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Getting the ‘Suits’ Look on a Summer Associate’s Budget

Our Shop It To Me team is obsessed with “Suits,” the USA Network and Universal Cable Productions hit series. In honesty, we tune into this addictive legal drama as much for the incredible clothing as for the kickass characters and sizzling dialogue.

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Because we lust after Jessica’s (Gina Torres) Giambattista Valli dresses and Rachel’s (Meghan Markle) Alexander McQueen pencil skirts, we sought out Jolie Andreatta, the show’s costume designer, to learn how to get the look she uses to tell the Suits story.

SITM:  We drool over Jessica, Rachel and Donna’s amazing wardrobes. Any advice for summer associates who are just starting out? 

JA: Start with a pencil skirt — a few if you can afford it – because it will never go out of style. You just have to find the right proportion: for the show, we like the below-the-knee length.  Add a classic white shirt, and any kind of jewelry — like a statement necklace or a locket — and you are ready to fit in anywhere.

SITM:  What type of shoes and bags should we invest our hard-earned cash in this summer?

JA:  It’s important to invest in quality shoes! You’re wearing them a lot, so it’s worth it to spend the money. You need black, but I love a sexy brown pump.

I buy beautiful bags for the show, especially Prada. If you can only afford to purchase one bag, go for a medium-sized bag–something big enough to slip an 8×10 file and your flats into. As for color, I love, love, love taupe. It’s fresher than black and can go from winter to summer.

SITM: Any suggestions on how to achieve the Suits look without breaking the bank? 

JA: Services like Shop It To Me, that find beautiful designers like Dsquared2, Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Reed Krakoff and Rachel Comey on sale in your size. Consignment stores–like The Cat’s Meow or Revival Couture in Toronto, where we shoot, or Decades in LA. Zara—for insane knockoffs of designer stuff. The Room, at Hudson’s Bay, also in Toronto is another of my favorite haunts.

Learn your proportions. I can’t stress this enough for building a great wardrobe. It’s important to try things on and see what works best for your body. Avoid oversized clothing, go with things that are fitted but have a little bit of stretch. Start a file of things you love – cut pictures out or pin things online.  And don’t buy something just because it’s on sale; buy on sale because it’s the right thing!  Especially shoes!  Invest in good quality shoes!

Some of our favorite Suits-inspired picks:

1. Jimmy Choo Pumps now $277.81
2. Mulberry Bag now $1,500
3. Vince Pencil Skirt now $94.99
4. Ann Taylor Tweed Pencil Skirt now $64.88
5. Equipment Blouse now $99
6. J.Crew Pencil Skirt now $79.99
7. Kenneth Jay Lane Necklace now $78.52
8. Miu Miu Pumps now $269
9. Neiman Marcus Tote now $44
10. Vince Pumps now $191
11. Ann Taylor Button Down Shirt now $59.99

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And don’t forget to watch a new “Suits” tonight, at 9/8C, on USA. It’s never too late to join the firm!

June 25, 2014   No Comments

Former Bachelorettes Dish on What to Wear to a Finale Viewing Party

The Bachelorette is one of our not-so-secret obsessions, and after this week’s finale part 1, we can hardly wait to see what Monday’s grand finale has in store. We had the pleasure of chatting with former Bachelor/Bachelorette alums Molly Mesnick,  Ashley Rosenbaum and Trista Sutter about their predictions for this season, what they’d wear to a finale viewing party, and other juicy deets from their time on the show.

Each stylish gal put her top picks together for what to wear to a Bachelorette finale viewing party using Shop It To Me Threads, our newest site where you can easily shop brands and trends you love on sale in your size. Login or sign up for Threads to see their picks.

The Bachelorette Finale Viewing Party Picks

Molly’s viewing party picks

Ashley’s viewing party picks

Trista’s viewing party picks

What are your viewing plans for this Bachelorette finale?

Trista: I wish I could make it to a fun finale party, but for this mama, it’s all about getting the kiddos to bed early (hopefully after a tiring day at summer camp!) so that I can cozy up and live tweet with Bachelor Nation!

When you were a contestant, how did you choose what to wear to the finale?

Molly: The show stylist actually brings a room full of dresses for you to try and you get to pick what you’d like to wear!  It’s the ONLY dress they provide for contestants.  Everything else is our own.  I chose a purple Marc Bouwer dress.  I probably wouldn’t choose the same one today, as my style has dramatically evolved, but at the time, I loved how flowy it was!

Ashley: When I was on the Bachelorette, I fell in love with Randi Rahm’s designs. Out of racks and racks of clothing, her dresses seemed to always catch my eye! They fit my petite body type like a glove, so I knew I wanted to wear as much Randi Rahm as I could pack into one season! I wore her beaded dresses for the season premiere, two of my most important one-on-one dates, AND the finale.  I loved her so much, she even designed and custom-made my wedding dress! 

What were your go-to brands during your season? Now?

Trista: Oh wow.  If only I had a memory!!  My look back then was more about looking professional and career classy and included brands like Theory and Chanel.  My go-to brands now are pretty much about comfort and being active, including Splendid, Hudson jeans, and Athleta.

Molly: When I was on the show, I was a budget girl.  I loved getting dresses from Express and H&M.  Now, I’d say I have a bit more of a refined taste in clothing.  I love Tibi, Haute Hippie, and Elizabeth & James.

Ashley: Some of my go-to brands on my season were Equipment, Alice & Olivia, Haute Hippie, Foley + Corinna, Helmut Lang, Elizabeth and James, and Paige Denim.  They are still my favorites now! I’m also currently obsessed with anything Ted Baker.

What’s your biggest outfit regret from your Bachelorette season?

Trista: I don’t think we have enough time or space for that answer. If only I could go back in time and have Shop It To Me on my side!!

Given this week’s turn of events, do you think Desiree will pick one of the remaining suitors or leave single?

Molly: I seem to think we haven’t seen the last of Brooks.  I think he’ll realize he made a mistake and will ask for a second chance…much like another Bachelor couple I know ;)

Sound off — which was your fave: 

Experience: fantasy suite, hometown visits, or introducing the guys to your fam?

  • Molly: Fantasy suite, and not for the reasons you think. It’s the only real time you have away from the cameras and producers.  It’s just you and the Bachelor/Bachelorette, so you can really talk about normal things and get to know each other better.
  • Ashley: Fave was definitely hometown dates!

On-air wardrobe: glammed up in a cocktail dress, casual jeans look, or bathing suit beachwear?

  • Molly: Glammed up in a cocktail dress!  Who doesn’t love getting all dolled up!  You can wear casual clothes any day of the week, but having an excuse to throw on a ballgown is way too much fun!
  • Ashley: On-air wardrobe choice would be casual jeans with a leather jacket to spice it up! 

Guy for Des: Brooks, Chris or Drew?

  • Molly: Chris!  I’ve got to root for the Seattle guy, of course!
  • Ashley: Whomever she loves that loves her back!

For even more Bachelorette fashion scoop, see our previous interview: Babes of the Bachelorette Talk Fashion.

July 31, 2013   No Comments

Bachelorette’s Trista Sutter and Molly Mesnick’s Wedding Picks

DVRs will be firing on all cylinders tonight, with Dexter and Homeland season finales, and Ashley and J.P.’s wedding.

We caught up with Molly Mesnick and Trista Sutter to find out what they chose to wear to the big event and why.

Molly says, “The first thing I thought of when picking a dress for this evening was, ‘How in the world am I going to dress a six month baby bump and still look fashionable!?’ I knew I wanted something colorful–so I went with bright orange! People typically gravitate towards black for weddings, so I like to steer away from it.”

With her growing belly in mind, Molly said “I didn’t want anything that had too much fabric, so I knew I needed to find a dress that was somewhat form-fitting. Even when I’m not pregnant, I look larger on TV if I am wearing something loose.”

Ultimately, she picked this Tibi Washed-silk crepe de chine mini dress, found through Shop It To Me Threads, because it’s colorful, has long sleeves, and isn’t too form-fitting. It still shows off a shape, and it’s different from what she thought everyone else would wear.

As far as wardrobe malfunctions, Molly says she had to change the entire silhouette of the dress to fit her belly properly. The new seams a tailor created started to rip during the ceremony! “Luckily I’m always prepared and had a safety pin on hand.”

For original Bachelorette Trista, the first thing she thought of when picking a dress is, “What would Jillian, Molly, Possessionista, Emily, and Michelle Money wear?”  Living in the mountains and having two pre-schoolers doesn’t bode well for keeping up with trends, she says, but, knew she wanted something “classy” and coordinated with her new-favorite grey sequin platforms.

Trista, who admits to feeling “a bit like a granny compared to all the young Bachelor nation beauties,” didn’t want anything matronly, and ended up wearing a Sue Wong dress.

On the big night, her dress was a bit big, so was pulling it up all evening. “Even the Bachelor/Bachelorette stylist was yanking it up on the middle of the dance floor. Hopefully it looked good regardless!”

We’ll all be watching tonight for Trista and Molly at the celebration. Sneak a peek of their fabulous wedding picks below by signing up for Shop It To Me Threads, then clicking the links below once you’re logged in to view all of their picks!

Trista Sutter’s Wedding Picks

Trista Sutter's Wedding Picks

Molly Mesnick’s Wedding Picks

Molly Mesnick's Wedding Picks

 

December 16, 2012   No Comments

Bachelorette Trista Sutter on Good Morning America in Nanette Lepore

If you spied original Bachelorette Trista Sutter on GMA dishing with her hot hubby about her pre-40 mommy makeover, we thought you’d want the skinny on the Nanette Lepore midi dress she was sporting courtesy of Shop It To Me.

Trista Sutter on GMA

Busy mom that she is, Trista scanned her Salemail and found the perfect dress for her NYC press tour. How could we not make it hers?!

If the watercolor floral print silk makes you swoon too, you can still snap it up at Shopbop, Piperlime and Bloomingdales.

Nanette Lepore Malibu Beach Silk Dress

Nanette Lepore Midi Dress from left: Bloomingdale’s $201.60 | Shopbop $224.00 | Piperlime $357.99

September 10, 2012   No Comments

She’s so money!

We hope you’re ready for a wake-up call, because Kathryn Eisman’s talking money with Suze Orman in this week’s Secrets to Your Success. You’ll love this clip for Suze’s no-holds-barred advice on how to be your best financial freedom fighter.

Smartypants that she is, Kathryn knew better than to show up in an ensemble for which she paid full price. Instead, she opted for this fiscally fabulous outfit purchased all on sale through Shop It To Me.

Kathryn Eisman

On Kathryn:

3.1 Phillip Lim Play Suit and Sergio Rossi pumps ($299.94)

To rock a similarly rich look, try some of these on for size (all found via Shop It To Me):

Similar Items

From left to right: BCBGMAXAZRIA ($115.99), 3.1 Phillip Lim ($387.50), Robert Rodriguez  ($237)

Similar Items

From left to right: Giuseppe Zanotti ($475), Giuseppe Zanotti ($520), Missoni ($255)

June 14, 2012   2 Comments

More Secrets to Your Success

Transitioning back into the working world after a bit of time off can usher in a range of emotions from exhilaration to trepidation. Maybe you were the rising star before you pushed the pause button, but now you’re back and working for her. In the latest Secrets to Your Success video on Yahoo! Shine, Kathryn Eisman asks executive coach Ellen Lubin Sherman about how to deal with a younger boss.
For this interview Kathryn practices what Ellen preaches for big meetings, “be full of pizazz, and make sure all your neurons are firing.” And, what better way to do that then in a fabulous hot pink Kate Spade dress and Vera Wang black satin bow shoes. Kathryn went for this youthful look because it is as sophisticated as it is stylish.
Kathryn Eisman
Kathryn Eisman
(All items found via Shop It To Me.)
On Kathryn:
Here are some similar styles we found:
Similar Items
From left to right: Vivienne Westwood ($210), Lela Rose ($837),  J. Crew ($99.99)
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From left to right: Badgley Mischka ($119.94), Vera Wang ($208.60), Charlotte Russe ($17.49)
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June 7, 2012   No Comments

Ladylike Leather and Silk

You know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but at one time or another, you’ve probably formed a quick opinion about someone based on how they looked.
That’s one of the take-aways of this week’s Secrets To Your Success on Yahoo! Shine, as host Kathryn Eisman talks with branding expert Kyla Latrice about projecting the image you want, and being conscious that life is not a dress rehearsal.
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For her part, Kathryn chose a ladylike yet current look for this interview. If this sensibility speaks to your “brand”, here are pieces to consider snapping up.
(All styles found via Shop It To Me.)
On Kathryn
Valentino Blouse (sold out), Anne Klein skirt ($247.50), Sergio Rossi pumps ($299.94)
Kathryn’s style tips:
1.Wearing leather to the office can be a challenge. By mixing the sexy leather skirt with an ultra delicate paper silk top and ladylike heels it creates a refreshing yet still office appropriate look.
2. Rather than teaming bold color, like this purple skirt, with a boring neutral, experiment with a colored blouse and shoes in a cooler shade within the same color family.
Check out these similar styles we found:
Similar Items
From left to right: Anne Klein ($59), French Connection ($56.99), BCBGeneration ($58)
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From left to right: Vince ($246.90), Yves Saint Laurent ($1795), 3.1 Phillip Lim ($665)
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From left to right: Pelle Moda ($80), Gucci ($468), Pour La Victoire ($185.50)
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June 5, 2012   No Comments

Kathryn Eisman in Slam Dunk style

Mom always said, “It’s not where you start the race, it’s where you finish.” I was reminded of that advice while watching this week’s Secrets to Your Success on Yahoo! Shine. Our friend Kathryn Eisman got up close and personal with Olympian Gail Marquis about her surprising career shift from basketball champion to a financial planner on Wall Street. We particularly enjoyed hearing how Gail took the three “Ds” from one arena to the other.

And, as usual, Kathryn’s ensemble was a real slam dunk!

Kathryn Eisman

(All styles found via Shop It To Me.)

On Kathryn:

Diane Von Furstenberg dress ($325)

Kate Spade shoes ($159.34)

Check out these similar options:

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Dresses from left to right: Laundry by Shelli Segal ($109), Milly ($195), Calvin Klein ($99.99)

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Shoes

Top (left to right): Malene Birger ($280) and Cole Haan ($145.99)

Bottom: Nine West ($49.94)

 

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May 31, 2012   No Comments

Kathryn Eisman in Geometric Chic

We love dressing TV host Kathryn Eisman for her Yahoo! series Secrets to Your Success. It’s always fun to see what Kathryn wears to meet the inspiring women she interviews. In this week’s installment, Kathryn talks with 22-year army veteran Dr. Charlotte Phillips about following your dreams no matter how late in life, and no matter what financial or life obstacles are in your way.

We know you’ll love hearing Dr. Phillips’ story. And if Kathryn’s geometric chic ensemble is one you want to emulate, look for similar styles to this Calvin Klein dress or Steve Madden shoes.

 

Kathryn-Eisman

(All styles shown found via Shop It To Me.)

On Kathryn:

Calvin Klein color block dress ($129.50)

Steve by Steve Madden shoes ($113.40 including free shipping)

Check out these similar options we found:

 Kathryn Eisman Similar Items

Kathryn Eisman Similar Shoes

Similar Styles:

Dresses from left: Rag & Bone ($393), Robert Rodriguez ($236.90),  Milly Imara ($234)

Shoes from top: Michael Kors ($137.50),  Pour La Victoire ($128.10), Via Spiga ($168.75)

Join Shop It To Me now to customize your profile with your favorite designer brands to find out when they go on sale in your size, and watch Kathryn in this fab look at Yahoo Shine.

 

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May 24, 2012   No Comments

Neon + Nude = Honolulu Chic

In Yahoo’s video series “Secrets To Your Success”, Kathryn Eisman talks with trailblazing women and imparts their working wisdom to women like you.

In this week’s episode, Kathryn jets to Hawaii to interview Cindy Sakai and Sarah Kalicki Nakamura, certified Dream coaches, who help companies create more profitable, efficient and enjoyable workplaces. Kathryn gets the scoop on the qualities all good bosses have and on creating a company culture that encourages trust and inspires people to use their gifts in innovative ways.

To keep it chic in the Honolulu heat, Kathryn opted for a sleeveless neon dress from Nanette Lepore (now sold out) and nude platform heels from Sergio Rossi.

Kathryn Eisman

 

To succeed with this look, we serve up these similar styles:

Kathryn Eisman Similar Items
Dresses from left: French Connection ($124.60), DKNY ($227.50),  Shoshanna ($308)

Shoes from left: Jessica Simpson ($58.90), Pour La Victoire ($190), Cole Haan ($199)

 

Watch Kathryn in this fab look at Yahoo Shine.

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May 17, 2012   No Comments