Amelia turned me on to Hayden-Harnett last year, and I’ve been hooked ever since. This super cool Brooklyn brand has tough leather and nylon bags, retro-style swimsuits, and edgy fashions. And while we’d love to go on a Hayden-Harnett shopping spree once a month, our inner financial planner warns us not to. Instead, we just check back often for the super sales that occur frequently throughout the year. Right now, Hayden-Harnett is trying to move its summer merchandise, which means you can snap up rompers, maillots, and clutches for a tiny fraction of the original price. But you must act fast because sizes are limited. Find the items that we want in our closets right now, after the jump, and be sure to check out Hayden-Harnett for yourself. Keep reading »
Ruche is a site we stumbled upon and instantly fell in love with. All the clothes look like items you’d find in an old trunk in your fashionable grandmother’s attic, but with a modern twist. The jewelry looks even more precious and Old World. What’s even better is that Ruche is a very affordable site. I recall seeing only one item priced above $50. Check out the items that made my heart flutter, after the jump. Keep reading »
Summer months are meant for languid afternoon picnics, happy hours that turn into evenings out, and long boozy brunches. The last thing we have time for when it’s warm outside is thinking about what to wear, and though maxi dresses are a simple go-to, they always need that embellishment that only jewelry can bring. But along with this long white dress comes a built-in dramatic gold necklace, meaning we’re dressed and ready to go before our boyfriends. And that’s an accomplishment.
Just when you thought the designs from Target’s designer collaborations were becoming both boring and too outrageous, Target teams up with Isabel and Ruben Toledo and Stephen Burrows for the collection Target X Harlem. The mega-retailer seems to have been influenced by the neighborhood of one of its newest stores, which is set to open July 25 on 116th Street in Harlem. Besides the super saturated and bright colors, which I’m guessing are a nod to the diverse ethnicities of Harlem, I don’t see much of the neighborhood’s flavor. However, I do love quite a few of the pieces, especially the swimsuit ($34.99) and towel ($24.99) by Isabel and Ruben Toledo and the sexy summertime dress ($34.99) by Stephen Burrows above. The collection hits the Harlem Target first on July 25 and the Target website and select stores on Aug. 1. So you have just enough time to get your money’s worth between then and Labor Day. [Nylon] Keep reading »
Rompers have become a must-have item for beating the sweltering summer heat. This cute and breezy Victoria’s Secret romper pulls double-duty: it works as a cover-up at the beach but is also festively chic for a BBQ at a friend’s house (just add a T-shirt and a little razzle-dazzle). It’s flattering for all body types, and the roomy fit means you can eat as much as you want without fear of a noticeable paunch.
Some items at teen and young adult-focused stores can be ageless, believe it or not. American Eagle Outfitters does a good job of providing pieces an adult woman would want to mix into her wardrobe. The retailer also is excellent at lowering the prices. Check out the pieces we want, after the jump, and remember to act fast because available sizes are dwindling. Keep reading »
Even though running errands is a tedious task, I really love the sense of accomplishment I feel after finishing everything with spare time left in the day. Some might think there’s no need to look pulled-together for running errands, but I beg to differ. Not only will a comfy and cute outfit put you in a better mood on a Saturday morning, it will also get you the service you deserve. Check out the outfit Kim Kardashian wore to the cleaners recently. She probably put this on because she knew the paparazzi would be around. But the look also sends a hidden message to her dry cleaner — treat this woman’s clothes well because they mean a lot to her. Find out how you can get a similar look to Kim’s for your errand-running days, which might include lunch at a cute cafe. Keep reading »
Nothing puts a damper on a day in the park like ants crawling into your picnic basket. Gross. I shudder at the thought of mosquitoes, crickets, and wasps. Ugh, they’re icky! And I’m quick to kill ‘em (sorry, animal lovers), but insects give me the heebie jeebies. Now, however, there’s a better way to have bugs at your picnic or garden party. After the jump, check out cute ways to let insects infest your wardrobe. Keep reading »
While merchandise turnover happens every season, it seems most jarring in the summertime. It’s about this time of year that we start noticing heavy knits and jackets in the new arrivals section nestled right in there next to the bikinis. (Take for example, the new arrivals at the Gap: cardigans, hoodies, trenches, and argyle socks.) We understand that this is just how the industry works, that there has to be turnover for sales to succeed. At the same time, the thought of buying a sweater in July makes the room feel hotter than it already is.
Does this bother you? Or are you the type who is already on to the next thing before you can rip the tags off your new purchase? How far in advance do you start thinking about your wardrobe for the next season or even shopping for it? Keep reading »
The sandal with ankle sheath (or boot-al as we like to call it, think bootie plus sandal) isn’t an all-new concept. We started seeing the boho-inspired, open-toe designs like these Topshop numbers in the spring, and have had some trouble transitioning with the kicks. You see, come summer, these types of shoes can become sweat farms, creating uncomfortable moisture in the ankle area. As for the fall, they might work out until the temps drop too low for exposed toes. (Unless, tights with these — you think?)
Are you into the boot-al look for summer? Or think they’re a waste of money? [Topshop] Keep reading »