sale PSA: the Black Friday/holiday roundup

pretty hard to believe that Thanksgiving is almost upon us. this year, we've been traveling and are looking forward to staying local and experimenting with the classic turkey and sides. recently i've been relying on a ton of great, consistent recipes from Williams-Sonoma. also loving the Thanksgiving series and stories at NPR. (if anyone has favorite tried-and-true recipes, please share!)

some food for thought as the official holiday season kicks off stateside – i love this piece of holiday zen wisdom from NY Times food writer Sam Sifton, as heard on NPR's Here and Now:
"It's the job of the food media to tell you that it's complicated and to come back each year with a new and different way of roasting the turkey with a tamarind glaze or in a bag, or this, or that. But folks, it's just a big chicken. You've done it before. There's no mystery to it."
in the meantime, i'll be posting updates on the best of the big sales throughout the week/end:

first up: the big 50% off Net-a-Porter sale is on, which is excellent for scoring any number of dreamy wishlist items for yourself and family + friends. my picks: this ultimate luxe greatcoat and this colorful tote/duffel.

also just started: the other major site-wide sale at Shopbop with up to 25% off (GOBIG15). while i think the tiered promos were a bit better in years past, this is a great time to snap up hard-to-find-on-sale classics like this gamine trench, these cat-eye sunnies or any number of stylish gifts like this coffeetable tribute to Grace Coddington.

as usual, a ton of great finds at my go-to discount HQ, the Outnet: current favorites are the essential silk-cashmere shawl in an autumnal neutral, and the pop-of-print foldover clutch for those holiday parties next month.

J.Crew is offering 30% off pretty much everything (and an additional 40% off sale) with HOLIDAY. ideal for treating yourself to some pretty baubles (like this delicate everyday gold necklace) and tackling that giftlist.

get thee some skinny overalls with 25% off at Madewell (CALMDOWN). lots of cute gift options too, like this old-school analog camera.

gamine minimalist HQ la garconne is offering an additional 30% off all sale with LGBFD30. this is the time to get the ultimate luxe boots for 70% off.

luxe minimal basics are 70% off at james perse with free shipping.

Nordstrom, my go-to department store, is offering an extra 25% off sale items.

the big 50% off holiday sale is on at steven alan. my picks: this minimalist-cool work tote and this chunky cashmere scarf.

H&M is offering 30% off purchases over $50 and an extra 40% off all sale.

stay tuned for more!


what will you be doing this holiday weekend?


wardrobe building 101: the 10 best fall basics under $150

earlier this year, i wrote about the quandary of finding quality clothing at reasonable prices. several readers have written to ask for affordable fall essentials, so here are my picks for the season.


f/w foundations: Carine x Uniqlo

if you've been looking for a sharply tailored foundation coat or the Chanel-esque little black jacket, you could just snap these up from the Carine Roitfeld x Uniqlo collection and move on to more important matters. a little black boucle jacket has been on my wishlist for years now, so this one is a special addition to my f/w wardrobe planning tally...

overall it seems to be a tight edit and closely modeled on CR's signature uniform. dark and monochrome, much in keeping with the moody, ever-so-femme fatale vibe. i'm not in need of any form-fitting skirts at the moment, but if you worked in a relatively corporate space and wanted to amp up the typical '9-to-5' look, these are excellent, versatile options with a bit of an edge. or you could just as easily pair the individual foundation outerwear pieces with existing staples and instantly add some swagger to your f/w rotation.

have you scoped anything from the collection? any pieces on your list?


sale PSA: all the dreamy knits

now that we've had a freakishly early cold snap over the weekend and dusk creeps in ever earlier, i'm breaking out the mason jar candles and gearing up for chunky knits.

winter is coming, what are you wishlisting?


inspiration: the Château de Gudanes

the restoration of the Château de Gudanes, in progress 

i don't quite know how i stumbled upon this story, but it's too intriguing and awe-inspiring not to share.


sale PSA: the wishlist sale

it's midweek, mid-October, and perfect timing for the semi-annual shopbop 25% off (INTHEFAM25) sale :) 

are you eyeing anything? let me know if you snag any sweet deals!


inspiration: b&w f/w 2015

Patti Smith + Johnny Cash forever

does it get any better than these two?

no, no it doesn't. some icons never get old, and all i want to wear lately is black and white.


sale PSA: PS1 bags

you guys, if you've been waiting to snap up the much-beloved PS1 satchel for 50% off, now is the time. i like the revamped lining too (feels more sturdy, better print than the old version). my vote is on the chianti - i saw a young mom wearing one last year and she looked super chic and laidback.

now the hard part: which color?

edit 9/28: more colors just added!

you're welcome :)


wardrobe planning: fall 2015

hellooo, September. hello, favorite time of year!


leather 101: vegetable tanned leather // care & maintenance

in the morning: the Mansur Gavriel cammello tote after two coats of Collonil Waterstop

[this is a follow-up to my MG tote review.]

leather care has been a perennial question from readers, so this is what i did when i got my MG bag. it's a pretty easy leather care method that simultaneously conditions and adds a bit of protection.


sale PSA: Chan Luu shawls

i almost never see these discounted anywhere, so this is a pretty great deal if you've been looking for a light yet luxe all-season oversized scarf. i always pack one when i travel year-round. (FYI: may be hard to just get one...the full range of colors here.)


review: the Mansur Gavriel tote

fresh out of the box, making friends with fave KW sunnies already

update since my last post: i bought the Mansur Gavriel tote.


lust and found: Mansur Gavriel

not going to lie, i've experienced my fair share of admiration from afar for the much-lauded, ever-elusive Mansur Gavriel bags over the past few seasons. 


summer style essentials // July

so we are officially in the "it's too hot and i have nothing to wear" phase of summer. what to do? what to wear?


inspiration: July

July always seems to be the slowest month. it's summer in full swing, vacation season, and, to be honest, not super sartorially inspiring.

however, i've always found July to be a good time to reflect. perhaps because half the year is officially over, and the brief summer slowdown also quickens the reminder that fall is on the horizon.


summer Fridays.

summer Friday uniform lately:
everlane silk camisole [c/o] (wearing the S), old current/elliott jeans,
Clare V x & Other Stories bucket bag, sam edelman sandals (TTS)

some quick thoughts on the silk cami: i find this in S to be cut a bit big through the torso and armholes, so i probably could have sized down to an XS and still retained a somewhat slouchy fit. the silk crepe is good quality – not too thin, drapes well and lined along the bust area. definitely not sheer. overall a solid silk staple for summer into other seasons.

what are your current summer faves?


style notes: buying for keeps, pt. II // budget-friendly go-tos

source: H&M x Conscious Exclusive

in my last post on the quality issue, a number of readers chimed in with questions and thoughts for further discussion. it seems that a follow-up (or several) is in order. in a marketplace seemingly littered with more misses than hits, which stores/brands stand out for quality, stylish pieces?


wardrobe planning: summer 2015

dreaming of this lately // caftan living

summer dressing is always an exercise in restraint and editing. i think i'm getting better at it though, year after year. making less trend-based mistakes and staying more true to what i'm genuinely comfortable wearing. this season's wardrobe planning focuses on carefree, easy silhouettes that add color and print personality to my more monochrome f/w foundations.


inspiration + favorites: May

as fleeting as peony season

as usual, spring has been fleeting and fickle, and Memorial Day is already upon us. in the mood for a relaxed silhouette and prints galore.


wardrobe planning: spring/summer 2015

mood + space inspiration via tumblr

maybe it's because we've had to endure eons of winter this year, but i'm really excited for spring and summerish wardrobe planning. it doesn't hurt that there are some real gems out there this season!