to shop / {sale alert} gap pintucked trapeze top review (and why i love gap)

I love this pintucked trapeze top. Despite the lackluster rating, the price was right (<$15 during a promotion) and there were many positive reviews to balance out the negative. I’ve found that many  negative reviews on apparel websites aren’t due to quality but sizing — most reviewers are too lazy to try on another size before slapping on a low rating.

As an avid Gap shopper, I ordered it in XS, S, PXS, and PS. I am near the petites cutoff and found the petite to be shorter than desired, so I opted to keep the XS and S. For some reason, I liked the white in S and the navy in XS, but the differences are pretty negligible if you can only find one of the sizes. The airy rayon/cotton blend is perfect for sweltering temperatures (I speak from experience) and/or buffets. Pair it with a slim bottom to offset the volume. I might try belting it one day. Since I’m very picky when it comes to prints (fear of print fatigue), I did not try the print version of the top.

Through tomorrow, September 4, you can get 40% off Gap clearance (not to be confused with the rest of the sale items), including this top!

Of course online reviews are helpful, but one must always consider who the reviewers are – typical suburban housewife, city slicker, etc. On Gap.com, you don’t run into the same factors as on Yelp (where I may dig deeper into the reviewer – elite? all negative reviews? comments with no support?) but when someone raves about an Old Navy super casual dress being perfect for a wedding, you think twice.

Over the years, Gap has remained one of my favorite brands. As an American brand, it’s managed to continue to appeal to the fashion forward crowd while appeasing its conservative audience which will always expect to find their classic chinos, jeans, and tees.

Don’t stop churning out trendy items, Gap (and in case you forgot, re-read this post on Gap’s Fall collection)! Another brand with a similar issue is J.Crew. See what CEO Mickey had to say about that.

to shop / {sale alert} labor day sales

Happy shopping! And keep in mind the New York City sample sale season is about to rev up and those Thanksgiving Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Q4 sales are right around the corner ;)

to shop / {sale alert} baukjen, j.crew, clare vivier, & keds

  • Clare Vivier pouch/clutch – 50% off in black perforated and purple basketweave (I’ve seen the basketweave in person and it’s very beautiful and durable). They are a great size and perfect for a big purse.
  • Baukjen Maryna Blazer and Jodie Trench – Take 10% off all sale items with code SALE10 through midnight tonight. I previously reviewed the blazer here. It is now 70% off for the black and 50% off for the cobalt blue. It runs true to size and the quality is impeccable. And I’ve been waiting for this drapey trench to go on sale for ages. Do not get expedited shipping unless you want to pay customs. (P.S. For my readers who are expecting, check out sister label, Isabella Oliver.)
  • J.Crew elbow-sleeve tee in stripe in neon azalea ivory – I love neon pink stripes and have to admit this is my third article of clothing with neon pink stripes. It’s currently on sale for 20 bones and the deal gets sweeter when a 30 or 40% off promotion is in effect. It runs slightly big and is one of the few striped items I have that could never be work appropriate.
  • Keds pointer canvas flats – You can find the {pretty much sold out} hot pink pointers (in collab with Kate Spade) here and in black jute here. Sizes are very limited. I find they run true to size unlike other Keds styles. There is also a snakeskin print available here and here.

to pamper / {deal alert} somme institute transport two pads

I hoard certain things and these Somme Institute Transport pads (review) is one of them. These are the gentlest glycolic acid product I’ve used. If you feel like you have gunk trapped under your skin, you need these. I don’t use these every night, but rather when I feel like I need them for a few days in a row. I ended up not getting anything from the Nordstrom sale and these sold out anyways. They were also pulled from Somme’s own site which leads me to believe the Transport Two product is a limited edition item. What makes the Two so good? You’re getting 100 pads for the price of 50. If you procrastinated, I have a better deal for you.

Skinstore has the Somme Institute Transport Two pads still in stock for $58 and a storewide 20% off with code SAVE20. If you buy through eBates (referral linked) you can get another 14% off. That’s about $40/container. I store my hoard in the fridge.

Happy shopping!

to shop / {sale alert} 40% off at eaton trading co (including clare vivier, karen walker, etc.)

There have been a ton of good sales lately but I’ve been too busy to blog!

Here’s a nice Tuesday sale. For one day only, get 40% off at Eaton Trading Co when you purchase more than two items. All sales are final. But, they have some Clare Vivier and Karen Walker shades! I recently tried on the Number One tortoise shades by Karen and am smitten.

Happy shopping!