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.


Weekend Open Thread

beachy vacation dress LBDSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I often forget about Catherine Malandrino as a designer, but she has so many fun, affordable dresses at Nordstrom right now that it’s worth a mention (like this one and this one). This particular dress looks like the perfect thing to wear out to dinner when the weather starts to get warmer. It’s $138 in sizes 2-14. Catherine Catherine Malandrino ‘Emily’ Cold Shoulder Twist Front Dress

If a dress is too much, Bailey 44 has a ton of cute cold shoulder tops (ooh, or this one at Bloomie’s); here’s a plus-size top that looks lovely.

Psst: I’m watching a video right now with Laura Vanderkam, and her new book looks amazing — anyone checked it out? I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time


Weekend Open Thread

Tervis mugSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Readers turned me on to Tervis products a while ago, and while I like them for water glasses, I’m loving the new Tervis mug I just bought.  I’ve been getting into drinking hot water with lemon (I am a total weirdo and can’t stand tea), and wanted a large mug that was just for that.  They’re $9.99-$12.99 at Amazon (I got it in clear but am featuring the pretty green since it looks better on the screen).  Tervis Mug

Psst: Fun fact: when I started the Weekend Open Thread on Corporette, it almost exclusively featured mugs or other glasses — I had just gotten married and was obsessed with all the pretty china I’d seen while registering. The idea was that we were all getting together over coffee (or wine, or martinis) to chat. Cheers to you guys!

P.P.S.: If you don’t yet have nice champagne glasses, these Orrefors ones are on a nice sale at Nordstrom.

Weekend Open Thread

Fleece V-Neck Top: Gibson 'Yummy Fleece' High/Low V-Neck PulloverSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

I nearly included this $48 sweater in our cashmere sweater roundup because, while it is NOT cashmere, it is one of the softest sweaters I’ve ever had. I can’t give a full report yet because I haven’t washed it (do note that the instructions are “hand wash cold” — not what I expected from something described as fleece), and I’ve only worn it a few times. Still, it’s so, so soft that I have to fight the urge to wear it all the time. I’d say it runs a bit big (although I’m 5’4″ and maybe should have gotten the petite), is long enough to wear with skinny jeans, and is my new favorite. There are a ton of sizes and colors at Nordstrom, where it’s available for $48. Gibson ‘Yummy Fleece’ High/Low V-Neck Pullover

Two plus-size alternatives are here (sale cashmere!) and here.


Weekend Open Thread

winter hatSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Ladies, we haven’t talked about winter hats in far too long — which are your favorites? I feel like I am perpetually on the hunt for a good one.  Last year (or two years ago) I found a pretty knit hat at Old Navy that was lined with fleece on the inside, which I liked for warmth — but it has not held up well at all.  I’m currently wearing a slouchy beanie like the pictured one (on sale for $21 at Nordstrom), which is fine. What are your favorites — what material do you like for warmth, durability and static, and what styles do you think are the most flattering?  Do you think you ever “age out” of certain styles, like pom poms? Pictured: Halogen® Metallic Cashmere Blend Beanie, $21.98 at Nordstrom in black, gray and white.