The majority of this was purchased on Black Friday but I did buy a purse in early November. I’ve been wanting a larger purse for Fall but I have a very specific list of features that I want in a purse:
• Zipper closure
• No magnets at all
• Convertible / adjustable strap
• Flat, not rolled, strap
• Large enough to hold a notebook
• Leather (does not need to be black)
• Work appropriate
I had my work cut out for me! After consulting friends, visiting stores, and online research, I landed on a satchel style from Fossil, called Sydney Satchel:
Fossil offer many different satchel styles (I debated between Rachel, Fiona, Kendall, Emma as well) but the Sydney Satchel checked all the boxes for me. And of course, wouldn’t you know it: this style was only available online (but on sale! And according to online sources, it’s discontinued) so I took a chance and ordered from the US site – this added to the cost with shipping and import duties, and I ended up paying C$215 in total.
After receiving the purse, the only feature I didn’t love was the adjustable strap – it’s notched / buckle rather than a sliding mechanism, which means 1) the notches never adjust short enough for me 2) I’m left with a long tail at the shortest setting. Plus, I wanted the sliding buckle so that I can make the strap shoulder length or crossbody – so the hunt was on for an “after market” replacement strap. Most of the straps I could find were either synthetic, very rustic handmade looking, or overpriced ($50+ for a strap, are you kidding me?) – I finally landed on one from this seller on eBay and it’s fantastic! I chose the 1″ width strap, here’s what it looks like compared to the original one:
My budget for the purse was $500 so I was happy to come well below it! The rest of my haul are clothes…
Marks & Spencer
This also wasn’t bought on Black Friday but the items did arrive around that time. I placed another order online with M&S but instead of just socks, this time I took the plunge into clothes. I was a bit apprehensive about the sizing but they turned out to fit perfectly! Turns out I’m a UK size 8. Here’s what I got:
• Cotton Rich No Peep Shirt in Pale Pink – $34
• Pure Cotton Slash Neck Half Sleeve T-Shirt in Dusty Blue – $15
• Cotton Rich Striped 3/4 Sleeve T-Shirt in Navy – $34
This one fits loosely, I should have gone with UK size 6.
Now, the rest of these items were all procured on Black Friday – I wanted to buy more work clothes but instead I picked up a lot of weekend / casual items. 😳 In my defense, I’ve been hard-pressed to find clothes this season since all that’s available are 1) large bold floral prints 2) ruffles / fringe 3) mixture of the two. Also, do NOT get me started on cold shoulder / cut-out shoulder tops! As you can see, I’m pretty minimal. I like solids or small prints, with clean simple lines.
• Ettiene Ankle Boots in Black –
This style is also offered in Brown.
I had sworn off Geox for a few years after owning several pairs of shoes from the brand, that all seemed to fall apart rather quickly. The store was 30% off and these boots are exactly the style that I’ve been looking for – I hope they last more than one season.
• Club Monaco Logo Throwback Sweatshirt in Red – $100
I had a nostalgic moment when I walked into Club Monaco’s flagship location and a selection of retro logo sweatshirts and t-shirts were available for purchase. The limited edition Throwback collection was launched back in July to celebrate Canada 150 – I had no idea. Back in the day, a Club Monaco logo sweatshirt was pricey for that time, as I recall $50 – and now it’s double that – I guess inflation, right? 😉
This red colour was offered with either a black or a white logo which I had to debate between – I ended up with the block logo since it can be “dressed up” as per the sales associate. Dressed up sweatshirt? 😆 I also opted for a larger size for a baggy look – I’m toying with the idea of cutting off the hem cuff so the hem will curl up. *gasp*
I couldn’t resist picking up a logo tee too. 😛 – $49
I like how subtle the print is: silver on grey.
I can’t do clothing photos justice so the rest of the item images are lifted off their sites.
• Renee Top in Dark Cherry and Black –
$79.50 originally $59 on sale + 25% off
I already own this top in a deep teal shade and love the material (a soft drapey rayon blend) so it was a no-brainer to grab more colours. They didn’t have any XS left in stock so I went with size S – it’s a looser styled top so it shouldn’t matter too much.
On the other end of the spectrum, the cheap and cheerful JF pieces are all about convenience (Club Monaco and Joe Fresh have something in common: founder of both brands is Joe Mimran – he sold CM to Polo Ralph Lauren Corp in 1999, and years later, he launched JF in 2006). A plain cotton t-shirt may cost $50 at CM, it will cost $15 at JF, plus they always have sales. I managed to snag these on Black Friday with additional 30% off:
• Long Sleeve Boyfriend Tee in Midnight Blue – $19 + 30% off
• Long Sleeve Wavy Tee in Burgundy –
$20 originally $10 on clearance + 30% off
I already own this in grey and cobalt – they’re great for wearing under blazers.
• Button Front Silk Blouse – $59 + 30% off
• Peplum Hem Blouse –
$39 originally $20 on clearance + 30% off
Still iffy about this top as it features ruffles, although they’re not as frilly looking as some. I think I got overly excited when I spotted it on the clearance rack by its lonesome and it was in size XS which hardly ever happens. I wonder if someone returned it?
I had no plans to shop at UNIQLO at all during Black Friday but I happened to pass by the store when the KAWS x Peanuts x UNIQLO collection launched.
It was an absolute madhouse with a huge crowd of people grabbing at sweatshirts and t-shirts featuring a somewhat evil looking Snoopy:
Plush toys were limited to 2 per size, and t-shirt and sweatshirts were limited to 5 each. I’ve since seen these items pop up on eBay for $$!
Now, I’m not normally one to jump into mobs but something came over me and I just HAD to have one of the sweatshirts. I managed to snag a very subtle design in XS size – initially I was told they were unisex sizing so I was concerned it’d be oversized.
• Women KAWS X Peanuts Long-Sleeve Hooded Sweatshirt – $30
I wasn’t able to try it on until I got home and the fit turned out to be women’s cut as per the label (duh I did not read it) and I love the fit and the little details!
Probably my favourite clothing purchase of Black Friday, along with the Club Monaco Throwback sweatshirt – what is up with my obsession with sweatshirts lately? 😛
Have you bought any fashion items (clothes, shoes, accessories) recently?