Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Another One Bites The Dust

Banana Republic used to be one of my most reliable places for work wear. There were countless seasons I walked in, especially to the flagship store on Grant in downtown SF and wanted to buy everything. Their tailored suits, lined pants, great dresses and silk scarves! Well recently, not so much. Maybe it's Marissa Webb because I sort of feel like that skinny pant, flat messy hair thing started at JCrew around her time there. But anyway, I went there today and the above picture was there where they used to have all my great work clothes. Now, yes that's the area near where I work but I would be fired if I came in dressed like this. What does a girl have to do to convince folks she's an adult? Has anyone else noticed this?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What do you think? Former Dolce & Gabbana CEO know at Lands End?

I read that Lands End has a new CEO and it's former Dolce & Gabbana CEO Frederica Marchionni. I'm not sure what to make of it. Somehow, I can't wrap my head around Lands End and Dolce & Gabbana in the same plane of existence. Lands End has been my go to place, certainly for kids attire. Their boys clothes are indestructible as witnessed by the fact that I got kids kids worth of wear out of several items. It's also a great place to get girls clothes that are not totally frumpy and yet not midriff and bottom bareing, especially for girls in the 10 to 11 year range who are very tall. My husband loves their stuff too. I buy hard working basics from them and have for years. I worry that this is now going to try and move them into the "fashion" market all that goes with it. It's not like we haven't seen that happen before. I've included some links about the change below. What do you think?

  • NYT: Lands’ End, Post Sears, Replaces Its Chief  <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/03/business/lands-end-post-sears-replaces-its-chief.html>
  • WSJ: Lands’ End CEO To Resign; Successor From Dolce & Gabbana <http://www.wsj.com/articles/lands-end-ceo-to-resign-successor-from-dolce-gabbana-1422878317>
  • Craine's: Lands' End names new CEO <http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150202/NEWS07/150209978/lands-end-names-new-ceo>
  • Consumerist: New Lands’ End CEO Sees Company As A ‘Global Lifestyle Brand’ <http://consumerist.com/2015/02/02/new-lands-end-ceo-sees-company-as-a-global-lifestyle-brand/>
  • Tuesday, February 3, 2015

    Signs of Spring

    I know it's only February 3rd and that the groundhog says we are in for 6 more weeks of winter but here in Northern California it was 68 degrees yesterday and hasn't rained in almost 42 days so can you blame me for thinking of spring? I adore this dress from Brooks Brothers spring line. Their web site describes it as

    Our dress is crafted in a silk and cotton blend and mixes nautical stripes with feminine tulips for a pop of color. Full pleated skirt with pockets. Crewneck. Princess seams. 38". Dry clean. Imported.

    I love the quality material and the fact that is it lined as well as the color and length. I have a narrow waist and fuller hips so this style is a good one for me. I can't imagine where I would wear it though, given my life of office, kids and home so it's likely to remain something I yearn for from afar. What about you? have your thoughts turned to spring?