Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Peplum Blazer

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Alice + Olivia Hunter Peplum BlazerHappy Monday!  We are loving this deceptively simple blazer from Alice + Olivia.  At first glance, it looks like your basic gray tweed blazer — but on closer inspection you notice the velvet trim, the flounced peplum waist , and the slight shaping to the shoulders.  Fabulous.  We’d wear it with a pencil skirt, or perhaps a high-waisted pant.  It’s $440 at Shopbop.com.  Alice + Olivia Hunter Peplum Blazer


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Weekend Open Thread

In And Out Trench Coat Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

We’ve liked this Rachel Roy raincoat since we first saw it — the “speckled jacquard” is kind of crazy, and we like that (and the stripey lining!).  We’d wear it on a rainy weekend when we wanted to look glamorous, but be practical, while meeting friends for brunch.  Was $169, now $101.40 at RachelRoy.com.  In And Out Trench Coat

P.S. Sorry we’re a bit behind the ball on the Weekly News roundup — if we don’t get to it today we’ll throw it in with the Monday stuff. Having one of those days…

Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Doubleweave Skirt – Cheetah Print

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Reader S writes in to report on this lovely skirt, noting that it’s “a fabulous find for the money. The colors are neutral and it’s not obviously an animal print.    The skirt comes to mid-knee (I’m 5’4””), is fully lined, and is made of polished cotton that hasn’t wrinkled all day.  Best $20 I’ve spent in a long time.”  Nice!  It is, indeed, $19.99 at Target.   Merona® Women’s Doubleweave Skirt – Cheetah Print


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Coffee Break – Classic Q Groovee

9Weirdly enough, Zappos seems to have an even better sale on Marc by Marc Jacobs than its sister site, 6pm.com — it seems like lots of additional bags and colors are available there. We like this lovely steel “Classic Q Groovee” bag (also available in kelly green and teal).  Was $498, now $373.50 at Zappos. Marc by Marc Jacobs – Classic Q Groovee (Steel) – Bags and Luggage

How do you dress for desk to dinner?

Ballgowns and demolitionWhile doing the “Previously” posts for this month, I was thinking that the “desk to dinner” transitions one would be a good one to revisit since we have such a bigger community now to discuss. At the time I wrote the first post, Project Runway had just done a challenge where contestants had to make one outfit that could carry a woman from daytime work to a hot date — and I just remember  thinking, well this is just going to result in slutty workwear/frumpy datewear.  So I’m curious, readers:  when you have a hot date, or a party after work, how do you handle it? (Pictured: Ballgowns and demolition, originally uploaded to Flickr by Phil Gyford.)

My own method has always to just bring an entirely new outfit to wear out and about. Tonight, for example, I’m going to a fairly fancy party and so I have a dress, my highest, hippest heels, and my trusty black wrap because it’s starting to feel like fall in Manhattan. Meanwhile, at the office I’m wearing simple black pants, a purple long-sleeved top with ruffles on it, and gray Cole Haan pumps. Heck, I even have a different bra packed for the party tonight. The only thing I’m planning on wearing the entire day is my jewelry, which admittedly is a bit much for the work outfit (dangly diamond earrings and a right-hand diamond ring, in addition to my regular watch and wedding/engagement ring), but I really dislike throwing good jewelry into a handbag to wear it later.  (Pictured:  These are totally not my earrings, but aren’t they pretty?  And really, who needs college, grad school, and a nice downpayment for a house when you can have these lovely earrings instead? I always say, if you’re wondering whether you should buy a studio in Manhattan or a pair of earrings, go for the pair of earrings!)

Funny story, though — back when I was dating, I remember going on a first date at a lunch and thinking, well, it would be weird to change into jeans for a lunch date.  So I wore what I had worn to the office — black pumps, black sheath dress, and, I think, my pearls — and the guy thought I had gone all out for him (and actually seemed a bit intimidated by that fact).
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Thursday’s TPS Report: S/S Split Neck With Contrast Belt

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Tahari by ASL - S/S Split Neck with Contrast Belt (Black) - ApparelOk, ladies — put down whatever “important work” you’re doing and hit the 6pm sales going on today — like, now.  Designer sunglasses, bags, and shoes (lots of Marc, BCBG, Theory, etc) as well as specific sales on Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade, and Vivienne Westwood.  In the clothes arena, we’re loving the Elle Tahari sale — tons of great work dresses for around $76, including this simple split-neck dress.  Love the sleeves, the nipped-in waist, and the flattering split neckline.  Was $128, now $76.80 (available in both black and cobalt blue).  Tahari by ASL – S/S Split Neck with Contrast Belt (Black) – Apparel


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