If you’re looking for a little retail therapy this weekend but don’t want to leave your couch, head over to my go-to deal destination, Hautelook, for an awesome sale on Elizabeth and James eyewear. Just because summer is over doesn’t mean it’s not important to protect yourself from UVA and UVB rays in winter months. SPF moisturizer, lip balm, and protective eyewear are equally essential even when it’s cold outside! An added bonus of sporting sunglasses in the cooler months is shielding your eyes from brutal winter winds. Plus, sunglasses are a quick, easy, and cute way to complete an outfit no matter what the season.
I test drove three unique pairs of Elizabeth and James sunglasses and couldn’t be more in love. They’re comfortable, flattering, and get the job done when it comes to truly protecting your eyes. All Elizabeth and James sunglasses offer 100% UV protection against UVA and UVB rays. Fashion truly meets function with this stylish eyewear!
ELIZABETH and JAMES – LEXINGTON SUNGLASSES
The first pair I tried is the Elizabeth and James Lexington frame. These sunglasses are an interesting, fashion forward twist on the classic wayfarer style. The purple horn hue is both unique and neutral – a medium tone gray with a dusty purple tint. They’re ideal for a laid back, casual look, they flatter a variety of face shapes, and they pair well with any ensemble. Three reasons to buy the Lexington sunglasses!
Original price: $155, Hautelook price: $44.97
ELIZABETH and JAMES – MARION SUNGLASSES
If you’re searching for the perfect everyday eyewear, look no further than the Elizabeth and James Marion frames. These classic black or tortoise glasses will instantly become your go-to eyewear. The Marion style is my all time favorite. They’re over-sized without being over-powering – ideal for any face type and size. With such a timeless shape and color, these frames are bound to become a staple of your eyewear collection for seasons to come.
Original price: $265, Hautelook price: $49.97
ELIZABETH and JAMES – LINDALL
Step outside the box and back in time with the vintage-inspired Elizabeth and James Lindall frames. Round sunglasses are often an overlooked shape in today’s eyewear market. I took a fashion risk with these Lindall sunglasses and couldn’t be more pleased to add a new and unique style to my eyewear assortment. Unfortunately, this pink horn hue is not available in this Hautelook event, but I’m loving the gray ink color!
Original price: $185, Hautelook price: $49.97
Photographed by Angie Webb of Suburbanite Photography
I’m excited to share my first post in my NEW Reader Spotlight series. I love when my readers reach out to me and share their purchases or information learned from ARTicles of Clothing blog. Nothing is more satisfying than connecting with my readers and hearing that AOC Blog has made an impact in their personal style and their wardrobe!
The reader in today’s feature purchased a dress based on one of the first posts on AOC Blog: Every Woman Should Own a Dress by this Brand. This post features one of my all time favorite lines, Tart Collections. The brand’s signature is its sleek jersey material that is both incredibly comfortable and drapes beautifully on the body. Over the years, Tart Collections has expanded from its trademark dresses to a full line of apparel, outerwear, intimates, and swim! If you’re looking for the ideal piece to take you from day to night or work to play, look no further than Tart Collections.
This reader is wearing one of Tart’s classic maxi dresses styled with the Hobo the Original Lauren Wallet, the accessory I deemed “the best wallet you’ll ever own.” Although the Hautelook sale event featured in my original post had ended, this reader also took into account my motto “never pay full price for anything” when shopping for her Tart maxi. She visited one of my recommended members only sample sale sites, Gilt Groupe, to purchase her first Tart Collections dress! Tart is a brand that is consistently featured in limited time sales events on such sites, so you too can snag you first Tart frock for a steal. The new Nordstrom Rack online is another great place to shop discounted Tart merchandise. They currently have over 50 Tart Collections styles in stock, including nearly 20 styles of dresses. I personally own an array of styles of Tart dresses – from strapless to long sleeve – and each is uniquely flattering and feminine.
If you have purchased an item or implemented advice featured on ARTicles of Clothing Blog, I would love to hear from you! Connect with me with the details and you could be the next reader to be featured in my Reader Spotlight Series!
The official start of summer is merely eleven days away. We can already see the days getting longer, sunnier, and warmer. We’re going on vacations to the beach, lake, and mountains. We’re spending more time at concerts, festivals, poolside parties, or maybe just on our own porch. All of this outdoor activity is why the essential summer accessory is sunglasses. Sunglasses are a fun way to complete an outfit, and they can certainly make us feel more comfortable on a day when the sun is beating down and bright. However, sunglasses are more than a fashion accessory. They’re actually essential to our eye health as well. Just like applying sunscreen or at least SPF face moisturizer and lip balm are (or should be!) part of your summer beauty routine, so should putting on a pair of sunglasses before you leave the house. Sunglasses are the season’s ultimate fashion meets function accessory!
The first priority when choosing a pair of sunglasses is making sure they block 99% of UVA and UVB rays. This means you need to ditch the $10 sunglasses from Target or Forever 21. However, designer sunglasses can be expensive, like $100+ to $200+ expensive. For those of you out there who seem to have developed a bad habit of sitting on, breaking, or losing your sunglasses, this sounds like a scary investment. However, you can find quality, UV ray blocking sunglasses for a more reasonable price if you shop around and find a good deal. Well, today I’ve done a little leg work for you whether you’re looking to invest in a more pricey pair of sunglasses or looking for a deal on a designer pair.
THE ASPIRATIONAL LOOK
Today marks the launch of the highly anticipated eyewear collaboration between American fashion model Karlie Kloss and the eyewear powerhouse Warby Parker. The 70’s inspired collection co-designed by Kloss includes three limited edition styles that come in at $145 each. With these particular designer glasses, you can feel a bit better about your investment. Warby Parker has a buy a pair, give a pair policy. For every pair of glasses they sell, they distribute a pair to someone in need. Plus, with this particular collaborative collection, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit organization who partners with public schools to give children the knowledge and tools to make healthy choices and change the way they eat for life. Shop here.
Warby Parker uses polycarbonate for all of its lenses, which offers 100% UV protection.
THE ATTAINABLE LOOK
My favorite fashion duo, twin designers Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen recently won the Council of Fashion Designers of America Accessories Designer of the Year award for their high fashion line, The Row. The sunglasses from this brand range from about $200 to a whopping $500. However, their more affordable brand, Elizabeth and James, offers some slightly more attainable options. Today through Thursday, June 12, you can snag a pair of Elizabeth and James sunglasses for a serious steal on Hautelook. The Elizabeth and James Eyewear event on Hautelook kicked off today with styles up to 83% off retail price, starting as low as $46. Shop here.
Elizabeth and James sunglasses offer 100% UV protection.
This weekend a co-worker asked me some of the Spring 2014 fashion trends I would recommend for her to incorporate into her wardrobe and spring style. It sounded like the perfect topic for a post!
When a new season rolls around, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking you need to rush out and buy a new wardrobe. The transition from winter to spring is particularly exciting as we anticipate the end of dreary, cold days and packing up our sweaters and boots. We just experienced the spring forward with daylight savings time. The days are a bit brighter and longer, and the dream of pedicures and bare legs is soon to be a reality. It’s not hard to get caught up in the heat of the moment (no pun intended) and splurge on new spring things for your closet.
Avoid breaking the bank and crushing your monthly budget. I’ve got 4 simple ways to incorporate spring fashion trends into your existing wardrobe, all under $100. Don’t feel pressure to try them all. Pick a few that speak to you and fit your lifestyle!
INCORPORATE A NEW COLOR
TRY A NEW LOOK
ADD A NEW ACCESSORY
INTEGRATE A TOP SPRING 2014 TREND
BONUS: The Basics
White is an essential color for any spring wardrobe, any year. Having a great white pant, a crisp white blouse, and a well-fitting white blazer is the easiest way to have a perfect spring wardrobe. You can build any outfit around these go-to pieces. Inventory your closet. Do you own all three? Need to add one of these basics to your closet? Look for these white spring essentials with a 2014 trend-twist!
Wide Leg Trouser
Collared Buttondown Blouse
Boxy, Cropped Blazer
All items featured in this post can be purchased at Hautelook and Nordstrom Rack
If you haven’t jumped on board to joining members only sites like Hautelook, Rue La La, Gilt, Zulily, My Habit, and Ideeli, it’s about time you did! Members only sites host limited time sales on merchandise from your favorite brands – Splendid, UGG, Joes Jeans, Michael Stars, Tory Burch, French Connection – the list goes on and on. On most of these sites you can also find deals on items for your kids, your home, and your man. It is free to sign up – you simply use your name and email and create a password. Many of these sites also offer credit for referrals. And, of course, most of these sites have a super convenient app allowing you to shop on the go. There’s really nothing to lose! I have been completely hooked on these sites since discovering them years ago. They are a full proof way to never pay full price for anything. For the rest of you members only veterans out there, look for a post in the future where I divulge all my discoveries of how to get the most out of these awesome sites!
So, why is today the day to join? Well, Hautelook is a part of Nordstrom, and today the site announced they have launched a brand new section: Nordstrom Rack for Hautelook. This means in addition to their daily sales events, you can shop the Nordstrom Rack section round the clock for the same amazing deals. Better yet? All items from Nordstrom Rack for Hautelook are ready to ship within 2 business days! What are you waiting for? Head to Hautelook now, and join! Then, shop my metallic picks from the NEW Nordstrom Rack for Hautelook section!
2. Hobo Glisten Shoulder Bag, $90.00
3. Velvet Vonnie Stretch Sequin Shirt, $49.00
4. 7 For All Mankind Skinny Glitter Jean, $99.00
5. Elizabeth and James Tango Heel Sandal, $142.00
6. BB Dakota Neva Sequin Dress, $36.00
UPDATE: Hautelook returns can now be made at Nordstrom Rack! Yet another reason that today is the day to join!