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Designer Sale Update – Spring 2016

My favorite part of sales has begun – aka second cut, across the board basically at all retailers now. I’ve been sharing some of my favorite selections through my sale PSAs, but have been doing so much shopping that I thought I’d do a little mid week update of some of my finds. Please share what you’ve found this sale cycle so far as well!

Public School patent trim trench, 60% off./$398 A classic piece of outerwear. Love the longer length and the black/navy combo. I’ve tried this on, and it is a looser fit.

Prada butterfly print clutch, up to 60% off/$515. A beautiful and fun little clutch you can tuck into your bag as a pouch, taking out to use as a handy clutch when needed.

Altuzzara leopard print dress, 60% off/$414. Simply beautiful, and at a decent price. Altuzarra does some of the prettiest, most feminine dresses around. This leopard print one is a classic that you can wear forever.

Clare V colorblock clutch, 50% off/$118. Love the red white and blue colorblock, and a fun clutch option at a very reasonable price.

Armani cape jacket, 60% off/$598. I really, really love this jacket and wish I had a formal office I could wear it to. Its a traditional suit jacket, but with a twist – and I think it’d go very well with dark denim as well. Beautiful!

Manolo Blahnik ankle cuff sandals, 50% off/$366. These come in camel and black suede, and are beautiful high heeled summer sandal options that you’ll have forever. Great reviews, too. Continue Reading

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Wardrobe Recap: Shala Monroque

Sale PSA: Super comfortable AGL double soled patent oxfords, now 40% off, my favorite low heeled summer sandals from Lucky, now under $60, and this adorable “oh honey” straw bag from Kate Spade, now 33% off (I also love this matching bee coin purse, also 33% off).

On the designer front, classic Tod’s driving moccasins, now 60% off, a beautiful airy cotton summer dress from Isabel Marant, now under $200, and a kimono inspired Acne cotton poplin dress, now under $200. 

My wardrobe recaps have so far been centered around movies and TV, but today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite style icons – Shala Monroque.

There’s many women out there who I admire for their wonderful style, but whose outfits I can’t see wearing myself. Shala however, has the kind of style which you don’t just admire, but actually want to emulate – at least, I want to! She has exceptional taste, never looks like she’s in costume (or got dressed up just to be photographed), and most of all looks extremely comfortable and assured in everything she wears. Here are some of my favorite looks and lessons learned from Shala.

1. The goal is to wear your favorite pieces over and over again. Sometimes I think it’s easy to forget that it’s “ok” to keep repeating our favorite items…especially when all these excellent new pieces keep getting released and you kind of forget about the trusty favorites in your closet. At least, that happens to me sometimes. Putting together this post though, spanning over five years of Shala’s style, I realized that she really does wear her favorite items over and over. For example, check out this large pearl necklace below. You’ll see it on her throughout all the photos in this post…with casual and dressy outfits alike.

Wearing favorites over and over = how signature items are created!

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Shala Monroque at Haider Ackermann

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The Goyard Anjou Bag

Sale PSA: Additional markdowns have been taken on designer at almost all major sites. My picks include a beautiful floral print leather bamboo shopper from Gucci, now under $1400, a baby blue Burberry trench coat, now under $600, flatform slingback wedges from Pedro Garcia, now $210, an A-line Stella McCartney short trench coat, now under $600, and the incredibly versatile Bottega Cervo hobo in a luscious shade of cobalt, now under $1200. 

Update that Matches has now taken additional cuts too – my picks are a classic Stella McCartney curved hem black jacket, now 60% off, a monogram velvet (!!) crossbody bag from Saint Laurent, now under $800, a gorgeous macrame lace dress from Zimmerman, now 60% off, and a Fendi double baguette crossbody bag, now $1050. 

Today, I wanted to share a new bag I recently added to which I’ve already been getting good use out of – the Goyard Anjou tote. I’d been eyeing the Anjou since it came out last winter, and loved the concept – the same size and dimensions as the classic Goyard St. Louis tote, but entirely leather lined, making it not only more sturdy…but (…..drumroll….) also reversible!

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I was torn over what color to choose for the Anjou – I couldn’t decide between the green, red, and navy. So naturally I copped out once I had to make a decision and got the black (who else can relate?) in the PM size. It also drives me crazy that Goyard charges 30% more for colors than it does for black. I’ve never heard a logical explanation for this. So the black was the economical choice as well, though something tells me I might be adding a color down the line anyway. Sigh.

Goyard Anjou PM

As those who are familiar with Goyard know, there are two standard black configurations – solid black, and black with tan. I chose the black with tan for the Anjou – I liked the visible contrast leather piping along the sides, and the tan leather makes it versatile for spring/summer. Continue Reading

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Wearing Lately

Sale PSA: An easy and comfortably wearable wedge sandal from Stuart Weitzman (I’m partial to the cork), now 40% off, an adorable teal smiley face pouch from Anya Hindmarch, now under $250, the classic Burberry “Kensington” trench in black, now 40% off, an absolutely lovely calf hair leopard print clutch from Victoria Beckham, now under $700, and a cutout bootie from Steve Madden, now under $55 (I also love these grecian flat tan sandals – I’ve mentioned them before I know – now just $45). 

Saks also currently has a one day sale, for up to $175 off your purchase with code JUN16. Use the code on a sale item, like this AG denim jacket (already a great price) or Rebecca Taylor off the shoulder dress, or on full priced items which rarely if ever go on sale, like my favorite Gucci Marmonts

Here’s a few pictures of what I’ve been wearing the past few weeks…and a few more shots of the Sabi shawl as well!

I have a special place in my heart for peasant dresses, and almost always end up buying them when they aren’t too sheer, can be worn with a regular bra without showing, and are knee length or a bit above. Luckily for my wallet, most peasant dresses don’t fit all three criteria. This Alice & Olivia dress one did, so I had to try it.

I think this dress is gorgeous, but if you’re a shortie like me, I’d say that it runs large (I’m wearing a 0 above), and also a wee long (if you’re taller, I think it’d look amazing on). The drop waist was a really awkward look on me, and in fact I was going to return the dress until I realized I could simply tuck in the waist for a blouson look. I’d probably have waited for a sale regardless for a dress like this, but I had a specific event a few days later which I knew it’d go well for, and gave up on trying to find another less expensive option. This scenario has been happening to me more and more often since baby’s arrival, by the way.

My sandals are Caslon and were a pleasant surprise. These are true to size to a tad small – I’m usually a 6.5, but needed a 7 in these. They are super light, quite comfortable, and a great summer sandal option, for under $100. Mr. Feather likes these too! I wish there was a suede option, but the leather on these is very soft already.

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Banana Republic dress (similar here, another option under $120, ), Stuart Weitzman sandals (similar here in a lower heel, and a less expensive version by Sam Edelman here).

I bought this white knit dress from Banana Republic earlier this summer – it was my first purchase from Banana for what feels like years! I’ve been finding a lot of very tempting goodies there lately though, including this very fabulous navy jacket. Continue Reading