The Hunt: Low Heels

stylish-comfortable-heelsSure, 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.

We haven’t done a round-up of stylish low heels (2.25″ or below!) for a long while now (2014, 2013, 2012), so I thought we’d collect a few today. My absolute favorite in this space is the Stuart Weitzman Poco heel — I really find the 1.75″ heel to be more comfortable than most ballet flats, and with new colors coming out every season it seems like there are always good sales somewhere (I always check Amazon or 6pm first; currently Amazon has prices as low as $185 and 6pm as low as $106.). Still, I thought I’d round up a bunch… Ladies, what is your favorite pair of low heels? Have you bought any recently, or worn an older pair into the ground? 

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Lightweight Pants for Work

lightweight pants for officeWhich are the best lightweight pants for a business casual office? For some of us, the warmer months mean biking, hiking, kickball, competing in triathlons, and many more activities that are likely to leave us with a few scratches, bumps, and bruises. If you aren’t crazy about putting those bruises on display at work, and prefer to wear pants to cover your legs, which are the best for business casual summer workwear? Reader M wonders…

With all the sports and activities I do, I need to reconfigure my work wardrobe to be trousers-only. I bruise way too easily to wear skirts often, especially in the warmer months. I need to start almost from scratch with a business casual summer wardrobe, any suggestions? Thanks!

I bruise easily, as well, M, so I’m sorry to hear that. I think you’re right to want to cover your bruises for work — they can be a distraction for your colleagues as they start wondering how you got them. (This mountain-biker was even cornered by her boss who worried she was being abused.) If you work in such a small office that everyone you come into contact with knows that you’re bruised from sports, that’s one thing — but that doesn’t sound like the case for M.

So, some thoughts on summer pants for a business casual environment:

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Deal Alert: Nordstrom Shoes and Bags

nordstrom-accessories-sale-2015We’ve already rounded up my picks for workwear from the big Nordstrom sale, but there are still so many great shoes, bags, and accessories to be had — so I thought I’d round up a few of the things I’m drooling over.

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So many great shoes, you guys.

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Beauty Wednesday: Summer Makeup

summer-makeupLadies, how do you change up your makeup for summer? We haven’t talked about this for a few years, (not counting my epic review of tinted lip balm last year), so let’s discuss.  Any new products that are must-haves for you for summer?  Any old products that have “still got it”?  Which are your preferred products for summer? How do you factor sunscreen into the mix (if at all)?

For my $.02, I’ve retired bronzer (see you next November/December, old friend!) and have primarily been using Nars the Multiple for cheeks and eyes at the moment.  (I briefly tried Benetint again, which I’ve used for years, but it just isn’t doing it for me right now.) I think I’m going to try to get into daily use for my Bare Minerals foundation — it has a physical sunblock and evens my skin, so yay.  But I’m excited to hear from you guys — what is your favorite makeup for summer? 

Pictured:  bareMinerals 20th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Original Foundation Kit (awww, 20 years!), available at Sephora for $38. 

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Seasonless Sweaters for the Office

Summer Sweaters for the Office | CorporetteIs there a magical sweater you can buy that is seasonless — great for summer, great for winter, looks luxe, and retains its shape? In general, what do you look for in summer sweaters? Reader N asks:

It seems that many dresses are sleeveless or cap sleeved, and I am always searching for the right coverup for work. To that end, can you recommend a simple, well made light black cardigan? It seems that every single one I’ve purchased the last few years looks cheap and out of shape after more than a few wears.

We’ve haven’t done a hunt for black cardigans for a while — maybe soon! (Note that both the J.Crew one and DvF one, below, come in black, as does August Silk.) When it comes to shapeless sweaters, I haaaate cotton sweaters for that reason. If it’s a lightweight cotton sweater, it looks shapeless after just a few wears in the summer, and when I wash them I can never get them to look quite as nice as they first did on the rack. If it’s a chunkier cotton sweater in the winter, it’s the same thing — a misshapen mess. Wool is too heavy to be seasonless (although merino wool sweaters are often great purchases), and cashmere can be too expensive or delicate to throw into your bag and survive. So what’s a girl to do?

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62 Memorial Day Sales — and Kat’s Favorite 16

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Happy Memorial Day, ladies!  We’ve already mentioned some of the huge sales happening over at the Half-Yearly Sale at Nordstrom, but there are a ton of sales happening all over the place. Below, find 62 sales; Kat’s favorite 16 are in bold. We’ll plan to update the list through Monday as needed. Ladies, have we missed any favorites? Which sales will you hit first? Sunday updates are in red.

  • 6pm.com – Memorial Day Weekend Sale: Up to 70% off Nine West, $24.99 select dresses, up to 65% off shoes from Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Anne Klein, and more. Up to 60% off sandals from Cole Haan, Bandolino, Nine West, and more. Up to 70% off comfort shoes from Aerosoles, Naturalizer, and more. Up to 65% off heels and flats from Nine West, Sam Edelman, and more. Select dresses $49.99 or less. Up to 70% off specialty sizing 4-16, narrow, and wide. Up to 70% off summer office style: Jones New York, Anne Klein, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Nic + Zoe, Pendleton, Vince Camuto, BCBG Max Azria, and more.
  • Alexis Bittar – 30% off select spring styles.
  • Amazon – 20% off clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags, watches, luggage, and more with code FUN20SUN (through 5/25). Up to 70% off sandals, sneakers, and more.
  • Anthropologie – 20% off sale items with code GONEFISHING
  • Ann Taylor – Memorial Weekend Event: Take 40% off entire purchase with code SHOP40 (through 5/26 at 3am EST).
  • ASOS – 20% off full-priced items with code LONGWKND (through May 26 at 4am EST). Up to 60% off “weekend wins.”
  • Athleta – Save $25 on $150, $50 on $250, and $150 on $500 with code HEATINGUP (through 5/25).
  • Bare Necessities – Up to 30% off swimwear, buy one bra get one 60% off, buy 3 panties get 1 free, Calvin Klein & DKNY intimates 25% off, shoes up to 40% off (through 5/26). Flash sale: Up to 40% off Chantelle (through 5/24).
  • Barneys Warehouse – Summer Kick-Off Sale: Extra 50% off clearance, extra 40% off women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories (through 5/26). 
  • Baublebar – 20% off sitewide with code MEMORIAL20, buy 3 take 25% off with code MEMORIAL25, buy 4+ take 30% off with code MEMORIAL30 (through 5/25).
  • BCBG – 30% off everything, including an extra 30% off markdowns.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – 5F Spring Fling: Up to 40% off.
  • Bloomingdale’s – The Big Brown Bag Sale: Save 20-70% on select items. Take extra 20% off select sale and clearance items with code SPRING20 (through 5/25).
  • Bluefly Up to 80% off (through 5/26 at 5:30am EST). Up to an extra 40% off handbags: Rebecca Minkoff, Chloé, Furla, Fendi, Badgley Mischka, Trina Turk, and more.
  • Boden – 30% off with code 3M3M.
  • Brooks Brothers – Up to 40% off select styles (through 6/18). Memorial Day Sale: Polos & shorts, select styles 2 for $99 (through 5/25).
  • Clarks – Up to 25% off select styles.
  • Club Monaco – Extra 30% off sale and clearance with code MEMORIALDAY.
  • Cole Haan – 30% off all bags and wallets with code MEMORIAL (through 5/26).
  • DVF.com – Extra 30% off all sale items with code SUMMER30 (through 5/25).
  • eBags – Extra 15% off entire purchase with code SALUTE (through 5/26 at 11pm PT). Up to 40% off Tumi (through 7/31).
  • Eloquii25% off original ticket purchase plus $25 off every $75 you spend with code OUTOFOFFICE. Up to 70% off last chance.
  • eShakti – Up to 50% off (minimum order of $35 after deductions) (through 5/24).
  • Express – 40% off everything (through 5/25).
  • Figure 8 Maternity – Up to 60% off.
  • French Connection – 40% off everything plus free shipping with code FCMS40.
  • Inhabit – Memorial Day Flash Sale: Save more than 75% on weekend-ready styles.
  • J.Crew – 30% off your order with code WEEKEND (through 5/26).
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything (through 5/25).
  • Journelle – Friends & Family Sale: Take 20% off with code FNF2015 (through 5/27).
  • Kate Spade New York – 25% off all sale items with code YOURS (ends 5/26).
  • Karen Millen – 30% off selected lines with code MEMORIAL (through 5/25).
  • Lands’ End – 30% off everything with code THRILL and PIN 4110 (through May 25).
  • Last Call by Neiman Marcus – Memorial Day Sale: Extra 30% off everything, extra 50% off clearance (through 5/25). Precious jewelry trunk show: Save up to 55%: Bavna, Gurhan, Belpearl, and more (through 5/26 at 8am CT).
  • The Limited40% off 50% off full-priced items, extra 40% off all sale items, 60% off select styles, $15 hats, sunglasses, and scarves. Must-have summer styles (select styles): Our favorite tee $12, maxi skirts up to $28, shorts $28 and under, the modern chino $34. 
  • L.K. Bennett – 30% off select shoes and clutches with code MEMORIAL (through 5/25).
  • Loft Memorial Day Event: 40% off entire purchase (through 5/24).
  • Lord & Taylor – May Big Sale: 20% off sale and clearance items with code MEMORIAL. 30% off almost all dresses, up to 40% off spring handbags. 25% off swimwear and cover-ups. Women’s sandals: Buy one get 20% off, buy 2+ get 25% off (through 5/25).
  • Macy’s – Memorial Day Sale: Extra 20% off (extra 10-15% off home and select departments), extra 25% off clearance with code HOORAY. Extra 20% off
    select lingerie with code FIT. Save 30-50% plus extra 10% on fine jewelry. $10 off your purchase of $25 or more with code HOORAY25, select departments.
  • Madewell – Extra 30% off all sale with code SWEET (through 5/26).
  • Modcloth – Summer Sale: Up to 40% off “haute” summer styles.
  • Nasty Gal – Memorial Day Sale: 40% off 1,400 regular- and sale-priced items with code HOTSTUFF.
  • Neiman Marcus – Up to 40% off Modern Mix, Contemporary/CUSP, dresses, and more. 25% off women’s swim and women’s shoes.
  • New York & Company – All shorts, crops, and jeans: buy one get one free (mix & match, higher price prevails, no coupons, excludes clearance). All dresses on sale starting at $20. Deals starting at $6. Everything else up to 50% off.
  • Nine West – Friends & Family: 30% off your entire purchase.
  • Nordstrom – Half-Yearly Sale: Up to 40% off.  (See Kat’s workwear picks here.) 
  • The Outnet – Up to 65% off summer event wear: formal soirées, galas, and more. Equipment up to 65% off, Missoni up to 65% off.
  • Pendleton – Memorial Day Sale: Extra 40% off Pendleton Outlet Online with code EXTRA40 (through 5/25).
  • Rag & Bone – Sale, up to 50% off.
  • Rebecca Minkoff – Hello Summer Event: Up to 50% off.
  • Rebecca Taylor – The Spring Sale: Extra 25% off sale with code SALE25 (through 5/26).
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Up to 55% off selected women’s apparel.
  • Saks Off 5th – Up to 70% off everything with code SUMMER.
  • Shoes.com – Memorial Day Savings Event: 30% off $100 or more with code FORYOU30 (some brands excluded).
  • Shopbop – Up to 70% off, 25% off Calvin Klein underwear.
  • Sierra Trading Post – Extra 30% off $100+ (through 11:59pm MDT 5/22). Memorial Day Clearance Event: Extra 40-80% off.
  • Splendid – 25% off everything with code PACKSPEND25.
  • Soma Intimates – Vanishing Edge panties, 5 for $35.
  • Talbots – All markdowns 40% off; buy 2 or more markdowns, save 50% off (through 5/25).
  • Target – Memorial Day Sale: 30% off summer outfits for all with code MEM30, up to 20% off family swimwear.
  • White House | Black Market – The Summer Kickoff: Up to 60% off markdown styles. Dresses from $49.99, bottoms & denim from $29.99, tops from $19.99. Earn $20 Style Perk (for use 6/8-6/28) when you spend $80.