to shop / anthropologie sale: heikki and cast chroma

Anthropologie does markdowns on Tuesdays. There have been a lot of markdowns this week and last. I like these two items from this week’s markdowns. Of course they’re not marked as low as I’d like them, so that means I will be watching them closely.

  • Twinkle by Wenlan’s Heikki Blouse. It’s lace and has bows – no need to be surprised. {Edit on April 17 – marked down to $69.95.}
  • Cast Chroma A-Line Skirt. I like simple, light skirts for warmer weather. I do have a sweater like the one in the picture that I’d purchased from COS and managed to ruin. It just came back from the dry cleaners so I have to see how salvageable it looks. I’m also boring and would pair this with a navy Petit Bateau boatneck for work!

to shop / {cyber monday edition} petit bateau

I have a few brands that I love love love and Petit Bateau is one of them. Any girlfriend who’s been at Chicago Premium Outlets with me knows this! I first read about their t-shirts in Vogue when I was in grade school. Many years later, I stumbled upon their amazing outlet store in the Chicago Premium Outlets. What most people don’t know is that Petit Bateau is beyond a children’s brand. They have an extensive womenswear line and have branched into menswear in recent years.

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to shop / shopping black friday online

{Update on December 17}

I haven’t started shopping, or really eating, yet in Paris. It does help that the Parisians don’t really believe in having sales more than twice an year, or that French brands like Repetto or Petit Bateau is cheaper stateside than here, for the most part.

After resetting my expectations, I turned back online to catch the stateside Black Friday sales. Over the years, I’ve grown a distaste for shopping BF sales in person – crowds, store handled merchandise, etc. The sales are ok this year. If you’ve been waiting to buy, now is the time to unleash yourself because the deals are better than the usual. I will say I’m somewhat disgusted at myself and this is after I watched Confessions of a Shopaholic, to which my comment to my friend was, “We’re not as bad… she buys expensive, ugly things!“. I was victims at:

  • Asos – 20% off everything with code HAPPYBLACKFRIDAY (I am too lazy to update my code page). I got a pretty lace dress that is quite Catherine Middleton. And no, I’m not sick of lace yet. {Ick – this went back right away. Bad quality and I really can’t do the midi length.}
  • Zara – BF pricing on limited items. I got 30% off a blazer that I could get a lot of wear out of. {This also went back. I wasn’t in love.}
  • Anthropologie. Even though I end up returning most of what I buy from here, I can’t help from stocking up on Eberjey undies at a dirt cheap price or more silky apparel. They are taking an additional 50% off the morning of BF and you can bet I prepared my cart in advance. This jacket I’ve wanted for a while has finally been clearanced to $20. Don’t look for it in the sale section because it isn’t there =P {Most of this stuff went back to…}
  • Madewell. Because I have too much money lying around, I’ve giving Barbour a try. I don’t blame the clever placement of the Barbour shop down the street from my Parisian friend’s flat at all. {My wallet is glad I didn’t like Barbour.} Continue reading “to shop / shopping black friday online”

to shop / Q411 discounts (rolling)

Originally published October 26, last updated on November 23.

It’s the last quarter of the year — time for retailers to finish strong and for some, time to start holiday shopping. If you’ve been on your best shopper behavior and have been waiting for the right promotions, now is the time to pounce. If you haven’t, well, too bad!

Here’s a running list of discounts that may interest you. Unless indicated, these discounts are for online only. Please use my eBates referral if you don’t have an account already ;). Like the wind, eBates cashback percentages are subject to change. I also only post discounts that interest myself or my known audience, or ones that I don’t miss; this is in no means a comprehensive list. If you’re in NYC, check Racked for the latest sample sales. I typically do not post about them until after the fact.

  • Banana Republic & Gap. Check their main page and Facebook page – I’ve been getting 25% – 35% off banners. Order through eBates for a hefty 10% back. If you’re a Gap cardholder, check your mail. I got a 40%/60% coupon for the Nov 20 weekend.
  • J.Crew. Currently there is an 25% off $150 promotion (not limited to sale items). I expect them to have another one before the year is over. 30% off everything would be even nicer! 4% back via eBates.
  • Madewell. 20-30% off and free shipping. See main page for details. Through 11/27. 4% back via eBates.
  • Urban Outfitters. 10% off almost everything. Code: PARTY. Exp 12/23/11. Free shipping over $50 (free shipping on everything through 11/29/11). 2.5% back via eBates.
  • Ricky’s NYC. 20% off. In stores and online. Code: BEAUTIFUL20. The beauty and hair supply store.
  • Kiehl’s. $20 off $65+. Code: HOLIDAY. Exp 12/31. 4% back via eBates.
  • Karmaloop. 20% off, free shipping, and $10 off for $100+ orders. They have Melissa shoes… 2.5% back via eBates.
  • Pretty Mommy. 25% off for $150+. Code: vip. Great selection of Clare Vivier.
  • Shopbop. Tiered savings of 20% – 33% off, depending how much you spend. If you spend $1500, you get $500 off, for an effective discount of 33% off. If you return items, they typically will let you keep the 33% off. They now carry some Clare Vivier clutches as well as Madewell and Club Monaco. Oliver Peoples and Tom Ford sunglasses too. Too bad they don’t have Proenza bags. Added 11/23. Expiration unknown.
  • Sultra. Huge discounts on the The Wicked wave and straight and The Slim Luxe irons! $100 off and 75% off, respectively.
  • Net-a-porter’s secret sale. An additional 50% off the listed items. Personally, the only item I find worth your while is the Comme des Garçons polka dot embossed leather wallet. Their leather accessories are divine and last forever. I rarely see them discounted for over 30%! Use code FACEBOOK for the additional discount. Expiration unknown, but check their FB page.
  • Land’s End Canvas. 30% off and free shipping through the link. Through 11/28.
  • American Eagle Outfitters. 40% off and free shipping. Code: 72429831. Through 11/26. 2.5% back via eBates.
  • Shu Uemura. 20% off and free shipping. 11/24 through 11/29. Code: WISH2011. 5% back via eBates.
  • YSL Beauty. 20% off and free shipping. Through 11/26. Code: CYBER. 4% back via eBates.
  • Nars. 20% off on $50+. Code: CorpThanks2011. Through 11/30.
  • Barnes & Noble. 50% off one gift item (includes Moleskines!) with code D7E4M3E through 11/29. 30% off one item with code E7U4N9X through 11/28. Works great with their trial membership (which has free express shipping on all items). You cannot combine codes.

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general / recent finds

It’s a tough time for NYC-based shopaholics due to the revolving door of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Friends and Families, crazy year-end sales, and sample sales. I should be glad that work takes up so much time that I can’t take advantage of some of the sales. What can you do?

Anyways, here are some recent finds that I have been recommending to friends: Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Cream, more Uniqlo, and Ann Taylor, as well as some old finds that I’ve been raving about for ages: American Express Return Protection and Talika.

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