Shopping List – May 2014

It’s the last weekday of the month, so that means you get a double-dose of The Glamour Less with a second post – this time on my top shopping picks for the month of May.  For this shopping list, I looked for spring-to-summer transition pieces that could easily be dressed up or down, depending on the effect of the hot and humid weather on my motivation to get all dolled up.  Though a couple of my picks are over $100 full-price (i.e., the C. Wonder dress and the Marc Jacobs top), these pieces are frequently on sale for well-below their ticket price.  In fact, the MJ top is marked down right now to $92, but I’ve seen it go as low as $81 — and for any given C. Wonder sale, you’re likely to get at least 30% off full-priced styles.

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Buzz Worthy: From Neoprene to Midday Dash

1.  Apparently neoprene is no longer just for wetsuits and swimwear as the material is popping up in everything from dresses and skirts to track jackets this season.  So, if you feel like a fish out of water wearing cottons and knits, swim over to J. Crew and Clover Canyon to get your neoprene fix.

2.  Flash-back Friday, folks.  It looks like temporary tattoos are making a comeback with Flash Tattoos.  These jewelry-inspired temp. tattoos have been picked up by brands, like Nicole Miller, and Continue Reading

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Ask The Glamour Less – Packing Strategy

Introducing a new series on the blog — Ask The Glamour Less.  Send your style questions this way!

HELP! I’m leaving for a 20-day Europe backpacking excursion (aka only getting to pack 4 outfits I re-wear again and again), immediately followed by a wedding + week at the beach in NYC which I have to pack for pre-Europe.

No clue what to pack or how to even wrap my mind around it, but I want to look less travel-shabby and more beach-chic, if possible.

Ideas?
– AI

Packing for a vacation, no matter the length, is an endeavor not for the faint of heart.  But as you’re gearing up to fill your suitcase this summer, remember that packing does not have to be (and most likely won’t be) perfect, and it can be simplified if you keep several tips and strategies in mind.

  1. Stick to the basics.  Sticking to versatile, stress-free basics doesn’t mean that you can only pack white tees and denim shorts, but think practical and functional (e.g., leave behind the top that you can only wear with a certain bra that requires some adjusting…) and pack pieces that easily complement each other and can be worn multiple ways for multiple occasions (e.g., simple sheath or wrap dresses, sleeveless shells, and tailored shorts usually fit this bill).  No matter what, I always recommend throwing a pair of dark jeans in your suitcase — they’ll come in handy more often than you think.
  2. Choose your palette.  Planning outfits ahead of time and packing pieces based on a central color-scheme will eliminate on-vacation indecisiveness or possible mismatching.  Neutrals are Continue Reading
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Fashion Finds – Nordstrom’s Half Yearly

The word’s out — Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale started last week, and fashion-enthusiasts everywhere are jumping for joy and flocking to their nearest stores.  This is the first year that I’ve lived within walking distance of a Nordstrom, so I’ve been popping in to scour the racks since day one of the sale. So far, I picked up share two incredible pieces that I can’t wait to start wearing.

1.  Pour La Victoire Yves Medium Satchel in Navy

Though not the spring-iest of colors, this stunning navy bag caught my eye in a sea of discount designers as a classic, multi-season, work-appropriate bag.  Its unique shape opens up into a roomy Continue Reading

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Buzz Worthy: From the FTC to Memorial Day Sales

1.  Earlier this week, Cupcakes and Cashmere posted about her five favorite bras, and I couldn’t be more excited.  As she points out, we often avoid the taboo topic of undergarments, but it’s this topic that really needs some ‘support’ (haha).

2.  I recently stumbled upon a 2011 post on One Good Thing by Jillee that details how to rid your shirts of yellow armpit stains.  With summer fast approaching, this how-to may serve more useful than ever in tackling those (extra) lived in white tees and undershirts.

3.  The free Water Your Body app for Android calculates your optimum daily water intake based on your current body weight, and sends out regular reminders Continue Reading

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