Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday Fantasies (Wishlist)

And here it is - the annual Superbowl of shopping known as Black Friday. Some of you may have gotten a jump on the action by going to one of the "Early Bird" events at Target or Walmart (though really? Seems a teeny bit excessive to me.) Some of you may be preparing to get out there for the midnight openings of other stores, shopping centers, and websites. Others of you may be tucked in bed already, sleeping off all that turkey and getting in your Z's before getting up at the crack of dawn to get out to some of the early morning sales (Anthropologie, anyone?).

The rest of you may be completely eschewing the human frenzy and planning on sleeping in tomorrow morning and getting up in a leisurely manner. Sales? What sales?

Me? Well...I've made out my list, and I've checked it twice. *Ahem* Does that list resemble the "One for you, One for me" sort? Okay, okay, it's not even that. This list is entirely an "all for me" list, but I've got the gift lists (for other people) too, and will share some of those later. In the meantime, here's what I'm dreaming of:

(You already know I'm a fan as I own one. But I love the black and gray stripes. Can't...resist...)

I love stripes. And I love the Maritime Dress, pretty much in all of its iterations. It's just so comfy and easy to wear. And I have to admit, this particular palette is much more wearable than my other royal-blue-and-white striped version, which you know...makes me feel a little smurfalicious. Just a little.

So that being said, if I run into it this current version in the store tomorrow, I can't guarantee I won't walk on by. And with J. Crew's current promotions (25% off entire purchase online - use code COLOR25 - or in stores/30% off for card members - use code CARDMEMBER), it could be dangerous. That goes for these others too:

1. Teddie Dress (A lovely, super simple, perfect-for-work dress. And that exposed zipper adds a bit of edge that's just right. You'll find me in the green version, should it fit well.)
2. Perfect Shirt in Tartan (I have a friend who owns this shirt and every time she wears it, I feel a frisson of desire - not for her, though she's lovely. For the shirt. I'm excited to see it's returned this winter. If it's in the store, it will be mine.)
3. Double-cloth Greatcoat (There is no call for a coat of this caliber in a San Diego winter. Which may be my saving grace. Because seriously, this coat sings to me.)
4. Frenchie Sweater (sold out online, available in some stores)/Giant Bow Sweater/Heartbreaker Sweater (I am trying really hard to ignore all the absurdly adorable, whimsical sweaters J. Crew is bombarding us with this season. But I'm not quite successful. If any or all of these are in-store, all my best intentions may be entirely overcome.)
5. Collection Everly Calfhair Pumps (Wow. These are I'm going to try and snow myself and remind myself that the Nordstrom's Half-Yearly for Women and Children is coming up next week, and to wait and see if there's anything there that might do instead. But wow. And geez. And wow.)

Then, too, there's Madewell with their 25% off everything promo (use code TREAT at checkout if buying online). Here's what I'm eyeing:

6. Striped Duet Dress (It's green. I love green. And made from a comfy knit. I love that too. Did I mention it's striped?)
7. Rebeca Raney x Madewell Cashmere Sweater (I absolutely have no budget for something like this, but speaking of adorable, whimsical sweaters...!)
8. Silk Flutter Sleeve Top (How much do I love this, especially in the Whisper Pink color???)
9. Transport Tote (in English Saddle, please!)

And of course, there's also my favorite department store, Nordstrom. There aren't any Black Friday specials going on, but I've got my eye on a couple of things there, including:

10. iiiBeca by Joy Gryson Reade Street Tote (I love all the colors, but I think I want Mustard. Or maybe the Ocean? No, the Lime Green with Navy Blue accents...haha, maybe all three? This bag is made of smooth, sturdy leather, is surprisingly light, and will hold my laptop as well as all my other crap miscellaneous items. And 9% of proceeds goes to charity - everyone wins!)
11. TOMS Classic Dot Woolen Slip-on (I bought my first pair of TOMS just a couple months ago, and I have to say, I'm totally smitten. I think these might have to be my second pair...)
12. Caslon Patterned Crewneck (Obviously, fun, whimsical sweaters are a thing because Nordy's has 'em too. I love the yellow one with the gray fox and the green one with the black/green dots across the shoulders. Too cute!)

So, what about you? Are you out there or planning to be out there, braving the Black Friday Frenzy? Or are you shopping from the quiet and comfort of your own computer? And what fun things did you pick up? Do tell!

And as always, thanks for visiting!


  1. Carol, I hope you and Kathryn (and your families)all had a very nice Thanksgiving. per your post and photo about the J Crew Tweed Lavendar Jacket, I did order it and it is on its way to me, but now I am worried about the color - hope it won't look like an Easter egg and am wondering what to pair it with. Grey, possibly? Did you ever end up ordering it? I hope I don't regret getting it!

    have a great day

  2. Right there with you sister. I did buy a bunch today already, but everything except for one item (an Anthropologie coat) is a gift. That makes me feel alright about shopping with the masses. I am anticipating better deals to come, but I'm on a pretty tight budget this year so like you I have a very long wishlist and a practically non-existent need/will buy list. ;)

    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Kathryn too!!

  3. Uh oh, that Maritime Dress is adorable. Might have to get it.

  4. Hi! Were you at South Coast Plaza on Black Friday? More specifically, the Madewell store and were you buying a green cardigan? :) I promise, I'm not a stalker haha...The checkout line was super long and stretched the width of the store, so I was trying to figure out how to get around and saw you standing in line with a bemused look on your face. I didn't want to embarrass you by saying that I read your blog because you were by yourself and probably didn't want the people in line turning around and staring at you :). Anyway, I got in line and saw that you bought the same cardigan that I had come to refund due to sizing issues...Anyway, I'm glad they finally got an Anthro at that mall. Now South Coast is finally a one stop shopping destination :) Nadine

  5. Your Modest dresses for women is to die for, i love it! This is such an inspiring one.