Weekend Open Thread

weekend open thread - lushSomething on your mind? Chat about it here. 

I’ve seen this blouse on a zillion bloggers, so I broke down and bought it — quality is about what you’d expect for a $27 blouse, but I like it. It’s big and drapey, but fluid so it feels more flattering. I plan to wear it with leggings and skinny jeans on the weekend. It’s available in a ton of colors and prints, sizes XS-XL, for $27 (it’ll go back up to $42 after this weekend!). (I’m also keeping this top in the dark green — so so pretty! — but the regular, at least on my 5’4″ frame, is super, super long, so it’s also a weekend top.) Lush ‘Perfect’ Roll Tab Sleeve Tunic

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Frugal Friday’s TPS Report: Wrap-Bodice Dress

Talbots Wrap Bodice Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This wrap-bodice dress has mixed reviews, but hello: it’s marked down to $17-$30 at Talbots, and it’s available in regular, petite, plus size, and plus size petites. I like the ruching detail, the faux wrap skirt, the three-quarter length sleeves, the work-appropriate hem, and the fact that it’s machine washable (and “travel friendly,” whatever that means). It’s part of the big sale at Talbots right now where they’re offering an extra 50% off markdowns (the prices DO reflect the discount). Talbots Wrap-Bodice Dress

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Coffee Break: Sidekick Shoulder Bag

The Row Sidekick Shoulder Bag | CorporetteThe Row kills it again with this gorgeous yellow suede shoulder bag. Love the goldtone hardware (so chic with yellow!) and all of the pockets. Gorrrrgeous. It’s $2,700 at Barney’s New York. The Row Sidekick Shoulder Bag

A few lower-priced options are here, here, and here.

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Camisoles Beneath Blouses: White or “Nude”?

seamless camisolesWhich are the best camisoles to layer beneath blouses? Is a seamless camisole important, or a nude-for-you camisole? Or is a white camisole the best thing under a white blouse? Reader S has a question, and I thought it might be a fun topic because I’ve said before: I am a fan of plain, non-lacy white or black camisoles (with a nude-for-you bra) beneath sheer blouses, rather than “nude” camisoles. They make it clear to the non-fashion people you work with that it’s safe to look at your blouse — a solid camisole avoids that weird Barbie look of “it’s sheer and I think I see skin but there’s no bra or nipple and I’m so confused…” I also think it streamlines things in your closet, because if you need a camisole to raise the neckline of a dress, you’d want a white or black one anyway. But maybe I’m in the minority. Here’s S’s question:

I recently got several lovely silk button up blouses. I love the feel and look, and the step-up in fabric. However, they are kind of sheer. I have been searching high and low, and can’t find a good nude camisole that doesn’t show all the straps and seams and edges under the silk, making it look cheap and not well put together. Not the look I’m going for. Why can’t they make the camisole equivalent of these panties?

nude camisolesIn addition, most of the “nude” camisoles I have found look like they’re nude on a banana cream pie, but not on me. like this one (pictured at right).

I’ll weigh in with a few answers for S, but I’m curious to hear what readers say about this whole issue. [Read more…]

Thursday’s TPS Report: ‘Brushed Flower’ Print Cascade Faux Wrap Dress

Karen Kane 'Brushed Flower' Print Cascade Faux Wrap Dress | CorporetteOur daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

This faux wrap dress from Karen Kane has been around for a long while — every season they do it up in new prints, colors, and sleeve lengths. It’s machine washable, has a nice neckline and length — although it can be a bit clingy, so size up if that’s a concern. I like this pretty black/gray/blue floral version that is part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (this is the last weekend for it, ladies! — what were your greatest hits and misses from the sale?). It will be back up to $128 when the sale ends August 3, but is currently marked to $84.90, available in sizes XS-XL. Karen Kane ‘Brushed Flower’ Print Cascade Faux Wrap Dress

A few plus-size options are here, here, and here; this one is available in petite sizes.

Two other cute finds from the Anniversary Sale (with limited sizes): this cute pink blazer, and this intriguing gray plaid fit and flare dress.

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Beauty Wednesday: Makeup Combinations

Makeup CombinationsHere’s what may be an odd question for you: Which are your favorite makeup products to combine? On the flip side — which are your favorite makeup products that are great by themselves?

For my own $.02: in the past I’ve layered applications of two different kinds of mascara (because I liked one for coverage and another for separation or staying power of a tube mascara like Blinc), I’ve layered multiple kinds of lip products (my new favorite is using MAC’s lip primer, using a MAC lip liner on my entire lips, and then sealing with a top coat of YSL’s Glossy Stain in the one of the Rebel Nude shades), and of course different kinds of cheek products (some days I use bronzer, blush, and highlighter). When I’m using pencil liner I also tend to layer a dark eye shadow on top of it with a smudge brush, both to make my eyes a bit smokier and to help the liner stay put.

In terms of products that are great on their own, I just got a new stick of Clinique’s Chubby Sticks (in Graped-Up), and love it by itself — no lipliner, gloss, primer, or anything else needed (pictured above; available for $17 at Nordstrom). It’s actually hard to think of another product that is great by itself, with no help needed from another product… hmmmn…

Readers, what are your thoughts? Which are your favorite products to combine — and which are your favorite to wear by themselves?
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