Loving This Week: The Best of the Neiman Marcus Sale

Monday, June 26, 2017 • Permalink • 

Vince Jeans - Eileen Fisher Skirt - Ray-Ban Sunglasses - New Balance Sneakers - 3.1 Phillip Lim Handbag

Have you checked out the Neiman Marcus sale yet? Through the end of the day tomorrow they are offering an extra 33% off sale prices, which means some items are marked as much as 60% off the original price. Here are my favorite picks from the sale…

1. Vince Straight Leg Jeans, $275.00 $64.32
The relaxed, straight leg fit is very on-trend for summer, and is sure to still be going strong in fall. Shockingly, these jeans are still available in a nice range of sizes, all at this sale price.

Loving This Week: Snake Sandals + New Madewell Denim

Monday, June 19, 2017 • Permalink • 

Massimo Dutti Shirt - M. Gemi Sandals - Sephora Favorites Dry Shampoo - Tibi Dress - Madewell Jeans

The western US heat wave is going strong here in the Bay Area, leaving me absentmindedly searching for loose dresses and slouchy tees to pair with the sweltering heat. Funny how the weather affects shopping patterns, even when it is unconscious. I miss sweater season.

In other shopping news, Madewell’s ability to turn out stunningly on-trend jeans at affordable prices is amazing. This new high-rise slim boyjean has a vibe like $400+ Japanese denim, but so much more affordable.

Check out all of my favorite shopping finds for the week…

1. Massimo Dutti Pleated T-Shirt, $49.50

This breezy top has more in common with a work blouse than a tee. It will add a dressy touch to any warm weather outfit without smothering or adding bulk. It’s also available in a very pretty, but slightly less versatile, pool blue.

Five Minimalist Summer Basics Under $25 To Buy Right Now

Saturday, June 17, 2017 • Permalink • 

When I was in college, Abercrombie & Fitch was one of the key brands to wear around campus. I have fond memories of a pair of low-slung faded blue denim shorts with a navy-blue rope drawstring. I wore those shorts non-stop my last two years of college. And so many logo tees. So many.

Now that I’m at an age where women tend to eschew A&F, I’ve come to think of it as a secret weapon in my style arsenal. Most post-collegiate women don’t realize what they are missing. If you stick with the logo-free basics, you can snap up some amazing deals on seasonal items. You’ll get quality that is higher than fast fashion shops like Forever 21 or Mango, but for about the same price. Case in point: these five summer staples, all of which can be yours for less than $25.

This breezy shift dress can do triple duty. Try it as a tunic over skinny jeans, or as a swimsuit cover-up that can take you from beach to bar in a flash. It’s also available in prints, but this basic black version is the most versatile.

Flutter Sleeve Shift Dress

→ Buy the Flutter Sleeve Shift Dress, $23.20 (was $58.00), at abercrombie.com.

The Best Leggings for Work (Really!)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 • Permalink • 

With the rise of athleisure and the leggings-all-day culture, it was bound to happen. Some smart companies have found a way to make leggings appropriate for the workplace. I’m not even kidding.

Let’s be clear. Leggings will never do in a business formal work environment, like an investment bank or traditional law firm. But, if your daily grind takes place in a business casual or creative casual office, you can totally pull this off.

First, the best leggings for work aren’t made quite the same way as athletic leggings. They are typically constructed from a heavier-weight cotton blend fabric and have trouser details, like pockets, a zip fly, or ankle vents. But, make no mistake, these stretchy wonders wear and feel 100% leggings. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m totally in love.

I’ve been scouting office-appropriate leggings for a few months now, and I’m ready to share my finds. Here are the best leggings for work:

Let’s start with the pair I’m wearing everywhere right now. These J.Crew Maddie pants look super polished, but feel like you are wearing loungewear. Seriously. I wore these on a business trip a couple months ago. After ten hours in the office, two in the airport, and a five hour flight home I was still super comfortable. I can’t recommend them enough.

J.Crew Maddie Pant in Stretch Cotton

→ Buy the J.Crew Maddie Pant in Stretch Cotton, $39.99 - $89.50, at jcrew.com.

Loving This Week: Buttercream Nail Polish + a Dreamy Summer Dress

Monday, June 12, 2017 • Permalink • 

Massimo Dutti Dress - ALEXACHUNG Shirt - Jenny Bird Ear Cuff - Butter London Nail Lacquer - Rag and Bone Fragrance

Last week I attempted to talk my manicurist into giving me a stark white manicure. She wasn’t going for it. “It will turn yellow,” she said, “as soon as you get lotion on it.” Argh. Fine. So much for my summery white manicure dreams. This week I found a warm off-white shade that will give the same vibe, without the discoloration fears.

In other shopping news, this ahh-mazing green dress. I want to wear it everywhere, all summer long.

Check out at all my favorite shopping finds for the week…

1. Massimo Dutti Green Asymmetric Dress, $150.00
This is the summer special occasion dress of my dreams. It’s beautiful and breezy. The grass green color is sumptuous. And the price is low enough that you won’t feel bad when you spill a glass of red wine on it at your fifth wedding of the summer.