Black Friday Showdown

Black Friday is an intimidating event, especially in an intense city like New York. You survived Thanksgiving, wasn’t that enough? The swarms of relatives, the overabundance of food, and you wore the appropriate outfit. Apparently you now have to battle the crowds for the sake of shopping. No, you don’t.

Before you brave the cold, snow, crowds and sales that inundate every Black Friday, check out my roundup of the best post-turkey deals to be had this holiday shopping season.

I sorted through the fluff and hype to highlight the real deals, but buyers must indeed beware– many of these mean hitting click and refresh as fast as your Internet connection will allow.

Most of all? Stay calm. Now, let’s talk sales. All links below are hyperlinked so click, click, click to get the deals! Ready, set, shop!

black friday steals

6PM // Black Friday 15% off DATE: 11.27 – 11.28 CODE: 6PMEU112720141585

Alice + Olivia // 25% off sitewide + free shipping DATE: 11.26-12.01

All Saints (US) // 20% off all styles DATE: 11.28-12.01 CODE: THANKS

Andrew Marc // Black Friday 24-hour flash sale, up to 80% off site wide DATE: 11.28-11.29 (until 7pm)

Anthropologie // Black Friday huge sale site wide // Cyber Monday  free shipping

ASOS (US) // Black Friday 30% off DATE: 11.27 (8pm EST) – 11.30 (8pm EST) CODE: TGIBF // Cyber Monday  30% off DATE: 11.30 (8pm EST) – 12.02 (3am EST) CODE: ILOVEMONDAYS

Athleta // 20% off DATE: 11.28-11.30 CODE: FIT20

Azalea // 30% off sale DATE: 11.26-12.01 // Cyber Monday  25% off sitewite

Banana Republic (US)// 50% off 1 full-priced item DATE: 11.27-11.28 CODE: BRFIFTY // 40% off site wide DATE: 11.27-11.28 CODE: BRFORTY

BB Dakota // Black Friday 30% off full-price styles DATE: 11.27-11.29 CODE: THANKS30 // Cyber Monday 30% off any purchase + free shipping DATE: 11.30-12.01 CODE: CYBER30

Bloomingales // Black Friday 50% off on a selection site wide DATE: 11.25-11.29 // Cyber Monday 25% off a selection of regular and sale price items DATE: 11.30-12.01

Bluefly // up to 80% off DATE: 11.28

Boden // 30% off sitewide + free shipping and free returns DATE: 11.27-11.30

Calvin Klein // Black Friday  50% off site wide DATE: 11.28

Club Monaco // Black Friday 30% off cashmere styles DATE: 11.28// Cyber Monday check for their biggest sale of the year

Current Elliott // Black Friday 25% off site wide DATE: 11.26-12.01 CODE: THANKS

Dolce Vita // up to 60% off, extra 20% off sale + free shipping DATE” 11.25-12.1 CODE:BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout

Everlane // Black Friday Everlane has established The Black Friday Fund–donating all profits for the day to their factory partners in Hangzouh, China. All proceeds will go towards updating recreational facilities for the 300 people who live and work at the factory. By purchasing on Black Friday, customers will be able to see their individual contribution.

Gap (US) // Black Friday  50% off site wide DATE: 11.27-11.28 CODE: BLKFRIDAY

Helmut Lang - 40% off DATE: 11.25-12.01

Hudson Jeans // Black Friday 60% off select styles + free shipping DATE: 11.28-11. // Cyber Monday additional 20% off select styles + frees shipping DATE: 12.01

Kate Spade Saturday // Black Friday 30% off sitewide + free shipping DATE: 11.26-11.30 CODE: DEALME // Cyber Monday 30% off site wide DATE: 12.01 CODE: OHWOW

Lord and Taylor // extra 20% off almost everything + 25% off fine jewelry DATE: 11.25-11.30 CODE: THANKS // Up to 50% off woman’s fall boots + extra 20% off DATE: 11.25-11.30 CODE: THANKS

Luisaviaroma //extra 20% off DATE: 11.25-12.02 CODE: BFRS

Madewell // 25% off your entire purchase DATE: 11.25-11.30 CODE: GIFTON

Milly // Black Friday 25% off site wide DATE: 11.28-11.30 // Cyber Monday 25% off site wide + extra 10% off final sale DATE: 12.01 CODE: CM2014

Necessary Clothing // Black Friday 25% off site wide DATE: 11.26-11.30 // Cyber Monday 30% off site wide DATE: 12.01

Need Supply Co. // Black Friday 30% off sale items DATE: 11.26-11.30// Cyber Monday 20% off site wide DATE: 12.01-12.02

Nordstrom // up to 40% off select product

Old Navy - entire store will be 50% off DATE: 11.27 (4pm) – 11.28

Otte New York // Black Friday extra 40% off all sale merchandise DATE: 11.21-11.27 CODE: BLACKFRIDAYEA // Cyber Monday 20% off site wide DATE: 11.28-12.01

Revolve // Black Friday select items up to 80% off DATE: 11.28-11.30 // Cyber Monday 20% off final sale DATE: 12.01 CODE: cybermonday20

Saks Fifth Avenue (US, UK, & CA) // up to 60% off select styles DATE: 11.26-11.28 //up to 50% off DATE: 11.29-11.30

Shopbop // Tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 DATE: 11.25-12.01 CODE: GOBIG14

Singer 22 // Black Friday 20% site wide DATE: 11.25-11.30 CODE: TURKEY // Cyber Monday  20% off site wide DATE: 12.01 CODE: CYBER

SSENSE // up to 50% off

The Dreslyn // Black Friday 20% off site wide DATE: 11.27-11.30 CODE: BLACKFRIDAY // Cyber Monday 20% off site wide DATE: 12.01 CODEL CYBERMONDAY

Topshop (US) // 30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items DATE: 11.27-12.01

Urban Outfitters // Black Friday  additional 25% off all sale online, additional 50% off all sale in-stores. DATE: 11.28 // Cyber Monday take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150 DATE: 12.01

Whistles // 30% of sitewide

Zappos Charity Promotion Details: Announces Fast, Free Giving! For every order placed on from Black Friday to Cyber Monday Zappos will donate 10 meals to families in need, in partnership with Feeding America. Their commitment is to donate up to 5,000,000 meals ($500,000). That many meals would feed the entire state of Kentucky! Through Feeding America’s bulk discounts, subsidies, etc. they’re able to use $1 in donations to generate 10 meals. Feeding America is a national top-rated charity with a network of over 200 food banks, and supporting 61,000 local charities in all 50 states, DC, and Puerto Rico.”

Happy Shopping!



An Outfit To Steal This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is often an endurance event ending in a tryptophan-induced coma, so this year let us give thanks for those returning to a more, Puritan approach in both what we eat and how we dress.

I know I am not the only one who likes to dress down in denim for the Thanksgiving feast. Thinking about the snow, the traffic, and what I am going to cook for the holiday!? are more pertinent things on my agenda. What I do know is that after indulging in all the yummy food that I am going to stuff my face with, see: trying to imitate ABC Kitchen‘s Jean George Vongerichen, my pants won’t close and I will be bummed I didn’t wear a dress with knee-length boots.

In any event, why not dress for comfort and style? Show up at grandma’s house with a graphic sweater, high-waisted ivory pants, and a hint of leopard so your feet, not your mouth, can get the attention they deserve. Yadi yadi ya.

Happy Thanksgiving!

graphic sweater

Sheinside sweaterTheory pant / Christian Louboutin flats / Clare Vivier pouch

Get the look here:


Net-A-Porter Sale is On!

Net-A-Porter saleNET-A-PORTER

This is my favorite sale of the season: everything I have longed for is reduced. The only problem is that the site crashes and Europe gets first dibs so by the time it comes to the United States, some goodies are sold out. Now is not the time to cry over spilled milk.

Hit the link up top before everything is GONE. GONE. GONE….



Ten Pretty Things

Today officially marks the week of Thanksgiving, which means you will be heading out-of-town quicker than the clock strikes 5 o’clock on Wednesday making this a long holiday weekend for family, meals, family meals, shopping and Black Friday. Overwhelming as it all is, I like to take care of gift buying before I run out of time, energy, and money. All three things happen to me every year, so just let’s just bite the bullet and let’s get this party started. And you can do it all online, right here right now.

Gift season is filled with pressure on gifting the just right thing. What would Aunt Jen want this year? When we present a gift, we want the received to really like it, not just fake it. But it is the thought that counts, right? My suggestion is to always get a gift receipt, unless you are re-gifting. That way they aren’t stuck with an unwanted gift.

And always answer this question: Would I want to receive this myself?

If the answer is yes, it’s probably a great gift.

Here are my top ten gifts that I would love to give or receive. Hint, hint. Wink, wink. Click on the pictures below to start gifting now.


Date Night Outfit Inspiration

Have a hot date this weekend but can’t figure out how to look cute given the chilly temps outside? Problem understood. With that dating quagmire in mind, there lies a solution. The coat is the conversation piece, topping off the perfect cold weather evening ensemble underneath.

What inspires me on a night out is not so called investment pieces: my belted camel coat, or my oversized grey blanket coat, but a sexy fun piece that stands out in a crowd of basic. Did you ever think to wear a bubble gum pink coat? Whether headed out to dinner, an after-work party, (’tis the season folks) or a night out in the casinos, the evening calls for style and glamour. Full-length dresses are elegant, but too restricting and formal, and just too skimpy is inappropriate. Although it may not be exactly Las Vegas to where I would head, picking something that is elegant as well as comfortable is essential. I haven’t visited a casino in a long time, but fashion, like slot machines is always a gamble. If you ever want to learn about slot machines, you can at Gaming Club, but I do know that personal style takes nothing but practice, practice, practice.

With just ten pieces, here is how you marry the perfect cold-weather evening ensemble that fuses function with fashion, keeping you warm and just the right amount of sexy for a night out on the town.

Happy Friday!

what to wear on a date night

To shop the looks, just click the links below, or hit the pictures and go straight to the website.

DKNY baby-pink shearling coat // Saint Laurent lace-up boots / cashmere socks // Topshop Unique embellished cotton shirt // David Koma edgy pencil skirt // Acne blanket scarf // embellished sweater // CA & Lou arrow bracelet // a shot of pink on the lips and cheeks, I like this all-in-one lipstick that doubles as a blush from Stila, and to top it off, a monogrammed velvet clutch by the boss Saint Laurent 


Fringe and Fray

Playing with fringe and frayed edges is nothing new in the fashion industry. Deconstructing fabric and unraveled threads is part of the creative process. I’m not talking about diving headlong into Festival territory where you start dressing like your teenage self and tripping through the tulips in your ripped denim hot pants. This is a more sophisticated take on the trend and designers high and low have gotten a hold on fringe fever.

By way of rips, there are no signs that this trend is departing our shores anytime soon and come Spring, designers have pushed it to new heights. Stay tuned for Dries Van Noten’s use of Bohemianism, Proenza Schouler’s fringed skirts and, the raw-edged denim king Marques Almeida’s play of stray threads.

Can’t wait till Spring? I teamed a suede fringe jacket with a white turtleneck and flare jeans (I ripped the bottoms) for a western-inspired ensemble. I will wear it out until it’s too freaking cold to bare.


Reformation jacket and turtleneck // J Brand jeans // Stella McCartney wedge heel ankle boots

fringe jacket and bell bottom jeans

fringe jacket

Fabric that sways has a way of exclaiming your presence by just a shimmy and a shake. As of press time, this look is a compelling enough reason to let loose and dance. Maybe because the mercury is higher than 20 degrees this AM?

fringe jacket

fringe jacket

Shop the look here:

Photos: Lydia Hudgens


The Perfect Coat

Is there such thing as the perfect coat? I have been on the hunt for the perfect coat for the Fall/ Winter season. I have put several in my cart from NET-A-PORTER, NORDSTROM, FAR FETCH and YOOX, but when I go back to order them, they’re gone. I guess everyone is looking for that perfect coat too.

While you’re shopping for that just right coat, there are plenty of people who don’t have a warm coat to put on their bodies as winter approaches. ‘Tis the season for giving and Barbour Inc. has partnered with One Warm Coat to keep neighbors in its local retail communities warm this winter.

Starting Saturday November 15 through December 31, Barbour’s retail locations will be accepting any coat in wearable condition. All coats collected will be donated to each store’s local charity partner and distributed directly to people in need. The following charities have been selected for 2014:

Join Barbour and support those in need this winter by dropping off coats during regular store hours at your local Barbour store, which can be found at

My mantra has always been, one in, one out. Purchase that new coat, and then give one to somebody in need.


Hats Off To You


‘Tis the season for giving and keeping warm. Fedora hats are on my radar this season, until, of course, its beanie time.

Shop my pics below:


Photo: Lydia Hudgens


Leather Lingo

I purchased these leather-ish culottes in a haste, not sure when or where I would wear them. Tired of my leather mini skirt, and not quite ready to dive into leather pants covering my loins, I wore them with a simple white t-shirt and flatform shoes. I loved the feeling of  wearing bare legs, open air and all. Enjoy this 60-plus degree day, because according to the weather report, come Thursday, we are due for a cold front that will, sweep in and burst the giant pink balloon of Spring out of our hands. So why not get out in your shorts and let your skin show just one more time?!

Just think, for the next eight months, you, I, and the collective we in the Northeast will be wearing the same navy sweater and black jeans every day.

navy turtleneck

navy turtleneck and leather culottes

navy turtleneck

navy vintage jacket

navy vintage jacket

leather culottes

vintage jacket with fur collar

Asos culottes // Whistles turtleneck // Vintage navy wool jacket, get a similar one here or here // McQ booties from last Fall, get a similar pair here


Photos: Lydia Hudgens


Chanel Vintage Gems for Your Eyes Only

I have a case of the Mondays. The only way to get rid of this sickness, is to get a kiss or a hug from your child on their way to school. That request is potentially quite dicey. The next best thing? To receive an email from NastyGal announcing this: a rare vintage Chanel sale.

Maybe you are craving a new bag? Or, you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet. I am in a constant state of confusion by the ever-growing list of friends, family, frenemies, acquaintances, and well-meaning neighbors, all of whom somehow seem to be on THE list. I have bought scented candles, stationary in previous years, but for the high rollers on your list, that might just need that special piece, head over to Nasty Gal

From nineties-era cell-phone holders and visors to a monochromatic basketball and perfume flaçon pendant, these amazingly outré rare vintage Chanel items are up now. Just remember, a girl can dream. Head over here, to take a peek. Game ON.

vintage Chanel

vintage Chanel

Photos courtesy of NastyGal