We went to Gap today with the intent to return, but ended up picking some odds and ends (’tis the season to buy baby presents!). It helps that there is a 50% off almost everything early Black Friday promotion (which a lot of places seem to be doing) and GapCash promotion going on. (This sale ends Sunday night. If you’re not a cardholder, it’s 40% off. You can always wait for next week if you miss it.) I really like teddy bears with no embellishments and babyGap has four styles: floral, plaid, rainbow stripes, and marled. Sadly there are no measurements online (note to Gap, please add measurements!) so I waited for an in-store visit. They are roughly 8 inches high. I also ended up getting this fur hat from the girls’ department. Surprisingly the L/XL size fit.
- 70% off at Brooks Brothers’ Veteran’s Day Sale. The shoes are made in Italy and look divine (but you will need to get a rubber sole at the cobbler). ShopRunner friendly.
- 25% off this Target Threshold Tufted Bench in Beige and Gold. (Not sure when the sale ends, but it might be tomorrow.)
- 20% off some Orla Kiely x Target bags.
- 20% off Beauty.com. Ends Sunday. (I haven’t been a Sephora VIB member since 2012 — any VIB willing to send me a code?) ShopRunner friendly.
- 30% off most of the Repetto on Saks Fifth Avenue. Decent sale for classic/neutral colors. I bet prices will go down for Black Friday, but so will their inventory.
- 40-50% off Banana Republic if you’re on their mailing list through November 9. Otherwise, the public 30% off code is on their website.
- 40% off at Gap through November 10 with code FFCARD. I really like some of the stuff here (their designer is ex-COS), but haven’t had time to thoroughly peruse. Your purchase will also earn Gap cash!
- That 25-30% off Horchow/NM sale is still going on.
- 30% off Land’s End’s through November 11. I love their home section, especially their bathroom items – classic, quality, and simple.
- Up to 25% off at Asos. Click through for the code.
- 20% off and free shipping at Kohls if you use their credit card with code FALL20 through November 11. Non-cardmembers, use code THANKS746 for 15% off and free shipping. They usually have good deals on whatever they carry. I got my Nutribullet here last year (stacked with some Amex offers and Kohls coupons) and it ended up being much cheaper than Amazon. Their house brands for women’s are also pretty good, e.g. ELLE, Lauren Conrad, Apt.9. Juicy Couture and Elie Tahari are newer.
- Up to 40% off Talbots sale if you buy 2 or more sale items through November 11, 30% for one item. I’m currently stalking a leopard jacket.
- 20% off one item at monogram-friendly Mark & Graham is turning 2. Use code BIRTHDAY through November 10. I’ve always been intrigued by their bags. Some items are already discounted. They are owned by Williams-Sonoma, so gift cards from WS, Pottery Barn, and West Elm should work here. (P.S. If you want a monogrammed tote, also check out Cuyana. I visited their showroom last weekend and really liked their quality and prices.)
Image source: Talbots
It’s that time of year again — when spring/summer markdowns are aplenty and I get disillusioned with shopping and return almost everything. I kept these zebra earrings the last go around with Talbots. (I have a thing for zebras at the moment.) Talbots (as I’ve mentioned before) is underrated for the quality/selection of merchandise. If you like the classic or preppy J.Crew or slightly funkier Gap style, have fun digging around their site. Their sale is getting quite good and kudos for adding reviews to their product pages, as their sizing is inconsistent.
- Parisi Tumbled-Leather Ankle-Strap Sandals. They run TTS to half a size big. I would get them if I didn’t have a similar pair or if the price drops further.
- Python-Embossed Leather Hobo. I love the style and tried looking for its camel leather sibling, but it’s OOS.
- Suede Shoulder Bag. Very Clare Vivier-esque, however, I’ve learned that I don’t use this style of bag at all, but if you do… it’s a great price.
- Milano Sweater Jacket. Great quality and weight. Same goes for the “Flap Pocket Sweater Jacket” that’s now OOS.
- Gold Button Jacket. I haven’t seen this one in person, but would’ve checked it out if Petites were still in stock.
Hint: They restock the website every morning. I’ve found some in-stock items not listed under the sale section nor searchable from the search box but it is in stock, so it’s best to Google or save a link. If something is sold out, try asking customer service to locate it in a store.
Some of Talbots‘ ballet flats are 70% off through November 11. The lowest I’ve seen them are ~$20 but sizes are already starting to dwindle.
- Jaden Capped Toe Ballet Flats ($29.99) in Nude/Black or Black/Gold.
- Jilly Patent Leather Ballet Flats ($29.99) in Black.
- Jilly Kidskin Ballet Flats ($29.99) in British Khaki
- Jilly Patent Leather Ballet Flats ($29.99) in British Khaki or Black
- Jilly Leather Ballet Flats ($29.99) in Papaya, Indigo Blue, or Merlot
- Corinne Leather Quilted Ballet Flats ($47.99) in Olive, Black, or Purple.
- Corinne Suede Quilted Ballet Flats ($47.99) in Hot Pink.
If any of the links are dead, try searching on the website. I haven’t tried on any of these styles yet. I am a US 8 and my Talbots size can be 7.5 – 8. Also, their medium width may also run wide. These all look like they have rubber soles, so I’m not sure how their quality compares to the ones I’ve bought in the past that are made in Italy. They are much more durable than Gap. I ordered a few styles and didn’t know there was a birthday discount for award program members, so love the fact that an additional 10% off was automatically applied.
(Left to right, top to bottom)
- (-) Demylee Roderick tee. 100% pima, really soft, but runs big and long. Downer: hang dry.
- (+) Petit Bateau mariniere. As mentioned here. Heavyweight and fitted.
- (-) PLAY Comme des Garçons stripe heart tee. Lighter than all the other tops here. Runs small. Not worth the price.
- (-) J.Crew side-seam top. Heavyweight and fitted, but too boxy. Looks much better online.
- (+) Talbots striped Audrey sweater. Lightweight sweater, but not see-through. This was a great buy on sale. Runs TTS to big.
- (+) Forever 21 Classic Striped 3/4 Sleeve Top. A great buy. Midweight, somewhat fitted, and looks to be of good quality.
- (+) Baukjen Pippa Stripe Tee. I got this top in caramel and black. It runs small and pretty long. Lightweight (viscose blend).
- (-) StyleMint Dalton T. Runs big and long (much longer than pictured). It is 100% cotton though. This needs to go back.
I previously mentioned how underrated Talbots shoes are. They’ve been having really good sales (as in 80% off) and it’s not final sale yet. I was not going to order anything, but then I saw the Julie Leather Cap-Toe Ballet Flat on a friend and the price dropped to less than $20. Err… it’s too tempting! Especially since these are also rubber soled, meaning no money needs to be spent on re-soling a leather sole! My only wish is that it was a black cap toe, and not navy, but it’s dark enough! There is also a canvas version, which sounds uncomfortable for the style. It was confirmed by another friend in person.
Note on sizing: Unlike other Talbots flats, these run true to size. Don’t size down!
In my neverending quest to find the best nude shoes, some recent reviews:
1) Gap Tie-back Ballet Flats ($49.95) – Not returned. I’m a fan of most Gap flats – they are super low maintenance with a rubber bottom and a leather upper. They are not the best quality, however, they last a while. The leather of these are softer and more distressed than normal. The toe box also needs a lot of stretching. They run TTS. The color is perfect. Refer to picture #1, left side. As with most Gap items, paying retail is insane, but this has sold so well without going on sale!
2) Talbots Jenni Scrunchy Leather Ballet Flats ($29.39) – Returned, but am exploring the black option. If the link goes to nowhere, try searching on the site. Talbots shoes are extremely underrated. They are often made in Italy and of quality leather. Especially lucrative when on sale. Talbots is having additional 40% off sale items right now and most items are not final sale. Their flats run 1/2 size big, so size down. These are scrunchy but don’t have the annoying, blister inducing elastic band that I find on Tory Burch. The color “mauve” is actually more like a light lavender… not nude at all. Refer to picture #1, right side.
I’ve never shopped at Talbots before in my life, until this past December. The evilness of reading blogs (mine included) is that you find new things to spend money on. Talbots has always had a pretty “old” image. Even older than Ann Taylor, pre-transformation. The lovely Julianne Moore has been heading their ad campaign and I love Julianne, so Talbots, your marketing worked on me.
Talbots quality is good. I would rank it overall above Ann Taylor, but only above J.Crew for leather accessories. I like J.Crew, especially when they source wool from the same factory as Loro Piana, but their shoes have yet to impress me and their calfhair animal belt was too mangly this season.
Some observations about Talbots:
- Accessories are age-agnostic. If the clothing doesn’t work for you, accessories most likely will. The quality of their shoes is substantial. There is even a pair that looked rather Prada (many seasons ago). Refer to the bottom pic. A word of caution, their flats run wider than usual. I also got an $12 zebra calfhair belt, but after thinking through it for a while, I passed the deal on to my coworker because I already have a leopard one. And it is a dark brown scheme, a color I rarely wear.
- Pretty good pricing. Sometimes there are codes to make it even more fantastic, so you are looking at 70%+ off. I’m not sure how anybody shops here for full-price. They fulfill orders from online and store, but once in a while, they may cancel something on you. They also like final sale pricing. If you’re lucky, use a % off code right before they go to the final sale pricing.
- Links break. Don’t bother bookmarking because I don’t think they work. Use the search box. My favorite search words are: leopard, double, silk, leather, lace, seasonless, and feather. (I can’t believe lace is #4 either.)
- Petite is your best friend. I am 5’3″ the last time I checked and I don’t wear petite all the time, but I definitely need to go petite for 90% of Talbots clothing. I’ve tried on a silk pencil skirt, a double wool top, and two coats so far. The coats ran large and long, even for petites, so size down 1+ sizes. The silk pencil skirt and double wool top ran true to size.
- Tailor. If something is 75% off and of good quality, I don’t mind spending money at a tailor to make the length perfect.
- Need a suit? I’ve never tried on their suits, but there are some extensive reviews online if you google. Their seasonless wool collection looks nice. I am curious how it compares to J.Crew’s super 120s line, which is my favorite. I don’t need any more suits, so I will not be looking into this further…
- Stay away from Talbots outlet stores. I was in an outlet mall and went into a Talbots store… and walked right back out.