Weekend Open Thread

best-selling espadrille

Update: This item is now part of the big Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale that just started — check out all of our 2018 NHYS picks.

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Wow: these espadrilles have more than 100 great reviews at Nordstrom, and come in about ten colors — if you’re looking for height (4″!) with a walkable heel (2″) these might just do the trick. I like more earthy colors with espadrilles, but that’s me – they also come in a bright cobalt and fun yellow, as well as a shiny gold — there are also several beigey shades and a black. (Pictured: olive.) They’re $149, and available in sizes 5-11 and Nordstrom, Amazon, and Zappos.  Alida Espadrille Platform Wedge

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Frugal Friday’s Workwear Report: The Work Pant

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

I know readers constantly sing the praises of their ponte pants and comfort-waist, pull-on styles, and I love my pair of Eileen Fisher pants as much as everyone else does who raves about them — but still, sometimes you want a pant that feels distinctly different from pajamas, particularly for work. I recently bought a pair of Everlane’s uber popular “work pant” and was thoroughly impressed, particularly for $50 — they look like leggings in the picture but the fabric is crisp and substantial, but comfortable. The ankle pants are very close-fitting, as pictured — so know your office. The pants seem to be constantly out of stock, but if you put your name on the waitlist (and act fast when the email comes to tell you they’re back in stock) you should be good. (I live in their U-neck t-shirts for the weekend, and have heard great things about their loafer as well. Ah yes, and this week they launched a $100 wrap dress that looks like it could be great.) Pictured: The Work Pant (ankle length) (they also come in full length)

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Thursday’s Workwear Report: Print Popover Blouse

Our daily workwear reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Print Popover BlouseI know readers always say they vastly prefer popovers to button-front dress shirts — but they can be somewhat difficult to find regularly. If you like prints, Nordstrom brand Hinge has a ton of great ones right now that are getting great reviews. I like this pretty white and blue one, which makes me think of the old joke, “put a bird on it” (although I’ll take that over the current theme of “put a ruffle on it,” sigh). The machine-washable blouse is $69, available in several different prints in sizes XXS-XXL. Print Popover Blouse

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Suit of the Week: Banana Republic Factory

For 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.

It feels like we’ve posted a ton of splurgey items lately, so when I saw all the great suits Banana Republic Factory has right now I thought, great! This “chambray melange” suit looks fabulous for summer, whether as separates or worn together. Blue suiting separates have always been some of my favorites — they pair well with white tops for work, as well as with darker colors like black and navy, and they do well with a pop of color like red, kelly green, or purple. The prices here are crazy — the blazer is marked down to $72, and the skirt is marked down to $41; matching pants (in three different fits) are $47. Many of the pieces have regular and petite sizes available up to 16. Nice!

Beauty Wednesday: My Hanacure Mask Review

hanacure mask reviewRecently, while watching Santa Clarita Diet, I turned to my husband and said, WHOA: Drew Barrymore’s skin looks amazing. Sure, she’s playing a zombie who feels amazingly alive now that she’s undead — plus, she IS Drew Barrymore — but still, I was impressed. (Side note/squee: hooray for Timothy Olyphant.) Obviously, this lead me to Google, which lead to reports that Barrymore swears by the Hanacure mask I’ve seen all over Facebook — aka “the Grandma” mask. FINE, said I: let’s order it. I just got the single mask ($29), but there’s a set of four for $110 also (that’s the one pictured). Here’s my quick Hanacure mask review and thoughts:

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Coffee Break: Ana Mini Vibrant Belt

It can be tough to find a belt that’s a happy medium width — not too wide, not too skinny — but this colorful one from B-Low looks like it fits the bill. We’ve pictured it in yellow but it’s also available in “fuchsia” pink, royal blue, and kelly green, in sizes S, M, and L at ShopBop for $108. This is a nice option in a tamer neutral if that’s more your taste, and this belt looks like it would be great on top of dresses, cardigans, and more. Pictured: Ana Mini Vibrant Belt

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