July 03, 2015
As per usual for any American holiday, there are tons of sales online and in stores to correspond with Independence Day. It is up to you whether you choose to shop, picnic, or both but if you plan to shop here are my favorite deals.
Saks Fifth Avenue currently is holding their Consolidation Sale. Usually the consolidation prices are north of 75% off but this time around they are holding at 70%. Still, plenty of good deals can be found depending on what you want. I took a screen grab of the amazing discount on this (still pricey but so) classic Burberry Brit trench called the Reymoore (with zip off hood and detachable lining). Although it is sold out online, when I tweeted about the deal, the Saks Customer Service twitter account responded saying they could help track down a size in stores. I'm sure they'd help you too! But word of warning: they stipulate that items are final sale which makes shopping online very risky so proceed with caution.
Boden is holding a sale with prices marked down up to 50% off. It's too late for this to be a Fourth of July option but I love the patriotic color palette and nautical theme of the Francine Dress! It would work just as well for Labor Day.
Disneystore.com is doing their twice yearly sale and offering free shipping today and tomorrow with code: Freeship
J. Crew Factory is offering free shipping and an extra 20% off prices (already marked 50% off) with code: HOTSALE
Kate Spade is offering an extra 25% off sale prices with code: SETSALE
Anthropologie is running the Tag Sale and you get an extra 20% off sale prices with code: SALEAWAY
Outnet has a killer selection of pieces an extra 40% off when you add to your cart
And Net-a-Porter is running their final clearance where you can get an extra 20% off with code: SALE20
Emilia and I shopped the mall a bit yesterday with my mom and sister but we will be picnicking tomorrow so we are shopped out. Regardless of how you spend your weekend I hope you have a great one and Happy 4th of July!
June 26, 2015
I have a problem with clothing trends right now. I should disclose that it is my conscious decision to have a problem with clothes rather than with my own body shape (and its apparent incompatibility with the clothes). At the moment, the clothes "on trend" are fads that I lived through the first time around as a teenager (and therefore feel too old to revisit), "comfort" chic styles that feel too much like pajamas to wear in public, or billowy sacks designed presumably to make one marvel over the juxtaposition of the wearer's litheness when compared to said billowy sack. I can't wear any of it to work. And I can't really wear any of it outside of work... at least not without feeling foolish due to the trifecta of my age, my body type, and my status as a mom.
But dressing in the summer has always confounded me, especially when it comes to work. We're in the beginning of summer so I have no sense of outfit rhythm and still feel terribly exposed without tights and layers. Every day I cycle through outfit options, disapproving of choice after choice. It's even worse on the days when I have to go to campus.
I am fortunate in that my job is not rigid in dress code and my summer work can often be done from home. But I am still serving on committees. I am still part of the campus community which doesn't halt during the summer. So there are plenty of occasions to go to work on campus. I just never know what to wear. It would be easier if all my summer clothes fit but I am carrying extra weight due to stress.
Social media are abuzz singing the praises of summer and I am glad for the vitamin D but this is my least favorite season for dressing. Thank goodness life is about more than clothes!
Anila shirtdress from Anthropologie (old)
Spanx tights (probably one of my last days to wear until fall)
MBMJ punk mouse flats (on sale in black)
June 25, 2015
I ordered the Lindsey Dress from Boden during a recent sale and have worn it a few times since then. It is a very nice, high quality dress in my opinion and comes in the floral print you see above or in solid colors. The solids make it very work-friendly and even the print can pass if you work in academia. I planned to wear the dress to graduation but it didn't arrive in time so I wore it to day 1 of the faculty workshops that are held annually, soon after the end of the spring term.
I also wore it to meet Chris for dinner in Oakland on a warmer day. Emilia is enamored with castles and the Gothic architecture of the Cathedral of Learning is very castle-esque. So I snapped this in the (decidedly un-regal) restroom during our "Pitt castle" explorations.
If you are curious about fit, I am wearing an 8 regular in the Lindsey Dress so I would say it runs a bit big. I am usually a 10 these days. The fabric is substantial and stretchy. The bodice is lined. It has no pockets but it does have a side zip.
Lindsey Dress from Boden
Pic 1: Longchamp Pliage from many years ago; Pic 2: Longchamp Pliage Neo in Poppy (a bday gift)
Pic 1: MBMJ Mouse flats (on sale in black) Pic 2: Tieks in Tangerine