Basic Cable

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Hi friends, happy Monday! With the weather cooling down here in Madison, it’s quite literally sweater weather, and who doesn’t love a good cable-knit? When I think of the classic fisherman’s sweater, my mind first jumps to being around five or six at my grandparents house. Whenever I was chilly, I would borrow one of several sweaters my “Ahma” had knitted for either my mom or my aunt when they were little. They were the perfect, cozy, cabled cardigans with pretty brass buttons. Though those are long gone, they are definitely the standard I look to when on the hunt for a new sweater. I personally believe everyone should own a great cable-knit, and this season, there’s so much to choose from. It’s anything but basic cable with punchy colors, or fringe, or colorblocking, cable-knit is cool y’all. You can even incorporate it into your look in the form of leggings or even a poncho, whatever floats your boat. If you live in the Great White North, like me, you’ll definitely be requiring a chunky knit to keep you warm all fall/winter, and cable-knit is the way to go. Check out some of my picks in the list below!

Emily

PS: The fringey cable pictured above is 30% off (with free shipping) today only! Wooo Colombus Day Sales!

THE BEST GINGHAM SHIRT EVER

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Isn’t that a riveting title? This is important stuff. Seriously though, this J.Crew Factory gingham has been such a staple top for me all summer and will continue to be well on into fall. It’s very light without being sheer and hangs just perfectly. Sometimes I feel too “buttoned up” in button down shirts (imagine that!), but the collar/placket falls just so on this shirt. Think that disheveled chic look. I’ve been pairing mine with easy drawstring shorts (try these) and my fave Joie sandals. It’s also perfect to throw on over your suit at the pool! A gingham button down is such a great basic for everyone, and this one is a great deal too. It’s only $44.50 but y’all know Factory always has sales, so you’ll probably be able to pick it up for even less.

Emily

Weekly Wishlist

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So I’m clearly in a very Fall mood these days. Sweaters, coats, and comfy tees for layering are definitely all on my radar right now. I’ve mostly been “window shopping” or I’ll fill my shopping bag online and then just leave it after realizing the total is into the thousands. I did, however, purchase a couple things from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I linked them in the little widget below if you’re curious. The red Tory flats above are included in the sale as well, so if you’re in the market, go grab these (they come in black and gold, too!). I hope everyone’s week is starting on a high note! Check back here tomorrow!

Emily

Weekly Wishlist

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Hi! Here’s what’s on my wishlist this week, you know the drill. While most of this stuff has to go on the back burner (aka I’ll just dream of it for a while and then concede working retail doesn’t pay for Chloe bags…), the wallet and Chelsea boots are more realistic/practical. I’ve been in the market for a simple yet interesting wallet. I like that this one from Marc by Marc Jacobs almost has a clutch-like appeal, setting it apart from the basic zip-around continental wallet I’ve been schlepping around. As of late, I’ve also been in the market for some black flat booties. Sure, it’s barely summer, but you could say I’m pregaming for fall. What have y’all been eyeing lately? Stop back here tomorrow for some July Fourth inspiration!

Emily

Best Ballets

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Happy Tuesday y’all! Wow, two posts in a row, I’m outdoing myself! Really though, I’m working on being consistent with posts and scheduling, this past week was just a mess. Anyway, today I’m talking about my favorite shoe: the ballet flat. To me, there is no easier shoe. You can throw some flats on with anything and you’ll look polished and put together. That said, not all ballets are created equal. According to one of my favorite books, I Love Your Style by Amanda Brooks (yep, the one in this post), there are several guidelines when buying flats. The most important tip listed is to make sure your flats don’t have too rounded of a toe. This looks tacky, widens the foot, and makes your legs appear stumpy. An almost pointed, egg-shaped toe looks refined and lengthens the legs, who doesn’t want that? Think Chanel. Brooks also recommends the flattest flats, which I happen to love. I know, though, that sometimes comfort wins, so I featured a couple options with a little heel too! Her third tip is making sure the shoe is cut low, without showing too much “toe cleavage.” Click to shop some of my favorite ballets that are the most FLATtering (clever, right?) for your feet and legs!

Emily

Saturday Sales

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Happy Saturday! I’ve got a fun little sale round up for y’all today! First, let me talk about this romper…is it too Mob Wives? I love cheetah/leopard prints, but sometimes they can be a bit much. I think this could be a fun going out piece, but leave behind lots of accessories and opt for simpler make-up to avoid looking like Big Ang. Both shoes featured are amazing deals and are two staples to have in your closet. Now through Sunday, CUSP is offering $50 off a purchase of $200 or more! Now’s the time to buy those pieces that rarely go on sale, like Equipment floral blouses. I love this one because it reminds me of all the Yumi Kim florals that are everywhere. So cute for summer. This weekend Anthro is offering 20% off tops and shorts and I’m thinking of picking up this easy striped tunic. It’s such a good top to just throw on when you’re in a pinch. As for the jewels featured, they’re from J.Crew and are 30% off (plus free shipping!). Happy shopping y’all, I’ll be back here tomorrow talking about my favorite shoes.

Emily

Sterling Silver

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Hi y’all! If you follow me on Instagram (which you should do here), you saw that I picked up these little beauties last week! I really stepped on of my comfort zone with these, as I’ve said before I’m more of a golden girl, but these sandals were an impulse buy I don’t regret! Silver goes with just as much as gold, and adds a modern appeal to your look. SIDENOTE: you can wear gold and silver together y’all. Life is just too short. Anyway, I rounded up some other silver sandals I’ve been eyeing, check them out (and these pictured) in the neat lil widget below!

Emily

PS – Don’t miss the Kate Spade Surprise Sale! Shop goodies up to 75% off here!

Saturday Sales

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Hi everyone, welcome back to some great #SaturdaySales. First, I have to talk about this Vineyard Vines maxi dress, which fits in perfectly with this post. Score it for 25% off along with everything else VV, thanks to their Friends & Family sale! Now is also a good time to stock up on t-shirts (college forever). This RAILS LA button down is seasonless and SUCH a great deal right now. You can wear it on chillier nights with white jeans and it can carry you through fall as well. Speaking of white jeans, I’m obsessed with this pair from J.Crew. They fit comfortably and wash SO well. Everyone needs some white denim in their life. These are 25% off and so is this amazing bangle. I’m really into anything marble right now, from entire kitchens to accessories. Don’t forget to check out J.Crew’s regular sale section, too! It’s an extra 50% off. Who doesn’t love a cheeky phone case? I’ve been eyeing this Kate Spade case for a while and just might snap it up due to this deal at Bloomie’s. I’m loving these simple heart earrings from Shopbop, really sweet and easy for everyday wear. Lastly, this coral MBMJ wallet is a great little summer buy. Plus, you can subtly capitalize on the perforated trend. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and happy graduation to so many! Tomorrow, I’ll have a post up on the best grad gifts.

Emily

Saturday Sales

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Happy weekend! Here’s this week’s edition of Saturday Sales! Of course, everything here is reduced in price, but J.Crew and Anthropologie have the best deals this weekend. J.Crew is offering 30% off spring sale styles, like the tie-dye linen top above. Anthro is giving 20% off EVERYTHING for Mother’s Day! That’s where you can score the stone earrings. Also, find those wedges for 40% off at Nordstrom, sizes are limited, however, so the picture is linked to Shopbop, where they’re 30% off. I hope y’all are having a nice little Saturday so far, and have a great Mother’s Day tomorrow!

Emily

Saturday Sales

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Welcome back and happy derby day! Also, happy Mifflin to my Madison readers. I’m suddenly obsessed with Yumi Kim rompers and ordered this one a few days ago (it’s also on sale!), but the one pictured is. a. steal. We’re talkin’ over 60% off y’all, go get it. The black Rebecca Minkoff bag, from the Outnet, is another great deal.  It’s a little more structured and businesslike, if you will, than the mini MAC clutch that everyone has. Sidenote: I too have the mini MAC and I’ve put it through absolute, literal Hell (all I can say is thank God for Lysol wipes…), and it still looks great.  All in all, Becky Minkoff is churning out some quality stuff. Moving on…if you can pull off a boyfriend jean, please get these. They’re Current/Elliott and are on sale for around $70, which you really can’t beat. They’d look great with the J. Crew Factory ikat camisole. Talbots is having their Friends and Family sale, where you can take 30% off your entire purchase! They have so many cute, classic things, including this coral leather bracelet. These corded statement earrings are a little different than the earrings I typically gravitate to, but the all-American colors got me, once again. They’re an extra 30% off along with all other sale items at J. Crew! Finally, how can you not love these Pierre Hardy high tops? I pretty much only wear loafers and ballet flats, but I might have to change my ways. I think they’re super fun and great for running around on the weekend! I hope everyone has the chance to do a little retail therapy! Meet ya back here tomorrow.

Emily