The New Victorian

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black dungarees, white lace blouse

Celine gladiator sandals

white lace blouse

Chanel medium black bag

vintage white lace blouse

Gladiator sandals

Blouse: Vintage. Try the Rodebjer diluted option or Forever21.  Black dungarees: Zara (on sale).  Lookalikes from Asos and Cheap Monday.  Sandals: Celine.  Similar from Jeffrey Campbell (stand back in amazement). Bag: Chanel (pre-owned). Read this old post on how to buy Chanel and not paying retail. Try Rebecca Minkoff. Shades: Ray-Ban

Speaking of Memorial Day sales, these dungarees were found on clearance.  My first black pair!

I wore them with a vintage blouse that ALMOST got sold during a basement purge last year.   It reminds me of the top half of an eighties mutton sleeved wedding dress which is why it almost got chucked.  I’ve since learned to embrace the muttons.  Places like Etsy and eBay are your best bet for finding similar sleeve relics – this Free People one raised a brow (at the price all be it still gorgeous).  I reckon anything this girly is fair game to get clashed with something boyish.

For those toying with the idea of a Chanel, read more about how to get one for less than retail here. Speaking of which, I have a Chanel black wallet on chain for sale if anyone’s interested.  Email me if you are.



The Best Memorial Day Sales

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Gucci, bag, gucci soho disco bag, street style


I love how these sales are right before summer kicks off.  If you buy from these sales every year you get what you need and never pay full price for your summer wardrobe.   Brilliant!

Asos up to 20% off with code LONGWKND.  My faves Boho print swing dress and scallop edge faux suede skirt

Amazon 20% off fashion with code FUN20FASHION.  My faves: These Kork-ease sandals to wear with everything all summer

Barneys Warehouse up to 50% off.  My faves:  Phillip Lim Quinn loafers or Oliver Peoples Cassandra sunglasses.

Bloomingdales: 20% to 70% off.  Faves: Coach swagger bag in tan, Gucci criss cross sandals or their ankle strap ones, Soludo espadrilles

Bluefly up to 80% off. I’d get this Julie Brown shift dress in large to wear loose with pointy flats or lace up sandals

French Connection 40% off everything with code FCMS40. My fave is this kimono (oh my God)

Gucci  50% off sale (this is once a year only).  Faves: Their fringe suede bag and suede boots.   The Soho Disco bag shown in the above photo is now 50% off at Gucci boutiques and certain department store counters.  Check here for a list of Saks locations and call around for one. I caved on the suede orange.

JCrew 30% off with code: WEEKEND.  My faves: Marlow mules (good with skinnies or long skirts) and this shirt to wear with denim shorts

Joe Fresh 30% off with code MEMORIAL30.  My faves: Varsity stripe tee (to wear with everything) and this denim shirt dress

NastyGal 40% off with code HOTSTUFF.  My faves: Steve Madden coral strappy heels, Kate Bosworth booties (oh sh**) or this badass fringe dress

Net a Porter up to 50% off.   My faves: Adidas Gazelles, Pamela Love Moonphase earrings or Pierre Hardy bag

Nordstrom up to 40% off.  My faves: These Nikes in all black to wear with all black, all white or beige – even reds or Madewell’s chambray shirt

Saks up to 55% off womens.  My faves: DVF calf hair leopard print bag, Ralph Lauren dress (add ankle boots) and DKNY bandana dress


Mad Men

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Valentino cross body go go bag

sixties dress

Tall strappy sandals

leather sandals

Valentino logo bag

Mod sixties dress

Dress: Vintage (I think). Lookalikes from Asos, Misguided and Cusp.  Sandals: Mango.  Bag: Valentino (code: PR3NXT for 30% off) or try Hobo. Sunglasses: LoveDay31 vintage. Try Topshop.

You know when a pattern catches your eye on a clothes rail and you pull it out?  That was the case with this dress.  Reminds me of something Don Draper’s wife Megan would’ve worn (love her wardrobe).  I found it at No Relation which is one of my favourite shops here.  I should do a feature on them because they warrant it.  The selection is huge and it’s all as cheap as chips (two thumbs up).

The sandals were a find after weeks of looking at lace up gladiators.  I didn’t want to spend a fortune but still wanted the look of skinny strappy ones and these at $40 fit right in with that.  Plus they don’t have that strip going up the back of the leg that I’m not completely sold on.  Let me know if you cave on these.

Speaking of caves, my fave Memorial Day weekend sales (thus far):

Saks – up to 55% off.  Shopbop – up to 70% off.  Nordstrom – up to 40% off. Matches Fashion – up to 70% off.   Office – up to 30% off

Don’t forget to check the street style section for more outfit ideas.

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