Celebrate Business Women’s Day with Last Call

last-call-friends-family-saleThis post is sponsored by Neiman Marcus Last Call, where they just started their Friends & Family sale, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Did you guys know that today is Business Women’s Day? Fun fact: The first American Business Women’s Day was sponsored by the American Business Women’s Association in 1982. It was recognized by Congressional Proclamation in 1983 and 1986. (Source.) In honor of the holiday, Neiman Marcus Last Call asked me to take a look at some of their business fashion picks for women. If you’re not familiar with Last Call, they have some killer deals on both affordable brands as well as more splurgey brands (hello, Donna Karan on deep discount!) — and a ton of great outfits for the office. Luckily for you guys, they also have a great Friends & Family sale going on right now — through September 25th, you can take an extra 40% off everything with your NM Credit card and code FRIEND40; or take 30% off everything with any other form of payment.  (Note that it excludes clearance, estate jewelry, fragrances, Godiva, Gorski furs, Tom Ford, merchandise more deeply discounted, NM new arrival merchandise, and special events.) I especially like that the 30% off sale prices are marked on each product.

Some general brands where they have a TON of workwear stuff includes: Theory, Lafayette 148 New York, Vince, Joie, Cinzia Rocca Due, and Vince Camuto (tons of VC Plus).

On the jewelry side of things their Alexis Bittar collection is so good I had to stop writing the post midway through to buy a gold and black necklace (last one left!) — I also like their Majorica and Kendra Scott collections. On the weekend side of things I love to stock up on Splendid, James Perse, Current/Elliott, and Rag & Bone.

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The Limited and Eva Longoria Take You From Work to Wine

longoria-limited-work-to-wine-2Please note this post is sponsored by The Limited, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Have you guys checked out the new collaboration between The Limited and Eva Longoria? The Limited has been among reader’s favorites for years now for affordable suiting (their Collection Suiting line is awesome), their colorful Madison blazers (love the fun lining), and their very popular Ashton blouses and shirtdresses — so I was excited when they teamed up with Eva Longoria for a “work to wine” collection.  I’ve heard great things about the collaboration, particularly about the fabrication of the garments being amazing and the feel of them being super soft, so I decided to take a look… and the pieces indeed have a perfect desk to dinner vibe.

Pictured at top: black/white dress, cobalt dress (on EL), black top (on EL), black jacket (on EL), black/white dress on mannequin. Pictured with Eva: @fda553587.

Eva Longoria's dress from the DNC (under $125!)A number of the dresses are made of “power ponte, an impeccable double knit fabric with amazing stretch.”  I’ve felt some of the fabric, and it’s a nice, heavy weight ponte, with a slight touch of a “suck you in and smooth you out” kind of appeal.  This winter white dress, with a fabulous windowpane texture (you can see it better here) on the ponte, is one of my favorites — it’s a total show stopper, and great for a warmer climate. (For some reason I love the idea of it with dark red nails, but that’s me.) The dress is $109.95, available in XS-XXL. Eva Longoria Textured Power Ponte Dress
Eva Longoria for Limited black/white dressThis black dress is very similar to the above white dress, but the knit is slightly lighter weight — the white dress above has 68% cotton / 28% polyester / 4% spandex, whereas the dress pictured here has 60% cotton / 38% polyester / 2% spandex.  I love the pattern, though, as well as the elbow length sleeves and the boat neck — and huzzah for it being machine wash/tumble dry. The dress is $109.95, available in sizes XS-XXL. Eva Longoria Power Ponte Patterned Sheath Dress
Eva Longoria Limited cobalt blue faux leather sheath dressYou know the dress must be good if Eva Longoria herself picked it to wear to some store parties — this picture of her and two different women (with different body shapes, and they all look fab) is great. I love the vibrant cobalt color, the flattering color blocking and the stretchy knit. (I like the sauciness of a touch of faux leather, but note that this is very much a “know your office” situation.) The dress is machine wash/line dry, and is available in sizes XS-XXL, for $129.95.  Eva Longoria Power Ponte Faux Leather Dress 
Limited Eva Longoria Work to WineThe dresses are the real stars of the collection, but there are a few colors of this dramatic top with an asymmetrical peplum hem, which looks great with pencil skirts, ankle pants, and more. (There are also two dresses with the silhouette, and if you like the look you can also pair it with a matching pencil skirt in the same fabric/color.) I love the idea of it with a long pendant necklace (like this or this), but that’s me — it’s available in black and cobalt, in regular and petite sizes XS-XXL, for $99.95. Eva Longoria Power Ponte Peplum Top
Eva Longoria cropped jacket LimitedThis cropped cardi/jacket is super soft, and the draping is fabulous. I love the color combination, too — a dusty gray/blue/navy can be really versatile. It’s $109.95, available in XS-XXL. (If you’re in a more casual office, this drapey vest in black is similarly soft, but it’s much longer.)  Eva Longoria Textured Cropped Jacket

Readers, have you checked out the collection yet — what are your favorite pieces? 

A huge thank you to The Limited for sponsoring this post! 

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Grab Your BFF and Get to Ann Taylor: The Friends and Family Sale is On

ann taylor friends and family sale This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger Kat.

Ann Taylor’s Friends and Family sale is ending TONIGHT, with the entire site being 40% off with code FRIENDS40 until then. Sales are so much fun to shop with friends, and I’d love to hear what the Corporette community has bought already, is still considering buying, and is going back for more! I’m absolutely loving the patterns and textures I’m seeing, all amidst the classic shapes we know and love from Ann Taylor. Some of my favorites are below — but which are your favorites? 

Bold Patterns for Work

Bold patterns are a lux, sophisticated way to inject a ton of personality to your workwear. Pair them with neutrals to play it safe, or try mixing patterns and textures to have a bit of fun.  Some of my favorites from the sale:

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Above: dress / skirt / dress / blouse

  • Modern Geo Tie Waist Dress – I love this one for work and beyond! To make the dress more versatile, don’t forget that you can always top it with a slim cut merino sweater in navy to wear it just as a skirt; you can also layer it with a thin navy turtleneck beneath it for winter. The dress is $159 full price, available in regular and petites, and sizes 00-14; in the sale it comes to $95.
  • Colorblock Pencil Skirt – The slanted color block pattern here is amazing — classic but interesting at the same time. White and navy are the obvious things to pair it with,  but I’d also urge you to try it with a pale blue. The skirt is $89 full price, avilaalbe in regular, petite, and tall sizes 00-18, and comes down to $53 in the sale.
  • Diagonal Stripe Wrap Dress – Wow, I love this. It usually drives me batty when patterns don’t line up just so, but it looks intentional and artsy here — and the flattering, feminine colors somehow remind me of a tie.  The dress is available in regular and petite sizes 00-14, and it’s $98 full price, but comes to $58 in the sale. (There are actually a TON of great patterned wrap dresses if you’re looking, and this particular pattern also comes in a silky wrap blouse.)
  • Bird Ruffle Sleeve Top – While ruffles and birds aren’t for everyone, I think this top shows that you can still “put a bird on it” and be professional — love the way the pattern just looks abstract at a difference, and the unusual mix of pale peach and a brighter, almost fuschia-like pink in the pattern — interesting and great. The highly-rated top is $79.50, but comes down to $47.70 in the sale — it’s available in regular and petite sizes XS-XL.

Sophiticated Textures

Texture is a fabulous way to elevate your wardrobe — depending on how textured a fabric is, it can almost read as a pattern — but it’s far easier to mix and match pieces and colors without sticking to neutrals.  Ann Taylor’s new collection showcases a ton of great textures; some of my favorites include:

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Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Suiting Event Starts Today

ann taylor suit saleDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your regular friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor has a ton of great sales, but if you’ve noticed, the suits are rarely part of those sales — except for the rare Suiting Event, which just started, and now offers 30% off all suits.  There are some great women’s suits in the sale, including:

All Season Stretch Suiting

I’ve always been a fan of Ann Taylor’s all-season stretch suiting — it’s such a great basic for every working woman.  Wear it with cashmere and merino in the winter; with cotton and linen in the summer… it really is seasonless.  This lovely “smokey charcoal” suit (pictured below) caught my eye, but it’s also available in black, navy, a beigy “stone beach,” and a light brownish “dark stone taupe heather.” Pictured below:

  • All Season Stretch Two-Button Jacket, was $169, now marked to $118. The jacket is lined and has besom pockets; it’s available in regular and petite sizes (limited sizes only, alas!).
  • All-Season Stretch Pencil Skirt, was $79, now $55.  It’s available in regular and petite sizes 00-18.
  • Modern All-Season Stretch Trousers, were $98, now $68.  They’re available in regular and petite sizes 00-18. (The same color is also available in Ann Taylor’s other two main cuts, the curvy cut and the signature cut.)

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Sponsored: Gorgeous, Affordable, Quality Shoes from M.Gemi

mgemiThis post is sponsored by M.Gemi, but is written by your local friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was super excited for the new luxury shoe brand, M.Gemi — not only do I have a friend on the inside, but their launch last week went swimmingly, with some styles already selling out.  The basic premise: they sought out the most respected, family-owned specialty shoe factories all over Italy.  There, they conceive, design, source, pattern, last, stitch, and finish all of their limited edition shoes.  Then, they sell them directly to you.  Because they cut out the middleman, they can price their shoes much less than other luxury brands, even though they’re using the same quality leathers and materials.  As an added bit of fun, they’ve pledged to come out with new styles each week.  (You can read more about their process in their FAQs.)

Shipping and returns are free, but they do ask that you return shoes within 14 days of receiving them.

(Pictured at top, clockwise: Farfalla pump, Riveli pump, Fiero pump, Felize loafer.) 

Just launched today: the Reggia pump, in glorious blue. I love the slightly squared toe line, the light padding on the insole, and the soft suede.  It’s available in blueberry and raspberry pink for $248.

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Sponsored: Save Time and Sanity with Sassoon’s New Blow and Style Menu

Blow & Style_MR_10Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sassoon, but written by your friendly local blogger, Kat Griffin.

I’ve written before about my love of blow-outs (including how to make a blow-out last for multiple days!), but here’s what I don’t love about blow-outs: the Question.  You know the one: “How do you want your hair blown out?”

“Um…. the normal way.  With a brush and blowdryer and stuff.”  (I say this because I once asked for a blowout and got a flat-iron instead because that was all they offered, and I was too crunched for time to go elsewhere.)

“Yes, but straight?  Wavy? Glamorous?”

“Ummmm… straight, I guess.”

I always feel a bit dumb for not knowing the answer to this question, and I suppose if I started a Pinterest board, or ripped magazine pages out, I could go to the salon and confidently say, “Give me X.”  But I somehow always forget that this is an issue until I’m in the seat.

So I was THRILLED when I heard about Sassoon’s new service: a blow and style menu that not only names popular styles and makes it easier to differentiate among them, it puts even more options right in my hands, right when I need them: when I’m at the salon.

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