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

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

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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