So long, Summer. We spent the first half of Labor Day weekend at the lake house where it was a rainy 50 something degrees and Summer felt a million miles away. We’re back in the city today though and hoping to soak up one last warm day before resigning to the change of seasons.

Truth be told, I love Fall. September feels more energizing to January to me in terms of ‘starting fresh’ with new habits, new routines and (naturally) new clothes. I’ve been thinking really strategically about my wardrobe going forward (more on that soon), but in the meantime – there are plenty of great sales happening today to help you pick up a few new pieces for the season ahead.

  • Anthropologie – extra 40% off sale styles – I always love picking up their housewares (like these cute mugs) when they’re on sale.
  • ASOS – 20% off sitewide with code LABORYAY – I’m picking up this dark floral dress for Fashion Week.
  • J.Crew – 30% off select styles – really into this fluttery top that comes in black and the prettiest emerald green.
  • Lands’ End – 25% off sitewide with code – I just got this trench coat and know I’m going to be wearing it on repeat all Fall
  • Sam Edelman – 20% off shoes sitewide – swooning over this pair of flats with tassels!
  • Talbots – 25% off full-priced styles – I’ve got my eye on this versatile leather belt

And while we’re holding on to summer – the below are my favorite posts from the past few months:

Enjoy the last day of Summer and I’ll see you all back here this week for lot’s of exciting new things! xx



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The Steele Maiden: Instagram Lately

Oh hi there! Remember me?! These past couple of weeks (okay.. months) have been a whirlwind between my full time job, real life and this corner of the internet so hoping you can excuse the few days of radio silence (but in the meantime be sure you’re following me on Instagram so you see the day to day). I spent most of this weekend trying to race around time to get my holiday shopping wrapped up – and if you’ve decided to wait until one week before Christmas to do your own shopping (or just have been equally busy and haven’t yet had the time) at least you can take advantage of the major sales/shipping deals happening right now. Below – what’s been up on Instagram lately + some last minute gift suggestions. And for more – check out my holiday gift guide here.



ANTHROPOLOGIE30% off clothing & accessories, 20% off home & beauty

BODEN: Up to 40% off select items – order by 12/21 with express shipping to arrive by 12/23

BANANA REPUBLIC40% off full-priced styles with code BRHOLIDAY – order by 12/18 for standard delivery by 12/23

FRENCH CONNECTION: Extra 50% off sale – order by 12/19 with express shipping to arrive by 12/23

GIGI NEW YORK: Free personalization, shipping and gift with purchase this weekend only

JCREW40% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY – order by 12/20 for delivery by 12/23

OLD NAVYUp to 60% off the entire store + free shipping through 12/18 to arrive by 12/23

SOLE SOCIETY: Up to 50% off select styles

TALBOTSUp to 50% off sitewide + $8 flat rate shipping for delivery by 12/24

URBAN OUTFITTERS: $20 off $100 + free shipping on 12/18 to arrive by 12/23

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The Steele Maiden Instagram Outfits and Labor Day Sales


And just like that – Summer is over and Fall is here. Labor Day is one of my favorite times to take advantage of sales and pick up a few new items for the season ahead. Below – my top picks. Hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend!

ANTHROPOLOGIE: Extra 40% off sale items

– I love the statement these retro red sunglasses would make for Fall.

BANANA REPUBLIC: 40% off almost everything with code FALL40

– The color on this sweater is so gorgeous for fall and I can never resist a pretty floral dress.

FRENCH CONNECTION: 25% off full priced styles with code FC25LD

– I’m swooning over this polka dot bomber jacket!

GIGI NEW YORK: 15% off sitewide + free personalization

– My favorite crossbody bag is back in new colors for fall – I’m obsessed with the marigold color.

OLD NAVY: 50% off all tees, jeans and dresses

– This cute printed romper is perfectly weekend ready.

SOLE SOCIETY: Up to 60% off select styles

– These striped heels are one of my very favorite pairs – I’ve even had them re-soled from so much wear! 

TALBOTS: 25% off full-priced styles

– This shawl collar vest is such a chic layering piece for early fall. 


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Striped Shirt, Floral skirt and Sole Society tote bag

I talk about it every year, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (early access for card holders began yesterday and the sale opens to everyone on July 22nd) is truly my favorite sale of the year because it offers major discounts on all the new Fall products before the season starts (instead of discounts on say, bathing suits at the end of August that you’ll have to wait another year to wear).

With that in mind, each year I try to strategically think about the key pieces that are on my wish list for the season ahead as well as a few trendier pieces that I know will be ‘must haves’ and scoop them up during the sale. Plus, aside from Fall pieces is an awesome time to score a deal on that designer bag or sunglasses you’ve been eyeing (this pair in particular has been on my ‘lust-list’ for awhile), quality athletic wear, and amazing beauty buys (how gorgeous are these colors?!).

So if you’re a card holder like me then game on. And if not, now is the time to do some browsing so you can be ready to grab things when the sale opens to the public – because things sell out quickly at that point!

(pictured above and also part of the #NSale – this Sole Society tote in the perfect shade of ‘greige’ – that’s fashion speak for grey/beige) 


Flared overalls (trust me on these) with sneakers, a ribbed sweater and ‘greige’ tote (perfect for weekend road trips)

Snakeskin and suede crossbody bag, wrap skirt and metallic oxfords (I’d wear this to go from desk to drinks)

Striped button down, pinafore romper, duster coat and lace-up heels (obsessed with a dusty rose and burgundy color combo for late Summer/early Fall)

Wool beret, floral slipdress, embossed leather bag and suede over the knee boots (has a kind of Parisian meets 90s feel)

Quilted bomber jacket, denim mini skirt and rain boots (almost too cute to save for a rainy day)

*I’ll be sharing exactly what I’m picking up once I hit ‘checkout’ plus more of my top picks throughout the sale!

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Best of: Fourth of July Sales - summer style in Boden tunic dress, Brixton hat and Soludos espadrilles

Backyard barbecues, lazy days by the water, endless happy hours and honestly… all these sales. We’re having a 4 day stay-cation in the city this year to celebrate and you can bet I’ll be picking up a few summer things on major discount (like this swoon-worthy gingham bucket bag, cute one-piece bathing suit and fringe-y slides). I’ve rounded up some of the best of the best Fourth of July sales for you below so you don’t have to do the legwork and can get back to having a happy, relaxing, fun holiday weekend!

(wearing Boden Tunic Dress and Soludos Espadrilles (both on sale!) with Brixton Panama Hat)

ANTHROPOLOGIEExtra 30% off sale styles with code: EVENBETTER

BANANA REPUBLICExtra 50% off sale styles

BODEN: Up to 60% off select styles

FRENCH CONNECTION: Extra 20% off sale items with code FC20US

GIGI NEW YORK: Up to 30% off select styles

JCREW: 40% off select summer styles + extra 40-60% sale styles with code COOLSTYLES

LOFT: 50% off sitewide with code JULY4TH

OLD NAVY: Up to 60% off sitewide

SHOPBOP: Summer sale on select styles

SOLE SOCIETY: Up to 50% off select styles

TALBOTS: 40% off one sale item, 50% off two or more

URBAN OUTFITTERS: Extra 30% off sale items

WEST ELM: 20% off select styles including all coffee/side tables and all lighting

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