{Sale alert} Shopbop friends and family is here!

Just yesterday I mentioned that Shopbop is one of my great shopping loves, and today they have rewarded me with their Friends & Family sale! Today through Thursday (10/14-10/16), take 25 percent off sitewide (with a few designer exclusions) with code FAMILY25. And if you’ve got any men to shop for, the code is good on Shopbop’s sister (brother?) site East Dane.

Because I’m nothing if not generous, I’ve taken the time to pull out some of my favorite picks, some of which are in my shopping cart as we speak.

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Happy shopping, and let me know if you buy anything!

What’s new in my closet

Since I’m pretty inconsistent with my OOTD posts, I thought I’d start periodically sharing the new things that I’ve added to my wardrobe. That will tell the story of my style better than the occasional outfit posts.

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{one} I included this Chelsea28 coat in my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks, and it ended up being my favorite piece from everything that I ordered. I know that the very low neckline might not be the most practical for winter and that the plaid isn’t the most versatile, but I don’t care. and I CAN’T WAIT to wear it.

{two} I really really really don’t need any new costume jewelry, but when a friend is hosting a Stella & Dot party, I can’t walk away empty-handed. I picked up this pretty ikat scarf that will make a nice addition to my collection. Other than my Theodora & Callum scarf (which is more red than pink) I don’t have any in the pink family, so I’m looking forward to wearing this one in the fall.

{three} Two of my biggest shopping loves are Rebecca Minkoff and Shopbop, so when they combined the two together in this “Shopbop Fund” pouch, there was no way I could resist. Not my most logical purchase, as I already have another RM pouch in the same size, but sometimes logic doesn’t come into play when it comes to fashion.

{four and five} I’m really sick of a vast majority of my shoes. Part of it is that a lot of them are really old (and some pretty worn), and part is that they just don’t represent my lifestyle anymore. I have this great shelf setup in my closet that showcases all sorts of cute heels….which I never wear. Instead, it’s my flats that get pulled out 90 percent of the time. So, I decided it was time to refresh a bit, especially since I’m limited in my fall fashion purchases this year. I picked up these Report Signature pointy toe flats and the French Sole ‘Stella’ loafers from Nordstrom and I’m in love with both. The Report flats are the most gorgeous shade of blue and shockingly comfortable, thanks to a soft suede upper and the tiniest of heels. And walking in the French Sole loafers is pretty much like wearing slippers. They’re definitely pricey, but I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of them, both during maternity leave and when I’m back at work.

Next up on my shopping list is a new open cardigan or two for winter. I’m thinking styles like the Tildon sweater I featured last week — the kind of thing that you can throw on over anything and feel cozy.

{OOTD} Pregnant pumpkin picking

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ONE by Faubourg du Temple jacket (two years old) // Stella & Dot scarf (sold out, but other prints here) // Citizens of Humanity maternity jeans (similar here) // TOMS ‘Phoenix’ sunglasses

If my Facebook feed is any indication of reality, the entire world went pumpkin picking last weekend, and my family was no exception. I’m at the “so huge and uncomfortable that I couldn’t care less what I look like” stage of pregnancy, but since I knew we’d be taking pictures, I figured throwing on some hot pink and sequins would distract from the pumpkin-sized bump I’m currently sporting.

P.S. Tell me that is not one cool little toddler?? He’s dressed all in Gap Kids (here, here and here) if you’re interested :)

The Third Annual “I Hate Wool And Cashmere” Shopping List

It’s a bad time of year to have sensitive skin. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you might know that I am completely intolerant of both wool and cashmere, no matter how high quality and soft the fabrics might be. Every year I find myself trying on at least one gorgeous sweater, telling myself that this will be the year I can handle it…but I can’t. If you’ve got the same issue, you know how hard it is to find nice fall/winter pieces that don’t contain at least some of these fabrics that make me want to scratch my skin off. So, for the third year, I’ve pulled together my “I Hate Wool and Cashmere” shopping list. I focused on pieces that first and foremost I loved visually, and things that should be decent quality. I’m certainly not going to recommend that you go buy a $20 acrylic sweater that will pill beyond recognition after a few washes.

So, without further adieu…

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525 America Hi Lo Turtleneck Sweater // Glamorous Slouchy Boyfriend Sweater // Splendid Open Cardigan // Madewell Tracklist Side-Zip Pullover // Two by Vince Camuto Saturday Sweater // Tildon Fuzzy Cardigan // Anthropologie Sabine Pullover

More finds below (some of which are really closer to sweatshirts than sweaters, but they achieve the same purpose):

 

If you’ve found any great non-itchy sweaters, leave a comment with a link!

Sneak peek at baby girl’s wardrobe

In case you’re not counting down like I am, baby girl is due to make her arrival in less than three weeks. So, as you can imagine, my life is fairly consumed with baby prep — packing the hospital bag, putting finishing touches on her room, washing and arranging her many adorable clothes, etc. Since my life is all baby all the time right now, I thought I’d share some of that with you. Fear not, as I promised before D was born, this will not turn into a mommy/baby blog — but this is just where I’m at right now!

Anyway, shopping for girly things is fun and dangerous (for my checkbook) — much more so than boy stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve found some ADORABLE things for the little man, but the selection is just so much more limited. Below are a few of my favorite things that are already in the baby’s closet, for those of you who are interested in that kind of thing!

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Marimekko // Gap // Hudson // Ugg // Etsy // Gap // Children’s Place // Carter’s

Let me know if you have any favorite sources for cute kids clothes that you want to share!

Want. Need. Must have.

Sweatshirt materials, long-sleeved blouses, jeweltone bags….FALL IS HERE, PEOPLE! I almost don’t want to say it out loud (or type it), but we are having some glorious fall weather here in the Philly area. The kind of weather that makes you pull out a light jacket, but is warm enough to spend time outside in the afternoon, and then requires bundling up under a blanket at night. At eight and a half months pregnant (!!), I’m more than happy for the heat to be gone, seeing as I have a built-in heating system right now.

Anyway, I’m still not doing a lot of shopping for myself since this fall will be largely spent at home on maternity leave, but it’s really hard because I love love love everything fall fashion.

For instance…

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{one} Tell me that this Kate Spade Saturday “sweatshift” dress doesn’t look like the comfiest thing you’ve ever seen outside of maybe flannel pajamas? Super basic, but would look great with leggings and boots and a fun chunky necklace.

{two} This Rebecca Minkoff Spike Ring Pendant would be a great layering necklace with a shorter piece, and I like that it’s a little bit edgy without being too punk rock for me to be able to pull off.

{three} The first thing I’m going to do when I’m back to some reasonable pre-pregnancy size is a major shopping spree at Everlane. This Silk Pocket Blouse is one of their new pieces, and I think it’s a great dress up for work/dress down for the weekends kind of top. (Plus, front buttons mean easy access for nursing/pumping. The realities of my life.)

{four} I don’t know how it’s possible that I don’t own a single Marc by Marc Jacobs bag because I’m always drooling over them, but it’s true. This ‘Washed Up – Billy’ Hobo looks like the perfect size, and I like the slightly-but-not-too-structured shape of it. And of course that blue is a fabulous color.

{five} And because I didn’t have enough Rebecca Minkoff styles to obsess over, she had to go and come out with the Bowery Crossbody, which I now need to own immediately. The front has the same look as the MAC clutch that I own several of, but it’s got a flap closure and that super ladylike handle that changes the look. Darn you, Rebecca Minkoff!

Have a great weekend, and happy shopping!

When did I become a coat person?

For years (as in, several), my primary winter coat was a very basic gray peacoat from…wait for it…Costco. Let me tell you, I wore that thing into the ground, and never had any issue with the name on the tag (I don’t even remember what the brand was, to be honest). To me, coats have really been more utilitarian than anything else. But sometime in the past year, that seems to have changed, because I CAN’T STOP OBSESSING OVER GORGEOUS COATS.

Last Christmas, I got this really pretty raspberry colored wrap coat from Banana Republic that I got tons of compliments on. This year during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I picked up an awesome oversized plaid coat that I’m absolutely dying to wear. But apparently that’s not enough, even though I also have several older coats in my closet and have zero need for any more — that’s not stopping me from swooning over new coats pretty much every day.

If you’d like to swoon with me, I’ve put together a collection of some of the beautiful coats that I can’t stop staring at.


Gorgeous, am I right?

Five lip products that never leave my bag

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I used to be really big on buying new eyeshadow, but in the past few years, I’ve definitely stocked up on lip products more than anything. This means that I have lipsticks, glosses, pencils and balms everywhere: in my house, in my car and, of course, in my bag. Unless I’ve sized down to a small bag for the day, I always have my LeSportsac makeup case stocked with the basics, plus usually a few products floating around in my bag. I tend to rotate items periodically (a.k.a. continue adding things to the case until it’s ready to burst and then I reorganize and take things out). But, there are a few lip products that never leave their treasured spot in my bag. I thought I’d share, since they’re the ones that I wear most, by far (all pictured above, from left to right).

  1. Korres Lip Butter Glaze. Ever since I was introduced to the tube version of their Lip Butters (which I’ve loved for years), I’ve been a complete convert. I’m currently using the pomegranate color, which is sort of a coral-pink. It’s my go-to when my lips are chapped or if I just want something really easy without adding a lot of color.
  2. NARS Lip Pencil. At any given time, I have Luxembourg (a fabulous bright fuschia) and/or Rikugien (a mauve pink) in my bag. I love how easy these pencils are to apply, and that I don’t have to worry about using both a lip pencil and a lipstick — this works as both. The satin formulation — which both of these are — also has just enough of a gloss to it.
  3. Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss. This gloss/balm hybrid was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law last year and, like the Korres Lip Butter, it’s great for when you want a little bit of color and a lot of moisture. The difference is that this one definitely has more of a gloss to it, so it makes a bigger impact. The color I use is the classic Black Honey, which looks scary in the tube, but is just a nice wash of color.
  4. Tarte Natural Lip Stain Pencil. This is another product that’s extremely easy to apply, but it’s definitely much more glossy and sheer than the NARS pencils. I go back and forth between Lust (a bright orange red) and Moody (a deep berry).
  5. A bold lipstick. I’m cheating a little bit here because this one does rotate a bit, but I always have a fairly dramatic lipstick in my bag for the days (or nights) that I want to make a statement. Right now I’m circulating between NARS Fast Ride, which is a dark purple but fairly sheer, and Deborah Lippmann Sexyback, a gorgeous bright fuschia that was added to my collection recently. I have a number of others in a drawer at home that make appearances from time to time.

Which lip products do you keep within arm’s reach at all times?

How to wear white after Labor Day

I know, the “no white after Labor Day” rule has long been passe in most of our minds. But that doesn’t mean that how we wear white into the fall and winter shouldn’t adjust somewhat. Let’s face it — while we’ve technically got a couple more weeks of summer, tank tops and strappy sandals won’t be great choices for much longer.

With that in mind, I’ve put together three looks that will take you into the cooler months: one for the transitional weather, one for when it’s really cold, and one that’s a bit more dressy.

First up is an outfit that would be great for the weekends or a more casual office environment. The color of the top screams fall, and the jacket can come on or off with the variable temps. I will definitely be wearing some variation on this look in the next few weeks.

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Jeans // Jacket // Top // Shoes // Necklace

And then when the weather gets colder, white jeans work perfectly with a slouchy sweater. Add a pair of boots and a great bag in a fall color, and you’re all set. Again, this could be weekend or business casual (at least in my world), but you could always dress it up a bit more with a structured sweater and heeled boots.

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Jeans // Sweater // Boots // Bag

Last but not least is an outfit I’d wear to a work event or date night. Without the blazer, this dress would be perfect in the middle of the summer, but with the navy and the pumps, I think it transitions nicely into fall. Granted, it’s short, so probably not something you’ll be wearing around Halloween, but it’s perfect for September!

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Dress // Blazer // Pumps // Necklace

How do you like to wear white outside of summer? Or, are you like my mom’s friend who wears all of her white leading up to Labor Day, and practically gets the twitches if she sees a woman in white pants after that date? (True story.)

On the hunt for a black clutch

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As I mentioned recently, I own a lot of bags. A number of those are clutches, but somehow I don’t own a good basic black clutch. I have a cheap one that looks really cheap, and I have a black Rebecca Minkoff MAC, which can technically be worn as a clutch, but I’ve never actually done that. So instead of blankly staring into my closet when it’s time to get ready for an event, hoping that a new clutch will magically appear, I’m trying to find the right one to buy.

Of course, now I’m going down the rabbit hole of infinite possibilities. Something formal that I can wear to weddings? Something casual I can bring out to dinner (I almost typed “out to a bar,” but then I remembered that I don’t have that kind of social life anymore)? Something petite that fits my cell phone and a lipstick? Something big that fits my full size wallet? An investment piece that I’ll have forever? An inexpensive bag that will do the job for now?

My life is exhausting. ;) Check out some of the options I pulled below!


Marie Turnor Dinner Clutch // Kate Spade Cobble Hill Niccola Clutch // ZAC Zac Posen Posen Oversized Angled Embossed Clutch // Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch // 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Clutch // Banana Republic Gemma Black Box Clutch // Henri Bendel Debutante Plated Clutch // House of Harlow Danielle Clutch // Diane von Furstenberg Envelope Clutch