OOTD: The Beautiful Commute

Friday, April 28, 2017

Commuting to work can be stressful...or it can be easy, effortless and fun! The Q train stops on the new 2nd Ave subway line here in Manhattan illustrate that. So does Madewell's glorious Spring 2017 line! Wrapping up my series of Madewell Spring outfits (for now!), let's take a walk on the colorful side.

J.Crew's latest promo is too good to resist!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Up your neutrals game with the White denim skirt with raw hem ($70 + 30% off)
and a tan shirt. This one is sold out, but I like this top even better anyway!

It's been a pretty dramatic couple of weeks for J. Crew, first announcing the departure of Jenna Lyons, then laying off 150 employees and quietly parting ways with Head Men's Designer Frank Muytjens. But on their website you'd never know anything was up as things look as cheery as usual, with two wonderful new promos to boot!

I've actually loved quite a bit of what J. Crew has done this Spring, and want to support the brand (and especially my friends who work there!). So let's talk good news: right now J. Crew is offering 30% off your purchase and an extra 40% off sale, both with the code BIGSALE. In this promo you'll find lots of neutral and colorful delights to make your Spring and Summer closets really pop!

Inside, the items that I've purchased and have caught my eye in-store...

Celebrate Spring with 25% off your Boden purchase!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Boden invites you to dig in and enjoy 25% off!

Calling all Boden bunnies!! (That's what my boyfriend calls me when I do my shopping there.) Now through Thursday, you can take 25% off your Boden purchase with the code 5N3R.

How do I love thee, Boden? Inside, let me count the ways...

OOTD: I like the way you move

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I'm in love with so many of the color combinations Madewell is carrying this Spring, which make dressing for days both warm and chilly easy and effortless...

A trio of promo delights await you at Anthropologie today!

Anthropologie has new markdowns, an extra 25% off sale, and free shipping too!

It's a trio of good news today at Anthropologie, where there are new sale items, all sale is an extra 25% off and you can get Free Shipping too! No code required for these promos -- they reflect in your cart at checkout.

Inside, some of my favorite sale items right now...

Making my closet beautiful with Free People's latest arrivals

Monday, April 24, 2017

The This That Skirt ($88) comes in three gorgeous colors and is the ideal weight and fabric
for plenty of warm-weather outfits.
Shown with: top | shoes

Free People's all, "I got this," when it comes to flowy Spring wardrobe essentials. I can't stop drooling over their new arrivals -- much of which features flattering and fantastic items of all kinds at surprisingly low price points.

Inside, my favorites and recommendations from Free People's massive current assortment of new and divine...

OOTD: This Way

Friday, April 21, 2017

Some weeks (like this one) the work week nearly kills me, but on days when I can sneak away and play around in the new Second Ave subway stations all day? Beyond fun!

Catharsis: Anthropologie's May Pre-Shop and their recent survey too

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Anthropologie's May preview is all white and features items like the Tania Ruffled Pullover ($118).

Hooooooooooo boy. Is it time for an intervention? That's what I wondered as I perused Anthropologie's May 2017 Journal Pre-Shop page, a page that is all white. It's all white!!

You get Free Shipping on your purchase today too, no code or minimum purchase required. Inside, it's time to talk, Anthro.

15 Things to buy during Sephora's 15% off Spring bonus

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Depending on your status level with Sephora, you may have a coupon for 10% off, 15% off or 20% off!

It's one of my favorite times of the year -- Sephora's Spring Rewards period has begun! If you participate in the Beauty Insiders rewards program you should have received a 10% off coupon via email or snail mail; VIB insiders get 15% off and VIBRouge insiders get 15% off too.

The rewards are valid in-store or online through April 24.

Inside, my top 15 picks that I'd use my 15% off on...

OOTD: Lavender Leather

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

For days that start off chilly with potential to get warmer, a lovely lavender makes the leather moto jacket a softer outfit topper...

Playing the Sale Outfit Game

Monday, April 17, 2017

There are enough sales to put together a beautiful Spring wardrobe!
Anthropologie is offering an extra 25% off sale items right now.

Even though Spring has just begun, many retailers already have their warm weather delights on sale! One of my favorite games to play is combing though the various sale sections to come up with complete outfit combinations.

Inside, taking a look at some of my favorite retailers' sale sections to share some looks...

Take up to 25% off during Shopbop's event of the season!!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tops like the Maison Off Shoulder Top ($150) are now up to 25% off.

Shopbop's Spring selection has been stellar this year, and now there's an added reason to take a look at their pretty selections: through today, you can take up to 25% off your Shopbop purchase with the code EVENT17!

Easter weekend deals around the webby world

Madewell is among the retailers offering a spectacular promotion this weekend.

Spring is beginning to bloom here in NYC, and online too, where a bunch of retailers are offering wonderful deals and promotions this weekend! Inside, I've rounded up six of the best sales happening this weekend. Which ones are your favorites?

OOTD: Spring Pastels

Looking cute is my mission and this outfit makes me feel extra cute!

What I'm Loving at Anthropologie right now

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Elodie Tunic ($128) is gorgeous and fits well, so of course it's nearly sold out.

Every so often I need a break from wondering when the heck Anthropologie is going to right its ship to appreciate some of the lovely items it's managing to churn out.

Inside this post, let's take a look at some of the pretties Anthro is hiding in the annals of its website and stores...

How to Wash Any & Every Piece of Clothing You Own

Who doesn't want the clothing they invest in to last longer? Gone are the days when clothing was cotton, silk or wool only. These days you can have an item that's part nylon, part polyester, part lyocell and part rayon jersey -- and there are multiple types of each of these materials! It can be so confusing trying to figure out how to wash certain items to keep them looking new and as wearable as they day you brought them home.

This guide is all about how wash everything and anything in your closet, from clothing to bags to shoes to jewelry -- including items that the labels say not to wash. Dry cleaning is expensive, but your laundry bill doesn't have to be.

The full guide, inside...

Madewell adds new items to sale and makes it an extra 30% off!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Transport Satchel: now $180 + 30% off.

Ready to party with new sale items? Madewell's Spring 2017 collection is probably my favorite of any retailer's, and they've just made things smell a bit sweeter: there are new sale markdowns today and an extra 30% off sale with the code DREAMBIG.

Inside, a large selection of my favorites from the new markdowns to inspire and delight...

Take 20% off hosting essentials for Easter, Passover and Spring Guests at Anthropologie!!

Impress your guests with beautiful items like the Wood Inlay Cheese Board ($38), now 20% off.

The title of Anthropologie's latest promotion is a little deceiving. At first glance, it may sound like 20% off hosting essentials means just a few things like drinkware or serving platters. But no, there are 18 pages of items included in this promo, including 20% off select candles & candle holders, kitchen & dining, bedding, bath accessories, kids', garden & outdoor (a category I've been waiting on!), and d├ęcor accessories.

This may be one of the best promos Anthropologie has offered in quite awhile! Inside, my favorites from the 20% off selections...

OOTD: Classic Color Combinations

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Give me the chicest black (faux) leather jacket, and the softest vivid blue (faux) suede dress...

Take 40% off beautiful feminine, festival-ready flowy delights...

The Washed Woven Mix Shell Top (now $30) comes in two beautiful colors.

I've really been missing clothing with pretty little details, flowy shapes that aren't overboard, and romantic elements that make my outfits especially fun to wear. Enter Lucky Brand -- who right now is running 40% off a majority of their stuff! Really, really cute stuff. Perfect for Spring, Summer and Festival stuff.

Inside, some outfit ideas and a few of my favorites from their current assortment...

They're here! New Anthropologie markdowns have appeared!! (Plus, Free Shipping!)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Anthropologie's Fresh Cuts section is chock full of new goodies this morning.

Anthropologie made new markdowns last nights, and the latest sale cuts are full of Spring delights. I guess they finally learned their lesson not to hold out too long before making markdowns.

Inside, what's great in the new sale!

OOTD: Spring whites

Friday, April 7, 2017

Something about all-white outfits makes me feel like a kid again. And distressed white jeans are my favorites right now! New outfit, new subway station, it's all coming together inside...

15 dresses I'm loving this weekend

I'm looking to get my purple on this weekend.

The weekend is here and I'm thinking about dresses, frocks and tunics to delight me as Spring warms up! (Or stays chilly. Spring is so unpredictable like that!) From new choices like the Silk Bell-Sleeve Dress in Painted Clover ($155, above) to ones that have been on my wishlist for awhile like the Striped Ribbed Tank Midi Dress ($368), let's talk about the top dresses on my wishlist right now...

Checking in with LOFT's Spring pink, floral and patterned beauties!!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Looking for a warm-weather dress that can do it all -- work, date, weekend, fun?
My vote goes to LOFT's Camellia Lace Dress ($118).

Is it me or does LOFT's Spring stuff keep getting prettier and prettier? I used to worry that no one was going to replace Anthropologie in my heart but now I'm seeing several stores step up to fill that fun, feminine hole in my heart (not the vintage-inspired hole yet, but I'm working on it!).

Inside, let's take a look at some of the cutest new stuff LOFT has to offer. There's a lot! And it's real good...

Reminder: Multi-blogger $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!!

Holding my own $1,000 Gift Card Giveaway was so much fun that when an opportunity to join another giveaway came my way I said YES OF COURSE!!!

This time, I've teamed up with a bunch of my bloggie friends to offer a $1,000 Gift Card to Nordstrom. Although Effortlessly with Roxy is not administrating this giveaway, as a participant in the sponsor pool I'm delighted to share this contest with you!

Details inside...

How I use Digit to help save for vacations, shopping and more!

Digit helps me save money -- effortlessly.

For a long time, money was a challenge for me. I accrued over $50,000 in student loans from college and worked two jobs to pay them off before I turned 29. I took a business loan of over $100,000 in 2010 and then watched as my business failed to thrive, leaving me to pay back to the loan and additional debts. I've since finished paying the business loan off and learned a ton about finances along the way.

I'm still learning in fact! As I get ever better with managing my money, I want to share some of the ways that I'm able to effortlessly save and build my wealth. It's a pleasure taking a peek at my savings and discretionary spending accounts and seeing balances that continue to grow, freeing me up to do more and more things that I enjoy all while saving towards future goals. Saving money and earning money should be simple and fun!

Recently I shared scenes from my Costa Rica vacation. Though my boyfriend got that trip for us as a gift, we travel often and both regularly contribute towards the trips. The easiest way I've found to save for the trips we love to take is with Digit. Today I'm going to tell you what Digit is, how it works and why I find it so easy and useful.

J.Crew is offering a killer good promo for a few more hours!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

I have one more promo to talk about today and it might be my favorite of all -- today ONLY, J.Crew is offering 40% off Spring favorites! Use code TODAYONLY at checkout.

I recently did a post with J.Crew picks so I'll keep this one short. I'm buying the Off-the-Shoulder Striped Sweater ($90) topping this post, this jacket in faded blossom and these flats. What's tempting you right now at J.Crew?

Anthropologie launches a dress promo and offers free shipping!

Spring frocks like the Vera Silk Maxi Dress ($198) are now 25% off at Anthropologie.

Anthropologie has thown a new promotion into the mix, and this one has FREE SHIPPING on orders of $150+ too! For a limited time, take 25% off full price dresses and jumpsuits -- no code required.

A lot of what I'd normally rely on Anthropologie for -- fit-and-flare dresses for work and play, pretty work dresses, and beautiful vintage and Victorian-inspired casual dresses for example -- are entirely missing from their current assortment. But there are some pretty frocks to be found.

Details inside...

Checking in with Bloomingdales Friends & Family: Dresses, shoes & bags

Warmer weather calls for exceptionally fun outfits like the Piper Lemon Floral Print Cutout Dress ($146)
and the Mirrored Steff Deluxe Sunglasses, 50mm ($179), both 25% off right now!

The Bloomingdales Friends & Family sale is here, and I'm thinking trendy yet practical for my picks! Inside, rounding up some items I already own and some that I'd like to own with the help of this sale, and some that are wishlist ideas for now...all in photos...

OOTD: Lasting Impressions

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Winter's over, but the chill is still hanging on in New York City. This calls for layers!

Checking in with Bloomingdales Friends & Family: Jeans, Tops & Jackets

Items that are fun yet practical, like the the Hunter Original Vinyl Smock Raincoat ($230),
center in yellow, are high on my friends & family list.
Shop the looks from left to right: 1 | 2 | 3

The Bloomingdales Friends & Family sale is here, and I'm thinking trendy yet practical for my picks! Inside, rounding up some items I already own and some that I'd like to own with the help of this sale, and some that are wishlist ideas for now...all in photos...

Contest Time: Multi-blogger $1,000 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!!

Monday, April 3, 2017

I had so much fun with my $1,000 Gift Card Giveaway last month that I'm doing something like it again. This time, I've teamed up with a bunch of my bloggie friends to offer a $1,000 Gift Card to Nordstrom. Effortlessly with Roxy is not administrating this giveaway, but as a participant in the sponsor pool I'm delighted to share this contest with you!

Details inside...

Not to be outdone, J.Crew offers up to 30% off your purchase!

Simple yet chic outfits are what it's all about for me right now.
Shown here: the Ruffle Top in Clip Dot ($68 + up to 30% off), 
the Denim Skirt with Raw Hem ($70 + up to 30% off), 
the Signet Bag in Italian Leather ($128 + up to 30% off)
and the Bandana in Berry Print ($13 + up to 30% off).

This is an exciting time of year for building our Spring closets, as the promotions are flowing and they just keep getting better! Joining its sister store Madewell's terrific current promo (which ends tonight!), J.Crew is now offering up to 30% off your order too! This outfit above is a great example of the updated classic chic styles I love J. Crew for -- that bag is so buttery soft in real life and I love the tassel, and the clothing has a familiar yet eminently wearable feel to it.

Designwise J.Crew seems to be finding its footing again, with lots of cute items that mix classic, feminine, trendy and preppy chic together effortlessly. Inside, some of my current favorites from my wishlist and shopping cart...

OOTD: Blues & Greens Forever

Friday, March 31, 2017

Madewell is running a spectacular deal this weekend -- get details and picks here! -- and their Spring collection is chock full of happiness inducing delights.

Gotta love items that mix and match so well...

Take $20 off every $100 you spend at Anthropologie this weekend!!

The Pleated Petals Open-Shoulder Top ($98) is a beautiful take on feminine flowiness.
It's one of my picks for Anthropologie's delightful weekend promo!

I was just loading up my shopping cart for Madewell's sweet weekend promotion, thinking to myself, Anthro needs to do something like this now. Lo and behold my wish is granted! This weekend only Anthropologie is offering $20 off every $100 you spend with the code SURPRISE. Get the full promotion details on Anthro's site.

What's on my wish list for this promo? Find out inside...

Surprise! Madewell offers up to 30% off for Spring

Thursday, March 30, 2017

I'm beyond delighted with my Northward Cropped Army Jacket ($110 + up to 30% off),
one of Madewell's many pretty Spring goodies.

Madewell has to be one of my favorite retailers this Spring, thanks in part to an exceptionally cute collection that's easy to mix and match into tons of outfits. Items like the Northward Cropped Army Jacket ($110 + up to 30% off), above and which you'll see on me later today in my OOTD, are versatile closet staples.

And now the honey is a little sweeter: Madewell is offering 20% off purchases of $100+ and 30% off purchases of $200+! The code is NOTKIDDING which is helpful since I feared they were...

Inside, Madewell items that have been very good to me.

Checking with Anthropologie's extra 25% off sale plus an update on their two newest large locations...

Much like this model, I'm daydreaming about better offerings ahead from Anthropologie.
Shop the AG Stevie Ankle High-Rise Jeans (now $130 + 25% off) and other promo sale items!

Note: Madewell launched an awesome promotion today! You can get recent Madewell picks here, and see my latest OOTD featuring them here. Full post later.

While Anthropologie is working extremely hard behind the scenes to right their design ship, right now your closet can benefit from their extra 25% off sale promotion! Inside, 10 sale favorites of mine plus updates on the two newest Anthropologie & Co locations about to open...

Investigating Sundance Catalog's newest arrivals...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Elettra Tee ($78).
With: Necklace (I LOVE this!) | Bracelet | Ring | Earrings

Since my move from Manhattan to Brooklyn there's been one catalog noticeably missing from my mailbox: Sundance Catalog! It took a little while to get everything sorted out, but finally the latest Spring arrivals mailer was in my box this past weekend. And I'm so glad because I feel like I'd been missing out on their beautiful new arrivals.

There are so many things I love about Sundance Catalog, too many to name really. But a few of those favorite things are their attention to detail in things like embroidery and pattern placement -- how gorgeous is the Elettra Tee ($78) above? -- wonderful material choices and well-layered outfits that I could easily copy.

This time around I'm also adoring their models!! I covet this model's infectious personality. What a smile she has! It certainly makes me want to take a closer look at their clothing...

11 Spring outfits I can't wait to try...

Cold weather has kept me from rocking this outfit outside, but not for much longer! (I hope.)
Jacket | Dress | Bag | Shoes (old, similar)

Fall my be my favorite clothing season, but early Spring in New York City runs a close second for all of its cheery layering potential. Temperatures won't climb to warmth until late April at the earliest so these next 30 days or so are spent finding ways to dress for chilly outdoors, overheated subways and office buildings, and everything in-between.

Inside, 10 more outfits I'm excited to wear this early Spring...

Congratulations to...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Congratulations to...

Amelia (Amy for short!)

You have won the Effortlessly with Roxy $1000 Gift Card Giveaway!! The winner has been contacted and has claimed her prize (and has chosen Anthropologie!)

Thank you to everyone who entered -- there will be another contest soon.

OOTD: Warm hues and sunny days

I typically think of warm hues like mustard and red for Fall, but it turns out they work very well in Spring too...

Spring outfit perfection: Shoes, bags and accessories edition

The Appolini Bow Sandal ($210) is incredibly cute and wearable -- wait til you see them in blue!
photo: Ted Baker Instagram

Yesterday, we took a look at some of my favorite Spring dresses courtesy of Ted Baker -- perfect for everything from Easter and/or Passover to work, special occasions and date night. I would be remiss not to mention of all of the beautiful accessories the brand does too -- which is what this post is all about.

Inside, shoes, bags and accessories worth drooling over...

Spring outfit perfection is here! (And Easter/Passover ideas too)

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Clarbel Fit & Flare Dress ($429) is a beautiful, extra flattering Spring dress.

I'm glad there are still retailers out there who are catering to the feminine chic and updated classic aesthetics I adore. I've had a bunch of readers email me lately and ask if I have any Easter (or Passover) dress recommendations. The answer is YES!

For all your Spring holiday needs, for work or play or those days when you want to look and feel extra pretty, Ted Baker is here.

Inside, some of my current Ted Baker favorites plus sizing guidance and fit reviews...

Anthropologie adds new sale items at an extra 25% off!!

There are new sale items this morning at Anthropologie, and the extra 25% off sale promo continues!

NOTE: My site is in the process of being migrated to a new URL. Please update your bookmarks to http://effortlesslywithroxy.com as sometime in the near future, http://effortlessanthropologie.blogspot.com will no longer work.

Anthropologie's sale section has filled up a bit more with new markdowns today, and even better, the extra 25% off sale promo (no code required) has been extended!

Inside, let's take a look at some of the best fresh cuts and discuss what the near future might hold...

Weekend good reads: Macy's looks to customization and a richer assortment via the Wall Street Journal

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jeff Gennette, Macy’s new CEO, at the department store’s flagship location in 
Manhattan’s Herald Square on March 21.
photo by Michael Rubenstein for the Wall Street Journal

If you enjoy reading about the business side of fashion as I do, a Wall Street Journal subscription is a must! This week the WSJ ran an article about Macy's new CEO Jeff Gennette and his plans to reinvigorate the struggling department store. As a NYC native who grew up shopping at the Herald Square store on occasion, it saddens me to see how far this once-great store has fallen.

The article however gives me hope. It has some great ideas from new CEO Gennette, who is thinking of ways to customize the consumer experience and reinvesting in better materials, fewer brands, and a better overall product assortment.

From the article:
"To boost sales of full-price merchandise, Mr. Gennette plans to add new brands and designers, while improving the materials and construction of some lines and varying the mix of items more. He pointed to Macy’s private label INC brand, which has raised prices around 8% on average after adding embellishments such as additional trim and better-quality fabrics."

One very interesting stat in the article was that 10% of Macy's 43 million customers account for a whopping 50% of its total sales. WOW. There is clearly a lot of room to improve there and who knew that so few people could keep a retailer afloat? It also makes me think of this MSN slideshow I saw earlier this week, about the disorganization running rampant at dying stores.

There's also plenty of warnings here about the peril of department stores, which makes me think of non-luxury department stores I love like Nordstrom and Anthropologie & Co. (I say non-luxury because luxury department stores are mostly doing just fine, especially at the highest end while midrange stores continue to struggle.)

The full article is available to subscribers of the WSJ, and for a limited time for free here.

What are your thoughts on this article?

OOTD: Sunshine and Flowers

Friday, March 24, 2017

I keep smiling thinking about warmer days ahead...

Weekend Deals and Steals around the webby world

There are excellent deals to be had this weekend around the webby world,
including Anthropologie, where all sale items are an extra 25% off.

It's Fry-Yay, and retailers are cheering with deals and steals a'plenty this weekend. Inside, find out details on the best promos happening over the next few days...

How I Save Money on Shoes by Shopping at Amazon

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How savvy is your shoe shopping? 
With Amazon, you can keep extra cash in your pockets on popular shoe styles like the Huxley

If you want to learn how to buy the shoes you love and save money, you've come to the right place. I love shoes and each season I like to give my wardrobe a refresh by purchasing new pairs of shoes. It's an easy way to breathe new life into an outfit or update to fit the changing trends and styles.

I'm not a big believer in things like shopping bans because from what I've seen, they often lead to overspending afterwards. Depriving yourself is not healthy. However, there are ways that you can be savvy with your money and get what you need or want and still have extra cash in your pockets! Who doesn't love having extra cash on-hand?

To make this year the best shopping year of your life, I want to help you find ways to get the things you love for less. In this post we'll be talking about why you should always be checking Amazon before you buy a pair of shoes. You could be leaving a lot of money on the table if you're not!

Get your shopping on with Anthro's sale, now an extra 25% off!!

Looking for the perfect Easter or Passover dress? 
It might just be the Winningham Lace Dress (now $120), which is now an extra 25% off!
Here's one of my outfit ideas for the dress. (It runs small through the hips, I sized up.)

Note: If you're looking for the post about how I save money on shoes via Amazon, it will go back live early this afternoon!

Anthropologie didn't wait long to launch a new promotion! All sale items are now extra 25% off at Anthro for a limited time...which probably means now through Sunday.

Inside, 10 things I'm loving with the extra % off...

Spring is in Full Bloom at Madewell!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Madewell's Spring collection: comfy, wearable, flattering and highly cute!

It's a toss-up for who has the cutest Spring line this year, but Madewell has to be near the top of the list! Their Spring collection is full of cheery, flattering, easy-to-wear delights that have me clamoring for more. I recently teamed up with them to shoot some Spring OOTDs which I'm very excited to share with you next week or the week after, but in the meantime let's take a look at some of the items on my Madewell wishlist...