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Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale JUST STARTED!

Wow — Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale was slated to begin Dec. 26, and I visited today expecting to see a few early markdowns — instead, it’s full-on sale mode. I’ll try to round stuff up later today, but I thought I’d give everyone an early head’s up!  Happy holidays to all!

(Pictured: This gorgeous Classiques Entier dress comes in purple and black — and it’s marked from $249 to $149. Lots of sizes left in regular and petites.)

A few other sales of note (UPDATED):

  • Boden has a good sale going, up to 50% off.
  • The Saks Designer sale is 70% off (online only); sister site Off5TH is up to 90% when you use code OHWOW to take an extra 40% off clearance. (If you happen to need flatware sets, CRAZY sales.)
  • Word on the street is The Limited is closing — all sales are final. If you have gift cards, use them now — if you’re a fan of any of their pants, sheath dresses, or suits, it may be time to stock up.
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Repeating Outfits at Work: How Often Do You Do It?

Repeating Outfits at Work | CorporetteHere’s a great question for today, ladies: how often do you repeat outfits at the office? A lot has been said lately of capsule wardrobes for work — decluttering closets to winnow your wardrobes to things that “spark joy” — and a lot of that may leave you feeling like you’re totally repeating outfits at work. So let’s discuss — how often is it acceptable to do? Does it matter if a certain outfit is memorable in one way or another, such as by pairing unusual colors or prints together, or involving unusual pieces? And here’s a bonus question — how versatile are most items in your closet, anyway? For example, will you only buy a new item if it will “go” with at least three things in your wardrobe?

We had a great discussion on how often one can repeat outfits at work back in 2013, and I agree with a lot of my advice from there:

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Beauty Wednesday: Natural Beauty Products for Winter

We’ve talked a lot about drugstore beauty items and how your beauty routine changes in the winter, but more and more my winter beauty routine is involving “natural” beauty things — supermarket, even! — and so I thought I’d round up a few I like to kick off the discussion. Find out below how I’m using apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, and castor oil in my beauty routine. Ladies, have you experimented with natural beauty things? How did you like them compared to fancier beauty products — is anything a definite in your routine? 

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Suit of the Week: Brooks Brothers Sale Alert!

brooks-brothers-suiting-saleFor 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 for women, which should be as classic and basic as you get — instead, this feature is about the slightly different suit that is fashionable, yet professional.

Ooh: there’s a huge Brooks Brothers sale going on right now, ladies — I’m seeing dressing marked to $150ish down from $800, blazers from $500 to $150, and more. (To be honest I’m not even sure this is the biggest sale they’ll have this season — but the prices are already pretty great on some items). For today’s suit of the week, let’s look at this pretty windowpane suit, significantly marked down with lucky sizes left in the blazer, pants, and skirt. Nice! The jacket (Stellita Fit Wool Small Windowpane Stretch Jacket) is $238 (down from $398), and the skirt is $100 (was $168). The matching pants are down to $136 (from $228).

Some other picks from the big sale. Obviously, some of the styling here was atrocious (or at least seemed to be a mismatch for the usual BB buyer) — imagine them without strappy sandals, dirty hair, and so forth.


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Six Brands for the Stylish Vegan Professional: Clothes and Accessories

The Stylish Vegan Professional: Six Brands for Vegan Dress Shoes, Clothes and MoreAll right, ladies — if you’re a stylish vegan professional (or are trying to be), which are your favorite vegan brands for workwear? We recently received a question from a job-seeking reader about sources of vegan workwear — both clothes and accessories. Fortunately, it’s far easier to find stylish vegan professional workwear today than, say, 15 years ago. Before mentioning some brands, let’s review what isn’t vegan. Drawing from a post from The Compassionate Closet, here’s a list of materials made from animals (ranging from the obvious to the ones you might not think of): leather, wool, suede, silk, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, angora, worsted, serge, tweed, down, velvet (non-synthetic type), gabardine (wool type), grosgrain (silk type), jersey (wool type), satin (silk type). 

A search for “vegan” at Zappos brings up 700+ items, and a search at Nordstrom shows 350 (of course, you can further sort by category), and sites like MooShoes, Ethica, and Vegan Chic bring together many vegan products in one place. (Related: our slow fashion shopping guide.) What sources have you found for quality vegan workwear, vegan dress shoes, or other musts for the stylish vegan professional? 

But for those of you looking for vegan workwear brands that are specifically vegan-focused — not just animal-free by accident — we’ve rounded up six brands worth trying:

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Green Monday 2016 Sale Roundup!

sales-for-workwearI was not planning on doing a sale roundup today, but then I started looking — and there are some great ones happening. My favorites are in bold — there are a TON of new markdowns at Nordstrom, Zappos has a ton of good stuff on sale, Ann Taylor is 60% off, and J.Crew Factory, Limited, and Neiman Marcus are definitely worth checking out also. Have you found any great deals today? Happy shopping, ladies!

  • 6PM – Green Monday Sale! $24 or less sale! Other featured sales include Calvin Klein, Michael Michael Kors, Cole Haan, and UGG. (If you’re looking for party shoes/sandals definitely check out the $24 or less sale.)
  • Amazon – Can’t-Miss-End-of-Year-Prices on select clothing, shoes, jewelry, watches and more!
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 60% off sale styles.
  • Anthropologie – 20% off full-price monogram gifts, plus new styles added to Fresh Cuts.
  • Bloomingdale’s – Save 25-45% on select items. Save even more when you sign up for email.
  • Boden – 30% off plus free delivery over $49. Clearance now up to 70% off.
  • Brooks Brothers – Fall sale, up to 50% off for men and women. Plus, free standard shipping through 12/19.
  • Club Monaco – Extra 30% off sale & select full price coats.
  • Express – 50% off outerwear.
  • J.Crew – Up to an extra 50% off sale styles and 40% off present-perfect picks. Use code 24HOURS.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything, PLUS extra 15% off your order and free shipping with code SNOWGOOD.
  • Lands’ End – 40% off your order + free shipping.
  • Last Call – Extra 30-80% + extra 10% off everything.
  • Limited – 80% off all pants and denim, plus 60% off everything else.
  • LK Bennett – Lots of sales on shoes.
  • Loft – 40% off everything (even the new arrivals).
  • Neiman Marcus – Today only: up to 70% off / extra savings in online clearance. Also, online only, earn up to a $750 gift card today.
  • New York & Co. – 15% off purchases of $100+. Web busters up to 78% off, including sunglasses, scarf/hat/glove gift sets, cardigans, sweaters, and more.
  • Nordstrom – 100s of new sales added, including boots from Blondo, blazers from Smythe, and a ton of other stuff.
  • Off5TH – Up to 85% off; today only free shipping with code SHIP4FREE.
  • Soma Intimates – Pantyraid 7 for $37; new markdowns on pajamas, and bras, 2 for $69.
  • Talbots – 30% off everything, even markdowns!
  • Uniqlo – Free shipping on all orders; lots of deals on outerwear.
  • Zappos – They have a ton of unannounced sales on classic cold-weather styles like UGG, Frye, Hunter, and — WHOA — some great shoes on sale from Ferragamo (including the Vara!), Rag & Bone (including the Margot), Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman, Vince, Sarah Jessica Parker, Charlotte Olympia, and Repetto. SO many good styles I may have to do a separate deal alert.