20 Percent Off Everything at Coldwater Creek!

If you peek inside my closet, you will see more dresses than just about any other item (except for cashmere sweaters, but that is a whole other conversation).

I also wear clothes until I wear them out.  Since I have a tiny New York City closet, I am pretty disciplined about only buying clothes that I love - and I try to take care of them so they last as long as possible.

This dress, which I call my "engagement dress" - I bought 12 or 13 years ago.  Happily, I was wearing it when Scott proposed on Central Park's Bow Bridge almost exactly 10 years ago!  I still wear it at least once a week for four months each year, so if you do those "cost-per-wear" calculations, this was a pretty good deal.

Another dress from the same time frame, which I also still wear frequently when the weather is hot.

And another favorite from last year.

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I found all of these dresses, along with more than half a dozen others hanging in that tiny Manhattan closet, at Coldwater Creek.  (You may recall that they closed their stores several years ago, but are still going strong online and with their catalogs!).  Since I tend to reach for their dresses over and over - for everyday and for TV - I am super-excited to partner with them to show some of this year's newest styles on several TV shows!

In addition to dresses for work or special occasions, they also have lots of great basics, ranging from jeans and tees to the fabulous accessories you see below (love that necklace!) to the "Party of Two" dress I am wearing here (you can see the full dress, and all of the available colors, here). 

Here are a few more of their cute spring and summer styles.  Like many of their other items, most of these come in misses, petites, and women's plus sizes!

To make it easy to refresh your closet for spring, Coldwater Creek is offering 20 percent off your entire order through May 5!  Here is what you do:

  1. Go to Coldwater Creek and load up your shopping cart.
  2. Enter the code "living20" at checkout.
  3. Sit back and wait for your order to arrive.
  4. Look fabulous!

If you're so inclined, please let me know what you get (I'm picking up another Party of Two dress in a different color). Happy shopping!


Diana's Dresses

I have been an Anglophile since the Royal Wedding. Not Kate and William - the other one. So when Scott and I first visited London together a few years back, he was very patient as I slowly strolled through an exhibit of Diana's dresses at Kensington Palace.

London is calling me again this year, with this new exhibition of Diana's dresses that marks the 20th anniversary of her August 1997 death. However, since we just visited London again last fall, and will be nowhere in the neighborhood of Kensington Palace this summer, I am enjoying scrolling through photos from the exhibition from the Daily Mail, and on the Palace web site.

In middle school, I thought so many of these dresses were quite stylish. I suppose they were at the time, but in hindsight, some of the early ones (like that billowing wedding dress) aren't really my cup of tea. A few - like the shift dress above left or the one below in which she famously danced with John Travolta at the White House - are a little more timeless than some of the other frothy frocks.

You can check out most of the dresses on display here. What are your favorites?


* Photos from The Daily Mail.

And the Fashion Oscars Go To...

One of the best parts of Oscar night is the pre-game: hours of red carpet and fashion coverage on E!

Good thing, because I can rarely stay awake for the hours-long telecast to catch the Best Picture award live.

A few of my faves from last night.

Hailee Steinfeld's floral is just so pretty. 

Taraji P. Henson looks like a movie star in this purple velvet Alberta Ferretti.

I could never wear this gorgeous gold gown, but it was made for Jessica Biel.

Viola Davis is the lady in red in this silk Armani Privé.

Kirsten Dunst - so elegant in this black Dior.

Love the midnight blue beading on Laura Dern's Rodarte.

Still haven't seen "La La Land," but Emma Stone looks lovely in this fringed Givenchy.

Brie Larson is a picture of elegance in this velvet Oscar de la Renta.

Who were your favorites?


* Photos from People magazine.





Red Carpet Ready

With the movie award season in full swing, stylists for actresses who are hitting the red carpet are on the hunt for the perfect paparazzi-ready dresses.

Then there are the rest of us.  Those who have already found the perfect dress, but no Oscar invitation is in sight. 

Earlier this winter, one Saturday morning, I was flipping through the New York Times style magazine, and came across an ad for This Dress at Lord & Taylor.

Photo courtesy of Lord & Taylor.

Photo courtesy of Lord & Taylor.

It's often said that if you find a fabulous piece of clothing that is perfect for you, you should buy it - even if you don't have anywhere to wear it at the moment.  Kind of the sartorial equivalent of "if you build it, they will come."

But the last time I needed such a fancy dress was when Scott and I got married 10 years ago - and walking down the aisle in my ivory Calvin Klein gown seemed to be a more appropriate choice than emerald green sequins would have been.

This dress is still in stock - and on sale to boot.  (I'll keep checking my mailbox for that invite.)

Have you ever splurged on a dress or other outfit, without any clue as to where you would wear it?