Free shipping is not a sale. 10% off is not a sale. Free Gift With Purchase (that I would never purchase anyway) is not a sale. An additional discount on already-reduced merchandise is CLOSE, but, especially during the holiday season, still- NOT A SALE.

A sale is a significant, makes-you-do-a-double-take discount on things you would buy anyway.

Here are significant sales on stuff I want (and assume you want too, since, ya know, we are simpatico like that)- either for myself or as gifts. So, today, while my husband is in full Thanksgiving Prep mode (he does the cooking, and he loves it so much that who would I be to take that joy away from him?), I will be furiously shopping these SIGNIFICANT sales- and probably going back for a second round of cart filling between bites of pecan pie. (Hey, I am nothing if not honest...)

WILDFOX: 40% Off Full-Priced Merchandise with code ALLSMILES
MUST BUYS: Altituded Sweater / Arcade Sweatshirt / Ooh La La Ringer Tee

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Sam Edelman: 30% Off with code SAMSGIVING
MUST BUYS: Blue Ankle Boot / Velvet Pom Pom Pump / Kids Fur Sneaker

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Ann Taylor: 50% Off with code THANKFUL
MUST BUYS: Tulle Skirt / Stars Beanie Hat / Cashmere Sweater

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A Silk Blouse For Sweaty Situations

Silk Blouse / Jeans / Boots (best score ever!)

Silk Blouse / Jeans / Boots (best score ever!)

In all honesty, my life is one big sweaty situation. I am not that girl who is always cold- quite the opposite, actually. And as a result, silk shirts have long been off-limits to me.  But the silk button-down shirt is a cornerstone to the wardrobe I am currently aiming to build for myself- comprised of pieces that work equally well for day (on the occasions I am not holed up in my office or running errands dressed in the uniform of my suburban mom tribe- workout wear) and night.  So I embarked on a mission to find the perfect silk blouse that doesn't make me sweat at the very thought of wearing it out in public.

This FRAME top is PERFECT. I am no textile expert, but whatever they do to the silk makes it cool to the touch, and I have yet to sweat at all on the 10+ occasions I have worn it. I love the delicate diamond and twinkly star pattern, and the ruffle detail at the sleeve makes it extra flattering (but if you want a more menswear vibe, throw on a blazer and one would never guess that there is a feminine detail underneath.)

Here are some other suggestions for the best silk button downs to add into your wardrobe- they will get tons of wear through the holiday season and beyond, I promise.

1- First & foremost, my beloved FRAME blouse that also comes in this version in the event you are pattern-averse.
2- This is similar, but with an inverse color situation and a slightly slimmer fit.
3- Under $40 and incredibly well constructed, the pale pink ribbon trim against the black floral is super modern. 
4- The kimono-cut sleeves are so freaking cool- I love a blouse that causes people to do a double-take, which this bargain find definitely does.
5- The ultimate statement print- whimsical but somehow timeless- the draping of the sleeves and the tie at the neck keep it from being too cutesy.




Pull Together Your Holiday Party Outfits With These MAJOR Sales.

If you want to update your closet with easy grab-and-go holiday party pieces- or get a head start on gift shopping (boring...this weekend should be about YOU...but I get it if you are a more thoughtful person than I am)- here are 3 amazing sales you need to know about, and the top pick items based on my hours spent sale-scouting from bed this afternoon: 

1: INTERMIX- An extra 50% off sale.

2: Bloomingdales- Up to 50% off select items.

3: Anthropologie: Up to 20% off select items.

Holiday Season Style: The Piece You Need To Buy NOW.

SHOP THE LOOK: Sweater / High Rise Skinny Jeans / Boots (similar to pictured) / Backpack

SHOP THE LOOK: Sweater / High Rise Skinny Jeans / Boots (similar to pictured) / Backpack

And so it begins.... The over-eating, the constant traveling, the non-stop pace of having to be here, there and everywhere...And the icing on the proverbial way too big slice of Holiday Season cake? What the F to wear for it all. 

I implore every single one of you to find a generously cut but structured (so it doesn't look like you are trying to be comfy- rather, it looks like you have great style) statement sweater. The one I have on is from ASOS, and it comes in several colors. Its that combo of an angled hem, scuba-material pleats and a chunky knit that has me like "whoa THIS is the sweater I am gonna wear with my leather high waisted pants at Thanksgiving because it will TOTALLY hide the fact that my fly will be undone 5 minutes into the meal", and for work meetings thereafter the exact same combo will be perfect- polished and fashion-y, yet seasonally appropriate and, most importantly, COMFORTABLE! 

The sweater will most often be seen, however, with jeans (I just got these and they are amazing- and under $100) and high boots.

Here are 5 other statement sweaters that serve the same purpose (comfort disguised as fashion savvy)?
1- Faux Layered With Flounced Ruffle Hem is under $100, and can be broken up into separates.
2- This is oversized yet drapes in a body skimming way that doesn't add bulk- plus, those sleeves! And, that sparkle!
3- One of my favorite under-the-radar brands has this lace-tipped and super ladylike looker. 
4- Shows off the one body part that ALWAYS looks good, the ultimate architectural, minimalist statement sweater
5- IMHO, this sweater's hue is the most sophisticated spin on neutral- which makes the flounce factor that much more interesting. 


Photo Credit: Samantha Rose Photography

The Best Fall Dresses: Floral & Floor Length (And Not Strictly Formal)


Until recently, I perceived dresses that graze the floor to be best suited for fancy affairs.  Which is unfortunate given that they have qualities I would love to employ to my advantage for all kinds of affairs- they add height, cover up pasty or poorly shaven (read: unshaven) legs, allow you to get away with more comfortable shoe options like a lower heel, wedge or (insert gasp here), ballet flat.

Enter a Fall/Winter dress trend that gives us the best of all worlds- a bevy of floor-length dresses that are totally wearable beyond black-tie.

While I had admired photos of many a style blogger donning floor length dresses in an effortless “oh ya know, just going out to dinner with some friends and threw this on” way, it never seemed like something I could get away with.  But, as they say, you never know until you try- so, I tried. Specifically, I tried this dress from Alice + Olivia. And in an instant, saw how wrong I was.

The dark floral print feels season-less, and the cascading tiers of crinkled chiffon make it so wearable, because I don’t have to stress about wrinkles (I rolled it up in an overstuffed suitcase this past weekend and it arrived unscathed- even though said suitcase was so embarrassingly overstuffed.)

Other key factors when looking to acquire a floor-length dress that you will wear over and over (and over) again:

-A defined waist that gives structure so the dress doesn’t swallow petite frames whole.

-Edgy details to make it clear that this is not a precious frock only to be work at formal events- in the case of my dress, it is all about the exposed zipper down the back.

-Mock neck is very on-trend right now, yes- but it also serves a second purpose- to encourage you to throw your hair up in an ponytail/bun/top knot/braids because that enhances the impact. (And, yes, gives you a free pass to not blowout/curl/fuss with your hair- SCORE!)

Below, six fantastic floor length florals that will be your best friend on chilly fall/winter nights when you are going out and want to look all fashion-y but don't want to shave/spray tan your legs/deal with your hair/wobble around in stilettos. (Click on any of the images to get more info/purchase- I'm getting all fancy here, interactive images WHA?!!)