Off Topic: The store I’m turning to for basics at a …

A complete look for under $150 — shoes and jewelry included. I feel a bit strange writing this post…as I’m typing it, I’m thinking: weird but true. A few extended family members have recently graduated college and need good-quality yet affordable career clothing. Two of my friends are returning to the workforce after having babies in the last year and…
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RECENT PURCHASES I ♥

Off-Topic: Investigating Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale

Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale: when designer pieces come closer to my price range. Thinking ahead to my next Jazz Age party… Ahh, Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale. Dangerously good, this sale always features a bevy of surprising markdowns as well as long-awaited ones. While the St. John Collection Organza Fil Coupe Shift Dress above is still too hard to justify at $758, inside are plenty more…
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What’s joined my closet recently :: Sale & Promo edition

Sale cruising is getting really good at the moment and I’ve been taking advantage to pick up some sweet goodies. What have I been hauling recently? The photos above, the details of each item below — plus the sweet deals going on at each of these retailers. Most of the promotions below END SUNDAY. 1. J.Crew Scattered Sequin Floral Shell in…
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Recent Zara wins + wants

RUFFLED DRESS
LACE TOP
SPARKLY KNIT BLOUSE
BELTED COAT
STUDDED EQUESTRIAN CROSSBODY BAG
DOUBLE-FACED JACKET
SEQUIN RUFFLED TOP
PLEATED SKIRT
ANIMAL PRINT BLOUSE
ANIMAL PRINT TOP
FAUX PEARL BEJEWELED EARRINGS
DOUBLE BREASTED TRENCH COAT WITH BUTTONS
FLORAL ORGANZA HOOP EARRINGS
FAUX SUEDE SKIRT
STUDDED ANIMAL PRINT SNEAKERS
LEATHER EQUESTRIAN CROSSBODY BAG
TORTOISESHELL WIDE HEELED SANDALS
ANIMAL EMBOSSED SHOPPER BAG
PACK OF PEARL AND ACETATE BARRETTES
DOUBLE BREASTED BUTTONED COAT
PRINTED KNIT TOP
BELTED TRENCH COAT
FLORAL PRINT DRESS
PACKABLE RAINCOAT
MULTICOLORED STRIPED TOP
TOP WITH TIE WAIST
TEXTURED KNIT DRESS WITH RUFFLES DETAILS
SCALLOP TRIM POPLIN SHIRT
WIDE HEELED SLINGBACKS
METALLIC THREAD RUFFLED TOP
PRINTED MINI DRESS
FLORAL PRINT DRESS
LACE TOP
LEATHER MID-HEEL SLINGBACKS
BACKPACK WITH RING
EVERYDAY BACKPACK
OVERSIZED COTTON COAT
FRINGED PLAID JACKET
SATIN SKIRT
STRIPED SWEATER
SPLIT LEATHER FRINGED CROSSBODY BAG
CROPPED FLEECE COAT
FLORAL PRINT BLOUSE
FRINGE JACKET
RUFFLED BLOUSE
EMBROIDERED BLOUSE
POCKET CAPE
HEELED SUEDE ANKLE BOOTS
FLORAL PRINT BLOUSE
MULTICOLOR KNIT DRESS
OVERSIZED COAT WITH POCKETS
CONTRASTING LACE DRESS
SEMICIRCULAR CROSSBODY BAG
WATER RESISTANT HOODED TRENCH COAT
ORGANZA FLOWER EARRINGS
SUEDE LOOK COAT
OPENWORK SWEATER
SATIN DRESS
SLINGBACK LEATHER HEELS
RUFFLED EMBROIDERED SHIRT
LACE TOP
ROCKER LEATHER CROSSBODY BAG WITH CHAIN
SPLIT LEATHER HEELED COWBOY ANKLE BOOTS
STUDDED SLINGBACK BALLET HEELS
FAUX SUEDE FRINGED OVERSHIRT
OPEN KNIT TOP
PACK OF SPARKLING MULTICOLOR HAIR CLIPS
PACK OF SPARKLING MULTICOLOR HAIR CLIPS
MOCK NECK SWEATER
HEELED LEATHER SQUARE TOE SANDALS
EMBROIDERED BLOUSE
PLEATED DRESS
REVERSIBLE XL KLIMT TOTE BAG
ANIMAL PRINT LEATHER MINI CROSSBODY BAG
FAUX LEATHER SKIRT
EMBROIDERED SKIRT
TIED KNIT TOP
ANIMAL PRINT MINI BAG
MID-HEIGHT HEELED ANKLE BOOTS WITH STRETCHY PANELS
HEELED SLINGBACK VINYL SHOE
HOUNDSTOOTH COAT
PLEATED SKIRT
SATIN SKIRT
ANIMAL PRINT BOX BAG
BELTED JACKET WITH POCKETS

Reviews: Bras I’ve loved recently from Natori, Skarlett Blue, Victoria’s …

Natori’s Feathers Front Close T-Back Bra ($66-$68) is so pretty and comes in lots of fun colors, like mint.  About a month ago I started noticing that although the cups on my 34D bras still mostly fit fine, the bands have started to become too loose. Rather than visit a chain where I’ve found the measurements are often off I went to…
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Off Topic: Are your toes ready for sandal and wedge delights? Nordstrom’…

Pedicure scheduled, now if the weather will just cooperate I’m ready for open-toe shoes! Shown here, TOMS’ Stucco Satin Woven ($80) platform wedge in black (top), with Lucky Brand’s Kalessie Espadrille ($69) in the middle and Hinge’s Aimee Wooden Platform Wedge ($90) on the bottom. Yesterday evening I was on a bus for several hours…thank goodness for wifi! After my friends and…
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Off topic: Shopping victory found me during Bloomingdale’s Friends & Family promo

So tempted by this beautiful goddess dress from BCBG. Anthropologie may not be having a sale today (though the extra 20% off sale promo continues) but plenty of other retailers are doing their best to tempt me into shopping! This past weekend I took advantage of Blooomingdale’s Friends & Family promo to pick up some workout gear and new bras.…
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This gear makes working out all the more fun

In this outfit: Onzie’s Elastic Tank ($45), Espana Capri ($65) and Criss-Cross Bra Top in Espana ($42). I am training for my first-ever triathlon at the moment and as my training and dance schedule kicks into high gear, my investment in workout clothes has increased to match. Many days of the week I work out twice — before work and…
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