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The Best Looks from Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (and Where to Buy Them)

It’s here and I am happy. Like many of you, I’ve been waiting for a fresh hit of Gilmore Girls since May of 2007, so it was with tears in my eyes and chills on my arms that at 12:01 a.m. last Friday I logged into Netflix and dove headfirst back into the world of Stars Hollow (Stars, Stars Hollow!). I consumed the first two episodes in one go, slept a bit, went to work and then returned home to binge-watch the final two episodes.

With this first viewing, it was all about plot, plot, plot. I wanted to know how the story would ostensibly end and how we would get there in seven short hours. I did, however, immediately fixate on a few choice wardrobe items—most notably Lorelai’s wildcat-print shirtdress in “Winter” and her lace-up crepe blouse in “Summer.” I’ve always been more drawn to Lorelai’s style over Rory’s (who doesn’t love a chic wrap dress in a fun print?) and this series proved to be no exception. Don’t get me wrong, Rory had a few stand-out sartorial moments, but it took a second watch for me to notice them.

After making a list of my six favorite looks from the reboot, I tracked down the designers (thanks for the help, Worn on TV) in the hope of adding some modern GG style to my wardrobe. Of course, since this was shot awhile ago, most of the pieces from show are no longer available—so I spent the last couple of days shopping around to approximate each look (at a significantly lower price point, in most cases).

Behold: the ultimate guide to making the style of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life yours. Happy watching and happy shopping!

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Black and White Lace DressWell, would you look at that: Rory’s a Self-Portrait girl! After all, who can resist that beautiful guipure lace (and I bet Logan likes the romance of this look, so that’s an obvious plus).

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Bloomingdale’s // ASOS // Boohoo // Adelyn Rae

rory-lace-dressGilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Animal Print Shirtdress Stella McCartney
As I mentioned above, this wildcat-print dress by Stella McCartney was probably my favorite piece from the reboot, so even though the original is sold out online, I was thrilled to find a lot of great stand-ins.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Ann Taylor // J.Crew // Ann Taylor // H&M

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Sequin Patch Sweater Marc JacobsThis sequin-spangled patch sweater by Marc Jacobs was a piece I recognized right away, since I wrote the Nordstrom copy for this collection a few months ago! I love the playful Americana charm of this style, and I think it fits in beautifully behind the front desk of The Dragonfly.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Zara // Oh!MG // Guess // Zara

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Dot Print Silk Shirtdress FrameAnother shout-out for my lovely place of work: this dotted silk Frame dress appears to have been sold as a Nordstrom Exclusive. That means that one of Brenda Maben’s assistants picked up this dress from a Nordstrom store, making me only a couple degrees of separation from Rory Gilmore herself.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Topshop // ASOS // Frame // Reformation

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Rory Lucky Red Dress Full Skirt AnthropologieRed dress, full skirt. Here’s hoping the styles below will bring us more good luck than Rory’s linen shirtdress from Anthropologie brought her.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: Tomas Maier // Reformation // ASOS // ModCloth

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Lorelai Lace-Up Silk Blouse Derek Lam
Lorelai rocks the Boss Lady look in this breezy blouse topped with an oversized take on the trendy lace-up neckline. Snag a lookalike style below to spruce up your work wardrobe, too.

Lookalikes, clockwise from top left: 3.1 Phillip Lim // Kensie // Animale // MICHAEL Michael Kors


Shopping, Style

What to Buy from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of trumpet fanfare and high heels tripping across tiled mall corridors. It’s officially July 22, and that means the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is open to the public. I’ve been counting down to this day for months for two reasons: 1. I’ve amassed a staggeringly long wish list of sale items and now I can finally click ‘purchase.’ 2. My team and I spent week after week writing, editing, polishing and re-polishing the Nordstrom website copy so everything would be perfect for the launch of the event.

Thankfully for me—and for you—the fact that I’ve spent the last few months getting up close and personal with the #NSale offerings means that I’ve been able to scout out the best items. Over the past week, I’ve seen many a “Best of” round-up, and while they’re great, they all tend to feature the same few items. I love a good leather jacket and some pink Illesteva sunglasses as much as the next girl, but there are so many hidden treasures buried in all the sale pieces. I’ve picked out my favorite shoes, bags, clothes, jewelry and beauty items and provided the links below in hopes that they won’t get overlooked. Happy shopping!

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Click the image above or the links below to shop my picks!

Halogen shoes // Louise et Cie bag // BP. watch // Phase 3 fedora // Nordstrom pouch // B-Low the Belt belt // BaubleBar choker // STS Blue jeans // Nordstrom agate necklace // Ted Baker London bag // Dolce Vita boots // neuLASH serum // butter LONDON nail polish // Topshop sweater // Trouve pleated skirt // Helene Berman vest // Topshop boots // Equipment blouse // Nordstrom pajamas // bkr water bottle



Summer Sales


best-summer-sales-11. Tory Burch scarf 2. French Connection top 3. J.Crew bracelet 4. J.Crew Factory tank 5. J.Crew Factory tunic 6. Kate Spade bag 7. J.Crew Factory top 8. J.Crew Factory polka dot dress 9. Zara pajama top 10. J.Crew Factory jeans 11. J.Crew Factory stripe tee 12. Zara floral tunic 13. Journelle bra 14. Journelle underwear 15. J.Crew earrings 16. J.Crew Factory sandals 17. Tory Burch wallet 18. J.Crew Factory orange shirt 19. French Connection dress 20. BaubleBar necklace 21. J.Crew Factory shorts

Summer has officially begun, and that means the start of the summer sale season. In an effort to save more money for traveling and other fun activities, I’ve been trying to pare back on my shopping habit. That’s why I’ve rounded up the best sale picks of the moment for you all to shop. And if I happen to pick up one or two majorly marked down items for myself (on accident, of course) then so be it! Click the links above for my specific summertime picks, or check out the list below for a round-up of the best sales going on right now. Happy shopping!

J.Crew Factory – 50% off
Zara – semi-annual sale
French Connection – semi-annual sale
kate spade new york – extra 30% off sale
J.Crew – extra 40% off sale with code SHOPNOW
Journelle – semi-annual sale


Shopping, Style

Color Crush: Jade

eva-chen-jade-bracelettemperlyI’ve long admired Eva Chen’s jade bracelet for its cultural significance and the touch of tradition it brings to even her most badass looks. And when I think about it, I’ve always been drawn to the luminous shade of green—sometimes brightened by clouds of milky white and often shot through the more saturated shades of blue-green—that borrows its name from the semiprecious stone.

As so often happens, as I fixated on Chen’s perma-accessory, I began to notice the beautiful jade things around me. It started with a gold-inlayed jade pendant necklace at my favorite local antique store. Then Princess Kate stepped out in this gorgeous Temperley dress and my color fixation was fully formed. I began to see jade all around me, from this beautiful deep jade lingerie set to this totally on-trend suede jacket and this lace-trimmed cover-up. To stop myself from purchasing all the aforementioned finds for myself, I decided to round them up in case you, too, have a penchant for jade green.

Click the plus-sign icons to shop each style, or follow the links below. 

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Temperley lace dress // J.Crew tunic // J.Crew swimsuit top & bottom // ASOS dress // Bourbon & Boweties bangle // Samantha Wills earrings // La Blanca cover-up // CeCe by Cynthia Steffe dress // Bling Jewelry bracelet // Styletrolly dress // Kendra Scott earrings // Zara jacket // Zara mini skirt // Zara maxi skirt // Cosabella bra // Cosabella underwear // Boohoo romper // Mark Cross bag // Foley + Corinna clutch // Kara bag // Butter London nail polish //Menbur sandals

// photos via New York Magazine and Temperly


The Best of Cyber Monday Sales

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‘Tis the season for bargain hunting and I, for one, am very thankful that the internet has made it possible to eschew crowded shopping malls in favor of scouring my favorite retailers for the deal du jour from the comfort of my couch. Here’s a tidy little round-up of a few of my current favorite things: the prettiest color-blocked party dress (very OdlR inspired, if you ask me); rich textures in the form of faux fur, flirty lace and playful fringe; and a few outfit-making accessories in the form of a feather-dusted hat and the always-popular monogram necklace.

These little treasures are all on mega-sale right now, and just in case you feel like doing a little more e-window shopping yourself before pulling the trigger on the prettiest of all ruffled silk blouses, here’s a cheat sheet of the best sales happening today!

J.Crew: extra 30-40% off with code MONDAY
: use code GOGIFT25 for 25% off 1 bauble, or use code GOGIFT35 for 35% off 2+ baubles
Chicwish: extra 10% off with code CM10
ASOS: 30% off everything with code BLESSED
Nordstrom: up to 50% off select top brands + free shipping and returns
Topshop: up to 50% off selected lines
Banana Republic: 40% off everything with code BESTCYBER
Anine Bing: up to 60% off
Anthropologie: extra 25% sale with code XTRAGOOD + free shipping, no minimum