Tuesday Lust List

22 Apr


By Whitney

What are you guys looking at for summer???  There is so much fun stuff out there but I am always a fan of the neutral colors to pair with lots of different things.  I’m loving how easily the pale blues will pair with my neutral shoes and how fun bright colors like neon shorts can be worn with a basic white tee and you are good to go.  Enjoy!

Tuesday April Lust list

Clockwise from top left:  JCrew Collection Neon Shorts – $98 // RJ Graziano Mixed Beaded Bib Necklace – $65 // B Brian Atwood Chryssa Sandals - $350 // Tory Burch Penny Sandal – $175  // JCrew Factory Sailboat Sweater – $50 // Gigi White Jessica Embossed Tote (love a white bag for summer) – $345 // BaubleBar Crystal Fern Drops – $36 // Ray Ban Aviators in pink - $161 (were $215) // Sole Society Ellinor Wedge (we are LOVING the low wedge this summer!) – $60  // Kate Spade Emrick Cotton Sheath (I love this for work) – $328



Saks F&F – Ferragamo Shoe Time

21 Apr

By Whitney

Happy Monday everyone and happy Saks’ Friends and Family.  25% off of everything with code FRNFAM through next Monday April 28th(!!).  There’s a ton of great stuff for spring out there but I always use this F&F to take a peek at my favorite shoes, Ferragamos.  I’m not saying these are great deals, but for shoes that I wear for almost every occasion (work, holidays, weddings) it’s always nice to get at least a little something off!!!  Not every pair is eligible for F&F but the below are (and see the rest here).

My Muse Flats

My Muse Flats (in black or pink) – $281 (were $375)


Pakuna T Strap Wedge Sandals ($$$ but so gorgeous!) – $506 (were $675)


Pola Patent Pump (these are a classic in the nude or the black. Get them rubber soled and wear them for ten years like I have with the closed pump version) – $431 ( were $575)


 Varina Bow Flat (the all time classic) – $338 (were $450)

Bedroom inspiration

18 Apr

by lauren

So – big news! I am moving!  and with said move, comes all of the exciting prospects of redecorating and assembling things exactly as I want them to be.  As you know, I have spent a lot of time upgrading the items in my living room – namely the couch and the coffee table.  Next on my list of overhauls is my bedroom… I am on the hunt for an aesthetic that is sophisticated, classic but fun and one that I will be satisfied with for quite some time.  So this inspiration # 1…

- Antelope Carpet

- Nailhead headboard

- White bed

- Twin night stands

- Budgie lamps

- Wall art – TBD

As we all know, I am obsessed – obsessed – with anything animal inspired.  So, I know I have to be careful about incorporating too many animal elements into a space.  However, I think this Antelope carpet was pretty much meant for me (below).  Both Beuavais and Stark make a rendition of this and can make it into a rug that would fit my new space.

{Antelope Carpet}

{Amanda Nisbet does Stark's Antelope Carpet}

:: Beauvais Antelope Carpet in Nicole Hanley Mellon's apartment ::
The walls in my new space are a pale gray and I think the walls may even work with the warm brown colors -we’ll have to see!

When I was in South Carolina, I happened upon the Budgie lamp at the historical society and fell in love with it.  I think it would be very cute to have these on either side of my bed:

Newport Budgie Lamp by Jeanne Reed - I fell in love with this lamp at the Shops of the Historic Charleston Foundation.  Too bad it's blasted expensive.
Sitting atop a warm colored nightstand.  (Yet to find).  More to come!

Shopbop F&F – Get Excited

16 Apr

By Whitney

Lauren and my favorite part of spring has come, you guys.  It’s Shopbop’s Friends and Family.  Get 25% off of EVERYTHING through Thursday at midnight with the code INTHEFAMILY14. As always, we are featuring our favorites.  Besides the below, I am dreaming of this perfect skirt, a cover up in a great color on everyone, a pair of perfect pink strappy sandals for summer and this necklace that will look good with pretty much everything.

thayer cover up

I’m loving this easy cover up in blue or the pink.  It’s pretty enough to take you anywhere, not just the beach.

Thayer Sunshine Cover Up – $182 (was $242)

Mara Hoffman Dress

Mara Hoffman Circle Dress (or try one of her other amazing ones like this maxi or this awesome mini) – $224 (was $295)

TB Savannah Wedge

Tory Burch Savannah Wedge Sandals (these are a must) – $187 (were $250)

Joa Gingham Skirt

Joa Gingham Skirt (with a matching top if you’re so inclined) – $50 (was $66)

Lust List – Blue and Pink

14 Apr


By Whitney

What a gorgeous weekend we had, right???   It really got me in the mood for some spring florals!  I spent the weekend running a ton of errands which included a lot of returns and I couldn’t get enough of the pastels in the stores.  The pinks!  The blues!  I loved it all.  It was very hard just returning and not spending.  Below are some of my favorites; a lot of Easter options, great accessories, and reasons for pink to become the new black.  Happy Monday!
Lust List Pink and Blue


Left Column:  Prada Bow Wallet (it’s been around for a while but my love for it still persists) – $550  // Modcloth Lakeshore Dress – $55 // Kate Spade Riviera Stone Necklace – $180

Middle Column:  BaubleBar Glass Coin Earrings – $44 // Tory Burch Savannah Wedge Sandal (these are just so delicate in A+ spring colors) – $250 // Zara Coat With Zips – $159

Right Column:  Rebecca Taylor Dream Flower Dress – $375 // Kate Spade Iberis Wedges (dying for these to go on sale and I love the colors they come in!) – $328 // Tory Burch Robinson Makeup Pouch – $95


F&F (well it’s about time)

11 Apr

by lauren

At long last we are beginning to see a wave of Friends & Family specials… both DVF and Rebecca Taylor are running 25% off until Sunday.  From Rebecca Taylor, I am really loving the blush pink items and obviously her spring tweed.  I have to say though, my last few experiences with RT have been kinda disappointing.  The last 3 items I’ve bought from RT have ripped within the first hour.  Anyone else??  Nevertheless the pinks are pretty… as for DVF, she rarely disappoints me.  Her feather leopard print is to die for (I know it doesn’t look incredible in the photos, but the print is a flattering hue for all skin types – give it a try).


Sleeveless Net Top

Tweed Dress

Feather Leopard Shirt Dress (also available in a wrap)

I think this animal print sweater/tee (on sale!) would be so cute with shorts this summer

Sheath Dress

This dress may not look like much, but it is a tried and trusted DVF look.  I think this is great for a work to evening transition – the fabric is the best part.  It’s made of a crisp, slightly elastic, poplin – basically my favorite fabric on earth.

DIY Dior Earrings

10 Apr

Today we have a special guest post written by my dear friend Abby.   We talk Bravo and/or shopping on a daily basis via gchat and I hope this is one of many posts from her!   Thanks, Abs!

By Abby

I’m so excited to share my DIY store with Pretty Polished readers! (I basically only buy what Whitney tells me to).  Like everyone else on Earth, I basically want to come back in my next life as Jennifer Lawrence, so when I spied these earrings, I wanted them.  Immediately.  I did not, however, want to pay 10 zillion dollars for them.   I found this helpful DIY and thought “I’m totally crafty!  I can do this”, and set off to make my own version.


I went to Target and purchased a set of “Pearl” Earrings – a 3 pack with different sizes.  This cost me $8.00.  I already had super glue and some of those rubber earring backs, but if i had to buy those also, it would have been a few dollars more.
I used some pliers to remove the backs from the biggest pearl earrings and was left with 2 big pearls with a TINY hole in each.  No way the rubber earring backs would fit in the hole.  I used my drill to make the hole a little bigger, but drill + plastic pearl is not the most successful combo.  The rubber backs didn’t go all the way in (so they’re not flush like in the instructions), but you can’t tell when they’re on, and they give the back pearl a little boost (so it’s not so flush with your ear) Basically I followed the directions exactly as in the directions other than the drill.
Here are  the finished product and me modeling the earrings on my way to the gym.  Total time was very short (I let the super glue dry overnight and reinforced it the next day since the backs didn’t go all the way into the pearls), and they’re holding up well!   I might recommend trying to find pearls with bigger holes if you try this on your own (maybe Claire’s has a “Pearl” necklace where the beads have bigger holes?).
earrings 1
I’m so excited about my new earrings and I think I saved myself $10,000 by DIY-ing them, so now I can buy more Kate Spade essentials.  Win Win.

First Quarter Shopping Update

8 Apr

By Whitney

As I have mentioned many times these past few months, I tried to go January – March only purchasing a few things.  First quarter of 2014 (1Q2014 to put it in my consulting job terms) has gone SWIMMINGLY and I actually stayed pretty strong.  Below are my purchases.  For the most part, everything was on sale or else it was reasonably priced.  Pastels are clearly a theme here with black pieces for work peaking in every now and then.   I tried to buy some pieces that can go from work to weekend and JCrew, as always, helped me achieve that.  What’s up next for 2Q2014?  I am focusing on finding some casual espadrille wedges, a classic trench in black or navy, some silk tops to pair with white or navy pants and some tweed blazers.  Stay tuned!!

Q21014 Purchases


Clockwise from top left:  JCrew Jeweled Peter Pan Oxford Shirt - $88 (was $110) // Preppy Girl Seahorse Tunic (so soft and sweet!) – $110 // BaubleBar Gold Dust Collar in mint – $44 // Kate Spade Gwendolyn Dress – $189 (was $380) // Just Madras Skipper Dress (comes in lots of fun colors) – $130 // JCrew Factory Scalloped Lace Tee - $40  // Gap Ladder Stitch Sweater (this comes in great colors and is a perfect transition piece) – $30 (was $50) // Halogen Prism Eyelet Skirt – $79



Lust List – Florida Vaca Version

7 Apr

By Whitney

I’m off to spend some QT time with my parents in the warm weather of Florida next week and I am pretty excited to take a break.  While the weather finally perked up in NYC, I still feel like a Florida vaca gives me an excuse to actually peruse the super summery clothes currently out.  I love the idea of pairing this Tory Burch tunic in the most perfect blue with easy white bottoms for dinner.  I am loving these Current/Elliott white pants because they are the perfect option when you aren’t in the mood to shove yourself into skinnies.

Lust List - Florida Vaca

Clockwise from top left:  Botkier Valentina Crossbody (I love every pastel this comes in!) -$195 // JCrew Seville Wedge Espadrilles – $128 // Juliet & Company Serenity Necklace - $66 //Current/Elliott Slim Bootcut Jean – $118 (were $168) // Gap Sunkissed Eyelet Shorts – $30 // Kate Spade Mayfair Perforated Tullie Bag (dreaming of this) – $598 // Tory Burch Tory Tunic – $295 // Mara Hoffman Amanda Bikini – Top $110 / Bottom $110 // JCrew Scalloped Pajama Set (adoooorable) – $65 // Rhyme Kali Swirl Print Maxi Dress – $89 // Piamita LouLou Shell (Lauren and I are obsessed with this adorable print) – $160 (was $260)




BaubleBar + Nordstroms = A+

3 Apr

By Whitney

Two of my favorite companies have come together and created a collection and I’m obsessed.  BaubleBar has created another collection for a retailer and I”m so glad they chose Nordstrom!  I love how the pieces are under $70 and I’m loving all of the fun spring colors.  Get yourself a statement necklace or just some fun bright studs to dress up your work wardrobe.  A few of the pieces have sold out but for now, my favorites are below.

Nordstrom + Baublebar



Clockwise from top left:  Multistrand Star Pendant – $28 // Embellished collar necklace in mint – $46 // Stone Earrings (come in tons of colors) – $24 // Phillips Skinny Cuff (gold or silver) – $28 // Pave Multistrand Necklace (I love this in white or mint) – $68 // Peacock Fan Earrings (pretty fun bold colors) – $28 // Pave Link Bracelet (shown here in turquoise and hot pink but comes in a bunch of fun spring colors) – $48 // Frontal necklace in white - $48


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