Up and Coming Designers

After all of the shopping frenzy that was Cyber Monday (I prefer online shopping than dealing with crowds) I’ve come to realize that I am drawn to small businesses. During my online shopping, I came across many small, online businesses that provided creative, functional, beautiful, classic-yet-of-the-moment, fun products, from clothing to decor to tech gadgets and so on. I asked myself, why don’t I shop at these less known stores more often?? Well, we feel comfortable with what we know right?

I’ve decided I’m going to make a more concerted effort to post items from smaller businesses, more unique stores, and companies you might not hear about everyday. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the standby J. Crews and ASOS’s of the world. However, it just feels great to find one-of-a-kind items that are different and helps expand your style and point of view.

To start, let’s take a look at some up and coming designers from this year and their fab designs. Tell me, have you heard of these designers and what do you think of their work?

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Ostwald Helgason

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Tanya Taylor

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Wes Gordon

Images from Refinery29

Shop, shop, shop

Happy Cyber Monday everyone!  After a brief hiatus from the usual blogging this past weekend (in which some good food was had from throwing a couple of dinner parties), I am back and refreshed to get this week started!  It is officially Cyber Monday – and with all the deals going on, anyone feeling a little bit overwhelmed?  I visited some stores yesterday to check out in-store discounts and there were definitely some heads downs shopping going on!  Luckily, I was able to grab a few items from Zara, J. Crew, and Uniqlo.

Here are the online sales I am perusing today.  Now that it’s back to the usual workweek, I’ll be looking to update the work wardrobe.

Madewell: 25% off sitewide and free shipping. Great to stock up on accessories like these beautiful scarves.

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Banana Republic: 30% off on BR, Gap and Old Navy plus 20% at Piperlime and Athleta.  This sweater dress would be the perfect cozy knit to wear and allow you indulge at your upcoming holiday parties.

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ASOS: 30% off everything, including the up to 25% off ASOS Collection Sale. No need to say more.  ASOS is great for all your clothing and accessories essentials from party dresses, to work trousers, to belts and jewelry.  Currently craving this blush pink skirt: Image

Saks/Bloomingdales: the department stores are also offering some great deals.  Saks has up to 80% off their current markdowns, and Bloomingdales has up to 50% off selected merchandise with a ‘buy more save more’ deal ($50 off when you spend $250, $100 off when you spend $500, etc).

Happy shopping!  Please leave a comment or two on what steals you’re getting.