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Nordstrom’s Clearance Sale starts today and goes through September 7. I spotted this cute Zella half-zip for $40 (from $68) and my favorite pair of Zella leggings—the space dye print—for $43 (from $58). See all the Zella markdowns here

Fall Picks Under $60

I love Emerson Fry’s fall/winter collections each year…


…but the only problem is that they are crazy expensy. 

Here are some similar items from Forever 21. (And they’re all under $60!)

  1. Heathered Open-Front Cardigan, $24.80
  2. Pointed Slingback Flats, $22.80
  3. Zippered Faux Leather Tote, $24.80
  4. Heathered Knit Hoodie, $17.80
  5. Classic Woven Trousers, $17.80
  6. Striped Knit Top, $13.80
  7. Collarless Textured Knit Coat, $52.90
  8. Distressed Skinny Jeans, $19.80
  9. Textured Knit Varsity Sweater, $24.90
  10. Cable Knit Sweater, $19.80
  11. Paneled Scuba Knit Pants, $22.80
  12. Faux Suede Strappy Wedges, $29.80
  13. Faux Leather Carry-all, $29.90
  14. Buckled Faux Leather Booties, $32.80

This post was sponsored by ShopStyle in collaboration with Forever 21, but the items included are things that I independently chose based on my personal preferences. 

Slowly replacing all items in my closet with their Everlane counterparts. 
Everlane Drape Tee
Old Navy The Rockstar Ankle Zip Jeans
Steve Madden Sneakers (Similar from Target)
Cuyana Tote

Slowly replacing all items in my closet with their Everlane counterparts. 

Things I’m enjoying


  1. Lindsay sent me some BeautyCounter samples last week and I was hesitant to use them because my skin is finicky and two of the samples were oils. To put on your skin. Voluntarily. It seems so dumb to put oil on my skin—the skin that I am constantly trying to DE-OIL. But Lindsay’s letter was VERY persuasive. My two favorite products so far are the Every Day AM Hydrating Cream and the Lustro Face Oil 2 (Jasmine). You put a bit of the hydrating cream in your palm (you don’t need to use a lot to cover the whole face), then mix in a drop of the Lustro oil and apply. I hate the word “dewy” for skin (it seems like something Lucky magazine would say about skincare products) so I will instead say that I have a J.Crew-catalog-skin-glow going on and it’s very delightful. My skin is soft and more hydrated/even-toned. I’m running out of samples so I need to buy the full-size products ASAP. 
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  3. bareMinerals Mineral Veil SPF 25, $21 - I’d been using the Original version of this but recently got the Tinted one and LOVE it. It blends into the skin so well that you hardly notice any color—it just evens out my skin tone and kind of airbrushes over all the things. I also like that it has SPF 25 because I am the worst when it comes to applying real sunscreen on a regular basis. 
  4. SheaMoisture Olive & Marula Baby Lotion, $9.99 - For a long time the Olive & Marula stuff was so hard to find but now it’s readily available on Target and ships free with my Red Card of Doom. This scent will never stop reminding me of Baby Iz and that’s why I’ll keep stockpiling it just in case. It is one of the best-smelling things ever. The shampoo is pretty great too. Trust me.
  5. Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Removing Wipes, $6.50 - SO GOOD. I will probably buy the entire Yes to Carrots wipes line for the rest of my life, but they are pretty shitty at removing eye makeup so I cheated on them with Aveeno. These took off my waterproof mascara, smell great and are perfect for post-gym laziness. 
  6. Suave Moroccan Infusion Color Care Shampoo, $2.89 - I got my hair dyed and as I was driving home I realized I only had blond shampoos/conditioners and had to take a detour to Target. I was like, okay, let me grab the first color shampoo I can find and then I’ll go get an Stupid Expensy Fancy one later. So—I got the one that was less than $3 and it turned out to be pretty fantastic. My hair is SUPER soft and easy to style. Seriously—the softest it’s been in a long time. It smells good too! 
  7. Organix Sulfate-Free Repairing Conditioner, $5-$11 - I started using this repairing conditioner about a week before I dyed my hair and have been using it since. It has a subtle, pretty scent. Out of all the super-moisturizing conditioners I’ve tried over the years, this is one of the few that hasn’t weighed down my hair or made it limp/difficult to style. 
  8. Honest Shave Oil, $15.95 a la carte or available in a bundle - [That is a referral link. Thank you if you use it!] We don’t use Honest for diapers/wipes anymore, but I still buy the Essentials bundle about once every two months to stock up on cleaning supplies and such. This shave oil was an impulse addition to the bundle and it worked like a charm. I got a really close shave that lasted longer than shaving with my normal gel did. I loved the fresh scent and my legs were so soft after. 
I bought/loved a few jackets last year from Target’s C9 line and I spotted this one on clearance while buying dish soap and instant rice (¯\_(ツ)_/¯). It’s REALLY long and lightweight and I am excited about it. It’s not on clearance on their website (it’s $28 there but $19 in store) so do the find in a store thingy.  

I bought/loved a few jackets last year from Target’s C9 line and I spotted this one on clearance while buying dish soap and instant rice (¯\_(ツ)_/¯). It’s REALLY long and lightweight and I am excited about it. It’s not on clearance on their website (it’s $28 there but $19 in store) so do the find in a store thingy.  

Love this gray sweater from H&M. It’s just $14.95! 

Love this gray sweater from H&M. It’s just $14.95! 

emmafolds asked: Hi Jaclyn! I've got a friend's 30th birthday party coming up next month, and I want something with sparkle! I tend to wear fit and flare/50s silhouettes, but add sequins to those and it looks full-on prom! Could you help me find something, knee length or longer, that will flatter my pear shape and also be slightly OTT glam?

Yes! The first one I found is this French Connection dress, marked down to just $70 (from $328!!!). Lots of sizes are still available. It still nips in at the waist and has some volume through the skirt without being a true fit-and-flare. SO pretty. 

Another option is this super-hot black sequined Vince Camuto on sale from Amazon for $40! I like the longer sleeves and it will still give you a defined waistline. I’m not sure what size you are and I know a sheath dress probably isn’t a style you’re interested in, but I had to include this David Meister sequined dress because it’s marked down to $142 (from $408) in sizes 4 and 6. This Mango dress might be a little shorter than you want, but because it has such a defined waist, you may like it! It’s on sale for $70 (from $120). 

I’m not sure how you feel about the silhouette of this TFNC dress from ASOS ($87), but the faux top + skirt is fun and I love the bright silver sequins. 

This Max & Cleo fit-and-flare style doesn’t read prom to me because it’s all black and only sequined on the bodice. It’s just $43! A similar—but longer—option is this chic Hayden dress ($119). 

If you want to go really over the top, this Jovonna maxi dress from ASOS ($73, sizes 4 and 6 available) is amazing. You could also do this sequin and jersey long dress from Jessica Simpson on 6PM for $98 (from $168). You could do FULL SEQUIN GLAM with this Badgley Mischka from RTR ($80). (Or do the shorter version for $40). 

RTR also has this (pretty amazing) Kate Spade fit and flare for $40. I feel like you would feel comfortable in it, and depending on how you style it, it wouldn’t look prom-ish at all. If you want something less voluminous, this pewter Milly dress ($30) has a great nipped-in waist. 

sliu asked: Hey Jaclyn, I bought the Maeve lattice dress in red from Anthropologie and as much as i love it, I have no idea what color shoes/bag to get with it. It's for a wedding so I'm shooting for flats (or flat sandals) and a small clutch, but what color? gold? silver? white? Do I match the flats to the bag? Am I asking too many questions?! Thanks for your help!

This is exactly why I hardly ever wear red dresses—even though I own a few that I very much like. The shoe/bag conundrum is always a fun sucker.

ANYWAY, I have two ideas:

  • Nude shoes + neutral clutch, maybe a light leather (like this) or one with metallic/hints of metallic (like this or this) OR a b&w clutch (like this or this or this). I think nude D’Orsay flats would look really great. Examples here, here, here
  • White shoes + beaded/textured clutch. Matchy-matchy is usually bad news, but you can toe the line a little bit by bringing in the dress color on the beads or stitching, like on this one from Anthro.You could also do something real wild, like this one from Aldo. Here’s another fun option that you could wear practically any shoe with. A textured bag like this would work well with white shoes. For shoes, something like these Report sandals ($60) would be great. An ankle strap helps sandals look a little more dressy (these are $70). If you have some wedges like this ($90)? PERFECT. (I know you said flats or sandals, but wedges are close.) You could also do a very, very small baby wedge like these ($70). 

Hey, you could always do leopard shoes like these! :/

I’m sorry, I think I’m probably just confusing you more now. 

beenanz asked: Hi Jaclyn, you always have the best advice! I'm not sure if you've answered this question previously but do you have any recommendations for maxi dresses for those of us on the shorter side? I am 5'2 and going on vacation in Thailand in a few months. Have always loved the maxi look but scared that I don't have the height to pull it off. Do I just buy the standard ones and get them shortened or is it just plain wrong for us vertically-challenged people to wear these? Help! Many thanks, Bee

The first thing I’d tell you to do is calculate your height in inches (you’re about 62” tall) and then subtract about 12 inches from that (the typical shoulder to top of head measurement—for you, that gives us 50”). If you have a tape measure laying around, get a more precise measurement by measuring from your shoulder to the top of your foot/ankle. Now you’ve got a good idea of the length you need (50”) and since many retailers list their maxi dress measurements, you can start to weed out the ones that would be too long or would require tailoring (ugh). 

(Also everyone can wear maxi dresses! It’s not plain wrong!) 

If you want something fun for your vacation, this Felicity & Coco jersey dress ($78) is available in petite. I like the cutout in the back. Anthro has this great knotted jersey maxi on sale for $70 (from $118). It’s cut a bit shorter and the proportions are good for a petite frame. (This would be super comfy for traveling too!) LOFT carries several petite maxi styles. This floral maxi would be pretty for dinner and it’s marked down to $94 with 40% off at checkout. This one ($69.50) looks like a skirt/top combo and I always find that silhouette to be really flattering on petite women. Boden’s Maya maxi dress ($74 from $148) is available in petite sizes too. Old Navy carries petite styles too. I kind of love this dress ($30)—it’ll let you show off a little leg! 

Target’s petite selection offers you some really affordable options. I own this dress ($30) and love it. This basic tank maxi is marked down to just $14.98! 

Strapless maxis with ruffle bodices are really flattering for petite women too. They help elongate the entire lower half. For strapless maxis, you’re going to want to take another 7” or so off your ideal length measurement. So—you’ll want to be looking out for a dress about 43” long. This Felicity & Coco one is available in petite for $78. 

Last, I searched for maxis right around the 50” (from shoulder) or 43” (from bust) measurement. This Soft Joie dress ($106 from $178) is just the right length for you. This strapless Lily Aldridge for Velvet dress ($128) is pretty. This Billabong one ($70) works too. This Dolce Vita dress is marked down to $100 (from $220). There are a few left on 6PM for $67. If something looks short on the model—this Gap dress, also available in petite, for $60—definitely check the measurements if you can or look for a petite version. 

I hope this helps and have a wonderful time on your vacation! It sounds amazing. 

Two pretty dresses on Gilt today: the left is an Ava & Aiden gabardine dress for $109 (from $244) and the right is a silk sheath dress by Moncollet ($75 from $276).