Investigating Anthropologie's new arrivals

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Floral Netted Skirt ($168) and Ruffled Nobility Top ($78) make for a cute outfit combination.

I am looking for a silver lining among Anthropologie's new arrivals. Truly. I know that January is a bit of a fashion wasteland as far as designers and retailers are concerned -- clearance sales and resortwear don't exactly make for huge profits -- and being a January baby I get somewhat defensive about it, wishing for better during my birthday month. This year so many retailers have come through with exciting and pretty lines to break other people's January gloom, much to my delight!

And then, there is Anthro, poor lost Anthro. They seem to be going very West Coast Chic for their Spring line...and I am saddened. The last time they did this, 2012, it was a disaster for them, and I can't imagine why they decided to revisit it this year. I can't relate to doesn't appeal to me...and it isn't very wearable for the most part. Digging through the new arrivals section for pretties, I feel like I'm hunting through a messy 12-year-old girl's room.

Even the store Instagrams are a hunt for inspiration right now, though they are trying their best! One oft-regrammed photo among the Anthro stores shows an incredibly 70s neck-tie shirt and mom jeans so acid washed and high-waisted that they make me think of that SNL skit. This is the best we have to offer right now?

And so I've dug and I've dug to find some items that I love among the madness, because there is always something good to find at Anthropologie. Even if this collection won't exactly set my wallet on fire.

Afternoon delight: New Boden Pretties!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Need a bit of cheer in a dreary day? Boden has you covered with lots of nice new arrivals.
This dress, for one.

You know that friend you have who is nearly always in a good mood, and whom you always find yourself feeling cheery after seeing? That's how I feel about Boden -- the shopping equivalent of my bouncy, happy friend. Even in the dead of winter Boden has pretty new arrivals to peruse! Though I consider Winter a restorative, contemplative time, it's still nice to brighten up with some doses of navy and yellow, green and red hues done up in fanciful, flattering clothing.

Inside, the latest from Boden on my wishlist now...

A little Monday morning outfit inspiration from Nordstrom...

Jacket | Top | Pants
I love the play of red and grey in this outfit!

Even though Monday is one of my favorite days of the week (really!) it's not uncommon for me to wake up on this weekday morning and be stumped about what to wear. I often turn to some of my favorite retailer sites for dressing ideas.

In the spirit of inspiration, here are some lovely winter outfits from Nordstrom to help us look our best today...

Checking in with Anthropologie's extra 25% off sale...

Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Amanna Lace Top (now $50 + 25% off) is a beautiful, swingy top with a gorgeous neckline.
Shown with this skirt (currently sold out online).

Anthropologie's sale is currently an extra 25% off, and this promotion seems to be working well to help Anthro clear out its online sale inventory. Although the pages in the sale section are dwindling there are still some lovely items hanging out in limited sizes.

Inside, a look at the cute stuff left and playing the Sale Guessing Game...

Weekend deals & steals around the webby world...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

January ends on plenty of winter sales, like Free People's Last Call Sale.

Happy Weekend everyone! January is ending on a lovely note for me after a super fun birthday week and getting myself back into training after being laid up with a broken foot and then healing from it for nearly siz months (!!!). It's also one of my favorite months to shop simply because there are so many great deals on Winter clothing mid-season, and we have Spring clothing to look forward to too. Not to mention getaway clothing...

Inside, some of the most appealing deals of the weekend...

Quite possibly the cutest Valentine's Day gift ever!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Give your family, loved ones or partners a hearty gift this Valentine's Day. (Ha!)

My boyfriend has been complaining recently that he doesn't have any photos of us to put on his desk at work, and I've just been smiling to myself knowing that the cutest frame ever is just days away. Looking for a sweet Valentine's Day gift for your sweetie, family or friends this year?

Framebridge makes it very easy with their Heartstagram framing...

Take 40% off beautiful merino and more at Banana Republic!

Banana Republic may be struggling with quality issues these days, but its merino wool is quite good!
The Merino Crew Sweater ($60) is 40% off right now in several beautiful colors.

There's no getting around it: Banana Republic is in trouble right now. Over on J.Crew Aficionada (lively discussion going on there regarding this!) a community member linked to this Fortune article which gets former designer Marissa Webb's name wrong (cringeworthy mistake) but gets the facts more or less right -- shoppers are staying away after the brand ventured way too far into trendy and forgot all about quality and fit.

I don't mean to start this post off on a down note, because right now BR is running two great sales: 40% off regular items (code: BRSTYLE; exclusions abound) and an extra 50% off sale, no code required But I do want to warn that the quality is more miss than hit right now at Banana, which is why I've assembled some great picks inside from the store that do hit the mark.

Doing some birthday haulin' at Free People...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The slightly oversized Embellished Military Shirt Jacket ($168) is incredibly soft,
and, in my mind, the perfect length. Runs TTS.

Apologies for the off-time posts these last few days; I've taken advantage of a lull in my biggest work project to take some OOTD photos for my Instagram with some great photographers! They should be going live beginning late next week and I hope you'll follow along...I don't post all my OOTDs on the blog so Instagram is the place to see how I'm styling some of my closet. You can expect to see some of the items mentioned in this post in upcoming OOTDs!

With that out of the way...

Thanks to some serious doses of pretty designs recently, and collections that easily color coordinate, I surprised even myself this year by putting the majority of my birthday haul cash into Free People goodies! Though perhaps it's no surprise at all...for hidden among the insane boho are an abundance of real gems, from body-skimming tops with sleek appearances to looser flowy items that aren't too boxy or short.

Armed with two majorly generous gift cards, here's what I delighted in at Free People...

Blooms, Blossoms and Basics in the perfect hues...

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The SONYIA Longline Fine Knit Wrap Cardigan ($225) is one of the nicest long cardigans I've seen!
Shown with this top, on sale but low stock in white.

Prepared for pretty? I can't get enough of Ted Baker London and the brand's well-made clothing. From fit to print to length and balance, they seem to nail it every time. Their Spring collection has started to appear and while yes it's Winter I can't help but wishlist many of the pretties I see.

Want to come take a tour through them with me? Inside...

Complete your Winter closet with Nordstrom Sale!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Socialite Mock Neck Knit Shift Dress (now $23) is perfect for date night, 
or day with tights and heels or booties. It comes in multiple colors and patterns.

Looking to round out your winter wardrobe? Nordstrom's Sale recently got new additions and further cuts and there are plenty of amazing deals in there for clothing to wear now and into Spring too.

Inside, my favorites and highly rated from the sale...

Anthropologie's SALE gets even more new items!

Monday, January 23, 2017

There are fresh markdowns on Anthropologie's site tonite!

Mother Nature may not be ready to say goodbye to Winter yet, but Anthropologie sure is! There are new sale cuts tonight as Anthro gets ready to move from layers to the lightness of Spring. Plus sale is now an extra 25% off, including these newest cuts.

What's new to sale? Find out inside...

My favorite white tee shirts...

The Caslon® Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee ($25) is a comfortable, light slub tee I love.

This post is for Carrie, who asked me a couple of weeks ago in a comment what my favorite white/ivory tee shirts are. The answer, in typical shopping lover fashion, is that I don't have a favorite tee shirt but rather many favorites! This post is devoted to them, and why I love each.

Take the Caslon® Relaxed Slub Knit U-Neck Tee ($25, above). It comes in many color options which is important to me because when I find a tee I like I tend to pick it up in at least 2 colors. It's soft and long (I loooove long tees), with a deep u-neck that never stimulates my gag reflex the way crewnecks can. And it's perfect for the weekend with its thin heathery material, perfect for pairing with a lacy bra you can see through the tee.

Inside, more of my favorite white tees, from stark white to softest ivory...

Anthropologie's Spring Fling extended one more day -- through today!

Promising new arrivals like the Felisa Paperbag-Waisted Skirt (now $127) are 20% off through today!

Anthropologie has decided to extend its 20% off Spring Fling Weekend for one more day -- hooray! This promotion has been fantastic for me, especially since we January birthdays can stack this promo online with the birthday discount!

During this promo, which ends overnight around midnight tonight, you can take 20% off full-price clothing and get Free Shipping on orders of $150+. No code required. I'm strongly leaning towards placing another order during this awesome deal.

Inside, what I've ordered and what is tempting me today...

Eye Candy: Anthropologie Store Inspiration

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Happy Spring Fling Weekend, Anthro Lovers! To help celebrate and perhaps to inspire some ideas of what to get during this promotion, here are some of the cutest store Instagrams I've seen over the past week or so...

It's a Spring Fling Weekend at Anthropologie!

Friday, January 20, 2017

New items like the Etta Ruched Midi Dress (now $127) are on promo this weekend!

My birthday is this weekend and Anthropologie has given us all a promo to celebrate! Now through Sunday, take 20% off full-price Anthro clothing and get Free Shipping on your order of $150+! No code required; discount applies at checkout. Since prices are as marked it appears the birthday discount can be stacked with this promo which only makes me more delighted! Don't take that away from we January birthdays Anthro.

I'm delighted by this complete surprise...though it doesn't change the fact that so much of Anthropologie's new stuff is just not pretty. With that caveat, what's good in this promo? Find out inside...

Anthropologie takes additional cuts off its sale!!!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sale, sale, deeper sale on some items at Anthropologie today.

Is the Tag Sale suddenly over? It shouldn't be (at least not based on what I was told this weekend in-store) but as of this morning the TAGTIME code is no longer working. What did happen overnight however was lots of further cuts on sale items! Some cuts are even deeper than the extra 40% off would have been.

Inside, 2nd cuts that caught my eye.

Afternoon delights...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The pretty Embroidered Field Jacket ($168) is tops on my birthday wishlist.

This afternoon I'm working on my birthday wish list, looking around for subtle texture, pattern and embellishments. Anthropologie is leading the charge with items like the pretty pretty Embroidered Field Jacket ($168), above.

Other delights from Anthro on the wishlist include:
1 | The dots in squares pattern perfection of the Gridway Crepe Shirtdress ($138).
2 | The mix of stripes, texture and of course a bow on the Clare V. Twill Foldover Clutch ($209).
3 | Great length and subtle ribbed fabric make me excited for spring and the possibilities for the Ribbed Mockneck Tunic ($68).
4 | Evening chills need never affect you in the long, lavish Rugby Stripe Duster ($148).
5 | There is room for one more off-shoulder top in my closet, especially if it's the Pinstripe Off-The-Shoulder Blouse ($88).

What's your afternoon delight today?

Your bottoms game will be set thanks to this promotion from LOFT...

LOFT is offering $25 off pants, jeans and skirts, and has tons of sale items that are an extra 50% off too!

LOFT wants to help make sure you have pretty bottoms to wear all winter and spring long with its latest promotions! First it's offering $25 off full-price pants, jeans and skirts. Then there are tons of sale markdowns that are up to 75% off, starting at under $13!

Inside, picks picks picks...

Checking in with Anthropologie's Tag Sale...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Paint It Gold Tee (now $50 + 40% off) has cute touches of metallic flavor.

Anthropologie's Tag Sale is entering its final week, and there are still plenty of delights to have at an extra 40% off online. (Code: TAGTIME.) The big question is whether Anthropologie will turn store fulfillment back on via its website, allowing online shoppers access to all the overloaded store sale sections -- truly, how nice would that be? I've made several trips to the NYC Anthropologies where the sale sections take up nearly half the store space -- and think other stores probably have stock of some of the sale goodies I'm looking for that NYC no longer has!

In the meantime, here are some of the online sale section delights...

Time for some pretty dresses

Monday, January 16, 2017

Sometimes all you need is a pretty dress, like the Finola Lace High-Low Gown ($698) perhaps?

Forgetting all the new arrivals madness for a moment at Anthropologie, let's instead look at some pretty dresses together, shall we? It's the perfect way to relax into the final evening of a long weekend.

See it first: Anthropologie's Spring 2017 accessories

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Anthropologie is offering a sneak peek at its Spring accessories line, including the Palma Mules ($148).

Getting a little bored with winter clothing? Anthropologie is an escape to Spring in its latest Anthro member email -- a sneak peek at its Spring accessories.

Thoughts and picks, inside...

Free People is offering two great sales this long weekend!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. observed in the USA and retailers are working to take advantage of the long weekend with some pretty sweet deals! Two of the deals I'm most excited about are happening at Free People, where select items are 50% off through Monday and sale is an extra 40% off. No code required for either promo -- discount reflects at checkout.

Inside, picks!

A little Friday morning pretty...

Here's a little Friday morning pretty for you...

Anthropologie's Tag Sale adds new markdown delights with an extra 40% off!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Allemande Fringe Drops (now $30 + 40% off) are among the bevy of Tag Sale jewelry!
Shown here with the Naia Peasant Top (now $90 + 40% off).

Anthropologie's Tag Sale had a handful of fresh clothing markdowns today, but the real news is in accessories, where lots of jewelry and shoes joined the Tag Sale extra 40% off sale festivities!

Inside, more details on the latest round of markdowns...

Boden's sale enters crazy good territory...

Boden's Sorrento Jersey Shift Dress (now $72) is just one of a bounty of beautiful dresses now under $90!

Boden's sale has entered cackling with glee territory, thanks to a fresh swoop of further cuts that's put 4 pages of sale dresses under $90! We're not talking the dingy leftovers either -- there are some real beauties available for a fantastic price, including some I own and love myself.

Inside, picks from the sea of superb sale.

Eye Candy: Anthropologie Store Inspiration

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

photo by Anthropologie Disney Springs -- follow this store for plenty of Instagram inspiration!

It's time to see how Anthropologie's clothing looks out there in the real world -- time for another eye candy post filled with inspiration from Anthropologie stores around the country and beyond! Today I've picked a few photos from two of my favorite store Instagram feeds: Anthropologie Disney Springs in Florida and Anthropologie Downtown Birmingham in Michigan.

Follow them both for visual delights! They both do a great job of showcasing clothing on all ages, body types, skin tones and more.

Inside, a few more looks from these two feeds...

Pretty new outfits at J.Crew

It's new arrivals time at J.Crew and deal time at both the Crew proper and J.Crew Factory too. They're taking it to a playful place with their latest looks and it's just the cheer I need today! Let's take a look at some of the pretty outfits, and then talk deals inside...

Madewell's sale goes an extra 40% off!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Madewell's all, 'We see your extra 40% off sale and we'll match it!' Hooray!!

Not to be outdone by all the other retailers, Madewell this morning announced that its sale items are now an extra 40% off through Thursday. Use code BIGSALE. This promo is valid both in-store and online.

Inside, my favorite sale picks...I have to warn that some of them are selling out from right under me!

Getting down to work with Club Monaco, plus a spectacular sale!

On their own neither the Fortah Sleeveless Top ($130) nor the Evern Sweater Dress ($250)
look like much, but together they are such a cute work combination!

Club Monaco has come out with quite the cute lineup of work clothing and accessories, and I am swooning! I currently worked in an environment where both casual and conservative attire fly and I'm happily playing back and forth with the two. Club Monaco's stuff seems to land right in the middle with some pieces appropriate for conservative offices, some pieces great for more casual places, and lots of beautiful options to choose from overall!

Inside, more workwear that's modern and cute, and one heckuva sale!

Because it may only get colder before it gets warmer, here are my favorite winter accessories

Monday, January 9, 2017

Be a little less Brrrrrrr and a little more Ahhhhhh in the Chunky Melange Triangle ($88).

The last few winters have started off so warm in New York City that the cold turn they usually take usually takes me by surprise. Left under-cold-weather-accessorized, January usually becomes a desperate search to find the right pieces.

Not this year though. This year, Rebecca Minkoff has made my winter accessorizing easy. Pieces like the Chunky Melange Triangle ($88) work as a scarf on the way into work and then a shawl if needed at my desk. It also comes in a dark blue (on sale right now!) and even has a coordinating hat!

Inside, the most amazing gloves I've ever seen and more cute cold weather stuff from Rebecca Minkoff...

Investigating Anthropologie's new arrivals

Ready to jet away to somewhere that the Buttercup Eyelet Dress ($148) would be weather-appropriate!

Most of Anthropologie's new arrivals have me scratching my head it's true, but there are as always some gems to be found amid a turbulent sea of 70s schlock. From pieces like the Buttercup Eyelet Dress ($148, above) that have me thinking of vacation to more practical items like the Alves Wool Pullover ($138), my wishlist is slowly being repopulated with new items I might use my birthday discount on this month...

Checking in with Ted Baker sale...

Sunday, January 8, 2017

If one of the qualifications for your clothing is that it must be fun to wear, look no further than Ted Baker! It's one of my favorite stores to visit in Soho and full of visual delights all over the store -- evidence on my Instagram -- full of beautiful clothing, and right now that beautiful clothing is up to 60% off!

Inside, some of the delights sure to add a pop to any wardrobe...

Outfit assembling has never been easier...

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Jacket | Bag | Top | Pants (TTS - true to size) | Boots (TTS)

Sometimes, I just want someone else to take the thinking out of putting together outfits for me. I just want to buy clothing that I know will fit and look good. I just want trendy without paying the sometimes crazy designer prices.

It turns out to get all of this, I want JustFab! Long gone are the days when these fast fashion sites would feature crappy clothing that falls apart after just a wear or two. I've been shopping JustFab for months now and I've yet to be disappointed by a single item. Of course I still shop single items elsewhere and put together my own looks, but for quick, easy and interchangeable looks I find tons of options here.

Inside, 10+ more looks from JustFab. I've provided sizing information for the items I own and have a cart full of goodies from these looks. See if you can see which items are used in more than one look. (I made a few easy for you!)

Anthropologie offers a new weekend promo!

Friday, January 6, 2017

Polish off that outfit with the right pair of shoes, now 30% off at Anthropologie!
Shown here, the Deimille Paul Ankle Strap Stilettos (now $279) with the Carissima Sheath ($258).

Happy with all of the clothing in your closet, but looking to update things anyway? Or have the right clothing but not the right finishing touches? Anthropologie is here to help with its weekend promo -- 30% off full price shoes! There's no code required for this promo. Prices are as marked. The promo runs online and in-store.

There is so much 70s ugliness in Anthropologie's shoe section right now -- blunt toes and weirdly shaped block heels, with flatforms up the wazoo, but I've surfed through the madness to pick out several pairs that are pretty and make this promotion well worth putting to good use!

See what's good, inside...

Not the end of sweater weather after all...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The must-have for my closet, the Rebecca Taylor Eyelet Mock Neck Sweater ($395).

Just when I thought I was done with sweaters for this winter, Nordstrom unveiled its new arrivals and the section is filled with cute sweaters! Practically overflowing really. I'm totally dying over the Rebecca Taylor Eyelet Mock Neck Sweater ($395, above) which I think is the lace-layered sweater I've been looking for for years!


Inside, more of my favorite sweaters from the new arrivals. Prepare your closets accordingly before heading in...

Anthropologie adds new items to its Tag Sale!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

New temptations await you in Anthropologie's Tag Sale, which has updated with some fresh markdowns tonite! Code TAGTIME should get you an extra 40% off sale, however the code might not work on these newest cuts til tomorrow.

Inside, what's new to sale.

Pretty new arrivals await to delight you...

The Wrap Dress ($140). It also comes in a top version.

Ready for some Spring new arrivals to make you excited about clothing again? Thank you Boden for delivering lots of new arrivals that make me yearn for warmer temperatures -- though plenty of their new stuff can be worn now.

Inside, lots of new stuff to choose from! What will your favorites be?

Perfect bags to complete any look...

I love new bags too! Especially versatile ones like the Slouchy Vegan Tote ($68).

January is my favorite shopping month because of all the clearance sales (and all my birthday discounts!!), and as I acquire new clothing for my closet I need to pause every so often to make sure my accessories are up to snuff. I'm in just such a pause right now, looking to add some new purses and bags to my repertoire.

And right now is a great time to be looking because wow are there ever lots of pretty bags out there at easily digestible prices! I absolutely adore the Slouchy Vegan Tote ($68) above for its work utility (can hold paperwork, a laptop, or next to nothing and still looks great!) and its reversible properties, which make it like owning two bags.

Inside, some more of my current favorites, including a new Madewell crossbody that just released today...

Nordstrom launches a well-timed coat sale!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cute coats like the BLANKNYC Faux Fur Collar Faux Leather Moto Jacket (now $83) have hit sale!

Although Nordstrom's Half-Yearly Sale ended yesterday, today brings more good markdown news in the form of coats, which have been marked down for the end of the winter retail season! Nordstrom's coat sale features some spectacular options for cold climates, warm climates and anything in between.

Inside, some of my favorite markdowns from this coat sale...

Taking another spin through the Tag Sale delights...

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Velvet Frost Dress (now $300 + 40% off) is under $200 after the Tag Sale promo is applied!

The longer the Tag Sale endures the more goodies I notice -- it's time for another look through Anthropologie's semi-annual sale, where you can take an extra 40% off sale with the code TAGTIME. Very pretty pieces like the Velvet Frost Dress (now $300) are back in-stock (and going fast!) and there were perhaps even a few new markdowns added over the weekend.

Inside, the newest recommendations from the sale...

Get a sneak peek at Anthropologie's Spring 2017 collection!!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Anthropologie invites you to take a peek at warmer days ahead, and clothing to match!

Happy New Year!! Anthropologie is not wasting any time trying to impress us in 2017, sending out a Spring collection preview email this morning to Anthro members. On their last quarterly earnings call the leadership team promised Anthro would be 'lean' in apparel going in to Spring.

So, what does that look like? You can see all the preview items here. Hints and thoughts, inside...