Weekend Open Thread

Frye - Carson Harness Ballet (Berry Leather) - FootwearSomething on your mind? Chat about it here. (Also: Dallas readers, please come on out tonight for the meet-up at Sambuca Uptown! We can’t wait to meet you all!)

This weekend, we’re digging these fabulous new flats from Frye. Love the pink, love the buckle, love the curve to the toe. It’s available in tons of colors, too — the berry (pictured), black, dark brown, a light brown “cognac”, a dark yellow “curry”, a purple “eggplant”, a beige “tan,” and a lovely, bright violet. They’re $148 at Zappos.com. Frye – Carson Harness Ballet (Berry Leather) – Footwear

Weekly News Update

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KAT’S COMING TO DALLAS!! We couldn’t be more excited for our first reader meet-up (ever!) THIS FRIDAY, JULY 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 at Sambuca Uptown (2120 McKinney Ave). We’ve set up an Event Page on Facebook just to get a sense of how many people will come — can’t wait to meet everyone in Dallas!!
SheFinds comes up with cute, “unstuffy” ways to wear tweed jackets.  Meanwhile, Real Simple has a fit lab for sheath dresses.
– The Simple Dollar did a whole series of posts on one of our favorite books, Getting Things Done — here’s the “takeaway” post.
Zen Habits has some suggestions on how to be “insanely productive and still keep smiling.”
Mint.com advises which are the cheapest days to shop online for which items.

Many thanks to this week’s sponsors:

Many thanks to this week’s sponsors:

– American Living by JCPenney
– McAuley’s Unique Boutique
– MYCA Designs
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Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: “May” Knit Top

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

Love the simple cowl neck stretch knit top pictured here — the cowl neck is almost like a necklace or a scarf, and the fact that it has sleeves means you don’t have to do much more to accessorize it.  Love the styling, too — the bun looks simple and classic, not schoolmarm-ish, and the hairstyle complements the bunched fabric at the base of the neck.  Lovely.  Was $69, now $41.40 at Dillards (in citrine and in blackicon). Antonio Melani “May” Knit Top


Seen a great piece you’d like to recommend? Please e-mail [email protected] with “TPS” in the subject line.

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Coffee Break: Brahmin ‘Manning – Louise’ Satchel

iconiconReader J writes in to suggest this fabulous bag, noting “Saw this bag while checking out Nordstrom’s anniversary sale this morning and thought I would share. I think it’s a great work bag– the red is an eye-catcher, and the black is classic.” Love! A friend of ours owns a few Brahmin bags, and we can vouch for the quality — they’ve held up really well for her. They seem to be sold out of black at the moment, but we really like the yellow — it’s a great, sunny pop of color for either spring or fall. Currently $216, it’ll be $325 after the sale.  Brahmin ‘Manning – Louise’ Satchel

Vegan, Non-Leather Shoes and Bags for the Professional Woman

Beyond Skin Women's Franklin PumpReader E writes in with a question about non-leather accessories…

My husband and I have decided to go vegetarian for ethical reasons. Although transitioning our diets hasn’t been that difficult, I’m having a hard time figuring out a way to replace leather, especially for shoes and purses. Most of the eco-friendly companies I’ve found just don’t look professional. Any suggestions?

Judging by the comments when we last posted a vegan shoe (also, ahem, the day we forgot it was Earth Day), you are not alone in wanting to non-leather accessories.  Moo Shoes in NYC is the big store we can think of (they “proudly offer the largest variety of vegan shoes and accessories in the world”); VeganChic and the UK-based Neon Collective also sell a wide range of shoes from designers.  We’ve also heard good things about the brands Neuaura, Beyond Skin, olsenHaus, and Charmone(We like the Beyond Skin Women’s Franklin Pump, pictured, available at Endless.com for $215.) You may also want to check out blog Ecouterre, which is “devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design.”

Readers, which vegan accessory lines are your favorites?

Incidentally — here’s a nice blog post we found while browsing — the author goes over some of damage that leather shoes can do to the environment, for those of you who are curious.

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