Archives for July 2016

The Highest Rated Items Still Left in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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The below content is about the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

As I may have mentioned a few times, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on, featuring tons of new fall merchandise temporarily marked down until prices go back up on August 8. I did my initial workwear review and rounded up my favorite shoes from the NAS when the sale first began a few weeks ago, but it’s been interesting to watch the progress of the sale — I’m always intrigued to see what becomes a best seller, what sells out, what gets rave reviews, and more.  Much has sold out — but there are still a TON of highly rated items in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. So I thought I’d do a “highest rated edit” of the NAS — these are things that have tons of good reviews, almost entirely 4-5 stars, and almost everything here still has a ton of sizes left.  I’m picturing a lot of workwear and shoes, but I’m also rounding up the highest rated lingerie, lounge, and weekend pieces in the NAS.  Ladies, what have you bought and loved, whether to wear to work or for the weekend? Have you tried any of these highly rated NAS styles — and do you agree with the reviews? 

The Highest Rated NAS Work Clothes

You can check out my initial NAS workwear review here — many of the pieces are still left but have zero reviews (or single 5-star reviews, like this dress). I always feel there’s strength in numbers, so these are the highly rated styles with the most reviews:

highest rated tops for work in the NAS

Pictured tops above, L-R:

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Weekend Open Thread

Cotton-Rayon Leggings: Hue 'Ultra WW' LeggingsSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I have been ordering Hue leggings for years, but I’ll be honest: I didn’t realize how great I had it until recently. They are opaque and thick. They’re comfortable. They don’t get baggy. They wash up well. Some of them even have real pockets in the back. I recently ordered some leggings from another company and couldn’t believe how they did, well, NONE of the good things I just mentioned about Hue. (And it looks like other people agree with me — these leggings have 1,500+ positive reviews at Nordstrom.) They’re $20.92 during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, available in XS-XXL in black, brown, and gray, but after the sale ends August 8 they’ll go back up to $36. Hue ‘Ultra WW’ Leggings

Psst: don’t forget we feature recent threadjacks of interest on our RH sidebar — we’ve moved it so it’s higher up the page.

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Weekly News Update

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  • Mic tells the story of June Rivas: After her boss complained about how she wore a ponytail and a headscarf to work, and her office banned “cultural head wraps,” she shared a post on Facebook (with photos) explaining that she then went to work every day “in an outfit that fits the guidelines she laid out … just … not QUITE the way she expected” (see photo at left).
  • Racked says goodbye to the Victoria’s Secret catalog with a look back at its almost 40-year history (images NSFW, of course).
  • New York magazine’s The Cut features a fun slideshow of makeup looks inspired by Comic-Con and cosplay.
  • The Wall Street Journal checks out some new labels that are “launching handbags in the $200-to-$800 price range, and shoes for under $500 — price levels that designer brands abandoned a decade ago.”
  • Law.com has a nice roundup on male behaviors that annoy women lawyers (note: sign-in required).
  • New York magazine’s The Cut “asked three of [Equity’s] film’s powerful female advisers and investors, ‘What is it really like to be pregnant on Wall Street?'” (In Equity, Anna Gunn plays the main character, an investment banker.)
  • U.S. News & World Report gives advice on how to be helpful to your network, and Inc. has tips on creating positive change at your employer.
  • HillaryClinton.com asked 45 graphic designers and artists to design campaign buttons for the “Forty-Five Pin Project.”
  • Elizabeth Segran looks at the intersection of work and menstruation for Fast Company (h/t to The Broadsheet).

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: Sundrenched Floral Pencil Skirt

Affordable Work Skirt: Ann Taylor Sundrenched Floral Pencil Skirt   Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

There are some great finds at the Ann Taylor sale — tons of stuff comes down under $20, but it’s mostly in lucky sizes. This floral skirt is on less of a sale (it was only marked down a little bit before they took 60% off), but it’s got a fair number of sizes left, and, hello, $32 for a $90 skirt is still a pretty good price. (This diamond pencil skirt with an art deco vibe, on the other hand, was already 50% off before they took an additional 60% off, making it a mere $18.) Stock up, ladies. Ann Taylor Sundrenched Floral Pencil Skirt

A couple of sizes are left in the “curvy” version of the pictured skirt, and two plus-size options elsewhere (also on sale) are here and here.

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Coffee Break: Skinny Diamond Bracelet

vinader skinny diamond braceletI did NOT notice there was Monica Vinader stuff in the NAS until just now – and I am excited! We all know I’m usually not a fan of bracelets for work (too clangy, interfere with typing, etc), but I don’t see how a gorgeous, delicate little diamond bracelet like this could be bad.  It feels like such a modern take on the classic diamond bracelet — love it.  It’s normally $385, but during the sale it comes down to $249.  Monica Vinader Skinny Diamond Bracelet

On the more affordable side of things, this $47 pavé “tatoo” bracelet is awesome.

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Summer Workouts: Open Thread

Summer WorkoutsWhen it’s hot and muggy out, it can be difficult to stick to your regular workout routine, whether it’s running outside, walking to/from work, or doing a studio class like barre.  So let’s hear your thoughts on summer workouts!  Do you tend to exercise less during the summer? Do you move your workouts inside (perhaps with the help of a personal trainer?), or do you simply switch your summer workouts to mornings or evenings, when it’s cooler? Maybe you’re a hardcore runner who still goes for several runs a week and trains for the many 5Ks, 10Ks, and other races offered in the summertime — or maybe the closest you’ll get to vigorous exercise this summer will be watching the Olympics next month. It’s been a long time since we last talked about working out in the summertime, so let’s chat about it today!

Before we hand it over to the readers, we’ll share a few general tips for summer workouts from our last discussion:

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