Ever the optimist, I, after seeing a mid-March forecast that looks much milder than what I anticipated, have decided to forgo black tights for the remainder of the season, and have also (prematurely?) retrieved my many print skirts from storage. Time will tell how big of a mistake this is. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ For anyone interested, the Theory Oaklane…

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In early June, the Nordstrom family, who collectively own 31.2 percent of the company, announced their intention to take the company private (it had gone public in 1973). Its stock was trading in the 40-42 range at the time, after tumbling close to 20% in the days after its Q1 results were reported a month earlier. Predictably, the market rejoiced,…

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Years of enthusiastic opposite season shopping have netted me drawers full of plain sweaters in nearly every color; thus, only knits with a moderate amount of frill excite me these days, and I am particularly drawn to details like the bow on this J.Crew sweater (now on sale in all three colors; use code HAPPYSPRING for an extra 30% off).…

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As a habitual trend chaser (more considerate friends call my style “whimsical”), I shop less out of necessity than out of curiosity. In the absence of an organizing principle of shopping, my closet has become impossible to categorize—for years I vacillated between organizing by type and organizing by color; I have since given up on trying to bring order to…

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I’ve suffered from bow craze for most of my life (of the incurable variety; given two identical items, one with bow and one without, I will always choose the one with bow and readily pay more for it) but until recently never questioned why it is that I like bows. Is it because they are associated with “cuteness” and “daintiness”…

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