Ikat dress

I love the ikat-style print of this dress ... would be perfect to wear as a guest to a summer wedding.

(Image courtesy of Banana Republic)

Stella and Dot sale

Now through Tuesday over at Stella & Dot, these styles of jewelry are on sale ... and then after that, they're gone.

I personally love this bib necklace, which is $100 off.

(Image courtesy of Stella & Dot)

Memorial Day sale at Old Navy

Tomorrow's the last day you can take advantage of Old Navy's big Memorial Day sale -- they have items starting at just $6.

NYCR Picks from the May 2011 Magazines

It just occurred to me that somehow I skipped right over the April issues ... life has been crazy lately and I haven't had much time to sit around and read my favorite magazines!

Anyhoodle ... onto May!

From Glamour:

I love the preppy feel of this watch. The navy stripe is perfection, and the roman numerals are a nice change.

(Image courtesy of Pedre Watch)

I have a denim shirtdress just like this one ... and it's a great piece to have. The material is very breathable.

(Image courtesy of Lands' End Canvas)

This necklace would be really good to dress up a simple black dress.

(Image courtesy of Lydell NYC)

From Lucky:

There was a great feature showing four very different ways to wear the same lace top. This is a black lace version of it -- I think it would be fun to try and see what you could pair with it.

(Image courtesy of Bebe)

Is this ring the perfect shade of blue or what?! So pretty.

(Image courtesy of Marcia Moran)

I could wear this tank with a blazer and trousers to work, or with jeans and sandals on the weekend. A great, fun piece.

(Image courtesy of Ann Taylor)

From People StyleWatch:

I love the closure on these hoops -- they're really easy to put on. And this is the kind of pair of earrings you can wear with pretty much anything.

(Image courtesy of My Fantasy Jewelry Box)

I really like the fact that the layers on this dress are so light and breezy.

(Image courtesy of White House Black Market)

I love the contrast of the black canvas and the brown leather on these wedges - perfect for summer.

(Image courtesy of Banana Republic)

This t-shirt would be perfect for a day out on a boat, no?

(Image courtesy of Zara)

From Real Simple:

I always look for dresses that have a defined waist ... otherwise it looks like a giant potato sack. This dresshas a nice gathered waist to it, which is great.

(Image courtesy of JCPenney)

I have a pair of gold sandals like this -- I love the braided detailing ... feels very summery to me.

(Image courtesy of Old Navy)

This shirtdress has a definite 70s feel to it ... I love the tie belt and the big thick belt loops.

(Image courtesy of The Limited)

This one-piece is way sexier than most two-pieces I've seen ... chalk it up to the retro fit.

(Image courtesy of Tommy Bahama)

Two years since I said yes

It's kind of hard to believe that it's already been two years since I said yes. Here's what happened to me on May 25, 2009.

Extra 30 percent off J. Crew sale

Today's the last day you can take an extra 30% off sale items at J. Crew both in stores and online when you enter code LOVEIT at checkout.

15 percent off at Old Navy

Today only, take 15% off your Old Navy purchase when you enter code ONMELON at online checkout. Click here for a link to print an in-store coupon.

What to wear when meeting Stacy London

Recently I was able to attend a gala for the Brooklyn chapter of the American Cancer Society. As someone who has been hit very close to home by cancer, I got a little teary-eyed while watching some of the video tributes during the dinner of all the amazing work that this organization does.

I am starting to question whether there really is such a thing as a "selfless good deed" ... Aside from being able to make a contribution during the auction at dinner, which made me feel great, I also was able to meet Stacy London.

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

Now, I have watched What Not To Wear from the very first episode (from before it was Stacy and Clinton), and I am a huge fan of hers ... so to meet her and get a sense that she's a very down to earth and genuine person was really cool.

So what did I wear?
... a $40 dress from Century 21
... a $4 flower brooch from H&M
... two $3 sets of mixed pink and gold bangles from Forever 21
... $12 opaque black tights from Kate Spade
... $30 black suede wedges from Blowfish
Grand total: $89.00 (!)

Proof that you don't always have to be in designer duds when standing next to a major celeb who inspires you.
LOVE these 2 new necklaces from Ann Taylor ... when did they get so fierce with their statement jewelry?!

25 percent off at Banana

Now through Wednesday at Banana Republic, take 25% off your $100 purchase when you enter code BRSUMMER25 at checkout. This sale is online only.

Peridot Necklace

When I was planning my wedding last year, I came across Newlywish, which is a great new site that has a registry program like no other. Basically it's full of really neat boutique-type stores (like Fishs Eddy for instance), and you can choose items from all of these different boutiques and still have the registry managed in one spot online.

Anyway, in the time since my wedding, they've really expanded their offerings to beyond gifts for the bride and groom -- they now have bridesmaids gifts for example.

Anyway, one of the pieces I really love that I just came across is this necklace, which just happens to be my birthstone.

(Image courtesy of Newlywish)

It's really rare that I like pieces with my birthstone in it, but this is gorge. You can buy it separately, or as part of a collection (at 15% off) that would make a great set of bridesmaids gifts.

Sale is on sale at Madewell

Now through Wednesday, all final sale items over at Madewell are an extra 30% off when you shop (online only) and enter code SALEAWAY at checkout. They'll also ship orders of $100 or more to you for free.

The $25 and under event at LOFT

If you're starting your summer shopping, you may want to check out the '$25 and Under' event at LOFT -- they've got some great summer basics like shorts and tees, as well as accessories like sunglasses and sandals.

A necklace fit for vacation

Love this necklace ... so exotic! Would be perfect to pack on a vacation if I was going somewhere :) And it's well under $10

(Image courtesy of Forever 21)

$20 off at the Gap

Now through Sunday at the Gap, take $20 off an $80 purchase when you shop (online only) and enter code GAP2080 at checkout.

Sale at Ann Taylor

For a limited time over at Ann Taylor, take 20% off 2 full-priced items, or 30% off 3 or more full-priced items when you shop both in stores and online and enter code MORECHIC at checkout.

I love the look of this blouse ... it reminds me of a ballerina's skirt ... so flowy but has a beautiful structure to it.

40 percent off sale at Piperlime

You've got until May 29th to take advantage of the 'save on your faves' event at Piperlime ... click here to shop.
As an animal lover, I am obsessed with these new cream eyeshadows from the makers of Bare Escentuals (and my favorite mascara) ... they're named after different breeds of dogs.

(Image courtesy of Sephora)

Let it Go at Gap

Now through May 29th, Gap wants you to "let it go" ... simply bring any old clothes you want to donate into a Gap store, and they'll get it to Goodwill for you.

In return for your good deed, they'll give you 30% off your purchases.

Seems like a no-brainer to me.

New hair product

I found a great new product that I wanted to share with y'all ... I stopped at Ricky's NYC last week to pick up some things, and asked one of the sales associates for a recommendation on a styling product for straightening my hair.

She recommended Blow Out Your Waves by Hair Rules ... and to be honest, I was a little hesitant to try it because it was under $10. Boy was I wrong. Inexpensive doesn't automatically mean it's going to leave something to be desired ...

The stuff is great! I blow dry my hair as usual and then finish it off with a straightening iron, and it really leaves my hair shiny and straight without weighing it down. I can highly recommend it.

Shoes under $60

Click here for a selection of shoes -- including platforms and wedges -- that are all under $60 over at Piperlime ... enjoy!

Bridal shower dress

Isn't this a perfect dress for a bridal shower? Perhaps even for a city hall wedding!

(Image courtesy of ModCloth)

BOGO at NY and Company

For a limited time at NY and Company, everything is buy 2, get 1 free ... you can mix and match, too, and higher price prevails of course. This sale is online only.

20 percent off swimwear at J. Crew

You've got until Wednesday to take 20% off women's and kid's swimwear at J. Crew -- the sale is online only, no code necessary. Prices as marked.

Oh, Brenda

This is so very Brenda Walsh ... right before she moves to London.

(Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters)

20 percent off sweats at Madewell

You've got until EOD Friday to take 20% off all tees and sweats at Madewell ... this sale is online only, prices as marked.

Sales at LOFT and Ann Taylor

Today only at LOFT stores and online, they're offering 30% off your entire purchase when you enter code MAYSE512E at checkout.

And over at Ann Taylor, they're taking an extra 40% off all sale items both in stores and online when you enter code CHIC40 at checkout.

L.L. Bean Signature summer dresses

I love that so many of these dresses look like they could be found in a vintage shop ...

(All images courtesy of L.L. Bean Signature)

Upcoming sample sales

Hey all you NYC-area bargain shoppers -- click here for a great rundown of upcoming sample sales ... thanks to Daily Candy for doing the research!
An assortment of 5 mixed bracelets for $10 seems like a pretty good deal to me! These are cute.

(Image courtesy of JCP)

They've got other styles too.

25 percent off cute home accessories

I totally love these bins from Macbeth Collection -- but they have much more than bins. And you can pick whatever size, pattern, and color you like from their amazing selection of pieces.

(Image courtesy of Macbeth Collection)

Anyway, through this Sunday they're taking 25% off when you enter code SPRING at checkout.

PS - their mail pocket is fab, too.

20 percent off at Endless

Now through Thursday at Endless.com, take 20% off during their friends & family sale ... just enter code MAYEVENT at checkout.

Under $100 wedges

FabSugar has a great slideshow up at the moment of wedges that are all priced under $100. Check it out!

Summery blouse

This is exactly the kind of blouse I like to make a summer staple in my work wardrobe ... light, airy, comfy, but still has some style & structure. And it can be dressed up or dressed down.

(Image courtesy of Madewell)

Summer basics at LOFT

Click here for $10 tanks, $15 tees, and $25 shorts over at LOFT. Sale prices good through Saturday both online and in stores.


These seersucker trousers from L.L. Bean are fabulous ... so light and airy. Makes me want to walk along the beach. And I don't even like the beach all that much.

(Image courtesy of L.L. Bean Signature)

Vintage necklace find

I love the vintage-y vibe of this necklace ... definitely unexpected coming from Fossil.

(Image courtesy of Fossil)

Summer staples at the Gap

Click here for $10, $15, $20, and $25 summer staples at the Gap. Everything from tops and bottoms to shoes and undies.

Free shipping at J. Crew

Now through Wednesday, J. Crew is offering free shipping on all orders ... no minimum. Just enter code FREESHIP at checkout.


For the last week, I've showed y'all some old photos of my mom's awesome style ... well, today, I just want to wish my mom a very Happy Mother's Day, and leave you with another photo I found from my childhood.

It's just a simple one of my mom and her two girls :)

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

My mom, the style icon: t-shirt and jeans

Each day this week, as we lead up to Mother's Day on Sunday, I figured I'd share some of my favorite old photos of my mom's personal style ... also as a nod to one of my favorite blogs -- My Mom, the Style Icon.

Today -- a plain old t-shirt and some jeans. This is probably the most simple outfit I've ever seen my mom wear, but she looks so pretty.

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

This was probably taken during a backyard barbecue or something -- her sunglasses are perched on her head and her only accessory is a slim gold watch. But yet she looks so chic!

I also like this photo so much because I think I look a lot like her in it.

My mom, the style icon: A pretty bow

Each day this week, as we lead up to Mother's Day on Sunday, I figured I'd share some of my favorite old photos of my mom's personal style ... also as a nod to one of my favorite blogs -- My Mom, the Style Icon.

Today -- I love the fact that this type of blouse, with its 70s, bow-neck, has totally come back into style lately ... I kinda wish I could go through her old closet.

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

I also love the navy vest she paired it with. Such a cute combination!

Nautical dress

The silhouette and the blue stripes on this dress feel very nautical to me ... definitely makes me long for summer.

(Image courtesy of Delia's)

My mom, the style icon: a total Joan

Each day this week, as we lead up to Mother's Day on Sunday, I figured I'd share some of my favorite old photos of my mom's personal style ... also as a nod to one of my favorite blogs -- My Mom, the Style Icon.

Today -- Who knew my mom was a Joan Holloway look-alike?

Joan in Season 4:

(Image courtesy of AMCTV)

My mom at a baptism:

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

Green ring

I think I might have to have this gorgeous green ring ... honestly the shade of green is just perfect, the gold detailing around the stone is so pretty, and I love the chunky oval shape.

(Image courtesy of Stella and Dot)

Up to 20 percent off at Old Navy

Over at Old Navy, they're doing their whole "get more, save more" sale through Sunday -- spend $50 or more, take 15% off. Spend $75 or more, take 20% off.

This sale is online only -- simply enter code ONSAVEBIG at checkout.

30 percent off at Gap

Now through Sunday, take 30% off your Gap purchase of Women's or Gap Body items (online only) when you enter code GAPMOM at checkout.

In Gap stores, they have discounts of up to 40% off during this sale.

Upcoming designer collabs at Uniqlo

Head over to Refinery 29 for a first look at upcoming Uniqlo designer collabs, including Charlotte Ronson --

(All images courtesy of Refinery 29)

Cute stuff!

My mom, the style icon: white hot

Each day this week, as we lead up to Mother's Day on Sunday, I figured I'd share some of my favorite old photos of my mom's personal style ... also as a nod to one of my favorite blogs -- My Mom, the Style Icon.

Today -- I've already showed you the most important white dress my mom has ever worn, but here are some other times she's looked pretty cool in white :)

You may remember this photo from my first post about my mom's 1960s style.

Here she is on her graduation day.

I love my grandfather's suit and hat :)

My mom, here on the far right in a sassy head scarf.

(Images courtesy of NYC Recessionista)