Everlane Rounded Collar Silk Blouse

Strangely, or I suppose it’s just seasonable, whenever I wear this ensemble
to lunch, a snow storm would descend upon an otherwise
forecast-to-be-dry day. Sure, it’d be cold (maybe it’s punishment for my
dressing so inappropriately for the weather) but there would be no
other indications of precipitation.

But I am really tired of the snow so this ensemble will not be repeated for another year.

c/o Everlane Rounded Collar Silk Blouse (available in 14 colors) | Ann Taylor Modern Classic Pearl & Chain Necklace | Burberry London Westland Trench | Satin Skirt, a gift from SewPetiteGal | J. Crew Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves (this year’s version here) | Ann Taylor Tweed Clutch | Kate Spade New York Licorice Metallic Leather Pumps

And I am really excited to share this Everlane silk blouse with rounded collar with you all. It is by far the best white blouse I own (and I own many) and is no worse off, quality-wise, than pricier Equipment blouses (will write a post comparing the two).

The rounded collar, of which I am an impassioned fan, is an equitable compromise between a traditional pointed collar and the more youthful peter pan collar. 

blouse in white is semi-sheer but with flesh-toned undergarments,
sheerness is a nonissue (it’s probably difficult to gauge opaqueness from these pictures; I was wearing tan thermals under the blouse).

For those of you similar to me in size, the blouse in XS fit me without glaring fit issues (sleeves can stand to be shortened slightly) and
should transition work and weekend wear well.

This blouse is available with pointed collars (11 colors) and banded collars (14 colors) as well, if those styles suit you better.

And this outfit is not possible without my favorite blog friends: the reviews of trusty Jean (necklace and shoes) and Cee (clutch and blouse) and the generosity of S (while this is the skirt’s first blog feature, it has been worn repeatedly to pretty much any occasion that calls for a touch of sheen).

Linchpin Accessory

I casually touched on the idea of a linchpin accessory in my last outfit post and wanted to elaborate on this concept which I feel has improved many of my outfits in the last year. While belts are not a panacea for all outfit ills, they, along with jewelry, gloves, handbags, coats, and scarves, can elementally transform otherwise humdrum outfits.

For those of you who have a substantial vault of basics, linchpin accessories ought to be next on your acquisition list. And they need not be eccentric or esoteric; a healthy dose of the unexpected will suffice.

Burberry London Westland Trench | Zara Scarf Print Blouse | Hermes Reversible Belt | The Cambridge Satchel Company 13″ Satchel | J. Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool Lauren Ralph Lauren Bryce Boots

And, in many instances, a linchpin accessory isn’t necessarily extraordinary on its own; when it works it complements by creating a visual diversion or illusion. And context does matter. A black bag is perhaps more jarring against the backdrop of a colorful ensemble relative to one with a fairly tonal composition.

The predictable can be boring and I often struggle to break the mold because the predictable is also the most comforting. For me, fun accessories help to reduce some of that dreaded monotony. 

And on that note, let’s segue into some sale news (happens to be one I am rather excited about).

Theory’s online warehouse sale has begun and I had a lot of fun browsing it; the discount hovers around the 70-80% off range which is stellar because Theory prices can be prohibitive at retail.

Here are my picks: Theyskens Theory Drisse Fuminous Dress, Theory Ress NC Arbiter Shirt, Jitane Jacket in Foh, Theyskens Theory Dasta Fruma Dress, and Theory Janya Edgewood Skirt.

Kate Spade Bow Tie Scarf

My bow spree continues with the purchase of this Kate Spade Bow Tie Scarf, the third style and fourth item in this print that I now own. It is inexplicable why I am so drawn to this pattern and couldn’t resist adding more of it to my collection but the damage has been done and luckily, this purchase has proven useful.

Playful accents liven up more mundane ensembles so I happily make this recommendation. The only conceivable drawback I want to note is that it’s difficult to tell that the pattern on the scarf is of bows when it’s worn.

A similar scarf in infinity form can be found here, here, here, and here.

Zara Double-breasted Wool Coat (last worn here) | Lauren Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Cotton Crewneck Sweater | Kate Spade New York Bow Tie Party Scarf | Gap 1969 Legging Jeans | J. Crew Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves | The Cambridge Satchel Company 13″ Satchel | Lauren Ralph Lauren Bryce Boots

And I want to quickly share two great sales:

Until midnight, take 70% off select sale items at LOFT, no code needed. My picks: Tipped Four Pocket Open Cardigan, 3/4 Sleeve Cable Sweater, Colorblocked Cable Sweater, and Lurex V-Neck Cable Sweater.

And Zara further discounted its sale merchandise. Consider these: Cotton Crossover Parka and Studio Duffle Coat. Both styles are still available in all sizes. A few other styles that are interesting include the Studio Jacket with Golden Button, Tuxedo Collar Blazer, Double Breasted Jacket with Zips, Checked Duffle Coat, Short Double Breasted Overcoat, Blazer with Gathered Shoulders, Quilted Crossover Jacket, Checked Studio Cape, Checked Coat, and Short Coat with Pockets.

Happy Shopping!

Weekly Shopping Update: First of 2014

January is always an exciting month for bargain hunters as swarms of end-of-season sales commandeer retailer front pages.
I tell myself it’s all anticlimactic from here so it’s ok to indulge a little.

Retailer: Kate Spade Saturday
Discount: 40% off sale items with code BYE2013.
Picks: High-Waisted Zipper Short in Coated Twill, High-Waisted Zipper Short in Wool, Buckle-Over Mini Skirt, Perfect Circle Mini Skirt in Wool, and Layover Convertible Bag.

Multi-Strap HeelsEasy Heels in Metallic Leather

Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: 40% off final sale with code SHOPHAPPY
Picks: I ordered the Convertible Toggle Coat and Schoolboy Blazer in Italian Wool Flannel but liked the Printed Calf Hair Belt, Lady Day Coat, Metro Coat, Jeweled Cable Cardigan, Embellished Wool Crepe Capri, Claremont Purse, Minnie Pant, and Embelished Pencil Skirt.

Boy Popover in Bows

Retailer: Express
Discount: End of season sales, up to 70% off. Sale items are an additional 30% off.
Picks: Elbow Sleeve Wrap Top, Striped Three Quarter Sleeve Skater Dress, Quilted Sweatshirt, and Striped Ponte Fit and Flare Dress.

High Waist Exposed Zip A-Line Skirt

Retailer: Zara
Discount: Winter sale second cut
Picks: Pique Blazer, Animal Print Blazer, Masculine Overcoat, Two-tone Checked Blazer, Blazer with Roll-up Cuffs, Combination Fabric Jacket, Wool Checked Blazer, Double-breasted Check Blazer, and Studio Long Vest.

Studio Jacket with Gold Button now ~70% off

Retailer: Designs by Stephene
Discount: Take 50% off sale styles with code 50EXTRA
Picks: Butter Dizzy Pump (also in two-tone), Raven Remy Denim, BlankNYC Coated Sprayed On, Lucca Couture Chevron Sweater, 7FAM Original Bootcut, Alce & Trixie Dylan Shirt, and Contrarian Blake Dress.

BlankNYC Spray On (additional colors here, here, and here)

Retailer: C. Wonder 
Discount: An additional 50% off sale items 
Picks: Lace Shift Dress, Suede Indoor/Outdoor Slipper, , Herringbone Wool Blend Hacking Jacket, Ponte Boucle Sheath Dress, and Velvet Crystal Bow Ballet Flat.

Blackwatch Plaid Blazer

Retailer: Banana Republic
Discount: 40% off sale items with code BRSALE40.
Picks: Banana Republic x L’Wren Scott Collection (reviewed here), Faux-Fur Trim Bow Coat, Belted Cheetah-Sleeve Trench, Striped Cotton Cropped Peacoat, Faux-Fur Hem Jacket, and BR Monogram Peplum Coat.

Grey Fit-and-Flare Bow Coat | Fit-and-Flare Wool Coat | BR Monogram White Peplum Coat

Retailer: LOFT
Discount: Extra 60% off sale styles, no code needed
Picks: Tipped Four Pocket Open Cardigan, Jeweled Necklace Tee, Striped Peplum Hem Long Sleeve TopStretch Crepe Paneled Sheath Dress, Vintage Crepe Open Jacket, and Peplum Hem Long Sleeve Top.

Wool Blend Twill Double Breasted Pea Coat

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: Get 40% off all full-priced styles with code STYLE40

Retailer: The Gap
Discount: 40% off your entire purchase with code GAPNEW.

Retailer: Forever 21
Discount: 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30.
Picks: Posh Origami Pleated Dress, Pleated Button Tab Coat, Must-Have Layered Skirt, Cozy Quilted Varsity Jacket, and Wild Thing Cutout Jumpsuit.

Statement-Making Jaguar Flats

Happy shopping!

Year In Review : Outfits of 2013

If 2013 had a theme, it would be green. And it’s a color I will never tire of.

If you are active on social media, please share below a picture of your favorite outfit from this year. Or, if you don’t post pictures online, a description will suffice.

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