i got an email from the lovely kate boutique yesterday, showcasing the newest brand into their fantastic boutique: rozae nichols. nicols is an LA native, but her pieces have such a worldly, ethnic vibe – i love the drape, the unique cuts and styling, and the fabrics, which might just be the best part of her collections.
this gorgeous dress ($488) is a perfect example – the cut is fantastic, and the styling is inherently flattering for just about every shape. but that fabric and sash really steal the show.
this yellow halter dress ($518) is the perfect summer addition. the styling is fantastic – i think halter dresses are tough to get right, but nichols has nailed it. the details are effortless (literally – the belt and gorgeous wooden button mean no accessorizing necessary). and that ikat-inspired fabric is incredibly of-the-moment, yet the rest of the dress doesn’t scream trendy.
the dresses are perfection – but i even love her basics. take this jersey tank ($250), for example. proof that names can be deceiving – i would have no trouble wearing this simple “tank” to a dinner party, but it makes a perfect weekday work option, and a perfect denim companion as well.
ditto for this beautiful, seemingly classic black sweater. but take a closer look at those details – the neck tie makes this piece instantly sophisticated and effortlessly styled, and the chic neckline and contrast trim keep this piece unique, and well worth its $160 sale price (see that? you knew i’d have a sale piece in there somewhere…).
check out the full rozae nichols lines at kate boutique or over at shopjake – i’ve definitely found a new designer to love. hope i’m not the only one!
i know, i know….a lot of sale posts this week. but the shopjake sale is one of the best, and i’d never forgive myself for failing to share.
the deal is this: 40% off just about everything from spring. and i’m not talking about just the stuff that didn’t sell. they’ve marked down darn near everything on the site! including that stunning barbara bui handbag i’ve been wanting for months…now no longer relegated to the “if only” pile.
or that gorgeous rebecca minkoff steady bag, which isn’t on sale anywhere, down to $405 for my favorite stone/tangerine color combo.
i’m really struggling to resist this beautiful missoni wrap dress, down to $410 – my fave is this lovely aqua color, above. or, for a more practical option, this riser goodwyn sheath dress is down from $1100 to $295 (i know!), and it’s a classic you’ll keep for decades.
coats…well, there’s the 3.1 philip lim red trench, down to $375. and there’s the ultra-ladylike hanii y jacket, down to $385…
you get the idea. shopjake is just about the only retailer i know that does a sale this well…let’s all get out our credit cards and show our gratitude, shall we?
there’s nothing that makes me quite as happy as when a designer takes a wardrobe basic, like a cardigan, to new heights. my rationale is that it’s much more reasonable to splurge on a classic piece, rather than picking up the most au courant piece out there.
these gallagher cardigans by chris benz are the ultimate classic splurge. the colors are rich and versatile, the styling is perfect for layering over or under, and the details, as with all design classics, are impeccable. glass buttons, perfect length, ribbed styling, and a flattering v-neck silhouette. i also love that it’s cotton, not cashmere, as sometimes you want to layer during the warmer months, and a cashmere cardigan, while lovely, is just not the thing in july.
pick up one (or all three) at shopjake.com for $325 each.
and, in the category of “things we covet from afar” is this stunning pale-rose satchel by barbara bui. one of the ultimate under-the-radar designers, barbara bui is notorious in europe for her stunning, timeless and elegant pieces. this bag definitely qualifies.
i adore the color – this is probably the only shade of pink i’d dare attempt in a handbag. it’s the ultimate secret neutral – it would really be stunning with just about any neutral shade (black, grey, brown, camel, white), and perfect for the warmer months ahead.
the structure and quality of this bag are just so understated and elegant, it has that amazing ability to look expensive but unplaceable. in fact, the leather is so thick and luxurious, it reminds me of styles from a much pricier french design house.
at just over $1,800, this is definitely an investment piece, but a very worthy investment, if you ask me. i’ll be looking for any excuse to splurge on this beauty in the coming months.
you all know i’m loving that long cardigans are so in right now – they’re just about all i’m wearing these days. but since it was 74 degrees at my house today, i’m dangerously close to having to put all of my yummy sweaters into storage.
for spring, i’m absolutely coveting this beautiful pritzker cardigan by lutz & patmos. the luxe gold knit is beautifully offset by its casual styling, making this a fantastically versatile piece.
i love it as pictured with jeans and a simple black tee, but it could so easily dress up a casual black jersey dress, be used as a light jacket for an evening out, or in place of a suit jacket with your favorite trouser and cashmere shell. truly a unique, classic piece that you’ll wear for years to come.
you can find this beauty at shopjake.com for $495.
ooh, and while you’re there, you can use code extra10 to take an additional 10% off everything on the shopjake sale rack (through friday 2/29), which is well worth a cruise.
just a quick reminder about some of the fabulous discounts that are floating around right now, especially as many expire today or tomorrow.
* tiffini dooris has that lovely sitewide 35% discount going on now, and it expires today, if memory serves. use code LUCKYBREAKS to save.
* barefoot tess is giving shoppingsmycardio readers 35% off sitewide through tomorrow, 2/1, with code CARDIO35.
* shopjake.com is giving 10% off sitewide to shoppingsmycardio readers with code JAKECARDIO. good through 2/28/08.
* and, of course, that lovely 10% off sitewide at stars and infinite darkness, with code shoppingsmycardio, which is good until 2/10/08.
mmm….i’d completely forgotten how much i love jake. every time i stumble onto their site, i’m reminded, though. their buyer is an absolute genius, and always manages to score really gorgeous, unique pieces that would round out any wardrobe. plus, when jake has a sale, it’s a sale well worth checking out.
a recent stroll through their site revealed this amazing missoni skirt that is now at the top of my list for spring, and a gorgeous ribbon ring by jill alberts that is striking enough for cocktails, but not too bling to wear in the harsh light of day. not to mention the cutest trouser jeans i’ve seen in a long time, by kasil.
and then, there was the sale section, where i found this gorgeous see by chloe dress for $350.
sigh…where’s that money tree when i need it?
fortunately, the super fabulous folks at shopjake.com are offering an exclusive discount for shoppingsmycardio readers. just enter code JAKECARDIO at checkout to save 10% sitewide (you can’t, of course, tack this on to any other discount codes you might have scored, or any old orders you’ve already placed. and this baby’s good online only).
see that? jake loves you, too!