J. Crew Winter Sale

Aran Crags Wool Cable Turtleneck Sweater

J. Crew sale styles are an extra 40%-50% off with code SALETIME until February 26, 2016. Shipping is free on orders over $150.

As a stripe fanatic, I couldn’t resist getting the Colorful Striped Boatneck T-shirt, Multistripe Painter T-shirt, and Striped Ponte Sweatshirt for a song.

Striped Ponte Sweatshirt

Quite a few styles from J. Crew Collection are now up to 70% off with the code. Sizes are pretty picked over but popbacks are frequent.

Collection Scalloped Lace Dress

Collection Dot Dress

Painterly Floral Dress
Nordic Parka

Some of my closet favorites are now on further sale with the new promotion: Nordic Parka (reviewed here), Wintress Puffer Coat with Faux-fur Hood (reviewed here), J. Crew Chateau Parka (on sale in all colors; reviewed here), Wool-Cashmere Icon Trench (reviewed here), No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-serge Wool (now available in 000P), Metallic Tweed Jacket, and Wool Melton Toggle Coat (reviewed here).

Items that are an additional 50% off are final sale so please proceed with
caution. J. Crew will note items that are final sale in your cart in
bold red letters.

Wintress Puffer Coat with Faux-fur Hood

My picks: Excursion Vest, Regent Topcoat, Tippi Striped Sweater, Cece Suede Ballet Flats, Wool Zip Pencil Skirt, Cece Ballet Flats, Buffalo Check Plaid Scarf, Drapey Striped T-Shirt, Contrast Floral Lace Skirt, Long-Sleeve Lace Dress, Ryder Slim Pant, Minnie Pant (reviewed here), Martie Pant, Pixie Pant, Cambridge Cable Sweater, Campbell Trousers, and Tweed Blazer.

Additional picks: A-Line Dress in Violet Poppy, Shrunken Boy Shirt in Forest Plaid, Long-Sleeve Painter T-Shirt, Perfect-Fit Scoopneck T-Shirt, Garment-Dyed Pocket T-Shirt, Perfect-Fit Tank Top, and Waffle T-Shirt in Stripe.

Happy shopping!

Bergdorf Goodman Gift Card Event

Fendi Peekaboo Small Leather Satchel Bag in Ochre

Bergdorf Goodman is running tiered gift card event
until 02/24/16: Spend $500, get $75; Spend $1000, get $150; Spend
$2000, get $400; Spend $5000, get $1000; Spend $10000, get $2000; Spend
$20,000, get $5000. Use code FEBGC at checkout. This offer is available both online and in-store.

As expected, brands like Christian Louboutin and Chanel are excluded from the sale but designers like Fendi, Burberry, Valentino, and Saint Laurent are not (though Prada
is surprisingly excluded). This is definitely an event
that you want to band together with friends to shop, since the gift card amount
(as a percentage of the order total) is more attractive at higher tiers.

A few of my friends plan to place an order together; if things pan out, I may be the new owner of a Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Nano Tote Bag in Fog or a Sac de Jour Small Carryall Bag in Dark Beige.

Self Portrait Felicia Embroidered Midi Dress
Saint Laurent Monogram Medium Chain Shoulder Bag in Fog
Valentino Rockstud Medium Vitello Tote Bag in Skin Sorbet (terrifying color code)

Picks: Valentino Rockstud Shoulder Bag, Self Portrait Teardrop Peplum Dress, Chloe Scalloped Ballerina Flat, Burberry Crocheted Lace Trenchcoat, Stuart Weitzman Lowland Over-the-Knee Boot, Hunter Original Rain Boot, and Dolce & Gabbana Lemon-Print Dress.

Givenchy Antigona Medium Leather Satchel Bag in Black
Burberry Westminster Mid-Length Classic Trenchcoat in Honey
3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Mini Leather Satchel Bag in Red
Self Portrait Azaelea Guipure-Lace Illusion Dress in Pink
Saint Laurent Monogram Matelasse Shoulder Bag in Black
Dolce & Gabbana Lemon-Print Off-the-Shoulder Dress
Valentino Rockstud Medium Chain Strap Shoulder Bag in Navy
Self Portrait Pleated Chiffon Lace-Trim Midi Dress in Camel
Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Crossbody Satchel Bag in Gray
Saint Laurent Grain de Poudre Calfskin Wallet-on-Chain in Noir

Full terms here: Qualifying items will be marked on the site with an indication in green
font on their product page. Not valid on prior purchases, wedding registry,
BG Gift Cards®, catalog orders, Neiman Marcus®, Last Call®, or CUSP®.
International orders do not qualify One gift card per customer is
allowed; amounts spent above the qualified level will not apply. Select designers
excluded. Qualifying items will be marked on the site with a black dot
or outline.  

Happy shopping!

Weekly Shopping Update: President’s Day Weekend

This post will be kept current through Monday.  

Here are the highlights: the Madewell Transport Tote is on sale for $159.50, plus an extra 30% off with code XOXOMW; all Aerie undies are 8 for $27.50 (including styles that are normally 4 for $27.50), this offer can be stacked with code MUCHLOVE for $10 off $50+; loving this Forever 21 High Neck Crochet Top, on sale for $8; the Stripe Boatneck Sweater that I wore here has been further discounted (this style shrinks in the wash so if you are around my height5’2″, regular sizes might fit best); and this gorgeous H&M Lace Blouse that I have had my eyes on is now half off.

Retailer: 6PM

Promotion: Dresses clearance sale, up to 80% off

My picks: Tommy Bahama Hobart Off The Shoulder Dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA Lace Shalom Pleated Cocktail Dress, Stop Staring! Aspen Swing Dress, BCBGMAXAZRIA Elora Knit Evening Dress, Zac Posen Emerald Dress, and BCBGMAXAZRIA Piper Short Dress.

Terms: Free shipping on orders over $50

Retailer: Aerie
Promotion: $20 bras and bralettes + $30 off $125+, $20 off $100+, or $10 off $50+ with code MUCHLOVE

Picks: Plaid Bralette Top, Romantic Lace Longline Bralette, Lace Hi Low Bralette, Classic Lace Bralette, and Lace Cross-Back Bralette.

Terms: Free shipping on orders over $50.

Retailer: Alice + Olivia
Promotion: Take $50 off purchases of $300+
Picks: Arwen Long Embellished Gown, Natalina Full Skirt High Neck Dress, Prescilla Embellished Dress, and Tamika Fitted Dress.
Terms: Free ground shipping on all orders

Ann Taylor Lace Swing Skirt

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: 30% off new styles and an additional 50% off sale styles with code LOVE

Picks: Floral Lace Pencil Skirt, Double Breasted Coat, Dot Floral Flare Dress, Split Hem Sheath Dress, Lacy Sweater Shell, Signature Crossbody Tote, Signature Large Tote, Doubleweave Pencil Skirt, Pearlized Brooch Statement Necklace, Trio Layer Necklace, Eryn Daisy Kitten Heels, and Double Layer Disc Pendant.

Terms: Free shipping on orders of $175+

Knitted & Knotted Laced Funnelneck Pullover

Retailer: Anthropologie  
Promotion: Extra 40% off sale items with code EXTRA40
Picks: Laced Funnelneck Pullover, Ottoline Blazer, Evangeline Sheath, Clipdot Tieneck Blouse, Piper Dress, Frontier Plaid Dress, Amrita Tie-Neck Blouse, and Gathered Jersey Dress.
Terms: Shipping rates here

Retailer: ASOS
Promotion: 20% off full-price items with code LINCOLN; Extra 10% off sale styles with code 10YES
Picks: Lace Romper with Jewelled Collar, Pencil Dress in Multi Stitch with Obi Wrap, Textured Wiggle Dress in New Watercolour Print, Pea Coat with Faux Fur Trim, Duffle Coat in Longline, Camel Cape, Western Stripe Cape, Cape With Button Detail, Skater Dress with Buttons and Back Detail, and Coat in Oversized Fit with Patch Pockets.
Terms: Free delivery worldwide

Retailer: Banana Republic

Promotion: 40% off everything with code BRFIT

My order: Indigo Boatneck Tee and Ruffle Pullover Sweater.

Picks: Lace Button-Front Blouse, Short-Sleeve Flounce Dress, Navy Floral Popover Blouse, Chambray Lightweight Wool Vest, Floral Large Zip Pouch, and Chambray Lightweight Wool Blazer.

Terms: Free shipping on $50+ free returns on all orders

Forever 21 High Neck Crochet Top

Retailer: Forever 21 
Promotion: President’s Day specials, up to 60% off
Picks: High Neck Crochet Top, Contemporary Floral Lace Shirt Dress, Striped Cropped Sweater, Boxy Rugby Striped Sweater, and Pintucked Smock Dress.
Terms: Free shipping on orders $30+ 

Free People She’s A Lady Buttondown Top

Retailer: Free People
Promotion: Extra 25% off sale items  
Picks: Cup Of Tea Mini Dress, Hot Summer Nights Maxi, She’s A Lady Buttondown Top, Lovely in Love Mini Dress, Fabulous Tunic Sweater, Lace Off the Shoulder Tunic, Delicate Details Shirt Dress, French Kiss Henley, and Coziest Cocoon Pullover.
Terms: Free standard shipping on all orders

Retailer: The Gap

Promotion: Buy 5+ items, take 40% off; Buy 3+ items, take 30% off; Buy 1 item, take 20% off. Use code PRESDAY

Picks: Cinch Ballet Flats, Crop Peacoat, Nautical Stripe Rib Sweater, Short Trench, Nautical Stripe Scarf, and Sailor Stripe Shift Dress.

Terms: Free shipping on $50+ free returns on all orders

H&M Lace Circle Dress

Retailer: H&M
Promotion: Temporary markdowns for President’s Day
My order: Lace Dress, Lace Peplum Top, and Lace Blouse
Picks: Lace Circle Dress, Blouse with Stand-up Collar, Fine-knit Dress, Wool-blend Jacket,, Fine-knit Sweater, Long-sleeved Dress, Flannel Shirt, Long Shirt Dress, Wool Hat, Jersey Dress, and Sleeveless Peplum Top.
Terms: Free shipping on orders overs $50 with code 3326; code expires 02/15/2016.

Retailer: J. Crew 

Discount: Up to an extra 40% off final sale styles, with code SHOPSALE

Picks: Midweight Striped Boatneck T-shirt (additional colorways here), Nordic Parka, Chateau Parka (now on sale in all colors), Tippi Striped Sweater, and Drapey Chambray Shirtdress.

Terms: Free shipping on orders over $150

Retailer: Joe Fresh

Discount: Extra 40% off clearance styles with code VALENTINESDAY

Picks: Classic Tee, Cable Knit Cowl Neck Sweater, Pack Away Puffer, Marled Cable Knit Hat, Long Cardigan, Ruched Dress, Fleece Active Jacket, and Sheath Dress.

Terms: Free shipping on orders over $50

Retailer: Juicy Couture
Promotion: 50% off everything with code PRESIDENT50
Picks: Coral Reef Guipure Lace Dress and Eclectic Tweed Jacket (matching skirt).
Terms: $5 flat rate shipping

Kate Spade Purely Pearly Statement Necklace

Retailer: Kate Spade
Promotion: An additional 25% off sale styles with code SPOTON
Picks: Emerson Place Vivenna, Purely Pearly Statement Necklace, Faux Fur Collar Dresscoat, Trompe loeil Sweater Dress, Flirty Back Mini Dress, Cedar Street Mini Nora Bag, Bow Blouse, Scallop Belt, Faux Fur Collar Coat, Open Back Silk Mini Dress, Wedding Dress Tunic, Open Back Bow Dress, Purely Pearly Open Collar, and Maise Keychain.
Terms: Free shipping on all orders

Retailer: L.L. Bean  
Promotion: 20% off (almost) everything, discount reflected at check-out.
Picks: Free shipping, no minimum

Retailer: LOFT
Discount: 40% off select regular-price styles, no code needed; extra 50% off sale styles
Picks: Pocket Blouse, Flora Utility Blouse, Etched Signature Cotton Cardigan, and Nautical Open Cardigan.
Terms: Free shipping on orders over $125

Retailer: Lord + Taylor

Promotion: 20% off almost everything with code PRESIDENT

Terms: Free shipping on orders over $99 (or $49 on beauty products) 

Retailer: Macy’s

Promotion: Extra 20% off most sale styles with code PRES

Terms: Free shipping on orders over $75 + free returns 

Madewell Transport Tote

Retailer: Madewell
Promotion: Extra 30% off sale styles with code XOXOMW
Picks: Transport Tote, The Lafayette Bucket Bag, Wafflestitch Turtleneck Sweater, Side-Zip Field Parka, Flannel Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Buffalo Check, Sherpa-Lined Cocoon Coat, Faux-Wrap Cami Jumpsuit, The Mira Heel, Modern Linen Flare-Hem Tee, The Morgan Crossbody Bag, The Leather Pouch Clutch, Plaid Florence Coat, Depot Cocoon Coat, and Softplaid Scarf.
Terms: Free shipping on all orders 

Retailer: Old Navy

Promotion: 15% off everything, no code needed; 20% off clearance styles with code ENJOY

My Picks: Fitted Tee Dress, Short-Sleeve Jersey Cocoon Dress, Tiered Dress, Cocoon Cable-Knit Sweater, and Oversized Rounded-Hem Top.
Terms: Free shipping on orders over $50.

Retailer: Saks Fifth Avenue

Promotion: Final sale, up to 75% off select styles

Terms: free shipping on all orders with code FREESHIP

Retailer: Shoebox New York
Promotion: Extra 50% off sale items with code SALE50
Picks: Vince Camuto Bernadin Boot, Louise Et Cie Betsie Flats (another colorway), Louise Et Cie Isolde Pump, VC Signature Catt Boot, Towelly Flat, and Vince Camuto Jevina Boot.
Terms: Free shipping on orders over$150 

Retailer: Superdry

Discount: Up to 75% off sale styles

Picks: Happy Fuji Demi Jacket, Microfibre Tall Windparka Jacket, Atmospherix Hooded Down Jacket, Everest Duffle Coat, Everest Twin Peaks Jacket, Base Camp Midi Puffer Jacket, and Happy Super Fuji Jacket.

Terms: Free express delivery for U.S. customers

Retailer: Uniqlo

Discount: Take $25 off orders over $200 with code CR25OFF

Picks: Heattech Scoop Neck Long Sleeve T-Shirt, Leggings Pants, Heattech Leggings, Heattech Turtleneck T-Shirt, Heattech Sleeveless Top, and Supima Cotton Henley Long Sleeve T-Shirt.

Terms: Free shipping on orders over $99

 Happy shopping!

Year in Review: Goodbye, 2015 + Outfits of 2015

Compiling images for these year-end posts is always a strangely cathartic experience.

I didn’t explain my erratic posting schedule this year sooner because the timing always seemed off. But this post, the last post of 2015, might be the only time to share this: I lost my grandfather, to whom I was extremely close, early this spring; between the trips to see him when he was increasingly unwell and the subsequent family gatherings, I rarely had the headspace for blogging. I occasionally went weeks without thinking about this blog and, for a time, came close to shuttering it for good.

Slowly, as life inched toward “normalcy,” blogging did too. Thank you, everyone who wrote throughout the year, whether to ask questions, offer feedback, share information, or just to say “hi!” I appreciated all of your messages.

Have a happy and healthy new year. See you in 2016!

Gold Accents (+ Mid-Week Required Reading)

Longtime readers of this blog know that my favorite holidays are the-week-after-Halloween and the-week-after-Easter, when holiday-themed candy go on sale. In recent years, though, retailers near me seemed to have cracked the code for minimizing stock of unsold holiday candy. Cheap candy is now more of a wish than an expectation and my friends don’t hear the end of it. My complaints have resulted in one good thing: people breaking down and sending me their leftover holiday candy to shut me up. The best things in life really are free.

On to articles for this week. These suggested reading lists are typically unranked but I highly recommend the NYT’s two-part series on arbitration if you don’t have time to read all these articles.

1. Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice via the New York Times

2. (embedded video plays automatically) In Arbitration, a ‘Privatization of the Justice System’ via the New York Times

3. Hundreds of Officers Lose Licenses Over Sex Misconduct via AP

4. How Twerking Became an Unlikely Scandal in Russia via Vice

5.  In Heroin Crisis, White Families Seek Gentler War on Drugs via the New York Times

Ann Taylor Tab Collar 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Dress | Zara Coat with Gathered Shoulder and Metallic Button | Hermes Reversible H Buckle Belt | Michael Kors Runway Watch | Chanel Medallion Tote in Lambskin (also here with silver hardware) | Kate Spade Licorice Point-Toe Pump (similar here + here)

6. The High Price of Delivery App Convenience via the New York Times

7. In Unsettling Case, CDC Says Tapeworm May Have Infected Man with Cancerous Cells via the Washington Post

8. St. Paul’s School and a New Definition of Rape via the New Yorker

9. The Potential Cardiac Dangers of Extreme Exercise via the Wall Street Journal

10. The Evolution of Simplicity via the New York Times

Enjoy the rest of your week and happy reading!

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