Thanksgiving week sales and deals

I hope those of you in the U.S. had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones! I’m laying low this Black Friday in my cozy PJs (which currently consist of a puffer coat and three layers of thermals, due to Dad’s cautiously-monitored thermostat), but wanted to share some deals.
jcrew stadium cloth coat

J.Crew Stadium Cloth Trench, 30% off (4 colors), Gap jeans, Sperry flats c/o (extra 20% off w/ THANKS)

J.Crew has upped their sale to 30% off everything both in-stores and online with code HOLIDAY. I own two of their coats in double-cloth wool with Thinsulate (reviewed here) – given a description like that, I naturally assumed that was their warmest material by far. However, I finally got to pet their stadium cloth material this season (current composition is 79% wool, 21% nylon) and thought it felt just as warm, plus softer.

This coat comes in two neutrals and two stunning brights. I really wanted it to be a keeper, but the fit plus color was very Friar Tuck-ish on me, and the raglan-style sleeves were the deal breaker. This style could work better for others, but I prefer some structure at the shoulders for outerwear. I’m wearing a sz 00P above and the fit was a bit roomy throughout.
jcrew shoes
Left: Strappy metallic pumps (2 colors)  Right: Everly pump in suede or leather (now $140, 5 colors)

When on sale, J.Crew’s Everly pumps in my opinion are one of the better-made and designed shoes currently on the market at this price point. The upper and soles are both leather (although probably not for long, given the trends in quality), and the slim heel and pointy toe are very flattering. And oh, the gorgeous array of colors. I own two colors (one seen here) and am resisting collecting too many items in the same style, but am tempted by this shade of green.

As for the metallic pumps, I fell in love with the design months back and finally caved on eBay. This was right before the 30% promo, so I regret buying through a riskier medium, for marginally less than the current price! I have not yet received them so can’t speak to the fit or comfort (Edit: arrived and I love them! Fits just like their other pumps) but am hoping they’re the perfect shoe for the holiday season and into spring. I usually go up half a size in J.Crew pumps, especially for pointy toe styles.
ann taylor kenzo

Ann Taylor Kenzie pump, now $42.50 (3 colors on sale, with 5.5+ still left in Ivy League Green)

For heels similar to the Everlys for less, these Kenzie pumps are a steal after the extra 50% off store-wide w/ code ANNTHANKS Update: now lowered to 40% off. Now that my former love AT perfect pumps have undergone so many changes in quality and design (*tear…), the Kenzie cut is one of my favorites out of the current offerings. The upper is suede however soles and heels appear to be synthetic, which is reflected in the lower price point.
anthropologie hesa coat

Anthropologie Hesa Corduroy Coat (same print on a scalloped dress) in 0P, pre-alterations

Next up, Anthropologie is having 20% off everything today. They have a pretty extensive petite selection online that goes down to XXS/00P, as well as petite designer denim starting in 24P. I recently picked up this Hesa corduroy coat in scroll print (also in dress form, on sale and still left in petite sizes). This coat is one of those love or hate items; I love the print so much that I decided it’d be worth the cost of all-around alterations. This fit very roomy throughout, true to the reviews saying it runs 1-2 sizes big. I picked up a random pop-back in 0P, but saw a rack full of size 0 regulars + at my local store.

anthro eliot cardigan

This Eliot fringe cardigan (on sale, with great reviews) also caught my eye online – comes in this mossy green, red, plus black. It has the look of a classic tweed jacket which I love but the casualness of a sweater. Still left in size Petite XS and up. If you place an order for petite sizes from within any Anthro store, they waive the hefty shipping.

I haven’t been to the outlets in ages, so made a quick pit stop but left empty-handed. I miss the good ole days when outlets were where you could dig up treasures left over from the regular stores at great prices, versus lower-quality renditions of the regular store styles at not-too-much lower prices. ann taylor factory shoes
Ann Taylor Factory (in store only, no website) is having 60% off everything. The textured pencil skirts above were $36 a piece starting in 00P. If you prefer synthetic leather shoes, their factory stores also carry an array of pumps down to size 5.5 which were $36 a pair. I didn’t care for the faux patent pumps, but surprisingly did really like these ankle-strap heels. If I didn’t pick up a very similar pair recently at NordstromRack, I would’ve brought these puppies home.
ann taylor factory

Ann Taylor Factory navy & white striped blazer, sz XXSP

Also tried on this knit sweater blazer in navy and white (couldn’t get photo to show the true color) which was pretty good weight and fit. Price was about $40 after discounts. Passed as I do not need another navy striped blazer.
jcrew factory

J.Crew factory lace print tee sz XXS, girls factory tweed skirt sz 14

J.Crew Factory has 50% off everything both in stores and online, and free shipping on orders $50+ with code HOLIDAY50. I remember loving this lace print tee from the regular stores a few seasons back (resisted even when it went on major sale as I own something similar). The material is of a thin sweatshirt-like weight and the print goes all the way around. It didn’t photograph well but looked better in-person. I also liked this little girls soft tweed skirt, but the color was not for me.
coach factory
I’m not 100% sure this promo is still going on, but yesterday Coach Factory was having extra 50% off almost everything in the store. These legacy penny crossbody bags were $98 (got mine for double the price) and looked like they actually came from regular stores versus the other C logo’d out offerings at the outlet. Cognac and navy bucket bag with strap  was $178 after sale.
Express sale

Express is having 50% off all items online today, 11/29. Now before you shield your eyes from the belly-baring adolescent in the photo above…I have to say, cropped tops can actually come in handy even for conservative petite fashionistas, when paired with higher-waisted skirts (no lumpy tucking-in needed) or worn over dresses styled as skirts (no tie, belt and tuck trick needed). I have a cropped sweater from ASOS that is now sold out (worn here), and have gotten many questions on where to find something similar. On the right, this looks like a close dupe for the Zara sequin skirt worn here, and goes down to size 00 regular.

Last but not least, a few new markdowns at Nordies. The metallic sweater and skirt I’m wearing here were marked down 40% last night (wearing 0P skirt with no alterations needed – would highly recommend if you don’t mind an exposed back zipper), the crepe & lace print dress I’m wearing here is now 60% off, and this Lauren Ralph Lauren foiled lace dress new arrival is not on sale, but looks absolutely gorgeous yet understated for this season if you wear 2P+.

Happy shopping! Please share any notable sales or finds from your trips – I’d love to hear them!

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  1. yawniebug wrote:

    INC International Concepts has a beautiful heel called Zita. It's absolutely beautiful in the red and dark blue velvet.

    Posted 12.8.13 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the reply!!! You just blew my shoe world wide open!

    Posted 12.2.13 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Amazing sale today! Thanks for sharing. Just tweeted about it so anyone who can wear 2P+ can benefit. The coat for $145 is a steal. Hope your sweaters work out!

    Posted 12.2.13 Reply
  4. AlexisB wrote:

    I have not tried on the coat from either retailer, but I do have a Talbot blazer I bought last year in size 2p. It measures 14 in. across back, fits close to the body w/o being tight, feels snug when arms are tightly crossed. I've tried on Talbot jackets in the same size that fit similarly across shoulders. I ordered the bubble texture coat. Can keep you posted on the fit. The cyber Monday deal is even better – 50% off one item and free shipping. I am ordering two sweaters.

    Posted 12.2.13 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Nice find! I love the Varina's … hope they are more comfortable in suede than in patent.

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi Alexis – have you tried that coat? I know exactly which one you're talking about, but given Talbots coat sizing going down only to a 2P, I haven't sought that one out yet to try. Would be curious how it compares : )

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Thank you, and you as well! I love those space heaters : )

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Thank you for the kind words all the way from Germany! I'm so happy to hear that post provided some ideas for you, and that you've been reading along for a while – I appreciate it!

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  9. Jean wrote:

    I guess a truly "hardworking, successful" child would probably be paying her parents' utilities rather than complaining away : )

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  10. Jean wrote:

    I love that kind of content from others too! I'm afraid my mundane routine these days wouldn't lend to very interesting lifestyle posts : )

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  11. Jean wrote:

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you too and yes to Chinese : ) I do think they run half size smaller in general than most brands I've tried. However I usually take the same size in J.Crew as I do at Banana Republic, if that helps.

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  12. WT wrote:

    Your iphone case is amazing! Also, I feel you on the outlet thing. Kinda cheapens the experience when you see those little diamonds on the tag and know you're not getting something that's truly banana/jcrew/etc

    Posted 12.1.13 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    "…Dad's cautiously-monitored thermostat…" Are you Chinese? 😛 Also, do you think the J Crew shoes run a half size small typically? I've never even considered them because my feet are <5M but always drool over their colors. Happy Thanksgiving. I am grateful you blog!

    Posted 11.30.13 Reply
  14. Clothes shopping really intimidates me…haha But I love your picks, thanks so much for sharing about these deals. And I can't believe you have to wear 3 layers of thermals because of papa's thermostat! hahaha

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  15. heyxgrace wrote:

    LOL I love what you wrote about shielding our eyes from the crop top. My favorite posts are ones that show the blogger's personality more, I wish you would indulge us once in a while! 🙂 What is going on in your life! Or is that too nosy? lol 😛

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  16. aki! wrote:

    Thanks for all the tips! I might do some online browsing today.

    7% Solution

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  17. Ann wrote:

    Hahaha aww, you visit your parents house only once in a while, and when their hardworking, successful daughter do visit, they would rather save a few dollar than to make their daughter's visit as comfortable as possible? lol even I think that's bit too extreme ;))

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    On a completely unrelated note: I've been a long term reader from Germany and copied your advice from the "How to style a skirt & cardigan combo" post and received many, many compliments (although I am far from being petite – the advice works for the plus size segment as well).

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  19. FW wrote:

    Your dad sounds very similar to mine. I have to use a space heater every time I visit my parents' house. Hope you're enjoying some quality time with your family!

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  20. AlexisB wrote:

    * lined with Thinsulate

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  21. AlexisB wrote:

    Love the Anthro coat!

    Talbots is having a sale – 50% off one item until noon your local time, 40% all else. They have a coat that looks very similar to the JCrew Lady Day coat. It comes in five colors, is lined both Thinsulate. With 50% off, the sale price is $145.

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  22. Carol Li wrote:

    Thanks for sharing. I've just written a blog on more petite store discounts for Black Friday:-)

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  23. Thanks for your great picks! I´m in love with the cropped sweaters because I can´t get enough of this look at the moment 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving, here in Bavaria we don´t celebrate …

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  24. Annie W wrote:

    asks actually has a pretty decent sale online. picked up 2 pairs of SF Suede Varina at $315 each.

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  25. Stay warm! 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this Thanksgiving.

    Maggie A

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  26. zozo wrote:

    Thank you for sharing!! Love the shoe picks. You always have excellent sales tips
    atelier zozo

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply
  27. Nice selection! Love the Coach bags and your pump selection!!!!
    Unfortunately, I don't live in the US….
    Have a nice week end!!!


    Jul du monde des ptites

    Posted 11.29.13 Reply

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