Category Archives: fashion

the how-to: bundle up in style

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When one of you (hi, Amy!) suggested that I talk a little about bundling up for winter, I got pretty excited. The truth is, winter is my season! While I hate the cold, I absolutely adore cold weather style. So, today I thought I’d dispense a few of my favorite tips for staying chic no matter the weather. Read on

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friends & family: shopbop and saks

Friends, I know. It’s temptation central around here this week. But Shopbop Friends & Family and Saks Friends & Family? You’d never have forgiven me if I didn’t tell you about it. Both are offering 25% off SITEWIDE (with the usual exclusions), and my guess is you either (a) hadn’t heard but really needed to know, or (b) had heard, and have frantically been clicking back and forth between the two sites, figuring out what to buy and where to buy it. Or is that just me?

What to do? Buy the piece that won’t go on sale in 3 weeks. That Vince cardigan you’ve been eyeing. The Rachel Comey boots you’ve wanted since last fall. Denim. You get the idea. Oh, and buy things that are already on sale…an extra 25% off is always a good incentive. Need a few suggestions? Read on

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what i’m wearing: shades of grey

Until fall’s in full swing, I’m doing my best to straddle the seasons by adding a few doses of grey to my usual warm-weather wardrobe. Dark charcoal feels like a bit much while the sun’s still beating down on me, but paler shades are the perfect transitional hue. Plus, they play as well with pastels as they do with black, so they’re worthy investments that will see you through the coming months in plenty of style.

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weekend forecast

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Since it’s fall, and we can all use a little shake-up now and then, I thought I’d experiment with a little change to our usual Friday Finds routine…are you up for it? I always have the grandest plans for what I want to do every weekend. Then I end up running errands, cleaning the house and watching bad television. Ah, married life. But the point is that I start with big plans.

Here’s what my fictional weekend looks like so far: Read on

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asked and answered: what to wear with leather?

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Yay, reader question! Being answered in a timely fashion! I’m pretty proud of myself. Amy asked such a great question over the weekend, I had no choice but to answer straightaway:

All the leather out there reminds me of my unresolved question from last fall: how do you match leather tops/skirts to boots? Do we avoid leather boots completely? Do the boots need to match the color of the leather top/jacket/skirt? If not boots, then what kind of footwear, especially in the colder months? Thanks! ~ Amy

Amy, you’re so not the only one wondering about this. Matching leather is a hurdle it took me years to master – and finally, I realized I was worrying too much (as usual). In general, the only rules I stick to are these: Read on

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on my radar: cuyana

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Lately, I’ve been really feeling the weight of having “too much” in my life. (Yes, I realize this is one of those “first world” problems. Bear with me.) Despite the fact that my closet is bursting at the seams, I never like my options when I get dressed in the morning these days, and despite the fact that my bank account demands a respite, I can’t pry my eyes from the daily deluge of sample sales and Shopbop markdowns, of always looking for something new to add to my already-overflowing closet, of never being quite perfectly happy with what I already have.

Don’t worry, I’m not going all cold-turkey bonkers on you. But I do think there’s some value in maybe culling the noise a bit. Some value in not worrying so much about the “next big thing”, and just buying what feels exactly right, what you genuinely love and can’t wait to wear, not just own. And so, I’ve started making a real effort, friends, to look for…well, if not “perfection”, then at least simplicity, timelessness and either elegance or utility in what I buy.  Read on

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big news: shopping’s my cardio t-shirts are here!

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The best darn Shopping’s My Cardio tee around

{Update: You know I love a free shipping code, so here’s yours, good through 7.24: XMASINJULY}

I think it’s destiny. First, a whole bevy of you lovely people started tweeting, Facebook-ing (is this really a verb?) and emailing to tell me about those “Shopping Is My Cardio” tees that have been floating around this season. Then, Mindy Kaling wore one! On TV! And finally, if that weren’t enough, last week we got news that yes, Virginia, shopping actually is cardio for most women. (To the tune of 15,000 calories a year, thank you very much. In case you needed more incentive to indulge.)

If all of that delightful hullabaloo taught me one thing, it’s this: whoever’s making those shirts is doing it wrong! Seriously, that font? Those colors? We can do better, friends. We must do better. And we shall.

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Yep, it’s here: SMC merchandise-palooza! (By which I mean a couple of t-shirts and a mug. I mean, let’s not get crazy.)

To say I’ve obsessively researched this to make these as good as I possibly could would be, well, a ridiculous understatement. In the hours upon hours I’ve spent scouring the interwebs for the best printing company who makes tees chic enough for YOU, dear readers, I could have probably orchestrated world peace or finally learned how to make a pie filling that doesn’t run all over the place. But hey, this is important stuff. If I’m going to suggest you buy a tee, it needs to be fantastic, right? You’d expect no less.

My personal favorite is the dark grey tee – something about that contrast stitching and the slightly scooped neck just makes it awfully cute in person. But that Flashdance-ish sweatshirt is also pretty rad, as is the black tote. Oh heck, they’re all great. Read my product descriptions for fit help (naturally, I had to try these out before I could even dream of suggesting them to you).

What do you think, friends? I really hope you’ll love them, and add one to your closet ASAP, so that I can geek out like a teenager at a Justin Bieber concert if I ever see you walking down the street wearing one. (You know I totally will.)

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finds for a holiday weekend

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Well, I had plans to be productive this week, but honestly, how much attention are any of us paying when there’s a glorious four-day weekend on the horizon? But, I do have a few fun things to share before I start working on next week’s post about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale head to the pool… Read on

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