Dressing Room Diaries | Black Friday Edition

Cheers to Black Friday, friends! Or rather, Black Friday Eve! The overwhelming consensus was to share this post early, so I hope your bellies are full of pie, and your hearts full of love after a day spent with family. We had a fun, busy day, and now I’m ready for a little quiet time…and of course, tackling my gift list!

There are so many amazing sales, it’s hard to know where to start. But stay calm and take deep breaths, you don’t want your clicking-finger to lock up on you….I’ll be your tour guide. Instead of overwhelming you with every last retailer, I’m just sharing the ones I’ll be shopping, along with favorite finds from each.

If you’re new around here, Dressing Room Diaries is where I hunt down some of the cutest new arrivals from my favorite retailers, and review them for you. The shots aren’t good, the lighting is bad (especially now with the time change!), my hair is usually past it’s expiration…but it’s real life, real girl, real clothes…and hopefully helpful for you to see them this way, instead of perfectly styled on a model.

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Fit Note: I’m 5’4″-ish, 120 pounds-isa (depending on the week’s pie count), with a slight pear shape. My usual size is an XS/0. Mama Sugarplum is 5’1″, with an hourglass figure. We typically wear the same size, but she sometimes goes with petite.


Nordstrom | 60% off Fall Clearance

This is the biggest surprise sale…up to 60% off 100s of Fall and Winter items!! And it’s really good stuff, too, like Tory Burch Miller Sandals, Barefoot Dreams cozy socks (only $10!), cashmere sweater tunics, Kendra Scott, and my favorite bra.

Along with many of the pieces I’ve shared and worn in the last month!

Turtleneck Sweater (50% off!) | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

Button Detail Sweater (60% off!) | Distressed Jeans | Boots | Hoop Earrings

Fleece Pullover (only $15!) | Distressed Jeans | Boots | Hoop Earrings | White Jeans | Similar Booties

Convertible Tunic (Under $40!)

Long Tunic Tee (only $15!!) | Leggings

Baseball Tee (under $20!) | White Jeans | Sneakers

Lace Midi Dress (25% off!) | Sandals (45% off)

Floral Midi Dress (60% off!)

‘Night Night’ PJ Set (also here on sale!) | ‘Sweet Dreams’ PJ Set (also here on sale!)

Sequin Flutter Sleeve Tee | Knee Boots (33% off!)

Suede Moto Jacket (33% off) | Turtleneck Sweater (50% off!) | Distressed Jeans | Deer Print Bag (up to 20% off!) | Over-the-Knee Boots

Crepe Shirtdress (only $27!)

Slimline Wedge Uggs (25% off) 

Striped Turtleneck | Plaid Trousers (60% off!) | Nude Pumps | Leopard Clutch

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Rain Jacket (40% off!) | White Jeans | Rainboots (up to 50% off!) | Ruffle Collar Sweater | Distressed Jeans

Striped Rain Jacket (40% off!) | Pink Crewneck Sweater (40% off!) | Rainboots (up to 50% off!)

And as if that’s enough, here are more amazing pieces on sale (I own virtually every single one!!).


Old Navy | 50% off everything!

This amazing sale isn’t much of a surprise, but I was totally blown away by the darling pieces I found! Some of them are straight-up J.Crew styles, and so crazy cute!

Starting with this funnel neck pullover sweater…super soft and stretchy, with the best colors and stripe options. It’s legit comfy enough to wear around the house!

Fit Tip: It’s a relaxed fit, I’m in XS

Color Blocked SweaterDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

The same sweater in a darling navy and winter white combo. It’s impossible to choose between the two, so good thing they’re 50% off!

Color Blocked SweaterDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

This fair isle sweater is a fun combo of pinks, blues and purples. It would be fun layered over a gingham, don’t you think! It’s fairly thick and heavy, so a warmer option for Winter months.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but would prefer a size up.

Fair Isle Sweater | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

Every girl’s closet needs a good black and white striped sweater…layer it over plaids, solids, chambray, or under vests and jackets…it’s incredibly versatile and a great base layer. I’m totally smitten with this soft and stretchy option!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS in both the sweater and shirt.

Striped Crewneck Sweater | Plaid Shirt | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

How cute is the combo with a vest!? This vest is thick and warm with a hood and fleece-lined pockets. I love the stripe-on-stripe action with the hat, too.

Fit Tip: The vest is true, I’m in an XS

Hooded Puffer Vest | Striped Beanie HatStriped Crewneck Sweater | Plaid Shirt | Distressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

Another cute layered look…this one a lightweight knit pullover (comes in tons of colors/patterns), and quilted vest. These vests are a great top layer without bulk.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS in both

Quilted Vest | Polka Dot Crewneck SweaterDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

I shared this pullover a few weeks ago in red and black buffalo check, and had to have it in this blush pink, too. It’s lined in a deep plum, and crazy-soft inside and out. I never met a fair isle beanie I didn’t love, either.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a small

Fair Isle Beanie Hat | Fleece Pullover

J.Crew Factory  | 50% off everything with code ADD2CART

I pretty much want all the things from J.Crew Factory new arrivals! This leopard and pink faux-fur combo is my favorite outfit of late, and I’m already dreaming up all the outfit options with this vest. It’s crazy soft, and a perfect dark pink.

Fit Tip: The sweater is fitted, so size up if you’re in-between or busty. The vest is true-to-size and roomy, I’m wearing an XS

Leopard Sweater | Pink Faux-Fur Vest | Belt | Black Jeans | Knee Boots

We took some family pics last week, and I wore this perfect holiday combo. The sweater is a soft mid-weight, and skirt a crisp cotton. The sash can be tied in the front or back. The classic tartan plaid pairs beautifully with lots of colors, too. Little Miss wore this girl’s version and looked adorable!

Fit Tip: The sweater is true to size, I’m in XS, but size down in the skirt if you have a small waist. I’m wearing 00.

Crewneck Sweater | Plaid Party Skirt | Heels

This merino wool turtleneck is lightweight and soft, and a great Winter staple for skirts, trousers and jeans.

Fit Tip: It’s true to size, I’m wearing XS

Merino Turtleneck SweaterDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots

Plaid popover of my Fall dreams! The classic black watch plaid (this always reminds me of the old Ralph Lauren print!), with sweet pleats across the chest, and soft cotton. It is thinner than I would expect for this time of year, but not so sheer you need a cami.

Fit Tip: I sized up to a 2 for more room across the shoulders. 

Plaid Popover Top | Black Jeans | Leopard Flats

I can’t get enough of the tartan plaids this season! This blouse is drapey and light, with a tie in the back. Of course I love the flattering halter neck style…I’d wear it with jeans, pencil skirt, trousers, or under a blazer. Dress it up for a holiday party, or down for the office. Also, I can’t stop with these jeans! I wore them four days in a row and they help their shape perfectly. I like the ankle length for booties and heels, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0 top, and 26 jeans.

Plaid Halter Top | Black Jeans | Heels

The perfect solution when you need a jacket, but don’t want to cover your outfit completely with a big Winter coat. This faux-fur sherpa bomber is cute and warm, and adds a little extra chic to your outfit, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Faux-Fur Sherpa Bomber Jacket | Plaid Halter Top | Black Jeans | Belt | Leopard Flats

Gap  | 50% off with code BLKFRIDAY

Of course I beelined for this fun stripe sweater! And it didn’t disappoint! Soft, stretchy, great length…and perfect worn alone or layered over chambray or gingham.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS, but would size up if you’re in-between.

Striped Fun SweaterDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

White is such a pretty and fresh color for a Winter coat, and this puffer was extra warm. I love it with bright colored hats and mittens.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS and there’s room for layering under.

White Puffer CoatDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

This funnel neck pullover is made of the softest teddy bear fleece. Plus, it’s thick and warm. I’m crazy for the entire line of fun stripes, these sweater pajamas included.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS top and S bottoms. The bottoms are very fitted, so size up 2 if you want a jogger-style fit.

Teddy Funnel Neck Pullover | Striped Pajama Pants

JCPenney  | Every item marked down

Another fun holiday top, this plaid has a subtle metallic thread woven in the stripe. It buttons up the back and has a peplum hem and bell sleeve. And there’s the black jeans again. #sorrynotsorry

Fit Tip: The top is generous size, I’m in an XS

Plaid Bell Sleeve Top | Black Jeans | Knee Boots

This soft sweater-knit tunic is perfect for leggings, with a soft fabric and drapey cowlneck. It’s lightweight, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Cowlneck Tunic | Black Jeans | Knee Boots

Remember these looks from a few weeks ago? My plaid puffer is on major sale for $20!

Plaid Puffer Vest | Striped Shirt | Chelsea Boots

Plaid Scarf | Long Cardigan

Loft  | 50% off with code BESTWEEK

Maybe the cutest sweatshirt I’ll find this season…this one with a plaid flounce hem! It’s a soft sweatshirt body, with gauzy light peplum.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS

Plaid Flounce Sweatshirt | Black Jeans | Knee Boots

These faves from recent posts are 40% off, too.

Tie-Cuff Sweater | Leopard SkirtHoop Earrings

Shawl Pocket Cardigan | Black Jeans | Leopard Flats

Hooded Pullover Sweater | Jeans | Leopard Flats

J.Crew  | 50% off everything with code TGIF

Probably where I’ll do my most damage…I mean, did you see this sweater and these Winter boots? And I’ve really wanted this black fur-lined coat, too. And 40% off is as good as it gets for J.Crew, so I usually add new colors in my staple pieces like this crewneck sweater! All my recent finds are included in the sale, and such amazing prices!

Wool CoatMockneck Sweater in Supersoft Yarn | High Rise Ankle Jeans | Leopard Flats

Mockneck Sweater in Supersoft Yarn | High Rise Ankle Jeans | Leopard Flats

Wide Stripe Sweater | Loafers

Crewneck Sweater | Crossbody Bag | Loafers


Colleen Rothschild | 30% off with code BF2018

This is their biggest sale of the entire year…we only see this large of a discount for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so now is the time to stock up on your skincare faves. Or if you’ve wanted to try it for yourself (you know Mama Sugarplum and I swear by the line!), then start with this 7-piece Discovery Set, which includes all the best sellers.

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My Morning Routine | My Evening Routine | Mama Sugarplum Routine

Marks & Spencer | 25% off site wide

Remember all these cute sweaters from earlier this week? Now they’re all on sale! Be sure to check out the fun gift ideas in the post, too.

Printed Roll Neck Jumper

Backcountry | Huge 50% off section & Take 20% off any item with code TAKE20NOVEMBER

Not only do you get this discount on any full-price item of your choice, but there are tons of items marked down…like this North Face coat for him, and Nike sneakers for you!

On Mr. SP: Quilted Vest | Hoodie | Pants | Beanie Cap | Hiking Shoes | Backpack
On Me: Quilted Pullover | Packable Jacket (30% off!) | Hiking Pants | Sneakers (25% off!) | Hat

These coats never go on sale, so it’s worth repeating…30% off my packable coat! Crazy warm and so compact!

Quilted Pullover | Packable Jacket (30% off!) | Hat

His Pullover | Hat | My Pullover | His Birkenstocks | | Her Pullover | My Pullover | My Frye Boots


Bauble Bar | 35% off everything, $10 doorbusters & 65% off gift sets

Too many good deals to mention, but practically the entire site is on sale. This is my go-to spot for fun statement and everyday earrings. These tortoise hoops have been on repeat and are compliment magnets!

Scoop Back Top | Earrings | Bangle SetLipstick ‘Claudia’

World Market  | 40% off furniture with code FURNDEAL

Console Table (40% off)

Pottery Barn | 30% off + free shipping with code FREESHIP

Holiday Pillow (30% off)


And for those of you coming to the blog for a traditional Dressing Room Diaries, and looking for cute new arrivals…here are some of the pieces I loved most this month.

Darling tweed dress with puff sleeves and front pockets…too cute with black tights, don’t you think?! I love the subtle weave of bright colors in the fabric, too.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2, but need a 0.

Tweed Dress | Black Pumps | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

We’re attending two weddings next month, and this tweed fit-and-flare is at the top of my list for both (thank goodness it’s two separate friend-groups!). It’s so cute and flirty, and seasonally appropriate. You could wear it with tights and heels, or knee boots for two different styles.

Fit Tip: I’m in-between sizes, so I went up one for a looser fit. This is a 2.

Tweed Dress | Black Pumps | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

If you prefer longer sleeves, this satin dress is a stunning option. It’s double-lined in satin, making it thick and structured. The box pleats are beautiful, as is the rich holiday red.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0.

Satin Dress | Black Pumps | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

This red sheath dress is all kinds of sass…just check out those fun sleeves! I love the pop of pink! (Dress comes in black and white, too.) It’s a thick, scuba material, so the dress has a lot of structure.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 2 for a less body-con fit.

Ruffle Shoulder Sheath Dress | Nude Pumps

If you’re looking for a touch of sparkle and holiday, this sequin sweater is a gorgeous option. The bracelet sleeves make it extra feminine.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS 

Sequin SweaterDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

This funnel-neck pullover is a cozy winner for sure! So soft and slouchy, with a great weight and length for casual styles.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Mockneck Cozy SweaterDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

I mean really, I just love sweater season!! And they just keep getting better as the temperatures drop! I love these mix of Burgundy, blush and red of this color block, and the wide neckline. It’s not quite boatneck, so a regular bra works fine. It’s also soft and perfectly relaxed.

Fit Tip:I’m wearing an XS

Striped SweaterDistressed Jeans | Chelsea Boots | Tortoise Hoop Earrings

One of Mama Sugarplum’s faves…this gorgeous cashmere feels like heaven and fits like a dream. It comes in tons of color options, too. And at under $100, it makes a great gift.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater | Black Jeans | Knee Boots

I’m so smitten with this lace and ruffle top, I’ve worn it two weekends in a row! It’s so cute layered under a Moto jacket, but also with these fun gingham pants. The pants are thick and lined, and fit really well through the waist and hips. This makes a fun holiday outfit, or swap in a red sweater for more pizazz.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS top, but size up if you’re busty or between sizes. Pants are true, I’m wearing a reg 0, but would prefer a petite.

Lace Ruffle Top | Gingham Pants | Black Pumps

Same top in this pretty cranberry…so fun with black jeans and boots for an easy night out style. I told you I’m obsessed with these black jeans!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing XS top and 26 jeans.

Lace Ruffle Top | Belt | Black Jeans | Knee Boots

Another great holiday-ready top…this satin cami has contrasting lace and ties in the back. It’s thick enough to wear alone, but so pretty peeking out of a jacket or blazer.

Fit Tip: I’m wearing an XS

Lace Camisole | Belt | Black Jeans | Knee Boots

Here I’ve layered it under this gorgeous tweed moto jacket. It’s a blend of black, pink and blue, with subtle metallic thread…perfect for holiday and beyond!

Fit Tip: I’m wearing a 0

Tweed Moto Jacket | Lace Camisole | Belt | Black Jeans | Knee Boots

And last up…flannel pajamas in a cutie-pie plaid of red and green! So soft and comfy, and have Christmas morning written all over them!

Fit Tip: They’re true to size, but I’d size up for a more relaxed fit.

Plaid Flannel Pajamas

Whew, that was a beastly post!! I think I might need another slice of pie now! Are you out there fighting the shoppers, or snuggled up at home shopping in your jammies?! What sales are you most excited about? What awesome deals have you found?!? Happy weekend…and shopping, lovebugs! See you back here Monday for the best of Cyber Monday (does the madness never end?!)!!
Oh, and let’s not forget Amazon!! The deals are constantly changing and adding (literally hourly!), so this page is the easiest spot to monitor the best deals. Right now I’d grab this Instant Pot for 50% off, KitchenAid Mixer only $159, and the Fire Tablet under $50!  You can find my latest Amazon Fashion Finds here and here.

Puffer Jacket (only $27!) | Longer Version under $50! | Distressed Jeans | Booties

[The Best Black Friday Sales]

Accessory Concierge // Maker of my pearl cluster necklace & fave tassel necklace, they’re offering 40% off site wide with code BLACKFRIDAY2018

Amazon // New deals posting every hour!

Ann Taylor // 40% off + free shipping with code: SHOPEARLY

Backcountry | Take 20% off any item with code TAKE20NOVEMBER

Banana Republic // 40% off entire purchase

Barrington  //  Up to 30% off monogrammed bags with code THANKFUL

Bauble Bar // 35% off, $10 deal busters & 65% off gift sets

Colleen Rothschild // 30% off site wide with code BF2018

Crate & Barrel | 25% off + 40% off some furniture (Good chance to grab my hammered tree collar!)

Gap // 50% off with code: BLKFRIDAY

Hunter Boots // 20% off certain brands

JCPenney // Sitewide sales

J.Crew // 40% off everything, code: TOGETHER

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything, code: ADD2CART

Loft // 40%  with code: BESTWEEK

Madewell // Take 25% off everything, code: DEALWITHIT

Marks & Spencer // 25% off site wide

Nike  //  Extra 20% off with code THANKS

Nordstrom // Up to 60% off plus free shipping

Old Navy // 50% off everything

Pottery Barn // 30% off and free shipping with code: FREESHIP

Serena and Lily // 25% off using code: GATHER

VineOh! // $10 off + free throw, code CASSIE

West Elm // 30% off everything, code: SAVEMORE

World Market // 40% off furniture, code FURNDEAL