Caught up with work and other things... I'm not gone, but will be quiet for a few weeks...
If you're not from Canada or haven't shopped in NY recently, you may not be familiar with Joe Fresh, but it's a color addict's best keep secret! I have happily purchased a couple of their bright colored 100% silk blouses (same quality as J.Crew and Equipment) and now, they're at JCPenney, so I had to share. I haven't seen the JCPenney product in person, but since the prices are the same as the NY stores, my guess is that they are the same quality. I may have to pick up one of the short-sleeve silk blouses.
here are my favorite Joe Fresh at JCP picks:
graphic black and white
The stores are starting to fill up with my favorite spring colors, but it's easy to break the bank when you get excited about the new season. Luckily, trusty Forever 21 is here to save the day with some affordable spring pieces! Here are a few that I think will make the transition to spring easier.
Madras plaid button down ($17.80) – Plaid works year round! The perfect transitional top mixes just enough spring color with some soft basics
Mint lacquered chain link necklace ($7.80) – The perfect spring color in a necklace you can throw on with almost anything
Coral cat eye sunglasses ($5.80) – Every lady needs an oversized pair of sunnies and this coral color is just unique enough to give some ‘you don’t know what’s behind these shades’ intrigue
Mint and white polka dot cardigan ($19) – The polka dots add a bit of whimsy to the super-preppy basic.
Coral (faux) suede pumps ($29) – Fun colored pumps that are wearable for work or play. Check out the mint and blue color options, too! (I could wear all of them!)
White skinny jeans ($25) – I wear white jeans year round, but they look especially sharp with spring colors.
White crochet trim short sleeve dress ($29) – This easy dress works all spring-to-summer long, just loose enough for that nonchalant vibe, but just stylish enough to catch peoples eyes
Happy spring shopping!
In the midst of Fall 2013 fashion week, Heidi Merrick's video feels like a breath of fresh air! I love how easy this model makes it seem to put together the effortless California-chic looks from the collection (as she literally gets dressed in front of you)
Heidi Merrick - Fall 2013
After the 'dress code' warning, I was surprised that there wasn't more dramatic fashion at this year's Grammys. Not much that caught my eye, but I had to share my two favorites. The first one happens to be another red dress, it's Rihanna in Alaia (it's hard to see an Alaia red dress without thinking of the Clueless mugging scene - anyone with me here?)
I love RiRi's edgy style, but it's nice to see her just simple and pretty, too!
My second favorite dress was miss Solange Knowles. (Her style tends to be more my speed than Bey's.) I love this color green!
What did you think? Any fashion that caught your eye?
I love color. but I'm currently craving a bit of a palette cleanser. It would be a challenge for me to keep color out of a room, but I sometimes love the way that a totally neutral (white, beige, brown and black) room can look!
I must confess that I was most compelled to watch the Golden Globes this year to see my gals TIna and Amy. But, the fashion is a nice bonus. This year the red carpet seemed to be dominated by red, orange and white dresses. Some of my favorites being in the red territories.
I've made my penchant for all things nautical pretty clear. So, believe me, I was stoked to see a totally nautical anchor print sweater from Joie recently. But, the price was high enough ward me off. However, don't you worry my little anchor-loving friends -- there seems to be a current abundance of anchor sweaters (at all price points) available. Have your pick from below!
*PS- which one should I get?! Want. Them. All.
Roundup of Nautical Sweaters
What's better inspiration to go to the gym, than a cute new bag? (OK, I can think of a lot of things) but if you're like me and you end up carrying your gym stuff with you to and from work, it helps to have a good looking bag to tote it in.
1 - PUMA "shine" barrel duffel bag ($55) - A fun color adds some whimsy, but this bag still has all the details you need for an everyday bag including lot's of pockets and an over-the-shoulder handle
2 - Lug Life cartwheel gym bag ($95) - A great basic bag that will last years. With lots of pockets and a spot for your yoga mat, this is perfect for the pragmatist.
3 - Vera Bradley Small Duffel in Jazzy Blooms ($69) - Vera Bradley's quilted bags are nice and lightweight and this colorful floral pattern ensures your gym bag will stand out from the crowd.
4 - Netpack lightweight nylon gym tote in turquoise (just $24.99) - A great color and a great deal - can't beat that!
5 - J.Crew white and blue canvas overnight bag ($36) - I love this totally basic canvas duffel bag!
6 - Blue & white striped duffel bag ($26) - The railroad stripes give this a bit of a nautical vibe but it still works as a basic.
7 - Tommy Hilfiger navy blue canvas travel tote with red stripes ($48) - A totally preppy canvas bag, but lined with nylon so it won't suck up that gym smell.
8 - Herschel Supply Co. "Sutton" small denim duffel bag ($80) - An old school bag in a fun denim fabrication. Just like your jeans, this will match with everything!
Forgot someone on your list? It's not too late!
I'll preface this post with one fact: I'm against giving gift cards. It's not that it isn't great to receive some extra spending cash as a gift, but as a giver, I think they're super impersonal and you're also telling someone exactly how much you think they're worth. I think a more personal or creative gift will always have a bigger impact. Enter: Wantful. Wantful is a new kind of gift giving that let's you straddle between the world of "i have no idea what to get this person" and "she gave me the most awesome gift this year."
Here's how it works: Instead of choosing just one gift for someone you create a custom "catalog" of things for them to choose from.
First, you tell Wantful a little bit about them.
Then, you give Wantful some info about what the person likes.
And, finally, you select items from the suggested products for a completely customized catalog. Then the gift recipient recieves a beautiful personalized catalog (without prices) and they get to choose the gift that they're most excited about!
Hope your season is warm and bright!
If you're shopping online for gifts this year, this is the last week to get items shipped without paying for rush shipments. Unsure what to get? Check out the Style-Edition gift guides!
FOR THE GUYS...
You've got your holiday outfit, now it's time for decor. In the midst of a million holiday parties, sometimes a nice intimate dinner party can feel even more special. Especially with the festive holiday decor! Here is some great inspiration for totally affordable holiday table decor.
It's the season of the "ugly Christmas sweater" but there's a new "ugly" sweater trend in town (and it's kind of fun) -- trendy adult women have been sporting all kinds of "novelty" sweaters.
So, what do you think? Are you willing to give a critter sweater a try? How about a heart print? Maybe it's a trend that will end up in the Goodwill pile next year, but if you want to give a fun print a try, here are some cute options!
The holiday party circuit has officially begun - but what to wear? Most folks have at least one work or family party to attend and finding a dress that's both festive and appropriate can be tough. (Nobody wants to flash too much leg to grandma or the boss). Here is a little roundup of some dresses that I think are festive, but still versatile enough to work in a variety of formal to less formal party occasions.
Black won't fail you if you want to pick up a new holiday dress that you're sure to wear again....
1. I think black lace is a great holiday option! The lace makes it feel a bit festive, but the sleeves let you be appropriately covered up. - Black lace short sleeve boatneck dress. ($89 at Piperlime)
2. The length and cap sleeves on this dress make it a bit conservative,
but the swingy shape and polka dot pattern are fun! Throw on a big
statement necklace, some heels, and you're good to go - Dot textured short sleeve full skirt dress ($130 at Banana Republic)
3. Another great black lace option -- this gives a peek-abo at the neck, but still doesn't show to much. The fitted silhouette is perfect for someone who wants to show a little shape - Black lace sleeveless sheath dress ($89 at Ruche)
Just because the weather is getting warmer, doesn't mean you need to be afraid of color. The right hue can work great for a holiday affair.
1. This bright red feels totally right at the holidays, but the color can work year round. Pair with black and gold durring the holidays and with nude accessories later in the year -Red tiered fit and flare dress ($119 -on sale- at ModCloth)
2. It looks like it's two pieces, but it's one. The top half of this dress provides plenty of coverage, but the bottom half is all party - Green and gold sequin "skirt" dress ($89 at Piperlime)
3. Peplum's are still everyone. Be on trend, but still totally office appropriate in this fitted maroon number - Cranberry peplum cap sleeve dress ($138 at Ann Taylor)
Want to get a good deal today, but aren't ready to dig through that insanely long list of emails to find the best sales? Here is my quick roundup of the online sales that are worth checking out.
Everything at Loft is 50% off
Loft code: TODAYONLY
Everything at Ann Taylor is 40% off
Ann Taylor Code: MONDAY
They have some great colors of cashmere, that are a steal at 40% off. I think this basic v-neck would make a great gift. Ann Taylor also has great work basics and some fun sparkly items for holiday parties.
30% off orders over $100 and extra 50% off sale (no code needed)
C. Wonder is great stop for colorful gifts and fun costume jewels. I think these initial bracelets are perfect gifts for gal pals -- the monagram makes it feel extra special.
Everything is 30% off (20% at Piperlime)
One of my favorite picks are these parkas from Gap. I love the colors and it has a great fleece lining. (Fur is removable, too)
Kate Spade is having an awesome "secret" sale with prices up to 75% off. I'm tempted to pick up this "Eat Cake for Breakfast" tote I fell in love with earlier this year. They also have some great wallet and jewelry deals.
25% off everything
Madewell code: TREAT
It's not the biggest discount, but 25% is worth it for special/investment pieces like boots. I've got a pair of riding boots I bought at Madewell 5 years ago, and they're still going strong. I think these little booties might also need to make it into my closet.
30% off everything
Asos Code: CYBERMONDAY SPECIAL
Pick up a last minute outfit for your holiday parties!
Old standby J.Crew is offering 25% off and free shipping. Plus, the oline factory (outlet) store is 50% off + free shipping.
J.Crew Code: MONDAY
J.Crew Factory Code: YOURGIFT
This yellow wool peacot (with the perfect gold buttons) is just $99 -- it's a fun twist on a classic that you'll wear for years :)
30% off all Cashmere.
Club Monaco Code: MONDAY
I hope you're able to take advantage of some of these deals! HAPPY SHOPPING!!