January 16, 2016

Good Deals Right Now at Saks

Saks is doing their final cut sale. Some of the items are non-returnable (the little "final sale" warning will pop up in red when you select a size before adding to your cart) but many are 70% off and still eligible for returns. Saks now uses Shoprunner (which you can get for free with Amex) so you can get two day shipping or use "freeship" for free shipping on any order.

If you are shopping for new underpinnings, there are some good deals on Wacoal (one of my favorite brands for bras). I personally needed a few bras in a bigger cup size to get me through pregnancy (at least until I can bring out my nursing bras and tanks for postpartum times) so I was glad to find some on sale. I bought this one and this one. I also noticed a lot of Marc by Marc Jacobs and Vince items on discount. This draped Vince cardigan would work with a big pregnant belly or for nursing when the time comes. I also loved the two Burberry coats (out of my price range even on sale but very lovely, just the same).  I don't think I've ever seen a Burberry puffer for less than $400, but that's still a big chunk of money.

If you are shopping for little ones, there are great deals there too. Plenty of Bloch shoes and Ralph Lauren clothes are available for good prices. Even though the sale prices are tempting, be warned of "sale goggles" and shop judiciously, especially if items are final sale and non-returnable.

And although this isn't Saks, Net-a-Porter has put a bunch of Nike sneakers on clearance. Nike rarely goes on sale for 50-70% off so although sizes are picked over, it's worth browsing if you need sneakers. Happy shopping!

January 04, 2016

More backlogged OOTDs

I had a crazier than usual fall semester and as a result my blog updates fell to the bottom of my priority list. Hopefully things will be different this spring but with my ongoing pregnancy nausea and impending manuscript submission deadline, it will be difficult. After February I will have some reprieve. In the meanwhile here are some quick outfits from Fall that I never got around to sharing.

Up top is an old Anthro favorite, the Sketchbook Shirt Dress. I paired it with one of my older anniversary necklaces from Chris, spanx tights, and Tory Burch flats.  

I wore this Marc by Marc Jacobs Marieka Tulip print dress a few times during the term. Above, I layered a cashmere cardigan by Aqua over top and wore Spanx tights and Sam Edelman Petty booties.

You can really see the tired on my face in this one but the color of the leaves reveal that the worst was yet to come. The dress is H&M, the necklaces are all gifts from loved ones, the tights are Spanx, and the shoes are Sam Edelman.

I have others that I will share this week but wanted to get myself caught up. Since I do like to keep this space as my own outfit diary it seems worth posting despite the time lapse.

December 31, 2015

Getting Fancy with Voodoo Vixen

Voodoo Vixen dress

The holiday season may be coming to a close but that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of reasons in 2016 to get dressed up fancy. I was excited to wear Voodoo Vixen's Paula dress for my own holiday celebrations. The dress hit all the right notes for Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and even my work holiday party. The fabric is substantial with just a hint of stretch and shimmer. The shade of blue looks festive but the black velvety print adds texture. And the belt makes sure one's figure is hugged in the most flattering spot. As my own figure shifted due to the effects of pregnancy and holiday eating, this dress still seemed to fit me through the season. I thought it looked quite nice paired with my daughter's fancy Christmas frock.

The Paula dress (now on sale and available in regular and plus sizes!) yielded many many compliments and although I considered hemming it to be closer to knee length, the slightly longer look made it feel unique and formal. On the right is another lovely dress I considered called the Blair Flare. I am glad I kept my Paula Dress as is and I really appreciate that it has sleeves. But Blair Flare would make a lovely Valentine's Day dress!

Regarding fit: I ordered an XL which was the right choice for me. It gave me plenty of room and I could cinch the waist without feeling constricted. I think this dress will continue to fit me as my midsection grows into my second trimester when I will need something for a winter wedding and it will also work postpartum. I am so grateful to Voodoo Vixen for sending me such a beautiful dress and solving my "what do I wear this holiday season" dilemma that was only exacerbated by my changing pregnant body. Thank you!

Voodoo Vixen is also offering readers of Consume or Consumed an exclusive discount, now through January 31st! Use code CC20 to deduct 20% from your order! Follow @VoodooVixenLDN on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to learn about other discounts and styles they offer. On the website, many dresses are on sale and they carry a range of pieces that suit many occasions and sizes that suit many body types. Thanks again, Voodoo Vixen!


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