Weekend Reading + Sales

final2Be sure to check out my feature on Gwynnie Bee’s The Hive.

I could not have been more ready for this long weekend!  I feel like things have been so hectic lately, it will be nice to just unwind, catch up on some housework (belated spring cleaning, if you will) and enjoy the nice weather.

Since lots of us have a bit of downtime, I thought I’d share some of my favorite articles and blog posts I’ve come across this week as well as some of the best sales going on this weekend.  As I shared in Wednesday’s post, Memorial Day is one of the best times to find great designer pieces on sale. 

Keep reading to see my favorites!


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The Best Pre-Memorial Day Designer Sales


My name is Christine, and I am a serial sale shopper.

The first part of getting over addiction is acknowledging it, right?  As I’ve shared before, I’m one of those people who only buys designer items when they’re on sale, and I compulsively look for the best price possible.

With the weather rising, and sale prices dropping, now’s the best time to scouring for the statement and signature investment pieces you lust over, but wouldn’t have originally bought full price.  Memorial Day Sales have already begun in the fashion circuit, and there are some pretty insane deals.

I’ve picked out my six favorites as well as a few honorable mentions.  Keep on reading to check them out, and be sure to read my mega-guide to getting the best deals possible!


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This Shoe Trend Will Make Your Summer 10x Easier

Strappy Block Heel Sandals

Sometimes you can love a trend, and still be happy when it’s gone. For me, that’s the no-platform sky high stiletto.  Yes, it looks amazing–but holy hell, my feet and back are destroyed.

Cue this season’s footwear underdog: the low block heel.


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Chokers Are Back… But Where Did They Come From?

zana bayne signature chokerChoker,  Zana Bayne.   (Similar, budget friendly option here.)   Sunglasses,  Miu Miu.   Blouse,  Asos.   Denim,  BDG.   Bag,  Henri Bendel.   Shoes,  BP for Nordstrom.

I’ve been obsessed with Zana Bayne’s chokers for quite some time now, and I finally took the plunge and decided to buy one!  I decided on the Zana Bayne Signature Choker with gold detailing since I felt it was subtle enough for daytime, yet still edgy and cool.

The recent chokermania that has swept the mainstream fashion world the past year and a half or so makes complete sense—every 20 years, what was “old” is considered “new” again.  When you think about it, a group of young professionals who grew up in the 90s are now entering the workforce and dictating what kind of products are made, and which trends are in.

It makes sense that chokers are back.  However, my question is:  Where did they come from?



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10 Luxurious Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Love

Luxurious Mother's Day Gifts1.  La Mer Skincare Set   |   2.  Ray-Ban Aviators   |   3.  A Chic Suitcase   |   4.  Kate Spade Pajamas   |   5.  Noise-Cancelling Headphones   |   6.  A Darling Recipe Box   |   7.  This Ultra Cozy Robe   |   8.  The Perfect Everyday Tote   |   9.  The Best Smelling Candle   |   10.  An Iconic Jewelry Box

First of all, I wish I could share with you guys what I’m getting my mom for Mother’s Day.  However, since she’s the most active reader of this blog (Grandma is a close second…) I am not at liberty to share.

That being said, thank God for online shopping. Note the capital “G”: no sarcasm here.  As in, praise the Lord for inventing express two day shipping and Nordstrom’s $5 gift wrapping.

Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m the worst gift wrapper ever and is equally grateful the department stores offer such lovely services.

As with dating, it’s what’s on the inside that matters, right?

Don’t answer that.

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Meet Layne

Layne the black cat

Happy Monday!  You may have noticed, I haven’t posted in two weeks.  Well, I adopted a cat on April 5th and have spent the past week bonding with him and getting him healthy after a bit of an upper respiratory scare.

He’s named Layne after Layne Staley from Alice in Chains who, along with Kurt Cobain, passed away on April 5th.  I rescued him from the NYC Animal Care & Control center and am looking forward to sharing his adoption story with you guys!

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Howdy, Texas

Long Sleeve Denim Mini DressDress,  Asos.  Sunglasses,  Miu Miu.   (Free month of unlimited sunglasses at Ditto.com with code MADAMEOSTRICH)   Bandana,  Social Distortion.  (Similar here.)   Bag,  Henri Bendel.   Shoes,  Public Desire.

As I may have mentioned here before, all of my family on my dad’s side lives in Texas.

Growing up, my family would take a road trip from California to Texas each summer, so the state has always held a special place in my heart. (One of the perks of having teachers as parents is that they have summer vacations, too. We could stay for a month if we wanted!)

Now that my sister and I are grown up, my family still tries to visit as often as possible. Instead of piling up in a minivan, we fly in from different areas of the country—my parents from LA, my sister from Seattle, and myself from NY. However, being there and spending time with family feels just like old times.



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