My Latest Snag: The Rebecca Taylor Blouse.
I had mentioned this puff-sleeved navy floral blouse about 34 times on this blog, and then Rebecca Taylor came out with an extra 40% off all sale items with code SUNSET18 in honor of Labor Day and I finally snagged it for $54! I cannot wait to wear it with high-waisted jeans as we slide into fall. Check out the entire RT sale section! You can score loads of elegant floral dresses (to die for) and statement-making tops (love this one) for under $100! It’s actually mind-boggling. You can still get my beloved Marlena dress (which I wore to book club last month and have been wearing all over Manhattan since) for a little over $100. Trust me when I tell you that the quality of these dresses should preclude such a low price tag! Brides-to-be: consider this!!! $70?! Or THIS! How can you say no?!
You’re Sooooo Popular: The J. Crew Rollneck.
The most popular items on Le Blog this week:
+A classic sweater from J. Crew in the greatest colors. (I own it in millennial pink!)
+A $100 cashmere crew. What could be chic-er than a classic cashmere sweater with dark wash jeans and loafers or mules?!
+The chicest storage baskets you’ll ever find. (Seriously, they are in literally every home ever photographed for interior design purposes on the Internet.)
+My favorite dress of the season — now on sale and in very limited sizes!
#Turbothot: Bad Advice.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?
I found myself reflecting on this the other day when I stumbled across this quote by comedian Dylan Moran:
“People will kill you over time, and how they’ll kill you is with tiny, harmless phrases like ‘Be realistic.'”
I’m not normally a sucker for dreamy, reach-for-the-moon type aphorisms about success and self-worth, but this stuck with me. It reminded me of the query I so often received while in graduate school: “What are you going to do with your degree?” (I’ve been thinking a lot about my graduate school experience lately.) Innocuous enough on the surface, and, if I’m being charitable, likely tethered to genuine curiosity on the part of the inquirer. If I’m being touchy, however, I find the question tinged with reproach, laced with a “be realistic” mentality. Though these questions were never “advice” per se, it felt like unwanted counseling. As it turns out, I’m glad I wasn’t realistic with my major, because I can now trace a direct line from my undergraduate aspirations to this blog, an outlet that has given me release and reward beyond my wildest expectations or ambitions.
Good advice, on the other hand? (Most of these gifted from my parents — and invariably proven true.) “Never go to bed angry,” “mother knows best,” and “measure twice, cut once.” “To thine own self be true.” “It’s just hair.” “There’s no such thing as free lunch.” “Sleep on it.” “A bird in the hand is better than two in the bush.” Also, “always pack snacks.”
What about you? Best/worst advice?
(Would you add “Never grow a wishbone where a backbone ought to be” to the list?)
#Shopaholic: The Statement Sweatshirt.
+These statement earrings are to die. Imagine with a strapless black jumpsuit or dress for a cocktail party?!
+These Ancient Greek sandals are 50% off!
+This is a fun bodysuit.
+Has anyone tried Nars’ Orgasm lipstick?! I’m so intrigued. They have the best colors in the makeup world but I find their products aren’t well formulated.