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Essentials

rag-and-bone-blouse-vince-pants-summer-work-outfit-1rag-and-bone-blouse-vince-pants-summer-work-outfit-2rag-and-bone-blouse-vince-pants-summer-work-outfit-3rag-and-bone-blouse-vince-pants-summer-work-outfit-4 Three words come to mind when I think about Summer work essentials: silky, slouchy neutrals. Airy, oversized blouses are perfect to pair with cropped trousers and I’m not afraid to mix and match ivory, cream and white. Over the years I’ve been pretty vocal about my love for Nordstrom Rack: so many incredible finds, and most recently I found this blouse and these trousers. I’ll call it the “non-suit-summer-suiting.” I’m sharing some other major finds below!

Happy Tuesday!

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Blouse – Rag & Bone at Nordstrom Rack (similar silk blouses priced high to low: here, here and here)
Trousers – Vince at Nordstrom Rack (here | similar trousers by DVF here)
Heels – Manolo Blahnik (my favorite block heel styles under $200 priced high to low: herehere, here and here)
Purse – Givenchy (similar here)
Sunglasses – Celine (similar here)

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Shorts

summer-shorts-1summer-shorts-2summer-shorts-3 Happy Monday! Spent my first weekend day in shorts after nursing a little cold – summer is definitely starting to come around! In trying to “do less” and “rest more” while I was sick, I managed to get in some online sale shopping (ha!).

It’s embarrassing but I have a little bit of a strategy when it comes to sale season: for the first markdown (typically 30-40% off), I peruse designer handbags and shoes (Neiman Marcus, Saks, Barneys and Nordstrom for starters! Some of the internet-only sites I check are LuisaViaRomaMatches, FRWD). These are the items that don’t typically make it to later markdowns. Then I might check on a few clothing items that I’d bookmarked previously. In subsequent markdowns (and my favorite being the 60-70% off final sales!), I’ll hunt for designer classics like trousers, pencil skirts, blouses, sweaters, or in the Fall, coats. I still check the shoe section again though (you never know – returns might strike!).

Here are three of my favorite finds so far:

  • This bag (!!!) at 25% off – the same style as the one I’m wearing but in leather!!!! LOVE!!!
  • These nude pumps at 40% off (but they are also in sale in black) – I have the older style but I must say I like these more!
  • This summer “coat” at 40% off – the buckles have so much attitude, but the khaki color makes it a classic

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend celebrating Memorial Day with loved ones!

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Shorts – Madewell (great price! here | I really love how elegant high-waisted shorts can be. I’m currently loving (and hoping to buy) this ivory pair. Similar styles priced high to low: here, here and here)
Sweater – Thomas Maier (similar styles priced high to low: here, here and here)
Hat – Janessa Leone (here | similar styles priced high to low: herehere, and here)
Purse – Givenchy (here | found a gray suede version on sale here, also found it on consignment in black here)
Flats – Hermes (souvenir from London! here)
Sunglasses – Celine (similar here)
Lips – Bobbi Brown “Soft Berry” (here)
Nails – Louboutin Beaute “Simple Nude” (here)

More sale finds:

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Summer Suede

givenchy-shark-handbag-1trench-coat-givenchy-totetrench-coat-givenchy-tote-2 Happy Friday! Surprise, surprise, I’m going back to BIG! I’m obsessed with this big bag that I bought at Nordstrom – the style itself has been around for a while but for some reason I never gave it a try. So glad I did, now I don’t want to take it off (and I’m lusting after the smaller versions!). The color is perfect for the warmer season, and I’m sharing a few more of my picks below!

Looking forward to the long weekend. I’ll be resting up as much as I can (but also going to try to enjoy some of the sunshine too!). Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Large tote bag – Givenchy (I’m in love with the shape and color! here or here in a mini size – so cute! | similar styles under $350 priced high to low: here, here and here)
Sweater – Thomas Maier (similar styles priced high to low: herehere and here)
Jeans – Madewell (similar styles priced high to low: here, here and here)
Trench – Gucci (recent find at Nordstrom Rack | splurge-worthy version here or similar styles under $275 here, here and here)
Flats – Chanel (similar styles: here or here and similar styles under $100: here, here and here)
Scarf – Ann Taylor
Sunglasses – Celine (similar here)
Lips – Bobbi Brown “Soft Berry” (here)
Nails – Louboutin Beaute “Simple Nude” (here)

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