Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Fall Collection

Ann Taylor's Fall 2014 CampaignDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Ann Taylor, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor has always been one of my favorite workwear brands, and their fall collection is absolutely gorgeous. (And ladies, do note: they’re currently offering 40% off sale styles, with no code needed — huzzah!) I thought I’d take a look at some of the hot new pieces just hitting stores now — readers, do you have any favorites from Ann Taylor’s fall collection?

 

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Sponsored: Sole Society’s Great Collection of Work-Appropriate Flats, Heels, and More

sole society screenshot.indexedDisclosure: This post is sponsored by Sole Society, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

I’ve been intrigued by Sole Society since 2011, when the brand was founded by the HauteLook team as a subscription shoe club.  (It was spun into a separate company a few months later, and they’ve since dropped the subscription aspect — they’re now just a regular eCommerce site.)  They currently offer shoes designed by Sole Society, French Connection, Lucky Brand, Matisse, and Vince Camuto.  Note that shipping and returns are free, but in order to get a refund on your credit card (versus store credit) they charge a $7.95 restocking fee per item returned.  (Some Sole Society shoes are available at some Nordstrom locations.)

Meanwhile, I continue to drool over half of Sole Society’s stock — they have a ton of professional, work-appropriate heels, and — even rarer! — a ton of fun but appropriate flats (many with straps, too).  Some of the gorgeous pieces I’m dying over (all with rave reviews on the site):

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Sponsored: The Scoop on the Nordstrom Rewards Card

The Scoop on the Nordstrom Rewards Card | CorporetteN.B. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, but written by your usual friendly blogger, Kat Griffin.

So here’s my dirty little secret: I’ve never had a Nordstrom card, despite the fact that for YEARS now I’ve been hearing about how you get early access to the Anniversary Sale and other perks. My main reason for holding out? I usually wait to get a store card until I’m about to make a huge purchase (a fancy bag, a particularly large order, etc) because most store cards give you a special discount ONLY on the day you sign up.  After looking at the Nordstrom Rewards card a bit more closely, though:

  • Card members earn 2 points per net dollar spent at Nordstrom on your Nordstrom credit or debit card.
  • Every 2,000 points earns you a $20 Nordstrom Note to spend on anything at Nordstrom. Card holders get early access to Anniversary Sale so they can shop online and in stores before every else.
  • Get a $20 bonus Note when you spend $100 at Nordstrom with your Nordstrom card the day you apply. (Nudge nudge!)
  • You can get reimbursed for some or all alterations on Nordstrom purchases with a Nordstrom Note in the exact dollar value of the charge.  (There are different levels of Rewards, and members at higher levels can get more alterations reimbursed.)

And then, once a year, you can also pick a day to earn TRIPLE points — so if you want to use it for the day you shop the Anniversary Sale, you get even more points than usual.  (You can just click a box during checkout to choose to use your Triple points that day, or you can call the store to set up a day to use them in person. The customer service rep I spoke with noted that it’s really easy to set up your triple points day — it isn’t a problem to schedule it; just let them know the day of.  Triple points can apply to both in-store and online purchases if they’re made the same day.) (As you move “up” the levels of membership, you can earn more triple point days.)

I went through the signup process in less than 10 minutes (it would have been faster if I’d had my driver’s license at the computer with me), and because I applied through my Nordstrom.com account, the info is already saved in my account and I can already begin earning points (and have access to the sale).  (The card will come in the mail in 7-10 days.)  Sweet!

Readers, are you excited for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Cardholders, what purchases are you hoping to make?

Sponsored: Get Work-Appropriate, Custom-Fit Dresses from NUMARI

NUMARI bespoke dressesDisclosure: This post is sponsored by NUMARI, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin.

Everyone wants a dress that fits you like a glove — but it can be a struggle to put in the time needed at the tailor (to say nothing of the money or the guesswork involved with the initial purchase), and getting a bespoke dress seems intimidating and expensive.  Enter NUMARI, an up-and-coming fashion brand with a triple threat: cute work-appropriate looks, an easy custom fit, and affordable price points ($160-$235 with free shipping and free returns).  I also like that the two founders both actually have worked in conservative spaces — one worked in banking, consulting, and consumer products, while the second was a management consultant in the tech world.  They sent me a few samples to look over, and I must say, I’m impressed with the quality and look. [Read more...]

Sponsored: Ann Taylor’s Suiting Event Kicks Off Today!

Ann Taylor summer suits eventDisclosure: This post is sponsored, but written by your friendly regular blogger, Kat Griffin.

Ann Taylor’s summer suiting event kicks off today, and there are a ton of cute options that are now 30% off with code POWER30.  A few picks from the sale…

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: a linen blend suit is a great option for truly sweltering days when you still have to wear a suit.  I’m loving the “iced latte” color here — it makes the white blouse look so crisp! I also like that you can buy matching pants or a matching skirt.  After the discount, the jacket (Linen Cotton Two Button Jacket) is $118.30, the skirt (Linen Cotton Skirt) is $55.30, and the pants (Linen Cotton Trousers) are $68.60.

 

 

Ann Taylor Linen Cotton Two Button Jacket Ann Taylor Linen Cotton Skirt Ann Taylor Linen Cotton Trousers

Cotton sateen is another great option for summer because it tends to hold its structure and form a bit better than linen or more fluid fabrics.  All of these pictured pieces below have great reviews and are available in beige and navy. The one-button jacket (Cotton Sateen One Button Jacket) is now $111.30; the straight leg trousers (Signature Cotton Sateen Straight Leg Pants) are now $62.30, and the pencil skirt (Cotton Sateen Pencil Skirt) is now $55.60. [Read more...]

Sponsored: My Mom Clearly Needs a Ellipsis™ 7 from Verizon for Mother’s Day

Ellipsis7Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Verizon, but written by your usual friendly blogger Kat Griffin. Pictured: The Ellipsis™ 7 Tablet from Verizon (vzw.com/bestdeals), $49-$250 depending on contract (or free with any purchase of a smart phone).

What are you getting for your mother for Mother’s Day?  If you’re a mother yourself, what do you want — and how heavily are you leaving hints for your partner and/or kids? If you have siblings, do you make joint purchases for your mom — and how do you organize them?

I’ve written before about my amazing mother — but I haven’t shared a kind of amusing story about my brother and Mother’s Day.  See, years ago when I started working and finally had disposable income, I decided that both my mother and grandmother should get flowers on Mother’s Day (and all other holidays), if not also a gift.  Being the good Big Sis I am, even if I picked out and paid for everything, I always put my brother’s name on the card, and we both got credit.  But this bugged me:  I didn’t want to have to become go-to The Purchaser/Organizer.  I was wary, as a woman, of putting myself in that default role where, if I didn’t get Mother’s Day gifts, no one would do it.  [Read more...]