I love the viewpoint behind the new Portland-based online boutique Quotidienne. It's full of high-quality, simple styles in a restrained color palette that can be mixed and matched with each other but also blend in seamlessly to any woman's wardrobe. Quotidien in French means day-to-day and these are really clothes to live in, easy and unfussy things that you will reach for in your closet on a regular basis.
You can tell that store owner Leanne Palmer has spent a lot of time selecting all the styles that she carries, including some very hard to track down European and independent designers and she's working with designers to create exclusive offerings. Quotidienne also has a great blog with outfit ideas and a series I love called Taking Care which advises on the best way to take care of the clothes you invest in.
Fresh for Spring two of my home-town heroes, surface design studio Pattern People and fashion designer REIF, have teemed up to give us this fun line of Bauhaus-inspired turbans and headbands. An added boon: they are printed in 100% organic cotton!
Did they get to you too? Pretty amazing, like those gorgeous Latvian mittens I see pop up on Pinterest occasionally. They are from Japanese brand Anonymousism and available at Mill Mercantile. At $25 a pop, they seem like a steal, and this from a girl who's never spent more than $5 on a pair of socks.
Speaking of Mill Mercantile (and this goes for their brother store Unionmade as well) they are offering an extra 20% off a sale styles with code 20MORE and there is sooooo much good stuff.
My attraction to the Freda Salvador shoe above is as surprising and as strong as when I became obsessed with that gold leather jacket. It's made even stronger considering that it's 40% off (and I'm told can be returned for a full refund if needed). What do you think? Maybe I should make it my New Year's resolution to stop repressing my wilder side.
Some other sales I feel I need to tell you about:
Uniqlo Heattech Sale
I recently reported on my chronic chilliness and my shopping efforts to remedy that. One of the things I picked up was a long-sleeved tee made from Uniqlo's patented warming fabric Heattech. I think this stuff works. I really do. And it feels dreamy, fits great, and so far has held up admirably in the wash. All the Heattech styles are on sale, starting at $9.90, through 1/20. This is an E-Member discount so if you are not already signed up, I think you need to subscribe to see the deal.
Saltwater at up to 70% Off There seems to be a euro trend going on with the sales here today. Saltwater can veer a little mumsy at times but it depends how you style things. I keep having to remind myself to skip the flat brogues and long cardigans when I'm wearing my corduroy midi-skirts. I think this Retro Floral Dress could be great for Valentines day with some platform heels.
Boden is beginning to release their Spring styles and they are already selling out, including the above Amelia Dress which has strategically placed stripes to elongate and camouflage the figure along with a skinny black horizontal stripe to make the waist appear tiny. Pretty cool. The added bonus is that it looks like something my stylish grandma Ruby would have knit in the 40's and worn with heels and cool sunglasses.
I love the sophisticated bohemian clothing from Ace & Jig. Everything is made out of their signature textured double gauze and offered in subtle prints and a classy color palette. Right now you can buy their full collection for 65% off at Of A Kind. Things are selling fast...