is sold out – keep checking back as it comes back in stock. Who knew J.Crew items were flying out so quickly, huh? Also – I’m wearing a size 0P, for those who asked!

I’m wearing these with my favorite Gucci Marmonts – the black leather is my favorite version. I will admit that I’ve repeated this exact outfit a few times already…its just so easy to wear both day and evening and looks appropriate during both. Continue reading »

May 202016
 

Sale PSA: Chic linen and leather combination wedge sandals from Tory Burch, now under $190, a great classic denim jacket from AG, now under $100, a pretty asymmetrical tank dress from Elizabeth and James, now under $180, and very cute and comfortable wedge espadrille sandals from BP, now just $53. 

1. Ever since I got my Alice & Olivia sweater (you can see it here) during last fall sale season, I’ve been paying more attention to the brand. This is the latest number I’ve got my eye on – I’ve been trying to wait for sale, but this dress is already completely sold out already on a few sites, and sizes are going fast. Come on, just make it a little while longer!

I love the simple black and white silhouette, and the little knife pleat gives it an unusual twist. This is the kind of little black dress which I think looks better on than in photographs – it needs some movement. And the chic silhouette and solid colors means it’ll be a classic. Love!

2. Do you wear a fitness tracker – Apple Watch, Fitbit, or Jawbone? I used to have a Jawbone, but in writing this I realize I have no idea where it is. I haven’t worn it in years. This article, about why Jawbone keeps falling short, is interesting reading for anybody interested in the wearables market (or who just wants to read an interesting business case study).

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3. I especially enjoyed this article about the jewelry at the Cannes Film Festival via the NY Times, Elegance is Refusal. Most of the time I can’t relate at all to the super blinged out, stratospherically priced jewelry on display at these types of events, so I loved reading about the personal jewelry pieces of the women in this article, and the stories behind them. Continue reading »

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