Wedding by the Windmill (& Talbots necklace giveaway!)

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ASOS dress (old - similar by KS), Talbots cabochon necklace c/o (50% off today!)
Sole Society Anneke heels c/o (also avail. at Nordstrom - runs small/narrow)

These photos were taken at our friends' beautiful wedding in CT this past weekend. We pulled up to the venue, and I pretty much leapt out of the car upon seeing a windmill at the end of a stone bridge, surrounded by a little moat...could you get more charming?
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I wore this ASOS dress purchased in the dead of winter (planning ahead paid off!) and accessorized simply with a cabochon stone necklace. The marbled (hard to see clearly in photos) stones are gorgeous, reminiscent of one of my beloved necklaces from AT but in a neutral palette. talbots necklaceI liked this necklace so much, I asked the Talbots team to do a small giveaway for you guys! Simply leave a comment letting me know which Talbots necklace you'd like to win, and I'll pick a randomly-generated winner on Monday (U.S. only - sorry international friends!). Talbots is also having a rare 50% off everything today. I find their items to be of very good quality and wish they made more extended sizing! My picks from the sale are this 100% cotton banana leaf dress that starts in Petite P (please note, sizing runs a little big and P = ~0/2) and the basic opaque hosiery (I pretty much live in the navy + black during cold weather...durable material that does not pill or tear).
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Petite-friendly sale work / laptop bags and tall boots

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Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote in saffiano leather - (also in black, red, blue and more)
Outfit: LOFT top, NY & Co skirt (waist taken in - will do post soon), Talbots sandals c/o

Happy Monday! Just wanted to share a few quick reviews of sale handbags and boots I tried on (as a reminder, prices go back up August 4th). I'm always getting questions on where to find stylish work bags that can fit a laptop and more. I've heard many good things about Michael Kors' durable saffiano leather (a coated leather with almost a vinyl feel, intended to be more scratch and water resistant) and the price points are quite a bit less than Prada and the like.

Nordstrom Fall New Arrivals Sale - Purchases & Picks

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Halogen knit jacket-like a med. weight cardigan. Material is a bit snag-prone. xxsp fit well
Halogen leopard pumps (4 colors)-go down if between half sizes; I took my usual size 5

One of my favorite sales of the year starts today! It's hard to get into a Fall frame of mind during mid-July, but these discounts are on new, next-season merchandise and prices do go back up August 4th. Lots of designer items, petites (how cute is this houndstooth dress?), and extended-sizing shoes to browse. I have two keepers pictured above that just arrived from the presale, and will try to do a detailed review soon. Just wanted to post a quick heads up since the smaller sizes tend to go first. As always, there is free shipping & free return ship.

Below are my other picks from the sale (pls. note I have not tried these on for size)...

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1. LEFT: Stuart Weitzman Highway boots also in black suede – SW boots are pricey but the fit and comfort for narrow calves is like none other. I already have a wedge over-the-knee pair so did not purchase these. Listed at 21.5" shaft height and calf width that stretches from 12" - 14." This style was available in both leather and suede down to a sz 4 – if you’re interested but don’t see your size online, I’d call your local store with the item #. They can do a nationwide search and ship to you for free.

Summer lace + jacquard shorts

lace and houndstooth1H&M lace top (similar), F21 shorts (gift from the lovely Elle, old), Talbots sandals c/o,
Old Navy hat (similar here or here for less), Coach bag, Williams Sonoma basket

I wore this breezy outfit last weekend for an afternoon of sun and sangria with my girlfriends. I love my share of ankle strap shoes, but flat ones especially can be tough to pull off on short and stout legs. I balanced them out with a shorter hemline, and chose high-waisted vs. low-rise bottoms to continue that leg line. These jacquard shorts were a gift from a friend, and I like how the material takes a casual piece up a notch. lace and houndstooth I've posted several times before about the quality of Talbots accessories, and these sandals are no exception (especially for the 60% off sale prices!). I received the styles below, both of which have a small heel or wedge for support but are low enough for long walks.

 Left: Parisi sandals (comes in several colors) and Right: Rosie espadrilles, both c/o
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