Weekend Open Thread

Striped Heel: Stuart Weitzman 'Nudistsong' Ankle Strap Sandal Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

I am sorry to report that the dark purple Nudistsong heels on Nordstrom’s homepage are (sob) no longer in stock, at least not anywhere I can find. But they do have a bunch of other colors, including these gorgeous kinda-stripey kinda-shiney shoes. Considering the rest of the sandal is so minimalist (and, let’s face it, not a “just popping out for brunch” sandal), I think it works. I want. The pictured shoes are $435, but they come in a bunch of other colors in prices ranging from $398 to $435. (The Nudist heel is the original bestseller; the Nudistsong is a slightly lower 4″ version.) Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudistsong’ Ankle Strap Sandal

These $79 Steve Madden sandals are very similar and highly rated.


Weekend Open Thread

light-up-boots Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

Yee haw! If you’re looking for something sophisticated and demure to wear with short-shorts or rompers this summer, look no further than these light up boots! As an added bonus, you can find your keys if you drop them at night. (Interestingly, they have five 5-star reviews from people ranging from techno DJs to middle aged line dancers — so they do seem to cover a lot of bases.) They’re $150 at Zappos, available in both brown and black. Roper Starlights

(In other news, I clearly need to rethink my tennis attire.)


Holiday Weekend Open Thread

Weekend Dress: Halogen® Sleeveless Shift DressSomething on your mind? Chat about it here. 

If you like dresses on the weekends stylistically but prefer a more relaxed look (or just hate wearing Spanx), this dress might be perfect for you. (I actually also like it in theory for work, but that hemline is going to be a possible workwear don’t for anyone over 5’4″ — so know your office.) It comes in a few different colors and patterns (including colorblock and a very Easter-y/day-after-wedding-brunch white jacquard), in regular and plus sizes, and is a very affordable $59 (although plus sizes are $68, and the jacquard and colorblock, $98). (Remember, the Nordstrom Triple Points event continues through 3/26, so you have a few more days to rack ’em up.)  Halogen® Sleeveless Shift Dress


Psst: Happy Easter as well as Purim to all who celebrate. If there are any good sales this weekend we’ll try to do a round-up (or deal alert if there’s anything really good!); otherwise we’ll see you Tuesday with the regularly scheduled programming!

Weekend Open Thread

lace-up brunch top Something on your mind? Chat about it here.

The lace-up trend is going strong right now, and so I thought I’d find an affordable piece for weekend wear for today’s Weekend Open Thread. A few notes: why are there so many long-sleeved rompers with lace-up details? I still can’t quite get over the dumbness of rompers, but when they’re long-sleeved as well… yes. The other note: if you really want to be trendy, consider the many, many options for lace-up body suits. If that’s not your jam, this dress looks fun if you like mini-skirts on the weekend; I suppose one could also pair it with leggings or distressed skinny jeans if you wanted to. But my top pick is just this simple lace-up top, which comes in gray and black — easy peasy, not fussy (or so low you can’t wear it with a bra!), and pretty affordable at $48, sizes XS-XL.  Leith Lace-Up Long Sleeve Top

This plus-size version looks nice.

Psst: Whoa, major sale on “customer favorites” at Neiman Marcus. Lots of sold out pieces, but what’s left is at great prices. Brands include Costume National, See by Chloe, Lafayette 148 New York, Carolina Herrara, and Halston Heritage.

One more update: do note that 3/22 (Tuesday) is “Triple Points Day” at Nordstrom. So if you’re a cardholder and have time this weekend, you may want to poke around, put some things in your cart or on hold at your local store.


Weekend Open Thread

mesh leggings weekendSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I’ll admit, I clutched my pearls a bit when I first started seeing leggings with mesh insets. Mesh? On my upper thigh? Oh no no no. But I honestly really like them now. They seem far, far more acceptable than short shorts, and as someone who isn’t super fit I feel comfortable wearing them while I work on, you know, getting more fit. This pair comes in sizes XS-XL, and is $64; if mesh isn’t your thing this popular legging comes in a zillion other colors in regular and plus sizes. Pictured: Zella ‘Live In – Spectrum’ Leggings

Are you guys looking forward to any outdoor workouts this weekend?  

Psst: here’s a more affordable option for fun mesh-inset leggings (they also come in petite and tall sizes). Another shoutout: if you happen to be large of bust and on the hunt for a good workout bra, give this Freya one a try — it’s so much more flattering/pretty than my old favorite, the Enell, but is functionally great as a sports bra. The trick (suggested by a fitter during my last trip to Bratenders) is to size way down in the band, and accordingly go up in the cup — I normally wear a 36 band but went down to a 32 in the sports bra.

Weekend Open Thread

Off the Shoulder Top: Free People 'Show Me Some Shoulder' Off the Shoulder Cotton BlouseSomething on your mind? Chat about it here. 

Soooooo: here’s a confession. I’m kind of drooling over this crisp, clean, off-the-shoulder top from Free People… despite the fact that it reminds me so, so much of an outfit I would have loved in the early ’90s. (Who else can totally see Drew Barrymore in a pixie cut and barrettes/floral bobby pins rocking this look with dark lipstick?) Growing up, I always heard that if you remembered the trend the first time it came around, you should sit it out the next time — but if that were true I’d never wear skinny jeans, leggings, flared jeans, ankle pants, or a zillion other things that are popular right now, and probably, neither would most of you. I struggled with this for a few years, but now have this theory: fashion trends are going at lightspeed these days, bolstered by fast fashion, social media, and the 24-hour news cycle — so trends come and go much more quickly than they did 30-50 years ago. So I say, wear what you want, what you like, what you’re comfortable in. This blouse is $78, sizes S-L, at Nordstrom. Free People ‘Show Me Some Shoulder’ Off the Shoulder Cotton Blouse

Psst: here’s our guide to slow fashion for workwear.