Weekly Shopping Update: Piperlime, H&M, ASOS, J. Crew & Dahlia

I shopped a bit but didn’t buy much. A filled-to-the-brim closet will do that to you!

Retailer: Piperlime
Discount: 20% off most sale merchandise with code XOXO
Picks: The Boutique 9 Zanny Wedge Boots I wore in several recent posts are only $69.99 (plus 20% off). I am tempted to get a back up pair. My calves are 13″ wide and athletic in shape – and there’s still room in these boots to accommodate additional layers – so if you have thin calves these might not work for you. I am also eying the Pim + Larkin Addison Jacket, the Bardot Bilson Crop Jacket and the MK Military Metal Bar Jacket.

Via Spiga Tasha | Ivanka Trump Amoro | Corso Como Del
Kate Spade Licorice | Truth or Dare Floriku | Jean-Michel Cazabat Eris

Steve Madden Triumpp | Kate Spade Krysta | Badgley Mischka Monique

Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: 30% off final sale styles with code STYLE30.
Picks: Sizes are sparse after several rounds of discounts and stackable sales so if you have a “must-buy,” you should get it now. I plan to stock up on cozy basics like the Cambridge Cable Chunky Turtleneck Sweater (which I own in yellow and wear constantly), the Cambridge Cable Crewneck Sweater, the Collection Cashmere Mini-cable Sweater, the Collection Cashmere Crewneck Cardigan, and the Cambridge Cable Turtleneck Sweater.

New styles were added last week so I think this sale still has promise. Sizes are selling out pretty quickly so bookmark pages and refresh in the morning.

Wool Crepe V-Neck Dress | Collection Lace Dress | Memo Dress | Jules Dress in Trompe l’oeil Lace | Jules Dress | Director Dress
Nolita Jacket | Bow Coat | Metro Coat | Majesty Peacoat | Lady Day Coat | Wool-Cashmere Peplum Coat | Boulevard Trench

For pictures of items I blogged about previously, here’s a quick list and  the accompanying product page and blog link: J. Crew Schoolboy Blazer in wool flannel (posts here and here), Lady Day Coat (posts here and here, also in black, yellow, and pink),  Mona Pump/Cece Ballerina Flats/Martina Patent Wedges/Valentina Patent Pumps (blog post), Funnel Coat (blog post, here in black and in mint), Edie Purse (blog post), Crewcuts Bow Coat/Gold Button Coat (blog post), Classic Mini in Felted Wool  (blog post),  No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Corkscrew Tweed (blog post), Janey Flats (blog post), Hacking Jacket in Double-serge Wool (blog post), Sterling Skirt in Double-Serge Wool (blog post), Lady Jacket in Double-Serge Wool (posts here and here), Petite café capri in wool (blog post), Lace-printed Sweatshirt (blog post), Lady Jacket in Corkscrew Tweed (blog post), and the Bow Coat (blog post).

Retailer: H&M
Discount: 30% off one full-priced item (coupon here)
I marched into H&M the other day armed with a 30% off coupon fully intend on making a purchase but walked out defeated. I tried on a few items that seem to hold promise but left them behind because I didn’t “need” them.

I found a few utility jackets but they all fell short of my expectations. The material for this jacket was a bit thinner than I am looking for. It also had a row of studs across the right chest pocket which I wasn’t a fan of.

in size 2 / tag

I didn’t like the brown trims/details for the second jacket I tried on and the smallest size available was a size 4 which was slightly big on me. I did like the structure that stiffer material lended this jacket.

size 4 / tag

I really liked this chiffon blouse with flap chest pockets and rhinestones (tried on both colors) and thought the material was thick and sturdy (a plus for this material, I think). My only hesitation was that several rhinestones fell off when I was trying on the shirts in the fitting room so I reluctantly left them behind. For $39.95 (plus any one of H&M’s numerous coupons) and a little at-home DIY to reinforce the rhinestones, this could have potential. 

Retailer: Dahlia
Discount: Winter Sale – up to 70% off.
Notes: Styles are not particularly petite friendly so size down.

£20 Lily | £20 Kingston | £15 Margot | £15 Pittsburgh

Retailer: ASOS
Discount: Winter Clearance – up to 70% off
Picks: Trendy, cheap thrills. I ordered the Coat in Leopard for fun and almost kept it but I can probably find something better for $35.

Happy shopping!

Weekly Sale Update

Winter sale continues this week as prices at some retailers bottom out.

Retailer: Alice + Olivia
Discount: Winter Final Sale; free shipping on all orders
Picks: I am still infatuated with the Birch Boatneck Midlength Dress and Elise A-line Skirt Dress that I purchased recently. I am also a fan of the Pepper Cross Back Short Dress, Crimson Tweed Shift Dress, and Lan Sleeveless Bodice A-line Dress.

 Indigo Square Neck Dress | Suzie Embellished Fitted Dress | Valerie Ruched Fitted Dress | March Keyhole Back Dress

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: Surprise sale, ends 1/24/2013. Take $50 off your purchases of $100+ with code ANN50.
Picks: I picked up the Large Pearlized Bead and Crystal Statement Necklace, which I own, as a gift and also ordered the Perfect Patent Leather Pumps in “Sweet Biscuit.” A “nude” pump has been a color that Ann Taylor has shied away from in the past so I am eager to see it in person.

Large Pearlized Bead and Crystal Statement Necklace | Perfect Patent Leather Pumps in “Sweet Biscuit”

The Semi-Annual Sale has also started. I am a big fan of Ann Taylor’s take on winter mint.

Embellished Merino Wool Blend Sweater | Cascade Ruffle Front Blouse | Feathered Short Sleeve Top

Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: Extra 40% off already reduced sale styles with code GET40. In some stores the discount is half off sale prices but my local stores are pretty picked over. Use your ebates account for 6% cashback (if you don’t have an account and want to sign up, here’s my referral link – you do not need to go through this link to sign up)
Picks: I am patiently waiting for my size to be restocked for the Girls’ Tartan Bow Skirt and the Girls’ Toothpick Cord in Ribbon Bow Print. Other kids styles that I feel have potential for slimmer women are Collection Cashmere Cable Crewneck Sweater and Merino Leopard Cardigan.

Metro Coat | Cocoon Coat | Toggle Coat |  | Duffle Coat | Funnel Coat| Symphony Coat | Boulevard Trench | Lady Day Coat | Slim Trench  | Greatcoat
Cafe Capri in Reverse Tuxedo | Velvet Pant | Houndstooth Pant | Bow-belt Pant | Wool Twill Pant | Cafe Capri in Green Tie Silk | Cafe Capri in Winter White Wool | Cafe Capri in Purple Tie Silk | Cafe Capri in Black Tie Silk

Retailer: Forever 21
Discount: 30% off select sweaters and blazers, no code needed.
Picks: There are several inoffensive choices here, including the Essential Multi-Knit Sweater, the Essential Honeycomb Sweater, the Solid Knit Sweater, and the Essential Purl Knit Sweater.

Chain Trimmed Open Cardigan

Happy shopping!

A Classic

I ordered the Zara shoes worn in this post while on vacation during Thanksgiving, along with about eight other pairs of shoes. I had initially planned on returning my entire purchase but J said that after the amount of trouble I went through to browse the sale (including staying up until midnight and setting eight alarms on everyone’s phones lest I accidentally fall asleep), I better keep something

I was told that in relationships you have to pick your battles so I happily backed down and kept these shoes. 

Burberry Mottram Trench + Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, Forever 21 Dress, LOFT Pearl Necklace, J. Crew Edie Grand, and Zara Vamp Shoes

Happy Friday, everyone!

Weekly Sale Update: Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, ASOS Banana Republic, J. Crew, + Juicy Couture

Happy Monday, everyone!

I usually caution people against buying Forever 21 on sale because sale items are non-returnable. However, I know some of you, like me, have merchandise credit that you might want to spend so I am posting this deal anyway. Please please please think thrice before you check out.

Sale items are an extra 50% off at Forever 21 with code EXTRA 50. With the code most sweaters are $4-8 which, if they hold up for even a season, will be worth it. 

I’ve bought a few knit/sweater-type items from Forever 21 this winter and think the quality is ok at times. I took a risk on the following sweater and a few other items.

I picked up two of the following sweaters (the two on the left), as well as the Longline Turtleneck Sweater, Fitted Turtleneck Sweater, and Duo-Toned Turtleneck Sweater.

Essential Relaxed Wool Sweater | Essential Wool Sweater | Essential Merino Wool Cardigan

I am sure I am going to regret buying the Faux Leather Wedge Booties but I am telling myself I am doing this as an experiment. 

The last item I picked up is the Corduroy Trimmed Puffer Jacket which could also be a mistake but the two reviews painted a fairly rosy picture for me so I succumbed to the possibility of something better.

A few other things to consider if you want to make free shipping: Striped Open Knit Cardigan, Textured Duo-Toned Cardigan, Striped Swing Tank, Solid Sleeve Striped Sweater, Patent Pumps, Chain Trimmed Bouclé Dress, Striped Long Sleeve Sweater, Metallic Tweed Jacket, Pleated 3/4 Sleeve Jacket, Rugby Striped Sweater, Shagged Trimmed Leather Coat, and Plush Animal Pattern Jacket.

Retailer: Alice + Olivia
Discount: new markdowns on hundreds of styles; new email subscribers can sign up for emails to receive a $50 off $250 coupon.
Picks: I picked up the Birch Boatneck Midlength Dress and the Elise A-line Skirt Dress. The Ophelia Lace Dress was my NYE dress this year and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I am a huge fan of the Alice + Olivia aesthetic and wish I had the dough to buy out its collection every season. I also like the Cecily Military Jacket, the Nance Sequin Dress, the Lan A-line Dress, the Mariah Bustier Dress, the Gwen Collarless Jacket, the Indigo Dress, the Greyson Beaded Lace Dress, the Elyse Jacket, the Suzie Fitted Dress, the March Dress, the Beth-Ann Cap Sleeve Dress, the Hollis Sleeveless Dress, and the  Amena Fitted Dress.

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: 40% off sale styles, no code needed. Take an additional 10% off with code 10000008771.
Picks: Fun accessories (Shoe Print Silk Square Scarf, Accessory Print Silk Square Scarf, Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves and Pave Bow Bangle Set)

Ruffle Sleeve Dress | Zip Detailed Dress | Textured Jacquard Dress | Doubleweave Twill Dress | Peplum Dress

Retailer: Anthropologie
Discount: Hundreds of new markdowns; extra 30% off with code WOW30
Picks: $21 Bowed Halter Dress (originally $228), Button Back Pencil Skirt, Tap Dance DressLuella Dress, Nipped Brocade Dress, Martin Dress, Mirela Silk Dress, Pleated Ponte Dress, and Keyhole Dress

Pleated Tulle Dress | Sapphire Lace Dress | Ypres Tulle Dress

Retailer: ASOS
Discount: Up to 70% off numerous styles; use PERFECT10 for 10% off already reduced prices.
Picks: I picked up this Skater Dress that reminds me of a J. Mendel dress and this maxi skirt. I also liked this polka dot dress, lace dress, sequin skater dress, printed dress, military jacket, dress with applique flowers, and sequin dress.

Retailer: Banana Republic
Discount: 30% off your online purchase with code BRSAVE30; or 40% off two-full priced items and 25% off sale items in-store. An additional 40% off already reduced merchandise with code BRSALE40
Picks: Work appropriate pieces with a fun twist (Striped Button-shoulder Pullover, Textured Riding Jacket, Classic Belted Trench, Cotton Hacking Jacket, Ponte V-neck Sheath, and Striped Knit Dress)

Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: Take 30% off sale items with code STYLEFIND. Most sales final.
Picks: Girls’ Toothpick Cord in Ribbon Bow Print, Girls’ Tartan Bow Skirt, Girls Polka-dot Cashmere Sweater, Girls’ Wool-Cashmere Coat, Girls’ Jeweled Flare Dress, Collection Janey Printed Flats, Lady Jacket in Graphic Tweed, Sequin Bow Pant, and Wool-cashmere Peplum Coat

Pleated Maxiskirt | Bow Dress | Cashmere Tee Dress | Organza Trench Dress | Pink Shimmer Skirt | Skirt in Photo Floral | Skirt in Hothouse Floral

A few items from my last order arrived. I asked J. Crew’s live chat service to allow me to return these final sale items should they turn out to be a poor buy and I am so glad I asked to return these in advance because I did not like so many of them in person. 

Here’s the Double-cloth Funnel Coat in 0P (in neptune green, which is seafoam-y). I think if you have wide shoulders or a long torso (relative to your height/size), you should order a size up in this style.

I really wanted to keep the Double-cloth Lady Day Coat with Thinsulate in golden sun (pictured below in 00P) because I like the Lady Day Coat in bright colors (and mute ones too) but have been on a buying rampage so I had to cut down on unnecessarily duplicates. I just noticed that the Lady Day Coat in black also went on sale, it’s a classic so I think it’s worth getting if you don’t have a black coat.

I had mentioned in a previous post that the Funnel Coat has a noticeable wider waistband than the Lady Day Coat, here’s a comparison shot.

And some gloves that I ordered as gifts for co-workers who also serve as my some time photographer. I also picked up multiple pairs of the Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves for my mom, who like me, has poor circulation in her extremities and these do a good job of keeping her hands warm.

Left: Stripe Merino Glittens | right: Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves

I last wore (in this post) the Hacking Jacket in Double-serge Wool with a thick sweater and was asked by a reader to post pictures of the jacket with less bulky layers. Here it is again, with a thinner sweater.

I ordered the Cashmere Tee Dress in XXS (was sent XS in error) for my mom but she didn’t like the awkward sleeve length after she saw pictures (specifically the ones below). For what it’s worth (and despite the unflattering potato-sack-esque fit), the material was very soft and warm.

I loved the Classic Mini in antique white (from this post) that I picked up in-store so much that I ordered the heather charcoal online. Unfortunately, I already have (and don’t wear) skirts in this exact shade of gray so I won’t be keeping this. The size 00 measures 13″ across the waist and is 16.5″ long. I think if you are normally between sizes, you should take the larger of two sizes. I think the style runs slightly smaller than usual but probably not enough to go down a whole size.

The Girls’ Polka-dot Cashmere Sweater (pictured below in size 12) is from a previous order but the shrunken torso and sleeve lengths probably won’t work for anyone my height or taller (I am 5’2). I also want to mention that the polka dots appear only on the front of the sweater, the back is just solid navy (I will never understand why retailers skimp on labor this way).

And, by reader request, here’s the Zigzag Sequin Dress (tee version here) in XXS (I bought it ages ago but it’s apparently popped back online several times in the last few weeks). I returned and re-bought this dress innumerable times but think it’s too unique to pass up. Yes, the dress is very itchy and yes, you will probably have to find some kind of slip to wear underneath it (a huge inconvenience considering the price of this item), but I still like it (even though most people don’t; I don’t want to know what kind of rock-bottom prices people paid in stores).

Retailer: Juicy Couture

Discount: Extra 50% off sale items

Retailer: Last Call by Neiman Marcus

Discount: Extra 60% off All Cashmere items, sweaters, wraps, scarves, hats, gloves, coats, and select furs.

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