Labor Day Deals

You know we love some holiday weekend sales. Let’s see what we got:

JCrew is 40% off everything and an 60% off sale with the code BYESUMMER- I love their prints right now

JCrew Factory is 50-80% off, prices as marked- love a print with the entire leopard

Gap is 40% off everything with the code SALE- I’m questioning if I need joggers

Banana Republic is 40% everything, no code needed, and 50% off some items- I’ve always liked their jackets

Boden is 20% off with the code K7L9- already got this

Loft is 50% off everything with the code YIPPEE- love to stock up on basics

Ann Taylor is 50% off, no code needed- yellow is the new black

Anthropologie is extra 40% off sale plus 20% off some home stuff- they’ve got some great accent pieces

West Elm is up to 30% off with the code SAVEMORE depending on how much you spend- I want a new rug

Pottery Barn is up to 25% off with the code SAVEMORE depending on how much you spend- we all need a new throw

Crate and Barrel is up to 20% off upholstery- have it, but would buy it again

Mark and Graham is 20% off with the code LABORDAY- great place to get a jump on xmas

Happy Shopping! Let me know what you got!

I Probably Need These, Right?

I’m not trying to spend money on things I don’t need right now. But these are needs, right?

You know I love a white shirt. This is such a cool spin on it from JCrew. Waist ties are so in right now, and I could see wearing this to work with a high waisted pencil skirt or our to dinner with high rise jeans. So chic!

I live for jean shorts in the summer. These from Joe’s Jeans are really fun with the appliqué. They’re trendy but not too trendy. I think you could get a few years out of these without them looking dated. The only problem is that they are north of $100, and I’m not spending that on jean shorts.

 

Yes! I love a loafer, and a pointy toe. The color makes the above from Nine West a great feminine twist on a masculine style. They would be so great with a basic navy or black outfit at work. They come in other great colors too, and they are less than $100, so they won’t break the bank.

How classic is the above bag from Mark and Graham? My go-to weekend purse style is a hobo, I live for brown leather accessories because they go with everything, and I love a subtle monogram. I still have life in my current grey hobo though, so this almost $300 beauty will have to wait.

This might be redundant on the pink shoes above, but these Vince Camuto’s from Nordstrom are bomb. I go through black flats about every 6-12 months so I’m always on the lookout for my next pair. The right pair can be hard to find. These come in a couple other great colors, and I think I’m going to keep an eye on them in case they go on sale soon. Now I just need a classic but distinctive black pump…

I am obsessed with the idea of camo. I don’t have that much came right now, but I wish I did. This jacket from the Gap is such a perfect option. I wear a lot of neutrals on the weekends, so this jacket is a great way to add a little style to my tee shirt and jeans. Guess what. This one is in the mail, I can’t wait to get it!

What are you optimistically putting in your carts right now?

Gift Guide 2015: Part 4

This one is for the men on your list!

Accessories

jcrew Astronaut

I realize I live in the preppiest part of the country, but statement dress socks seem to be very in with the men I work with. You can go two directions with this: holiday socks, or general statement socks. Both are good ideas, but I’m thinking go general so the recipient can wear them all year. The above astronaut socks are just one of many options from JCrew, and almost every men’s apparel store have comparable options. Other classic work wear accessories are cool cuff links, a power tie, or a funky tie bar.

Banana Scarf

A scarf might seem like a snooze, but in my experience, it’s something that a lot of men forget to buy for themselves. I love a good mid-weight plaid scarf that will look smart with a wool coat. The above is from Banana.

Home

MarkTravelBag

Time to upgrade the travel toiletries bag! I love these leather ones from Mark and Graham. Pottery Barn has something very comparable. If you want a sportier option, I would look to L.L.Bean.

DollarShave

I’ve heard a lot of raves about the Dollar Shave Club, and it’s a pretty universal gift for men because most of them shave, right? You can gift a membership, and the options are very affordable. We all know that razors are annoyingly pricey, so it’s a great break! It’s something a little out of the box, but makes the recipient’s life a whole lot easier.

Apparel

Banana Sweater

The guys I know seems to accumulate tee shirts and sweatshirts like it’s going out of style, and they have to buy clothes for work, so I usually go for a shirt or sweater that is somewhere in between. This sweater from Banana is work worthy for most people, but it’s also casual enough for weekend outings. I also love this subtle patterned crew neck sweater, and a machine wash JCrew Factory half zip is always a winner.

UA shorts

If you’re shopping for a guy that likes to hit the gym, shorts are a great option. Like I said above, tee-shirts appear out of no where, but shorts are another story. I think it’s a great idea to gift a good quality pair or shorts from Under Armour (like above), or Nike because they will last a long time.

Technology

USBCharger

There are all sorts of great techy accessories out there that can make life easier. One of my favorite places for these items is The Container Store (there’s one in walking distance from me), but you’ll also see a ton at places like Best Buy. Something like this four USB charging adapter will help maximize outlets and get everything charged on time. There’s another similar option for the cigarette lighter in the car. Other good tech accessories are containers for all the cords, or stands for smart phones.

BasisWatch

Since we now need everything available on our wrist, this smart watch version by Basis is somewhere between a Fitbit and an Apple watch both in functionality and price. It tracks all of your activity and sleep, and it communicates with your smart phone to give you text, email, and phone call notifications. I also think this looks a little cooler than most of the fitness trackers on the market. You can go with the leather band, or there are sportier band options as well.

What are you getting the guys on your list this year?