Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Banana Republic 1-Day Sale

It has been a while since I've blogged about a great sale.  You definitely don't want to miss out on today's 1 day Banana Republic online sale offering 25% off everything using the BRSPECIAL code and free shipping on $100+ (or free shipping on any size order if you have a LUXE card).  BR has some adorable basics to supplement your wardrobe.

Crinkle Shirtdress - $90 (pre-discount).  Because every girl should have a casual throw on shirtdress that is comfortable and yet effortly stylish.

Studded Slouch Belt - $59.50 (pre-discount)
If you know me well, then you know that I love belts.  I think they are a fabulous way to dress up any outfit with very little effort.  This one is one of the more unique ones I have seen recently and I think it would look amazing over a shirtdress like the one above in the tan color option. 

Gathered Skirt - $59.50 (pre-discount).  A must-have basic to wear with just about everything in your closet and it comes in 4 colors.

Heritage Collarless Jacket - $130 (pre-discount)

Dina Gladiator Wedge - $98 (pre-discount)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cynthia Vincent for Target

I love the idea of designers providing affordable fashion in limited quantities by partnering with big box retailers.  Unfortunately, I have been a little disappointed by the fit and quality of many of the clothing collaborations of late, but I guess that is why the clothes are retailing for a price much lower than what one would traditionally pay for that designer.  However, I have had great luck with the "designer" shoe and handbag collections offered at Target, Payless and H&M. 

The Cynthia Vincent for Target collection made its debut on April 18th and they have been selling out at stores across the country.  I am dying to get my hands on a pair of these Cynthia Vincent for Target wedge sandals.

Gladiator Wedge in Yellow - $29.99 (they only show black online but I know the yellow exists and I will hunt them down because I don't think my life would be complete without them)

The resemblance is pretty good for a tenth of the price.  Mason Wedge Sandal - $350

Strappy Ring Heeled Sandals - $29.99

Studded Thong Sandal - $24.99

Thursday, April 15, 2010

White Out

I am a girl who likes to follow the rules.  I generally only wear white between Memorial Day and Labor Day but times are changing and this rule seems to be fading.  I think it is definitely appropriate to bring out your white jeans and bright whites a little earlier this year.  In fact, I am wearing my white denim today and I am feeling pretty rebellious.  However, I would let your white shoes hibernate a little longer unless you are 80 and live in Florida.  Here are some of the whites I am considering adding to my wardrobe.

Citizens of Humanity Skinny Jeans- $150

J.Crew Belted Beach Tunic- $68

Mystique Sandal- $115

B. Makowsky Leather Satchel- $258

Fumblin Foe at Hadley Emerson- $88

Aryn K at Hadley Emerson- $88

Ann Taylor Loft Studded Leather Clutch- $98

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Back to My Roots

I believe everyone who grew up in Maine has a soft spot for L.L.Bean or "Beans" as we affectionately call it.  We are proud to proclaim that the Freeport store is open 24 hours and doesn't have locks on the doors.  I caught my retail bug while interning at Freeport Studio (the short-lived women's career line) one summer in high school.  Unfortunately, despite my desire to be loyal to our hometown hero, I haven't shopped at Beans for fashionable clothing since oversized plaid flannel shirts and moccasins fell out of favor in the early 90s.  As someone who considers herself pretty fashionable, I wonder did I really wear that?  I am happy to report that I will once again shop at Beans for more than just Bean Boots.  They recently launched the new "Signature" line of casual wear that is just what was needed to lure back in the younger, preppier customer.  The Signature line is a little more J.Crew and a little less tree hugger.  I have seen the ads all over fashion magazines in recent months and I truly hope the fits are on point because I think the line is a move in the right direction. 

Belted Twill Jacket - $99

Striped Sailor Tunic - $65

Chambray Shirt Dress - $79

Rebecca Fabric Wedge - $99

I think the Men's line may have even more potential than the Women's.  And, for the fashion conscious men in our lives (i.e. my husband), the fits are much slimmer than the Beans standard. 

Gingham Poplin Dress Shirt - $59

Canvas Cloth Pant - $59

Washed Oxford Cloth - $49

Thursday, April 1, 2010

She Wears Short Shorts

Get those legs ready because the summer of 2010 is all about short hemlines.  Don't be afraid to show of your stems with some bold patterned shorts.  Add a simple tee or tank in a solid color to make these the main attraction.  Dress them up with heels for a night out or sandals for running around town.  Here are my favorites.....

Trina Turk Seedling Short - $148

J. Crew Flora Paisley Lily Short - $59.50

Topshop Eyelet Floral Shorts - $65

Melly M at Hadley Emerson - $140

Corey Lynn Calter at Hadley Emerson - $128

Nanette Lepore "Rainshower" Printed Ruffled Silk Shorts - $198

Brian Reyes Pleated Wrap Mini Short - $520 (maybe if I win the lottery but until then they are still pretty to look at)