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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals, In Moderation

I usually eschew gift sets, but make an exception for collections of tea
I usually eschew gift sets, but make an exception for collections of tea.

Today begins the American season of winter holiday shopping. Some of you may venture into stores.

I’ll wave to you from my long-suffering sofa. I probably won’t even start Christmas purchasing for another week, if we’re honest. But some of you, nay many of you, are probably way more organized.

For you, then, to whom I bow, some online sales for these next few days. Which I refuse to speak of as Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday because, what are we, bandits and robots? Come on commercial America, where’s the holly jolly genius in our copywriting now?

I’ve organized these into categories: Charity,  Retailers We Know And Love, Interesting Brands I Have Worn And Talked About, and The High WASP Home.


This belongs to Zappos. Today through Monday Zappos will donate 10 meals per order placed on to Feeding America. If you need a new pair of Stuart Weitzman black satin pumps, or shoes for your ever-growing children, now is the time.

Retailers We Know And Love

6PM: 15% 11/27-11/28. Red Gravati cap-toe ballet flats anyone?

J. Crew: 30% off regular 40% off sale items 11/26-11/30 Code HOLIDAY. I wouldn’t mind a gold-ikat patterned tee, not at all.

Gap: 50% off site wide 11/27-11/28 Code BLK Friday 11/29 Code GIFT. Fleece footie jammies for your new niece or nephew? No? Not even in a penguin pattern?

Neiman Marcus: My favorite large department store – must be that yearning for Imaginary Texas.

Shop the Designer Sale for up to 40% off select Finer Apparel, up to 30% of select Men’s, Handbags and Ladies Shoes and up to 25% off select Intimate Apparel, Cashmere and Children’s at! Offer valid 11/28 at 8am CST – 11/29 CST

Interesting Privilege[d] Brands On Sale

Alexis Bittar: AKA the source of  this bracelet. Shop Black Friday Steals at Alexis Bittar.

All Saints: AKA the source of my biker jacket and sequin skirt. 20% off 11/28-12/01, Code: THANKS

Mara Hoffman: AKA where I might to buy my next bikini but they also sell killer beach towels – which make a nice present for those in warm climates. 25% off sitewide code blackfriday14 11/28

Narciso Rodriguez: AKA The best LBD ever. 40% select fall/winter merchandise Code NARCISO40

Brooks Brothers: AKA secret source of great handbags. 15% off + free shipping 11/27-11/29. I bet a young woman you know really needs a gorgeous, classic pebbled red leather hobo for under $300.

Karen Millen: AKA thank you for this budget “bandage” shift. 30% Off at Karen Millen US. Thursday, November 27 – Monday, December 1. Use promo code KMCYBER1 at checkout. Plus get Free Shipping on All Orders. Exclusions Apply.

Whistles: AKA a British version of J. Crew, I think. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. 30% sitewide, men & women.

The High WASP Home

Anthropologie: The mass market retailer that does that best job at a High WASP home. 25% off on EVERYTHING Black Friday. Code HOLIDAY25

And for china and glass of all sorts:

Wedgwood: Black Friday Event at – Save 20-40% Off 150+ Specials PLUS Free Shipping Over $39+. Free Gift Wrap through 11/30.

Royal Albert: Black Friday Event at – Take $10 Off $100+, $20 Off $150+, or $30 Off $200+. Free Shipping Over $39+ and Free Gift Wrap through 11/30.

Royal Doulton: Black Friday Event at – Take $10 Off $100+, $20 Off $150+, or $30 Off $200+. Free Shipping Over $39+ and Free Gift Wrap through 11/30.

And finally, the tea. Thanks goodness for tea. I raise my cup of Rooibos, and hope you get to put your feet up today and relax. Anywhere in the world you might happen to be.

Teavana: Black Friday Sale! 40% off Holiday Best Sellers at (Valid 11/27 from 9:00am EST to 11/30 at 11:59pm PST)


Affiliate links may generate commissions. I may update this post Monday, if new sales are announced. I am always honored and tickled when you choose to make a purchase influenced by this blog. Spelling corrections courtesy of @kidchamp, the dryad of accuracy.

8 Responses

  1. I don’t get the Black Friday thing. Oooo too many crowds. Today, I heard one expert who tracks consumer prices (on daily basis) talk about retailers routinely raising their prices before Black Friday. Guess it’s a case of buyer beware…or maybe buyer doing their homework in the weeks leading up to the “event.” Or maybe I’m just spoiling everyone’s fun.
    Bah humbug.

  2. I love Rooibos tea, make it iced all summer long too. Strong dislike of shopping this time of year and sort of angry that it all began before Thanksgiving.

  3. I thank you for posting the information on Anthropologie, whose otherwise foolishly expensive drawer pulls have been calling to me for more than a year – I finally ordered them because I persuaded myself that this sale made them affordable. I have recently resolved to wait until I can buy exactly what I want rather than settle for something that I don’t want but that “will do, after all” – and you made this possible!

    1. And that is why it’s good to post sales! Hooray! And waiting for the exact thing is so satisfying. I do like Anthropologie’s home stuff a lot.

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