Weekly Shopping UpdateJune 07, 2013
For today only, take 40% off already reduced prices with code HURRY at J. Crew Factory. If you prefer J. Crew's current retail styles, take 30% off sale styles with code SUMMERTIME.
It's likely that J. Crew's ramped up sale campaigns as of late are efforts to regain market share lost to lower-priced competition. As a consumer, this discount-driven economy is certainly not something to complain about but I do worry that slimmer profit margins will lead retailers to cut corners.
It has been a while since I last shopped J. Crew's factory store. The selection is usually valued engineered pieces from the retail collection and prices generally reflect quality.
|Cameo Chandelier Necklace (White | Navy) | Wave Cluster Necklace | Crystal Petal Necklace (Orange | Blue) | Crystal Fan Necklace (Blue | Lime) | Flower Fringe Necklace|
|Printed Pencil Skirt|
|Ripstop Utility Jacket|
Happy National Donut Day (I already got my free one from Dunkin Donuts - with the purchase of a beverage)! My neck of the woods really needs a Krispy Kreme (but I don't have 2 million bucks lying around).
I've done a lot of damage at Zara this year since my work wardrobe is not in dire need of replacements and that frees up my fun account for more spontaneous casual purchases.
I had high hopes for the Nautical Stripe Sweatshirt with Diamante but didn't realize it had semi-raglan/drop shoulder sleeves. Because my shoulders are broad, this cut only serves to make me look more hulk-like. I passed on it but think the price and the quality measure up at $25.90.
I really like this Tommy Hilfiger one and hope it gets restocked in size XS.
|Size 11/12 | Red|
Retailer: Forward Forward
Discount: Twice-yearly Designer Sale; free two-day shipping and returns.
This sale was terrific at the beginning - there were several Valentino Rockstud classic shoes on sale for 30-50% off but they quickly sold out. There are still some gems to be had but the selection is relatively lackluster now.
|Proenza Schouler Leather Pump|
My order: Essential Boat Neck Top, Draped Georgette Top, Faux Leather Bow Belt, Relaxed Fit Racerback Tank, and Essential 3/4 Sleeve Striped Top.
I am still digesting my merchandise credit (but I am getting to the end...!) and can't say I'll miss shopping at Forever 21. Among my latest order are these Faux Leather Bow Belts which I am oddly optimistic about.
|Faux Leather Bow Belt|
|Crochet Lace Mini Dress|
I also want to try the Essential Polka Dot Pencil Skirt but my size is currently sold out.
|Forever 21 Essential Polka Dot Capris|
|Essential 3/4 Sleeve Striped Top|
Discount: Extra 50% off sale styles
Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: Get 25% off code SUMMER or 30% off with code CARDMEMBER (for J. Crew cardholders only).
I really wanted to like the Multistripe Mini Skirt but the fit was really unflattering on me. The length is too short and the waist too large. This print is also available as a rash guard, cropped chinos, and a sweater.
|00 | Nautical|
Waist: 14.75" | Hip: 17.5" | Length: 14.25"
|Scalloped Linen Jacket | Linen Skirt|
|Kiki Cap Toe Ballet Flats|
Discount: Summer Final Clearance Sale: shoes, clothing, and accessories.
Retailer: American Eagle
I bought two denim jackets from AE during the 40% off sale and think I've found a winner.
I will discuss them in more detail in a future outfit post. Size XXS has a cropped and fitted silhouette which is precisely the cut I was looking for. The sleeves are long for my arms (average length for 5'2) but can be rolled up easily.
|XXS | Dark Wash|
|XXS | Medium Rinse|
Discount: 30% off your entire purchase with code BRSHOP30. I really like the Milly for Banana Republic collection but don't love individual pieces enough to make a purchase at this time. See the Patio Dress on Extra Petite.
Retailer: The Limited
Discount: Mostly everything is Buy 1 Get One 50% off. Plus, get $10 off every $50 spent with code TAKE10.
|Draped Back Sheer Stripe Layering Top | Lace Applique Layering Top | Floral Lace Henley Layering Shirt|
Discount: Take 20% off with code STYLE20.
|Silverscreen Dress | Brent Dress | Landry Dress | Terri Dress | Blanche Dress|
|Trophy Ballet Flats | Edina Flats | Trophy Ballet Flats | Edina Flats|
Picks: I bought the Pour La Victoire Chantel Pump in Black Suede earlier this month and all colors are currently on sale (discounts vary). They are available in flats form here (in three colors). A few Kate Spade styles are more than 70% off but sizes are limited (Udele Loafer, Lollipop Pump, Leslie Pump and Krysta Pumps) And there are some rainboots at steep discounts as well: Le Chameau Lwo Rubber Boot and Chooka Solid Rain Boot.
The Pour La Victoire Collins Loafer are quite pretty to look at in their rich jewel tones (and 82% off on Amazon...sizes are very sparse though) but the size closest to mine (6.5M) were at least half a size too small. Even though I didn't get the right size, I would hazard a guess that they run small to begin with, so size up if you have wider feet.
I got the Wanted Gyp Loaferfor about 80% off but find the quality severely lacking. The sole is incredibly thin, the shoes offer no support, and the material is plastic-y. I am not entirely sure to whom to recommend these loafers. I think they'd be okay for indoor wear but I don't have use for exclusively indoor shoes. They fit TTS.
Retailer: Lord & Taylor
Discount: 25% almost everything with code FRIENDS. Shipping is free on orders of $99+
|Small Sloan Leather Satchel Bag | Straw Sloan Charlotte Street Satchel|
Happy shopping! And have a terrific weekend!