Holiday Weekend Open Thread

London Sole Liberty Print Ballet FlatSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Liberty of London prints are classics, and while they can be a bit girly/twee for me in a lot of their iterations, these ballet flats with just a few colorful details look perfect, either for the weekend or the workweek. They’re part of a big “pop-in” shop at Nordstrom, and are $200. London Sole Liberty Print Ballet Flat

P.S. Happy Fourth! We’ll try to have the list of sales posted asap. In the meantime, here are some major ones happening right now…

  • Nordstrom – The designer clearance sale is on this weekend, and there are still great deals to be had in the sales section, with prices up to 70% off.  Note that the Anniversary Sale opens next week for cardholders — if you aren’t already one, now’s a great time to consider it. This is the yearly sale where they mark down next season’s merchandise for a limited time…
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off sale styles with code HAPPY50.
  • Loft – 50% off everything with code GOFOURTH.
  • J.Crew – Extra 40-60% off sale styles with code LONGWEEKEND.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything, plus get an extra 25% off with code HOTSALE.
  • Kate Spade – Enjoy an extra 25% off sale styles with code SETSALE.
  • Last Call – 30-60% off all weekend.


Frugal Thursday’s TPS Report: Playing Favorites Blouse

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Melani Playing Favorites BlouseThis is an oddly titled blouse (that must be a misspelling or typo, right?) but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s lovely and kind of perfect if you’re not a fan of sleeves.  I like the high neckline, the ruched detail at the shoulders, the way it’ll lay beautifully under blazers and cardigans, and the discount: select colors are marked to $59 (down from $99), including green, navy, and blush.  There are actually a number of Melani pieces called “Playing Favorites” with a similar pattern, such as a sleeved blouse and a dress.  Nice. Antonio Melani Playing Favorites Neice Blouse [sic]

Here’s a similar plus-size option.

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(Because of the federal holiday tomorrow we’ll probably be treating today like a Friday — stay tuned for a sales roundup.  Lots of good ones starting already!)


Suit of the Week: Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney suitFor busy working women, the suit is often the easiest outfit to throw on in the morning. In general, this feature is not about interview suits for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

I think this suit is a great example of a very modern, yet very conservative, suit. The tapered pants hemmed right above the ankle, the zips on the pants — all paired with a really traditional blazer — love. The whole look is sleek, professional, and modern. The length of the pants puts this suit firmly in the “fun” bucket — i.e., not for court or a big client meeting — but it really tests the boundaries for me. The jacket (Ingrid wool blazer) is $1,295, and the pants (Vivian wool-gabardine tapered pants) are $610.

Here’s a similar, much more affordable suit in blush (blazer, pants), and here’s a plus-size option for tapered pants.

tapered pants suit


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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Cowl Neck Tulle Tank

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Gaultier Cowl Neck Tulle TankNordstrom’s designer clearance sale has some sick sales, even in our price range for Wednesday TPS reports ($100-$150).  Lots of great basics in lucky sizes (love this Akris basic white tank in sizes 12-16, this Caroline Issa pencil skirt, this black Helmut Lang knit top in lots of sizes) — the one I’m featuring is this bright, happy cowl neck sweater from Jean Paul Gaultier.  I love the feather weight, the fact that it’s hand washable, and, of course, the color.  It was $325, but is now marked to $110. Gaultier Cowl Neck Tulle Tank

Here’s a more affordable option, and here’s a similar option in plus sizes.

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Coffee Break: ‘Eliza – Bedford’ Nylon Satchel

MZ Wallace 'Eliza - Bedford' Nylon Satchel | CorporetteI must say, I was worried for a while that MZ Wallace was phasing out its super popular, highly rated, reader-beloved nylon line, in favor of its new quilted pieces (such as here or here). Happily, they still seem to be in stock, and just as highly rated as ever at Nordstrom. These nylon bags are lightweight, durable, and great for summer because they don’t add a lot of bulk, particularly if you’re walking for your commute. The pictured bag is $385. MZ Wallace ‘Eliza – Bedford’ Nylon Satchel