July Fourth Sales Round Up

Here are a few of the sales I’ve seen so far:

Ann Taylor is 50% off with the code SUMMERSTYLE. I’m looking at this.

Loft is 40% off with the code HBDUSA. I love a summer sweater.

Banana Republic is up to 40% off a lot and extra 50% off sale. Love these.

Gap is 40% off sale with the code PARTYON. Yep.

JCrew is up to 50% off, prices as marked. I ordered these.

JCrew Factory is 50% off everything, prices as marked. How cute are these.

Boden is up to 50% off all merchandise, prices as marked. This would be great for work.

Anthropologie is an extra 25% off sale items. I like this.

West Elm is 20% off your purchase with the code JULY4. I’ve been looking at this.

The Company Store is 25% off your purchase with the code FIREWORKS18. I got these.

Happy Shopping!

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A Dissenting Opinion

Like many ladies with an urban commute, I always have a pair of lightweight slip on shoes/sneakers so I can commute in comfort and preserve my pretty work shoes. I’ve tried a couple brands and a few styles over the years but I’ve settled on Toms Avalon shoes for a last couple years. I get a pair, wear them into the ground in about six months, then replace them.

Recently I’ve seen the hype around Allbirds and they have a slip on style comparable to my Tom’s so I decided to give them a try. While they’re lightweight and very soft, I have mixed opinions. Here’s my pro/con list:

Pro

  • lightweight
  • breathable (I got the “tree material” version)
  • machine washable
  • no break in required

Con

  • run small (they only have whole sizes so I don’t want to size up)
  • no instep support
  • upper has a lot more coverage than my Toms (my friends said they look like water shoes)
  • limited color options
  • price point- $100 (every alternative is about $50)

I think the main issue for my is the size issue. I have been a size 10 forever, and I think if I sized up to an 11 they would be huge on me and my feet would look really large. Also the lack of support is not great. I want to use them for walking, but my Toms have much better support. Lastly, if I can get Toms or Skechers that are cuter, more supportive, and $50 cheaper, I think the choice is obvious.

So the plan is that I’ll wear this pair into the ground. We’ll see how they last. Then I’ll go back to Toms or I did see a cute new version of Skechers Go Walks in the store the other day.

Sorry to be a Debbie Downer…

Hits and Misses

Memorial Day sales, means a new round of hits and misses. I am shopping for warm weather for both work and play. I ordered a couple things online which I’m still waiting on, but I also spent some quality time in the dressing rooms this weekend. Here’s where I’m at so far:

Hits

So these shorts from JCrew are a hit for sure, but here’s the hesitation. They are cute and super lightweight and comfy, but I can’t really tell if they’re flattering. And that probably means they aren’t flattering. But whatever. You can’t win them all. These would be great for traveling or “summer activities” that aren’t full on athletics.

My mom laughed at me because when I saw this in the store on the mannequin, I said- oh that skirt is a very good look for me. I confirmed my suspicion in the fitting room. I do very well with pencil skirts, and the ruffle just makes it better. I think I’m going to use this more for dress up social occasions with a white top and strappy sandals, but I think I could make it work for work as well.

This is a super comfy basic tank from Banana. I got this modal version in black and the linen version in white. I love the exaggerated rounded hem. Perfect to tuck into a skirt, or just wear with shorts (like the ones above!). I think this is mostly weekend wear, but I could probably wear it under a blazer at work. I love when I find a great new basic.

I am in constant need of basic undershirts, so this was an easy choice from Loft. This will be perfect under low cut blouses or dresses. The lace neckline adds a little more finish than the standard tank. I almost bought multiples, but I restrained myself.

Misses

I thought this sheath from JCrew would be perfect for work. I ordered it in black. Not cute. The waist was really high and the drapey detail made the top puff out in an awkward way. It just looked frumpy. There aren’t any online reviews for it, but it’s on super sale now so I’m wondering if they got the message. I wanted to like it but it was a return.

Another JCrew item that I wanted to like. The fit was off for me on these chambray joggers. The waist and ankles were loose but the rear end was more fitted. It made for another awkward look. It was probably good that I didn’t buy them, because between my shorts and white jeans, I’m not sure if I there is room for these in the summer wardrobe. Oh well, I was glad I tried them on in the store.

Let’s be honest. I tried this on for fun. I saw it in Banana and I was trying other stuff on, so I added it to the pile just to see what would happen. Surprise, surprise, not very cute. The inseam was a bad length for me, and I’m not sure if I’m on board with the ruffle at the hem of the shorts. Also, for the record- getting in and out of a long sleeve button up romper or jumpsuit takes some serious contortion skills.

The sight of this jumpsuit in Banana made me happy so I tried it on. Magenta has become somewhat of a signature color for me, so I thought this would be fun addition to my collection. The problematic section- as it is on many jumpsuits- is the section from the waist to the crotch. Not the best, so it unfortunately did not come home with me.

Did you have any shopping luck over the weekend?