I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. We had a small one with my dad in the yard and though it was small, it was still nice. I know this year is an exceptional one. Most people will try to do as much shopping for the holidays this pandemic year online from their homes. I also encourage everyone to shop small in your own town, instead of the mall, so these small businesses can survive. Many have curbside pickup and personal shopping hours. I will share some more of them on my Instagram stories during this next month.
The fact is, the less we are in crowds and with people, the safer we all stay right now. I have already told my family that we are doing less which helps. Expectations have to be lowered this year. Focus on better made items and buy fewer. It’s better for the planet and all of us. How are you all approaching this holiday season with the pandemic? Have you also been thinking smaller this year? I think in 2020 we can all give ourselves a pass on going all out as we might usually right? It’s the one upside maybe of this whole year!
In the better and less, and shopping from home theme, I have a few Black Friday shopping deals for you to check out and some gift ideas too. Sorry this is coming late on Friday, but many of these last through the weekend. Check to be sure.
Of course I have to share my favorite Serena & Lily which is having their best sale of the year, 20% off everything- INCLUDING SALE ITEMS! This never happens so check it out if you have been needing a nice item for the home… something I consider a gift for myself. I would often prefer that over a lot of smaller gifts, and something like a lovely lamp or throw lasts years and decades. Use the code TOGETHER to get 20% off – plus FREE SHIPPING!
My favorite S&L items: -The Porto Linen Pajamas are stylish and cool in summer and very warm in winter too. – I love the look of these Wood and Marble coasters, the Dot Baskets, the Tahoma Pillow Cover, and the Blantyre Alpaca Throw are just a few on my own wishlist. It’s also a great time to pick up one of their beautiful rugs or lamps for your home that will last years or a chair like my Edgewater Lounge Chair so many of you have asked about! Free shipping ends on 11/30 and the sale goes until December 2.
Tory Burch is having a 30% off this weekend (use code THANKS), on selected items some of her classics which always look chic or dated including her Simone Cardigan wool cardigan which comes in the prettiest colors. I love this layered for winter, worn backwards for evening or even over the shoulders with a sundress when warm days are here again. This will last you and upgrade your whole outfit.
Also on this sale is these marked down Brooke Ankle Boots in black leather and a pretty suede.
Some cute heeled boots on sale too, but lately all I buy is comfort shoes and flats. Another great buy is the tall Miller Lug Sole Boot– darling with leggings and big sweaters! Markdowns have the an additional 30% off reflected when you check out. These things go fast so don’t wait too long. Ends on 11/30.
Anthropologie has so much to love and is offering 30% off everything this weekend only with free shipping on items over $50. Standouts are this Nancy Eyelash Cardigan made in California, the Eleanor Velvet Tunic Dress, the Love Textured Sweater, this Sundry Vera Lounger Set (comes with matching scrunchie!) also made in California, these Florence Balducci Flannel PJ top and pants, these darling Elephant Pjs and these Sorel Mail Run Slippers.
For the guys in my life, Nordstrom is my go to for the hubs, my dad, and sons. A few ideas for the men in your life.. marked down right now are the Nordstrom Brand Quarter Zip on sale now $44 dollars, this green cotton/cashmere version in 6 colors, the Marc New York puffer for the cold (I’m thinking my Univ of Utah kid will need this), and this water-resistant puffer in oxblood and in black, these Adidas Soccer pants my younger guys love, and a hoodie in three colors for the younger men, and the Faherty Baja Beach Hoodie, which is a great quality brand.
Also good gift ideas that aren’t on sale, but go fast this time of year, are the men’s UGG robes (my husband loves his), and these Barefoot Dream’s full-length zip up robes for women. I have that on my own list!
Trina Turk has 25% off full price, 45% off certain styles, and 35% off sale. Love this cheeky champagne sweater, the Palm Springs Merino Crew Neck, this coat, and their Birkenstocks are an extra 25% off -something you never see.
Other sales to check out this weekend…
Bloomingdales– 25% off most things this weekend (exclusions apply) and an extra 50% off clearance. Uggs Short Zip Booties are the Deal of the Day at $109.
J.Crew is having 50% off all styles and 60% off sale items. Use code FRIDAY.
Madewell is having 50% off selected styles.
Athleta is having $20 off tights and also 20% off your purchase until 11/29.
Lou & Grey has 50% off everything plus free shipping. Use code BESTWEEK. I love their sweats and soft clothing!
Loft- the parent company of Lou & Grey has the same 50% off offer and free shipping with BESTWEEK.
Banana Republic has 50% off everything no code needed. I especially love this cute fuzzy beanie that’s 50% off now. Sale ends 11/28.
Williams-Sonoma is having 50% off many items and other great specials throughout the weekend. They aren’t on sale, but their gorgeous frames are always a great gift for a special anniversary, house warming, marriage or birthday. Some of their pretty rugs are marked down and I just spotted this amazing Breville/nespresso Espresso machine half off- a fantastic deal.
I’ll add more shopping ideas as I see them this weekend and in the next few weeks.
I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving weekend and use the extra days for some quality time- whether it be a walk, reading a book, time with family or dear friends, or just a few moments of zen.
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LA CONTESSA says
ACTUALLY HIT NORDSTROMS YESTERDAY LATE AFTERNOON AS I HAD A RETURN………..The outdoor mall was swarming with people…….
IT was nice to see I have to say ALL MASKED UP!
We were in and out.NO SHOPPING DONE ON MY SIDE or THE HUSBANDS………….
I am at a LOSS this year on what to get the MEN in my LIFE………think we will buy the FIRST BORN some more trees to surround his barn in San Diego to make shade ONE DAY!THE OFF GRID CHILD…………thankfully likes colored clothing.MAY have to have him give me a HIT LIST!
THE ITALIAN is REALLY HARD……..he wants NO MORE CLOTHING and has every TOOL a MAN can want!Plus, he has a BIRTHDAY on JAN. 2!!!
THE ITALIAN has gone off today to get the CHRISTMAS tree up by TAHOE!
I am NOT there yet still cleaning up pans from TURKEY DAY!
THANK YOU FOR ALL THE IDEAS!!
Elizabeth, That is good to hear Nordstrom was not too bad- and people were masking up. I don’t know how people can feel safe shopping in a mall crowd. I am just opting out of that this year. I like our Nordstrom, which I can pack in the back- run in and get out fast. Isn’t it difficult to buy for guys? I am always perplexed. They want some clothes (they hate shopping), but don’t want their gadgets bought by anyone else. I am always on the look for men ideas!
Can’t wait to see your tree! We are getting ours today! I have to buy from a lot as I want something with strong branches.Douglas Fir’s from the mountains here don’t hold heavy bulbs, and the last time I cut one down it was filled with beetles! I am a Home Depot parking lot tree person now. Hope you have a good weekend! xx
As usual, I love all your picks … we’ve been scaling back on holiday shopping for many years now. It happens when the nest is empty … so this year won’t feel quite so different. That said, I’ll be shopping more online and in our locals shops. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Black Friday shopping was significantly curtailed this year … I mean in person shopping. UPS and Federal Express are going to be even busier. I’ve been contemplating things I consider absolute essentials in my home and throws are high on the list. Serena and Lily’s are the best. Everything they do is the best really. I’m loving these bathrobes too. Shopping for men can be such a challenge. Will you be spending time at your cabin over the holidays? xo
Juliet thanks so much. I think a lot of these are already sold out. I agree we are also scaling back and it seems people are you know- expecting less and not killing themselves which is good. The most important thing during this pandemic is for all of us to get through it.I feel bad for UPS and FEDEX this year! Also shopping for men is SO hard. I have all men- my dad, husband and the guys. It’s a lot of man things to get.. and they want to choose their own gadgets. Hopefully, I will be up at th cabin soon. xo