Weekly Shopping Update: 10.25.2013

Earlier this week, in my enthusiasm to share (what I then thought was) a great sale with you all, I failed to confirm the ready availability of the coupon before posting and found out later that this coupon was distributed randomly and with a limited distribution. Apologies for any confusion and disappointment this may have caused.


Retailer: Neiman Marcus
Discount: Get 20% off one, 25% off two, or 30% off three select regular and sale item, discounts will be automatically reflected in your cart. And for non-current email subscribers, sign up here for a 10% off coupon.
Picks: I really like this stunning green/gold Alice + Olivia Shovan Lace Peplum Dress and Burberry Shearling Sweep Double-Breasted Coat. Also love this Torn by Ronny Kobo Layla Mixed-Knit Peplum Sweater and Alice + Olivia Polly Lace Peplum Jacket. Other styles worthy of a second look include the RED Valentino Exposed-Zip Leather Trenchcoat, Tory Burch Vanessa Mix-Fabric Beaded Jacket, Rebecca Taylor Leather-Sleeve Tweed Dress, A + O Kidman Metallic Tweed Jacket, Tory Burch Lucy Jewel-Embellished Sweater, Smythe Three-Quarter-Sleeve Blazer, and Theory Lanai Basis Open Blazer.

Ted Baker Ohavia Cable-Front Peplum Sweater | Theory Innis Cable-Knit Sweater | Rebecca Taylor Chunky Cable-Knit Sweater

And Alice + Olivia can do no wrong. Is the Patricia Feather-Peplum Dress not perfection?

Alice + Olivia: Bergen Sequined Ballerina Dress | Patricia Feather-Peplum Dress | Natalia Open-Back Lace Dress
Theory Adashi Leather Jacket | RED Valentino Napa Leather Moto Jacket


Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: 50% off blouses, knits, and sweaters with code STYLETOPS; take an additional 50% off sale styles.

Ann Taylor Peplum Dot Jacquard Top

Retailer: LOFT
Discount: Buy one full-priced item, get 30% off, buy two full-priced items, get 40% off, and buy three full-priced items, get 50% off with code WINNER.
I ordered the Leopard Print Collar Wool Blend Twill Pea Coat some time ago, having fallen in love with the leopard print collar (which I intended to wear with everything). In person, I found the large front pockets somewhat distracting and decided against keeping it. The fit is TTS.









XXSP | Alpine Green

Retailer: Piperlime
Discount: Extra 40% off sale items with code FIX.

Tinley Road Vegan Leather Muscle Tank

Retailer: Brooks Brothers
Discount: Take 15% off (or 25% with a BB card) off your entire purchase.
Picks: Wool Fireman’s Jacket, Mackintosh Short Trench, Silk Pullover Dress, Front Pleat Jacquard Skirt, Navy Riding Jacket, and Intarsia Collar Supima® Sweater.

Cropped Aran Cable Sweater | Cashmere Cable Knit Crewneck Sweater | Fisherman Cable Sweater

Retailer: Modcloth
Discount: 25% off jackets and coats with code BRRR25.
Picks: Blithesome Day Flat, Plenty of Panache Skirt, Got It Down Patent Wedge in Cream, Just the Right Touch Dress, and Merlot to Love Jumpsuit.


Apricot Your Attention Dress | Gondola Engagement Dress in Cream and Navy | Coach Tour Dress in Bleu
Heartfelt Hello Dress

Retailer: Mango
Discount: Mid-season Sale, up to 50% off.

Mango Houndstooth Shift Dress


Retailer: Amazon

Discount: New e-mail subscribers get 20% off their next shoe or handbag purchase.

I expected to love these Kate Spade Ginny Flats but found that slingback flats look dowdy on my feet. If you account for the 20% off discount noted above, this shoe is sold at Amazon for more than 75% off its list price of $228. Nordstrom is still selling it at full price, Designs by Stephene is selling it for $160, 6PM at $126.99, and Bloomingdale’s at $149.

I ordered the shoes in a my usual size 7 (I normally wear 6.5 or 7 and have medium-width feet) but could’ve gone down half a size as well. If you are not between sizes, your normal shoe size should work. With all pointed toe shoes, those with wider feet should also order half a size up to compare.

There is little arch support and the soles are thin which lead me to think that these shoes can’t be extremely comfortable but reviews for the shoe were mostly positive so my initial impression could be wrong.

Happy shopping!

Black Vest and Leopard Clutch

Forever 21 Draped Georgette Top (similar) | Theory Annea Caledon Sleeveless Jacket/Vest | Marc by Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch| J. Crew Classic Mini in Felted Wool | Christian Louboutin Simple 100 Patent Pumps

I mentioned last month that I bought two of these Theory vests (or sleeveless blazers, whichever terminology you prefer) and while they haven’t become versatile overnight, I am still happy I bought both.


I always feel self-conscious when I show up to work with bare arms but this vest adds a new dimension to sleevelessness that makes it seem less…lewd? Am I alone in this view?

Ann Taylor Floral Leopard Jacquard Clutch

The Floral Leopard Jacquard Clutch shown here is on sale for $43.99 (plus an extra 60% off with code FLASH60). I use it occasionally as a clutch but also use it to hold odds and ends in an effort to keep my bag more organized. At 9.5″ wide and 5.5″ long, it is spacious enough to accommodate a phone, a card holder, keys, miscellaneous beauty products, and glasses/sunglasses. 

The matching tote, pants, skirts, and topper are also on sale and qualify for the extra 60% off promotion.

Blog friend Kelly of Alterations Needed recently got engaged and her fiance took her on a romantic excursion to France. You can read all about it here (or peer at her gorgeous ring here).

Tweed on Tweed (Rebecca Taylor Tweed V-Neck Peplum Top with Leather Trim)

I make no apologies for my preoccupation with tweed and am always on the prowl for my next tweed item (this and this currently top my list). I like the interest that tweed adds to any outfit and feel it refines otherwise humdrum combinations.

Previous tweed on tweed attempts here, here, and here.

Rebecca Taylor Tweed V-Neck Peplum Top with Leather Trim (also in navy/black and black/black) | Kate Spade New York Jolie Skirt | Uniqueen No. 5 Tweed Jacket (similar here) | Marc by Marc Jacobs Rose Gold Watch | MICHAEL by Michael Kors Selma Large Satchel (buy here + here) | Zara Wedge Court Shoe (similar here)

Rebecca Taylor re-released the Tweed and Leather Top that I have in assorted patterns and colorways this fall.

Rebecca Taylor Tweed & Leather Top
Black | Navy/Black (also here) | Black/White

The dress I wore in this post is also available in shades of blue this season.

Tweed and Leather Shift (also here, here, and here)

Weekly Shopping Update: 09.27.2013

OK, Banana Republic, you win. Just take my money, all of it. I surrender.


Earlier this month I lamented to a friend that Banana Republic’s fall collection lacked a certain je ne sais quoi and she glibly agreed. Who knew how wrong we were?


In spite of my enthusiasm for the new collection, there are two things holding me back: the unavailability of petite sizes (would buy this sweater in a heartbeat if it came in petite) and potential for new colors.


For example, this Cobalt Wool Coat, with those puff sleeves, that nip in the waist, spot on on-seam pockets, is a notch above other outerwear options I’ve seen this fall. But if this were made available in a dark green? I would want to kiss the head of BR’s womenswear design for his/her gift to the world.


There’s also this cute bow skirt that would be so incredible in hot pink. 


In the meantime, I am just going to sit patiently on my hands, with my wallet locked away. BR, razzle dazzle me.

Take 40% off purchases of $200+ or 35% off purchases of $150 with code BRMORE.

1:  Cutaway Jacket | Fitted Non-Iron Piped Shirt | Evan Houndstooth Satchel | Ryann Bootie
2: Cobalt Wool Coat | Scalloped Lace Tee | Fit-and-Flare Skirt
3: Essential Ribbed Turtleneck | Grecia Pump
4: Flared Trench | Silk Button-Front Blouse | BR Monogram Wide-Leg Pant
1:  Heritage Chunky Cable Crew | Go-to Denim Shirt | Fit-and-Flare Skirt | Trinna Ankle Bootie
2: Colorblock Turtleneck | Heritage Fit-and-Flare Coat | Laurel Crossbody
3: Fit-and-Flare Wool Coat | Sloan Windowpane Ankle Pant | Patent Plaque Skinny Belt | Ryann Bootie
4: Vertical Stripe Blouse | Martin-Fit Charcoal Trouser | Trinna Ankle Bootie

Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: Extra 30% off sale items with code SHOPNOW
Picks: Origami Bow Dress (now $70 after discounts), No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Maple Tweed, Linen Skirt, Ponte Peplum Top, Collection Peplum Jacket, Leather Plaque Belt, Grande Crystal Drops Statement Necklace, Cashmere Cardigan in Wide Stripe, Ratti Pineapple Mini, Ratti Pineapple Dress, and Chunky Cable Sweater.

Left: Goodwinn Purse | Goodwinn Tote | Goodwinn Hobo
Right: Claremont Clutch | Claremont Purse

Retailer: Madewell
Discount: Extra 25% off sale styles with code HELLOFALL and free shipping on all orders.


Retailer: J. Crew Factory
Discount: 40% off fall essentials

Top: 1 | 2 | 3
Bottom: 1 | 2 | 3

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: 30% off full-price purchase with code FALLCHIC and 50% off sale items, no code needed.
Picks: Manor Coat, Peplum Sweater, Estate Pave Link Necklace, Jacquard Mosaic Sweater, Embellished Collar Sweater, and Estate Shimmer Necklace.
My last Ann Taylor order yielded only one keeper, the Crepe Wrap Top. The rest (Lane Striped Blouse, Silk Blouse, and Zig Zag Stripe Scarf) didn’t excite me as much as I thought they would (I’ll have pictures next week). 

Ann Taylor Crepe Wrap Top | Petite XXS

Retailer: Gap
Discount: Get 25% off clearance styles with code GAPEXTRA

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

Retailer: H&M
I placed a giant H&M order earlier in the month but ended up returning everything because, despite how affordable everything was, outerwear is one area I don’t think I should skimp on. The designs were interesting but the material just felt really cheap, which I should’ve expected.

Wool-blend Jacket | sz 2 | $19.95
Double-Breasted Coat | sz 2 | $29.95
Cape | sz XS | $59.95

Happy shopping, all!

Weekly Shopping Update: 09.20.2013

Happy Friday, all!


Retailer: J. Crew
Discount: 25% off with code SHOPFALL and get free shipping on order of $100+.
My wishlist: the Wool Shawl-Collar Blazer in Ivory and Convertible Toggle Coat.
Winter coats have arrived! Several past-year fan favorites were re-released, including the Lady Day Coat (reviewed here and here), Icon Trench in Wool-Cashmere (in the same three colors), Stadium-cloth Cocoon Coat, Duffle Coat, and Wintress Puffer. The new additions are: Double-cloth Tipped Coat, Double-cloth Sabrina Coat, and Stadium-cloth Captain Coat.

Convertible Toggle Coat

Retailer: Forever 21
Discount: Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30.
Picks: Floral Peplum Skirt, Striped Drop Waist Dress, High-Low Rose Print Dress, Pleated Pocket Georgette Shirt, Femme Crochet Blouse, and Striped Point D’Esprit Panel Sweater.
Also loving these wedge boots in the new arrivals section.

All-Day Chelsea Wedge Boots

Retailer: Club Monaco
Discount: Extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30

Retailer: Kate Spade
Discount: Extra 20% off sale items with code SEPT20US. I like the new arrivals more though (especially the three dresses pictured below).

Rissa Dress | Jasmine Dress | Renee Dress

Retailer: Mango
Picks: Fitted Draped Dress, Textured Flowing Dress, Herringbone Wool-Blend Parka, Leather-detail Wool-Blend Cape, Biker Style Jacket, and Cable-knit Stripe Sweater.

Puffed Sleeve Guipure Dress

Retailer: The Outnet
Picks: Moschino Cheap and Chic Jewel-Embellished Dress, Iris & Ink Striped Sweater, Tory Burch Lola Brocade Top, Iris & Ink Fluted Skirt, T By Alexander Wang Brushed-Satin Blazer, Rebecca Taylor Sequin Tweed Jacket, ISSA Wrap-effect Silk-jersey Dress in Blue, and ISSA Wrap-effect Silk-Jersey Dress in Green (lots of additional ISSA styles here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here).


Retailer: Piperlime
Discount: For Gap/BR/ON cardholders, take 15% off your purchase with code MUSTHAVE

Dawn Dress | Samantha Dress | Victoria Lace Shift | Gemma Puff Sleeve Ponte Mini | Lace Pop Dress | Floral Dress | Jie Dress

Retailer: Ann Taylor
Discount: 30% off 1 full-priced item or 40% off 2 full-priced items, no code needed.

Riverside Colorblocked Pencil Skirt | Floral Leopard Jacquard Topper

Retailer: Alice + Olivia
Discount: Take $50 off full-priced purchases of $250+ with code ES493D2MH785.

Clover Fitted Mid-length Dress | Natalia Open Back Dress | Patricia Short Feather Peplum Dress | Clover Fitted Mid-length Dress

Retailer: Lord & Taylor
Discount: 20% off regular, sale, and clearance items with code SALE.


Retailer: Juicy Couture
Discount: VIP Sale – 30% off everything in-store and online.
Picks: “classic” items like the Stripe Ponte Blazer, Double Cloth Seamed Blazer, and Solid Ponte Blazer.

Chunky Sweater Jacket

Happy shopping!


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