Weekly Shopping Update: 11.22.2013November 22, 2013
Black Friday is quickly becoming a retail holiday that threatens to overshadow (if not engulf) the companion holiday. This year, Black Friday for some started a solid 10 days before actual Turkey Day; this must be a new record for even the most anxious of retailers.
Discount: 40% off full-priced orders with code GAPEARLY or 50% off with Gap Inc. credit cards and code BFCARD.
These sweaters are only $23 at an additional 50% off (items on promotion are still considered full-priced). I really liked them when I saw them in person and ordered a few colors online. Also picked up the Cable Poncho and a few pairs of boyfriend style jeans to try (here, here, and here).
|Cable Knit Pullover|
Discount: Winter favorite sale: 25% off with code WINTER.
Picks: adore the Convertible Toggle Coat (can't decide between gray and navy), Majesty Peacoat, and Lady Day Coat. The Boy Shirt in Classic White (worn here) is part of the sale.
It's been weeks since I last set foot in a J. Crew retail store but the 40% off sale finally pulled me back in. While there, I found a few things I almost considered buying at full price but reluctantly returned them to the rack for one reason or another.
|J. Crew Bib Necklace Sweatshirt | size XXS | Heather Anchor|
|Crinkle Boy Shirt in Black Watch Plaid | Perfect Shirt in Foulard ||
|J. Crew Crinkle Boy Shirt in Black Watch Plaid | sz 00|
|J. Crew Perfect Shirt in Foulard | sz 00|
|J. Crew Keeper Chambray Dress | size XXS|
|J. Crew Crepe Short-Sleeve Dress | size 00 | Antique Red|
Picks: Also liking the Polka Dot Sweater, Buttoned Multi-Knit Sweater, Colorblocked High-Low Sweater, and Colorblocked Multi-Knit Sweater. My last order was a resounding success, I thought the Classic Midsize Faux Leather Clutch and the Classic Oversized Faux Leather Clutch (truly oversized) were a great value considering their price and the Striped French Terry Sweatshirt is my new sleepshirt. I am on the fence about the Luxe Sheath Dress but the fit issue has more to do with me than the dress.
|Partially Striped Sweater | Rugby Striped Raglan Sweater | Pocketed Pullover Sweater | Contrast Trimmed Bow Sweater|
Discount: New markdowns; extra 10% off with code 6PMC1121131072. Two colors of the Selma Satchel are already on sale for 20% off.
|Michael by Michael Kors Large Selma Satchel : Malachite | Cinnabar|
Discount:20% off with code ONSAVENOW.
The Tassel Zip Totes received 39 positive reviews online, with many claiming that it has the appearance of real leather.
|Tassel Zip Totes|
Discount: Zara's Black Friday sales are normally fairly attractive but won't go live until real Black Friday (points for Zara for actually adhering to the schedule).
I really did not like these Lined Casual Ankle Booties (also in brown) or the Leather Ankle Boot with Brogueing and Laces reviewed below. I am between sizes at Zara and the size 5's (translates to 38 for women) in kids are slightly more than half a size too big. I also found this style quite stiff (to the point of discomfort) and the leg opening a tad too wide.
I don't know what compelled me to order these Leather Ankle Boot with Brogueing and Laces but I did and was still disappointed despite having low expectations. Sizing issues aside (again, size 38's too big for my normally 6.5/7 feet even with socks), the "leather" was dull and the material unbearably stiff.
I usually find shoe styles for women to be adequately comfortable but have been disappointed more time than not with kid's styles (and you'd think kid's shoes would be more comfortable).
Discount: Hundreds of new markdowns; these Boy's Cable Sweater look promising if you don't mind the polo logo. I have old (really old; 10+ years old) Ralph Lauren sweaters that have held up really well and I would wear them more if they didn't have a logo plastered across the front.
|Boy's Cable Sweater|
Discount: 30% off sweaters (discount automatically applied in cart).
I picked up the Long Sleeve Cable Crew Neck Sweater; also like the Chunky Turtleneck Sweater, Zig Zag Chevron Sweater, and Polka Dot Long Sleeve Sweater.
|Basketweave Sweater | Long Sleeve Cable Crew Neck Sweater | Cable Crew Neck Sweater|