to shop / {sale alert} clare vivier, shu uemura, instyle, rugsusa…

Image source: Piperlime

My friend was IMing me last night on how she can’t stop shopping – the sales, free shipping just lure you in, especially when it’s freezing outside. I have a few things on my non-existent list, but am trying to be good since the Black Friday/Cyber Monday mania is about to unleash itself. I can’t guarantee that those sales will beat whatever sales are going on right now, but if you need a kick to get started on your holiday shopping, or shopping for yourself, here you go:

Ending tonight:

Ending tomorrow Sunday night:

  • 25% off $50+ at Shu Uemura with code SHUVIP. Expires midnight ET. I’m a big fan of their brushes, purple powder, and the super natural looking eyebrow pencil.

Ending Thursday:

  • $25 off $200+ at Uniqlo with code GET25. Expires midnight ET. Online only.

Ending Saturday:

P.S. Since my girlfriends and I had an email going on about rugs, I need to mention RugsUSA! I got a striped rug and sheepskin rugs from them a while back (link). The site is not known for having the best service, but I can live with that given the discounts (and credit card protection). The current discount is 60-75% off, but I expect it to creep up to a solid 75% for Cyber Monday. Two thumbs up to the quality. You can google any rug for additional reviews or peruse their Instagram for more inspiration. If you need to make a return, keep the packaging and research printing your own shipping label as it can be much cheaper.

to shop / {sale alert} last call at j.crew and old navy

There are some deals that are too good to resist sharing…

Old Navy has 50% off all outerwear and a 20% off code (LASTCHANCE). If you need it by Christmas, you have a few hours left to order online. I like this leopard print blanket coat (similar to J.Crew Cocoon but in a lighter weight and fun print) and I love a good leopard print (as much as my bff hates it). It runs slightly big but don’t size down if you have hips. $28 is the best price I’ve seen it at since it debuted! Don’t like leopard? It also comes in a solid light gray, wine red, or black. Note, it’s not a substantial coat by any means.

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to travel / my entourage

With my Old Navy chambray shirt (similar), gold Saltwater sandals (here, here, or here), and Forever 21 leggings (similar) in a Westin Moana Surfrider elevator (they have many and the decor varies!).

Clare Vivier x & other stories crossbody shoulder bag, Tumi laptop bag, Longchamp XL Le Pliage tote, and 27″ Brics Pininfarina spinner.

I like the concept of traveling light and occasionally remind myself that I traveled around with a carryon for 2 months last summer, but in reality, sometimes I don’t want to stress about packing optimally. I loved the 21″ Bric’s Pininfarina carryon spinner (spinner puts much less stress on your wrist!) and jumped at the 27″ when it appeared on vente-privee for an extremely reasonable price. The 27″ has been checked in multiple times and has no marks whatsoever despite falling 4″ off a rack on a bus. I’m very impressed with the Italian brand’s quality — especially since I hear the worst reviews on Rimowa which costs 2-3x what I paid for my Bric’s. It looks like the model has been discontinued (the finish is a matte texture) and has been replaced with a smooth, shiny material, but you can still find both versions online for retail at Amazon, Horchow, Kaehler, Luggage Pros, Lord & Taylor, and Bloomingdale’s.

I’m a huge fan of traveling with nylon Longchamp. The bags itself are light and chic (I try to look presentable when flying). I typically use the Longchamp XL Le Pliage short handled tote as a carryall for random large objects (like shoes), duty free purchases, food purchases, or to consolidate bags as I often board with a Crumpler camera bag, the Tumi laptop bag, and purse. The camera bag does not always count towards your carryon limit. Should there be any super strict airline employees or policies (like the UK once allowing a single carryon even if you’re only transiting), I chuck everything into the Longchamp, but that hasn’t happened in ages. And if you don’t need the Longchamp, you can easily fold it up!

I used to travel with an L sized short handled tote (small travel bag) but now think it’s too small. I recommend the black or dark colors for durability, as it may pick up smudges. My black Planetes large tote is 4 years old and still going strong! While the Planetes cannot be folded up like the Le Pliage line, it is still easy to store flat in your luggage. I do not recommend the expandable travel tote unless you have an extremely strong shoulder — it’s awkward to carry when expanded. I eBayed mine — what’s the point of keeping if I can’t use it whilst expanded without injuring myself?

Longchamp is currently on sale at Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, Saks, Neiman Marcus, Magnums, Bagshop, and Longchamp (note: their inventory isn’t 100% accurate). If you’re an early bird, check Saks and Nordstrom in the morning for the best sale inventory. My favorites are the LM Metal travel bag in blue, Le Pliage small travel bag, Le Pliage large travel bag, and of course the black Planetes large tote.  If you’re visiting France, I recommend making your Longchamp purses there for significant savings, but also know that you may have to visit a few Longchamp boutiques to find everything in e.g., Paris, where there is significant tourist traffic which depletes inventory.

Note on Longchamp leather: In one of my first visits to Paris, I purchased a ballet pink Veau Foulonné tote (same shape as the Le Pliage, but in leather) during the July soldes. I’m not super rough on my bags but it did not last my durability test. The corners were too delicate and showed wear after a few wears. It eventually was eBayed. For styles that require durability (e.g. big totes), I do not recommend the Longchamp leather styles. On the contrary, I have a Veau Foulonné key holder in an impractical beige color that is 6 years old and going strong…

to shop & decorate / {this & that} otomi at old navy and hygge & west

Old Navy Printed Metallic Tube Dress in Birds ($34.94*) vs. Emily Isabella for Hygge & West Otomi Wall Tiles ($28/per)

Otomi is no newcomer to the home decor blogosphere. Aside from the active line, spring/summer is my favorite time to shop at Old Navy when they actually have charming, cotton apparel. The dress is super cute, has pockets, and runs TTS. Get 20-30% off through Monday. Codes are on the website. The tiles from Hygge & West are equally alluring. I am contemplating doing something in the apartment with their removable wall tile collection. Oh Joy also has tiles available!

to shop / leopard coats and accents

There is a ton of leopard on the market, but not all are tastefully done.

I like Gryphon, which was started by a former Vogue writer. After seeing this 2010 snow leopard print wool coat on Lucky’s Emily Hsieh (major girl crush) and another blogger, I stalked, stalked, and stalked until I was met with success earlier this season. It fits beautifully, much better than the Emerson Fry leopard linen wingtip coat which reminded me of a lab coat. I just need to get it to the dry cleaners first. (Update: I am selling this in size M, please leave a comment or email me at irenelikes at gmail if you are interested!)

I am still intrigued by the faux fur leopard coat. The Forever 21 was too big, the Mango one is pretty sold out, and the ASOS looks more appealing than the F21 one since there are numerical sizes.

Forever 21 Leopard Faux Fur Jacket (on sale for $22 with code HOLIDAY50) / Mango Animal Print Faux Fur Coat (on sale for $99.99 / newer style on sale here) / ASOS Coat in Leopard with Button Front (on sale for $61.57)

If you prefer a small amount of controlled leopard, check out the Keds Champion Laceless Animal (find here or here – note 6pm’s price sometimes fluctuates to $18). They run TTS to slightly big but not enough to size down.

For a subdued leopard, there are also these comfy Old Navy Rockstar Animal Print Jeans. Similar to my post on their chambray shirt, the pros are a classy print, various color/sizing options, and they are super affordable. The color on the left is super subtle in person.


Images from Vogue, Gryphon, Gilt, Mango, Forever 21, Old Navy, ASOS.