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LBD heaven: rita by black halo

i find it all but impossible to resist a classic, regardless of what’s going on with my wallet, and this has to be one of the most perfect LBDs i’ve seen in ages.

the cut is so flattering and timeless, and the strong pleating on the bustline adds such unique, beautiful detail.  if you happen to be a size 4 or smaller, this might just be the best $244 you could possibly spend on your wardrobe.

buy it at ssense on sale – or, you can get it up to a size 8 over at revolve clothing (something tells me you could convince them to price-match ssense without too much effort).  while you’re over there, this one’s pretty amazing as well.  black halo – who knew?

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spring translations: safe stripes

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so, i was going to write about another spring trend that’s annoying me this week, perhaps neon, or boyfriend blazers, or…you see where i’m headed.  but i decided instead to be a bit more positive.  to find the silver lining on this sad spring fashion cloud, if you will.  and i’ve done it!  

stripes!  they’re absolutely everywhere right now, and while i’ve run screaming from them in the past, they’re a trend i’m totally willing to reconsider.  i was terrified at first – the whole concept of the stripe adding width, etc.  but, there are ways around this!  diagonal stripes, mixed-width stripes, thin stripes…basically anything other than the thick stripes we all remember from those gap rugby shirts we were all wearing in the ’90s, or anything with stripes only around your midsection.  yeah, those ones will add a little heft to your hips, it’s true.

but if you’re smart about them, stripes are such a fun way to add pattern to your life, particularly for those of you who are anti-floral.  the big rule of thumb is to break up the stripe somehow, so that you’re never left with a clean horizontal line.  so, with a striped tee, add a jacket – this cardigan/vest combo is another great, easy way to try stripes.  with a striped jacket or cardi, leave it unbuttoned to reveal a solid or other pattern beneath.  i also love taking a long-sleeved striped tee and layering a solid tee over it.

one of my favorite buys this spring was a striped jersey scarf from michael stars, a relative steal at $38.  i’m annoyed that i can’t find my color combo online (heather grey and purple), but the one above is awfully close.  you can also check out michael stars’ site and banana moon for other color options, or call one of my favorite local boutiques to see if they still have one to spare.  this is a great way to add a little stripe without fear, and even try mixing patterns a bit.  if you’re living in fear of stripes, this is a great first step.

while i was at the same lovely local boutique (yes, i get into some trouble there), i also picked up that sweet lamade striped cardigan above.  my general cardigan addiction notwithstanding, i love that the stripes on this one are subtle and neutral – i can pair them with literally everything, and mix patterns to my heart’s content.  the fabric is lightweight and supersoft for spring, and, unless i make the critical error of wearing this one buttoned up, it’s risk-free in the bulk department.  grab it at revolve, or add it to your order when you’re calling covet about the scarf.  i’m definitely in favor of keeping my fave indy stores in business.

one last rule of thumb:  keep your striped pieces trim, but not skin-tight.  too tight is just never flattering.  too loose, and well…this is what happens.  it’s not every day that even a shopbop model looks fat.

what do you think?  will you be adding stripes to your closet this spring?

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more sale goodness!

i feel like i’m neglecting the fashion coverage in favor of all of these sale posts lately.  but really, what kind of friend would i be if i didn’t share all of this lovely knowledge?

  • one of my favorite stationery and gifts stores, iomoi, is offering a rare 20% sitewide discount on orders over $150 through 11/21.  use code STOCKUP.
  • basic boutique has a lovely 35% discount sitewide, also through 11/21.  use code KICKOFF to save on loeffler randall, treesje, rebecca minkoff, and much much more.
  • revolve clothing just released a 30% discount code that’s only good through 11/19.  use code GIVEGOODGIFT to save on everything sitewide – it’s a great opportunity to stock up on some autumn cashmere, or treat yourself to a lovely new holiday frock.
  • emporio armani has a festive 40% discount sitewide with code EXCLUSIVE.  oh, and free shipping too!
  • last but not least, if you aren’t a frequenter of decor8, i highly, highly suggest checking in throughout this month – she has scored some amazing discounts from several very chic home decor & accessories shops (usually 20-25%), many of whom never ever hand out discounts.  head over and see what she has going on – you’ll get some amazing deals, and some pretty fab gift ideas while you’re there.

i’ll keep you posted on any other great deals that come my way 🙂

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