Black Friday Deals & Steals!


Honestly, I thought today was going to be spent in pajamas (these) as I overspent on today’s amazing sales. That’s not what happened. Instead, I stood in line for Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout and a few of its varieties. For three hours. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fantastic, but still. Three. Hours. I started to get a little stir crazy after the 90-minute mark and started perusing Black Friday deals, culminating in the purchase of this Monica Vinader ring. Did you find anything for yourself this morning?

Now, it’s time to worry about the others on my shopping list. Below, you’ll find picks from some of my favorite sales, along with a list of other notable deals. I’ll continue to add to the list throughout the weekend!



Spend $250 or more at Tory Burch and take 30% off with code THANKS. Even though I promised I wouldn’t buy anything else for myself on Black Friday, I have a feeling that this sale is going to do me in. I can’t help but adore this cheerful yellow backpack, this flattering swimsuit, and this beautiful tunic.



Take 30% off everything at ASOS with code BLESSED through Nov. 30! It’s a fantastic opportunity to pick out your holiday dresses and accessories at a discount. I’m crazy about the embellishments on this navy dress. If you really want something that will stand out from the crowd, this fringe sequin number will do the trick. Of course, that’s a lot of look for most people — myself included! This champagne metallic dress still has shimmer without being over-the-top, and this beautiful embroidered dress would win anyone over. No matter which dress you choose, I highly recommend this disco ball clutch.



Now through Nov. 29, you can take 20% off everything at Jonathan Adler with code TGIBF. This splatter-paint dish is a great gift for a jewelry lover to place her rings at night. I also love this flirty pillow and this darling bird dish, even if it is ultra expensive. Mini zebra trays make great — and affordable — options to have on-hand for impromptu gift giving.



Take 25% off everything at Anthropologie with code SHOPTOIT through Nov. 29. Seize the opportunity to pick out my holiday ensemble for yourself! (I’m actually wearing this LBD with flats and sparkly jewelry.) For others? This vintage-inspired, swan-topped cocktail shaker would be perfect for a budding mixologist’s bar cart. A cozy throw would delight the homebodies. Don’t forget the little ones on your list with a collection of fairy tales.



  • Alexis Bittar: Up to 50% off at the end-of-season sale
  • Amazon: 30% off select clothing, shoes, and accessories with code 30BLACKFRI through 11/27
  • Ann Taylor: 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE through 11/27
  • Anthropologie: 25% off everything 11/27-11/29 with code SHOPTOIT
  • ASOS: 30% off everything with code BLESSED through 11/30
  • Banana Republic: 50% off sweaters and 40% off the rest of your purchase (restrictions apply) with code BRFRIDAY through 11/27
  • Boden: 30% off everything with code 7J4Z through 11/30
  • Cole Haan: 30% off and free shipping through 11/27
  • Design Darling: 20% off with code THANKFUL through 11/30
  • Express: 50% off everything and free shipping through noon on 11/27
  • Joe’s Jeans: 30% off and free shipping through 12/2
  • Kate Spade: Up to 75% off at the surprise sale
  • Larsson & Jennings: 15% off with code LJ15 through 7 a.m. EST on 12/1
  • Lilly Pulitzer: Free gifts with any spend, plus a free domestic flight if you spend over $1,500 through 11/30
  • LOFT: 40% off almost everything with code BF40 through 11/27
  • Luisaviaroma: Extra 20% off sale with code BFR20 through 11/30
  • M.Gemi: $50 off every pair of shoes through 12/1
  • Macy’s: 20% off with code THANKS and enjoy free shipping over $50 through 11/28
  • Madewell: 25% off everything with code CALMDOWN through 11/29
  • Matches Fashion: Up to 50% off designer items
  • Moda Operandi: Additional 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30
  • Neiman Marcus: Additional 20% off sale items through 11/27
  • Nike: Additional 25% off clearance items with code GETOUTHERE through 12/1
  • Old Navy: 60% off hundreds of styles, 50% off even more, 40% off everything else (restrictions apply) through 11/27
  • Plum Pretty Sugar: 10% off $100+; 15% off $200+; 20% off $300+ with code BLACKFRIDAY2015 through 11/29
  • Rachel Pally: 25% off sitewide with code RP25BFCM through 12/3
  • Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off all orders, free shipping, and up to 70% off selected styles
  • Shopbop: Save up to 25% with code GOBIG15 through 11/30 (spend $250+ and save 15%; spend $500+ and save 20%; and spend $1,000+ and save 25%)
  • Tory Burch: 30% off on orders of $250 or more with code THANKS through 11/30



The Coveted


This week, I’m coveting:

  • A set of holiday cocktail glasses to make spiked eggnog look even more festive.
  • This skirt, which was my favorite item in a recent J.Crew catalog. It’s too bad the price is on the high side. It would look gorgeous with slim sweaters this fall and thin t-shirts come spring.
  • A deep burgundy lipstick that’s tempting enough to make me give up my beloved bright pinks.
  • A loose dress that leaves plenty of room for this week’s Thanksgiving feast. Pair it with tights and tall boots for fall.
  • A pair of patterned platform pumps. Navy is one of my favorite colors and these would give my wardrobe a much-needed dose of whimsy.
  • A pair of chic tassel earrings with plenty of movement.
  • An affordable marble side table. Extra places to set drinks are a must for the holiday season. I bought a slightly different one that is only available in stores and I adore it. When it’s not being used as a cocktail table, one of these glass knots (in ice blue) is perched on top.

Sales are starting to roll out well before Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year! Here are a few of the most notable ones to check out today:

  • Tory Burch: Spend $250 or more and receive 30% off your purchase with code THANKS. It also applies to sale items.
  • Erin Fetherston: The end-of-season sale is on with gorgeous special occasion pieces at up to 90% off.
  • Kate Spade: It’s time for another limited-time secret sale!
  • Net-a-Porter: Normally this sale doesn’t start until Black Friday, but markdowns came a bit earlier this year with items at up to 50% off! Keep an eye on anything you love. Some items eventually make it to 70% off.
  • Shopbop: Take 15% off orders of $250+, 20% off orders of $500+, or 25% off orders of $1,000+ with code GOBIG15. If you have any friends yearning for some of their wish listed items, go in together to reach that 25% discount.

Windy City


We’re back from our weekend jaunt to Chicago! Between the festive decorations throughout the city and shopping at the Christkindlmarket, our visit to the city was the perfect way to kick off the holiday season before returning to Wisconsin’s winter wonderland last night. One of my favorite stops was at Three Dots and a Dash, an oasis topping countless lists of best American tiki bars. While tiki drinks get a bad rap for being overly sweet, the concoctions at Three Dots and a Dash are well-balanced with fresh fruit flavors and meticulously garnished. (My daiquiri came with a banana fashioned into a dolphin.) I was so enamored with the place that I had to buy the glasses our first two drinks came in. The rest of our trip was spent wandering the city, visiting the zoo and contemporary art museum, standing 1,353 feet above Chicago at the Willis Tower, cozying up in bars, and watching the holiday parade. We didn’t do much shopping, other than a stop at Uniqlo where I purchased a couple of merino v-neck sweaters (they’re inexpensive and hold their shape) and the most ridiculous furry earmuffs.


Dress: Banana Republic | Coat: J.Crew (this year’s version) | Necklace: c/o Julie Vos | Ring: Lulu Frost | Sunglasses: Karen Walker | Bag: Coach (old, similar) | Shoes: Kate Spade (also considering the silver version) | Tights: Calvin Klein