Winter blues got ya down? Join the club! Check out some cheap thrills to help brighten this endless season! All items layer-able now, and can stand alone when spring (eventually) comes.
J Crew Factory Short-Sleeve Stripe Necklace Sweater - 30% off, no code needed.
Banana Republic Sloan-Fit Rugby Stripe Slim Ankle Pant- 40% off until midnight tonight w/ code BRCLUE40
I've recently been taking more interest in astrology and my sign, despite the fact that I find my horoscope to be wrong most days. That being said, Mercury goes into retrograde today, which if you're into astrology you already know- it normally isn't good. You can read more about what it means here. So, whether you believe in the stars, or think it's a bunch of crap, it's worth a little extra thought in your communications regardless. And with any event, I like to acknowledge it with shopping! I'm pretty sure this sweatshirt will help me communicate my feelings until the end of the month, don't you think?
It's no secret I've never been the biggest Taylor Swift fan. As G.B. would say, I'm sure she's crying in her private jet. But, I'm woman enough to admit that despite my general distaste for the country crooner, she looked stunning at last night's Grammy Awards. Best dressed for sure. My runners-up were Chrissy Teigen, who looked absolutely flawless, and Katy Perry. Katy Perry's fresh off the runway Valentino may not be everyone's favorite, but I think it hit just the right note for the occasion (see what I did there?).
Taylor Swift in Gucci
Chrissy Teigen in Johanna Johnson with husband John Legend in Gucci
Katy Perry in Valentino. The dress just walked down the runway last week in Valentino's spring/summer 2014 Haute Couture collection. Check it out here!
Happy awards season! Time to do my favorite thing: silently judge, then offer my opinion when nobody asked for it! And last night's red carpet did not disappoint! The sewage spill should have been a sign to us all of what was to come! I havn't seen so many bad dresses since my junior prom! There were a few shining stars in the bunch, but overall it was hard to even pick the worst dressed because there were so many! Some of my faves are below, but keep scrolling for the far more entertaining worsts from the red carpet!
Best- Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad
Best- Jenna Dewan-Tatum in Roberto Cavalli
Best- Leslie Mann in Dolce & Gabbana
Best- Reese Witherspoon in Calvin Klein
Best- Cate Blanchett in Armani
Best- Margot Robbie in Gucci
Worst- Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung
Worst- Julia Roberts in Dolce & Gabbana
Worst- Heidi Klum in Marchesa
Worst- Lena Dunham in Zac Posen
Worst- Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung
Worst- Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhuillier
Worst- Ariel, I mean, Jennifer Lawrence in Dior. Image via MTV. Actually, I didn't think it was that bad until I started seeing the comparisons- check more out here.
Not many people are lucky enough to have a couple of friends who would agree to go to Paris on a whim. Fortunately, I am. After a couple bottles of wine one afternoon, a trio of friends decided there was no city in the world they'd rather kill a few days in than Paris, and so it was. After a magical and unforgettable, if not whirlwind, trip- here is a brief glimpse of what it takes to pack for a Parisian vacation in winter. Spoiler alert! It involves a lot of head-wear.
Stop it. Remember a few weeks ago when I told you about H&M offering online shopping?? This *might* be even better! T.J. Maxx has now opened up their e-commerce store! It was a quiet launch, with no announcement, but trust me- it's there! I heard that this was in the works a few weeks ago, but didn't get my hopes up for a couple of reasons. 1) What you find in stores is so hit or miss that you can't really rely on it 2) I love the thrill of the hunt! Finding that lone designer dress packed in the middle of mediocre clearance brands is a high I can't put into words. However, after perusing the site, I'm over the moon! All the high-end designer brands are there, so if you aren't fortunate enough to live near a T.J.'s with "The Runway"... consider this your new favorite store. For me, this will be a nice additive to my brick & mortar shopping, since I'm a huge fan of trying things on. But maybe now I won't feel the need to be quite as impulsive when purchasing. After all, I'm still paying off the gorj "Vince" sweater I put on layaway a couple weeks ago. Shop on, Maxxinistas!
After seeing some of the most beautiful weather we've had all summer over the weekend, it's kind of hard to accept but, fall fashion is here. OK, so it may not be time to break out my new mixed-media trench that's been hanging in my closet for at least a month already, but it never hurts to look ahead to some of the trends you'll be seeing the moment they break out the pumpkin spice lattes (admit it!). It's also StyleWeek in Rhode Island, which is the perfect inspiration for updating my closet. Though, technically, the designs being shown on the runway this week are spring 2014, in fashion, you can never be quite cutting edge enough! I couldn't keep my eyes off the cool crocodile patterns shown during the "Chances R Designs" runway show by Toni Lyn. You already know the classic pattern is a staple for belts and purses (like my FAVE Brahmin bag!) but now you'll be seeing it for apparel, too. Whether actual leather, or just the print, it's somehow both a timeless and edgy way to incorporate some cool staples into your closet.
Z Spoke by Zac Posen Textured Crocodile Dress
Current/Elliott The Ankle Skinny metallic-coated low-rise jeans. Also like these for a more of a basic staple.
Express Crocodile Jacquard Double Layer Mini Skirt
MKL Accessories The Rodeo Crocodile Sunglasses
Let's be honest, I get alot of emails about shopping. My inbox is filled with sale alerts, trend-watches and product launches. So much so, that I rarely read all said emails- even the ones I really like (I'm talking to you, "Who, What, Wear")! For some reason one caught my eye the other day titled "Escape to the Hamptons". Maybe I'm still on a Hamptons high from Super Saturday or maybe I need a vacation, but I was dying to know what was inside! What I found were some road-trip-esque snapshots accompanied by suggestions on what to pack for a weekend away, and I was happy to see Boston-based designer Daniela Corte in the pack! The email came from the website "Shoptiques"; a site that brings the "boutique shopping experience online". Created with the thought that everyone should have access to unique and expressive apparel, they boast boutique styles from New York to LA and will soon be expanding to international territory. I absolutely love the idea that I can get up-and-coming designers without even leaving my zip code! Now about that vacation...
If somebody were to ask me "what is your perfect day?", I would say "shopping, while sipping cocktails and spotting celebrities." Amazingly, this is exactly what I did over the weekend. And this wasn't just any shopping...this was designer discount shopping! Heaven. So what am I talking about? OCRF's celeb-studded Super Saturday event. Hosts Kelly Ripa, Donna Karan and InStyle rolled out the red carpet for us commoners and celebs alike for the 16th annual fundraising event in the Hamptons. Everyone from Nicky Hilton and Lisa Rinna to Issac Mizrahi were there perusing booths of discounted clothing, beauty products, home goods and more- all benefiting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Being a savvy (read: cheap) shopper, I was in my glory as prices were slashed as the day went on. My major score? A DVF dress that I ended up getting for $50! Like, what? A fab and fashionable time was had by all!
Hitching a free ride with the folks from Top Shelf Clothes
Fashionable friends- getting our shop on
A funny thing happened. Last week I told you about my contempt for the fashion industry forcing a new season upon me as I try to enjoy my pina colada poolside. I meant it. Until I walked into Nordstrom. A sucker for a sale, I popped in to one of my fave spots to see what scores I could snag. Their anniversary sale, called the N sale, is deemed a "fashion bash"- and it is. Everything from high-end to moderately priced just-in fall pieces on sale now before the season even starts (shoes, too!)! It started innocently enough, I thought maybe a new top to throw into the mix of my stale summer wardrobe, until a beyond beautiful leather shirt beckoned me from the corner. I tried to resist. "No, beautiful oxblood leather shirt," I said, "it's 97 degrees outside. Leave me alone!". But, I couldn't. I headed to the dressing room, with the sales girl trailing, "It's real leather!" she called after me, and it felt like butter. Ultimately, I left it on the rack knowing that the sale continues for a couple more weeks. I am still lusting after it, and several other studded stunners, that I imagine will probably end up in my closet. Don't worry, I didn't leave empty-handed, though. I picked up a Wildfox "Shopping is My Cardio" t-shirt that was the one item in the store not on sale, natch. The N sale is on until August 4th, then it's back to full price.
The shirt I almost (and might still) bought- Halogen Leather Front Top
Absolutely need this- so cute!- Steve Madden Tweed Peplum Trench Coat
Been drooling over these for a while, time to buy? Black or Brown??- Frye Melissa Harness Boot
The perfect excuse to buy some accessories? Loving these gloves!- Nordstrom Covered Stud Fingerless Leather Driving Gloves
Don't forget beauty deals! Voluspa candles are a staple in my house- the crisp champagne scent is one of my faves!- Voluspa Two-Wick Tin Candle Trio