Deals and promos: Sales, sample sales and pre-Black Friday craziness

This is the time of year when my inbox is attacked by constant reminders of deals and promos.  Some notable ones below:

* J.Crew Sample Sale:

  • Location: New York City on 260 5th Avenue (between 28th and 29th streets) for Women’s line and 225 5th Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets) for Men’s line
  • Duration: Tuesday December 3 to Thursday December 5, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday December 6 to Saturday December 7, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday December 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Price:Items usually range from 30% to 75% of original retail prices.  However, there is no return and no exchange allowed, and you need to pay cash or non J.Crew credit
  • Sissi Recommends: Yes, if you can stay in line early

*J.Crew Promo:

  • In store, they offer 40% off sales items
  • On line, you get 25% off everything or 30% off if cardmember
  • Sissi Recommends: Yes, if there’s an item you are eyeing.  I have not seen J.Crew with particularly great Black-Friday deals so this may be as good as it will get, but am not a Black Friday shopper and have been wrong before, so let’s see

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*Banana Republic and the Gap Brands:

  • Eight days of giving at Bana with Day 4 offering 40% off specials

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* Boden:

  • 30% off select styles

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* BCBG Max Azria:

  • Winter sale with up to 60% off

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* Saks Fifth Avenue:

  • BOGO on suits (buy one get one free)
  • Extra percent off on sales items

Just a few stores. The list goes on and one 🙂 I will stay out of trouble, but if you do shop, let me know what great deals you find!

 

Outfit Inspiration: Swiss dots and Gingham

The weather has been fairly moody this week: unexpected warmth, rain then chilly wind.  The rain was screaming for some gingham so out came these Ralph Lauren boots purchased in Seattle, WA (note to self to visit Seattle when it is NOT raining).  I have paired them with the simple ponte peplum tee from J.Crew and some old BR skirt (I love the zipper effect created by pairing both items together).

The swiss dot tippi was a hot item last fall because of some celebrity wearing it (I want to say it was Katie Holmes, but not positively certain).  In any case, I was able to grab it on promo back then and am glad I did.

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Old H&M skirt and peplum top/boots/ swiss dot and Old BR skirt

On a side note, I saw these very cute gloves at Anthropologies…and they get cuter here (I personally prefer the red leather driving gloves!)

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Let me know which outfits you like best by taking the usual poll below.  Also, make sure to checkout my very good friend’s wedding colors! I love how she mixed blue and red 😉

The article below is an interesting mix of polka dots and gingham…not bad!