I woke up this morning to several texts from friends–who are enthusiastic Nordstrom shoppers–alerting me that the Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Tote, a workhorse of a bag (and my work bag on most days), is available again through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (early access started today and public access will start 07/20). This is a Nordstrom exclusive (at least in recent…

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Dots are whimsical things on print: the larger, rounder, and more uniform dots are, the more juvenile (Minnie Mouse) and dated (50s housewives) the print looks. With age, my tolerance for dot size has been eroded. These days, the largest spots I am willing to consider are about the size of a nickel, and I prefer that they be reasonably…

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Fashion’s association with frivolity stems in part from its disconnect with practicality. Beyond being just a barrier from harsh weather elements, clothing is often used to signal our gender identity, profession, mood, culture, or tribal identity. And for much of recorded history, fashion has also been used to suppress: corsets, for example, have been one of the most enduring forms…

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Another work week, another work outfits roundup. Because the last post had been so well received, I may increase the frequency of these outfit recap posts. Though I am unsure about the sustainability of a more frequent posting schedule, as I can see myself losing all motivation to get dressed for vanity at some point this winter and just start…

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J. Crew Factory is currently celebrating its fifth birthday, and has discounted everything by 50% (clearance styles are an extra 50% off) with no-minimum free shipping; use code BIGFIVE at checkout. I noticed that the factory store has recycled the “Sailor Skirt” that I picked up last year and is offering it in two versatile colors: navy and heather sand.…

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