Black Friday Sales 2014

21 Nov

(If only I had a Dorota to take shopping with me…otherwise, I will be safe at home away from the nutso crowds.  Good thing a lot of retailers do their sales online too!)

I’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible!

ASOS –  Take 30% off everything  (What to buy?  A leopard coat in tan or green!)

Banana Republic – Take 50% off one item and then 40% off the rest of your purchase.  (What to buy? A cozy sweater dress or a gold pleated skirt.)

Club Monaco – 20% off $200; 25% off $300; 30% off $500 (plus sale is 30% off and clearance is 50% off!) (What to buy? A navy/shearling coat or tortoise shell sunglasses.)

Equipment – Take 25% off all full-price merchandise (What to buy? A black floral blouse or a leopard sweater.)

Joe Fresh – Take 50% off regular prices  (What to buy?  A silk leopard top or black fringe skirt.)

Gant – Seasonal sale for 40% off (What to buy? A nautical poncho.)

L.K. Bennett (One of Kate Middleton’s faves!) Fall pieces are 30% off (What to buy? A ladylike trench.)

Lulu & Georgia – 20% off $250; 25% off $500; 30% off $1000 (What to buy? Basically all of these prints.)

Old Navy – Take 50% off everything (What to buy? I’m obsessed with this plaid vest.  Buy all the vests.)

Shopbop - 15% off $250; 20% off $500; 25% off $500 (What to buy?  Tory Burch Revas!)

Toms – Take 25% off everything (What to buy? Red plaid classics!)

Whistles – Take 30% off everything (What to buy? A navy/black dress or a green print skirt.)

Style Inspiration – Jess from New Girl

20 Nov

While my love affair with preppy layers will never die, I don’t often address the “leopard” part of my blog name.  I picked “The Preppy Leopard” for more reasons than my favorite color being leopard print.  It’s more about my fondness for classic, vintage 1950′s pieces–swingy dresses and red lipstick and ballet flats.

I always say that my pop culture style inspirations is a  mix of Blair Waldorf meets Dita Von Teese, but lately, I’ve really been loving Zooey Deschanel’s character Jess in New Girl.  (Confession:  I definitely had to copy/paste the spelling of her name.  I also mentally pronounce her name ZOO-ey even though I know it’s ZOE-y.  I’m a weirdo.)

There are some really great style sites out there (like Dress Like New Girl and Worn on TV’s New Girl section) that break down what Jess wears every week.

Here are some of my favorite looks from the show (along with links to similar dresses):

Picture from Dress Like New Girl

I loved everything about the navy/plaid dress worn in the most recent episode “Teachers”.  You can actually buy it from ModCloth for $124.99 (and if you sign up for emails, you can save $20).

There’s also a lighthouse (!!!!!!) version of this on sale for $87.

Picture from Dress Like New Girl

Another look from “Teachers”, and while the green is sold out on Modcloth, the brand of the dress (Dear Creatures) has a ton of vintage-y dresses available on their site.

Piper Dress in Berry

Celine Dress in Navy (only $47!)

Julie Dress in Mustard/Navy (also only $47)

The minute I saw this dress, I yelled I NEED THAT IN MY LIFE at my poor roommate.  I couldn’t find a good screenshot of the back (which is the best part!) so I just took my own.  (Also, I love the red ribbon in her hair.  Just perfect.)

The dress is by Trashy Diva (what a name!) and is $150 here.


Tips on dressing like Jess:

1.  Take a retro dress

2.  Add a cardigan

3.  Finish with ballet flats

Pretty much the easiest style motto ever.

Here are some more Jess-inspired looks I love:

Modcloth – under $50!

Modcloth – $52

Modcloth – $54

Modcloth – $55


I feel like Jess’ style on New Girl is reflective of Zooey’s individual style.  While it’s not available anymore online, the collection she did with Tommy Hilfiger was full of vintage, nautical goodness.

I would have snagged more than a few pieces, but everything was so short that I don’t think I could have made it work on me.


Lastly, here’s a big photo dump of proof that Jess and me are basically the same person.

Nordstrom Sale Picks

5 Nov

I could write a fancy intro to this, but y’all don’t want to hear me talk.  You just want to dance shop.

Trouve Pleated Skirt

Fair Isle Sweater (also in white)

Cableknit Sweater (in four colors!)  

(It’s a good way to get that fisherman sweater look without breaking the bank)

I actually own this faux leather jacket.  It’s great over a dress for work and with jeans on the weekend.

Hunter Boots (40% off!)

Michael Kors wrap dress

Knit Tunic (under $40!)

Zebra Cashmere Sweater

These Vince Camuto boots remind me of the Stuart Weitzman 50/50 version that everyone is freaking out about, but for about 1/5 of the price.

This Marc Jacobs x Pendleton coat is basically wishful thinking.  It’s so pretty though.  If you don’t care so much about the Marc Jacobs connection, here’s a similar option just from Pendleton.

Other cute picks are fox-print Toms, Tory Burch Eloise flats, Tory Burch Eloise riding boots, Michael Kors leopard print flats,

Preppy Picks from the SHOPBOP F&F Sale

15 Oct

The SHOPBOP Friends and Family sale is a little overwhelming–I mean, you have like 13,000 things to sift through.

Luckily, you have a great friend (aka ME!) to go through pages and pages of coats and boots and sweaters and round up the best of the best.

Some of my tips for shopping a sale like this is to focus on pieces that are classic (no super trendy platform sneakers, please) or that don’t normally go on sale (like the Tory Burch Revas).

First up, in the Tory Burch group, we have….the Revas.  These are usually not included in the Tory Burch website sales, so the SHOPBOP sale is a great time to pick them up.  (I’ve bought two pairs in the past during this sale!)

The 25% off takes them down to $168.75, which is a pretty great price for shoes you’ll wear every day.  (I’ve completely worn out two pairs of these.)

Colors included are classic black, royal tan, and snakeskin.  A similar style to the Reva is the Serena, which is a two toned suede.

One of my Tory Burch disclaimers is that Revas are a $!&# to break in.  There will be blood.  (Haha.  Okay, not that extreme.)  But they can be painful for the first few wears until the leather starts molding to your foot.  If you want to skip that whole breaking in period but get a similar look, I recommend the Caroline flat.  The elastic is super comfy, and they aren’t as stiff as the Reva.  In the sale, they come in classic black, navy, and a pretty wine.

My last Tory Burch shoe recommendation are the Miller Sandals.  Even though some of us won’t be able to rock these until next spring, they are a comfy, timeless sandal.

Now onto sweaters.

A chunky cable-knit from 525 America

A swingy sweater dress from Club Monaco

Obviously had to include the leopard critter cashmere.

BB Dakota Collar Sweater

Dresses!

Great time to invest in a classic DVF wrap dress

Cobalt Zipper Dress

Norma Kamali knit dress

Equipment Leopard Dress

Into coats…

Madewell Colorblock Coat

Mackage Wool Plaid Coat

Your Fall Shopping List

22 Sep

Really, this post is more selfish than anything else.  I just need a place to list all the clothes on my fall wish list.  (Also, this is a good way to continue my habit of continuing to twin every day with my Insta-BFF, Robin Van Crabb aka the brilliant mind behind my new fav blog The Dress Decoded.)

So basically, if you like critter prints, wool, or plaid, come on a shopping adventure with me!  (Another disclaimer:  There’s a lot of Brooks Brothers new Red Fleece label.  It’s basically a more affordable collection of the Brooks Brothers staples we preppy girls know and love.  Plus, if you shop today, you can save an extra 25% off with code FF25.)

Cardigan + Pleated Skirt

Tennis Sweater

Blackwatch Plaid Dress

Cotton Shirt Dress

Dog Sweater + Herringbone Skirt

Quilted Wool + Plaid Dress

We’re switching over to Talbot’s now, which I know a lot of people think is where their grandmothers shop, but the store is actually home to a lot of classic, well-made pieces that will round out any closet.

Mallard Critter Print Oxford

(All tops are buy one, get one 50% off right now!)

Fox Print Silk Shirt

Leopard Print Coat

Rainy Day Sweater

Animal / Stripes Tee

Next up is a gorgeous nautically retro coat from Boden.

This coat is so gorgeous.  I literally can’t even.  (Actually, you can even.  Here’s your new wallpaper.  You’re welcome.)

Soldier Sweater

Classic, Ladylike Looks from NYFW

10 Sep

No eloquent post here today.  Just some of my favorite pictures (so far) from Fashion Week.

(Note: All pictures taken from Style.com unless otherwise credited.)

From Oscar de La Renta:

(I loved all the ladylike silhouettes and perfect prints.)

I loved this coat from Tory Burch.

From Michael Kors:

From Polo Ralph Lauren:

 

From Badgley Mischka:

From Co:

From Barbara Tfank:

 

Jane and Bleecker Pajamas – The Preppy Review

9 Sep

I am not a pajama person.  I never have been.  Part of it is because I get too hot at night to even think about wearing multiple layers for sleeping.  

BUT, this past week, I was in a condo with my entire family, and I have a niece who loves to let herself in to lay on my bed and beg me to play Beauty and the Beast clips on Youtube, so I knew I needed to figure out some kind of pajama situation.

The nice folks over at Jane and Bleecker offered to send over some pajamas for me to try and review, and the timing was too perfect.

“Fun, classic, preppy?”  Yeah, I think this is right up my alley.

First, there was a super soft long sleeve top, but it was more like a thin sweatshirt.  It was so cozy and warm, and it was perfect for winding down after we got back from dinner.  It’s not something I’d be able to sleep in (due to my hot, Mediterranean blood), but it’s the perfect lounging piece.

I paired the long sleeve top with a pair of elephant print shorts.

I actually slept in these a few nights.  Maybe that’s my trick–I need to stop assuming pajamas=long sleeves, long pants.  I would have taken a picture of my outfit, but the shorts were suuuuuuuuuper short on me (I’m almost 6’0!) and I don’t want to scar anyone.

I also received a basic racerback tank, but because my torso is so long, it was a little too shrunken on me.  

The material was super soft and comfortable, and I’d be okay just wearing it in my room alone.  But not to lounge around in front of the family.

Last, there was a pair of pajama pants, which, AGAIN, were way too short on me initially, which made me super sad.  But then, I realized they had a little trick!  The bottoms roll up and have a contrasting pattern which is really cute!  

They are cute for hanging out, and the material is really interesting.  It’s cotton, but it almost felt like there was a suiting liner material in it.  It wasn’t my favorite feel–compared to the amazing knit in the long sleeve top, this material didn’t feel as wonderful.  (I tend to gravitate to thin, soft fabrics.)  Again, not bad, but not my favorite out of the bunch.

 

Overall, I was so happy about what I received that I’m going to place an order for myself!  Whenever I get home from work, I tend to just change into old VS yoga pants and a t-shirt, but once I started having actual cute clothes to lounge in, I got a little addicted and wanted more!

The prices are pretty good too–everything ranges from $15-$45ish.  

I think I’ll be picking up some of the ribbed leggings:

Anchor Shorts

Scotty Dog Shorts

 

PS:  How cute is this water bottle that was included in my package?  Give me all the anchors!

jb

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