The Never-ending Sale : Barney’s Purple Card Event, Bloomingdale’s One-Day Sale, Saks Fifth Avenue F&F, and Shopbop F&F

Updated: See the DvF Zarita Dress on me here

The Diane von Furstenberg Zarita Dress is on sale for $195 (after you apply the F&F code FRNFAM2 at checkout. For free shipping and free return shipping on orders of $200+, use code RTNFREE8). Saks currently has the most colors and sizes available (black, blue, deep teal, grey, ivory, navy, nude, and maroon) of all the major retailers.

Here are a few celebrities modeling this fabulous dress…I am ashamed to admit I ordered a few colors to try (will of course try my darndest to keep only one).

source: redcarpetfashionawards | coolspotters

In fact, the entire DvF inventory at Saks is marked down (and the F&F discount
makes it that much more attractive). You also can’t go wrong with DvF
classics like the Helen Dress, the New Jeannie Dress (and the New Jeanne Two Dress), and the Maizah Zip-Front Dress.  I also liked the Novalee blouse, the Maja Dress, the Victoria Coat, and the Cahil top.


Retailers have been gunning for my wallet all week and I have stopped resisting. Added to my list of ever-growing ongoing sales are as follow:

Barney’s Purple Card Event – get a $25 gift card for every $250 you spend – this is a great time to pick up premier designer bags and shoes as I don’t think there are any exclusions and this sale is both in-store and online. I’ll include the fine prints at the end of the post**. Christian Louboutin (classics like Pigalle, Simple 85/100/new, Piou Piou, Bianca), Dior, Celine, Balenciagas and beauty/cosmetics are all included.

Bloomingdales’ one-day sale has begun. Use FALLFASHION or FASHION and take 15% off (for non-cardholders) and 20% off (for Bloomies cardholders) on purchases of $300 and more. There are few, if any, exclusions).

I wrote a post yesterday about the stackable Bloomingdale’s sale that was valid for a few hours before the system corrected the error. I picked up a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Flats and a pair of the Vara pumps (reviewed here in Beige) and ordered a few polo’s for my dad (he is a fan of both the Lacoste Classic Pique Polo and the Burberry Brit Classic Fit Polo).

Since the discount is great (but not clearance prices either), I would advise getting classic pieces that rarely go on sale. If I didn’t already have three basic Theory suits (two too many for someone who works in a business casual environment) I would be eager to take advantage of this deal. If I can start over again I would only get one set with four pieces (the Gabe B Blazer, Max C Pants, Golda Skirt, and Betty Sheath).

Theory Suiting (Blazer | Pants | Dress | Skirt)

And since the winter is coming, you can always “invest” in a pair of Wolford Tights that are better than 50 pairs of flimsy ones. Try the Satin De Luxe, Cotton Velvet, or Matte Opaque ones. If you have extra money saved up for impromptu purchases, the Dolly Dot Tights and the Mirella Tights are both fun options.

Other classics include the Equipment Signature Blouse, the DvF Wrap Dress, Burberry trench coats (and its signature check cashmere scarf), Longchamp totes (small, medium, large, in leather, and the Planete) Hunter Boots (and don’t forget the socks!), J. Brand or Paige jeans, Mackage coats, Reiss dress, and Yummie Tummie slips.

The French Connection Bandage Dress fits me a bit weird. The size 0 is loose in places (I suspect because it’s designed for someone taller; so there are wrinkles in the sleeves and just above and below the waist band) but tight in places (most noticeably on the bottom).

And the Corso Como Darci pumps that I ordered earlier this month run about half a size big so size down; the burgundy is gorgeous but the shoe sort of chafes the back of
my ankle. I haven’t decided if this is a keeper yet. A more complete review is in the works. And the Steven by Steve Madden Alenah Pumps run about half a size small so size up – the pointed toe is probably not suitable for ladies with wider feet.

Happy shopping!

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I decided to combine the post from Monday (see below) with today’s so it’s all in one place

I haven’t placed my order yet as I am actively trying to whittle down my cart but thought I would post the deal first.

Saks F&F Sale – 20% Off with FRNFAM2 (unfortunately comes with an extensive list of exclusions); use RTNSAKS7 for free shipping and free return shipping on orders of $200+.

One of the contemporary brands not excluded from the sale is Alice + Olivia – here
are a few dresses that I absolutely love: the Ophelia Lace Dress in this beautiful pansy purple (a bestseller); the Boatneck Shift Dress in Blossom; and the Gwen Tweed Jacket.

What surprised me about the sale is that Burberry is participating. You can pick up a number of trench coats that are not normally included in any sales.

Shopbop F&F Sale – take 20% off your entire purchase with WEAREFAMILY. The list of exclusions is comparatively shorter than Sak’s but still left out some great designer name: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Maison Martin Margiela, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela, Proenza Schouler, Reem Acra, Thakoon, UGG Australia, J. Mendel are all excluded.

A few Alice + Olivia items I could not find on the Saks website were Celeste Jacket, the Loris Flare Coat, and the Reid Cross Back Dress. The Ophelia Dress is still available in all sizes through Shopbop so if your size is sold out at Saks you can try ordering from Shopbop (and probably with no tax).

I recently ordered and fell in love with the Victoria Peplum Dress (several colors are available through Shopbop – including forest green, black, plum velvet, blue, nude, and dusty purple). Most reviewers say the style runs two sizes small but I find that my normal size (0) fits.

Alice + Olivia Victoria Peplum Dress

Theory fans in need of immediate replacements can also take advantage of this sale; some classics like the Gabe B and the Gabrielle are available through Shopbop.

One brand I have always been really intrigued by is Boy by Band of Outsiders. I’ve tried on several of their blazers at Barney’s and love the cut and quality of their clothing. There are several options on Shopbop that I am considering – including the
Shawl Collar Jacket, the Shrunken Double Breasted Jacket, the Bucket Pocket Blazer, the Schoolboy Jacket, and the Double Breasted Jacket.

Happy shopping, everyone!

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