Neiman Marcus's Fall Fashion Combo Sale Picks: Dresses

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Neiman Marcus is offering a very tantalizing promotion this weekend!

Does your closet need some designer pick-me-up? Neiman Marcus hears you and this weekend they are offering a sweet promotion to help you in your mission. From now through October 23rd, you can take up to 30% off 3+ items during their Fall Fashion Combo Sale! The Sale is chock full of items (69 pages of them!) including lots of Fall-into-winter delights.

This weekend I'll be rounding up some picks from the sale. First up, dresses...

Take 20% off your Anthropologie purchase today!!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Anthropologie has thrown us a bone for the weekend -- today is Anthro Day which means you get 20% off your full-price purchase, in-store or online! Use the code ADAY at checkout. Although this promo is called Anthro 'Day', I have to guess and hope that it's lasting all weekend.

This promo likely means PAs for me as I just made a purchase at the Boulder Anthropologie earlier this week...hopefully it's one of the friendlier stores when it comes to promotional PAs! The idea of driving to Denver just for a PA...well, now I know how you car commuters feel. 

Inside, picks!

Ten things I love at Boden right now, plus 20% off, plus a chance to win $1000!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I've seen my first snow thanks to the Colorado Rockies, and thanks to Boden you could win a $1,000 credit!
Shown here: The winter-ready Amanda Duffle Coat (now $242).

Are you feeling fashionable right now? How about lucky, are you feeling lucky right now? If your answer isn't yes to both of those questions then I suggest heading over to Boden immediately, where you can get 20% off your order (via this link only!) with the code 4S8C and you could win a $1,000 Boden account credit in their 25th Anniversary Giveaway!

Why wait to win? Inside, at least 9 more things I'd spend my winnings on at Boden, if I won...

My new favorite secret retailer for basics and trends...

Coat (size down) | Sweater | Pants (TTS) | Shoes (TTS) | Bag

Although I've built up a closet of beautiful, quality staples I love (not easy in the current market of poor materials!), I have to admit that each season nothing pleases me quite so much as adding several new looks to my repertoire. It's a given that come a new quarter I'll be purging 6 or 7 looks and looking for new pieces to replace them.

Unfortunately, my favorite stores have not been coming through for me on this front for several seasons now. While I find a piece to love here or there, my creative desires to express myself in new ways via my clothing are going unfulfilled. So I'm hunting -- ever hunting -- for new stores to help me look good without breaking bank.

As the quality of material and workmanship has gone down at nearly every level, from luxury to midrange, all of a sudden discount retailers are looking ever-more reasonable to me. It's in this mindset that I've recently discovered JustFab, and fallen in love! While you certainly won't find handmade or cashmere created from the stalls of the Grand Bazaar you will find cute outfits at very accessible prices, and may even surprise yourself (as I have!) by finding multi-season keepers.

This look above is a perfect example. While shown in a stunning red here, the Brushed Drape Front Coat ($76/$56 VIP) also comes in more classic options like black and grey. Every product page has at least one outfit idea (this one has three!) and plenty of reviews from various body types to guide on sizing. From what I can see JustFab publishes both positive and negative reviews, which for example helped me figure out that for the Monic ($60/$40 VIP) shoes shown in the look above, I needed to purchase them a half-size larger so I could put a comfort insert inside (I love these) to help them be all-day wearable.

Inside, some of my favorite looks for work and play from JustFab, which stocks regular sizes, plus sizes, and a huge selection of wide calf boots too!

These are a few of my favorite over-the-knee boots...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

When you're tall, sometimes over-the-knee actually means "grazes across the knee."
Shop this entire look: Sweater | Shirtdress | Boots

Visiting Colorado in Fall, I knew I'd be inspired by the chilly weather (well, sometimes chilly, with periods of summerlike heat in there too!) to start taking a serious look at my Fall wardrobe. And this year, that means taking a look at over-the-knee boots!

As this style of boot has taken hold in the collective consciousness, there are ever more options being offered at a range of prices, and better yet for me, calf-widths! Styles like the Hinge 'Canton' Over the Knee Boot ($150, above in black leather) are a great price and come in lots of colors and either leather or suede.

Inside, some of my favorite new styles for this year, and where to find good options for calves ranging from narrow to not-so-narrow...

The Business of Fashion ponders the outlook for Anthropologie & Co...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

photo via the Business of Fashion

Anthropologie recently opened its newest Anthropologie & Co department store location in King of Prussia, PA (you can see photos on Anthro's official blog, plus an Eye Candy post with photos from Stefanie later this week!) and the Business of Fashion takes a deep dive into the concept in a fascinating feature, wondering how Anthropologie will compete with traditional department stores and what the company is doing to set itself apart.

Some highlights from the article include:

- The Walnut Creek Anthropologie & Co is 30,000+ square feet, WOW.
- The next Anthropologie & Co in Palo Alto, CA is due to open November 18 (unconfirmed,and the public opening may be Saturday the 19th)
- Westport, CT will get an Anthropologie & Co next Spring (2017); there is already a beautiful Terrain location there
- "And Anthropologie has several advantages. For one, the company has always had an authentic lifestyle concept around its apparel offerings. At URBN, it’s called “life stage” retail, and it’s the philosophy the company was founded upon in 1970.

It was then that current URBN chief executive Richard Hayne opened Free People, a shop with his college roommate that sold second-hand clothes, jewellery and furniture. That store morphed into Urban Outfitters, and in 1992, Hayne and his wife, Margaret, opened Anthropologie, an elevated brand targeting women who had perhaps grown out of the youth-and-trend-driven Urban Outfitters aesthetic. Free People, which had for years been sold as a label at “Urban” and “Anthro,” as they are casually referred to, was spun off as its own concept in 2002. (Along with serving as URBN’s chief creative officer, Margaret Hayne is also currently chief executive of Free People.) In 2008, Hayne’s personal obsession with gardening fuelled the development of Terrain, and in 2011 came BHLDN, which tapped into the need for alternatives in the wedding market. In many ways, the recent acquisition of the Vetri Family restaurant group rounds out the URBN portfolio, although there are clearly more opportunities to tap in beauty, wellness, home goods and travel."
- "Superstores are also not entirely new to the URBN family. Urban Outfitters has long experimented with unique formatting, opening a 57,000-square-foot store on New York’s Herald Square in 2014, complete with a beauty salon, Amoeba Music record store and cafe serving coffee from La Colombe coffee, another Philadelphia business." -- I love this Urban Outfitters, especially the huge shoe section!

The feature is well worth a full read, and I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! Do you live near an Anthropologie & Co? What do you think of the idea versus a traditional Anthropologie store? What shortfalls have you found at Anthropologie & Co? (For instance, when I visited the Portland Anthropologie & Co last Spring, they didn't have BHLDN or Petites, both of which they've since started carrying.)

Anthropologie has new sale items, and an extra 25% off sale too!

Good morning from chilly Boulder, Colorado which will be my home base for the next three or so weeks for work! Anthropologie has unveiled new markdowns this morning, and as a sweet bonus there's an extra 25% off sale too! Inside, the best of what's on sale...

Styling Banana Republic's cute bags, now 40% off

Monday, October 17, 2016

Olivia Palermo shows one cute styling option for the Micro Chain Buckle Bag (now $89).
Top | Jeans (run large, size down)

Banana Republic is running another 40% off your purchase promo, online-only, through tomorrow. This one comes at a great time for me as I've just done a big purse purge and I'm ready to fill a few holes in my closet with cute new bags -- and Banana has many to choose from!

Take the Micro Chain Buckle Bag (now $89) above. I'd wear it with these cute sailor flares, a striped sweater, a Fall-ready trench and killer heels, and at 40% off this look is quite a steal.

Inside, how I'd style several more Banana Republic bags I'm eyeing...