I mentioned one of my favorite fashion movies a little while ago, and thought the topic was deserving of its own post — what are your favorite movies for fashion? Some of my favorites (they’re almost all rom coms!), below. (Let’s just say it may not be a huge mystery why we named our son Harrison Grant after you read this…):
This is a sponsored post, but I really am delighted to tell you about my experience with MM.LaFleur. I’m impressed with their well-made, beautiful clothes, and I thought the Bento Box experience — where a stylist chooses and sends you a box of clothes to try on at home, for free — was smooth as well as fun.
But first, let’s back up: here’s what I knew about MM.LaFleur coming into this. There is some serious fashion and workwear cred behind the brand, which was founded by two ex-management consultants, Sarah LaFleur and Narie Foster, along with their head designer, Miyako Nakamura, formerly of Zac Posen and Jason Wu. Their mission: to take the work out of dressing for work. They make luxurious clothes with fabrics imported from Italy and Japan, ethically made (mostly) in NYC. Plus, a lot of it is machine-washable and wrinkle-resistant, and that’s made clear right on the shopping pages (not just the product pages!), which I really like.
The Bento Box: While you can shop their online store yourself, they’ve recently started offering a “bento box” — you fill out a quick style survey, and then (based on your preferences and needs), you’re sent a box of hand-picked, office-ready looks. You keep what you love and send back the rest.
My Experience: I filled out a quick survey online, and got a box of hand-picked items the next day in the mail. It was reminiscent of a bento box, with fun compartments (including one with a lovely red notebook — mine to keep — emblazoned with “Luck Favors the Brave”). My box contained several dresses (most below: Etsuko, Felisa, Toi, and Lydia), the Tribeca Skirt, the Angelique sweater, a silk scarf, and a luxe-feeling belt (Greenwich Avenue). I loved almost everything — the only miss for me was the skirt, which fit too long for my taste. I was really impressed with everything they sent — the fabrics felt lovely and had the right amount of stretch, the fit was great, and the construction was solid. There were no obvious workwear gaffes like a super deep V, high slits, or things like that, and instead there were intelligent details like pockets and washable fabrics.
A closer look at some of my favorites: [Read more…]
- Cleaning out your closet, or trying to get rid of clothes that aren’t worn (or just organizing your closet better with the clothes you have in it)
- Rebuilding your wardrobe after a change in size, taste, or budget
- Putting yourself on a shopping moratorium, or shopping your closet
- Wearing a suit on a regular basis (like once a week) so you don’t raise suspicions at your current job when you start interviewing — pictured: the classic favorite, Theory’s suiting (Gabe jacket, Emery or Max C pants)
- Challenging yourself with some patterns or colors to try in your wardrobe — maybe try a fun pattern with a scarf like the one pictured above, available at Nordstrom for $38
For my $.02, I’d love to start wearing heels again. Between the babies and the babywearing and the work-at-homing I’ve gotten out of the habit — I put on a pair of 3″ boots last week and nearly fell over. Part of the problem was that all of my old shoes haven’t fit for a while <sob> because I seemed to pick up an additional half shoe size with each pregnancy. After Jack was born I knew I wanted to get pregnant soonish so I didn’t want to bother with buying a ton of shoes in my new size, so I tried to squish myself into my old shoes — and it went about as well as it sounds. (Not good…. ow.) I’ve heard your feet can still change size (up or down) in the postpartum months, so I’ve been waiting a bit after Harry’s birth as well. Obviously I don’t need to wear heels — no one does! — but I really miss them! (Pictured above: I may just have to pull the trigger on these best-selling Cole Haan booties at Zappos. Hmmn…)
Every year I round up two kinds of “top posts” — MY favorite posts (that were the most fun to write, or I thought sparked an interesting discussion) — and then the ones that are the top posts according to Google Analytics. I’ve already rounded up my favorites — these are the top posts of 2014 according to Google Analytics.
- What To Do About Your Work Email After You Quit
- Must a Blazer BUTTON To Fit?
- Comfortable Heels for Wide Feet
- Are 4″ Heels Too High for Interviewing?
- Which Undies Are Best for Avoiding VPL?
- Feeling Too Fat to Interview?*
- Professional Frump: What to Avoid
- Quick, Easy Hairstyles (from guest poster Lindsey Frederick)
- Professional Image, Outfit “Compliments,” and Confidence at Any Size (from guest poster Kathryn Rubino)
- How to Wear Heels (If You’re Used to Flats)
* I apologize (belatedly) to everyone who felt this title was incendiary — to me it’s a totally normal feeling to have to struggle through of feeling “too fat” to do something — that additional noise created in your head when you don’t feel “your best” for why you shouldn’t do something already challenging. I usually try to keep the blog clear of my own body issues; my apologies for failing to do that in this case. Obviously no one IS too fat to do anything, and of course not for interviewing.
Check out this page for our top posts of all time!
I always do a roundup of which posts were my most-viewed ones for the year — but I thought I’d start our review posts this year with some of MY favorites. Some of them were fun to write — some of them sparked a great discussion — and some of them were just something that I thought was important we talk about. Ladies, which were your favorite posts? Any I’m forgetting?
- How important are “empowering clothes” for women?
- One of my favorite weekend activities: how to shop your closet.
- What work clothes should you avoid if you don’t want to look frumpy? How can you blend a conservative style with a business casual environment?
- Must a blazer BUTTON to fit, we wondered?
- Another great topic: how often do you wash your bras?
- How should you expand your suiting collection? Along similar lines, our Next Step series (on workwear, bags, shoes, and furniture) sparked a lot of great discussions — stay tuned in the New Year for a few more of these.
- How can you be taken seriously if you look young?
- In beauty news, we had some thoughts on professional hairstyles, and I wrote an opus on tinted lip balms.
- How to maintain professional contacts.
- We pondered career plans, and talked about how to deal with imposter syndrome.
- In health news, we had a great conversation about healthy office snacks — and we also talked about how to get started lifting.
- I’m surprised how many Tales from the Wallet made this personal list — but I really enjoyed our discussions about emergency funds, money roadmaps, how to invest $10K, and fashion math.
- Random, but an interesting discussion: how to prepare for emergencies.
- Many thanks to all of my guest posters during my maternity leave! Some of them really sparked great discussions among the readers, including Sweet Hot Justice‘s post on how to fit exercise in, Ruth’s post on growing up poor, Belle‘s post on how to CYA, and Kathryn’s post on professional image and self-confidence — as a plus-size woman.
I know we’re having tech problems but I’m lacking information — is it mobile only? Can you identify which ad (or which ad spot)? Anyone who can send me screenshots and more information will win my undying affection. (I know of two potentially separate problems: Vindicosuite.com and a redirection to some app/game…. please fill me in if there are others.) Thank you all for your patience!