is books! This year my husband and I decided to request and give books. We wanted to exchange gifts that last, and reading a new book without distractions truly is a luxury. However, I will keep my eye out for other things this holiday season including patterned bottoms, booties and a new swimsuit for the spring!
- Thinking Fast and Slow by David Kahneman
- The Trusted Advisor by David Maister
- How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know by Sharon Hadary
- Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much by Sendhil Mullainathan
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
Now that the holiday season is fully upon us, I have begun my search for the perfect gifts for my family, in-laws and friends. To commence this daunting task, I either request top 5 lists or shop online. Now, I consider myself an avid online shopper. In one day, I can receive up to 40 emails from stores informing me about their deals of the day, new products or diminishing inventories (sure I should unsubscribe, but I like to be informed). The one main thing I have noticed about my online shopping experiences lately, is that I get overwhelmed when I have too many options. Perhaps it’s a shopper’s case of too long; didn’t read. For the past few weeks, I have been searching for a gift, within a certain budget, for two of my girlfriends (no point in going in the red over gift-giving). I have a general idea of what I’m looking for, but don’t want the gifts to turn out to be lemons. Since I’m shopping online, I won’t be able to test any products first hand. Also, I don’t have a lot of time to spend looking at every single possible option on the market.
To address my concerns, I resort to filters and expert opinion via reviews or curated lists. In my view, any online retailer that doesn’t have some combination of these features risks loosing my business!
Take Yoox.com for example. Having bought a pair of durable rain boots at a discount, I can attest to the value the e-tailer brings for deal conscious fashion-lovers such as myself. Unfortunately, for the past month, every time I try to browse the site, I end up having to sift through too many pages of products (even after choosing my filters). Usually, after 15 minutes, I select an item or two, add them to my cart and close the tab. Enough for me. Shopstyle.com is another similar site that has so much potential, but ends up presenting too much stuff.
Recently, I have noticed an increase in fashion start-ups with the concept of a top 10 list at their cores; some retailers have also started having their editors and buyers create curated lists of products. Rank and Style, one site that comes to mind, presents lists of many things women might shop for. The site also explains how products made it to the list and why it ranks items higher than other. The site also offers a “request a list service” which is perfect for people like me who 1. like lists and 2. like efficiency. Keep.com, a site that pulls products from all over the internet, has guests (usually fashion bloggers and editors) create lists for shoppers. I can quickly skim the list, find things I like and get on with the rest of my day. These sites suit me well because, as a young professional, I have many things to think about at once (my career, relationships, socializing, traveling…the list goes on!)
Bottom line: When it comes to gift (and soon perhaps general online) shopping, I may just leave the picking to the pros to save time and energy!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale has arrived! I was so excited to receive my email that new fall merchandise would be sold at discounted prices between July 19th and August 4th! The sad new is, I have always miss this sale. Every year, I mark my calendar and for some reason or another, just can’t commit to buying anything during the two week timeframe.
I always say that I’ll just stalk my favorite items and buy them at lower prices at the end of the season. However, this risky strategy has caused me to miss out on some really good deals. Also, since I tend to wear less popular sizes, I usually don’t find things in my size after a few months. I’m not going to make this mistake again! And since Christmas is only 5 months away, why not find gifts now?
These are my favorite items from the sale:
Voluspa 2- wick Candle Trio, $29
Michael Kors Infinity Scarf, $58.90
Nadri Bar Bracelet, $24.90
Joie Silk Top, $143.90
Kiehl’s Jumbo Creme de Corps Body Lotion, $75
Theory Wool Sweater, $176.90
Simon Sebbag Sterling Silver Bracelet, $64.90
Theory Cotton Shell, $117.90
Clinique Even Better Skincare Set $76
Nike Free TR Fit 3 Running Shoe, $62.90
Theory Wool Blazer, $263.90
7 Diamonds Wool Sweater, $78.90
Boss black Silk Tie, $62.90
Red Wing Beckman Boot, $199.90
Calvin Klein Slim fit Dress Shirt, $45.90
Vince Wool Sweater, $129.90
Burberry Trench Coat, $864.90 (A girl can dream right!)
Boss Black Shirt, $96.90
Nordstrom Dress Shirt, $49.90
Are you checking out the NSale?
My life is still currently a whirlwind, but I did have a chance to slow down and check out J. Crew’s newest additions.
I am a big fan of their Cafe Capri pants and wear two (one black, one a saturated light blue) to work regularly. Today I came across these beauties and immediately fell in love! I haven’t really been into the printed pant trend but if I were to take the plunge, this would certainly be my first pair.
I wouldn’t mind the blue suede shoes either!
Now that it’s officially spring and I’m starting to edit my closet, I have realized that I need more skirts! I tend to wear pants and dresses but want to have more options in the morning and switch things up.
In my opinion, skirts rarely get much attention in fashion, but they’re such an easy way to add style to one’s look and versatility to one’s wardrobe.
Though I don’t have many skirts, I prefer to wear pencil skirts primarily during the work week and flippy skirts on the weekend.
Work and Play
[Click on skirts for sources]
I absolutely live for sales! As soon as I got the invite to the Gilt Warehouse sale, I had to sign up! They advertise 90% off retail prices and I’m waking up early next Saturday (probably around 6:30am), and skipping my yoga class, just to see if they deliver.
Here’s what I’m shopping for:
- an iPhone case for my new phone
- Actual skinny jeans (not jeggings)
- Wedding shoes
- Wedding earrings
- Sweaters and L/s tops
- A full black skirt
- Short black leather boots
- Leather belts in all widths and colors
- A shorter wool coat (so I can drive and stay warm)
- Vacation dresses (for our winter honeymoon?)
- Strong leather sandals
- Everyday earrings (I lost a pair I purchased in Chicago)
I missed the sale in last summer/fall and I didn’t want to make the same mistake again. Fingers crossed that I can find all these things for amazing prices during my 2-hour shopping time frame.
As I update my wardrobe for the new year, I try to find inspiring outfits to help set a direction for where I’d like to go. For me, this season will be about rich textures, the skinny jean (I ignore all reports that flares are back), and lady-like details such as flared skirts, sheer tops and pointy shoes.
These are my latest pins:
Images from my Pinterest