to shop / weekend sales (petit bateau, skincarerx, zara, and shoes!)

Get 25% off sale items at Petit Bateau through Sunday, July 14 with code EXTRA25. I’m a die hard fan of their t-shirts. I’ve worn a variation since 2004. My current favorite are the boatneck tees I previously mentioned, but are no longer sold. Good thing I kind of stocked up? The extra 25% makes the prices pretty reasonable… of course you cannot compare with prices in France. The PB website also leaves much to be desired in terms of styling, product pictures, and basic website functionalities! If you’re looking for modeling pictures, check the French site where the images above are from. Their sizing chart is pretty accurate, but sizing may vary between style.

My picks: Floral rabbit, the Kitsune Mariniere Top, Classic Black V-Neck Top, Colorblock Cardigan (also comes in Tiffany blue…). See all sale items.

If you missed the SkinCareRX sale last month, they are still having some great deals:

I don’t think the two rebates can be combined, but it never hurts to ask.

Zara‘s semiannual sale continues on. Like Forever 21, Zara is a retailer where it’s easy to rack up a bunch of purchases that ultimately have no long term viability, which I really do not like. I’ve unknowingly gone on a Forever 21 and Zara fast, so let’s see if I cave. I was keeping tabs on this lightweight trench coat, since it reminded me of the Baukjen Jodie Trench, but my size ran out and I think it’s still a far stretch from Jodie. I adore Baukjen’s fit and quality. The basic thong sandals (above) look like a great, affordable ($19.99!) alternative to the K. Jacques Delta sandal. I wonder if it’s durable enough for a walk around the city!

Shoescribe is owned by Yoox (which I’ve been avoiding because it’s addicting and time consuming) and has an pretty good shoe sale going on. As someone who doesn’t wear heels often, here are my favorite brands:

to shop / repetto sales (as of 2013.07.03)

My favorite picks are Saks, Opening Ceremony, and Gimme Shoes. They have the largest sale selections!

Unless otherwise noted, these e-tailers are located in the US.

Important links:

Image source: Matches Fashion

to shop / melissa for forever 21

Mel by Melissa, Melissa’s budget line, has a collaboration with Forever 21. All styles are priced between $19.80 and $22.80, which is well below the Mel by Melissa prices and the Melissa prices, however it is not hard to find Mel or Melissa on sale. Based on reviews, they run true to size. And a bonus for the Forever 21 junkies – they are currently giving away a free subscription to Lucky Mag for purchases over $60. It shows up as a banner on top of my shopping cart.

How cute are the owl sandals! See more colors at the links below.

Images from Forever 21.

(Mel for Forever 21 Metallic Cutout Jellies ($22.80), Mel for Forever 21 Mini Wedge ThongSandals ($19.80), Mel for Forever 21 Thong Sandals ($19.80))

And more eye candy from the normal Mel by Melissa line… these also typically run true to size for me however sometimes I’m between sizes, which means I’m sized out of the non-ballet flat styles.

Images from Zappos.

(Strawberry (($39), Blueberry ($38), Mango II ($45), Mel Fresh III ($42))

to shop / favorite gold of the moment: sperry top-sider audrey

I’ve been obsessed with gold as you know. My favorite piece of the moment is the Sperry Top-sider Audrey in platinum gold. They have a more feminine look than the A/O style (which I’d gotten in rose gold but then promptly passed off). After I compared the two styles, I was 110% for the Audrey style. They ran half a size big on me to the point where my heel slipped out, so I sized half a size down.

Find them at Shoebuy for $58 with the 20% off Memorial Day code MEMDAY. Lord & Taylor, Sperry, and Zappos has them for full price at $80. Macy’s have them for $85.

If you’re looking for a lower priced substitute, and like rose gold, look no further than the American Eagle Metallic Boat Shoe at $40 and 40% off for the weekend.

to shop / {high & low} sam edelman ‘trina’ vs loft ‘talia’ low heel sandal

Sam Edelman Trina ($99.95) vs. LOFT Talia ($89.50 $53.70)

Since warm weather is around the corner, I’ve been on the watch for sensible, stylish summer sandals and have been gravitating towards nudes and golds since they are my colors of the moment.

I walked into the lower Fifth Avenue LOFT store while I was doing my walk down Fifth Avenue and was nearly about to walk out when I spotted the Talia sandals on the shelves. LOFT sells Sam Edelman shoes, so at first I thought they were the Trinas, but turns out they aren’t. Given the history of the Sam Edelman relationship, I wonder if they had SE slap the LOFT label on the Trina sandals. They look identical and it wouldn’t make sense for them to knock off a partner. I am usually an 8 and think I might be between a 7.5 and 8. The store did not have 7.5. Based on the Nordstrom reviews, others thought they ran big too. The beautiful thing about LOFT is that there is a 30-40% off sale almost every other day. Currently they are running a sitewide 40% off promotion with code NOW40. (It pains me when friends shop full price at places like LOFT and Gap.)

Note to LOFT: if you want to actually sell the shoes, you should have a proper shoe section. All of the Talia’s were high on the shelves as a display.

This particular sandal is really popular on the blogosphere. Aside from the nude (natural) color, there are a ton of other color options. I especially like the “Red Ink” and “Whiskey” with the gold heel, versus silver, and it looks like some buyers agree with me.

You can find ’em at:

The following stores have limited styles/sizes: