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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.

Evelyne

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

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Reader Letter: A Closet on a Budget

A few weeks ago, a very sweet reader Barbara sent me this message (paraphrased a bit for length):

I always enjoy reading your blog and I love the fact you are so ” down to earth” about fashion & shopping.

Your shopping advice  is always very useful and I was hoping that in the future you could do another one of those posts specifically for… low budget? Which brands and items would you consider as good buys for the future, good alternatives?

Barbara’s email really got me thinking about some of the best values in my closet, and what lessons I might glean from all of my many, many mistakes in the past. There were a bunch (believe me!) and today I wanted to share three of my personal tips/learnings about building a great closet on a budget – where to save, where to spend, and some of my favorite brands.

Save: on evening wear and cocktail dresses. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite items to peruse when browsing through luxury racks are the dresses. I sweep right past all those neutral cashmere Akris shells on to the excellent satin sheaths, the sequined slip dresses, the printed A-lines. Unfortunately, cocktail dresses and gowns get probably the least wear in my closet. And, they are never as versatile as I think they’ll be. I have TWO white Temperley dresses that I adore but that sit dormant whenever there’s a wedding (same goes for the bandage dresses). There are gowns that are too formal for whatever event, dresses that aren’t formal enough, and the list goes on. Continue Reading

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Spring Shoe Review

Greetings from Tokyo! I am writing this from our hotel room as my husband remains transfixed to a week long sumo tournament that’s been showing on TV here. The food is amazing so far!

For the past few months, I have been on a quest to find some cheaper but still high quality shoes that are comfortable for work, as well as some sandals. For both of these I wanted to find more affordable options, because my work shoes and sandals both tend to get thrashed. I wear my work shoes for the majority of my time on the week days, and plus have the bad habit of kicking under tables whenever I get bored. Sandals after a year or two of walking around outside and on beach vacations also get a lot of wear and tear after a while. Warning…long post ahead!

After a lot of trial and error, I ended up with five pairs – and none of them are over $100. I have more detailed reviews below, but clockwise from the top left, here are the winners:

Banana Republic espadrilles, Sam Edelman “Gigi” sandals in saddle and black, and Corso Como “Delicious” pumps in quilted and beige patent

I first tried out the Corso Como “Del” pumps because they had great reviews on Nordstrom and plus they reminded me of my Louboutin “Simple” pumps. When I received these two pairs they did in fact really resemble the Simples – although a wee bit chunkier (and thus less pretty). Still, the quilted pair was on sale for $90 and the camel patent was just around that price point as well, after I price matched them with a Bloomingdales sale going on at the time.

These quilted versions of the Del by Corso Como were actually my favorite of the two, because they reminded me of a pair of Chanel pumps that I had been lusting over. These were basically around 15% of the price of the Chanels though, and were easier to pair with jeans, with a more reasonable heel. Very comfortable too, right out of the box!

I really liked the nude Corso Como “Delicious” versions as well, though I found them a wee bit more matronly than the quilted version, for some reason. Still, they are great for work and after a few wears, were very comfortable as well. I also usually end up messing up my expensive light colored patent shoes in one way or another, so I wanted to have a less expensive version that I could wear without fear. The beige color also blended in with my skin tone very well.

Moving onto sandals – the Sam Edelman Gigi. I have long lusted after a pair of sandals by K. Jacques but the price point has always scared me off a bit. I finally was about to give in and was asking my friend for advice on her favorite K. Jacques pair when she said that she had put a pause on buying them after she discovered the Sam Edelman Gigis. I looked them up – almost 300 reviews on Zappos, an average of five stars – and 25% of the price of the K.Jacques versions! I bought two pairs and loved them both so much that I kept both. Very comfortable (after a wear or two) with some padding for comfort as well. I brought a pair  here to Tokyo!

And finally…these Banana Republic Viv espadrilles were a pair that I just happened to stumble upon while in the store. I originally went to Banana looking for a separate pair (these super cute Vierra ones), but thought these were a great height for walking around during the day. The heel is about 1.5 inches and straps give a lot of support. The footbed also has a lot of padding. These were originally on the website but keep popping in and out of stock, so apologies if they aren’t available. They should be at stores though. I also brought these for walking around Japan.

Whew…that was a long post! If you’ve read through, congratulations and I hope this was helpful to some of you! What are some of your favorite shoes or sandals that are a great price as well?