This + That // Sales + Steals

September 1, 2017

We would be remiss not to mention the heartbreak that is happening in Houston and South East Texas due to Hurricane Harvey. Molly and I truly cannot imagine the devastation that those affected are experiencing and will continue to experience in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. It has been amazing to see the state of Texas (really, the entire country!) come together to help those in need. There are SO many ways in which you can help - even from afar. Charity Navigator has compiled a list of of highly-rated organizations that have responded in the aftermath of the storm who are providing assistance and relief to those affected (including charities that are local to Houston). If you live in the Dallas area, we have found it helpful to stay up to date as far as what is needed at the Trusted World Central donation site hereDallas DogRRR is accepting donations as well for the 100+ dogs that were brought to Dallas from Houston. They also have an Amazon wishlist, making it easy to donate supplies that way, too. The Texas Diaper Bank is also desperately requesting diaper donations as diapers are NOT provided by disaster relief agencies. We were able to do that here. Every little bit helps and is so needed right now. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

That said, there is an intense sale list for this weekend...it is a holiday weekend, after all. So we've got that. But we also have a list* of retailers and brands that are donating profits towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. (read on to get the sales + steals + Harvey support opportunities)

*I know we probably don't have the full list of brands and retailers that are offering this kind of thing so if you see someone we left off please leave a comment or email us (apieceoftoastblog@gmail.com) to let us know and we'll continue to update the list!

This + That:

  • A. FAVORITE READ // “How to Write a Sympathy Card” via The Cut (I’m always wanting to send thoughtful letters to those going through a hard time but finding the right words can be tricky…definitely going to order the book they recommend in this article)
  • B. FAVORITE INSTAGRAM // @jessiedelowe (Mood board envy via the @donnicharm office!)
  • C. FAVORITE PIN // this via Chelsey College of Arts BA (Hons) Textile Design  (This colorful piece by Georgia Loveridge is the perfect dose of happy)
  • D. FAVORITE OUTFIT // House of Harper (Not only does Caroline look adorable, but this whole post is about showcasing items you can shop to support victims Hurricane Harvey)

Help for Harvey*:

  • All The Wire: All The Wire is donating $10 from the sale of each ‘Texas Strong’ cuff to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Ariel Gordon Jewelry: Between now and Saturday (9/2), AGJ will donate $100 from every order to the American Red Cross – Hurricane Harvey.
  • Bird Bakery: If you live in Dallas or San Antonio, visit Bird and order a TEXAS STRONG cupcake (red velvet with cream cheese frosting). All proceeds from the $3.50 treat will go directly to local shelters housing those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Buru: 60% off select styles with code LABORDAY. And, for every LABORDAY sale made, Buru will donate a pack of diapers to Hurricane Harvey victims. For every LABORDAY sale over $200, they will donate a pack of diapers + a box of baby formula.
  • Jan Barboglio: Now through Monday (9/4) 30% of proceeds from online sales will be donated to support Feeding Texas, a statewide nonprofit organization that works alongside government agencies to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
  • Marine Layer: 10% of all sales TODAY (9/1) will go directly to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund! AND, Marine Layer employees will be pooling their money to match 1% of today’s sales. Amazing!
  • Marysia Swim: 50% off resort 17! 20% of all sales between 9/1 and 9/4 will be donated to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief.
  • MIRTH Caftans: 5% of all the pieces sold through the end of TODAY (9/1) will be donated to the American Red Cross – Hurricane Harvey.
  • Sabah Shoes: Donating 20% of all sales through the end of day TODAY to Texans Can Academics Hurrican Harvey relief fund. Donations will support the basic needs of displaced and impacted students in the Houston area. (Both Molly and I have been eyeing these so now seems like the best time to buy – amazed at small businesses like Sabah who are so generously donating.)
  • The Loveliest: Help the SPCA of Texas – 20% of all sales will be donated to the rescue and aid of animals in need from Hurricane Harvey. Through 9/4. (SO many cute new things for little ones – screaming.)
  • Waiting on Martha: A portion of their sales this week will be donated to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

*PLEASE help us populate this list! I’ve we’ve left off a brand or retailer, leave us a comment or drop us an email (apieceoftoastblog@gmail.com) so we can add them.

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: The summer send off event! 50% off select full priced styles + extra 50% off sale styles. (How cute is this?)
  • Anthropologie: New styles added – extra 30% off sale. (I saw this on a blogger and it was absolutely darling. Great reviews, too. This is amazing for fall with a pair of denim and sneakers.)
  • Banana Republic: 40% off regular priced items. (Such a cute work piece. Always love Olivia Palermo’s picks!)
  • BaubleBar: Pick a free treat with any $50+ order.
  • Bloomingdales: The Labor Day Big Brown Bag Sale! Save 40-60% on almost all sale items. (These are so good.)
  • Bluemercury: 18 year anniversary! Deluxe gift with must have items. (Absolutely obsessed with everything Tammy Fender that I’ve tried.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy 60% off sale styles! (This is so pretty! Especially for a beach/tropical wedding.)
  • CB2: Up to 20% off select shelving. (We have two of these and love them!)
  • Chicwish: Enjoy an extra 10% off orders over $50. (Such a cute fall top.)
  • Club Monaco: Fall style event – spend more save more. Up to 30% off! Use code FALL17. (How cute are these? I’ll take this guy in both colors.)
  • Crate & Barrel: The annual upholstery sale – 15% off!
  • Gap: Up to 50% off everything + extra 20% off and free shipping on all orders. Use code GETMORE. (I’m a big fan of shirt dresses for fall – this one would look perfect with a pair of sneakers.)
  • H&M: Free shipping over $40 with code 0040. (These look amazing. But are selling out fast! Wonder if I can find them in our local store. Couldn’t pass these up for fall.)
  • Hudson Way: SO many good pairs of jeans on sale. (I have my eye on these! Love the wash and find the small flare to be flattering on.)
  • J.Crew: 30% off your purchase in stores and online with code YESPLEASE. (Not sure how I am just now seeing this, but I might need to order it in the grey. Great price and I live in cute sweatshirts when its cooler out. Much more practical with a baby too, no need for dry cleaning! Ordered this in both colors because lately I have been liking working out in this style.)
  • J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything + an extra 50% off sale with code DELISH! (I always find that I need a black dress hanging in my closet for various events. This one looks flattering! This one too! This sleepy cheetah sleep shirt needs to be mine.)
  • LOFT: 30% off full priced styles + extra 50% off sale styles! (This eyelet-sleeved tee is adorable and the back pleats on this t-shirt make it extra special)
  • Lulu Frost: Labor Day sale – 20% off with code Laborday2017 through 9/5. (These are pretty cool and different, too!)
  • Lulu & Georgia: The Go Bananas Sale! Take 10% off $300 with code GOOD. Take 15% off $550 with code BETTER. Take 20% off $800 with code BEST. Added bonus! Take 25% off $1,500 with code BANANAS! (This is amazing. This is really speaking to me and would be a great gift! Cute for a dorm room too. Love the colors in this piece.)
  • Mango: Final Clearance! Everything at 50%, 60%, and 70% off. (This is so pretty and at 50% off its a great price!)
  • Neiman Marcus: End of summer sale – up to 65% off. (Such a pretty and classic white dress. Remember how I mentioned my chambray obsession? How cute is this for fall? Perfect for Dallas weather, too.)
  • Old Navy: Long weekend, short sale. All jeans, dresses and tees 50% off. Plus, 20% off your order. (Ordered these and got a size down so they wouldn’t be too loose – fingers crossed!)
  • Rag & Bone: Extra 30% off sale items with code LABORDAY30. (These are a great price and a classic fall shoe.)
  • Rebecca Taylor: Extra 40% off sale with code SUNSET. (So pretty for a fall wedding! Also love this.)
  • Saks: Up to 30% off select bedding and bath. Online only through 9/4.
  • Serena and Lily: Enjoy up to 30% off rugs. (This is such a pretty neutral rug.)
  • Steve Madden: 20% off $100 or more and 25% off $150 or more! (This camel color is perfect for fall and would go with just about everything.)
  • Tory Burch: End of summer sale – up to 60% off. (These are SO fun. Love the black.)
  • Tuckernuck: Extra 25% off sale with code FINALSALE25. (The other week I stocked up on kids jammies like these because you can’t beat the price. And we can’t get enough cozy PJs around here.)
  • Vince: Enjoy an extra 25% off sale with code LDAY25. (Love this.)
  • Waiting on Martha: Take 50% off the entire sale collection with code ENDOFSEASON at checkout. (This is fun for fall cocktails once it finally cools down here and the mosquitos skip town.)
1. J.Crew Pom-pom sweatshirt ($62 → $44 with code 'YESPLEASE') // 2. J.Crew Factory Printed Pajama Shirt ($59.50 → $29.50) // 3. Sabah Babas Slides (Sabah is donating 20% of all sales through the end of today [9/1/17] online and in stores to the Texasns Can Academies Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund) // 3. All The Wire 'Texas Strong' Cuff (All The Wire is donating $10 from the sale of each 'Texas Strong' cuff to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey)

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Two Black Dresses: Blooms + Cherries

August 31, 2017

Two black dresses. Different silhouettes. One with a pretty floral print, one with sequin cherries appliquéd. Both idea LBDs for taking into fall!

When we were shopping for dance dresses (you know, homecoming, prom, etc.) our mom always told the two of us, "Pick a color! You have the rest of your life to wear black." She was right...many of the dresses hanging in our respective closets are indeed black. And that's okay. Is there anything more versatile than a little black dress? No. But an LBD can be made even better with the addition of a thoughtful pattern or artful embellishment. And when it comes to this kind of dress, kate spade, well, they have them in spades.

 

Cheesy pun intended aside, we heartfully stand behind the fact that ksny has a way with taking an ordinary black dress to the next level with their feminine and flattering silhouettes. And the brand truly up the ante when they bring in the playful detailing they’re famed for.

Sally: As a new mama, I’m all about wearing what feels most comfortable…but that doesn’t mean I don’t love having a need to dress up! It’s almost like the In Bloom Fit and Flare dress was made for me and the special occasions I have coming up. I’m obsessed with every part of the fit – from the  a high neck (love the square cut!) and slightly accentuated banded waist and box pleats to the below-the-knee length and flounce hem. Normally I’d be skeptical of a larger-scale floral but the amount of black background showing is the perfect balance to the playful flowers. It’s girly but not in a juvenile way. Love the print but not sure the style is for you (I admit that the fabric does lend itself toward more fancy occasions), this, this or this might be just what you need…

Molly:  Only kate spade could present a Sequin Cherries Shirtdress and make me want it. Seriously, the brand can take nearly any motif or symbol and apply it in a way that’s stylish and not silly. And while this shirtdress is stylish, it’s obviously anything but serious. The playful appliqué mixed with the short shirtdress silhouette is kind of what makes the whole thing work. If the hem had been even an inch longer it could have veered into silly territory but the mini length (balanced by sheer sleeves and a tie neck) is sassy perfection. kate spade didn’t make a ton of pieces with the sequin cherries but what they do have – this little bag, this cardigan, this pencil skirt, and this sticker – are just as fab.

Black dresses as an adult = inventible. But why not spice up the somber color with a little fun?

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Flutter, Chiffon, Sequins

August 28, 2017

Ohhhh boy. I moved yesterday and my place is just...a wreck. Lots to unpack and organize but I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

The only good thing is that my old place and new place are very close to each other and before I had movers bring over all my furniture and boxes (BungoBoxes - the BEST way and only way I pack!) I was able to move over all my closet stuff. Clothes and shoes. Got it all organized (re: color coded) and when I feel overwhelmed by all the piles of stuff I just open the closet and...feel better. Type-A? Yes.

How can I not feel better when I spy this pretty, flutter sleeved chiffon top adorned with sequin flowers? It's feminine perfection.

 

I don’t always lean toward feminine pieces but this top was just calling to me. Probably because kate spade always gets it right when it comes to embellishments. The sparkle of the sequins is made a little more edgy with the black chiffon and I love the proportion of the flutter sleeves and loose peplum.

Here’s to hoping that I can plow through all my unpacking sooner rather than later so I can make plans to get out of the house and have a reason to put on this top again!

P.S. The MOTHER jeans I have on fit like a dreammmmm and they’re on sale (30% off)! Scoop them in your size if you can…you won’t regret it.

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Olive Green Outing

August 22, 2017

Molly and I took these shots while the eclipse was happening. While it was happening! Ok, we didn't. But we did shoot them yesterday afternoon after partaking in the pandemonium that was the eclipse...by checking out the cool half moon circle shadows cast by the trees (re: we were too slow to buy the "don't go blind" glasses. Next time).

Regardless about how you feel about the total eclipse and all the hype, I'm sure you have to agree that this embroidered skirt is pretty fantastic. After scooping up two other tiered and smocked-waist skirts from kate spade this summer (this and this - both so good) I felt like it was only fair to welcome the same style done in olive green with open arms.

 

Olive green just feels like fall. So I figured this skirt was an ideal “buy now, wear now – and later” piece. The poplin makes it super light (which means it can be worn with the Texas heat) but I love how the black and white folkloric embroidery gives it an eastern european flair in hues that lean towards the fall season. Hurry up, fall! I want to wear this skirt with my over-the-knee boots!

P.S. this J.Crew tee was a purchase from the weekend and I also got it in black. And so did Molly. Trust me when I tell you it’s a wardrobe essential.

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This + That // Sales + Steals

August 18, 2017

If you can't tell by my steal choices in the collage, it will be obvious when you see my picks from the sales this weekend that I'm keeping an eye out for pieces that can be worn now and later once fall finally rolls into Dallas. Chambray, black and white patterns, and leather accents seem to be an easy way to transition out of my light and bright summer wardrobe and into the more moody colors of the season! (read on to get the sales + steals)

This + That:

Some Sales:

  • Ann Taylor: The secrets of style event! 40% off everything with code PSST! (I’m dying to start purchasing some pieces for fall, particularly new tops for date nights with my husband. This one is SO cute with the balloon sleeves. This top is also adorable.)
  • Anthropologie: New styles added – extra 30% off sale. (Love the way they paired this over jeans. And how good is this? Another great styling job on the model.)
  • ASOS: Sale – final clearance! (Love, love gingham. Always.)
  • Banana Republic: 40% off regular priced items online and in stores with code BRFAMILY. (These work pants are absolutely adorable! Also love this.)
  • BaubleBar: Big summer sale! Up to 75% off. (So cute.)
  • Bloomingdales: Buy more, save more. Save up to 25% off. (I have and love these, but this darker wash is so good.)
  • Bluemercury: Free deluxe beauty treats with every order! (Absolutely obsessed with everything Tammy Fender that I’ve tried.)
  • Calypso St. Barth: Enjoy 25% off soleil and kids collections with code SOLEILKIDS25.
  • CB2: Up to 20% off bath makeover. (We have these in every bathroom and love them.)
  • Chicwish: Enjoy an extra 10% off orders over $50. (This is darling and such a good price!)
  • Club Monaco: Get 20% off when you buy two or more items! (So many pretty tops! And some great jeans, like these.)
  • Crate & Barrel: The annual upholstery sale – 15% off!
  • Gap: Get 40% off your purchase with code TOOGOOD. (This is cute and has great reviews. I’ve been needing some new workout tanks, too.)
  • H&M: Summer blowout sale – up to 80% off! And free shipping on orders over $40 with code 0040! (​Love this casual stripe dress for going into fall!)
  • Intermix: ​Extra 40% off all markdown styles!​ (Loving the cool button on these jeans and think this skirt will be ideal for fall)
  • J.Crew: 30% off select dress, shoes and ​jewelry AND 30% off men’s suiting with code SHOPNOW (Everyone needs a good python sandal heel in their closet – even better with a bit of metallic like these have! And I just love the neutral taupe color of these bold earrings)
  • J.Crew Factory: Get 40% off everything! (Great new arrivals and I can never say “no” to a classic pj set)
  • LOFT: Extra 60% off all sale styles!​ (Too many good things to list them all…crazy about the “bohemia” look of this dress and this light jacket and also adore the cut of this sweater tank)
  • Lou & Grey: Sale on sale! Take an extra 30% off all sale items!​ (This pullover has my name written all over it)
  • Lulu Frost: SS17 markdowns! Get up to 40% off select styles!​ (Molly has these earrings and they’re gorgeous)
  • Madewell: Get 15% off if you’re a Madewell Insider​ (Was just in the Dallas store today and couldn’t resist this shirt – it’s the perfect chambray)
  • Mango: ​Sale is on sale – get an extra 15% off with code EXTRA10 (​Love the bitty buttons and sleeves on this top)
  • Mignonne Gavigan: More styles recently added to the sale…(The Le Charlot Pearl is a forever favorite style – adore it in these bight hues AND they’re half the price!)​
  • Neiman Marcus: Sale on swim with pieces up to 65% off AND ​new clearance arrivals with items up to 70% off! (I adore this olive green color for fall)
  • Old Navy: ​All jeans and tops up to 50% off AND extra 10% off everything (no exclusions!) TODAY only with code SAVE (If you don’t have a pair of Rockstar Skinny jeans, now is the time to get a pair – they’re amazing!)​
  • Saks: Final sale items up to 70% off! 30% off select bedding and bath, online only, ends 8/20! ​(So many precious things on sale for little ones…give me all the Florence Eisman!)
  • Serena ​& Lily: Get 20% off all pillows with code NEWMIX​ (Love the textured whimsey of this guy)
  • Steve Madden: LAST chance on sale styles – up to 70% off AND free shipping on orders over $50 with code SMFREE50 (​What’s black and white with pearls all over? These fun mules.)
  • The Loveliest​: Get 20% off all online orders between 8/19-8/27 with code ADIOS!!!
  • Tuckernuck: The end of season sale still has tons of cute things! Get an extra 25% off all sale with code FINALSALE25!! (This top and thisskirt will both go into fall perfectly)​
  • West Elm: ​20-30% off sofas, sectionals and chairs (biggest seating sale EVER), up to 40% off furniture, and 20% off coffee and side tables!​
  • Williams Sonoma: For a limited time, get 20% off Williams Sonoma cookware!​ And extra 20% off the end of summer sale with code EXTRA

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