Seven Things

24 Oct

ODL

By Whitney

This week Oscar de la Renta passed away and I have to say, there was no designer who did a red carpet like ODL.  I have ogled over the bows, the ruffles and the sheer drama of his gowns and I loooooved how he embraced femininity.  The world lost a little bit of its elegance this week but he will still inspire and the celebrity stories are so nice to read.   On a lighter note, I’m in SF this weekend for #MeganPlusAmish wedding and I’m so excited to celebrate these guys and see my lovelies!!

1.  Hello Henri Bendel 20% off with code FRIENDS14.  This is THE best place to get holiday gifts so think ahead to things like these gorgeous gloves, a  stunning pair of earrings and a perfect gray clutch.

2.  I feel like everyone I know has sleeping issues.  Here are some tips like avoiding the ever-so-tempting sleeping in on Sundays.

3.  This JCrew coat is like an icy pink princess coat.

4.  Fall means no more Fiji polish.  I love these fall nail colors.

5.  I love the subtle croc print on this dress (on sale!).  This dress is all year round with tights for fall and sandals for summer.

6.  My dear friend Melissa just moved to Sydney a few weeks ago.  While I am very sad and miss her to bits, I cannot wait to plan my vacation to see her!!!   These pictures of Sydney got me even more excited.

7.  Anthropologie’s fall sale has lots of pretty things.  I love this pretty tank top and these lacy suede booties.

Splurge vs. Steal – Winter White Sweater Dress

23 Oct

By Whitney

Winter white is one of my favorite classic looks for fall and winter.  Practical it is not but let’s be real here, I’m not known for being practical.  I tried this Mason sweater dress on at Intermix with black tights and booties and it was just awesome.  So thick and cozy but I couldn’t spring for the price.  While on one of my PP research breaks, I saw this version of the dress at Nordstroms and really couldn’t even justify buying the Mason one after seeing it.  It’s a perfect substitute at a great price point (under $100 IS PRACTICAL) and you won’t feel that guilty if you only wear it a few times.


Splurge vs. Steal Sweater Dress

Splurge:  Mason by Michelle Mason Sweater Dress – $398

Steal:  Treasure & Bond Sweater Dress – $88

Wednesday Lust List

22 Oct

By Whitney

Fall is officially here.  I wore tights on Monday and knew it was happening.  The colder weather brings out my black apparel but I mix in as many grays and blues as I can.  I love this Shoshanna dress for dinner or a cocktail party and these French Connection booties are seriously chic.  Time to dress up!!Oct 22 Lust List

Clockwise from top left:  Kristina Suede Booties – $165 // Gap Tartan Plaid Scarf – $20 // Vince Cowl Neck Tunic - $368 // Sam Edelman Jenkins OTK Boots – $225 //  Intermix Cashmere Beanie – $98 // Shoshanna Ilihi Dress - $280 // Howlite Phoenix Bib (benefits Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) – $58 // Michael Kors Agnes Pump - $495 // Clare V Supreme Flat Clutch – $198 // Kate Spade Parlour Earrings – $58 // Rebecca Taylor Pleated Inset Top - $250 // Milly Lace Pencil Skirt - $250

SF Wedding Weekend Packing List

20 Oct

By Whitney

Wedding season is almost over but I have one fun one coming up this weekend in SF that I am seriously excited for.  A reunion with so many of b school friends means an awesome three day weekend is ahead of me.  Apparently a fall SF wedding weekend is now an annual event for me (see last year’s post that is quite similar) and I love it!!!  What to wear, what to pack in a carry on…all of that needs to be figured out asap!!

Wedding Weekend

Friday Night Drinks:  It gets chilly up in SF but not chilly enough to warrant full on winter wear.  I found this amazing Helmut Lang Leather Dress and it’s going to be a new LBD staple for me.  I’ll pair it with some suede Sigerson Morrison shooties (this is a term for booties + shoes combo because they’re not high enough to be considered a full on bootie) and an ivory boucle blazer to contrast the black.  When the top of a dress is such a statement, I always stick to a solid necklace that doesn’t drape too low.  This JCrew one is on sale and you’ll wear it over and over again.

Vino drinking:  One of the days we are headed up to Napa and this means a casual outfit that I’ll be comfy in.  I’m thinking some great jeans paired with an easy chiffon top that I can wear to work the day I fly out.  I’m loving this Linea Pelle Hip Belt that I got at Shopbop F&F.  I can never tell what SF weather will be so that Zara Boucle Blazer will come in handy. once again  I’ll pop on some neutral booties (obsessed with my Club Monaco ones) and then I’ll use this Prada bag. Just kidding because I don’t actually own this Prada but I saw it this weekend in navy and have decided to start a “#IWANTTHISPRADABAG” savings account.

Wedding: For the actual wedding, I struggled finding a great cocktail dress that I’ll actually wear again.  This weekend I popped into Rebecca Taylor for their F&F and of course came across amazing options.  I went with this ruffle shift that has such a stunning sheer back.  The neckline means hair is up and some statement earrings that will give me a pop of color.  I love the idea of these gorgeous Jimmy Choo wedges and a bold clutch to balance out my all black look.  Dream Shoes NBD.

 

Seven Things

17 Oct

Lilly Pulitzer elephant

By Whitney

Did we inundate you guys enough with F&F posts this week??? Well, not to worry.  There are still so many going on.  Loeffler Randall has 20% off with code IMAFRIEND through Sunday night and I’m so tempted to get the amazing Pari pumps in black suede.  Tibi has 25% off of everything and we always love a Tibi cocktail dress or top.  Next up, 30% off of Kate Spade with code F14FFUS through Sunday at midnight.  Go pick up something special or go with a classic work dress (I wear one pretty much 2x a week).  For the prepsters, 25% off of Vineyard Vines with code FF14.  Happy weekend!!

1. These pieces by Deloris Petunia – so so stunning.

2.  NYC views from an $80M apartment.  A girl can dream…

3.  This Milly outfit at Saks F&F (Code FRNFAM) is a legit dream holiday outfit and works for a work party.

4.  This is a slideshow of Zac Efron.  You are welcome.  That is all.

5.  I love these loafers.  Plus they’re called Mermaid loafers so that’s a win.

6.  So Taylor Swift’s Out of the Woods song is A.Mazing.  Get it.  One of my fav things about a Taylor Swift album is deciphering who each song is about.  Loving NYMag’s Red assessment and can’t wait for the 1989 one.

7.  A great wrap coat (with a hood!) for the fall season.

Shopbop F&F – Whitney’s Picks

15 Oct

By Whitney

As Lauren so wonderfully pointed out yesterday, Shopbop’s Friends and Family began yesterday (and runs through Thursday at midnight).  25% off of most everything with code FAMILY25.  If you are a reader of bloggers, you know this is quite the event since pretty much everyone has posted their picks.  My favorites are below but you know what, go crazy.

As a sidenote, two other stellar F&F’s are going on.  Saks also has 25% off with code FRNFAM through Monday  (my favorite?  This perfect Rebecca Taylor cocktail dress for a wedding or holiday party this season).  My top jewelry site BaubleBar has 25% off through tomorrow night with code FRIENDS25 and there are some amazing deals to be had.  I’m loving this statement necklace, these mint green stunner earrings, another statement necklace (or this more subtle one too) and of course a ton of different types of 360 studs.

WCH Shopbop Picks

Clockwise from top left:  Loeffler Randall Marita Boot - $695 // Vince Haircalf Slip on Sneakers – $229 // Kate Spade Sapphire Earrings – $48 // Rails Carmen Button Down (in lots of great plaids) – $96 (was $128) // L.K. Bennett Alma Cutout Sandals - $395 // Linea Pelle Hip Belt  (my favorite brand for A+ belts with jeans) – $120 // Tibi Simona Jacquard Dress – $395 // Julie & Co Apres Soiree Necklace – $80 // Vince Hooded Coat (this is just so gorge it’s worth the hefty price tag) – $695 // Cooper & Ella Susan Double V Blouse – $125 // Monserat De Lucca Clutch – $129

 

Shopbop F&F – 25% Off

13 Oct

by Lauren

It’s our favorite time of year!! Shopbop Friends & Family starts today – enjoy 25% off with the code FAMILY25!  Usually I get totally overwhelmed by this exciting news and balk and don’t order anything I end up keeping or I just freeze altogether and can’t make decisions.  This year, I am prepared.  Here are a few of the things I have been eyeing:

DKNY Cape Dress

If you have room for a little extra drama in your life, buy this.

Sneakers, Cotu

It is impossibly hard to find casual, comfortable shoes for the winter – so a fresh pair of sneakers is high on my list for running errands and commuting to work.

Vince lace overlay blouse

Whenever I can find a pretty, long-sleeved, yet versatile top – I jump on it.  This one has just the right amount of detail to make it fun for a night out.

Susanna Monaco Shift Dress

There is something so simplistically elegant about this – I think this dress would prove to be quite versatile as the seasons change.  It is great for date night, a work event – and will look cute with tights when the weather changes.  (Also available in this spicy blue version).

Mara Hoffman beaded dress

I think this dress is quite chic.  I also think it would look awesome with a thin, tight turtleneck layered underneath.

BCBG Peplum Skirt

How great is this for a work to happy hour transition?  I would probably order this one size up to make it office appropriate.

Similarly speaking, I LOVE this Elizabeth and James Pencil Skirt

(wear it with a plain blouse (option 2) or a fitted turtleneck)

Equipment Aubrey Dress

There is only one left!  And I suspect it will be gone momentarily, but I may have to comb the internet for this little minx.  (Found it!)

Jonathan Adler Tic, Tac, Toe

Because who doesn’t love a friendly game?

By the way, F&F is a great time to stock up on basics — if you don’t have the following, I suggest you seriously consider giving them a try!

1. Theory Sartorial Blouse (perfect for work & play)
2.  Vince Turtleneck (great for layering)
3. Paul & Joe Sister Sweater (chunky knits are always a great idea)
4.  Loeffler Randall Tamsin Pumps (work place must)
5.  Milly sweater dress  (a perennial favorite)
6.  Anything Equipment

Carrie Bradshaw Approved Custom Manolo’s

13 Oct

By Whitney

I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement to my black pointy toe pumps because mine seemed to have stretched out.  While online browsing, I came across the custom Manolo Blahnik BB Pump shop at Neimans and I was entranced.  You basically can create your own perfect pump (Carrie fans rejoice!!).  There are 5 different heel heights (I’m leaning towards the 90mm or 3.5″) and 20 different colors to choose from.  Pick from a lot of basics like a navy suede or go for a gorge pair like the stunning anthracite croc.  The prices are high (the black pair I’m looking at are $595) but get these rubber soled and they will be your go-to’s for years.  This is a pricey post and I try not to do too many of these but how fun to pick the perfect shoe??

BB Pumps

Seven Things

10 Oct

central park in fall

By Whitney

1.  I am always on the hunt for a gray blazer.  This one from Zara is perfection.

2.  I love these email rules by the Google guys.  LIFO – Last In First Out-  a nerdy accounting term applied to real life that actually works.

3.  On Wednesday, every woman at work over the age of 30 was wearing a black dress and animal print pumps.  Get in on this trend.

4.  A woman bakes cakes that look like food.  I hate food pictures but these are pretty amazing.

5.  This plaid coat is so so pretty.  I saw it in person the other day and it almost came home with me but it didn’t.  Whew.

6.  Apps that are actually practical for your daily life.  I need Exit Strategy like now.

7.  OMG this feather blazer.  End scene.

Splurge vs. Steal – Black Leather Jacket

9 Oct

By Whitney

I love a leather jacket.  My friend/PP Superfan Abby asked for some leather jacket advice and here are my thoughts:  if you see one you love that is amazing and classic (i.e. drapey, waterfall, gorge color) you should buy it.  However, if there is something about it that seems a bit trendy, find one for less.  That’s how I feel about this amazing VEDA jacket.  I love the statement collar but will I really wear this one year in and year out?  I’m not sure so I am finding one for less.  Cusp has their own line these days that is stellar.  I love their faux leather jacket (also lined so it will actually be warm) and I really think this one is well worth the price.  I love how cute it would be over a fun dress on a Saturday night or simply paired with a t shirt and jeans.

Splurge vs. Steal Leather Jacket

Splurge:  Veda Max Classic Jacket – $895

Steal:  Cusp by Neiman Marcus Faux Leather Jacket - $128

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