Friday Buy Day 4.15.16

Hey party people it is Friday and we are so excited for a warm weekend here in SF (a scorcher in Palm Desert for sure)!  As usual, we have scoured the internet for the best finds at the best prices...here are our top picks this week:

Because it is definitely beginning to feel like Spring around here, we had to include a chic cover up.   This one from Eberjey is barely $100 and is flattering on all shapes and sizes!  A cotton blend with beautiful lacey draped sleeves and intricate cut-outs this bathing suit topper is feminine and chic.  

These sandals make me happy just looking at them.  The bright colors, the pom-pom fringe and the wrap around ankle are spot-on trend with zero guilt for indulging ($89).  The perfect accessory for a simple white dress, denim on denim or the cover-up above.  

Coated raspberry skinny jeans with moto-inspired zippers?  Yes, please.  Level 99 treated denim are sure to please your inner vixen and your bank account (on sale for under $100 with all sizes left except 27...).  Pair these during the day with black gladiator sandals and a draped tee shirt.  For a night out, try them with a racer-back tank, black blazer and heels.  They'll also look great come Fall with a chunky knit sweater and high-tops.

Simple, sexy, sophisticated. We love the draped neckline (add a black bralette for more coverage), the length (this dress is probably best on us girls who are under 5'6...it's a shorty), and the 3/4 sleeve to show off a cool cuff or two.  Add an ankle-wrapped heel and a pink pout and be on your way.

This oversized Vince pullover is a great addition to your favorite basics.  Pair it with ripped denim and sandals for a chic and casual look.  Or wear it over leather leggings with sneakers for a plane flight.  Flattering on all body types and a heatherred cream color that goes with virtually everything, this pullover is now 40% off with all sizes left.

If you're in the market for a new swimsuit, this Mara Hoffman one is amazing.  The keyhole cut is sexy while the side-vents are high enough to cover any "love-handles" that might be lingering around your mid-section(:  Throw on a pair of wide leg linen pants and a straw hat and you will surely be the chicest guest at the pool.

 

Lastly, we'd be remiss if we didn't include a hat during the beginning of this festival weekend(:  This classic one by Hat Attack is now more than 50% off with a timeless color combination of grey and black.  Protect your beautiful face in style.

 

We hope you enjoyed this week's Friday Buy Day...whether you are at Coachella, here in San Francisco or elsewhere we hope your plans include enjoying a cocktail 9or cocktail) and some sunshine.

Cheers!

Friday Buy Day 2.5.16

This is that funny time of year in Fashion when it is still chilly out (especially for you East Coasters) but Spring is around the corner.  This week's Friday Buy Day covers all the bases with some cold weather staples and some pieces that will definitely get you excited for Spring.

First up, this chic puffer by Rebecca Minkoff.  Sporty enough to wear with your "active wear" while stylish enough to layer over a cashmere sweater with a scarf, jeans and boots.  I love the bracelet length sleeves allowing your layers to peek through and the glossy finish adds polish to an otherwise casual jacket.

Next up, this chic clutch by Claire Vivier.  Black and blue have long since been a favorite color combination of ours and this bag nails it with the suede body and the patent leather pinstripe.  

These booties are divine.  There are plenty of options when it comes to booties but it is really hard to find a perfect pair.  These check all the boxes.  The fold-over cuff, a slightly slouchy style and the 3 inch heel height allows you to wear these all day and into the night.  The suede is a perfect transitional material to take you from Winter into Spring.  Wear them now with ankle length denim and a chunky knit, or pair them with a flirty sundress or jean shorts come Spring.  On Sale for $168 with almost all sizes left, these booties are a must-have,

This navy and white printed wrap dress is feminine, flirty and utterly wearable (keep in mind the model is 5'10 so it's a great length for "most" of us).  Love the cap sleeves and the wrap waist is super flattering, I picture this dress with gladiator sandals and a woven hat for a day of wine-tasting, or amped up a bit with the booties above and a black moto-inspired leather jacket to watch a concert. If you're worried the v is too low, layer it over a lace bralette for added coverage.

 

Chunky ribbed knit.  Off the shoulder.  Vented hem.  Charcoal grey wool and cashmere blend (and on sale, of course).  Done.

The Vince Shootie: Part Sandal, Part Bootie.  Made of the most versatile taupe suede, this shoe can be worn with ripped denim and a slouchy tee just as easily as it can be worn with a flirty skirt and knit tank.  On sale with almost all sizes left, this will be your go-to sandal from now until...

And lastly, the flyaway sweater by Mara Hoffman.  Cream cotton, slightly frayed edges and an open back make this edgy outerwear perfect for layering over your favorite sports bra on your way to Pilates, or for layering over a longer tank with skinny jeans and high-tops.  Washable, wearable and 60% off the original price with all sizes left (:

Hope you enjoyed this week's Friday Buy Day with our favorite sale picks for now and later.  Have a great weekend!

 

Winter Essentials...Under $200!

When we think about the core basics that are essential to a casual, yet stylish Winter look we think about these 8 essentials...and all (except one) are under $200!  Great style does not come in the quantity of clothes in your closet but rather your ability to buy great pieces, layer them, mix them and reinvent them depending on the occasion.  Here are our Winter must-haves:

First up, this cozy textured scarf by Wildfox.  Wear it layer over a tee with a leather jacket and sneakers, or try it with a cashmere sweater, leather leggings and over the knee boots.  Neutral enough to wear all of the time, while bold enough to add interest to any basic ensemble (plus it's on sale right now!)

Here we go with the Frame Denim again!  But, truly one of our favorite denim lines and these bad boys are on major sale with almost all sizes left!  The perfect color, the perfect amount of distressing and the perfect length...if Frame Denim is the brand for you, buy these now and wonder what you ever did without them later (keep in mind they are final sale).

 

The ONLY essentials we are including that are over $200(and barely)...these Isabel Marant look alikes are a non-negotiable.  The perfect heel height to wear all day, they are the solution for the outfits when sneakers feel too casual, but high-heels don't seem right either.  Wear them now with distressed jeans (above), a black cashmere sweater and the checked scarf(above) for a sohphistacted yet stylish outfit or try them in the Spring with a floral mini-dress.  They will even look great with jean shorts and floaty peasant top in the Summer!  Not only are they Winter essentials...they will be essential in Spring and Summer too!

And then there is the elusive "perfect white v-neck".  Essential? Absolutely.  Easy to find?  A lot of trial and error....  We have tested most tees on the market and this is definitely one of our favorites.  A deeper V, tissue soft cotton, and a longer length make this the perfect layering tool for all of your Winter knits and jackets.

Love, love, love!  A little bit casual, a little bit luxe..this faux fur trimmed cardigan delivers a lot of style for under $100!  Wear it with a white tee, distressed denim and booties, or try it with skinny leather leggings and high-tops..it's a must-have.

The perfect plaid shirt has endless possibilities.  This one is cut a little more narrow than some of it's competitors, ensuring a more feminine look.  We love it with skinny sweats and high-tops just as much as we love it tucked into flared denim with wedges.  it is your prefect travel companion, and looks fantastic peeking out of a leather jacket or a fur vest.

And because no Winter Essentials list would be complete in our book without a pair of high-tops, we are sharing these Superega navy blue napa leather sneakers.  Slightly more dressy than their canvas cousins, these awesome sneakers play nicely with everyone: skinny jeans and cashmere sweaters, distressed "girlfriend" denim and plaid shirts...they even enjoy stylish sweats and faux fur jackets.  To all of you who aren't sure you can "pull off" the whole high-top thing...you can!  It's a New Year, and your closet doesn't need more stuff...it needs better, more stylish stuff.  It needs essentials that you will wear and pair with each other. 

Now that you have your to-do list, get to it!

 

 

 

 

Friday Buy Day 1.1.15

I know shopping may seem like the last thing you want to do right now, but if you received any gifts you want to return or scored some gift cards you want to put to good use, now is one of the best times of year to take advantage of amazing sales all over the place.  We're bringing you our stylish favorites, all on sale.  Get your size before it's gone.

First up, this stylish sweater from Pam & Gela.  Business in the front, party in the back...this is the perfect cold weather pairing with leather skinnies and sneakers.  It drapes in just the right places to cover up the spare tire that has slowly been expanding since late November(:  Wear it with a lace bralette to avoid any unsightly bra straps, or layer it over a longer tee for a more casual look.  The stripes are perfect peeking out of an army green jacket and the dropped shoulder gives it a slouchy, relaxed feel.  Priced at $116 (from almost $200)and all sizes left...for now.

 

Next up, this darling dress (yes I said dress) by Free People.  I actually love stuff like this, because although it looks like a tunic on the 5'10 model I know it will be just the right length for someone (like me) who is half a foot shorter(:  For now, try it under a fur vest with over the knee boots and tights.  Come Spring, pack it on your next vacation as a chic cover-up, or try it with strappy gladiator sandals and a straw hat.  If you happen to be blessed with height, this would look great as a tunic over flared denim with wedges or with black skinnies and booties.  

The color, the heel height, the ankle strap, the price...fantastic.  It is difficult for me to wear 4" heels, and there is nothing less sexy than a girl awkwardly wobbling down the street in heels sky high.  These indigo suede heels by Joie are 3.5" inches and will add color and chic to any outfit.  Try them with an all black ensemble for an evening out, or pair them with a bright floral dress for a baby shower.  They would also look great with slouchy ripped jeans, a rocker tee and a blazer.  They are barely $100 from $300 and have most sizes left!  Get yours now and thank me later. 

 

As you all know, my passion for sneakers is almost matched by my passion for sweats.  I love them both.  A lot.  This pair by Current Elliot have a darkened camo print, side zip pockets (so they don't bulge at your hips) and a drawstring waist.  Wear them with...wait for it...high-tops and a leather jacket for a cozy but stylish Sunday movie night, or try them in the Summer with a slouchy tank, flip flops and a top knot for an uber cool "off duty" look.

I regularly buy dresses, even when I don't have an upcoming party or event (pretty much always on sale, thank you Friday Buy Day).  I do this because the few times I have not done this I end up spending hours and hours frantically shopping for a dress and then way too much money buying a dress I don't even like that much because I need the dress right away.  Save yourself the headache and consider doing the same for yourself.  This fantastic dress oozes cool.  With its champagne coloring and intricate beadwork it is feminine with a bohemian edge.  Pair it with cognac suede knee-high boots for a friend's birthday bash or slip on some strappy bronze heels for an evening wedding.  Priced under $245 get the look of Roberto Cavalli for 1/10 of the price. 

How cool is this necklace?  Made by Fiona Paxton with a bib of beads and feathers it is the perfect accessory to any outfit in need of one.  Try it with a black cashmere sweater, ripped jeans and moto boots now or layer it over a printed maxi dress in the Spring.  It is fresh, cool, timeless and a piece none of your friends will have but all of your friends will want.  Standing out for being stylish is always a good thing.

 

Lastly, this cozy poncho by Splendid.  With side-vents, a relaxed body and sophisticated color combination it is the perfect topper to a "jeans and tee" ensemble.  Priced under $150, it will become a go-to piece in your closet.  Throw it on over leather leggings for a chic travel outfit, or try it with skinny cords and sneakers for a park run.  It is classic, stylish and utterly wearable.

We hope you enjoyed our first Friday Buy Day of 2016....one down, 51 more to go!  If you want these weekly sale picks delivered directly to your inbox feel free to add your email address below.

Cheers to a happy, healthy and fantastic New year!

xx

Cate & Shannon

Friday Buy Day 8.14.15

We are ALL over the map this Friday Buy Day.  We are loving the Summer sale items, but also can't contain our excitement about some cozy knits and leather skirts.  So consider yourself warned that this Friday Buy Day is a schizophrenic smattering of some amazing things we are digging right now.

First up, this beautiful textured maxi dress by Cynthia Vincent.  There are plenty of places that sell really inexpensive maxi dresses, but I've found that investing in a few that are beautiful enough to wear to dinner, and chic enough to last a few seasons are a much better "value" than buying a handful of "cheap" ones each Season.  The v-shaped pattern on the bodice is extremely slimming to the waistline, while the low-back is sexy and elegant.  The pattern and fabric are a timeless combination and at just over $200 (from over $400) you will surely get your money out of this dress for many Seasons to come.

Next Up, a new pair of skinny jeans.  These are from Point Sur's collaboration with J. Crew.  They are made of Japanese denim (the best) and have the perfect amount of whiskering and just a touch of distressing.  With a mid-rise (9 inches) and the perfect wash, these will surely be your go-to denim for now...and later.  On sale for $99 (from $198) with an Additional 30% off the sale price (code SHOPMORE), give these skinnies a try and see if you've discovered your new favorite line of denim.

The schizophrenic part of this post begins now: this (to me) is a non-negotiable staple.  I know that sounds ludicrous...a faux-fur pink cropped jacket with a gray stripe on the back as a "staple?"  And so...I'll explain.  Living in San Francisco, you become obsessed with jackets.  Outerwear in general is probably the most important aspect of one's outfit because it is the most (and sometimes) only piece visible.

I would wear this jacket over a long sleeve gray cashmere sweater with sneakers and skinny jeans, or with a cream blouse, distressed denim and high heels for an evening out.  I would wear it over a cocktail dress during the Holiday Season, and bring it along as my warmth when wearing an all-white outfit.  I love the shape, the color, the versatility and the price (half off...$300 from $600).  A fantastic addition to my jacket wardrobe.

For those of you who are not interested in a salmon-colored faux fur cropped jacket(: here is a more subtle staple.  This chambray tunic/mini-dress by Vince is chic, understated and timeless.  For now, pair it with strappy gladiator sandals and a sheer pink lip.  Later, wear it over leather leggings with leopard flats and a chunky cardigan.  It is the perfect travel companion and can be re-invented countless times depending on how you style it (add a scarf and boots, try it with a statement necklace and oxfords, or wear it with a cropped leather vest and your Superga high-tops...the list goes on)

These will be delivered to my doorstep in 1-3 days based on the shipping information(:  Love the matte black frames, gold detailing and unisex shape.  I'll let you know how they look on my face but very hopeful that these will be my new favorite sunnies.

A (faux) lizard leather mini skirt? Yes, please.  This is the perfect addition to everyone's wardrobe for Fall.  Now on sale for under $200, this piece feels ultra-luxe without the ultra-luxe price tag.  Wear it with a chunky knit and booties, or add a silky blouse and strappy heels for a party.  It is sexy, interesting and super versatile.

Lastly, this super cozy chunky knit sweater.  With it's wide-rolled sleeves, open knit detailing and side zipper, this sweater is sure to be a weekend favorite.  Pair it with skinny sweats for a stylish leisure look, or try it with leather leggings for a date at the movie theatre.  This is the perfect "I am not trying too hard, I just look this cool" sweater.  I know you know what I mean.

Congratulations!  You made it through this crazy post.  Hope you found some pieces that you love, whether for Summer, Fall or a little of both.  

Have a great weekend!! 

 

Friday Buy Day 7.31.15

The beginning of August is one of the best times to sale shop...arguably even better than sale shopping post Holiday.  There are Pre-Season sales that get everyone excited about cozy Fall knits and there are also Spring/Summer sales with boatloads of great warm-weather clothing dramatically reduced.  I am enticed by both:  Fall is around the corner, and (strangely) this is the perfect time to buy Spring/Summer when you live in San Francisco because we are fast approaching the warmest months of the year.

With 2 weddings coming up, I couldn't help but post this beautiful mermaid style dress by Mason.  The sexy bar straps and elegant shape make this a perfect choice for a rehearsal dinner, or an engagement party.  And if you are not the bride to be, buy this dress as a chic cocktail alternative.  Pair it with deco jeweled earrings, or a fanciful cuff.  White in the Fall/Winter is always welcome.

Next up, this open knit cardigan by Three Dots.  This is the kind of work-horse everyone needs in their closet.  With a chunky marbled knit, cotton construction and ribbed trim it is equal parts functional and stylish.  This is the perfect topper when you're traveling so that you feel comfortable and look pulled together.  It is machine washable, under $90 (from $180) and currently there are all sizes left.

Because things are really starting to heat up around here (SF), I would be remiss not to include a Summer maxi in the line-up of must-haves.  This cotton maxi has a darling batik print, a deep slit and an adjustable halter neck tie.  With a slightly boho feel, it is easy, breezy and wants to be worn at home or on vacation.

This blouse is the perfect blouse.  Timeless, yet modern, it has a  sexy draped neck, elegant silk fabrication and gently cuffed sleeves.  Wear this tucked into a pencil skirt, or try it with wide-leg trousers for a refined menswear inspired look.  It would also look fantastic with ripped jeans and stilettos.  Your new "go-to" blouse is under $100 and will be one of your favrorite Fall staples.

Because it is party (wedding) season, I couldn't help but include this amazing tulle and embroidered dress by Alice and Olivia.  A deep v neckline keeps it from feeling too sweet while the beading and scalloped hem show intricate, almost couture-like, detail.  The restrained and classic color combination ensures this dress has no time-stamp and the half-off price ensures this dress won't empty your piggy bank.  

Wishing you a wonderful (and stylish) weekend!!

 

 

 

 

That Whole "Day to Night" Thing

So many times we read the magazine articles or listen to the salesperson say that a certain outfit can be worn from Day to Night. But let's be honest, unless you are going from a work conference to a work dinner, there are very few outfits you would wear during the day that you would WANT to wear for a night out. 

An easier way to think about this challenge is to think about pieces, instead of entire outfits.   Buy pieces that can be worn for day and can easily transition to evening with some creative styling.

sea leopard blouse

I recently bought this Sea leopard blouse (PS I just found it on MAJOR sale at Barneys...link included)  It is slightly sheer with buttons down the front. I wore it on Saturday night in a fun seventies-vibe sort of way.  I unbuttoned one more button than "normal" to create a deep v-neckline, wore a pretty black lace bralette and tucked into wide leg denim with a black belt and chunky heels.

For a new client meeting, I wore it tucked into an A.L.C. knit skirt.  I added the strappy "gladiator" style heels to add a little edge. This blouse is a great example of a classic piece that can be worn in a more conservative way for work but also can be restyled in a sexy way for a night on the town. 

 

Shannon is wearing her favorite Rag and Bone skinny jeans with a peplum blouse, boucle jacket and heels. Her exact top is no longer available but the one below is a peplum blouse finished in a matte lambskin leather with lace detailing on the back and is deeply discounted.  It is a beautiful piece to wear with jeans but also can be worn with a pencil skirt and a statement necklace.   Or try it with a printed skinny leg trouser for a more conservative look.  Her heels are the classic "licorice" style from Kate Spade.  Perfect pointy toe and heel height, and finished in a fun but very versatile print.  

So, enough with all the talk about outfits that can take you from day to night.  Buy pieces that can transition from a more conservative look to a more daring look depending on how you style them.