Gap Cash Spend

Back to School shopping this year consisted of two parts.

One: Click “Buy Now” on the Target supply list that the kids’ new school conveniently put together.

Seriously, this was the easiest thing ever, and all of our school supplies showed up on our doorstep within 24 hours.

24 hours.

Let that soak in.

Granted, we now live in Minneapolis, the home of Target, but still. That was awesome.

Two: A sub-two hour shopping trip to the Gap store at the Mall of America, where I grabbed a staggering pile of clothes in the correct-ish sizes and hauled both kids to the dressing rooms. If it fit, we bought it. 

The Gap was running one of their endless promotions that weekend, including 40% off marked prices, an extra 10% off for Gap cardholders, and another 10% off for a donation to the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America. In the end, I spent about $300 but walked away with four giant bags of clothes for the kids, enough to outfit both of them for school and beyond.

It was also a weekend to earn Gap Cash, which is basically a coupon for up to 50% off a future purchase. There’s a catch, though: Gap Cash comes in $25 increments and is only usable when you spend double the amount. Example: you need to spend at least $50 to use a $25 credit. If you spend $49.99, you’re out of luck. And if you spend $60, it’s still only $25 off.

I received $125 in Gap Cash and this weekend was the window to spend it.

Spouse is starting a new job this week (much closer to home, so this is a huge relief to shed his current 2 hour daily commute), and he needed some new work appropriate outfits. The first part of shopping was easy, two new pairs of pants and a few work shirts. for him.

But of course I had to look around a bit for myself…

This cold shoulder sweater was the first thing that caught my eye.

Frankly, I thought this trend would be dead by now, but it seems to still have a few last gasps.

I liked this sweater because the cut outs are relatively small (thus limiting the cold factor in the cold shoulder look) and it also incorporates another current trend, bell sleeves.

I ordered black but it also comes in light gray. The black seemed dressier and more evening appropriate. I am hoping to wear this out to dinner or to events this fall (if any of those things ever happen, sigh).

I’ve also fallen really hard for the camo trend this season, to the point that I bought cargo pants, sweatpants and received a Stitch Fix jacket, all in camo.

I may regret this decision, but I also added these to my basket:


Ok, these are definitely NOT meant to be worn together, but independently, I liked them both.

The gray and tan pattern in this tee is just so good.  Talk about a versatile layer.

On the other hand, the printed joggers are just a splurge.

I managed to burn through that Gap Cash and a teeeeeny bit more.




So Many Irresistible Deals

There are so many great sales going on this weekend.

And of course, since I need absolutely nothing, I must resist. Must. Resist.

Trixie (6), however, could use a few things for summer. After seeing a few outfits exposing a lot of her midriff due to a winter growth spurt, I realized it’s high time to buy some new (longer) shirts.

The Gap is having a great sale this weekend, 40% off regular price styles with code SUMMER. I’m going to order her a few of these everyday dresses, which I know will get a lot of rotation this summer.


Athleta is also running a spend more/save more deal: $25 off $150, $50 off $250 and $150 off $500 with code HEATINGUP.

This one has my name all over it: Splendid has 25% off everything with code PACKSPEND25.

Why not consider this Splendid tote bag?


And you have to act on it today, but Henri Bendel is offering 25% off all jewelry and hair accessories.

Happy Holiday shopping! Bring on summer!

Orange Pops of Color


Dang! I was planning to order these Gap shoes when I had a coupon for 40% off (started yesterday), but then two things happened:

  1. I realized the coupon was for in-store purchases only, not online, and our local store does not sell shoes.
  2. The shoes are now backordered.


I ended up ordering them for full retail – which I hate to do at the Gap – and now they’re delayed. Double d’oh.

But that hasn’t stopped me from still being obsessed with all things orange.

Maybe it’s the subzero temps lately and the happy (and tropical) associations I have with the color orange, but it’s really been a magnet for me, even more than usual.

(Did I ever mention that I drive an orange Jeep? Fact).

Current Orange Obsession (COO) #1: This bag.


I used to be squarely in the camp that a designer bag should be a classic, period. The thought of buying an investment piece that turned out to be a flash-in-the-pan trend seemed like a total waste, and that mindset carried over to color selection, too. (Hello, black!)

A few months ago I was traveling and saw a chic woman carrying the same classic Prada handbag that I own (in black), but hers was electric blue.


The color really stood out, especially because in the winter most people tend to be so bundled up in heavy coats that you can’t really see much of what they’re wearing, and many winter coats tend to be dark colors.

COO #1.5: This bag. Ninety percent less than bag #1, and you may be able to get it in-store for 40% off at the Gap right now. (Grrr again on those loafers).

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COO #2: This scarf, a total burst of Vitamin C, was a recent birthday gift courtesy of our amazing babysitter (who, sadly, is leaving us soon. Sniff).

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I’ve been wearing this non-stop with my blue Patagonia coat. Blue and orange look great together!

COO #3 and #4: Ok, I am dying over these socks from Woven Pear. I saw them online and immediately ordered four pairs.

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Also from Woven Pear:

fox socks

COO #5: Tory Burch York Multi-Task Smartphone Wallet. I still need to get my phone updated, and when I do, I’ll be carrying it in style.

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COO #6 and #7: If you want to smell like an orange, start here and here:

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 Just creating this post made me happy. It’s the Orange Effect.















Sayonara, C. Wonder and Piperlime

I was surprised to learn this week that two retail haunts on my usual rotation were going out of business.


First up: C. Wonder.

A quick check showed they’re already gone. The link above just gets you to a brief “We’re Outta Here!” message.

C. Wonder founder  Chris Burch – ex-spouse of classy Tory – describes the downfall here.

And in the Number 2 spot: Piperlime.

While I didn’t hit up this site as much as the other brands under the Gap umbrella (Athleta and Banana Republic are particular weaknesses), they would occasionally run some decent sales on brands that usually weren’t discounted (Clare V., I’m thinking about you).

Still, I miss you both already.




Summer Skirts

These casual summer skirts have really caught my eye lately. They’d be perfect for our upcoming tropical vacation.

These high-low styles are my favorite. Both are from Athleta.

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Shorter, but extremely cute, and less than $20 at Old Navy:

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A smoking deal from Hive and Honey ($29.97!):



One from my beloved Splendid:


This Vince Camuto version with stripes going two ways is really cool and well-priced:



On sale at the Gap:



Summer, please hurry. Really. Please.