Archives for August 2013

Labor Day Sale Roundup

NEWLY ADDED DEALS (8/31)

Aldo: 15% off everything with code SLDAY13 (ends 9/2)

Nasty Gal: Up to 85% off

The Outnet: Extra 30% off select items

Charm & Chain: 20% off orders over $100 using code ENDOFSUMMER

Old Navy: 30% off everything using code SPREE (ends 9/2)

ASOS: 20% off off using code SUMMER4EVER (ends 9/3)

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Gap: 40% off select styles (Ends 9/2)

Forever21: Extra 50% off Sale using code LABORDAY (Ends 9/2)

Madewell: Extra 30% off Sale using code BYESUMMER (Ends 9/2)

Anthropologie: New Sale items and extra 25% off home sale

Tory Burch: 20% off $300, 25% off $500, $30% off $750 using code LABORDAY (Ends 9/2)

West Elm: 15% off sofas and sectionals (Ends 9/2)

Club Monaco: Extra 50% off Sale using code FINAL50 (Ends 9/2)

Banana Republic: 40% off everything using code BRWEEKEND (Ends 9/2)

Urban Outfitters: Extra 30% off Sale (Ends 9/2)

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Fall Trend 2013: White & Grey

All white fall 2013 trend1. Pencey Standard Fencing Blazer  2. Leith Cut In Tank Dress  3. RDM Trench Vest
4. Chloe Pleated Front Pants  5. Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel  6. Devlin Ponte Skirt

all grey
Clockwise fr Top Left: House of Harlow Coltrane Jacket  |  Club Monaco Structured Top  |  J.Crew Tie Waist Mini
TopShop Quilted Sweatshirt  |  Citizens of Humanity Racer Coated Denim  |  ASOS Suede Pencil Skirt
Madewell Cinderhouse Sweatpants  |  Joe’s Skinny Ankle Jeans  |  Phillip Lim Small Scout Drawstring Cross Body Bag
We’ve been seeing some great head to toe monotone looks for a few seasons now.  I love the bold effect wearing a singular color can have.  For Fall 2013, go head to toe in white or grey for a fresh and current look inspired by Celine, Alexander Wang, Marni, Lanvin, etc.

Notable Mentions (other colors to try this season): navy blue, pastel pink, emerald green

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Breezy Midi Dress

Summer dress

Aritzia Wilfred Colonne Dress  |  TKEES Flip Flops  |  Junghwa by Amy Stewart Necklace
Vintage Necklace  |  Alexander Wang Rockie Bag  |  Ray-Ban Sunnies  |  Urban Outfitters Bralette

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Chicago has hit that dreaded 90 degree weather and it’s been pretty miserable being outdoors.  When it’s this hot out, all I want to wear is a silky, flowy sheath.  Nothing tight fitting or any form of denim is bearable in this weather.  I’ve been wearing this Aritzia racerback number a lot this summer.  I’ve worn this to dinner with blank ankle boots in the Spring and it works just as well with flip flops on a muggy summer day.

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Punk Plaid Look

Zara Plaid Skirt  |  Cropped Tee from Korea  |  Free People Denim Jacket (similar) |  Sunglasses from Korea

Aldo Brendal Boots (similar Frye Engineer Boots)  |  Alexander Wang Rockie Bag

Luv AJ Crystal Cross Necklace  |  Rebecca Minkoff Bracelet  |  Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff  

I wrote about how classic prints are making a comeback last week.  Another trend that is huge for Fall is the whole punk rock look. Conveniently, anything plaid works for either trend so you can kill 2 birds with 1 stone.  To turn a look more “punky”, I would add metallics like studs, chains, zippers and buckles.  As with any look, keep something about it simple and understated (in this case, the cropped t-shirt) to balance it out and to prevent from looking constumey.

Fall Trends 2013: Pastel Coats


1. H&M Wool Blend Coat   2. Rochas Oversized Wool Coat (similar)   3. Carven Double Breasted Coat
4. Zara Short Woollen Overcoat   5. Helene Berman Oversize Bracelet Sleeve Coat

Pastel coats are so pretty, so unexpected and so on trend this Fall and Winter season.  A winter coat in a powdery blue or a pale blush would stand out in a sea of black and tan coats and I kind of love that.  That you don’t have to take off your coat to make a statement all winter long.  I love the look below pairing it with a skirt or a dress and some black ankle boots.  I also think it would look great with a pair of slim fitting pants and a plain black turtleneck (which are back this season).

Since it is still technically summer and many retailers have not come out with their outerwear yet, it took more time than usual coming up with the options above.   I’m also finding that some pastel coats (like the Rochas one above) are selling out immediately.  There was a pink one at Club Monaco last week that isn’t showing on their website anymore.  I have the H&M one on it’s way to me so I’ll definitely be reporting on how it turns out.

In terms of fit, as you can tell from my selection, I personally like the oversized cocoon style and rounded shoulders if possible. Celine, Carven, Proenza Schouler and Rochas all showed that style in pretty pastels and they made me swoon.

I’ll leave you today with a picture of the stunning blogger/photographer/model Hanneli Mustaparta shutting it down in this rose coat and metallic belt.  Happy Monday!