last call: 4 things to nab before the nordstrom anniversary sale ends!

nordstrom anniversary sale best buys last call: 4 things to nab before the nordstrom anniversary sale ends!

Clockwise from top left: Hanky Panky | Kate Somerville | Nike | Vince | Nadri | Paul Green | Rebecca Minkoff

Just a friendly reminder that the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends in three days! Before prices go back up on Sunday, I thought I’d share a list of the four things I made a point of stockpiling while they’re marked down (plus a bonus tip): Read on

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travel in style: florence

florence view travel in style: florence

View of Florence from the Boboli Gardens (all photos by me or Mr. SMC).

Friends, I can’t quite believe it’s taken me this long to tell you about my unforgettable trip to Florence this spring. I was a little worried I was deluging you with too many tales of that fantastic trip of mine, and that if I incited any more wanderlust, you’d rise up and demand that we all take a group, SMC-led trip to Europe immediately.

Which, as I think about it, would be kind of amazing. florence travel guide

Still, I think I may very well have saved the best for last. Because for all of the amazing things I did and saw (…and ate) in Paris, it was Florence where I felt most like I found some truly hidden gems: the little jewelbox of a trattoria tucked away on an alley behind the Duomo, the secret gelateria that you’d never find again without a business card and a faded photo of you with the best cone of your life. The places that you absolutely can’t wait to get home and tell your friends about. Luckily, you’re my friends! And I can’t wait another second to share these stories with you.

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what to where: poolside style

pool-style

Friends, it is my most fervent hope that, whatever stresses and calendar obligations might befall you this summer, you have at least one day blocked off to do…absolutely nothing. And ideally, you’ll be doing all that nothing poolside, with a cocktail in hand (or at least a glass of wine). poolside style Read on

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nordstrom anniversary sale 2014 is live! what to shop & what to skip

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Clockwise from top left: DVF | Loeffler Randall | Veda | Paul Green. Details, reviews & more picks below!

It’s time, friends! For those of you who didn’t get to play along during Early Access, the first day of the 2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! To celebrate, I thought I’d show you my favorite (and least favorite) scores from the Sale so far, including my in-person, brutally honest reviews of those picks I showed you last week! nordstrom anniversary sale best picks Read on

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the only three jeans you need this summer

best-summer-denim

Friends, I don’t know about you, but for my money, dark denim and hot summer nights just don’t seem to mix. Also, I’m getting increasingly weary (and wary) of my skinny jeans (which may or may not have something to do with a seasonal diet that consists largely of ice cream). best summer denim

Whatever the reason, when the weather turns warm, I want denim in lighter washes and looser fits - just the thing for those weekends at the beach, long scenic bike rides…oh, who am I kidding? Afternoons reading magazines on my deck. Read on

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beauty buzz: the 5-minute solution for easy summer beauty

summer beauty routine beauty buzz: the 5 minute solution for easy summer beauty

I think we can all agree that the phrase “lazy summer” applies with particular accuracy to our beauty routines. Flat irons sound considerably less appealing than “beach hair” sprays (or just cramming your unwashed locks into a messy bun). And makeup? I don’t know about you, but when it’s 90 degrees outside, the last thing on my mind is bothering with a full face of foundation that will inevitably melt and pool into the “fine lines” on my forehead within seconds of leaving my house. Read on

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other things: looking up

{Note: Welcome to my little experiment, in which I take a brief respite from the retail world to ramble on about life in general. If you’re into it, play along in the comments. If not, don’t fret: we’ll have more “life with style” for you next week.}

 other things: looking up

Abandoned Beauty, by Tom Kondrat

Happy Friday, friends! Phew, that was a busy week on my end – how about you? Did everyone get their cardio on? Before we all do our best to duck out of work early and hit up the nearest happy hour (mmm, cocktails…), I thought I’d tell you about a little 10-minute social experiment I’ve been trying. Read on

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editor’s picks: nordstrom anniversary sale 2014

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{Editor’s Note: What in the world is this Anniversary Sale I keep going on about? Every July, Nordstrom strikes deals with dozens of designers to pre-release a few special pieces from their fall collections (occasionally exclusives), and marks them down by 33%. Prices go back up 8/4, and the best picks sell out fast (in other words: buy now, filter later). Today is the first day of Early Access, which you can participate in if you have a Nordstrom card. If not, hold out until 7/18, when the fun officially begins.}

It’s here, friends: Early Access for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts now! As always, I’m sharing my picks of the best (and the worst) from the Sale - time to start shopping!

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