Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Afternoon delight: the ideal winter work dress

Every so often during my online clothing hunt I come across an item that makes me stop in my tracks, forget what I was doing and just drool. I may not need every item I want, I may not be able to afford every item I want, but I can certainly appreciate every item I want!

Today's afternoon delight: the winter work dress I want more than any other, courtesy of Victoria Beckham.

I'm just a little into grey this fall, as in nearly everything on my Fall/Winter shopping list is grey or has grey components. I love this simple shift for the graduated skirt...the elegant shape...the ease of layering over it (I'm thinking this Joie turtleneck or some kind of cape-style winter coat) or under it.

This stunner's going to have to wait. Though it's available for a slightly lower price via Farfetch, the USA retail price at Nordstrom, Shopbop and Stylebop means I need to save up my pennies or wait for some kind of super sale. I think the design is classic enough that even if I end up waiting til end of season to pick the dress up, it will still be alluring next year. What do you think?

I had a workwear post scheduled to run today but due to Anthropologie's sale it's been bumped to tomorrow. Also coming tomorrow? Fresh Anthro reviews!

What's your afternoon delight today?

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Anthropologie's SALE arrives midflight! With an extra 25% OFF!

Well, well, Anthropologie. Look who's having a sale today! The markdowns arrived while I was in the air early this morning on my way to an out-of-NYC work meeting so this won't be a full sale post.

EVEN BETTER, sale is an extra 25% off!!! Use the code EXTRAEXTRA at checkout.

Thanks to everyone in the community who alerted us to the sale! You can check out Anthropologie's Fresh Cuts sale page or head inside the post for the best of the new sale items. Are you parktaking in sale today? (I did. An extra 25% off is so nice!)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Afternoon delight: the perfect classic J.Crew sweater...but it's from J Brand

Every so often during my online clothing hunt I come across an item that makes me stop in my tracks, forget what I was doing and just drool. I may not need every item I want, I may not be able to afford every item I want, but I can certainly appreciate every item I want!

Today's afternoon delight: the perfect grey cotton sweater. Like J.Crew used to make. Only this one is by J Brand!

Back when I was in middle school (yes, you read that right) I fell in love with J.Crew's winter merino sweaters. They were perfect. Long, ribbed cuffs. Ideal grey color. Warm. Soft. Fantastic crew neckline. Hit at the right spot on my junior high hips. I wore those sweaters for all of high school, most of college and after moving back to NYC post-university. What has happened?!? These days it's impossible to walk into J.Crew and find a simple, classic, well-made sweater. I don't want to delve deeper into it -- it's just too upsetting!

The wound was made raw all over again when I spotted the photo above, taken from a German fashion magazine. How cute is this as a fall work outfit? PERFECT J.Crew-esque sweater, scarf, blazer (I'd do a solid schoolboy style rather than striped), coffee, and we're all set to roll. I was determined to somehow make this look come real.

So thank you J Brand for creating the Helms sweater in your ready-to-wear line! It's the closest thing I've found to the sweaters I remember from years past. It fits well and has the same longer ribbing on the wrists and bottom hemline. It is so soft too! To recreate the look above I wear the J Brand Helms Sweater, this Anthro scarf, and a Club Monaco black schoolboy blazer (similar).

The sweater is available on a number of retailer websites including Saks Fifth Ave, CUSP and Barney's. Better yet, it's on sale at Intermix (least expensive but final sale!), J Brand's own website and the Dreslyn. An investment piece sure to pay dividends for years and years.

What's your afternoon delight today?

Lunch break: A killer deal at Piperlime

Doing some fall/winter shopping? Do you like percent off your purchases? Well then read on, because Piperlime has a pretty sweet deal going on right now -- with an even bigger stackable discount for Gap/Banana Republic/Old Navy cardholders.

With colder weather, Anthropologie's sweaters are better

This sweater looks warm, cozy, and feminine. The killer combo I'm looking for!
The Whipstitched Boucle Sweater ($98), among Anthropologie's latest releases.

Note: Anthropologie has taken 30% off booties and select sweaters, tops and pants...today is the last day. Details here.

Temperatures in NYC plunged overnight and after a trip to Colorado where there was snow in the mountains I'm ready for sweaters! Anthropologie has released more and more cold-weather options. Inside, what's good, what has me scratching my head, and what I'd hoped to see but haven't yet...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Playing the Sale Guessing Game

Is it time for more markdowns at Anthropologie? True, they are running a 30% off booties promotion for a limited time. For those of us who aren't in the market for booties right now a sale sure would be sweet! Let's play the Sale Guessing Game and encourage Anthro to break out those red marking down markers.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friends & Family season is upon us -- work-ready picks from Saks Fifth Ave's 25% off!

Friends and Family season is upon us once again! The major department stores are currently rolling though their seasonal discounts. This weekend it's Saks Fifth Avenue's turn -- get 25% off your purchase (20% off jewelry) using the code FRNFAM at checkout. This store is one of my go-to places for work clothing. Inside, some of my picks for fall and winter-ready work dresses. (With more work clothing posts to come next week!)