5 Favorites from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale On Now

Thursday, May 21, 2015 • Permalink • 

If I’m being honest, the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale doesn’t have as many standout Contemporary buys as it usually does. But, that doesn’t mean the sale isn’t worth a good look.

I spent a good chunk of time browsing through the Contemporary site section, as well as the Savvy and T.B.D. store sections. I narrowed my favorites down to these top picks, which I think have the just right mix of style and savings. Check them out…

This modern dress fuses a traditionally menswear henley with a feminine, body-conscious fit. The easy shape will feel effortless on a warm summer day, but still look sharp. Plus, James Perse fabrics are to-die-for soft.

James Perse Short Sleeve Henley Dress

→ Buy the James Perse Short Sleeve Henley Dress, $134.98 (was $225.00), at nordstrom.com.

6 Grown-Up Summer Staples from Madewell

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 • Permalink • 

Madewell may be known as J.Crew’s “little sister” brand, but that doesn’t mean grown women should shy away from their clothes. Madewell has plenty of gorgeous summer items that don’t look like they belong to anyone’s little sister.

I took a good long browse through the Madewell site and found many pieces that are perfect for summer and super affordably priced. Here are a few of my absolute favorites…

This simple silk tank is lightweight and breezy, but still quite polished. It’s also available in a pretty dusty peach color.

Madewell Silk Retreat Tank

→ Buy the Madewell Silk Retreat Tank, $64.50 (was $88.00), at madewell.com.

Loving This Week: Summer Sale Finds

Monday, May 18, 2015 • Permalink • 

Trina Turk Coat - Current/Elliott Pants - Elliott Lucca Sandals - Alice + Olivia Flats - Eileen Fisher Tunic

I was in the mood for a little sale shopping this week, so I hit up two of my favorite bargain shopping destinations: the Nordstrom sale section and the Neiman Marcus online outlet. There is actually a lot of stuff on sale right now, which is kind of shocking since next weekend is a big sale weekend.

Check out the sale finds taking up space in my online shopping cart this week…

1. Trina Turk Zoey Single Breasted Topper, $279.90 (was $425.00)
Around here, summer nights are chilly enough to require a coat, and this new sale find is the ideal weight for keeping away the summer chills. This basic cotton coat comes in both black and sand, a pale beige that’s about the color of a standard trench coat. It’s the kind of coat that will wear well for years. The only real decision is figuring out which color to buy.

5 Can’t Miss Black Handbags from & Other Stories

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 • Permalink • 

Who doesn’t like a good black handbag? And who doesn’t love a fabulous black handbag that will make strangers stop and ask where you found it?

If you aren’t handbag shopping at & Other Stories, you are missing out. This new-to-the-US retailer has a stunning selection of high-quality, reasonably priced handbags. And the best part: since & Other Stories is still relatively unknown to people who don’t closely follow fashion, chances are pretty high that your bag will be 100% unique amongst your circle of friends and acquaintances.

Check out my current black bag favorites…

This leather carry-all is my top pick. I love the size, the minimalist shape, and the dual top handle/ shoulder strap options. But, the reptile-embossed shoulder strap is the cherry on the sundae. It’s just the right amount of contrast.

And Other Stories Carry All Bag

→ Buy the & Other Stories Carry All Bag, $225.00, at stories.com.

Loving This Week: Summer City Travel Essentials

Monday, May 11, 2015 • Permalink • 

Longchamp Tote - Travel Sonic Toothbrush - F1 Quart Bag - New York Times Travel Book - New Balance Sneakers - Birkenstock Sandals

For the past couple weeks I’ve been planning a mid-summer trip to NYC to visit the Van Goghs. And, of course, trip planning means it’s time to take stock of the travel necessities that seem to be missing from my wardrobe and toiletry kit. I’ve been tracking down perfect travel essentials, and I ran across a handy helper for planning future adventures in the process.

Here’s what’s taking up space in my online shopping cart this week…

1. Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Tote, $180.00
Over the weekend I introduced my mom to the wonder that is Longchamp nylon. When you need a lightweight bag, but still want something classy and upscale, Longchamp is the way to go. The whole episode got me thinking, I really would love a Longchamp tote for travel. It would be a welcome replacement for the super heavy, and super hard to clean, leather tote I’ve been using for years.