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Petit Bateau mariniere ($102)

Lord & Taylor cotton bateau neck top ($29.99, pre-20% discount listed on site)

Lord & Taylor has great sales. It’s too bad their site is so hard to navigate and checkout, so if do not have patience, it’s best to stay away. Consider yourself warned.

I love striped shirts. I especially like these L&T tops because they are 100% cotton (typically anything with other content gets dingy after a few washes and I appreciate durability), have 3/4 sleeves (great for my petite length arms), and they are mid-weight (perfect for layering and doesn’t show each lump and bump). I tried both XS and S and think I’m going to go with S, especially if they shrink a little. If you have a ShopRunner account (which was heavily pushed by Amex last holiday season), link your account for free 2 day shipping and returns.

They are much more affordable than the Petit Bateau marinieres (which does go on sale), but the PB tops have a much heavier weight (no summer or spring wear), cut much slimmer, and have long sleeves.

 

Sam Edelman Trina ($99.95) vs. LOFT Talia ($89.50 $53.70)

Since warm weather is around the corner, I’ve been on the watch for sensible, stylish summer sandals and have been gravitating towards nudes and golds since they are my colors of the moment.

I walked into the lower Fifth Avenue LOFT store while I was doing my walk down Fifth Avenue and was nearly about to walk out when I spotted the Talia sandals on the shelves. LOFT sells Sam Edelman shoes, so at first I thought they were the Trinas, but turns out they aren’t. Given the history of the Sam Edelman relationship, I wonder if they had SE slap the LOFT label on the Trina sandals. They look identical and it wouldn’t make sense for them to knock off a partner. I am usually an 8 and think I might be between a 7.5 and 8. The store did not have 7.5. Based on the Nordstrom reviews, others thought they ran big too. The beautiful thing about LOFT is that there is a 30-40% off sale almost every other day. Currently they are running a sitewide 40% off promotion with code NOW40. (It pains me when friends shop full price at places like LOFT and Gap.)

Note to LOFT: if you want to actually sell the shoes, you should have a proper shoe section. All of the Talia’s were high on the shelves as a display.

This particular sandal is really popular on the blogosphere. Aside from the nude (natural) color, there are a ton of other color options. I especially like the “Red Ink” and “Whiskey” with the gold heel, versus silver, and it looks like some buyers agree with me.

You can find ’em at:

The following stores have limited styles/sizes:

 

Top: Design within Reach Platner coffee table ($1,421), Bottom: Stainless Steel Coffee Table from the Foundary ($477)

The photo quality of the Foundary table isn’t great, but it looks just like the DWR one in person. And that’s how I convinced myself it was ok to buy this blindly online. I have a typical small NYC apartment. During my coffee table search, I was looking for a glass or acrylic coffee table because they evoke airiness. While I would’ve preferred something with gold accents, all of the ones I liked were way out of my price range. I subscribe to many flash sale websites but don’t check them daily. I found this coffee table back in October, thanks to CopyCatChic.

If you are in the market for a coffee table, the sale is open for another half a day. It comes shipped in two packages. It’s best to have moving gloves on hands (splintery wood is used in the packaging), cash (to tip the delivery folks to carry it up x flights of stairs), and some strength (to rip open the crate). Here’s a grainy pic of my table after I “assembled” it.

The Gold Choker

Are chokers making a comeback? I have flashbacks from the late 90s with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

COS Matte Gold Choker (€29) vs. Forever 21 Graduated Choker ($5.80)

When I was at COS in Paris, I picked up this matte gold choker. I used to go crazy with their accessories but have learned to tone it down a bit. Overall, I’ve significantly toned down my shopping on this trip to the point where I have no VAT tax to claim back. The “splurge” was the pharmacy goods. You can find a similar graduated choker at Forever 21 in gold or rose gold for much less. If you’re worried about tarnishing, swipe the underside with a coat of clear nail polish.

The Dark Leopard Print Jean

As mentioned here.

Joe’s Jeans Leopard Print Ankle Legging Jean ($75.60 on sale) vs. Old Navy Rockstar Animal-Print Jeans ($22, before additional discounts)

The delicate embroidered blouse

Dolce Vita Deirdra Lace Top ($198, also known as the Sagiso on Anthropologie and currently available in mint for $168) vs. Forever 21 Eyelet Embroidered Top ($27.80, in cream – selling out quickly – and blue) (Update: The F21 top quality is extremely lacking — they used crochet for the detail…)

If you like the look, Dolce Vita also has a dress under the style name Valentina that has made its way around the blogosphere. Find it here and here (in sale colors).

The Leather Fringe Skirt

When I went to Giverny this summer to visit Monet’s gardens, there was a woman in her 50s who was tastefully dolled up in a black leather fringe skirt, long beaded necklaces, tights, and a leather jacket. Since she is French, she pulled it off very well.

Chan Luu Leather Fringe Skirt ($91.60 from $298) vs. Forever 21 Faux Leather Fringe Skirt ($24.80)

Pretty early on in the decorating process, I decided I wanted a striped rug. I had my eyes on the Ikea Stockholm Rand, which is a knockoff of a much more expensive designer, but it was hard to nail down in stock. And I wasn’t sure if I liked flatwoven. In design blogger reviews, it looked thin and wrinkly. Upon Googling the Ikea one, I found the Rugs USA Homespun Blocks Navy Rug. It was on backorder for ages, but I finally got it right after Sandy! The price dropped so I ended up with two, but shipping back the more expensive one via UPS was pretty cheap since the warehouse is in Long Island, NY. The rug is manufactured by Nuloom and is so plush and soft. I’m also not that bothered by the navy versus black since the stripe is pretty dark.

My size is OOS, but other sizes are available for 75% off through today. In fact, most of the rugs are 75% off. My friend tipped me off that the sheepskin rugs are back in stock to order (even though it’s backordered until late Dec…). With the 75% off discount, the price is so affordable you can’t justify going for a faux one from Ikea!

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