My Black Friday Shopping List

The biggest shopping holiday is almost upon us. Every year around this time, I try to take stock of what’s missing from my closet before Black Friday, so I can buy some of the wardrobe staples I need for a fraction of the price. Here are a few of the items on my list. What’s on yours?

 
Work wear for the fall and winter months, like this  J.Crew Factory Suede Skirt, is easy to find during this time of year. I’m especially in need of pants and skirts that will pair well with sweaters.

Holiday party wear is another category usually featured as part of most Black Friday sales. Everything is either glittery or Christmas plaid this time of year. These J.Crew Factory Glitter Flats would be great for an office holiday party paired with black pants and a green or red sweater.

Since most brands offer a discount across their entire store, now is a great time to stock up on basics like t-shirts and leggings. I can’t get these Loft Velvet Leggings out of my mind. They would be great for work, holiday parties, or just lazy Saturdays. They look comfy yet sophisticated.

It seems like every retailer offers pajamas this time of year as a gift option and there are so many varieties to choose from. Now is a great time to pick up sets like this Target Striped Flannel Pajama for a little less.

Big chunky sweaters like this Topshop Mock Neck Sweater seem like they are hard to find earlier in the season. And if you do find something like this, they are usually full price. That’s why now is the time to stock up on really high-quality sweaters like this one. 

My Strategy for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It seems impossible to think about fall when the weather is this gorgeous, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is starting this week. And that means Nordstrom will be releasing it’s fall merchandise at discounted prices. For card holders, the sale starts this Thursday, July 14. For everyone else, the sale starts July 22. Apparently, a lot of items sell out before the sale even opens to the general public so it may be in your best interest to get the card. Southern Curls and Pearls put together a guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which I found really helpful. One of her tips is to have a strategy before shopping. A.k.a know what your looking for. In the interest of shopping solidarity, I’m sharing my shopping strategy below. What do you hope to find when you shop the sale?

Source: Southern Curls & Pearls

The Modern Sweater

It feels like sweaters have become ultra-cool over night. I looked in my closet one day and all of the crew neck sweaters I owned suddenly seemed outdated. Sweaters have such interesting details now whether they’re a little longer in the back, asymmetrical or off-the-shoulder. Although my classic sweaters will always have a place in my closet, I feel like I need a few that are a little more updated. Last Christmas, I was lucky enough to get my hands on some cute tunics on sale from Nordstrom, so I figured I might try my luck during this sale.

Source: Brighton The Day 

Cargo Jackets 

The cargo jacket has had a really good run, and I don’t feel like it’s luck is going to change anytime soon. When the days are warm, but the nights are chilly most people are going to go rummaging through their closet to find the same cargo jacket they’ve been wearing every fall. I personally never found the perfect one at the right price point, so I’m sadly a little late to this party. If you find yourself in the same shoes, that’s OK because I’ve already started to see the trend evolve into vests, anoraks, and parkas with fur-lined hoods. I’m a little more interested in the latter, but if I found the classic cargo jacket during this sale, I might have to jump on the opportunity.

Source: The Sweetest Thing

Lace Up Flats

My biggest regret of last fall is not buying Topshop’s red lace-up flats. I even blogged about them, but at the last minute I got cold feet. I was worried the price wouldn’t be worth the wear, but I’m kicking myself now that I didn’t buy them. I’m really hoping they come back to Nordstrom this year, but if they don’t I am prepared to investigate other brands and colors. And if that doesn’t work out, I am probably going to stare longingly at these lace-up sandals, which could be a great transition shoe from summer to fall.

Source: Sequins & Things 

Distressed Denim

I’m so bad about buying jeans. I have like two pairs that I wear all the time. And of course those pairs are getting worn out. So it’s a goal of mine to stop neglecting that area of my wardrobe. I’ve recently started looking into the denim selection at Nordstrom, and it’s actually pretty great. They have all of the well-known brands, but also some more affordable brands too. I just bought a pair of white jeans for summer by a brand called Articles of Society. They have a decent fitting jean at around a $50 to $60 price tag. I’m also looking to add something more updated to my closet this time around. The distressed jean trend, although a little silly at first, has really started appealing to me lately. If paired with the right top, it can be the perfect mix of put-together and laid back cool.

Did You Shop or Not?

So did you do it? I shopped on Friday and picked out a brand new luggage set for a reasonable price as well as a few Christmas gifts. I didn’t really get into the whole clothes shopping craze that I usually do this year. Partially because I can’t keep my mind straight for long enough to even know what I want and partially because I am trying to stay away from impulsive shopping. The whole shop on this specified day but wait to find out what the deals are whether its online or in store does not feel like the best way to shop. I want to take my time and know that I am buying something I really love or really need as opposed to buying something because it is on sale. My mind cant differentiate the two when I am in a time-pressure situation. How about you? Find any good deals?

Medina, OH: Perfectly charming

Over the weekend, I was in Medina for a lacrosse tournament. My boyfriend coaches a team, and while for some of the games it was sunshiney and beautiful, it started raining halfway through the day. So I had to resort to some shopping. Medina, OH, is in a more rural area of the state, and it still has the charm of a small town. On it’s public square there are gift shops, boutiques, a consignment shop, restaurants and coffee shops, an army navy surplus store, and a toy and train museum. The shops couldn’t be more cute. I was lucky to find an equestrian-style scarf for $3 at the consignment shop and a discounted candle at the Root Candle outlet store. Also, the city’s antique shop is filled with room after room of the quirkiest stuff. Although I didn’t buy anything, it certainly helped to pass the time.

Talk amongst yourselves: How do you shop?


I am probably going to do most of my Christmas shopping this weekend. I know it’s crazy, and I know it’s before Black Friday, but I feel like I do my best work under the least amount of pressure and when the malls aren’t crowded with crazy people trying to find their children the toy that sings and makes you pancakes at the same time.
That got me thinking about how I shop for clothes. I don’t take a big shopping trip once or twice a year to stock up. I just leisurely peruse sale racks and my favorite stores when I feel like it. Or I get an idea for an outfit that I have to have, and I go out and buy the different pieces and parts. I realize this might not be the most effective way of shopping. I haven’t taken inventory of what I already own, and I have just recently started to make wish lists of things I want, but don’t own. How do you shop?

(Photo by Rodney Smith)