As the weather is getting cooler and the air is getting dryer, I thought now might be a great time to talk about hair masks. I really got into them while pregnant with Harry — my skin was super dry, and my hair seemed to be too — so these are all ones that I’ve bought and tried myself. (In case it matters, I tend to have fairly fine hair, but a ton of it — and it’s getting curlier each year. It also gets more dry each year, also — handy for making a blowout last for days.)
I am a 48 yr. young corporate professional / entrepreneur /contractor looking for professional, age appropriate looks. Can you suggest a website that can guide my “lack of style” sense to better purchases within a reasonable budget, too? I really need a stylist but the internet is my next best option. I tend to like www.marieforleo.com and www.giulianarancic.com clothing but I am a size 16 (working on this part) and 5′ 3′ (wish it could change :) … two big issues… and oh yea, no heels for me. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I would love to find the info I seek here.
Great question, M! We’ve talked about some of the best personal style blogs before, as well as personal shoppers, but we’ve never quite done a post on stylists, or where to start for style inspiration. (M, you may also want to check out our post on how to look professional in flats when that’s all you wear.) I’m curious to hear what readers say! A few notes:
Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
As we approach tights weather, I thought it might be fun to round up some strappy pumps (see also our roundup of t-strap pumps). Although boots and booties are much more acceptable to wear with tights than they used to be (just for kicks take a look at our 2010 poll on peep-toe booties), the most conservative option is still, I think, pumps or flats, whether with straps or without. So without further ado… readers, what are your favorite shoes to wear with tights? Have you made any killer purchases recently (or classics that are still available) that go the distance in terms of comfort and style?
The only black piece of clothing I have is one blazer and I don’t have a single white thing. You could find me in a floral skirts with striped tops, long bright dresses, and when I occasionally wear jeans, I always pair them with shirts and blazers. My favorite patterns are stripes and florals, favorite colors are purple, red, orange. Can this ever be professional? I feel very uncomfortable in black and would hate to give up my favorite pieces. The field where I hope to find a job is business causal.
Great question, S! We’ve talked about how to start wearing prints, as well as how to mix prints — but not in a long while (other than this brief mention in our post on how to shop your closet and Play Clothes). So let’s talk about it. First: I don’t think there is anything inherently unprofessional about prints, colors, and patterns — indeed, some of the most adventurous dressers, who mixed prints and patterns in the boldest ways, are some of the male partners I knew at my old law firm. The easy advice here is that it’s very, very easy to throw on a solid cardigan or blazer that picks up one of the colors in your print, throw it on with a neutral trouser or skirt, and go to work. But let’s have a bit more fun with it…
Layer multiple patterns and anchor them with a solid piece, either in a neutral (black or white) or a color from one of the prints. (Check out our new Professional Prints board on Pinterest to see the pictures bigger, and click through for the sources.)
Brooks Brothers’ Friends & Family sale is on, and ends tonight! I always like the scarf and accessory selections there, so I’m drooling over these tie stripe oblong scarf — it seems fun in a “borrowed from the boys” kind of way. It was $98, then marked to $68, and it comes down to $51ish with code FF25. Brooks Brothers Tie Stripe Scarf
Nordstrom is not usually one to have a secret sale, but not only is there no big announcement on the home page, I can’t even find a good link to send you guys to the entire collection of sale stuff. Yet, I noticed a ton of great workwear that has just hit 60% off (thank you, Shop it To Me newsletter), and thought I’d round up a few…
- I really like this Classiques Entier Sunmosa Ponte cutout detail dress, pictured — limited sizes, but it’s down from $228 to $89.97 (also in black)…try this link to see (for some reason, at the bottom if you filter by “sale”) all the Classiques Entier stuff marked 50-60% off…
- the two Kate Spade New York dresses (Gwendolyn and the peplum dress) I mentioned last week during the Kate Spade sale — at $151 they’re on less of a markdown, but on the plus side they’re both returnable…
- this nice Helmut Lang ‘Resid Print’ Draped Crossover Back Tank — love the colors. It was $210, but is now down to $83. And, whee — it comes in a dress, also down 60% (to $117).
- this zebra print sheath dress from Trina Turk (Trina Turk ‘Foxe’ Print Woven Sheath Dress), was $268, now $107 — this skirt (Trina Turk ‘Marteena’ A-Line Skirt) is also amazing, but only 40% off (was $188 now $112)
- Lots of DVF marked 40-60% off, including this lovely fit and flare dress (Diane von Furstenberg ‘Gabby’ Stretch Knit Fit & Flare Dress), was $498 now $199.20, or this blouse (Diane von Furstenberg ‘Gilmore’ Blouse), was $298 now $119
- There is a good amount of Theory on sale, too, such as this silk top (Theory Sala Silk Top) marked from $245 to $98, or this sheath dress (lucky size large, was $415 now $166 – Abrissa Sheath Dress)
My best tip for the sale: if there’s a brand you love that I haven’t already mentioned, do a search on it, then filter by “Sale” — for some reason it doesn’t put the largest amount of sale stuff first (e.g., 33% stuff may be filtered before 60% stuff), but it does put all of the markdowns stuff ahead of the full-price stuff.
Readers, did you get anything at Nordstrom’s secret sale today? Any great pieces on sale not mentioned above?