Insomniac Sale Picks: Overnight Bags

*In this late-night feature – which will run on Tuesday and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Karen requested a few picks for overnight bags, so here we go:

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LeSportsac Luggage Large Weekender – was $116, now $87

You all know how much I love me some Le Sportsac. If you’re looking for a super lightweight and/or vegan option, this roomy weekender fits the bill. It clocks in at 20.5″ x 10″ x 14″ with a 22″ strap drop. And yes, it comes with that darling matching accessory bag. Available in this floral as well as blue shibori, black eyelet, and a rather kooky cartoon print.

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Bellino Stefan – was $179, now $146.99

SO PRETTY. I have no use for an overnight bag and am still tempted by this beaut. A little smaller at 19.5″ x 12″ x 8.5″ but still roomy enough to pack the necessities for a short trip. And it features a super cool framed top for easy opening and access. Bellino does some lovely bags – this all-leather duffle is another gorgeous option.

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Aldo Ciccone – was $60, now $44.98

Such a sleek, classic bag at a ridiculously great price. Faux leather, of course, with a flat base for stability and a roomy 20″ x 9″ x 12″ interior. Strap drop is 27.5″ and the bag features two exterior slip pockets and an exterior zip pocket.

Lipault Paris

Lipault Paris Weekend Satchel - was $99, now $59.99

Very pink, and also lightweight, durable, and water resistant. This bag doesn’t come with a shoulder strap, but does feature a clever strap that allows you to slip the tote over an upright case for consolidated travel. 22″ x 9.5″ x 13″.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for overnight bags:

  1. eBags – In addition to the option above, a variety of bags from duffles to rollers.
  2. Cath Kidston – Cute and affordable in four prints.
  3. Zappos – Everything from gorgeous leather to lightweight nylon.

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Thrifting for Trends: Fall/Winter 2014 Edition

It’s time, once again, to examine the hot “new” trends for the season, and remind ourselves that fashion recycles EVERYTHING! Here are just a few of the garments, colors, and styles that are trending for fall and winter that you can easily track down at your local thrift and consignment shops. (Note that all of the on-trend items I’m wearing below have been thrifted. Already.)

Plaid

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Can a classic like plaid really be considered trendy? When it shows up in on dozens upon dozens of runway shows and subsequently FLOODS the mall stores, I’m answering with a resounding, “Yes.” But! Since plaid never really goes out of style, that means it’ll be plentiful on the thrift store racks, too. Classic tartans featuring red, black, green, and blue are always a safe bet, but feel free to spring for more modern iterations. Just be sure to pick a plaid that is dark-color dominant: White-backed plaids can work for fall and winter, but sometimes seem a bit to light for truly cold weather.

Dark Florals

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This trend took hold a few winters ago, and has swung back around once more. As with plaid. what you want here is a print that has a dark color as the background. Floral prints in which the blooms themselves are done in dark prints will look lovely, but a black, eggplant, burgundy, or navy background with botanicals of all kinds will capture the somber mood you want here. Dark florals will be mixed in among the brighter and lighter ones at your local Goodwill. When you can, opt for large-scale florals over ditsy styles.

Sangria

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Pantone’s color report for fall is all about the jewel tones, but sangria – a rich magenta – is a standout. This color is incredibly versatile and can pair with neutrals, bold brights, and other jewel tones. It also works well with a wide variety of complexions and skin tones. Choose a version that has warm or cool undertones to complement your own coloring. As is the case with all color trends, these ones will be among the easiest to thrift! This cardigan is a secondhand find from last year. (More of a neutrals person? Gray is the big one for the season.)

Leather Everything

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Another Autumn/Winter standby, but also a trend that showed up in virtually every ready-to-wear show. Leather jackets are always a great bet – I scored this pre-loved cropped cognac jacket last year – but feel free to splash out on leather skirts, pants, even dresses. All of which will turn up in most thrift stores.

Rich Embellishments

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Another great thriftable trend since it’s incredibly broad and can be interpreted in a million ways. On the runways we saw sequins, embroidery, velvet burnouts, textures, applique, and lace insets. When shopping the thrift racks look for anything that goes beyond a basic print: Texture, sparkle, detailed necklines, metallics, anything that makes a garment or accessory look vaguely royal. When examining secondhand items with sewn-on embellishments like beads or sequins, look closely for any missing elements. Some can be easily replaced with a quick trip to the craft store, but others may be trickier and require mending work-arounds.

What trendy items will YOU thrift for this season?

Runway images courtesy Style.com: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Erin Fetherston | Chanel | Louis Vuitton | Dolce & Gabbana

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Dressed for: Warm Metallics

Already Pretty outfit featuring olive green sweater, skinny jeans, metallic flats, J.W. Hulme tote

Sweater – LOFT courtesy Twice
Jeans – courtesy Lee
Flats – Hush Puppies (no longer available) – similar
Bag – J.W. Hulme
Earrings – Corset
Bracelets – various sources – similar look

Another unexpected shift in my dressing preferences? Allowing some brassy and bronze-y colors into the fold. I was a strictly silver girl for YEARS, but am finding that some warm gold tones work really well with this more subdued palette.

The bronze flats are a couple of years old and snuck in before I even considered allowing any brass jewelry into my collection, and have been among my most worn and useful shoes. Metallic flats, friends. So much more versatile than you might think!

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