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INSTAGRAM LATELY + BEST OF LABOR DAY SALES

The Steele Maiden Instagram Outfits and Labor Day Sales

LATELY ON INSTAGRAM:

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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FALL MUST-HAVES: SHIRTS AND BLOUSES

The Steele Maiden: Fall Must-Haves Shirts and Blouses

After spending the past couple of months in lightweight dresses (my only defense against humid 90 degree days in the city), I’m admittedly kind of looking forward to throwing on a pair of jeans again. But mainly, because the fall blouses and shirts I’ve been seeing around lately can totally up your denim game. From slouchy lace-up stripes to feminine lace in the most striking shade of marigold – I can’t wait to get my hands on a few of the below:

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WHAT TO PACK: LABOR DAY WEEKEND GETAWAY

The Steele Maiden: What to Pack for a Labor Day Weekend

I know we’re still a week or so out, but I can’t help but already be mulling over what to pack for Labor Day weekend. As Summer’s official last hurrah I always use it as a chance to wear my season’s favorites (swimsuit, cutoffs and sandals I’m lookin’ at you) but also as a chance to work in a few early fall pieces – like a lightweight cargo jacket and lace-up sweater. Below, what will be in my own bag (this weekend as I head to the beach for my cousin’s wedding and next when we most likely head to the lake).

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SUMMER TO FALL STYLE

Wear Now Wear Later - transitional trends for Summer to Fall

 

The shift between season is sartorially-speaking always the trickiest to me. The weather has never caught up but you’re craving what’s new. But practically-speaking transitional pieces are some of the hardest working in your wardrobe because they span the seasons. Here – a few of my favorites that will be so good once fall comes, but are great now too. There’s a seventies meets victorian romantic meets mod prep thing happening in fashion (okay maybe not all at once..) and I’m really on board. An olive green satchel bag? Absolutely. An embroidered mini skirt? Sign me up. Fall fashion should feel FUN, so why not start that party a little early, right?

THE VICTORIAN BLOUSE

THE BOLD MINI SKIRT

THE BLOCK HEEL SLIDE

THE SUEDE SHIFT DRESS

THE PREP SCHOOL EXTRAS

 

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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE: MUST HAVE NEUTRAL ACCESSORIES

I originally mentioned the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale during early access for card members (in this post), but now that it’s open to the public I wanted to revisit it – this time with a more focused plan of attack. Since I have a hard time still buying summer clothes when I know the season is halfway over (say it isn’t soooo), my current shopping strategy is to look for great neutrals that I can wear now – with cutoff jean shorts and cotton dresses – and later – with cozy sweaters and lots of layers. Above are my top 15 picks (all of which happen to be under $200 – and a majority are under $100) for the accessories that will take you straight through the next 4+ months. I just picked up this wide brim hat (no surprise there), have had this weekender bag for a couple of years now and love it’s size and textured weave, and am considering going back for these killer suede over the knee boots. What’s on your wishlist?

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