to shop / the nude lace dress

Sale updates below in italics!

I never saw reason to pay premium for the Diane von Furstenberg Zarita dress when Adrianna Papell executed it just as well. The Adrianna Papell lace overlay sheath dress in blush is currently 55% off at Nordstrom and Amazon for $71.10, and at Loehmann’s for $99.99 (regular, petite and look out for coupons). It runs short, true to size, and is pretty fitted but fully lined in a soft material. The back zipper makes it a bit inappropriate for the workplace, but it can be dressed up with a blazer and a belt.

It also comes in mauve (looks like blush…), navy (plus size, on sale), prussian blue (on sale, here and here), mint green (here and here), turquoise (here and here), white, and coral. Note that the inventory of sizes at all linked sites can change daily.

Now, if you still prefer the Diane von Furstenberg Zarita dress, or they have a color that AP doesn’t, there are a ton of non-classic colors at Saks Fifth Avenue that have been heavily discounted to 65-70% off. Many sizes/colors are sold out, but if you click on the “Choose Color and/or Size” and sign up for the waitlist for soldout colors/sizes, they actually email you if it comes back in stock!

to shop / nordstrom anniversary sale


Photo credit: Nordstrom.com

Every July, Nordstrom has an anniversary sale where they mark tons of upcoming items for the Fall (by 33%) and release exclusive items (also of good value). While there are many good “staples” on sale, 33% to me isn’t enticing enough for apparel. They also have Tory Burch flats and other somewhat coveted items, but their quality for exclusive items is arguable at times. In the past, I’ve picked up sunglasses. The cosmetics/skincare deals, on the other hand, are worth checking out. They have a nice La Mer set (which I read Evelyn Lauder uses every other week). You can pre-order this week if you are a cardholder (and get access to the full sale catalog!). Otherwise, prices go live on Friday. I took a browse and like the following items:

  • Somme Institute Transport Pads. 100 pads for the price of 50! They are chock full of glycolic acid and great for bringing gunk to the surface. It took a while to finish up on my last batch and I wish I’d stocked up more. There is enough liquid in each pad to swipe your decolletage too. Another cheaper, high end drugstore brand I tried just didn’t compare. $58.

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