Because your inbox is probably as insane as mine this morning, I thought we could all use a cheat sheet. And so, your Great Big List of all of the Memorial Day sales worth mentioning is right here, but I’m starting it off with my faves – aka, the ones I’ll actually be shopping and which you might not have heard about yet. Read on
Friends, I won’t lie: short of Nordstrom suddenly starting a F&F promotion (from my keyboard to God’s ears…), the Shopbop Friends & Family is truly one of my favorite promos of the year. Unlike most other stores, they really limit the number of exclusions, so you can actually score some pretty serious steals. Also, it shows up just in time to be mighty handy for the early bird holiday shoppers among us (oh, how I wish I was that organized).
Take 25% off sitewide through 10.16 with code FAMILY25. I can think of all sorts of useful applications for this – to wit, a few of my favorites:
Every now and then, you just need something that makes you smile. And I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’d giggle to myself whenever I pulled one of these cheeky escape artists out of my handbag.
Escapist Collection, Anya Hindmarch
Truly, how could you be in a bad mood looking at these? The collection is inspired by Saul Steinberg, but I can’t help thinking of Shel Silverstein too. Can’t you just imagine this little fellow trying to make off with your iPad?
Most of you probably don’t know this, but one of the reasons I started SMC back in my wee baby blogging days was that I’m a chronic overshopper. Give me a task, a specific piece to search for, and I’m like an obsessive-compulsive dog with a bone – I simply cannot stop until I’ve unearthed every possible option, in every possible shape and at every possible price. With a blog as an outlet, that pesky little personality flaw just turns into “content research.” This is why we all need jobs doing what we love.
Case in point: now that blue is the bag color this season, I’m finally ready to take the plunge. Mind you, I’m no fair weather convert to cobalt. I’ve been eyeing those baby blues for at least three years now. But this year, I think I’ve finally got it. My elusive white whale (well, it’s a blue whale I suppose, really) is right here:
I have these weeks when I think I’ve seen all the fashion there is to see, and nothing will ever excite me again. This is, of course, great news for my bank account, but it’s terrible news for the writer in me. And so, whenever despair hits, I give myself a couple of days off, pray for a new copy of Bazaar or Vogue to land in my mailbox, and – when all else fails – turn to European fashion sites. That nearly always works…especially since most either don’t ship to the US or they charge so much I can’t bear to even think of buying.
Today, I’ve been browsing Matches, a much-lauded, painfully chic department store in London. I think of it as the British version of Barneys. They’ve recently started shipping to the US – but fortunately, shipping is $45. Just enough to restrain me from impulse buys, but reassuringly available if I found something I really and truly couldn’t live without.
A L C blue dress, $269
3 1 Phillip Lim dress, $543
Marc by Marc Jacobs geometric dress, $133
DAY Birger et Mikkelsen sleeveless dress, $230
Beyond Vintage top, $237
DVF Bryssa top, $162
DVF Brutus leather jacket, $578
Cacharel floral print skirt, $230
3.1 Phillip Lim gold pants, $232
Anya Hindmarch peacock feather shoes, $144
Lanvin handbag, $995
Sophia Kokosalaki gold bracelet, $285
One little tip: when browsing these sites that are bound to tempt you, start in the sale section. Since European styles tend to hit the US a bit later, their end-of-season castoffs are your brand new ideas. Plus, you’ll see a more edited (less overwhelming) selection…and, hello, sales are always a good thing! Just do make sure you’re shopping in your native currency…it’s easy to think something’s a steal in GBP, only to be bitterly disappointed when you see the USD on your credit card statement.
while i’m definitely lusting from afar this time around, there are some truly covet-worthy pieces in the shopbop designer boutique sale this morning. care to do a little window shopping?
how can you not love the reid dress from rachel roy (50% off, down to $597.50)? it would hide a multitude of sins, look fabulous on most anyone, and work for every season. definitely investment-worthy if the budget permits…it’s the most versatile dress i’ve seen all year.
that sergio rossi pump (50% off, down to $440) is the ultimate summer neutral for everything from dresses to boyfriend jeans.
and while i’m no serena van der woodsen, that bronze derek lam cardi (50% off, down to $295) would definitely help me look the part. i love that it works with everything from a tank to a cocktail dress…not to mention being the perfect accent for those fab sergio rossis.
if all this retail (non)gratification has you weeping into your cappucino, i’ll give you one bargain you might be able to swing: this sweet little clutch from anya hindmarch comes in three gorgeous primary hues, and will cure even your worst case of retail envy – all for less than $150.
i’m curious: are you skipping the high-end sales this year, or are you taking full advantage of all of this recession-style retail?
since we had a cheap thrill yesterday, i thought you might forgive me for an insanely expensive thrill today. but truly, can i just say that if i were to come into $2,500 suddenly, it would take me about 45 seconds to complete the ordering process for this beautiful vigo bag from anya hindmarch?
this amazing bag just does absolutely everything right. the python is glossy and perfectly puffy, and while the shoulder strap dresses it up, the navy shade (it’s shown here in black, but you can see the navy at anya’s website) keeps it young and fresh. and i love the chain detail on the strap, but even more, i love that the part that actually touches your shoulder is leather – much more comfortable. plus, python is notoriously lightweight, so it’s back-friendly too.
i’ve been craving an exotic bag for at least a year now…and honestly, this is as close to perfection as i’ve ever seen. if you’re in love as well, you can pick up the black version at net-a-porter…but for the navy, you’re going to have to take it up with anya’s stores. they say they’re only shipping it within the EU, but i’m betting it’s at least worth a call to their new york showroom to see if they could work something out.
i literally had this post ready to share this morning with no knowledge of the following: shopbop is letting you take a huge 40% off their entire designer boutique section all this week with code DB40. be still my heart!
this gorgeous travel wallet from anya hindmarch is rubbing me all the right ways. i love the fabulously glam metallic exterior, and i love the patent coating that will keep it from getting all scratched up and ruined in my mess of a purse. i love the very thoughtful notes embossed inside, telling me where to put everything – i’m so OCD that i’m sure to follow the instructions exactly, and therefore never lose anything again. i love all wallets with a zipper – they’re all i use now, as they just make so much sense. plus, that tassel zipper pull is freaking adorable. and i love this beauty’s potential to serve as a clutch in just about any situation.
at 40% off…well, i’m in serious trouble.