Category Archives: coupons and discounts

cheap thrills: spring standouts at banana republic & gap

Oh, friends…it’s been probably years since my last visit to Banana Republic. And that’s not to say I’ve turned into a snoot (though it may be true)…it’s just that once you’re no longer trudging to an office every day, your need for generic workplace separates diminishes considerably. And that, of course, is what we know and love Banana for, right?

But yesterday, I had occasion to pop inside, and there were actually a few goodies mixed in with the usual suspects. Plus, as always, everything is 40% off today (seriously, we all know to never, ever pay full price at BR, right?) – this week’s code is BRRAIN (through 4.29). My favorites? Read on

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shopbop friends & family

Not that I expect a lot of sympathy, friends, but this jetlag…sheesh. I remember being able to shake off an international flight like no one’s business when I was in my 20s. But now? Well, I’m blogging at 4 am, if that tells you anything.

While my poor, disheveled internal clock repairs itself, I had to at least be sure you knew that today is the last day of the Shopbop Friends & Family sale. Use code INTHEFAMILY14 to take 25% off sitewide – and really, what says “family” more than that?

Since I have Parisian fashion on the brain this week, I thought I’d point out a few Shopbop finds from some of my very favorite French brands. After all, if you can’t go to Paris, at least you can shop like you did. Read on

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this just in: $75 off $300 at saks

alice + olivia pia skirt, alice olivia skirt, floral skirt, spring skirt, sale skirt

The science of sale verbiage continues to amuse and befuddle me, but nonetheless: take $75 off a $300 purchase at Saks through 2.26 with code GIFT96 (which amounts to 25% off, for the lawyers/mathematically-challenged among us). This may just be the push I needed to pick up this quite stunning Alice + Olivia skirt, which would be just the thing for a certain bon vacances I have in store…

Anything you’ve had your eye on that looks more tempting with $75 off?

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giving thanks

thanksgiving pie, via shopping's my cardio

I’m baking up a storm this Thanksgiving! 

I’m taking a little break from our gift guides today to wish you and yours a very, very happy Thanksgiving. Whether you’re cooking for 20 or ordering pizza, I hope you’ll have a moment or two to take a deep breath, look around, and enjoy the start of the holidays (before it turns into an official onslaught of insanity).

I’ll have our last expert gift guide for you over the weekend – it’s a goodie! – and in the meantime, I’ll be sharing all of the Black Friday sales (plus Small Business Saturday, plus Cyber Monday…sheesh!) I hear about on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure you’re following me there. There are a staggering number of deals in my inbox already, so hang with me there, and I’ll keep the discount codes coming!

Last but not least, friends, I just want to say – this year, I’m thankful for you. Each and every one of you. Whether you read SMC every day or just once in a while, whether you comment all the time or have never said a word, I really do consider you a friend. And I’m so very, very happy that you choose to spend a few minutes of your day with me.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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friends & family: shopbop and saks

Friends, I know. It’s temptation central around here this week. But Shopbop Friends & Family and Saks Friends & Family? You’d never have forgiven me if I didn’t tell you about it. Both are offering 25% off SITEWIDE (with the usual exclusions), and my guess is you either (a) hadn’t heard but really needed to know, or (b) had heard, and have frantically been clicking back and forth between the two sites, figuring out what to buy and where to buy it. Or is that just me?

What to do? Buy the piece that won’t go on sale in 3 weeks. That Vince cardigan you’ve been eyeing. The Rachel Comey boots you’ve wanted since last fall. Denim. You get the idea. Oh, and buy things that are already on sale…an extra 25% off is always a good incentive. Need a few suggestions? Read on

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weekend forecast: friends & family bonanza

**UPDATE: Turns out, there’s even more F&F fun to be had this weekend at Joie and Equipment – keep reading for codes and deets!**

Happy Friday, friends! This weekend, I’ll be avoiding an unavoidable trip to IKEA like the plague, trying desperately not to bring home a puppy from the Bay Area Pet Fair, and getting in a much-needed mani/pedi/taco date with a dear friend. Not a bad weekend at all, I think.

Also, I suspect I’ll spend an abnormal amount of time obsessively perusing everything Tory BurchDiane von Furstenberg, Joie and Equipment have to sell me, as they’re all having their Friends & Family sales this weekend! Obviously, I have all of the codes for you, plus plenty of picks to get your engines revved. Read on

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phoned-in friday

Friends, I have literally shopped until I dropped. Two separate trips to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and a third one on the way (I like to take the Hubs in separately, lest he see the full extent of the damage I do solo). On trip #2, I managed to throw my back out while wrestling myself into a silk shirt that was mislabeled as a M (it was an XS, I swear it was). Talk about cardio!

{Why do I do this to myself? The thing is, while the Sale’s not packed with pieces that are particularly “exciting”, it is chock full of workhorses. Truly, the pieces I buy this week are the ones I wear nonstop all fall and winter. Are you the same way?} 

So, as I sit here with a heating pad on my back until my painkillers kick in, I’ll leave you with a few links worth investigating.

  • Janna Conner, one of my very favorite jewelry ladies, is offering 40% off sitewide through 7/17 with code SU13 (only 20% off the fine jewelry). I just got her beautiful lapis coin earrings, and it was all I could do not to order these ones too. Her quality is outstanding, and her prices are amazing – especially now.
  • My sweet friends at Woonwinkel in Portland are having their annual summer sale, and it starts today. If you’re into modern design, you’ll most definitely want to take a look. I really, so badly, want this knitted basket. And remember that gorgeous clock from my house redo? Half off, baby! 
  • I don’t care what anyone says, I think these gladiator sandal/boot things are just terrible. Am I alone?
  • Really feeling all of the relaxed, easy weekend wear in this post. If only the rest of us could make rumpled look so chic. 
  • I’ve been Insta-crazy this week – you should definitely check it out. If nothing else, you’ll get a peek at my newly-revamped shoe closet (also known as: proof that I may need to buy something other than ballet flats) and the cutest dog on the planet

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I’ll see you back here on Monday, with an exciting new collaboration to tell you about. You’re going to love it!

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reasons to celebrate

Well, I had other things planned for today, but friends, I’m too darn giddy about all of the amazing things that are happening in the world today. Honestly, there aren’t that many days in life that you’re bursting with pride in your government, but today’s one of them, and I’m going to bask in it for a few moments.

And…well, okay, there are a couple of exciting shopping points worth making. Read on

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