Clothing & Accessories
I admit – this was an impulse purchase. I love my Sevilla Smith Sandy’s, and wasn’t necessarily looking for another pair. But the sale was so tempting, I couldn’t resist. Ever since learning about the different leathers, I’ve been keen to try out the thicker Oregon leather used here. If these fit (I ordered a size down since my Sandys are slightly loose), I may turn them into my indoor WFH work shoes.
J Brand Maria Skinny Jeans from Bloomingdales | Purchased for $94 (50% off) + 10% cash back
I already have a pair, but they are over 5 years old and have faded over time. I love these because they fit most easy into over-the-knee boots like my 5050s, so I felt it was due time for a fresh pair. Of course, I will still wear my old ones!
With Rakuten, I also got an additional 10% cash back (today it’s 15%), so these jeans were ~55% off. I am a big fan of stacking Rakuten cashback bonuses with holiday sales – more on that here. If you’re new to Rakuten, you can use my referral link to earn an additional $40 cashback on your first purchase (note, I’ll also earn $40 – thank you in advance if you use my link!)
Mansur Gavriel Mini Protea Bag from Neiman Marcus | Purchased for $595, receiving $125 gift card + 20% cash back (~40% off)
I have been eyeing this bag since my roundup on luxe inspired bags. On Rakuten, Neiman Marcus is offering a generous 20% cash back on many categories, including handbags. Combined with their gift card promo (spend $X and get a $Y gift card), this was a pretty good deal.
Note: I made sure that the gift card could be used on items I would need to buy in December / January, otherwise it would not be a deal if it just made me spend more. I’m almost out of facial moisturizer, so I’ll likely be using it on that.
Home & Other Goods
LL Bean Ultraplush Primaloft Blanket | Purchased for 15% off
2021 Watercolor Calendar from Etsy | Purchased for 15% off
A gift for my mom – she always meticulously tracks important dates & appointments in a physical calendar. I buy her a new calendar each year!
Santa Sloth Slippers from AE | Purchased for $15 (50% off)
My old Totoro slippers are looking… rough these days. These were too cute to pass up.
We’ve been needing a camera for our side entrance, and I like that this light & camera combo doesn’t need hardwiring if used with the solar panel.
I mean… how cute are these?!
Sewing & Stuff
Hughes Dress Pattern from Friday Pattern Co | Purchased for $12 (25% off)
Up North Quilt Pattern from Pen + Paper Patterns | Purchased for $6.50 (35% off)
My 2019 Purchases & Their Statuses
These past few Black Fridays, I try my best to stick with purchases that have been on my ‘list’ for some time, and have a good chance at a high utilization rate. So, let’s see how well I did with last year’s purchases:
Saint Laurent Small Vicky Bag in Black Lambskin from Nordstrom (similar) | Purchased for $1,400 (30% off $1,990)
This bag was beautiful – soft, supple lambskin leather with a lovely structure. Which, ultimately, was terrifying to me. I ended up returning this bag because I was worried about the delicate leather, as gorgeous as it was.
Demellier Vancouver Bag in Black Leather from 24S.com | Purchased for $368 (20% off $460)
I reviewed this bag here, and have used it a moderate amount of times. Less so during summer and well, shelter-in-place, but I’ll be wearing it more now that we’re heading into winter.
Bryr Clogs Miranda Spanish Toe in Clay | Purchased for $266 (not on sale, but part of their limited no-lead-time special sale)
My in-store try-on review here. Sadly, I have not worn these as much as I’ve liked – I’m tempted to clean the soles and ‘turn’ them into indoor shoes to get more wear out of them. These were going to be my go-to spring / summer shoes, but… 2020. I’ll give them another year, but may have to re-home if they still don’t get use!
Nisolo Dari Boot in Wheat | Purchased for $140 (40% off $238)
I wore these a lot earlier this year as my commute / work shoes in the winter. They’re very solid ankle boots, and I’m glad I have them in my collection. Currently a similar sale price!
Elizabeth Suzann x Alabama Chanin Eva Long-Sleeve Top | Purchased for $84 (30% off $124)
Love this and wear it quite a bit – it’s back in my rotation now that the weather has cooled down. It’s a nice, mid/heavyweight cotton with an elegant neckline.