May 222015

Sale PSA: An Anya Hindmarch gold glittered flap clutch (they’ve had this style for quite a few years now, I’ve always found it a great option for formal events), now $220, a classic Burberry trench in both navy and red, now 40% off (a good discount for Burberry outerwear), and the classic FitFlop (don’t judge, I wear these for around the house and pool), now under $60. 

Have any of you ever not shopped at a place for years and years…only to re-discover it down the line, and happily end up discovering a lot of new items?

This has happened to me a few times before. It happens every few seasons years or so with Chanel (which is about as often as I can afford to buy the clothes). It also happened with Saks…which I was refused to shop at for years due to weird service and strange policies, but which I really feel has gotten it together lately.

Recently, and on a slightly less expensive front, it’s happened with the chain store LOFT. I wandered in earlier in my pregnancy, because I had been told they had a dedicated maternity section and lots of coupon codes. I started out with one dress…and then found myself returning back for more. And even picking out a few more dresses, for after maternity. And eyeing some shorts, and beach wear as well. Continue reading »

May 202015

Hi – just stopping in for a quick update as the Nordstrom Half Yearly sale has begun. I always shop this sale each year, though at this point the heavy hitters (aka designer) haven’t hit discount yet. It’s the rest of the departments – contemporary, non designer shoes, etc, that start with the sale. I always use this period to stock up on a few items for spring/summer, while biding my time for fancy sandals a few weeks later!

To that end, here are some of my selections from around the site – I’d recommend poking around the sale section where you’ll find a bunch of new markdowns (mixed in with existing ones – I recognized a lot of older items from sale PSAs, and tried not to include them).

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1. DVF Orchid Silk wrap dress, now 40% off ($360). I think that DVF makes the most beautiful maxi dresses. It has to do with a combination of her prints and the fabric she uses. I became a believer when I saw a woman in Los Angeles in a gorgeous DVF dress which I had been eyeing online, only to realize it was Kris Jenner. Don’t judge!

2. Tory Burch Lucia espadrille, now 33% off ($124). Pretty espadrilles that look like the Valentino versions that won’t break the bank. I like that these are a tan mix for summer, without being completely white (I always get paranoid about my white shoes looking immediately dirty).

3. Stuart Weitzman Crackle metallic wedge sandal, now 40% off ($240). I really recommend these, they are comfortable and lengthen the legs due to the nude color. The crackle effect is subtle yet adds a little something special. They are reminiscent of the espadrilles that Jimmy Choo puts out each season in my opinion.

4. Halston Heritage Georgette gown, 40% off ($315). A beautiful statement gown that I think you could make formal or casual. Love the Greek goddess feel to it, will look gorgeous as you walk.

Elsewhere, I like the Sam Edelman “Gigi” sandals in bright calf half combinations for summer, now only $42, a Bobeau Split Dot Swiss dress that looks like a great office/casual dress, now under $40 (!!) a loose Eileen Fisher racerback knit dress for those who want to be super cool in summer, now $130, and the super popular Philosophy “Purity Made Simple” cleanser is now 30% off, but I think that may be a more limited time price matching promotion.

Happy shopping and please share your finds – I’ll continue to this post as well.

May 182015

Sale PSA: Ann Taylor has 50% off everything on the site, until midnight tonight (Monday) with code SECRET50. I’m having a fun time browsing around – my picks so far are a pretty pinstriped linen shirtdress, simple exotic embossed slides that look cool and comfortable for walking, and the prettiest ever lace crochet swim cover up

Elsewhere around the web, I adore this beautiful wool/cashmere blend kimono coat from Armani, perfect for spring layering and now 40% off, a classic denim jacket in the ideal shade of blue from Paige, now 40% off, and a cashmere baseball jacket from Autumn Cashmere that is sorely, sorely tempting me – now 40% off. 

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend.

I wanted to give you an update on how my pregnancy is going (those who have no interest in pregnancy or babies – and believe me I sympathize – feel free to click away now!). I’m into into my third trimester now, and though I’d like to say that it’s all flown by so fast, that isn’t exactly correct. I feel very fortunate that I haven’t had any terrible pregnancy symptoms or complications, but I’ve definitely been experiencing my fair share of aches and pains. At times, it feels like the day is crawling by at a snail’s pace, especially when I’m tired and having a difficult day at work. Some updates below.

1. I can no longer fit into most of my pre-pregnancy items. All those loose trapeze dresses that I had from Anthropologie that I was so confident would take through my entire pregnancy (they’re so loose! I have infinite room to grow!) are now too short in the front. I had no idea that my bump would be so big (and it’s still growing) or take up so much clothing space.

The items I bought after I got pregnant, including the Free People dress I’m wearing above (which I love, it’s my favorite item to wear), are all still good. But that’s because I specifically picked them up with stomach room in mind. I just bought a few more inexpensive dresses from Loft and Target that will hopefully take me through the rest of the way. Continue reading »

May 152015

Sale PSA (all about the shoes today!): A pointed toe version of the classic, super comfortable black AGL flat (with just a hint of a heel), now under $240 (you can also find their classic ballet flat in a spring tan version here, 33% off), delicate faux suede sandals that are just high enough to be pretty but plenty cushioned for comfort from Stella McCartney, now just under 70% off, and very pretty/high wedge espadrille sandals (the black/white can be worn with everything) from Tory Burch, now 30% off. 

1. I haven’t shopped in the Nordstrom “Brass Plum” (is it even still called that?) junior’s section in a decade, ever since I realized that loose cashmere hoodies were infinitely more comfortable than tight fitting halter tops. I recently ventured back however, in a quest to find loose fitting, affordable dresses for my giant belly. And I was really surprised by what I found! There were quite a few great items, but my favorite was this little off the shoulder dress.

Really cute, not too short (I’m a paltry 5’1 and still find many juniors’ sizes a bit too Snooki-esque for my taste), and even lined. And the best part – full price for either navy or coral (two great colors) – $42! I love this dress and depending on how you accessorize it, it could be either it’s the perfect casual day dress, going out night/party dress, or resort/beach wear. I bought a size larger to fit my bump and maybe will get the other color for after!

2. Some of you may have article read this series of articles published last week in The New York Times, about the hazards faced by nail salon workers all around the country (but particularly in New York), and the human costs are for the inexpensive manicures you see advertised all around.


The article was both disturbing and eye opening for me, and I hope that you will find it educational as well. Part One – The Price of Nice Nails, and Part Two – Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers, are linked for you to read. Continue reading »

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