to shop / capes!

I love autumn, partially because it is jacket season. I love jackets, coats, and blazers. If you’ve been in the stores lately, you can’t miss all the capes in the air. J.Crew has two right now — the camel/black merino wool streetscape cape (it runs big) and the wool great caper in gray and camel. Loft’s leather trimmed double breasted cape looks much better in their lookbook. The lack in quality shows. Leave it to Rachel Zoe to include a cape with dramatic flair in her collection — the $700 Ali Wrap Collar Cape has flown off the shelves.

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to shop / notes on summer sales

The summer sales are on its last legs.


Photo credit: Jcrew.com, Theory.com, and Gap.com

  • J.Crew currently has 40% off sale items and free shipping on any order, which is pretty much unheard of.
    • Not all sale items are final sale – check your cart to see if there is a final sale notation. Even if it is final sale and you’re not happy, try your luck returning in stores. Be honest. I usually return items at the J.Crew near my office. The manager there processes my online returns often, so the second time I asked to return a final sale item, he offered credit (which works online too). It’s better than nothing and I shop there often enough.
    • They refresh their inventory every day. I won’t tell you when… but if there’s something you thought you missed out on, keep on checking and have fast fingers!
    • If you are wondering how something fits, google “exact item name” + j.crew review. You can also try “exact item name” + jcrewaficionada. More often than not, something will pop up.
  • Theory has an 70% off sale on their website (and I’m sure it’s in stores too, but hey, I’m lazy and like non-store handled merchandise). I was drooling over the blue Landon blazer in regional fabric for a while. I saw it at the outlet in Woodbury in the wrong size, so I was ecstatic that they marked prices down this much on their website. The sale is final sale, so luckily I have a sense of what my Theory size should be from prior experiences.
    • For the longest time, the pants that match the blazer were sold out in my size. I even called their fabulous CS, who has the ability to search inventory across all retail stores and outlets, and was told it was sold out and that they weren’t going to have much new inventory. So, imagine my surprise when my size popped back up. Moral – bookmark and check in periodically.
    • I think they may be pulling the sale soon because all sale prices have disappeared from the website.
    • Sometimes retail store final clearance sales are cheaper than outlet sales. If you are sad about missing the sale, Clothingline is hosting a sample sale for them soon (and their sister brand, Helmut Lang).
  • Bergdorf Goodman is a subsidiary of Neiman Marcus. They share inventory (as in BG has a subset of what NM has and some BG-only items), but their sale promotions are not aligned.
    • Sometimes items are significantly cheaper on one site. E.g. A Marc by Marc Jacobs’ dress is $114 on BG and $164 on NM (inclusive of their current 25% off sale promotion). If one site’s price drops dramatically, you can also ask CS to pricematch for you if you’re within a certain timeframe. Their online CS is very helpful, especially since I like to minimize human interaction ;)
    • NM runs free shipping promotions way more often than BG. If you paid shipping on your BG order, and you wouldn’t have had to on NM, ask CS for a refund.
  • If you like Spanish shoe brand Chie Mihara, Simplysoles is having a great sale. I’ve had the Chie Mihara Lara shoes bookmarked since my March Barcelona trip. It is unfortunate that many of the styles and colors on Chie’s website never make it stateside. A visit to the Chie Mihara outlet in Spain is on my list of to-dos…
  • Gap is having 40% off promotions again (*shakes fist*). They were in-store for a bit (and may be again – signup for emails and their FB page to stay updated). I got a targeted email again for a 40% off online promotion.
    • I love Gap for their workout gear, basics, and GapBody. (On a related note, I am also a fan of Old Navy’s new compression workout bottoms for the warmer summer months and there is currently a 30% off promotion – never pay retail at Gap/BR/Old Navy!.)
    • They have been known to pull promotions before its official end-time, so don’t mull on your shopping cart too long. On the flip side, Gap stores don’t mind online returns because it doesn’t hit their store margins.
    • More often than not, the online reviews steer you in the right direction. I love reading online reviews for anything I buy!
  • Barneys was one of the first department stores to markdown. They refresh their inventory continuously but the updates have gotten less exciting. On the plus side, they have free shipping for any order… and 33% off Marc by Marc Jacobs designer moleskines.

to shop / j.crew love and more!

One thing I love about living in NYC is having access to tons of J.Crews, Gaps, Zaras, etc. This is particularly useful when it is sale season. Today, I stopped by the Midtown East J.Crew to do a huge return and saw that there is an additional 30% off sale items in stores. This location hasn’t impressed me for a while; I was not impressed with the selection. Talking to the cashier, he mentioned that the newly renovated lower Fifth Avenue location, which I visited in early June, surprisingly only has a rush around 6pm and doesn’t have as much foot traffic as one would think. So, I scurried over after a few errands and sure enough, I easily found what I was looking for in my size. And then some.

I took a breather in the kids department, Crewcuts, and admired all the small details.

If you need a baby sailor stripe baggu, look no further than J.Crew!

Then, I saw a stylish European woman in line with Crewcuts necklaces (girls’ jewelry is currently 25% off) so I had to investigate. I ended up picking up a blue bead necklace with pink ribbon and a braided/beaded concoction. Both are not online. They were around $10 after discount. The nice thing about the tie closure is that you could use them as belts! I also found the coveted leopard print calf hair belt, on sale!!!

In other J.Crew news, I am a fan of the perfect shirt in amory floral. I call it my “getting in touch with the English countryside” shirt, and it matches perfectly with my current wallet and notebook.

For the Longchamp fans, the Soho boutique is having a huge sale. There are tons of apparel marked to 70% off (still $200+ after discount) as well as leather items that are discounted 50%. Their Le Pliage colors from last season are around 20% off. Meh. If you were at the 2007 Sample Sale, you would understand why I walked out emptyhanded.

I also stopped by the Tucker and Clare Vivier sale yesterday afternoon. The CV was mostly cleaned out. Not that I needed another one! None of the Tucker prints interested me.

Thursday and Friday were too productive.

to shop / favorite things, pt. 3

I finally checked out Voluspa candles, thanks to Kitson’s CyberMonday sale. There was an unbelievable sitewide 50% off code (I can’t remember where I found it). I stocked up on my favorite lip product, travel sized Voluspa candles, and grabbed a couple of coveted rose gold Michael Kors chronograph watches. I haven’t heard the best things about their customer service so I was shocked when the order shipped.

I ordered the Japanese Plum Bloom, Panjore Lychee, Fleurs de Fete, and Truffle White Cocoa candles. I’ve been burning the Japanese Plum Bloom and it smells just like a plum!

I have to admit that I never used candles before I got these from Anthropologie. It’s just not a very Asian thing to burn candles, but I have since learned that they are great for removing food smells during the COLD months when I can’t air out the apartment.

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