Weekend Open Thread

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Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is going on, and there are a zillion discounts.  For the weekend,  I like this diamond cut sweater — the exaggerated stitching is different and interesting. I’d wear it with jeans on the weekend, perhaps with an interesting base layer like a a tank with an ombre effect; I might also try it belted and worn with a *very* high, simple camisole or tank for the office. Was $228, now $113.90 at Nordstrom.  Seventy Two Changes Diamond Cut Sweater

P.S. Sorry I haven’t gotten to the Weekly Round-up yet — I was traveling this week visiting TJ Maxx/Marshall headquarters and learning the secrets (well, some of the secrets) behind how they offer such great prices (and meeting other fun bloggers) — details to come! As for the Weekly Roundup, stay tuned for it on Monday.  Happy weekend!


Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Ruffle Front Top

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American Living Ruffle Front TopI recently had the opportunity to check out the new American Living collection, and this top caught my eye — made of super soft t-shirt material, it strikes me as a comfy but attractive piece to layer beneath blazers and simple cardigans. It’s available in black and a buffalo plaid online; a plain red may also be in stores. Was $44, now 14.99 at JCPenney. American Living Ruffle Front Top

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Coffee Break: Glades Pump

This shoe first caught my eye at Nordstrom — I loved the classic look with the unusual greenish color (and 5 glowing reviews). After a closer look it appears that the color is just a black calfskin — but hey, a classic comfortable black slingback is still something of a find!   At Nordstrom, the shoes are marked to $103 (it was $175); Endless also has them in limited sizes and colors for $96.77-$111.90, and 6pm.com has them also in limited sizes and colors for $87.50. Via Spiga ‘Glades’ Slingback Pump

Open Thread: Thoughts on Bathing

AOriginally uploaded to Flickr by happydacks. few days ago the NYT had an interesting article about people who don’t shower regularly. Reading it, I was particularly intrigued about the woman who, they said, was a “petite, put-together brunette,” who “showers ‘no more than three times a week,’ she said, and less if she hasn’t been ‘working out vigorously.’  So I thought I’d start an open thread… how often do you shower or bathe?  What are your thoughts on how that affects professionalism and decorum?

For my $.02 — I shower every day, although I’ve noticed in my older years that I don’t need to wash my hair every day.  (Still, the longest I can go without washing my hair is only 2 days — after 3 I need dry shampoo, at the very least, but I usually only do that if I”m trying to make a blowout last.)

Originally uploaded to Flickr by happydacks.

Thursday’s TPS Report: Central Park West Cardigan

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Central Park West CardiganHappy Thurday! Today I’m loving this interesting sweater from Central Park West. Love the ribbing at the shoulders, the shawl collar, and the low buttons — I’d probably wear this open, perhaps with a pencil skirt or something sleek beneath it. Was $148, now $87.90 at Nordstrom (sizes XS-L). Central Park West Cardigan

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Suit of the Week: Ann Taylor Wool Sateen

Wool Sateen Collarless JacketFor 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, 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’m loving the menswear-inspired pieces this week, apparently — this collarless jacket with a faille insert seems both interesting and professional. The jacket (Wool Sateen Collarless Jacket) is $218, and the pants (Signature Wool Sateen Pants) are $128 (regulars and petites) (all available online exclusively).  Ann Taylor is running a sale at the moment: use code SHOPANN to take 20% off 2 or more full-priced items, or 30% off 3 or more full-priced items.  Nice!

Wool Sateen Collarless Jacket Signature Wool Sateen Pants


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