A few too many of my dear friends qualify as full-fledged jetsetters: they’re off to who knows where on a moment’s notice, rack up frequent flyer miles like they’re calories during the holidays, and can instantly tell you the best hotel to stay at in any city around the world. Then again, though most of my travel is of the “wishful thinking” variety, there’s not a thing in this travel gift guide I wouldn’t love to find under my tree. Just goes to show, whatever her (or his) mode of transport, these picks are positively sure to please.
Friends and family is wonderful, but remember, it’s the precursor to the fall sales, when things will start at 25-30% off. So, like everything else in life, it’s a gamble. Take the sure thing now? Or wait until next week, when prices start to drop? It’s a judgment call, but generally, I suggest using Friends & Family to splurge on pieces that are classic, and therefore won’t go on sale – like, say, a Burberry trench. It’s also a great time for denim, as those markdowns won’t happen until much later in the season (if at all). And pieces you’ll wear to death now, like boots.
Want some examples?
At Saks, use code FRNFAM2 through 10/21 (and combine it with code OCTBSFA for free shipping on $150+):
At Shopbop, you’ll use code WEAREFAMILY, but it’s only good through tomorrow (10/17):
But what I really want to know is…what are you buying??
Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a busy week at SMC HQ…want to see what I’ve been up to?
Earlier this week, I got a note that Urban Waxx, my favorite waxing spot in Portland, is hosting a 24-hour Waxx-a-Thon this Saturday, 10/6, starting at 9 am. Yep, you can get your bikini line tidied up at 2 am, friends! Details are over here, but the jist is this: appointments are good, but walk-ins are welcome, and all of the proceeds go to two excellent charities – one for nature, and one for the LGBT community. There will also be food, booze and donuts! If you’re in town, I hope you’ll stop by and groom in the name of charity.
My poor nails haven’t seen the inside of a mani/pedi shop in…well, in so long I’m not willing to admit it. That all ends today. I just got my samples of OPI’s new Germany collection, and will be beelining to my friendly neighborhood salon to try them out this afternoon. Can’t even tell you how excited I am about these colors…I’m going for “My Very First Knockwurst” or “Don’t Pretzel My Buttons” for my fingers, and for the toes, it’s got to be “Suzi & the 7 Düsseldorfs”.
Crimson Mim, a sweet little shop in Palo Alto, just launched its e-commerce site, which is big news. They have a tightly-edited collection of just about every name I know and love, including Rachel Comey, Philip Lim, Velvet and Loeffler Randall. I’m in love already. Now, where did I put that AmEx?
Oh! And speaking of great stores, before I forget, there are a couple of fantastic sales to be had this weekend. Take 30% off the fall collection at Diane von Furstenburg with code FALL30. Also, it’s Friends & Family time at Tory Burch, which means that code TBFRIENDS gets you 25% off sitewide. Go forth and shop!
Last but not least, it’s time for my weekly Pinterest pick. I keep going back to this crazy versatile Jerome Dreyfuss bag I spotted at Saks a while back, and pinning images of it in various colors and states. I am pretty much hypnotized by the fact that these two photos are the same bag (albeit in different colors, obvi). Can’t get over it, and kind of think I have to have it.
Have a wonderful weekend…I’ll be here slaving away on that massive project I keep mentioning. Wish me luck, and have a relaxing weekend on my behalf, won’t you?
Every year, I (try to) splurge on a beautiful new coat for fall. After all, no one sees the vast majority of my outfit for at least six months of the year in this rainy climate, as it’s covered up by some sort of outerwear. So, I think I’m entitled to a few fantastic choices. Right? Whatever I choose has to be be fun (yes, coats should definitely be fun!), luxe and always make me feel gorgeous…it’s the least I deserve in the midst of all this rain. This season, I’m set on red, and there are a few options I’m swooning for.
DVF Mikhaila coat (previously blogged, but I can’t get enough!), $745
J.Crew Symphony coat, $350.
Then again, I could switch the whole thing up and go pink. I know, red is a statement and all that, but I have to tell you – I once owned a pink coat, and I never received as many compliments on anything I owned than I did on that coat. (Which was, incidentally, picked out by the hubs…a fact he loves to point out).
J.Crew Majesty peacoat, $245.
Smythe Mini coat, $895
Or I could ditch the trend and go with a color I’ve been loving for years. This bright kelly green would be the perfect antidote to grey rainy days, and I know from experience that it’s more neutral than it appears at first glance.
DVF Harrington wrap coat, $695
As evidenced by the lovely Leighton Meester…
What coats are you craving this season?
today is a little crazy (i’m moving next week…agh!), but i couldn’t resist taking a second to share a few of the steals that came my way via my ‘shop it to me’ newsletter this morning. if you don’t already know about ‘shop it to me’, it’s an e-newsletter that comes out daily, letting you know when something by a brand or store you love goes on sale in your size. dangerous!
anyway, today was an especially good day for markdowns, apparently. a few of my faves:
i’ve been looking for new trouser jeans everywhere, and haven’t been able to find a single pair. but i really like this version from tory burch, and they’re down to $136.
this is such a great skirt from DVF, and it’s marked down to $171. i love that it’s a slightly girly alternative to all of the military khaki out this season. it would be perfect paired with a print top for some contrast, or even just a simple tee to keep it classic.
as you’ve heard me whine, i’ve been hunting for a summer dress with a respectable hemline, and this super-flattering DKNY version is now just $70 at bloomingdales, so i’m thinking it’s a must-buy.
this little kate spade shoulder bag just feels like the perfect effortless summer tote. i love the nautical stripe, and i love even more that it’s nylon (not stain-happy cotton), which also keeps it lightweight. and it has the look of those tiny bags everyone’s sporting now, but you’ll actually be able to pack more than you think. it’s by kate spade, and down to $197 at amazon.
i’ve been wanting a little something in druzy agate for months now, and $24.99 for these sweet stud earrings is just too good to pass up.
have a great weekend, everyone! i’ll be spending mine packing and cleaning out my closets…pray for me.
(incidentally, for those of you keeping score, i switched around the order of pictures & text. what do you think? better, worse or indifferent?)
when diane von furstenberg debuted her shoe collection last fall, i had a feeling she was onto something. and sure enough, her spring collection has me all aflutter. in fact, i have more DVF shoes on my “must have” list for spring than any other brand…sort of a blessing, since most of her shoes top out around $200, rather than my beloved loeffler randalls, which are usually $400-500. sadly, most of my shopping is virtual these days, but there’s definitely fun to be had in wishful thinking, right?
that turquoise beaded flat sandal is a great nod to the ethnic print trend that’s so hot right now, but it’s not so obvious that you won’t be able to wear them next year. ditto for the bright woven leather pattern on the leeds mini wedge (another huge trend for summer). but the pair i’m really, really coveting is this fab flat “rialto” espadrille – the chunky gold nuggets and orange leather are endlessly versatile, and so classic you’ll turn to them for years of warm weather to come. i am having such lovely visions of these sandals accompanying me on some exotic beach getaway…hey, just because i can’t even afford the shoes doesn’t mean i can’t dream!
a little confession: i’m loving this economic slump, if only because we’re getting great deals from stores that are generally notoriously stingy with their discounts. now through sunday, take 20% off any and all jackets and sweaters at shopbop with code SHOPBOPSECRET. since i’ve been lusting after some new outerwear since i first saw the fall runway pictures, i’m viewing this as a sign from above that it’s time to invest.
i hardly know where to begin. i love the structured, military styling on this overcoat by alice + olivia, and that flash of fuschia on the belt and buttons is a perfect touch of color for drab days. but i’ve been after those amazing exaggerated collars since day one, so i’m pretty sure this amazing black felt trench from dolce vita is going to win this time (especially since it’s only about $250 with the code!). shopbop has the best coat selection i’ve seen this fall, hands down – and a really broad price range, which is a nice feature in this category.
the sweater options are a little more challenging for me – unlike a coat, there’s no way i can tell myself i only need one. i look forward to fall all year long – you can take your sun and surf, i’m a sweater girl at heart. this slouchy v-neck is the ultimate weekend sweater, and one i know would spend very little time in my closet. for the week, there’s one 80s trend i’ve been embracing with gusto: the sweater dress. simple, chic, and perfect for fall, my closet will be filled to the brim with these by january. i’m starting with this charcoal wrap dress from DVF, which is classic enough to survive the trend, and cozy enough to remind me of my favorite cardigan.
whatever you’re after for fall, now’s the time to max those credit cards – code SHOPBOPSECRET is only good until sunday!