When I get married, my Ferragamo pumps will be my “something blue.” No, I’m not here to start “the dress” debate again – these shoes are in fact cream and gold, not blue and black. However, scribbled in blue Sharpie on the sole of each shoe is the number 150 (my “something blue”).
I purchased these Ferragamo pumps for $150 in Madison, Wisconsin at Bop* about a year ago. Bop is the brick and mortar store that gave birth to the online retail giant Shopbop. Countless articles of clothing used in Shopbop photo shoots or returned to Shopbop for flaws and defects eventually made their way to Bop and went into the deeply discounted damages bin. As if this treasure trove weren’t enough, Bop held a legendary sale twice annually with items up to 90% off, the Maxwell Street Sale.
The morning of my first Maxwell I arrived early, but there was already a line of about twenty girls on the sidewalk in front of the store. If you’ve ever been to Madison in the winter (below zero temperatures, high winds, and mounds of snow), you understand the dedication required to stand outside for more than ten minutes. When the doors finally opened, a select number of patrons were let in and the frenzy began. I’m all for a good deal, but normally retail chaos is not my scene. However, on this particular February morning, I was reeling off the energy and enjoyed the ride.
It goes without saying these Ferragamo pumps were by far my biggest steal of the day given that they retail at a whopping $525. Yes, some may shutter at the fact these shoes have the purchase price plastered across the soles in bright blue, but I embrace my victory and my future “something blue.”
*Sadly, at the end of 2014, Bop closed its doors. While Shopbop will continue to live on in the World Wide Web, Bop’s departure from the local retail market marked the end of an era for the women of Madison, Wisconsin. R.I.P. BOP.
If you’re looking for a little retail therapy this weekend but don’t want to leave your couch, head over to my go-to deal destination, Hautelook, for an awesome sale on Elizabeth and James eyewear. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean it’s not important to protect yourself from UVA and UVB rays in winter months. SPF moisturizer, lip balm, and protective eyewear are equally essential even when it’s cold outside! An added bonus of sporting sunglasses in the cooler months is shielding your eyes from brutal winter winds. Plus, sunglasses are a quick, easy, and cute way to complete an outfit no matter what the season.
I test drove three unique pairs of Elizabeth and James sunglasses and couldn’t be more in love. They’re comfortable, flattering, and get the job done when it comes to truly protecting your eyes. All Elizabeth and James sunglasses offer 100% UV protection against UVA and UVB rays. Fashion truly meets function with this stylish eyewear!
ELIZABETH and JAMES – LEXINGTON SUNGLASSES
The first pair I tried is the Elizabeth and James Lexington frame. These sunglasses are an interesting, fashion forward twist on the classic wayfarer style. The purple horn hue is both unique and neutral – a medium tone gray with a dusty purple tint. They’re ideal for a laid back, casual look, they flatter a variety of face shapes, and they pair well with any ensemble. Three reasons to buy the Lexington sunglasses!
Original price: $155, Hautelook price: $44.97
ELIZABETH and JAMES – MARION SUNGLASSES
If you’re searching for the perfect everyday eyewear, look no further than the Elizabeth and James Marion frames. These classic black or tortoise glasses will instantly become your go-to eyewear. The Marion style is my all time favorite. They’re over-sized without being over-powering – ideal for any face type and size. With such a timeless shape and color, these frames are bound to become a staple of your eyewear collection for seasons to come.
Original price: $265, Hautelook price: $49.97
ELIZABETH and JAMES – LINDALL
Step outside the box and back in time with the vintage-inspired Elizabeth and James Lindall frames. Round sunglasses are often an overlooked shape in today’s eyewear market. I took a fashion risk with these Lindall sunglasses and couldn’t be more pleased to add a new and unique style to my eyewear assortment. Unfortunately, this pink horn hue is not available in this Hautelook event, but I’m loving the gray ink color!
Original price: $185, Hautelook price: $49.97
Photographed by Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography
I’m excited to share my first post in my NEW Reader Spotlight series. I love when my readers reach out to me and share their purchases or information learned from ARTicles of Clothing blog. Nothing is more satisfying than connecting with my readers and hearing that AOC Blog has made an impact in their personal style and their wardrobe!
The reader in today’s feature purchased a dress based on one of the first posts on AOC Blog: Every Woman Should Own a Dress by this Brand. This post features one of my all time favorite lines, Tart Collections. The brand’s signature is its sleek jersey material that is both incredibly comfortable and drapes beautifully on the body. Over the years, Tart Collections has expanded from its trademark dresses to a full line of apparel, outerwear, intimates, and swim! If you’re looking for the ideal piece to take you from day to night or work to play, look no further than Tart Collections.
This reader is wearing one of Tart’s classic maxi dresses styled with the Hobo the Original Lauren Wallet, the accessory I deemed “the best wallet you’ll ever own.” Although the Hautelook sale event featured in my original post had ended, this reader also took into account my motto “never pay full price for anything” when shopping for her Tart maxi. She visited one of my recommended members only sample sale sites, Gilt Groupe, to purchase her first Tart Collections dress! Tart is a brand that is consistently featured in limited time sales events on such sites, so you too can snag you first Tart frock for a steal. The new Nordstrom Rack online is another great place to shop discounted Tart merchandise. They currently have over 50 Tart Collections styles in stock, including nearly 20 styles of dresses. I personally own an array of styles of Tart dresses – from strapless to long sleeve – and each is uniquely flattering and feminine.
If you have purchased an item or implemented advice featured on ARTicles of Clothing Blog, I would love to hear from you! Connect with me with the details and you could be the next reader to be featured in my Reader Spotlight Series!
The official start of summer is merely eleven days away. We can already see the days getting longer, sunnier, and warmer. We’re going on vacations to the beach, lake, and mountains. We’re spending more time at concerts, festivals, poolside parties, or maybe just on our own porch. All of this outdoor activity is why the essential summer accessory is sunglasses. Sunglasses are a fun way to complete an outfit, and they can certainly make us feel more comfortable on a day when the sun is beating down and bright. However, sunglasses are more than a fashion accessory. They’re actually essential to our eye health as well. Just like applying sunscreen or at least SPF face moisturizer and lip balm are (or should be!) part of your summer beauty routine, so should putting on a pair of sunglasses before you leave the house. Sunglasses are the season’s ultimate fashion meets function accessory!
The first priority when choosing a pair of sunglasses is making sure they block 99% of UVA and UVB rays. This means you need to ditch the $10 sunglasses from Target or Forever 21. However, designer sunglasses can be expensive, like $100+ to $200+ expensive. For those of you out there who seem to have developed a bad habit of sitting on, breaking, or losing your sunglasses, this sounds like a scary investment. However, you can find quality, UV ray blocking sunglasses for a more reasonable price if you shop around and find a good deal. Well, today I’ve done a little leg work for you whether you’re looking to invest in a more pricey pair of sunglasses or looking for a deal on a designer pair.
THE ASPIRATIONAL LOOK
Today marks the launch of the highly anticipated eyewear collaboration between American fashion model Karlie Kloss and the eyewear powerhouse Warby Parker. The 70’s inspired collection co-designed by Kloss includes three limited edition styles that come in at $145 each. With these particular designer glasses, you can feel a bit better about your investment. Warby Parker has a buy a pair, give a pair policy. For every pair of glasses they sell, they distribute a pair to someone in need. Plus, with this particular collaborative collection, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit organization who partners with public schools to give children the knowledge and tools to make healthy choices and change the way they eat for life. Shop here.
Warby Parker uses polycarbonate for all of its lenses, which offers 100% UV protection.
THE ATTAINABLE LOOK
My favorite fashion duo, twin designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen recently won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Accessories Designer of the Year award for their high fashion line, The Row. The sunglasses from this brand range from about $200 to a whopping $500. However, their more affordable brand, Elizabeth and James, offers some slightly more attainable options. Today through Thursday, June 12, you can snag a pair of Elizabeth and James sunglasses for a serious steal on Hautelook. The Elizabeth and James Eyewear event on Hautelook kicked off today with styles up to 83% off retail price, starting as low as $46. Shop here.
Elizabeth and James sunglasses offer 100% UV protection.
Hello April! For those of us who have yet to officially experience spring, fingers crossed, it’s right around the corner! What better way to celebrate warmer weather than with an awesome deal? The Bloomingdales Friends and Family sale has officially kicked off, and you can get an extra 20% off with the code: BFF14 now through Sunday, April 6.
For me, spring = dress season. Dresses are the easiest ensemble to slip on for work or play. With the right dress, you’ve got a complete go-to outfit in minutes. Throw on a dress, grab a great pair of shoes, get your handbag, and head out the door. Once warm weather hits, I’m ready to bare my legs and go. Dresses make dressing easy! They save time and energy, and they’re super flattering and cute!
I scoured the Bloomingdales site and selected some simple, sweet, and stunning dresses for every occasion. With this deal, now is the time to stock up on spring dresses! All my picks are under $100, so start shopping!
Best POP of COLOR DRESSES
1. Splendid Easy Ruched Dress in Fiesta, $72
3. Free People La Mamounia Babydoll Dress in Flame Red, $77
Best BLACK and WHITE DRESSES
2. Guess Floral Lace Dress, $48
Best SHIRT DRESSES
Best MAXI DRESSES
1. Calvin Klein Pleated Maxi Dress, $67
2. Free People Andrina Maxi Dress, $47
*All prices reflect the Friends and Family 20% discount!