Take up to 30% off your J.Crew purchase this weekend...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

J.Crew brings back one of my favorite promos for the long Labor Day weekend.

Getting an early start on Labor Day weekend, J.Crew announced today a new promo that lasts from now through September 5th -- take 25% off orders of $125+ or take 30% off your order of $200+ at jcrew.com! And for today only you can get Free Shipping on your order, a nice added perk.

Thirty percent off is about as good as it gets for new stuff, most of which is included in this promo. (J.Crew Collection and 3rd party brands are excluded.) I've shared a bunch of my picks in recent posts, from five instant work looks here to pretty new arrivals for Fall here.

This does kind of make me want to buy everything on my wishlist...how about you?

I'll have a full roundup of Labor Day weekend sales on Friday.

Last Day for Extra 25% off Sale at Anthropologie plus some quick reviews

The Linen Ladder Lace Tank (now $50) is one recent sale pickup that I really love! 
It runs TTS and has a slight flare at the bottom, making it good for curvy shapes.
I'm wearing it over this skirt with these earrings (also on sale) and this necklace.

Anthropologie's website is letting us know that today is the last day to take an extra 25% off sale items! (No code required, discount applies at checkout.) Does this clear the way for a deeper sale discount to come tomorrow? I'm not sure, but I do expect something to come tomorrow -- Free Shipping at the very least I'd think, and I'm guessing a sitewide 20% off promo for the long Labor Day weekend here in the USA, but that's just a guess.

Inside, what I've bought and loved and outfit ideas for many of the items, plus some new stuff I've bought and loved with my 20% off survey discount so far...

20 Things I'd Like to Buy with my 20% Off at Anthropologie

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Bosquet Blouse ($118), shown here under the Cypress Moto Jacket ($148 -- size up),
is tops on my 20% off hunt list.

This 20% off survey thank you from Anthropologie (confused? Find out more in this post!) is certainly working its magic on me. Since getting that little code in my email I've been repeatedly thumbing through the pages of new stuff on Anthropologie's website, trying to decide what to hunt down in store. Unfortunately my store hunts yesterday were much less than successful, about which I'll comment at the bottom of the post. But in the meantime, inside are 20 items I'd like to buy with my 20% off code (and no, you're right, it's not realistic to buy them all)...

Why are sales suffering at so many women’s stores? They made bad clothes, according to the Washington Post

Monday, August 29, 2016

Anthropologie's summer windows in the Allen, TX store.

Following up from the Urban Outfitters' Q2 earnings' call post last week, here's a very interesting article from the Washington Post on the sad, sad, sad state of women's clothing these days. The thesis of the column is simple: Consumers have money to spend but mostly can't find clothes they want to buy. Why not? Well, for one reason as the article states:

"This slate of mega-retailers has long been among the prime draws to the mall for middle-class women, offering apparel that they could easily mix and match into outfits for client meetings, kiddie birthday parties or date nights. But lately, they can’t seem to design clothes that women want to buy. In other words, people think their clothes are ugly."

While Anthropologie is specifically cited in the article -- called out for taking $88 of loose-fitting rayon and insisting it's a 't-shirt dress' -- they certainly aren't alone. The Gap family of stores also gets skewered, as does J.Crew.

Here are some of the highlights (lowlights?) from the article, well worth a full read:

"Most glaringly, Banana Republic has acknowledged that it struggled to sell a blazer last year because women couldn’t fit their arms into the armholes."

"Gap has pivoted to more cheery colors and more ladylike silhouettes after customers balked at the minimalist, somewhat androgynous designs unleashed by former creative director Rebekka Bay. Around the time Bay left the company, Peck reportedly said to employees: “It’s a sign of the times, unfortunately, that when there was an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at the company, some of the sweaters there were from our current assortment."

"Many shoppers are choosing to spend their dollars on experiences — such as travel or dining out — rather than goods. And off-price players such as Ross, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have been winning over new shoppers with their treasure-hunt atmosphere, adding to the strain created by the likes of Target and H&M, which are offering stylish pieces at low prices."

"The errors could be related to these retailers’ race to adapt to the breakneck speed at which style trends now move. H&M, Zara and other fast-fashion brands have dramatically accelerated how quickly an idea can get from the design studio to the store, compressing that process from several months to a matter of weeks. And shoppers have much more access to what’s hot, thanks to live-streamed runway shows and a steady diet of Instagram photos. As a result, retailers are rethinking all aspects of the business, from supply chains to design calendars to marketing tactics. Amid those dizzying attempts at transformation, it’s been hard to get the basics right."

Better still? The comments, 2,000+ of them from stylish women of all ages (I haven't read them all but I did read more than 1,000 of them and saw comments from teenagers all the way up to octogenarians!) pleading with their favorite retailer to go back to quality materials and stop trying to be a store they're not.

Among the retailers cited in the comments? J.Crew, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Talbots, Chicos, Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom, Macy's, Saks, Bloomingdales, Ann Taylor, LOFT, Madewell, Lands' End Canvas, Victoria's Secret, Express just to name a few.

Among the repeated woes in the comments:
- No one designs for women over 25. (And it should be noted that even when I was early 20s I hated a lot of the stuff that was supposedly designed for me.)
- Most clothing is designed to be flattering on people who are a size 0 or 2, and between 5'9" and 5'11", with a very specific narrowly-defined body shape. Everyone else is screwed.
- The material is so bad now that it's common to come across loose buttons, busted zippers and mismatched button holes in the store on brand new items.

Who hasn't commented on the article yet? Not a single, solitary store as far as I can see. No CEOs or CCOs or VPs or anything. Nor a single retail analyst or board member.

I could dig into the reasons why material is awful these days and clothes don't fit right, but it would take an entire book! The topline reasons are due to outsourcing our material production line (aside from things like silk, which we've always imported) and how our trade deals with countries like Mexico and China helped reduce the price and quality of consumer goods simultaneously. But this is a simple sentence on issues that are far more complex than their summary implies.

No matter the reasons the result is the same, we're here stuck in one of the most boring retail cycles I can remember. My early 20s trend-hunting excitement has waned; these days I'm much more about classics given a modern spin. And no one seems to do that well -- not at the low-end, the medium range or even the high-end within my budget.

It seems like every store is too afraid to try quality and higher price points, because if they have even one bad quarter it could scare analysts and investors and send their stock tumbling to lethal levels. Eventually one store is going to start the trend though -- eventually someone's going to get so desperate they're going to try it.

So, who will it be that picks themselves up by their bootstraps first, casts out rayon and spandex, and remembers things like 12 and 14-gauge merino wool, pima cotton and crepe de chine? I know who I'm hoping it will be...

Anthropologie unpacks new sale items!

Hello from the road, where Anthropologie surprised us last night with fresh markdowns!  Sale items are all still an extra 25% off making this a wonderful surprise indeed.

Here are some of the highlights from this morning's cuts:
Apricot Drops (now $30), Style No. 39851290
Apricombre Necklace (now $40), Style No. 39925466
Caicos Tank (now $30), Style No. 4112527771003
Embroidered Launa Poncho (now $90), Style No. 4114089867197
Eyelet Halter Top (now $50), Style No. 4112336103001
Linen Ladder Lace Tank (now $50), Style No. 4110259835212
Miss Albright Verra Pumps (now $110), Style No. 38367702 -- own and love the patterned version
Quincy Tee (now $40), Style No. 4112237869944
Raye Crochet Tank (now $50), Style No. 4112211067741
Rose Rain Necklace (now $40), Style No. 39850441
Sliced Tunic Dress (now $50), Style No. 39373402
Sunidra Tank (now $50), Style No. 4114339214030
Verina Peplum Top (now $50), Style No. 4110326251212
Vinifera Necklace (now $40), Style No. 38267050

Happy Sale hunting everyone! A few more summery things I love went on sale -- how about for you?

Check your email, Anthro lovers!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Check your email, Anthro lovers! You might have a special delivery from Anthropologie -- answer a survey that you've been invited to by email, and get 20% off your next full-price purchase!

Please do NOT share the survey link here even if you got it as Anthro is likely polling a certain demographic. But even if you didn't get it (I didn't) don't despair -- this likely means a public 20% off full-price promo is in the works soon, perhaps as an Anthro weekend?

Thank you Anna Maria for sharing this!

Five Instant Work Looks

Thursday, August 25, 2016

No jewelry required with these stunning work dresses! Just add pumps or flats and off to the office you go!

1 - Resume Dress ($188) | 2 - Portfolio Dress (now $100 + extra 30% off with code WEEKOFSTYLE) | 3 - Monday Dress ($148) | 4 - Ruffle Hem Dress in Super 120s Wool ($168) | 5 - Utility Dress ($98)

Because of the sheath styling, I sized up to a 10 in all of these except the Utility Dress, which runs true to size.

Anthropologie's sale gets LOTS of fresh cuts & it's still an extra 25% off!!

Ahh, this is the sale I was hoping to see last week at Anthropologie! Many fresh cuts are here this morning and they're all an extra 25% off plus Free Shipping too.

Among this morning's highlights:
Butterfly Garden Midi Dress (now $100), Style No. 4130310318888
Camellia Dropwaist Dress (now $100), Style No. S4130348697365
Dayflower Dress (now $90), Style No. 4130089936951 -- size down, I took a small
Downtown Romper (now $90), Style No. 4130089932223
Gathered Stripes Midi Dress (now $100), Style No. 4130211621189 -- runs TTS
Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn Mackie Wedges (now $90), Style No. 39034616
Les Fauves Silk Dress (now $100), Style No. 4130580815479
High-Tide Halter Dress (now $80), Style No. 4130259831225 -- size up, I took a large
Maypol Kiltie Fringed Espadrilles (now $70), Style No. 39127840
Peachy High-Low Dress (now $100), Style No. 4130464031380
Ruffled Clipdot Dress (now $100), Style No. 4130210696294 -- runs TTS
Sava Silk Halter Dress (now $100), Style No. 4130346822763
Vicenza Aitana Heels (now $80), Style No. 38728481

Notes from Urban Outfitters' Q2 2017 Earnings Call

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Last week the leadership team from Anthropologie's parent company Urban Outfitters gathered with investers for everyone's favorite quarterly earnings call! What kind of intriguing information did we learn about Anthropologie, and how did the company do last quarter?

Inside, all the notes fit to print...

A dress we've been waiting for is finally online at Anthropologie...

The Patchwork Peasant Dress ($158, left above) is finally online!

The dress we've been waiting to see on Anthropologie's website since getting a peek of them with the Matson Knee Boots ($228) is finally here! It's called the Patchwork Peasant Dress ($158, left above) and it's among several cute new arrivals on Anthro's site this morning.

Other cuties new to my wishlist are the Rosalie Cardigan ($88), which reminds me of a Guinevere Cardigan I owned and loved for many years, the highly wearable Layered Fiona Pullover ($118) which looks great layered under the Studded Quilt Jacket ($238), the incredibly delicate and romantic Elise Anderegg Gatsby Silk Chemise ($498) by the same artisan who made the equally drool-worthy Elise Anderegg Calais Chemise ($548) featured earlier this week on the blog, the crazy an awesome Cecilia Patchwork Poncho ($178) which makes me want to quit my job and become a crazy art gallery owner, the pretty prints of the Helena Lace Midi Dress ($598) and the Cavina Maxi Dress ($598), and the potential of the Amarillo Cinched-Waist Top ($98) which looks somewhat tailored (!!!).

And that's to say nothing of the pretty new jewelry and shoe arrivals...what's caught your eye this morning in the new arrivals section? Don't forget about FREE SHIPPING on all orders...

The Ultimate Fall 2016 Navy Dress Guide, powered by Nordstrom

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Get the details on these dresses at the bottom of the post.

Isn't navy grand? Such a classic color, and yet it's often a challenging one to style. It's very easy to veer into flight attendant territory without meaning to! So I've teamed up with Nordstrom to share my 26 favorite navy dresses for work right now, the colors to wear them with, and how to avoid ending up with people asking you what time the flight takes off (or worse)...

First dibs: See Anthropologie's September new arrivals, first!

Anthropologie has just made the link for its September pre-shop page live! What a nice treat while there's Free Shipping.

Some of my favorites from the first dibs include the Elsie Bowtie Sweater ($118), the Diamond Daisy Pullover ($118), the Tartan Wool Coat ($398), the Nighttime Florals Dress ($168) and the very super cute Saffron Swing Tank ($148).

This model though. I can't...there are no words....just no, Anthropologie. Nothing personal towards her, but everything from her proportions to her posing are highly distracting from the clothing.

You can shop all the first dibs items here, and get them shipped to you for free!

Anthropologie announces FREE SHIPPING on all orders for a limited time!! + some new arrivals to try

Eager to try fall-ready items like the Janetta Kimono ($148) and Fringed Sweater Dress ($138)?
With free shipping at Anthropologie, now's your chance!

Anthropologie has brought back one of my favorite promotions -- for a limited time, get FREE SHIPPING on all orders with no minimum! (Furniture not included.) And for those still looking to Sale, Anthro's sale is an extra 25% off right now.

Anthro's been rolling out fall items slowly and steadily and while I'm still waiting for the 1-2 punch of WOW moments, there are some new arrivals I'd like to try with this promo. Inside, some of the goodies I have my eye on...

Feeling a little let down with Anthropologie's current offerings? You may want to check this store out...

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Deep Creek Coat ($538), featuring beautiful embroidery that warms this Anthro lover's heart.

We're knee deep in that weird between seasons time when the community (myself included) starts getting cranky that it's still summer outside but fall in our retail hearts. While we wait for the best fall goodies to show up at Anthropologie I want to try to placate the fangry (that's fall angry) fans with another store I like to occasionally shop at that often nails the rustic boho look Anthro also goes for.

Who is it? Find out inside, with lots of pretties to pore over...

Last Day for extra 40% off markdowns at Anthropologie plus my latest dress craving!!

Never one to let such deep discounts run for long, Anthropologie has made today the last day to take an extra 40% off sale items. Some of my favorite items still available in the online sale section include the Senna Dress (now $100 + extra 40% off) which I wear on the super hot August days to stay cool, the Beacheress Necklace (now $40 + extra 40% off) which I wear with all kinds of things, from the High-Tide Halter Dress ($128) to the Islander Top ($78) to the Villanelle Lace Dress (sold out online, now $50 + extra 40% off), the Epaulet Ruffle Top (now $50 + extra 40% off) and the Constance Pullover (now $40 + extra 40% off) which I sized all the way up for extra length.

Will a new promotion or sale go live tomorrow? As of now I'm told no; Anthropologie sure does have a way of surprising us though! (Personally I'd love a promo on the latest stuff.)

Over in new arrivals I'm in love with the Bell-Sleeve Shift ($158) which I tried on quickly last Friday -- it's swingy yes but not too, too much and comes in two lovely colors! I found it to run TTS and perhaps too short for work. Which color makes you swoon more? Have you tried it on yet? Debating which color to get for myself...I'll try to post some Instagram pics later today or tomorrow!

Friday surprise! Take 40% off Anthropologie sale items, plus Fresh Cuts!!

Friday, August 19, 2016

My timing for Anthropologie sale was off this week, but here it is just in time for the weekend! Better still Anthro was in a very generous mood this morning and decided to take an extra 40% off all sale items, no code required! When you go to checkout the price will update with the discount reflected.

Here are some of my favorite fresh cuts + recent cuts that are now a total steal:
AG Legging Ankle Jeans (now $120 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4122011330099
Boteh Maxi Dress (now $130 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4130204584048
Clover Slip Dress (now $200 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4130597097100
Crossback Cami (now $40 + extra 40% off), Style No. 39157961
Dotted Swing Skirt (now $60 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4120460381234
Embroidered Sienna Top (now $70 + extra 40% off),  Style No. 4112370061020
Embroidered Thea Cami (now $100 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4110336109991
Evanthe Dress (now $130 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4130204581127
Festoon Tee (now $50 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4112265637599
Flamant Skirt (now $90 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4120024098881
Fluttered Ina Top (now $30 + an extra 40% off), Style No. 4112226854609
Fringed Crochet Maxi Dress (now $140 + an extra 40% off), Style No. 39141734
Fringed Crossback Tank (now $60 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4112212309799
Greenwich Maxi Dress (now $360 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4130351216101
Haven Striped Dress (now $70 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4130431756914
Kathu Silk Dress (now $360 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4130351216175
Kennedia Tank (now $60 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4112211067742
Lace-Up Swing Tank (now $40 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4112326251002
Limone Dress (now $130 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4130047314377
Sculpted Collar Necklace (now $40 + extra 40% off), Style No. 39370531
Tybee Shift (now $130 + extra 40% off), Style No. 4130204581217
Windswept Lace Dress (now $140 + extra 40% off),  Style No. 4130317991926

Happy Sale Hunting! You can see all the Fresh Cuts here.

Ten Things I'm Loving at Anthropologie this morning

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Attention, attention: we have an Anthro model who is not posed at an angle or hunching over!
She's even smiling!! Makes me three times more likely to buy the cute new Mille Sweatshirt ($98).
Although the sleeves are rayon, serious boooooooooo.

Prepare to load up your wishlists (or carts, or wherever it is you're keeping your Anthropologie want items these days) -- Anthropologie's Fall collection continues to slowly roll out and new delights are appearing every day.

Here are some of my latest favorites...

Take 25% off a selection of J.Crew new arrivals

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Faux-leather pleated mini skirt ($98) is on promo right now and goes well with a whole bunch of stuff,

J.Crew knows that we want Fall stuff and we want it on promo! So, to partially satiate us they've launched a 25% off select merchandise from their brand new fall rollout. Although limited, there are so many items I like included in this promo.

From the photo topping this post, only the Faux-leather pleated mini skirt ($98 + 25% off) is included in the promo (I like both the Cabernet color shown here as well as the more classic black) but it pairs well with many other items that are included, like the Tie-Neck Secretary Top in Retro Chainlink ($98 + 25% off) or the Sleeveless tunic sweater ($60 + 25% off).

Other items appealing to me in this promo include the Spaghetti Strap Dress in Polka Dot ($128 + 25% off), the very cute and practical Field Mechanic Jacket ($178 + 25% off), the Satin Bow Sandals ($238 + 25% off) and a bunch of jewelry including the Stacked floral crystal necklace ($138 + 25% off)! You can see all of the promo items here.

One can only hope that the promo expands to include everything -- I'd also love to buy some items not included in this promo like the jaw-droppingly pretty work-ready Ruffle Hem Dress in Super 120s Wool ($168) and Monday Dress ($148), the day-to-evening appropriate Ruffled Dress in Textured Clipdot ($118), and to bring it back full circle, the Cuff Sleeve Top in Leopard Print ($78) which would pair fabulously with the promo-included skirt topping this post.

Will you be participating in this promo? The offer is valid through August 22. Tomorrow, a look at some new Anthropologie pretties!

Checking out BHLDN's beautiful new arrivals...

I love the frippery of the Heidi Gown ($2,400), just one of the many pretty new arrivals at BHLDN today.

It's a bit of a slow news day today on the shopping front, as one tends to find in late August, so while I've got a little something on J.Crew's new promo coming up later today (the sidebar has a link you can shop now!) I thought it would be fun to take a little detour into Anthropologie-owned BHLDN, which just unveiled a plethora of new arrivals for all your Fall 2016 wedding and perhaps beyond the box needs...

In love with Pilcro...

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Pilcro Denim Jacket ($138), one of many Pilcro items I'm lusting after right now.
It's also available in a lighter rinse...

Anthropologie hasn't added to its sale today but that's alright because there is still plenty to talk about! I've noticed the retailer is taking small steps to up the quality of its in-house brands (small steps) and the biggest beneficiary so far seems to be Pilcro. While I've always liked the designs this Anthropologie-exclusive brand has, the over-the-day stretch of this brand used to be a big problem.

These days, not so much! And I'm truly delighted. This discovery took place when I purchased the Pilcro Hyphen Cuffed Mid-Rise Jeans ($138) in white, a less expensive and better-fitting alternative to the AG Stevie Cuff Jeans ($168). The Stevies rarely work on me anyway, but these Pilcros are amazing! They sit high enough on my waist to avoid sliding down around my hips and creating muffin top, yet they don't cut off my circulation when I sit down. And they don't stretch out much over the course of the day! Just an eensy little bit.

Intrigued, I've been dipping my toes into Pilcro more and more. My most recent purchase? The Pilcro Denim Jacket ($138) topping this post, a replacement for my well-worn and loved AG Robyn Jacket. I adore the dark blue rinse with hints of grey, and it's very easy to cuff. (This post has a great outfit idea for the jacket.) I've also got two pairs of the Pilcro Hyphen Chino Shorts ($58) and the Pilcro Chino Skirt ($78) in moss -- love the rose gold buttons!

My Pilcro wishlist currently has the Denim Chroma Skirt ($78) in honey, the floral patterned Stet Mid-Rise Jeans ($118) and the Parallel Mid-Rise Jeans ($158) in grant, though that price tag is really pushing it Anthro!

How do you feel about Pilcro these days? Have they won you over too?

Playing the Sale Guessing Game

Monday, August 15, 2016

Could there be an Anthropologie Sale on the way tomorrow? We certainly hope so! Especially since today is the last day to take 20% off Full-Price Tops and get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $150+! Inside, some items that might be marked down if there is a sale...

J.Crew is running a pretty sweet promo right now!

An effortless work outfit perhaps? J.Crew's got plenty of options.

In the mood for a little promotional goodness? Right now, J.Crew has a pretty sweet deal running! You can take 25% off your order of $125+ using the code SWEETSALE.

I use J.Crew primarily as a place to buy work items, with the occasional casual item slipping into my order. In-store I reliably find inspiration for stacking jewelry (like this look which features this necklace and this one, check out my Instagram for two more coming up today!) and fun ideas for color-blocking, for example an outfit made up of this dress, these shoes in brilliant purple, this necklace and this one.

Right now for work I'm loving a bunch of their dresses, including this ruffle-sleeve clipdot dress that's good for casual work environments, this pretty play on workwear with its ruffle hem that would be good for any office, and this fabulously shaped workwear dress in white -- so sleek, and something I would not be deterred to wear past Labor Day. This summer striped tweed dress would be a great day-to-night option for less strict office dress codes.

Looking for an even better deal? Right now Madewell is offering an extra 30% off its sale with the code ENJOY30. This casual pocketed day dress and this pretty eyelet frock are my favorite picks.

Both of these promos end tonight! Happy promo shopping. Later today, we'll play the Anthropologie Sale Guessing Game...

Investigating Anthropologie's New Arrivals...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Is it because I'm moving to Brooklyn that I'm in love with this look?
The Sydney Turtleneck (now $79, on promo) and the Pilcro Denim Chroma Skirt ($78).
All this look needs is earrings and a cute pair of booties.

Anthropologie has given us a generous helping of new arrivals this morning, and their 20% off full-price tops promotion is ongoing as is Free Shipping on orders of $150+ (no code required)!

Let's examine some of my favorite new items this morning and then I'd love to hear about yours...

Playing around with colorblocked outfits at J.Crew Factory

Thursday, August 11, 2016

J.Crew Factory has unveiled some super cute new Fall arrivals!

J.Crew's outlet sister, J.Crew Factory (sorry, Mercantile), has started rolling out its Fall collection and there are some super cute items in there! This is a store I use to supplement my work wardrobe because the quality is generally decent and the prices can be a total steal. Plus, they work within simple color palettes that make outfit assembly oh so easy.

How easy? Check out these three insta-put-together-looks...

Take 20% off Anthropologie's full price tops and get Free Shipping on orders of $150+

Not one to let a weekend go by without a promo these days, here's Anthropologie's latest: Take 20% off Full-Price Tops and get FREE SHIPPING on orders of $150+! I am loving all of these promotions (though they do make me worry about Anthro's financial health a bit). I am not surprised to see a promo on tops.

Why, you may ask? Come on inside...

Afternoon delight: The perfect leatherlike jacket, on sale!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

I'd been searching for the perfect light pink moto jacket for what seemed like forever, and that hunt happily came to an end when I found the Sam Edelman Faux Leather Moto Jacket (now $100). The jacket is now on sale and I wanted to pass along the good word! It comes in both this dusty pink and a frosted grey, and fits like a dream in my usual size medium.

It's also available in a Asymmetrical Zip Faux Leather Jacket (now $93). The jacket looks great over dresses, over casual tees, with just about anything!

What's your afternoon delight today?

Checking in with Anthropologie sale...

Many pretty Anthropologie dresses are on sale, and an extra 25% off to boot!
The Liliflora Dress (now $130 + 25% off) is among my favorites.

Anthropologie is currently running an extra 25% off sale promo, and with popbacks and the occasional fresh cuts trickling in, there are plenty of delights to choose from! It seems like just when I think I've seen everything, some new item I hadn't noticed before jumps out at me. Below are some of my current favorites in the sale section...

(Remember, all of these are 25% off from the listed price! Discount applies automatically at checkout.)

Anyi Tank (now $50), Style No. 4112292126631
Cameron Dress (now $100), Style No. 4130339183569 -- runs TTS, very flattering for curves
Denim Column Skirt (now $70), Style No. 4120581481616 -- very flattering for curves!
Embroidered Lace-Up Tank (now $50), Style No. 4110265415454 -- another favorite top of mine
Epaulet Ruffle Top (now $50), Style No. 4110580813265 -- works well with mini skirts or white shorts
Finley Crops (now $80), Style No. 4123230650781 -- the black are perfection
Freya Poplin Dress (now $90), Style No. 4130089936471 -- great for smaller busts
Fluttered Ina Top (now $30), Style No. 4112226854609 -- super cute with shorts
Isala Wrap Skirt (now $80), Style No. 4120211625123
Lattice Stripe Tee (now $40), Style No. 4112527771001
Liliflora Dress (now $130, at top of post), Style No. 4130089936915 -- runs small through the bust
Luka Wide-Leg Crops (now $80), Style No. 4123230650773
Palo Alto Blouse (now $50), Style No. 4110580815454
Peach Blossom Skirt (now $80), Style No. 4120275891011 -- this skirt makes me unendingly happy
Polka-Dot Pencil Skirt (now $100), Style No. 4120210692525 -- 20-something me loves this
Ridged Yoke Tee (now $30), Style No. S4112292124354 -- I love this top so much!!
Ruffled Cascade Tank (now $50), Style No. 4110265109595 -- runs two sizes large
Scalloped Poplin Tank (now $50), Style No. 4110265411245 -- great summer work shirt!
Senna Dress (now $100), Style No. 4130317999013 -- perfect for those dog days of summer
Split-Neck Swing Tank (now $40), Style No. 4110317995151 -- my favorite Anthro top this summer
Striped Maxi Dress (now $50), Style No. 4130580811340 -- looks great over another dress
Shawled Tess Jacket (now $90), Style No. 4115212067750
Tombolo Vest (now $100), Style No. 4115202150169 -- I wear this all. the. time! in green.
Tiered Cenote Dress (now $100), Style No. 4130257230143

What are some of your favorite Anthropologie sale items right now?

Styling 3 of my current favorite Anthropologie dresses for work...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Anthropologie's Sweetwater Dress ($158) has work to evening written all over it!
Shown with the Iona Fringed Pendant Necklace ($78).

I'm in late-season low shopping mode at the moment, but even with my marked slowdown of browsing my favorite retailer websites or visiting their stores there are items I can't help but swoon over. Anthropologie, the master of dresses, currently has three that I absolutely adore: the Sweetwater Dress ($158, above), the Cheshire Dress ($158) and the Grasslands Midi Dress ($178).

Inside, let's discuss some ways to style these dresses for work...

Gorgeous: The Anthropologie Impresario Coat

Whoa! What is this beautiful new coat on Anthropologie's site? This beauty is called the Impresario Coat ($495) and it follows in the grand tradition of the Karelia Coat, the Florilege Coat, the Satsuma Coat, the Leopardlily Coat, the Ruffled Plume Jacket and so on back into the annals of Anthropologie history.

I love every detail of this coat, from the stitched cuffs to the ivory base to the beautiful leafy pattern! I am definitely trying this one as soon as I can find it. Hopefully this is a promising sign of Anthropologie's fall designs to come!

Later today I'll be back with a post on how to style 3 Anthro dresses I'm loving right now for work...

Totes for every season or any reason

Monday, August 8, 2016

Is there anything so versatile as the tote bag? Right now my workday involves jaunts all over the city, from Manhattan to Brooklyn to Queens and back again. My must-haves include my laptop, a notebook and pen, and other necessary day-to-day accessories. So while I normally love purses on the more sleek and small side a tote is my go-to bag right now!

And retailers galore have options I love at various price points. I tend to go for neutral colors since totes are so big, but many of my picks come in multiple colors and one of the Free People totes is even reversible for those days when we just can't pick which color to tote around.

1 - Tuscany Backpack ($399), a tote that's also a backpack | 2 - Mila Brocade Tote ($265), Rachel Comey does brocade | 3 - Madewell Transport Tote ($168), the urbanite's tote | 4 - Free People Triple Pocket Slouchy Tote ($68), because sometimes separation is needed | 5 - Free People Slouchy Vegan Tote ($68), reversible for maximum versatility | 6 - Banana Republic Slouchy Italian Leather Tote ($128), buttery to the touch | 7 - Banana Republic Italian Leather Mixed Media Tote ($188), hubba hubba faux ostrich | 8 - Tory Burch 'Kerrington' Stripe Tote ($295), for those who want to be on permanent vacation | 9 - Kate Spade New York 'Cool Cat - Francis' Tote ($228), for the cool kitties | 10 - Sole Society 'Clifton' Faux Leather Tote, the practical everyday choice

Which tote is your favorite?

Take an extra 25% off Anthropologie sale, plus new fresh cuts!!!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Happy Friday, and Happy Day too -- Anthropologie has made all of its sale goodies an extra 25% off and added new fresh cuts too! The Senna Dress (now $100 + an extra 25% off), the Mila Pullover (now $60) and the Tie-Back Tunic (now $30) are among the cuts this morning. The new cuts are mixed in with other recent cuts so prepare to do some hunting!

Will you take advantage of this new weekend promo? Or are you more focused on new arrivals?

Nine Things I'm Loving at Anthropologie this morning...

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Anthropologie boot season is making a strong debut this year!
I'm head over heels for the Matson Knee Boots ($228).

We're in that weird zone where it's still very much summer outside but fall clothes are becoming ever more present on websites and in stores. Personally, I wish August were the debut of the last summer stuff. How fun would it be to buy one last lightweight white thingie? Since it's not, I'm trying to shift my mind towards what lies ahead.

For instance, the newest thing I love at Anthropologie is the Rowan Maxi Sweater Dress ($268). Yes that's right, a sweaterdress. A sleeveless sweaterdress no less! Very brave Anthro, and yet I love it. I love the idea of it sleeveless on balmy September evenings, later to be covered by a huge blanket cardigan once the chill settles in towards November. The other dress I'm loving is the Archipelago Dress ($138) in the blue motif I'd never noticed before; it's at least a bit more appropriate for the current weather situation. The lighter color of the Evanthe Dress ($168) also has my eye.

In tops-land I think the new Desi Blouse ($68) is just beautiful, and the Zosia Poplin Tunic ($88) may not actually be a tunic but it looks great on the shoulder or off! The playful pattern of the Framework Midi Skirt ($178) has me swooning, while the Lace-Up Denim Skirt ($118) offers a more practical purpose.

Meanwhile the decidedly impractical KMB Neske Wedges ($148) are my second favorite Anthro shoes right now, after the Matson Knee Boots ($228) topping this post. Which brings us full circle with the nine things I love at Anthro today.

What are some of your current Anthropologie faves? New stuff perhaps?

Lunch Break: Five Red Dresses I Adore

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

I'm in love with these five dresses, each of which bring their own spin to the color red...

1 - Silence + Noise Witchy T-Shirt Dress ($69) | 2 - Secret Origins Pieced Lace Tunic ($128) | 3 - Sweetwater Dress ($158) | 4 - Back Yard Party Printed Tunic ($108) | 5 - Cheshire Dress ($158)

Red's been on my mind a lot lately as a color that's underrepresented in my closet. What color do you wish you had more of in your outfits? Do you like wearing red, or is a color you avoid?

Get early access to Banana Republic's Friends & Family sale!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Get your Fall wardrobe ready with Banana Republic's Friends & Family sale!

Do you have a Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy or Athleta card? If so, Banana Republic's Friends and Family sale has begun for you! Check your emails for a one-time use code, or bring the email into a store. (If you didn't get the email but are a cardholder, you can mention early access in-store.)

One of the better F&F promos around, Banana Republic offers 50% off up to 5 regular-priced items though it excludes Monogram, cashmere and according to the email it also excludes leather (while promoting a leather skirt in the photo no less!) but I have been able to use it on leather in the past even when the email said no, so no promises but it may be possible.

Below are the items I'm most interested in for Friends & Family. I'm really hoping the pine green Leather Pencil Skirt ($228) in the array below is included! I absolutely adore the black leather midi skirt I scored on sale at BR late last winter. The Pebbled Italian Leather Mini Tote ($168) is another favorite -- it's so buttery and wonderful in real life!

What Banana Republic items have caught your eye recently? The Friends & Family starts publicly on August 4. If you're like me you can load up your cart now with the items you want and then hit the checkout button when the time comes!