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Whew, what a ride this week was! Right after returning from Palm Springs I went right into parent mode as my daughter had several projects due for school and Girl Scouts. It had me even more behind with this blog. This week was chock full of meetings and webinars and calls. Wednesday night I had my first migraine in years; I was glad it was relatively minor and short. I had plans to get everything set up for my newsletters that night but instead I worked on trimming down my inboxes. Next week, newsletters. Now, get to the surface. And I feel I am at the surface, though I am treading water. I'm writing this Friday afternoon, I'm going to take a power nap and then I'm chaperoning a Girl Scout sleepover at a local museum. I've cancelled all other plans this weekend and once I'm home from the trip will work to get more on top of everything. Because April is almost here, and that month's schedule is even more cray than March! But I'm not complaining, it's a pretty awesome situation to be in. Things are good, opportunities are popping up, traffic here on the site is good, and I've had a lot of quality time with my daughter through it all!
LOFT is offering 40% off your purchase until 5pm ET today with promo code HELLO. They have some super cute things for spring; my picks:
- This lace dress which is the kind you will be glad is in your closet. Weddings, christenings, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, and more. It will also work almost every month of the year. Regular, petite, plus, and tall options.
- This pretty blouse which is great under a blazer or cardigan, tucked into a pencil skirt, worn with white jeans or work trousers, or even left untucked with a longer cardigan and heavyweight leggings.
- I'm really liking wide leg pants this season; yes you can be short and thick and rock them. The higher waist makes it. Pair with a lightweight blouse or fitted top and as for shoes, this is a time when your more solid flat shoes and sandals are perfect. I'm tempted to get these pants from LOFT.
- Y'all know I love suits and I'm crushing on this textured modern blazer and matching trousers.
- This linen-blend skirt is a great alternative to cropped pants and shorts for late spring and summer. Pair with a twinset or blouse for work, and for weekend wear with your favorite graphic t-shirts or a simple ribbed tank.
- Chinos are back, and this version from LOFT is a great choice that feels modern yet still versatile and relaxed.
Lands' End is offering 25% off full priced styles this weekend with promo code LILY; PIN 2465.
- In the Wardrobe Oxygen Community on Facebook we were discussing swim coverups, and many members recommended Lands' End. I agree, they have great options. I love the boyfriend shirt concept, it's the kind of swim coverup I own. I love this batik print, this block-print floral, classic white or black, and a few great colors and prints (plus size options link since Lands' End for some reason separated them).
- Classic coverups are also fantastic; I like the white embellishment and the pockets on this one, this nautical stripe, and this longer alternative that is more like a dress and great when going from beach or pool to restaurant.
- Lands' End makes such… smart swimwear. Soft cups, longer line bikini tops, slimming panels that don't cause pain, a variety of leg styles. And whether you want to accept it or not, summer is coming and this is the perfect time to buy swimwear while there's size selection. I love the ruffle on this one piece with soft cups, this midkini top (more coverage than a bikini) that comes in plus sizes, DD cups, and this pretty print.
- Lands' End's swim fabric is essentially the same as other brands; I've often paired a Lands' End top with another brand bottom and vice versa. They have such a great selection of bottoms if you are looking for more coverage. 9″ board shorts with or without a panty available in regular, petite, long, and plus sizes are great for coverage or any summer outdoor activities. If you want shorter, they also have a 5″ board short version (plus size link) as well as a 3″ short option. Adorable skirted capri leggings made to go in the pool or surf but would also look great as streetwear (the link for plus sizes).
Kohl's is offering 15% off your order with promo code SPRINGTIME. Also, spend $50 or more on women's fashion and use promo code STYLE10 to get an additional $10 off. They also are doing Kohl's Cash where you earn $10 for every $50 spent and it can be redeemed starting April 1st.
- Kohl's came out with a new plus size collection called EVRI and it's really cute. I also love that Amber is one of the models! I haven't tried the line yet but I really like this utility jacket, this classic wrap midi dress to wear everywhere from work to weddings, these jeans which get great reviews from customers, and this cute jumpsuit.
- Did you know that London Fog has a line of classic coats at Kohl's? I love this classic single-breasted raincoat with removable hood (plus sizes), this double breasted trench in a modern length (plus sizes), and this anorak rain jacket.
- An elegant dress perfect for all your spring weddings but a style that will still work through summer, fall, and even into winter. Add a belt for more sparkle or a pop of color!
- I think I need this black and ivory striped off the shoulder sweater in my life.
- How cute is this denim jumpsuit? Or this lightweight boilersuit that rivals trendy brands that cost three times the amount?
- And finally, I have to share the Simply Vera Vera Wang collection of ultra-chic well-made pieces at Kohl's.
It seems so many brands are getting on the body positivity bandwagon, extending their sizing and claiming they are “for every body.” But as my friend Sarah Conley shares in this piece, most of it is a marketing scam. (Rascal Honey)
So yeah, this article sat in an open tab on my computer all week long. I read bits of it throughout the week but never got around to focusing on it. Ironic, eh? I'll try to actually, truly focus on it this weekend. (New York Times)
This woman gave birth to her granddaughter… and this isn't some weird Enquirer or Maury Povitch story but one that may make you feel better about humanity. (Buzzfeed News)
I found this study about how money problems affect us mentally to be fascinating. It also made me realize that with this current job that is far less consistent with income, I do a bit of the things mentioned in the post. It helped me be aware and be smarter. (The Cut)
I am so impressed by my friend Keri who styled an actress for her press tour. She moved to LA a little over a year ago for opportunities just like this! (Keri Henderson)
I have always loved Fern Mallis and loved reading the recap of when she was interviewed for her interview series, “Fashion Icons.” It's interesting to read her thoughts on the current fashion industry as she has been a part of it for many years. (Fashionista)
The piece that sparked the most discussion in the Gary household this week – how the Little Ice Age changed history. (The New Yorker)
With music crossing genres like crazy, Billboard needs to catch up or they will become irrelevant. How a song became a country hit and then Billboard changed its mind. (Rolling Stone)
I sound like a broken record but I am positively obsessed with this Hollywood Flawless Filter by Charlotte Tilbury. Wear it under foundation for a bit of glow, wear it over foundation for an airbrushed finish, wear it alone for skin that looks so healthy and happy and hydrated. Find it at Charlotte Tilbury's online boutique, Nordstrom, Sephora, Amazon, and Cult Beauty.
For those who think one should have a job to receive government benefits like Medicaid, I encourage you to read this piece. It's not as simple as it sounds. (The Washington Post)
For Your Entertainment
I've been a Clutch fan for many years and have seen them perform live at least a dozen times. This week we've been playing their latest album, “Book of Bad Decisions” on repeat. Clutch has the most ridiculous lyrics, and with such an extensive discography they have never seemed to lack for crazy fabulous ideas for songs. As a Maryland girl, I can't help but love “Hot Bottom Feeder” and was psyched to see the video shares a Maryland crabcake recipe! This video isn't for the vegans, but it's chock full of history, factoids, and Neil Fallon being as Neil as he can be.
I loved the song/recipe video. How clever! And I can see where it would be even more special to Maryland folks.
We have our own local crab, Dungeness crab. I think crab meat is so delicious. If I ever get back your way, I’m determined to try your local crab also.
Alison Gary says
Love your Weekend Reads so much! I didn’t receive it by email today, so I’m glad I checked the blog. I live in Arkansas, where we have the horrible “work requirements law” for Medicaid. However, a judge issued a stay on it this week. It infuriates and saddens me that the majority party in my state created this cruel law. The members of the House in this party are now throwing a little hissy fit right over the stay and decided to vote down our state’s budget. So now, even more people may end up without needed services. It’s awful living in a Red state, to watch the poor & less fortunate constantly be demonized, all the while seeing the very richest few receive ridiculous tax breaks.
On a lighter note, you’re so right about great swimsuits and cover-ups from Lands End. I’ve got several that I’ve had for years & they still look good. I wash on delicate & air dry. I’m a tankini fan; makes bathroom breaks so much easier! I have been wearing the little swim skirts for several years now. I’m just not crazy about my hips & stomach areas. But, I picked up a pair of the swim shorts last summer & like them too. They will be going to Hawaii with me in the summer & should be great for snorkeling & attempting stand-up paddle boarding! And, I went to my local Loft today, planning to pick up a pair of white curvy skinny jeans. Well, they didn’t have any but I’m no quitter & found several other great items instead! ☺️
Alison Gary says
The RSS feed for my site seems delayed and I don’t have much control over it. I’m working on creating a manual newsletter which should make emails timely. Stay tuned!
Thank you so much for including me in your Weekend Reads! I always look forward to these posts
Alison Gary says
thank you so much Sarah! And thank you for always writing such well-done and thought provoking pieces!