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Designer Sales are happening NOW – Here’s what to get where.

The holiday crazies are over, and the designer SALES are ON! Especially at upscale retailers with HUGE savings on designer pieces. We are talking up to 80% off in some cases!

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when shopping these designer sales.

1. With major savings, some items can only be returned for credit or are final sale. This is pretty typical when you’re getting something at 50% off or more. These are amazing pieces at amazing savings,  so it’s totally worth it if you know your size etc and/or if you’ll shop there in the future.

2. And sizes are limited and going fast. So yes, you might love something but so does someone else… it might be gone soon.
The bottom line is, we try to take care of you guys – our loyal readers. So, as we’ve been shopping these designer sales for clients, we’ve been shopping with you in mind too.

Here’s a roundup of what to get where.

Make Adult Gift Giving Easy.

Gift giving to kids is usually pretty easy because when you ask them what they want, they aren’t shy about telling you.  Wham bam’ thank you ma’am, (or mom). On the flip side, it’s not so easy to gift other adults. (And we’re not talking about the mail carrier, here.) Like 99.5 % of the time, other adults won’t tell what they want. Which makes no sense, because everyone secretly wants a little something, and if they say they don’t they are probably lying.

Even if you have the kind of relationship where you can bear it all on the table, most likely the adults in your life aren’t telling you what they want.  As grown-ups, it can feel slightly awkward or uncomfortable. Hallie and Elana often help the spouses of our clients (and each other’s spouses) when gifting on special occasions. So, if you don’t have team TWC on your side to help you get or gift this year, we’re sharing the rules we use to make gift giving easy.

Simple rules for giving the best gifts to other adults…

We’re running this post early because the Banana Republic Sale ENDS NOVEMBER 6 at MIDNIGHT!!

Yes, I know this is delivering to your inbox Sunday instead of Tuesday. But for good reason. FIRST,  to remind you to make sure you go out and VOTE on Tuesday!! Because your vote counts!!! And apathy ain’t gonna make any changes happen, and we need change! SO PLEASE VOTE! And second,  to reward yourself for fulfilling your civic duty with a little online sale shopping at Banana Republic, sounds like a really good plan, right??? BTW, the sale ends Tuesday at Midnight – so get on it!

You might be thinking, Banana Republic? Really? That store feels like a great place to shop for work clothes but I need…    But  I think most of you, like most of our clients, want pieces in their wardrobes that can serve multiple purposes. Like a blouse, you can wear to the office, or a volunteer meeting but then also wear out on a Saturday night too. And that’s what we’ve found at Banana Republic and it’s all on crazy sale AND it comes in petite and tall sizes too. So, YOU ARE WELCOME!!

Saks 25% Off, Yes Please!

This is a quicky post. Saks is having their Friends and Family 25% off sale NOW THRU OCTOBER 9. There are fabulous pieces at significant savings. Just note, some things are excluded, like Chanel bags 🙁 But if you goto the Saks site and hover on the SALE tab, on the top right, Friends and Family will come up. Then you can shop all that is part of the sale.

We’ve had quite a few clients looking for cocktail dresses lately, Weddings, Bar mitzvahs, Galas… So here are a few that have caught our eye. Along with some other good basics – it’s kind of a hodgepodge of picks. But remember, I said it was a quicky post.

Great Fitting Pants

Finding a great fitting pair of pants is flippin’ hard. And when I say pants I mean non-jeans. Could be work pants or just khaki pants, basically like gown up non-sweat and not jean pants. It’s like the holy grail of bottoms. “I need a great fitting pair of black pants,” says every woman everywhere. And they’re not easy to find. This is a common theme with many women we encounter, including ourselves. Too tight in the hips and too big in the waist. Dumpy in the tush. Looks matronly. Oy!

Elana and I are built totally differently and often when something doesn’t look good on me, it’ll look amazeballs on her. And vise versa. BTW, that’s how I lucked out with my leopard print high holidays dress this year – If you follow me on Instagram Stories you know all about it. Elana ordered it for herself but it was no bueno on her, so I happily inherited it. Last year the same thing happened in reverse. I ordered and yuck on me, but fab on her.

The Nili Lotan Brand Looks Good on Both of Us!!

Why am I telling you all this? Because when we find things that look good on both of us, it typically means it will look good on most women. Remember the universally flattering Madewell jean we were waxing poetic about last year? That’s one of those pieces that looks good on both of us and on like every woman that has tried them.

This summer we separately tried on the Nili Lotan pants and you know what? They were amazing on both of us!!! Instead of it being one style that fits us both, we each found a different style that was flattering. And since they’ve got a bunch of different styles, there is something for every style, taste and every BODY shape.

Here’s the Low Down on Nili Lotan…

Work Bags that you’d Happily Carry Off Duty too.

We’ve had a few clients on the hunt recently for work bags. You know the kind of bag that can hold your laptop, makeup, wallet, phone, spare chargers, snacks, and feminine hygiene if needed. BUT also still look stylish if you need to carry said bag to after work drinks or dinner. And a big bonus if the bag is chic enough to carry when off duty and the laptop is at home charging. That’s a tall order but we searched and searched and guess what? We found some real winners.

What Elements does a Chic Work Bag need to have?

-A work bag needs to hold a crap ton of stuff

-The handles need to be sturdy to hold all that stuff

-The bag must be LIGHTWEIGHT when empty (if not, when you put in all that stuff you’ll break your back for sure)

-It needs to look professional (like not Vera Bradley print busy) but also not like an old man’s briefcase.

Chic Work Bags We LOVE…

Sephora Sale – What to Get at the BIG Event!

The Sephora Sale is their HUGE beauty insider event, going on right now! It’s sort of like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for Beauty junkies. Remember how crazy everyone gets about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Now it’s the beauty obsessives turn. BTW, many of the Nordy items we had blogged about that sold out are NOW RESTOCKED AND ON SALE AGAIN! Here are links to our Nordy Sale roundups to help you sort thru if you want to try again. Hallie’s Picks, Elana’s Picks, Paris’ Picks (Sale prices will show up with these links, don’t worry)

Ok, back to beauty!! The Sephora sale discount amount is dependent on your Sephora membership status (meaning how much you spend a year) Signing up to be an insider is free – many of you may already be insiders like me but have never used it online. When I shop Sephora in person I just give them my phone # and they keep track of what I’ve spent and typically offer me a gift at checkout. But because of this event, I signed up online for the program to be linked (click here) and then, depending on how much you spend there annually, you are leveled into different categories with different benefits.

Public Access Starts TODAY!

Homecoming Dresses for the Win

School has started (Thank G-d). And if you have a high schooler, specifically a high school girl, she’s got ONE thing on her mind… where they’re going to find their homecoming dresses. I know this is true because my daughter has been talking about it ad nauseam, as have her friends, as have clients and readers who have been reaching out looking for suggestions about where to find their homecoming dresses.  I gotta be real here though, I am struggling with finding a homecoming dress for my daughter. Ironic right? Like this is my job! But when it comes to family it can get complicated.  In past years, honestly, I’ve been a little judgy looking at girls homecoming and prom photos. When I see them half naked, posing in all their glory, I’ve thought to myself (and heard from others) how could their parents let them go out of the house like that?!? But this year, with a daughter in high school, it’s my turn to eat crow. Because what she likes and sees as good looking, and what I like are not totally the same! Let’s just say karma’s a bitch baby.

They’re Basically Naked

I have a  non-psychological, psychological analysis as it relates to homecoming dresses…