What I Bought: Black Friday 2020

Clothing & Accessories

Sevilla Smith Liz Mules + Shearling Insert | Purchased for $225 + $24 (20% off)

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.

Faye still has some styles available in the sale, such these very cool brushed Sandys and these Liz Mules in a pretty lighter leather.

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

This is a gift for my dad – he gets cold easily in the winter, so this looked like the perfect toasty blanket. Thank you to Xin for the Cozy Blanket recommendation, which led me down this path.

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.

Ring Spotlight Cam & Small Solar Panel | Purchased for $149 + $49 (25% off the Spotlight Cam)

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. 

Philips LED Penguin & Baby Penguin from Target| Purchased for $67.50 total (25% off)

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. 

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Parachute Linen Sheets: Worth It in Winter?

Parachute Linen Duvet Cover & Shams Review

Above: Parachute Linen Duvet Cover and Shams in Surplus; Hearth & Hand Lumbar Pillow (similar)

I have always had a soft spot for linen in the form of clothing, such as flowy dresses, airy tops or casual pants. Especially so in recent years, with slow fashion favorites like Only Child and Elizabeth Suzann heavily utilizing linen for their classic pieces. 

However, I never quite made the leap to linen bedding – until now. If you are looking to upgrade your linens (or for an early holiday gift), I hope you find this review helpful.

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Unsponsored Select Blinds Review: Cellular, Roman & Bamboo Shades

Select Blinds Jute Natural vs Jute Wheat

When we moved into our place last year, we had zero window coverings – no wonder the photos looked so light-filled! So, we quickly stuck up some temporary paper blinds, which covered the majority of our windows until this year.

Initially, I had no intention of installing our own blinds. However, a colleague convinced me that it was very simple, even for someone as inexperienced as I was. Window frames are always surrounded by 2×4’s, so I wouldn’t have to worry about finding a stud (an issue I’ve had in the past when installing a closet system).  The internet (aka reddit) further convinced me that self-installation was the way to go. Apparently, the vast majority of window products are very similar and there is no need to pay a mark-up unless a brand like Hunter Douglass has a very specific material that you just can’t live without.

Select Blinds came highly recommended by Redditors, and they had the initial style I was looking for – top/down bottom/up honeycomb cellular shades. So I decided to order one set to test… since then, I’ve installed their shades in three additional rooms in various styles!

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Our Place Always Pan Review

Always Pan Review

If you like cooking or home decor, you have likely seen the Our Place Always Pan flash across your feed at some point. The Always Pan comes in an array of interior design friendly colors, along with standard neutrals. Our old non-stick skillet pan was on its last legs, so the timing was perfect for trying something new. If you are considering the Always Pan, I hope you find the following review useful.

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