Wednesday, April 30, 2008
The second deal only lasts through tomorrow and it's 20% off of dresses over $150.Not a bad deal i must say, they have some very cute things -
This Lewish Cho dress is adorable and you can wear it out for brunch, or with heels and a metallic clutch out for evening. They have alot of other cute ones.
Monday, April 28, 2008
In early fall sweaters and corduroys didn't remind me of cold to come, I was excited because they were fabrics and colors and styles I hadn't worn in 5 or 6 months. And bringing out the summer clothes didn't warn me of the 100+ degree heat we get in Chicago in the summer, instead all I saw were the pretty skirts. I felt the soft cotton and thought about the sandals I would buy this year. Winter boots never excited me, my parents were lucky that my form of rebellion was generally no more severe than stubbornly wearing converse high-tops on snowy winter days, although one year my mother kept trying to throw out my green ones and I kept digging them out of the trash - they were my own creation at that point, cut down to low-tops with hand painted designs on them - definitely not trash.
This weekend there was a piece in the New York Times home and garden section about the ritual of changing the seasonal clothing in the closets, but from a mother's perspective. I now live in northern California where people don't have this ritual. My friends who grew up here thought it was so strange when I told them about it. The summer can be chilly here so people don't put away their sweaters, and in January it can be warm enough for a tank top. If they have a down coat it's usually with the ski gear I guess. So even though I live here now, clearly you can't take Chicago out of the girl - I still love the ritual cleaning and putting away of sweaters - it's a sign that I've decided spring is here and it's here to stay - like when I wore shorts one early May day when I was 11, you'd think that would be totally normal - except for the blizzard outside that left more than 6 inches of snow on the ground.
What can I say, my rebellions were clothes-related, a sign of things to come and all things considered, really easy on the parents.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
I like this Ella Moss dress for a warm weekend midday stroll,
These sandals are adorable, and affordable at $58 -
And I LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag -
In college I had a friend from Florida (I thought the weather in the state made a difference, I mean they weren't bundled up in huge coats all winter like we were in Chicago) who had really cool style, bought all of her clothes at vintage and second hand stores and she wore a full-body jumpsuit and made it work. But I could never do it, but Shopbop is carrying a few rompers now and I wonder who buys them.
This is a full-length version -
It's $299, that is seriously steep for a look like this.
They also have the Lauren Conrad short one,
has a whole section for jumpsuits, like this
Society for Rational Dress Gather Jumper
It's a little shapeless, butI really like this one, it's pretty hot -
Grace Sun Wide Leg Jumpsuit
This one has a military, or maybe its safari look to it -
Nicholas K Cal Jumper
I love the neckline of it.
So it looks like there are styles for everyone who wants to sport this look.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
I will however implore you to read the fantastic article about the show in New York Magazine. It is a cultural phenomenon.
Friday, April 18, 2008
They have also tackled the "black hole of dressing" in an article about business casual.
Or the smaller (but no less stylish, and maybe a little more wearable by all) short gold paillette earring -
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The worst part is that the ugly dress probably costs more than rent for most of us.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
(Don't forget they have great men's and women's clothes, including non-iron shirts for both!)
And Banana Republic is offering a sale kind of like Shopbop, get $20 back when you spend $100, $30 when you spend $150, and $50 when you spend $200.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
She also ranked Stuart Weitzman, Cole Haan, Naturalizer and Aerosoles shoes, pretty much in that order. I have not had good experiences with Naturalizer shoes, but to each their own.
read the results of her test here.
I must admit I don't love them all. First, it's pretty clear to me that Philip Lim is among the designers who find it annoying that women have boobs. I wish we could send him back to school with Marc Jacobs to learn about biology. But alas, no. I cannot force an education upon these men, and yet they can force their idea of beauty and the ideal body upon us. No fair.
Anyway, back to the subject at hand, what is up with this shirt?
It looks perfect, if you are a chef and in need of a uniform. Or a painter in need of a smock. But designed to make a woman look beautiful? I think not.
I do like this one,
And I like the dress by Three As Four, it looks ideal for a hot summer day, perfect for the beach or with cute sandals and a fun bag.
They are also offering two men's styles and some jewelry this year. You can check them all out here.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Shopbop has it's own tax week deal - $25 of off orders over $150, $50 off of orders over $250, $100 off of orders over $500, and $150 off of orders over $750. This is good until Thursday, use code TAXBREAK08.
Kiehls is offering free shipping on orders over $45. use the code FLYME.
And today is the last day to use the Bloomingdales deal on the website 15% off of everything (except the brands I want of course, Kooba, Botkier, Nanette Lepore Marc Jacobs, etc) but there are some things it covers - such as Juicy, Lamb, Diane Von Furstenberg for example. They also have a free shipping deal until the 20th. the Code for free shipping is on the website, something like SHIP6.
Saturday, April 12, 2008
The deal includes gorgeous shoes by Rafe, Delman, Bruno Magli (yes, the dude who made OJ's shoes) as well as bags by Bally. It's great stuff.
among the many I like, I'm into these sandals -
I also really like this Rafe clutch -
It comes in silver too (I have the silver wallet version of this - I get compliments every time I take it out - and I do that alot!)
With that top you have a couple choices for bottom, this bikini style -
and a boy-short option with a roll-over waist band, great for preventing any muffin-type action from going on.
This halter top goes up to a DD cup size,
the same brand makes other options, such as this
which also has several options for bottoms.
There are alot of choices these days. Happy Shopping!
Friday, April 11, 2008
So come and get it. just comment below or send me an email to shoppingmadesimpleblog at gmail dot com and I will pick two random winners.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I was home yesterday and flipping channels in the morning when I saw Regis and Kelly. I stopped because they were interviewing Keanu Reeves, what can I say, I have a residual crush from his Point Break and Speed days. When I was 13 he was on the cover of Details and I bought several copies so I could hang both sides of the articles pages on my bedroom wall. That was 17 years ago, whoa. I feel old. Do teenagers today even know who he is? Maybe from the Matrix.
Anyway, back to the show, after Keanu they were weighing in their staff members who were part of a weight loss challenge.
Now, I know this is not a new idea for a show. Oprah has done it among other shows but I still find it disgusting. And I don't care what they say, when your boss (and I have a feeling Oprah is no different in this department) asks for volunteers, you have to agree, right? It's an abuse of power, and it's ugly - to then make your employees lose weight on national television, compare their weight loss, have the world see if they don't succeed or have a bad week.
Can this weight-loss possibly be a long-term life change? And isn't this just another way to shame people into weight-loss?
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
For an inexpensive and less scary way to get into the trend, this dress from Target is cute -
Colorblocking is definitely a trend meant to be worn by the masses this spring, not just the designer customer, says Suze Yalof Schwartz, Glamour's fashion editor at large. She recommends buying a garment that's already colorblocked for you, though, instead of creating your own with a top, belt and skirt — all in different colors.
One insider trick Yalof Schwartz offers is to wear neutral-colored shoes no matter what hues are part of your colorblocked outfit: "I prefer when you match your shoes to your skin tone. It will make legs look longer," she says.
Delia's has this adorable dress, perfect for hot summer days -
Plus - 15% off your entire dELiA*s purchase! Use code SPRBRK. Offer valid through 4.17.08.
For a higher end and less casual version try this Cynthia Steffe dress on sale at Saks -
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
It was the very last set of "City Girls" in the store, they had tons of "ballerinas" and some other such sets left, but all I wanted was city girls, it had to be mine.
I admired the tin(or some kind of thin metallic) box for a few days before I ripped into them and started playing, I'll show you our first attempts -
Can you guess which is mine and which is my boyfriend's?