Monday, October 20, 2014

BUY THIS (Because I Sure Did): Banana Republic Style Notes

If you've been shopping at Banana Republic lately you probably got an email about Style Notes, which earns you $20/$40/$60/$80/$100 off your order, depending on how much you spend. My friend Kate pointed out that you can stack that code with the current deal: 30% off with BRSAVE. (Also, 2.0% cash back with eBates. Yay.) The Style Notes thingy ends tomorrow, so get on it! Here's what I ordered:

I pulled out some of my winter stuff yesterday and my long-sleeved tees are looking SUPER SAD.  I ordered two black t-shirts (assuming I'll keep whichever one looks best). I don't normally like to spend this much on t-shirts but I've been happy with BR quality lately, so hopefully they'll be worth the (awesomely reduced) price.

Piped Luxe Tee

Slubbed Easy Tee

I want more blouses, and this one got great reviews on the website. I love the color and it looks pretty comfortable:

Soft-Wash Herringbone Military Shirt

I don't own a single black sweater and this one got good reviews. The back is a different material which could be an interesting detail or a total pain in the ass:

High/Low Pullover
That's it! I decided to stick with basics in order to fill current holes in my fall/winter wardrobe. Not very exciting, but it's the well-chosen basics that tend to get worn the most, right? Did you take advantage of the Style Notes deal? Do tell!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Weekend Window Shopping: So Many Sales.

Where to even start? It's too much, you guys. So many good sales right now! I'm trying to save my pennies for a trip next week but that doesn't mean you can't see what's out there. I've listed out a few good deals along with eBates cash back when applicable. Related: I am a mean enabler. (Just a reminder: the eBates links are my referral link.)

Urban Decay Friends & Family 
20% off with code UDFANATICS14. I’d buy this, which my friend Ashley swears by:

Naked Basics Palette

And maybe one of these because they’re new and I’m curious:

24/7 VELVET Glide-On Eye Pencil

Madewell Sale
Extra 30% off all sale styles with code PICKMEUP (plus 2.0% back with eBates.) I’d buy this:

the berliner satchel
And maybe these:

the ames boot

Saks Fifth Avenue Friends & Family
25% off sitewide with code FRNFAM. (plus 8.0% cash back from eBates!!) I’d buy this:

Joie Marru Pleated Silk Blouse
And obviously this:
MBMJ Too Hot To Handle Flap Satchel

Kate Spade New York Friends & Family
30% off with code F14FFUS. (plus 3.5% back with eBates.) I’d basically lose my damn mind:

Autumn Leopard flared dress

Angelique heels

Night Creature coin purse

It's Written in the Stars iPhone5 case

Day Tripper earrings
Happy shopping!

Friday #GoHugo

Michael Fassbender, anyone?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Adrien: Yay for the Wrap Dress.

You can read the story of this dress here. Thanks again, Adina

While attempting to organize my sad hell of a closet the other day I realized I have five wrap dresses. Does that seem like a lot? While I don't agree that they're universally flattering, I do think they're really effing versatile. For one thing, if you gain or lose five pounds that dress will still fit you. Yay for that. I also like that they can be styled conservatively for work and also can be a great date dress. You can't ask much more than that.

This particular dress is Diane Von Furstenberg, the queen of the ridiculously beautiful wrap dress, but you can also find a perfectly reasonable version at Target. And you guys know I love the Banana Republic Gemma wrap dress, especially in this cool diamond print.

I don't generally wear flats with dresses but I loved how my purply-blue Madewell flats looked with the colors in the dress so that's good enough for me. My bag is my MBMJ Baby Groovee, who's tininess I'm still adjusting to.

So, you there. Wrap dress yay or nay?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Funhouse Mirror.

source: The Sartorialist
A: The SHobbit, regarding this photo: "A long pencil skirt is so flattering on a young lady with curves." Um. Okay.

L: By "young lady with curves," does he mean, "not a boy"?

A: I like her outfit and thinks she's cute but, yeah. No.

L: Me too! Love the outfit and wish that I had as few "curves" as this lithe little Euro does. Maybe things look curvier from way down there where he's shooting from?

A: AH! I think you nailed it. The bag might have confused him into thinking she had really curvy knees.

L: Total paralax effect!

A: Or else he's just a creep who thinks all women should look like mannequins. Maybe.

L: OK, seriously? Before looking for perfection in women, mayhaps the SHobbit should look deeply into a (non-funhouse) mirror?

A: He could just put it on the floor.

L: Or use an apple box.

A: Or two apple boxes.

L: He will *definitely* need Camilla to steady him.






Monday, October 13, 2014

The Boot Equation.

It’s boot season so I thought I’d talk about boots. Specifically, how many pairs you need for a proper boot wardrobe. The correct number of boots to own is of course n+1, where n is the number of boots currently owned. Even if you think your boot game is tight, there’s always room for one more pair…right? Minimum boots I think you need in your life:

Basic, good quality low-heeled riding boot.
Spend some money on these! As I said in a post I wrote last year, cheap boots are just not the same. If you can find a great, quality pair inexpensively, that’s great, but don’t waste your money on cheaply-made boots. Trust me on this. Buy these in whatever color you'll wear the most. For me, that's black but I also have a pair that are brown because hey, why not.

Sleek black dress boot.
This is a nice option if you work in a more conservative office or for wearing out on a date. A classic tall boot with a bit of a heel will get you through all kinds of dressy events.

Black ankle boots with a stacked heel.
This is a more fashion-forward choice and a little trendy right now, which is kind of great because you can find decent knockoffs of really cool expensive styles. This kind of boot works with skirts and tights, skinny jeans, or even just to give you a little height when worn with your plain old boot cuts. It’s more versatile that you’d think.

So, that is the BARE MINIMUM boots you should own. Like, maybe you live in Florida or you have hard-to-fit legs and can’t find styles you like that fit correctly. If you’re good on that front and ready for more, what other styles should you consider?

Motorcycle boots*:
I bought my Frye Veronica boots because they seemed so awesomely badass but I was worried that I would look like a dummy wearing them. Nope. Motorcycle boots, tall or short are just great all-around stomping boots that will serve you well for all kinds of casual occasions. Also, if you actually have a motorcycle (or ride with someone else on one) a good pair will help protect your feet which is what they’re designed to do.

Clog boots (or something similarly wacky):
I bought my Ugg Lynnea man-repelling boots not because I thought they’d be super versatile or sexy, but because I loved them. They’re kind of odd and only really work with jeans or leggings, but I no care. They are close to my heart. Wacky boots are fun for YOU and screw what anyone else thinks.

Cute cold weather boots.
My friend Ashley lives in Chicago and snowboot are a necessary part of her wardrobe. They don't have to be ugly! I promise.

Chelsea boots.
These seem like they'd be a challenge to style correctly but how freaking cool are they? That's enough of a reason for me.

Something you love already in a different color.
I love my Loeffler Randall Matilde boots SO MUCH. They're my favorite and I really want another pair in cognac. They won't get quite as much wear as my black pair, but I already know I love the style so the hard part is out of the way.

Your odd heart's desire.
Life is too short to only have boring boots. If you love it and you can afford it, just buy it. You can totally pull off gold boots! (I tell myself.)

What did I miss? Do tell.

*Or cowboy boots if you lean that way. I have no advice on cowboy boots because I do not lean that way.