Thursday, July 31, 2014

10 Tips to Keep White Clothes Clean

Photo courtesy of In Style.

Nothing says summer like a crisp white outfit. But keeping those white items bright and impeccably white can be challenging. Here are a few tips for cleaning and maintaining your white clothes.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lookbook: Striped Dress and Gold Sandals Elevate Casual to Polished

Dress: Banana Republiccardigan: Banana Republic (sold out, but similar here); sandals: J. Crewpurse: Coach; bracelet and tassel necklace: vintage from Portobello Market in London; and ring: Belle Noel (old, but similar one here)

When it gets hot and humid, I tend to get a little lazy and revert to ripped denim cutoffs, a slouchy T-shirt and flip flops. This time I wanted to be a bit more polished as I headed out to a barbecue. I opted for a striped halter sheath dress in a flowy, breathable fabric and gold sandals that was every bit as comfortable as shorts and a T-shirt. I added in a crossbody bag, a white cardigan (just in case the party moves indoors or the weather suddenly shifts) and a few fun gold pieces to create a casual and simple yet polished look for the weekend. 

How do you elevate your weekend looks in the summer when heat is a factor?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

My Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014

My favorite sale of the year has arrived once again—the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Where else can you score upcoming fall fashion, accessories and beauty products for 30 percent to 40 percent off? Nordstrom credit card holders can gain early access to the sale from July 10-17. If you don’t have a Nordstrom’s card, you can shop the sale beginning July 18. Don’t wait if you see something you like—most items sell out rather quickly, like the Burberry Trench coat I wanted. Here are some of my favorite picks from the sale.

Current/Elliott “The Stilletto” Skinny Jeans  These medium wash skinny jeans with a 29-inch inseam is perfect for petite girls like myself.
Alice + Olivia Stripe Drape Front Wraparound Sweater This sophisticated yet cozy sweater can be worn open like a long waterfall cardigan or wrapped like a pullover.
See by Chloé Studded Leather Ballet Flat I tried these on at the store and they were so comfortable – like walking on air.
Rebecca Minkoff Leather Pouch A simple yet function piece that can serve as a clutch or makeup bag.

Laura Mercier Flawless Expressions Set  A neutral palette of eye shadows and blushes that comes with an eye shadow stick in Rose Gold, a full-size lip gloss in Gilded Rose and a full-size mascara. A set you can easily carry in your makeup bag or for travel.
Jo Malone Cologne Collection  This set features five fragrances—a great way to introduce those who are new to Jo Malone.
Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Tote  The classic tote gets an upgrade that makes it expandable—perfect for travel.

Mackage Malka Double Breasted Trench Coat  Mackage always makes classic coats with modern details like this one with a tulip hem.
Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Lace Sheath Dress I’m always looking for a cocktail dress with sleeves that doesn’t look frumpy. This fits the bill.
Joie Roxie Ankle Strap Sandal  Elegant, simple and timeless sandals that you can wear with ripped jeans or a cocktail dress.
Nadri Pavé Hinged Open Bracelet  A simple, delicate bracelet that makes a statement.

rag & bone Devon Suede Bootie The stacked heel makes this suede bootie comfortable and chic.
Frye Phillip Riding Boot  The weathered, burnished look of these boots make them essential for weekend wear.
Cole Haan Arlington Leather Boot  A polished flat boot versatile that you can walk miles in without sacrificing style.

3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Colorblock Leather Satchel  The colorblocking adds a modern edge to this refined bag.  A big plus: It comes with a detachable shoulder strap.
Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Mini Affair with Studs Crossbody Purse  An affordable edgy alternative to the classic Chanel flap bag.
Melinda Maria Carrie Pod Station Bangles A new set of bracelets with subtle sparkle to add to the arm party.

What are you eyeing at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale?