Oct 022015

Sale PSA: A bunch of contemporary designer items from Nordstrom just went to further markdown – I found a classic black wool blazer from Rag & Bone, now under $250, skinny blue denim from Current Elliott, great for tucking into boots, now under $80, a warm open cardigan from Autumn Cashmere, now under $170, and a so pretty floral print studded dress from Haute Hippie, now under $200. 

Also for those looking for black boots – I love these hidden wedge ones from Lanvin, for 50% off. 

1. Have any of you tried Everlane shoes? I really like the backpack I got last year, and have been eyeing these pointed flats. I love the black and white version!

I’ve been looking for some more comfortable flats, and even though I love my AGLs, I’d like to switch things up a bit. My Chanels are really comfortable too, but the prices are getting dearer and dearer. These Modern Points are priced right and I think they can look quite sleek on the foot. If anyone has any feedback on Everlane shoes, please share!

2. For fans of Balenciaga and those following who might replace Alexander Wang as head of the label, an interesting piece via the NY Times about three contenders for the role, as well as the rise of the “non-star designer” heading up major labels. Continue reading »

Sep 282015

Sale PSA: A classic short camel coat made of Loro Piana fabric from Fleurette, now 35% off, very cute and comfortable sporty loafers with a flexible sole from Cole Haan, now under $50 (I’m very tempted), and a gray shearling trimmed cashmere biker jacket from Belstaff, now 65% off. 

Bloomingdales’ Friends and Family event is now on, for 25% off with code FRIENDS. There are a mountain of exclusions, but I found a great large leather tote from Annabel Ingall (in lots of colors), now under $350 with discount, slouched stacked heeled suede boots from Vince Camuto, now under $175 with discount, and a beautiful crimson pink Tadashi Shoji lace dress, perfect for weddings, now $260 with discount. 

I really enjoyed reading the comments and messages after my post about some of the bags which have left my closet. Hearing about other’s experiences and thoughts was really interesting and fun! To that end, I thought I’d share some of the process I go through on a regular basis when doing my “closet clean outs” – and how I decide what stays and what goes. I hope to make this a seasonal series, since that’s usually when I do some wardrobe culling.

YKei Top

1. Y & Kei blouse. I bought this blouse I want to say….a little under ten years ago, and I think from Barneys. I loved super feminine pieces at the time and just thought it was beautiful. There are so many lovely details on this top. And, I remember feeling super proud because I saw a photo of Nicole Richie (in her Rachel Zoe days) wearing the same one, ha! For those reasons I’ve kept this blouse for a while…but haven’t worn it in a year or more, and before that was only wearing it once a year or so.

Verdict? Going…it’s gorgeous but not as much my style anymore. 

Burberry Black

2. Burberry trench. This was purchased on sale from the Burberry San Francisco store. It was more than 50% off I think, and I liked that it was single breasted (I sometimes find single easier to wear than the classic double breasted style). It’s a super classic style and item. For some reason though, I’ve barely worn this trench. Maybe it’s because the gold buttons are so prominent – so I feel like I can’t wear silver items as easily with it. And the belt actually has quite a heavy buckle – it clangs when I walk!

Verdict? I’m keeping it for one more year and then if I don’t wear it, it’s going. I suspect it’s one of those “basic” items that you think you’ll get tons of wear out of, but don’t.  Continue reading »

Sep 252015

Sale PSA: Lots of classic items – currently on sale! Hunter Original rainboots in red and blue, now 25% off, UGG Classic short boots in tan, now 30% off, and a silk/cashmere blend Burberry checked scarf (I linked the heavier full cashmere version of this earlier which a lot of you liked), now 25% off. 

For those looking for pretty dresses (a reader request) – this beautiful white Cynthia Rowley shirtdress is now 30% off, my favorite DVF Zarita in classic colors like black, tan, navy is now 25% off, and a sweet little black dress from Shelli Segal, now under $135. 

1. I have a major weakness for shearling. Ever since I was a little kid, I always thought it was the most beautiful, soft fabric and oh so warm. I remember saving up my allowance money in junior high to buy a Banana Republic shearling hat on super discount – it was still $40 or so and I loved that thing!

That’s why I adore this shearling vest for fall (and why I’m extremely tempted by it…and may have to give in). It’s super classic and easily layered under a trench or coat, or just over a sweater/shirt depending on the weather. It’s also a good price point – cheaper and you’ll usually get faux shearling, and for the real thing, you’re usually talking at least double. Yum!

2. I’ve always liked Olivia Palermo’s style (yes, I’m basic) and so enjoyed this little video of her talking about some of her favorite designers and wardrobe pieces, via Vogue UK.

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Sep 222015

Sale PSA: Some great designer deals from around the web. A delicate green DVF silk print dress, now 60% off, a pale aqua cashmere sweater from Joseph, now 60% off/$150, a black leather pebbled knee boot from Pour la Victorie, now just $105, and a sweet little LBD from Halston Heritage, now 75% off. 

Today I’d like to share some of the bags I’ve bought and then let go, from my own closet. I receive emails often asking about how to either sell or donate clothing/accessories (I wrote a post about some of my favorite ways to actually get rid of items, here). I thought this might give a viewpoint for some of you out there who have been mulling over your own closet reductions as well.

Chanel Boy. This was a fast turnaround item for me – usually I’ll either own an item for years before it hits retirement, or I never wear it within the first few weeks and it’s clear that the item should go back. I had the Boy for less than a year. I really liked my Boy and still do, but after purchasing mine, I realized that I already owned multiple black cross body bags for all kinds of occasions – formal, casual, etc. And, they all had silver hardware too! My Boy was used quite a bit when I first got it, and then languished unused for months after. Apparently caviar leather is rare on a Boy so mine is now with a very happy new owner.

Regrets? No…I still admire Boys but don’t need another right now, so it was the right decision. Continue reading »

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