Sale Time (or How to not go crazy during Sale Season)

Acne Star boots

photo via Harper & Harley

It’s sale season on the internet. This is always a trying time, full of angst, open tabs, and reflection on my life and its overall purpose. I once wrote in my “About” section that I live[d] to shop. Terrible. It’s still thrilling to take part in the dance of add-to-cart-oooh-my-card-info-is-saved-place-order, so I’m not sure I’ve overcome my demons.

I’m pretty sure I haven’t actually.

I have, however, learned to quiet them and stay out of their way for the most part; only battling them once the urge REALLY strikes. Oddly enough [sarcasm], I feel those urges most during sale season on the internet. What is a click-happy, reformed binge spender to do???

While I don’t have any surefire answers, I can tell you that the best lines of defense are the following;

  • budget for these moments (boring, but it works)
  • have a plan or idea of what  you generally need want (I keep a list on my phone)
  • don’t settle for things that aren’t quite right even if they are on sale (this takes constant reminding. CONSTANT. REMINDING.)
  • don’t make any high impact purchases of items you only learned about in the last week (more constant reminding)
  • if you find a grail-level item on sale, buy it

That’s it.  Five guidelines to keep the damage as minimal as possible and buyer’s remorse levels low.  You could keep the damage to non-existent by closing the tabs and ignoring all of it, but where is the fun in that? Nowhere. That’s where.

Sales n Stuff:


A roundup of indie boutiques via Garmentory

West End Select Shop (my favorite Portland boutique , also via Garmentory)

The Outnet (extra 30% off)

Barney’s Warehouse

Nasty Gal (extra 40% off)


Nordstrom Annual Sale (starts in July…but, you know…start looking now…for budgeting purposes)


Now, since I add an anecdote to nearly everything, I’ll tell you what led to this whole post to begin with.  I was minding my own business, reading through my feed on Feedly (mistake #1) when I caught wind of the sale at Shopbop (which is sort of a perpetual thing, no?). Anyway, I went to check it out (mistake #2) when right on the first page were the Acne Star boots. If you’ve been around this blog long enough, you’ll recall my knack for finding seasons-past Acne at a generous discount. Anyway, I see the boots and freak out because they’re half off and within acceptable splurge range for the brand, quality and style. Twenty one seconds later (because I’ve gotten really quick at thinking through all of these things), I completed my order and am now awaiting their arrival with hopes that they don’t truly run one size smaller. If they are, back they go.  Because we don’t settle even if things are on sale, right? Right. 

ETA: Verdict? They don’t run small, they run narrow…but I seem to have had success stretching them a bit with a pair of thick socks. HUZZAH!



Sweater Weather


EVERLANE donegal cashmere turtleneck and chunky knit crew

Everlane is great for providing more layers for me to gawk at as these temperatures hover around freezing.

I’m learning the importance necessity of wool and cashmere and beanies and gloves and jackets that aren’t supposed to only look good. Who knew!?  Also, I’m learning that the cost for these things is astronomical unless it’s ebay. Anyone want to put something on a sweater for me? Can we all go in on one and mail it around? How do we make this happen?



photo via the cozy space

Right now, I’m in the middle of selling my house in and looking for a place to live. Naturally, instead of focusing on that, I am thinking about how woefully under-prepared I am for the Pacific Northwest climate. The weather has been beautiful as of late, but I’m told this is a damn dirty trick that February is playing. Terrible.

Since seasons are a THING here, and I’m not sure what a proper transition from winter to spring looks/feels like, I’m scoping out a few things to look at and feel up on.

The perfect leather jacket. It’s perpetually on the list of things to get, but I think I’ve finally found the jacket to replace all leather jackets. No, I  mean it. I had six at one point and I’m 97% sure this trumps all of them. Besides, it’s cold here and I’m not wearing Patagonia. This one is a close second because it gives me Rick Owens vibes.

Super black skinny jeans. No rips, no holes, no frills. Just a great fit that hits at a nice point on the ankle. Distressing makes for cold knees here and I’m not a fan of cold knees.

Boxy white t-shirt. Another mainstay in the closet, this one is in a different (and therefore, worthy of separate purchase) silhouette and makes for a nice update of my now threadbare scoopneck versions. Or I could buy a pack of Fruit of the Loom shirts and call it a day. We’ll see.



The Sleeveless Silk Shirt


sleeveless silk blouse c/o Everlane

Another preview of what will be happening this fall.

The folks at Everlane were kind enough to let me pick something out of their Harvestland collection to add to my own.  I chose the sleeveless silk blouse in red clay because I wanted something that wasn’t neutral, but would play well with others. The color is deeper than I expected (it reads more pink on the site), but I love it even more because of that…mostly because pink terrifies me.

Now, if they would just release those loafers already!!!