to shop / {sale alert} baukjen, j.crew, clare vivier, & keds

  • Clare Vivier pouch/clutch – 50% off in black perforated and purple basketweave (I’ve seen the basketweave in person and it’s very beautiful and durable). They are a great size and perfect for a big purse.
  • Baukjen Maryna Blazer and Jodie Trench – Take 10% off all sale items with code SALE10 through midnight tonight. I previously reviewed the blazer here. It is now 70% off for the black and 50% off for the cobalt blue. It runs true to size and the quality is impeccable. And I’ve been waiting for this drapey trench to go on sale for ages. Do not get expedited shipping unless you want to pay customs. (P.S. For my readers who are expecting, check out sister label, Isabella Oliver.)
  • J.Crew elbow-sleeve tee in stripe in neon azalea ivory – I love neon pink stripes and have to admit this is my third article of clothing with neon pink stripes. It’s currently on sale for 20 bones and the deal gets sweeter when a 30 or 40% off promotion is in effect. It runs slightly big and is one of the few striped items I have that could never be work appropriate.
  • Keds pointer canvas flats – You can find the {pretty much sold out} hot pink pointers (in collab with Kate Spade) here and in black jute here. Sizes are very limited. I find they run true to size unlike other Keds styles. There is also a snakeskin print available here and here.

to shop / baukjen maryna blazer

My favorite clothing purchase of the season is the Baukjen Maryna Blazer. A long time ago, I blogged about my search for the perfect, affordable navy blazer. I was inspired by the effortlessly chic (well a editor’s clothing allowance does help in the effortless part) Emmanuelle Alt, who is pictured in Balmain below. I loved the feminine take on the military look and the gold buttons.

I looked for a while but it’s hard to find a blazer that is double breasted, yet fitted and flattering to curves. Isabella Oliver is behind Baukjen (and just relaunched it from the 365 name this year). IO is a maternity brand, and obviously knows a thing or two about dressing the real woman.

The Maryna Blazer isn’t navy, but it’s in my other favorite neutral – black – and it’s in ponte. At first glance, the price of $289 was too high for me. I pinned it and went on my merry way. Then DailyCandy Deals had a 65% deal on this random brand and I randomly happened to stumble on it. Baukjen also runs promotions pretty often and they are stackable with gift certificate codes.

The fit is true to size and similar to J.Crew. The quality is excellent. I do wish they had petite sizing – the sleeves are too long and it doesn’t look like an easy alteration. I flip the sleeves up for now. It also comes in royal blue, but I prefer to buy things like blazers in a very neutral color to maximize usage. I also got the caramel and black Pippa stripe top. That runs on the smaller, very fitted side.

Baukjen ships from the UK, but there is a return address in the US. I’ve exchanged a few emails with customer service and I give them a thumbs up. I rarely embrace unknown, newer brands like this, especially since there were barely any reviews online, but the customer reviews helped me make my decision. More retailers should get on the review bandwagon.

I’m so glad DailyCandy ran their promotion for a while. Long enough for me to get the blazer and buy more credit. I doubt I’ll ever see anything as insane as 65% off credit again!

Keep track of promotions on their Facebook page. The blazer is currently 25% off, along with a bunch of other items in the Vogue Edit.

to shop / striped top roundup

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