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A Professional’s Guide to Shop It To Me

We’re the ladies of House of Marbury and we are honored to be guest blogging here on Shop It To Me, one of our favorite shopping resources as of late.  When we launched House of Marbury nearly a year ago now, our goal was to give lawyers and other professionals a one-stop source for fashion guidance and inspiration.

Here’s our suggested approach to finding the designers and items your professional closet can’t do without:  

1) Consider Your Basics

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1. Theory Cardigan 2. J.Crew Loafers 3. J.Crew Necklace 4. J.Crew Sweater

Just like any shopping adventure, getting clear about what you actually need in your closet at the outset is a smart approach.  With Shop It To Me, we recommend that you include some of your basic, go-to designers and brands so that, no matter what, your feed will be populated with items that you are definitively missing in your closet.

For this purpose, we love:

J. Crew – J. Crew is your one stop shop for business casual clothes, preppy basics, shoes, and fun costume jewelry.

Theory – No one does women’s suits like Theory, and a professional wardrobe is not complete without 2 to 3 Theory suits (try navy, grey, and pinstripe for variety).

Rachel Roy – RR puts a twist on professional basics.  We especially love her jackets and shift/A-line dresses for their young, fresh look and flattering fit.

Kate Spade – This is the perfect finishing brand for a professional woman’s wardrobe.  Find the cutest skirts, dresses, and accessories (including scarves and eyewear) at Kate Spade to add color, pattern, and spunk to your professional wardrobe.

2) Find Standout Items

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1. Rebecca Minkoff Bag 2. Tory Burch Dress 3. Ralph Lauren Gown 4. Ralph Lauren Pants

In addition to the things you need, we tend to peruse our closets every once in a while and take inventory of those items we can’t live without.  Make a mental note of the size, designer, fit, and anything else about the item that makes it your dream piece.  And set your Shop It To Me feed to include those designers (or designers who make similar pieces).  That way, when you’re shopping on Shop It To Me, you’re well tuned in to what actually works for you (and not distracted by items that you like but that you’ve tried again and again and just can’t quite figure out how to wear).

For this purpose, we love:

Ralph Lauren – Ralph Lauren is a classic brand with fabulous basics that any professional closet needs.  We are always on the look out for this season’s staple Ralph Lauren pieces.

Rebecca Minkoff – Rebecca Minkoff makes everything from great work bags to the famous morning after bag to sweet little handbags and clutches that easily transition from day to night.  A few Rebecca Minkoff handbags make a decent start to an extensive purse collection.

Tory Burch – A great Tory skirt, a pair of boots, a blouse – we’ve got those irreplaceable Tory Birch items but we’re always on the lookout for more.  This is one of those brands that will make your wardrobe better, and that you can rely on consistently for great pieces to supplement your wardrobe basics.

3) Find Unique Pieces

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1. Alice + Olivia Dress 2. Anthropologie Necklace 3. Tibi Skirt 4. Anthropologie Tunic

Forgive us as we contradict ourselves for a moment.  While you should know yourself, and know what pieces you are certain to wear, shopping gets fun when you take risks.  As part of your Shop It To Me feed, include a few designers you might not have otherwise considered.  Go with something wild, adventurous, and unique.  Said another way, go with a designer who will add some color and interest to your otherwise professional wardrobe.

For this purpose, we love:

Tibi – Lovely patterns and shapes, Tibi is the perfect way to venture into unique, original looks without overdoing it.

Alice + Olivia – Alice + Olivia have perfected the funky-professional look.  Wide-leg trousers, great fitting sweaters and blazers.  This is not your traditional business/business casual brand, but you can certainly put together a stellar, work-appropriate outfit that’s guaranteed to be more interesting than the other girls’ get ups down the hall.

Anthropologie – We love everything Anthropologie, and their pieces work equally well for that bohemian-chic weekend look as they do for a business casual day at the office.  Pair cozy cardigans with full A-line skirts.  Choose an embroidered dress and a structured blazer.  There is something for everyone, and the way you combine Anthropologie pieces is what makes it your own.

4) Decide When To Splurge

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1. DVF Dress 2. DVF Dress 3. DVF Clutch 4. Derek Lam Skirt

As much as we love to save, we recognize that from time to time certain items are well-worth the splurge.  (In fact, we’ve devoted an entire page of House of Marbury to this concept.)  As you browse your Shop It To Me feed, you are inevitably going to come across items that are technically on sale, but not necessarily part of your contemplated budget.  If you’re tempted, but not certain you’re ready to pull the trigger, mark the item as a favorite and hold off for a few days.  There is a chance the item may no longer be available (that’s our “it wasn’t meant to be,” Zen approach to shopping) or, preferably, it has been marked down even more, which is great!

 The splurge-worthy brands we love include:  

Stella McCartney – Almost everything Stella is amazing, but her blouses in particular are a fabulous addition to any wardrobe- investment pieces you can showcase for years.

Victoria Beckham – VB is not only an incredible style icon, her clothes are gorgeous.  Every piece has so much subtle detail – they are edgy, unique, and striking, while simplistic at the same time.  The off-beat hemlines and funky jackets can be worn in business and social settings.

DVF – At House of Marbury, we are dedicated DVF fans.  No professional closet is complete without one of her signature wrap dresses, and DVF is making amazing work bags at the moment, too.

Burberry – A great Burberry bag, scarf, trench, watch or dress is irreplaceable.  While you don’t need a closet-full of Burberry, one or two nice pieces are guaranteed to fit like a glove and enhance any outfit.

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Desiree and Kate run the popular blog House of Marbury, a daily fashion and style guide for professional women.  Click here for more from House of Marbury!

April 16, 2014   No Comments

Baubles for Spring!

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Accessory lovers everywhere, rejoice! This spring, the runways are bursting with bright pops of colors seen hanging from ears, necks and wrists. We’re talking studs, collar necklaces, florals, insect & reptiles – you name it. Once again, we’ve done the dirty work for you so you can try out these trends for yourself. Get colorful and crystalized in this week’s roundup of the best jewelry brands to buy. Pay close attention—we guarantee these will end up on your must-have list this season.

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands” or just click here. Below are the best bauble brands we suggest to keep on your radar. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Here is a little sneak preview of what you can expect to find:

 

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1. Lulu Frost Earrings now $97.50 (50% off)
2. Dannijo Cuff now $346.99 (30% off)
3. Dara Ettinger Necklace now $162.75 (65% off)
4. Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace now $175 (30% off)
5. Chan Luu Bracelet now $24.99 (50% off)
6. Giles & Brother Ring now $27.99 (60% off)

April 14, 2014   No Comments

Fashion Expert Rachel Zalis’ Fave Looks for Rocking your Coachella Style

Coachella kicks off on April 11, and if you’re lucky enough to be heading to this year’s music and arts festival, you’ll want to watch style expert Rachel Zalis’ picks for that laid-back desert look. She shared them during a fashion show on E! News Daily, including a few sweet pieces she found through Shop It To Me.

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands” or just click here. Below are the brands we suggest to update the one staple in everyone’s wardrobe. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Haute Hippie Dress $163
Straw Hat $20.99
Free People Cuff $19.95
Dolce Vita Sandals $38.49
Dolce Vita Booties $119
Kelsi Dagger Bag $76.99
Rory Beca Romper $136

 

April 7, 2014   No Comments

Spring Intimates and Sleepwear: Best Brands to Buy

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The upcoming warmer months call for an important wardrobe refresh of lingerie and sleepwear. It’s time to update your bedroom look with new colors, prints and patterns. We surprised ourselves when we discovered that there are dozens of great brands that can ensure your undergarments and sleepwear are up to date and in style. We did all the hard work for you and rounded up all the best intimates and sleepwear brands that you should know about. It’s going to make you want to rethink your go-to brand or that old t-shirt and shorts you’re still sleeping in.

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands” or just click here. Below are the best intimate and sleepwear brands we suggest to keep on your radar. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Here is a little preview of what you will see:

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1. J.Crew Pajama Set now $59.50 (25% off)
2. Eberjey Robe now $84.80 (20% off)
3. Hanky Panky Thongs now $15 (20% off)
4. Elle Macpherson Bra now $39 (40% off)
5. Cosabella Underwear now $23 (30% off)
6. PJ Salvage Pajama Pants now $38.40 (20% off)

April 4, 2014   No Comments

GIVEAWAY! Win a $1,000 Nordstrom Shopping Spree

Win a $1,000 Nordstrom Shopping Spree

Spring shopping just got way more fun. We’re giving one lucky Shop It To Me member a $1,000 Nordstrom shopping spree!

To enter: all you have to do is  invite friends to join Shop It To Me. You’ll get one entry for each friend who signs up.

The contest ends at 11:59 PST on Friday, April 4, 2014.

Important notes: US residents only, must be 18+ years old to enter.

See the official rules.

March 31, 2014   No Comments

The Best Denim Brands To Buy This Spring

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Everyone knows that the jeans you’re wearing can make or break a look. And with the warmer months approaching, i
t’s time to swap your winter denim for fresh new styles. We’re giving you a preview of spring’s chicest jeans. In this roundup of the best denim to try, you’ll find color, rips and patterns – a denim style for everyone!  

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands” or just click here. Below are the brands we suggest to update the one staple in everyone’s wardrobe. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Here is a little preview of what you can find:

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1. Rag & Bone Denim now $96.80 (60% off)
2. DL1961 Flares now $106.80 (40% off)
3. J Brand Coated Denim $130 (40% off)
4. AG Jeans now $84 (50% off)
5. Current/Elliott Denim Shorts now $75 (58% off)
6. Madewell Denim Shorts now $35 (40% off)

March 28, 2014   No Comments

Beachwear Brands for Spring

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Spring is finally here and it is the perfect time to add a new swimsuit to your repertoire. Whether you’re planning an upcoming cruise, spring break or romantic getaway to somewhere warm and sunny, it’s important to update your look. Here at Shop It To Me, we made a selection of all the beachwear brands you should have on your radar. You’ll find all the hottest 2014 beachwear trends in this round up whether you’re loving crochet, macramé, bustiers, neons or nautical. 

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands” or just click here. Below are the brands we suggest you add to your spring wardrobe refresh. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Here is a little preview of what you will find:

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1. Joie Crochet Top now $147.99 (40% off)
2. Trina Turk Swimsuit now $94.99 (45% off)
3. Mara Hoffman Cover-up now $174.20 (33% off)
4. PrAna Hat now $22.99 (45% off)
5. Missoni Bag now $65 (30% off)
6. Clover Canyon Shorts now $74.99 (60% off)
7. Havaiana Flip Flops now $35 (20% off)
8. Marni Sunglasses now $175.50 (55% off)
9. Zimmerman Bikini now $154 (30% off)

March 21, 2014   No Comments

Workout Clothes: The Best Fitness Brands to Shop Right Now

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Even though the gym isn’t a fashion show, we admit, we still like to get excited about what we’re going to wear. Something about a bright new pair of running shoes or brand new pair of leggings makes hitting the gym much more desirable. With that in mind, we’re making it easy for you to shop the hottest workout brands this month. Whether you’re thing is barre, Pilates, gym or spin, we’ll make sure you’re going to look great while sweating this spring.

To edit your Shop It To Me brand preferences, visit www.shopittome.com/profile and select “Brands”, or just click here. Below are the brands we suggest you add to your workout regime. And don’t forget, you’ll see them as soon as they go on sale!

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Here is a preview of what you can find:

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1. Salomon workout shirt $40 (50% off)
2. Lucy racerback tank $47.20 (20% off)
3. The North Face vest $111.75 (25% off)
4. Athleta shorts $24.99 (50% off)
5. Athleta leggings $49.99 (20% off)
6. O’neill sports bra $43.95 (25% off)
7. Athleta headband $7.99 (20% off)
8. Nike Shoes $119.97 (30% off)

 

 

March 14, 2014   No Comments

Presenting the 2014 Style Olympians

Psychedelic light shows, weather complaints, leggy Russians, ankles giving way to wipeouts – the Sochi Olympics and NYFW have a lot in common. While we’ve been poring over the shows nonstop, and obviously have all things shoe, bag, and runway on the brain here at Shop It To Me, we’ve also come down with a small bout of gold-medal-fever – so we’re calling some major style influencers to the podium and handing out mashup awards of our own. Presenting the 2014 Shop It To Me Fashion Olympians. Now if only Johnny Weir could present them.

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Cross Country – Ladies 10k – Atlantic Pacific
Getting that East-meets-West coast style compass aligned just right takes a skilled eye, and Blair Eadie gets it right every time. Her high-low, casual-structured looks work from the Haight to the Bowery – the epitome of a cross-country gold.

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Alpine Skiing – Women’s Super Combined Downhill – Bleubird Vintage
Her gorgeous blog is the ultimate in Pinterest candy. She cooks, she decorates, she raises four very photogenic children – all while looking totally stylish and adorable. We often wonder how James Kicinski McCoy does it all, and still find time to play the ukulele – and that’s why her, and her Nashville-based brood – win for Womens’ Super Combined Downhill.

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Freestyle Skiing – Ladies Moguls – Liliana Vazquez

Cheap Chicas founder Liliana Vazquez, the adorable, indomitable blogger-turned-tv-personality-turned-author-and-everything-in-between has enough on the docket for three normal humans. But, like any Olympian, she’s no normal human – she’s our favorite mini-mogul.

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Bobsleigh – The Chriselle Factor

We’ve always loved Chriselle Lim’s sleek, sophisticated style, but her recently cropped ‘do took her look – and our hair envy – to the next level. Gold medal level. Whether perfectly coiffed in curls or sexily mussed, her blunt cut bob truly slays us.

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Alpine Skiing – Women’s Super G - Glamourai
We know quite a few stylish ladies whose chosen monikers start with G, but Kelly Framel of The Glamourai takes this one for her sometimes bling-y, always statement-making style that, to us, borders on Super G-nius.

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Speed Skating – Ladies 5000 – Happily Grey

Some people explode onto the fashion and blogging scene with a sprinter’s anaerobic ferocity, and that’s definitely the case for Mary Lawless Seng. Her earthy and accessible style raced her to the front of the effortlessly-chic, laid-back style pack in little over a year. If that’s not a gold in speed skating, we don’t know what is.

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Ice Dancing – Man Repeller
Ice dancing is the Olympic equivalent of the drop-crotch pant – most guys take a glance, maybe stare for a second, and turn the other direction. That’s why we’re awarding the gold in the most man-repelling of sports to Leandra, the original ManRepeller. We can even see her in a (leopard print) skirted leotard.

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Luge – Men’s Singles Run – Menswear Dog
He’s constantly stalking babes in SoHo, wearing flannel shackets and the finest selvedge denim. By some counts he’s in his late 20s, his prime. He’s reached the apex of singledom. Yes, we’re talking about Menswear Dog. The ultimate bachelor and ladies man wins for Luge Men’s Singles.

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Curling – Women’s Gold Game – Michelle Phan
How to curl your hair with paper bags. How to get soft, flowing, Rapunzel-worthy curls. And, how to curl your lip at your ex-boyfriend. YouTube beauty vlogger Michelle Phan offers up so many kinds of expertise, that we wouldn’t take curling advice from anyone else – so, obviously, she wins curling gold.

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FreeSTYLE Skiing – Aerials – Refinery29
Our go-to stop for off-the-cuff fashion and lifestyle recs, Refinery29 also happens to be the best on the interwebs for statement-making style inspiration – the kind we’d pay for, if we could afford a stylist. We’d give them a perfect score in freeSTYLE anything, but especially the aerials event – it takes a special kind of risk-taker to follow their high-flying style.

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Figure Skating – Pairs Free Skating – Sea of Shoes
Who better than Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes to win the Pairs event? Not only is the fiery redhead queen of pairs (of impeccable pumps), she’s also phenomenal at perfectly pair-ing her clutches with her clogs with her hats with her high-waist skirt suits. And she and her mom make a pretty great pair as well.

February 20, 2014   No Comments

Presidents’ Day Sale Guide

Presidents’ Day is the best holiday to buy compared to other U.S. holidays with an average discount of 47% off. If deep discounts are what you’re after, follow our sale roundup all weekend for codes and deals aplenty!

NORDSTROM

Shoe Clearance! Markdowns on shoes for women, men and kids up to 40% off. No code needed. Ends Sun 3/2.

TORY BURCH

Take an extra 25% off all sale items with code SALE25. Ends Mon 2/17.

DVF

Take an extra 20% off sale and select full price items with  code FEBRUARY20. Ends Mon 2/17.

BARNEYS WAREHOUSE

Take an extra 20% off outerwear and cold weather accessories, plus free shipping on all U.S. orders. No code needed. Ends Tue 2/18.

SAKS OFF 5TH

Take up to an extra 50% off for a total savings up to 75% off sitewide. No code needed. Ends Tue 2/18.

LAST CALL BY NEIMAN MARCUS

Take an extra 35% off everything, plus 60% off cold weather items. No code needed. Ends Thu 2/13.

BLOOMINGDALE’S

Take 20-65% off a great selection of merchandise. No code needed. Ends Mon 2/17.

J.CREW

Take 25% off select styles with code HEART214. Ends Fri 2/14.

ANN TAYLOR

Take 30% off full-price styles and 60% off sale styles with code SHOPANN. Exclusions apply, see site for details. Ends Tue 2/18.

LOFT

Take 40% off select full-price styles and 60% off sale styles with code SHOP40. Ends Fri 2/14.

TRINA TURK

Take $50 off your purchase of $150 or more with code HEART50. Ends Mon 2/17.

THE LIMITED

Take 40% off all full-priced items and 30% off all sale items with code INLOVE. Ends Fri 2/14.

BEBE

Take an extra 50% off already-reduced prices. No code needed. Ends Mon 2/17.

PUMA

Take an extra 25% off sale items. No code needed. Ends Fri 2/17.

EXPRESS

Take 40% off your purchase. See site for details. Ends Fri 2/17.

Check back for more additions throughout the weekend!

 

February 13, 2014   No Comments