The Rundown: Columbus Day Weekend Sales

The Rundown: Shopping Cheat Sheet

Lo and behold, we’ve made it!

What have we made it to? The first major sale weekend of the fourth quarter of the year!

Columbus Day weekend, in my opinion, marks the very start of the holiday shopping season. I know it’s much too early, but from here on out the retailers are going to be touting sales, sales, and more sales. If there’s anything in particular that you are shopping for this holiday season, be sure to start keeping an eye out now. You never know when said item might be marked down to a too-good-to-pass-up price!

If you work in schools or the government or a super awesome office that gives it’s employees the long weekend off, have a great one! Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend regardless of how long it is. :)

Here are some of my favorite Columbus Day weekend sales:

7 For All Mankind

Take 30% off your entire 7 For All Mankind purchase with code “FRIENDS30”. This coupon is valid through October 12, 2015.


You can dress better than ever thanks to the Anthropologie dress sale! Take 20% off all dresses with code “DRESSCODE”. This coupon is valid through October 12, 2015.

Banana Republic

There’s a huge sale at Banana Republic right now! You can take 50% off select items and 40% off the rest of your purchase with code “BRSAVE”. Offer valid through October 13, 2015.

Barnes and Noble

Shop the Barnes and Noble Friends and Family Sale and take 20% off one item! This offer applies to both online and in-store purchases. If shopping online, use code “BNFAMILY20”. Offer valid through October 12, 2015.


Save 25-70% at Bloomingdale’s when you take an extra 20-50% off almost all permanently-reduced merchandise. no coupon needed. Valid through October 12, 2015.


Save up to 50% at the Boden Mid-Season Sale PLUS take an extra 15% off all sale items with code “XTRA”. Valid through October 12, 2015.


(Plus Size) The Catherine’s Ultimate Fall Sale is on! Enjoy these fab offers:

  • Free Shipping with no Minimum
  • Extra 40% Off Clearance
  • Buy One, Get One 50% Off Suprema
  • 40% Off All Active, Bottoms, And Sleepwear

Offers are valid through October 12, 2015.

Free People

Take 25% off select fall favorites at Free People. No coupon needed. Valid through October 12, 2015.

Henri Bendel

Spend more to save more at Henri Bendel! Take $50 off $250, $100 off $350, or $150 off every $450 spent. No coupon needed. Valid through October 12, 2015.


Take 30% off full price styles + an additional 40% off sale styles at J.Crew with code “WEEKEND”. Valid through October 12, 2015.


Keds Taylor Swift Champion Hearts shoes

You can currently save 50-60% on select sale styles at Keds, including styles from their collaborations with Kate Spade and Taylor Swift! Taylor Swift’s Champion Hearts above originally cost $55, but are now on sale for $24.95. Gift idea: A pair of the Taylor Swift shoes might make a fun holiday gift for a young Taylor lover! 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Vineyard Vines is Tied to a Cause

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we will spend the month of October last year highlighting some of the stores that are running special promotions to raise funds for breast cancer and other cancer-specific charities. With the purchase of any of the items we highlight over the course of this month a portion of the proceeds will be donated to various breast cancer charities.

Vineyard Vines - Tied to a Cause

Breast Cancer Awareness Printed Tie – $85 // Whale Tale Cashmere Scarf – $138 // Whale Tale iPhone 6 Case – $45 // Breast Cancer Awareness Bow Tie – $55 // Pink Enamel Cuff – $45

Vineyard Vines has a selection of items for both women and men (all pictured above) in their Tied to a Cause – Think Pink Collection.  With the purchase of any of these items, 30% of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Alliance.

The Breast Cancer Alliance is an organization that works to improve survival rates and the quality of life for those impacted by breast cancer through better prevention, early detection, treatment and cure.

Be sure to check out more Breast Cancer Awareness Month offers, most of which are only good during the month of October.


Just Browsing: Saddle Bags

Earlier this year I wrote about how the popularity of the Chloé Drew Bag certainly meant an overall rise in the popularity of saddle bags later in the year, and that seems to have been an understatement. Whereas affordable saddle bags were hard to come by last February, right now you can find them everywhere and at all price ranges.

While the Chloé bag was small, you can now find saddle bags in an assortment of sizes, which is great since I’m one of those people who tends to carry my entire life with me whenever I leave the house.

If you’re in the market for a new handbag, here are some of my favorite saddle bags:

What do you think of the saddle bag? Do you like this style or are you going to wait for a new handbag trend to come along?

The Look for Less: Diane von Furstenberg Ballerina Sweater

The Look for Less: Ballerina Sweater

Diane von Furstenberg is considered the pioneer of the wrap dress, so it’s no surprise that she has released a collection of wrap sweaters that are certainly evocative of the wrap dress.

The Diane von Furstenberg Ballerina Sweater is available in a range of gorgeous colors however, being DVF, you’re looking at paying $268-$498 per sweater! (Except this pink ballerina sweater, which is on sale for $201 at Bloomingdale’s. Bargain!)

If you like the look of the ballerina sweater but are in the market for something a little more budget-friendly, check out the super affordable faux wrap ballerina sweater at Alloy. Available in black and fuchsia, it originally cost $39.90 but is now on sale for just $12.99!