Weekly Sale Update (Anthropologie, Banana Republic, French Connection, J. Crew, J. Crew Factory, Talbots, and Victoria’s Secret)

Happy mid-December, everyone. As we enter the home stretch of the holiday shopping period, retailers will continue to gun for our hard-earned money so, as always, please shop with a critical eye and razor-sharp scrutiny. You’ll want to save some money for the post-holiday sales too. 

Retailer: Anthropologie
The Discount: free shipping on all orders with code GIVEGREAT

Retailer: Banana Republic (EXPIRES 12/18)
The Discount: 30% off your purchase with code BR48HOUR

Retailer: French Connection (EXPIRES 12/17)
The Discount: 50% all sale styles with code FCGIFTS and free 3-day shipping on all online purchases over $100.

Retailer: The Gap
The Discount:  35% off your entire purchase with code GAPGIVE

Academy Blazer | Ponte Two-button Blazer | Striped Ponte Academy Blazer

I recently purchased the Dot Boyfriend Pocket Shirt and the Plaid Academy Blazer.

Retailer: J. Crew Factory
The Discount: 40% off almost everything (prices as marked) plus 20% off $75+ with code SCOREMORE

Anytime Dress | Warmspun Dress | Asymmetric Shift Dress
Banded Shift Dress
| Cap-sleeve Dress | Draped Shift Dress

Retailer: J. Crew
The Discount: 30% off and free shipping on every purchase with code WISHLIST.

J. Crew has been relentless (or should I say…generous) with its discounts and promotions as of late. I think a lot of it can be attributed to a weaker retail environment but I won’t complain about discounts.

The newest promotion is 30% off everything (and free shipping) with code WISHLIST. I read on J. Crew Aficionada, the destination for all things J. Crew, that this sale is expected to run until Christmas eve in-store, at which point the post-Christmas sale kicks in.

I am currently (casually) watching a few items (the Hacking Jacket in Double-Serge Wool, the Lady Jacket in Corkscrew Tweed, the Jewel-Neck Top, the Collection Lady Jacket in Graphic Tweed, the Collection Cafe Capri in Graphic Tweed, and the Boucle Peplum Jacket) but think prices will go lower. It may be another week or two before the next price dip since there was a markdown earlier this week.

My backordered Double-cloth Funnel Coat will arrive this week so I will do a proper review (hopefully) next week. I am looking to add a new black coat to my regular rotation this winter and have tried several from pricier brands but wanted to explore all of my options before making my decision.

The fit of the Double-cloth Funnel Coat is consistent with that of the Double-cloth Lady Day Coat. If you need to size up for the Lady Day Coat, I would do the same for the Funnel Coat. The shoulders are slightly smaller and the sleeves shorter on the Funnel Coat, relative to the Lady Day Coat. 

00P – Black

Another style that I am contemplating is the Lady Day Coat – I like the fit and the price but I already own the coat in Oasis Green. I think I can afford to widen my search on this but am hanging onto this coat until I make my final decision. The 2012 version fits similarly to the 2011 one.

Wearing 00P

An item that I previously glanced over but has now fallen enough in price to garner a second look is the Tipped Peacoat. The fit is only “passable” on me so I wasn’t thrilled with it at $298. I was thinking at $50 I would bring it home to play with. At worst I will gift it to one of my many female family members. I spotted it on Tam yesterday and it only furthered my resolve to own it (eventually and at the right price). 

Tipped Peacoat

Among the numerous orders I placed and returned recently are two Crewcuts coats – the Stadium-Cloth Marquee Coat and the Wool-Cashmere Bow Coat (adult version here; I adore the pricier Burberry take too). I almost ordered the Gold-Button Coat as well but the two colors available don’t thrill me. I ordered both coats in size 14 but think I can afford to go down a size but ultimately girls’ coats are just not a good fit for me in general (especially ones with a defined waist).

Wool Cashmere Bow Coat in size 14
15″ across the shoulders, 22″-long sleeves, 32″ in total length
Stadium-cloth Marquee Coat in size 14 
15″ across the shoulder, 32″ long, 23″-long sleeves

And what’s a J. Crew post without my trying to recommend the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge Wool and the Schoolboy Blazer. I have personally found success in both styles and think they have the potential to be flattering on everyone (granted J. Crew offers your size). I recently ordered the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Corkscrew Tweed (fits slightly bigger than the version in double-serge wool) but didn’t love the color so it was sent back.


The Cha Cha Linen Dress (also available in lace) and the Janey Patent Flats from my last order were both returned. Linen is not really a fabric I know how to wear well and the fact that the Cha Cha Dress is a white linen dress with frills just compounded its difficulty level.

size 0 | 35.5″ in length, 13.4″ across the waist, and 19″ across the hip

I thought I would love the Janey Flats since I’ve seen them in-store and inspected them closely. However, the pair that came in the mail had a distinct paint smell to them so I promptly made the decision to return them. The pair I received fits TTS so you do not need to go up a size like you normally would for J. Crew.

Size 7 – Dusty Jade

I’ve already sang praises of the Sterling Skirt in Double-Serge Wool in this post – but found pictures that I thought had been accidentally deleted. The only thing I would add to my previous assessment is that “sheer mint” is an easily dirtied color. If you are clumsy (like I am at times), I would steer clear of this color.

00P measures 20 inches in
total length and ~12 inches across the waist

Another skirt that I ordered and kept (at J’s insistence) is the Pleated Crepe Skirt which I remain indifferent about. The size 00 measures about 13.5″ at the waist and is 17.5″ long. I wore it for this post and shoddily took in the waist with my rudimentary sewing skills. The skirt comes in a colorblock version which I find a lot more interesting.

Other items that I feel are worth a second look include the Filigree-Embroidered Beach Dress (if only for the price; it’s out of season but I own it and think it’s a unique piece) and the Girls’ Polka-Dot Cashmere Sweater.

You also can’t go wrong with outerwear, try the Icon Trench in Wool-Cashmere (thoroughly reviewed by Jean of Extra Petite and Cher of A Fashion Deliberation), the Double-Cloth Slim Trench, Metro Coat with Thinsulate, Wool-Cashmere Peplum Coat, Collection Toggle Coat, Stadium-cloth Duffle Coat, Stadium-cloth Mod Coat, or the Double-cloth Symphony Coat.

J. Crew’s sales have been so good that nearly everyone on my daily “read” list has been sporting something from the preppy retailer. I liked the Majesty Peacoat on Cee, the Lady Jacket on Jean, the head-to-toe Crewcuts on Khatu (*shakes fist* she makes Crewcuts pieces look deceptively attractive), velvet blazer on Kelly, the tipped coat I mentioned earlier on Tam, colorblocked check mini on Vicky, and lots of fitting room pics that S snapped.

Retailer: Talbots
The Discount: 40% off your entire purchase with code MERRY
Retailer: Victoria’s Secret
The Discount: 20% off a single clothing item or pair of shoes with code FASHION20; free 2nd day express delivery on orders of $100+ with code SHIP2DAY

Weekly Sale Update: Bloomingdale’s, French Connection and J. Crew


Use your Private Sale codes for $25 off every $100 purchase (check your email). There are some exclusions but if an item qualifies the discount will show up at checkout.

I have a few spare codes: XJ0SS6A1F2VA, X70AB6A8W3UV, X80LF6AH82X for those of you who didn’t get an email. If you have a new account sign up coupon, it’s stackable with the private sale codes.

There are a few sales that are running concurrently with the private sale, including a Buy More, Save More sale for men’s apparel. I picked up some Ralph Lauren jackets and Burberry polos for my dad, slacks for J, and some sweaters for my brother. It’s not even December yet and I think the toughest part of Christmas shopping for me is already over.

I didn’t find success with the Black Halo Jackie O dress (I wore the size 0 here) previously but decided to order again now that the price is finally reasonable ($207 before additional discounts) and I will just get it shortened.

Jackie O Belted Sheath (also in stretch crepe, which is what I ordered) | Jackie O Two Tone Dress

A few items that are now on sale but excluded from the private sale coupon include the classic Theory Gabe Blazer, Betty Sheath, and Golda Pencil Skirt and Max C Pants.

French Connection

Take 30% off your purchase of $150+ on sale styles with code AW12SALE

J. Crew

Take 25% off your purchases of $150+ (or 30% off if your order exceeds $250) and receive free shipping on orders of $150+ at J. Crew with code WINTER. This offer expires on Sunday, 12/2/2012. 

Don’t forget to use Ebates for 6% cashback. If you need a referral,

here’s my link.

I have bought and returned numerous orders to J. Crew in the last few months – I am keeping maybe a third of what I ordered and it’s pretty scary how much I’ve bought from them in the last little while. I was able to fill in some gaps in my winter wardrobe but my closet is quickly approaching capacity.

I re-ordered the

Janey Patent Flats (in dusty jade) today and also got the Pleated Crepe Skirt that I loved on Lisa of Respect the Shoes. The last item in my order is the Cha Cha dress which looks really fun but doesn’t seem particularly versatile. I had ordered the Sequin-trim Tennis Dress but decided to cancel the item from my order when I re-evaluated and realized how impractical it was.

As always, J. Crew is great for quality but affordable (when on sale) work garb. If you are still looking to buy a new coat, there are a few coats (the

pink Metro Coat, the Wool-Cashmere Peplum Coat, the Lady Day Coat, the Greatcoat, the Slim Trench, and the Icon Trench) and peacoats (Tipped Peacoat and Majesty Peacoat) on sale.

Jules Dress (also in colorblock) | Memo Dress (also in pinstripped) | Teddie Dress | Emmaleigh Dress | Cashmere Tee Dress

J. Crew’s shoe collection is interesting at times. I have to caution you against buying J. Crew shoes on final sale (unless you’ve already seen the item in person and know your size) because some shoes are disappointing in person.

Top: Jayne Flats (only dusty jade is on sale) | Maddie Ballet Flats | Biella Loafers
Bottom: Classic Velvet Slipper | Jayne T-strap Ballet Flats | Nora Cap Toe Ballet Flats (looks great in the stock photo but sort of cheap looking in person)

For those of you who already own the classics, consider these classics with a twist.

Top: Everly T-strap | Etta Cap Toe | Mona Colorblock pumps
Bottom:  Etta Glitter Tweed | Mona Patent Mary Janes (also in dotted print) | Mona Pumps

Review : Le Chameau Iris II Rubber Boots Part I

I had mentioned in the past that I (speaking only for myself) find rain boots with thick socks to be the most practical winter trekking footwear. I like the coziness and weight, or lack thereof, of uggs but they offer little in the way of protection against damp winters. If you are someone who finds herself walking into potholes filled with water with some frequency, you should try my approach.

The downside to rainboots is that they are heavy and the shaft length can be tricky for women on the shorter and taller ends of the height spectrum. It may take some trial and error to find the right rain boot but your perfect pair is definitely out there.

I am a big fan of Hunter rain boots and own two pairs of the original tall. However, I am always on the lookout for other options. Back in February I ordered the Le Chameau Iris II Boots (buy here and here) after reading reviews that praised their comfort, design and workmanship. I was an instant fan.

In person the boots did not disappoint. They are designed with a slight curve, which mimics the shape of your calves, in the shaft for easy removal (in contrast to the Hunter original tall’s which are tougher to take off). The shoes are handmade from natural rubber, which offers a lot more resiliency and elasticity compared to synthetic rubber.

The shoes are stamped in their European sizes and many websites recommend using the EU36/US5.5, EU37/US6, EU38/US7, etc. guide to translate the European size into an American one.

I ordered the  EU38 as my normal size is US7. The shoes fit me perfectly with thick socks so I think the recommended conversion method is reliable.

The calf circumference may pose a problem for women with extra slim or extra wide calves – my calves, at the widest part, fluctuate between 13 and 13.5 inches. I think these boots will comfortably fit someone with calves that are about my size. The calf circumference measures 15 inches on the outside but you should always leave room for socks, pants, or both.

The boots are 16.5 inches tall (including the 1.3-in heel). I have a post scheduled for next week that will compare the Hunter Original Tall Boots and the Le Chameau Iris II in case you are in the market for new rain boots.

Colorful rain boots shine a little light on days that could use a little pick-me-up. I think one’s choice of rain-gear is telling of her idiosyncrasy. Do you own colorful rain boots, neutral rain boots or both?

Burberry trench (also here and here), Ann Taylor necklace, Old Navy sweater (similar), H&M skirt, Longchamp bag, and Le Chameau boots

Wear It Five Ways: Leopard Print Dress

My plunge into the world of leopard prints has resulted in a gradual infusion of leopard into both my casual and work outfits. I’ve had a new appreciation for spotted prints since my introduction to them a little over two years ago. They add just the right amount of fun to one’s outfits when the rest is a simple mixture of solid colors.

I’ve gotten a little more adventurous since I first got started and recently started experimenting with mixing leopard prints with other prints. For the most part, though, I still think the leopard print looks most compatible with solid black or camel.

H&M dress + belt (similar), ASOS skirt (similar here + here), J. Crew bag, and Corso Como shoes
H&M dress, J. Crew coat, See by Chloe bag, and Corso Como shoes

That said, a lot of rich colors – think brick red, forest green, and royal blue – go well with the leopard print. It’s certainly a print that has something to offer everyone. 

From left to right: (1) Forever 21 jacket and Zara shoes; (2) J. Crew jacket + skirt, Corso Como shoes, and Ann Taylor necklace; (3) H&M blazer + belt, J. Crew top, and Corso Como shoes; (4) J. Crew skirt, H&M belt and Corso Como shoes; (5) Ann Taylor cardigan + boots, and Forever 21 necklace

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Weekly Sale Update: LOFT, Banana Republic, the Gap, J. Crew, Old Navy, & Neiman Marcus

Full-price styles are all on sale today at LOFT. Use SAVEMORE at checkout for the tiered discount.

I haven’t shopped at LOFT in a while because there just hasn’t been a style that really appealed to me. I did have fun browsing their new arrivals.

Peplum Doubleface Sheath Dress | Peplum Dress in LOFT Scuba | Tweed Zip Pocket Shift Dress | Sleeveless Flare Dress

And for those of you who missed out on the collarless yellow (and red) H&M blazers, LOFT has two jackets that look really similar (and are probably better quality). Buy here in yellow and here for red.

Holiday sales have started at Banana Republic, the Gap, and Old Navy. Use GETSTARTED at checkout for 30% off your purchase (or 35% for cardholders). And Athleta products can be had for 20% off when you use GETSTARTED at checkout. Both offers end at midnight tonight.

All online clearance items at Neiman Marcus are an extra 40% off today. The more desirable stock sell out quickly but new items are added throughout the day so if you have some time to kill it’s a good deal to pay close attention to.

There was another markdown on the J. Crew website this morning. You can use MUSTHAVE for an extra 30% off. The dreaded final sale is finally over so the decision to place an order was an easy one to make.

For myself, I ordered the

Sterling Skirt in Double-serge Wool, the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Double-serge Wool, the No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Corkscrew Tweed, and re-ordered the Lady Jacket in Double-serge wool (now $70 with the discount; I also requested a price adjustment for my mom’s jacket). For my mom, I picked up the Valentina Patent Pumps in Jade and the Collection Georgette Top.

I am also considering the

Schoolboy Blazer in Wool Flannel – the grape/eggplant color is so striking.

Here are some sale items that I feel are worth a second look.

Mod-Coat | Icon Trench in Wool-Cashmere | Double-cloth Slim Trench | Double-cloth Greatcoat | Metro Coat

The Sterling Skirt in Double-serge Wool came highly recommended by my friend Helen and I am eager to try it for myself.

Two of my favorite pieces from the late fall collection are the Corkscrew Tweed Jackets and Pencil Skirts. They are a little bulky when worn together but on their own make quite the statement.

Top: Lady Jacket in Corkscrew Tweed | Bottom: No. 2 Pencil Skirt in Corkscrew Tweed

And the Edie Grand in Rose that I had salivated at weeks ago is already marked down. I am staying away from handbags for the next little while but wanted to share the sale in case any of you are interested.

Left: Edie Attache Tote | Top Right: Little Edie Purse | Bottom Right: Edie Grand

Happy Shopping!

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