in trying to transition my thoughts to something else since friday, i'm jotting down a few things i picked up with the j. crew 30% off sale (code WISHLIST) and target delivery. the tragedies in connecticut and henan were so heartbreaking, words can't express how i feel. we talked to our kids about emergencies at school, and went over their lockdown procedures (which broke my heart even more). we hugged them more tightly and thought of the victims and their families. a few weeks ago, i posted about different ways to gift, and asking you to consider gifting to charity. this seems even more appropriate now. this list of things here isn't meant to divert attention but i did find it good to be writing.
i got this leather bound flask (here) for my husband, as a stocking stuffer. thought this would be fun for his fishing and winter off-roading trips. the "this side up" embossed into the leather was particularly funny because it's an inside joke we have since we've known each other. this was simply too brilliant to pass up. i would have gotten it for him in any event.
the gifts i ordered from the target + neiman marcus collaboration (posted here) finally arrived. these items had quite the adventure before getting here. apparently, ups handed over the shipment to usps and when that happened, all traces of the shipment were gone. the tracking # on UPS's site still says my order is in transit. like many of the online reviews, the lela rose lace top was a big fat "eh" so it's heading back as a return. the lunch box (here) is cute as is the beverage container (here) so i hope the people i'm gifting this to will love it.
my besties, I and K got their wished-listed crew tops that they had been talking about: I, the collection embellished raglan sweatshirt, and K a tippi sweater in polka dot. like me, they've already opened their presents so i'm safe posting this here. lol.
for myself, i received a gift certificate my friend K gave me for my birthday, but did not get anything for the past month. with the markdowns, i got what i'd been eyeing for some time but wanted to wait out for further markdowns. the lace printed sweatshirt (here) was a total 46$ after the markdown and taxes - yay 13% sales tax. (see it on m, ajc and gigi)
the black wool jules dress (other colours here) was a staple i'd been searching for, as i need a long sleeved work dress that i can layer during the winter. all said and done, this will be 55$.
finally, this funnelneck hoodie was also ordered after i was inspired by hello fashion's post (here). this was the exception to the rule, as i normally wait for second markdowns with a code, but it was quickly selling out. i tend to have a lot of work clothes, and much fewer weekend or casual items so i wanted to get this before it was gone. with a combination of wool too, i know this will get a lot of use this winter. i ordered it in S, one size up, as i find the j. crew sweatshirts look better on me if i don't go true to size. i had the houndstooth in XS and exchanged for a S because it was too oddly fitted for me.