to shop / uniqlo urban sweats – fall winter 2014

Image source: Refinery29

The Uniqlo collection by Helmut Lang designer, Alexandre Plokhov, dropped last week. It was sold out online but it is now back in stock. I haven’t tried it on at all, but my friend checked it in person (since she’s way more unlazy than I had to drag myself up or downtown) and here’s a quick paraphrase of her in-person review:

  • Some pieces aren’t attractive and are too expensive. (I totally agree.)
  • The kids’ collection is really cute (and we all know some of it runs big enough for petites and it’s cheaper).
  • I wonder how long the black will stay black…

Click on each item’s “Fit guide” for exact measurements!

 

to shop / uniqlo fall/winter 2014 (including ines de la fressange)

Image source: Uniqlo. One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine.

After the recent bout of 90F days, I’m looking forward to autumn weather. I’m really loving the new arrivals at Uniqlo.com (read: fresh new stripes!). The new Ines de la Fressange collection is in as is a fresh batch of Ultra Light Down. Uniqlo.com sells out fairly quick of the “good stuff”, so I always make it a point to check the website since it’s a drag to go to the store (but I might do that at some point for the blazers). I’ve never had any issues with ordering from Uniqlo.com. In general, their products are very well-priced, especially for the quality, and classic. I have no qualms paying full price since I get so much wear out of anything I keep.  I also love how each product has specific measurements for each size, though I wish they had more measurements. Returns are also easy. If you have easy access to the USPS, the return label fee is about $7 (consistent with other retailers) which is like a roundtrip subway fare + a couple dollars. As a HUGE fan of the Ultra Light Down line, I’m super excited to try on the down wrap coat (center pic). This line sells out pretty fast, especially when the weather gets colder, so if you like something, don’t wait too long. If you’re petite, check out the girls/boys collection (which I find sells out even faster than the adult styles since there are less styles). Sometimes I also shop from the men’s HeatTech section, but in general, it’s not curve-friendly.
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to shop / current sales

As we are heading into 4Q, retailers are starting to lavish us with generous discounts. Many of these retailers have committed donations or a percentage of sales to organizations who are assisting in Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

My current favorites are:

1) J.Crew – 25% off $150+. Expires tonight (11:59pm EST). Code OURTREAT.

  • They restocked their sale section, all sale items are currently not final sale (returnable), and there are a ton of new arrivals. If you wear XS or XXS, check out the crewcuts section for size 12 or 14 tops. They are pretty cute and well priced.
  • The lustre lace mockneck tee is the spitting image of Stella McCartney’s Monaroa lace top from last year, which retailed for $1275. The J.Crew version runs slightly big, boxy (it flares out from the bust), and scratchy (it comes with a cami though). I think it looks more blush toned in real life. I’d gotten and returned the Monaroa top from Yoox a while back. It is much softer, but I couldn’t justify the $300 sale price.

2) Helmut Lang – 30% off through Sunday, November 11. Code HLFRIENDS. I love their tops and outerwear! They are owned by the same parent company as Theory, for the Theory lovers. While their items are a bit pricier, the style is dressy yet relaxed and comfortable.

3) Beauty.com – 20% off through Sunday, November 11 (11:59pm PST). They have some boutique brands that Sephora doesn’t carry (and Sephora’s current 20% off sale is only open to those who are friends with VIBs, I believe). It’s also great to get on their mailing list and receive targeted promotions.

4) Madewell – 25% off $150+ through Monday, November 12 (11:59PM EST). Code WOOHOO.

5) Land’s End Canvas – 30% off through Tuesday, November 13. Code: FAMILY. PIN: 1511.

6) Land’s End – 30% through Tuesday, November 13. Code: FRIENDS. PIN: 3010.

7) Gap – 30% through Monday, November 12. Code: GAPFRIENDS. They tend to end their promotions at midnight EST or even earlier. If you have a Silver card, check your inbox for the 40% off discount!

8) Shop Pretty Mommy – 25% off $100 through tonight, November 9. Code: HAPPY.

  • Baggu. I am loving gold right now, especially the gold leather bag.
  • Small Trades. Their striped tees are super comfy (which I checked out during their 50% off sale sale!). They run slightly small.
  • Forestbound. They recently had a sale on Fab, I think. They look sturdy and masculine, which I love… I do not need another bag!
  • Clare Vivier. My fave is the La Trop bag… especially in white.
  • Rachel Rose. These hand-painted silk tees are beautiful and often sold out everywhere. They were featured on Anthropologie before.

9) Neiman Marcus – Their current gift card event isn’t as great as last time’s, but it’s better than nothing! Spend $500, $1000, $1500, or $2000 and get 20% back in a gift card.

10) The Limited – 50% off three items through Sunday, November 11 with code 523. There are a bunch of great faux leather pieces here and I am curious about their ballet flats. At the same time, most of their items make me go “ick”.