This & That: No. 186 & Black Friday Shopping Deals

Nov 27, 2015

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~Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carm and Shana Knizhnik 

The second woman to ever serve on the United States Supreme Court and the current senior female on the bench, associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, without intention, has fascinated the public. Known for decades due to her intellect and feminist pioneering ideology, she is in the spotlight in Notorious RBG which was just released last month. Included in the book is a vast survey of her interns, family and even Ginsburg herself. Stretching from ponderous topics such as gender equality and civil rights to her everyday routine (she shares her workout regimen as well), readers who are already curious about the small, yet mighty woman, will want to pick up the book.

~How to Love Wine: A Memoir and a Manifesto by Eric Asimov

As the chief wine critic for The New York Times, Eric Asimov shares where the wine culture is today and where it has come from. If wine piques your curiosity in the least bit, whether you are a neophyte to the wine world or have a seasoned nose, this book may just be of interest to you.


~Ben Sollee

As I mentioned last week, I am having a bit of a love affair with the cello. And it just so happened that young cellist Ben Sollee has already made a name for himself at a very young age. Having released a fourth album last year, this Kentucky born talent ventured to Bend earlier this month, which brought him to my attention. The most recent album, Half Made Man, explores what many of us do in our twenties, embark on the journey of figuring ourselves out. Listen to the album here.


~Helmut Lang Stretch-Silk Tunic

On Tuesday, Net-a-Porter’s semi-annual sale began, and as I posted, the reductions are steep and for now, the selection is vast. For example, Helmut Lang’s simple, yet luxurious stretch-silk tunic is still available in all sizes as it is reduced 30%. Layer over skinny or slim jeans, dress pants or any which way you want. Accessorize with a beautiful pendant necklace and let the quality of the top do the talking.

~Vince Cross Body Saddle Bag

Available in a handful of other colors, Vince’s cross body bag in “nut” offers a classic neutral day or evening bag for casual outings without breaking the bank.


~Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce

Okay, a worthwhile guilty pleasure for December will be premiering on Tuesday December 1st. Mark your calendars. Bravo’s widely successful scripted dramedy returns for its second season not a moment too soon. Lisa Edelstein and crew kick off the season of Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce with her character reuniting with her ex-husband. We’ll see how long that lasts as well as what her girlfriends will be up to this season. I cannot wait. Have a look at the trailer below:



~recipe for Fig & Buckwheat Breakfast Tart~

Unofficially, or officially, I am not exactly sure which, the holiday season has begun. And whether you are keeping it simple and staying in with friends and family or hitting the shops to start checking off your gift list, the last month of 2015 is about to begin. Are you ready?

With freshly fallen snow on the ground in many parts of Oregon and much turkey and pie in my belly, I am curious to see what the holiday season will be in a new hometown. I guess part of the journey is not knowing, and that can be trepidatious but exhilarating as well. However, if you will be celebrating this holiday exactly where you were last year, I hope you don’t settle into old ways simply because that is the way it was done before. Welcome what works, tweak what can be improved and remember most importantly, to enjoy the moment, the relationships in which you are accepted for you are and let go of the superficial and what the exterior looks like to onlookers. At the end of the year, I have a feeling you will be thankful you’ve taken such an approach. Below are a few articles you might enjoy, as well as (yes, I will admit it, I am enamored at the moment with Adele) a playful video of Adele singing with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots. Did you know her new album, 25, is now officially the top selling album for the first week of sales since Nielsen has charted sales? Not bad.

And since it is Black Friday, below you will find a long, lovely list of sales and promo codes to use over the bustling shopping weekend. I will be sharing Cyber Monday’s shopping deals early Monday morning, so be to check it out. Also, don’t forget to stop by the blog on Monday for the return of the annual TSLL Holiday Gift Guide. Until then, bon weekend!

~A shift may be what you need when it comes to making the improvements in your life that you seek . . . Change Your Story to Change Your Life

~Just in case you are up early and taking advantage of the sales . . . 11 Tips for Making the Most Out of Black Friday

~A reassuring reminder that stepping up your style simply means adding a 3rd piece

~This post was written on The Art of Manliness blog, but the topic resonants no matter what your sex – Why Every [Wo]Man Should Study Classic Culture

~12 Tough Truths About Great Relationships . . . always a wonderful reminder written by two bloggers that always teach me something more.


~Alexander Wang

  • Free Shipping on all orders $250
  • 11.27-11.28


  • 30% off
  • promo code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • 11/27

  • 30% off select clothing , shoes, accessories, jewelry, and watches
  • promo code: 30BLACKFRI
  • 11.26 – 11.27

~Ann Taylor

  • 50% off EVERYTHING
  • promo code CELEBRATE


  • 25% off EVERYTHING
  • promo code: SHOPTOIT


  • up to 60% off casual looks for men and women
  • promo code: BLESSED
  • 11.24 – 11.26


  • 20% off entire purchase online and in stores restrictions apply
  • promo code: WORKIT
  • 11.27 – 11.29

~Banana Republic CA

  •  half off sweaters and 40% off the rest of your purchase restrictions apply
  • promo code: BRFRIDAY
  • 11.26 – 11.27

~Banana Republic US

  • Half off sweaters and 40% off the rest of your purchase restrictions apply
  • promo code: BRFRIDAY
  • 11.26 – 11.27


  • up to 80% off site wide

~Boden USA

  • 30% off
  • ends 11/30

~Cole Haan

  • 30% off + free shipping
  • 11.27


  • 50% off everything + free shipping
  • 11.25 – 11.30 at noon


  • 10% off all sales
  • code bf15
  • 11/27 – 11/30


  • Early Access 50% off everything restrictions apply
  • promo code: EARLY
  • 11.25


  • 50% off everything restrictions apply
  • promo code: GAPFRIDAY
  • 11.26 – 11.27


  • 40% off full priced styles restirctions apply
  • promo code: FRIDAYGAP
  • 11.27 – 11.29


  • 50% off in stores and online + Free Shipping with orders $50+
  • promo code: SHIPGIFTS
  • 11.23 – 11.24

~James Perse

  •  up to 70% off the James Perse Holiday Sale+ free shipping
  • promo code: HOLIDAYSTYLE15

~Kate Spade

  • Surprise Sale! up to 70% off
  • 11.24 – 11.28

~Kenneth Cole

  • 50% off sitewide + Free shipping all orders
  • 11.26 6PM ET – 11.27

~La Garconne

  • 15% off regular priced items exclusions apply
  • 11.29 – 11.30


  • 40% off nearly everything
  • BF40
  • 11/27 – 11/29


  • Extra 25% off clearance Designer Handbags, 50% off select Juniors clothing, 60% off select Women’s Coats, 50% off Women’s Sweaters, 70% off Memory Foam Pillow & Toppers
  • 11.25 – 11.28


  • 25% off your entire purchase
  • promo code: Calmdown
  • Now- 11.29 (US only)

  • up to 50% off designer clothing

~Nasty Gal

  • Take an extra 30% off sale, PLUS 30% off select black styles
  • 11.27 – 11.29

~Neiman Marcus

  • up to 40% off
  • take 20% off sale items for up to 50% off online

  • 11.25 – 11.27

  • Take $50 off select regular  price purchases of $200+ online

  •  11.27 at 6pm – 11.28

  • promo code: THANKFUL


  • extra 25% off clearance
  • promo code: GETOUTTHERE
  • 11/27 – 12/1


  • up to 50% off select styles for all + free shipping and returns
  • 11.26 – 11.27

~Old Navy CA

  • 50% off everything restrictions apply
  • 11.26 – 11.27

~Old Navy US

  • 60% off hundreds of styles, 50% off even more, 40% off everything else restrictions apply
  • 11.26 – 11.27

~Petit Bateau

  • save up to 50% off sitewide
  • 11.27 – 11.30


~Ralph Lauren

  • Up to 60% Off + take an Extra 20% Off Select Already-Reduced Styles online only
  • promo code: TURKEY20
  • 11.24 – 11.26

~Rebecca Minkoff

  •  25% off all orders + free shipping + up to 70% off selected styles
  • 11.25 – 11.29

~Sam Edelman

  • 30% off sitewide
  • promo code: SAMSGIVING


  • up to 20% off in store and online
  • promo code: SELFCCE


  • Spend $250+ and save 15%, Spend $500+ and save 20%, spend $1,000+ and save 25% , S’well and Stuart Weitzman style level exclusions
  • promo code: GOBIG15
  • 11.24 – 11.30

~Stuart Weitzman

  • free express shipping on all orders
  • promo code: BLACKFRIDAY
  • 11.27 – 11.30


  • 50% off ONE item until Noon Friday
  • 40% off ENTIRE purchase until Midnight Friday


  • Black Friday deals & steals


  •  take off extra 25% almost everything excludes just in, beauty and full price Iris & Ink
  • promo code: TWENTY15
  • 11.22 – 11.24


  • extra 25% off
  • Friday only 11/27

HAPPY SHOPPING! And be sure to stop by on Monday for TSLL Annual Holiday Gift Guide as well as the many Cyber Monday promo codes and sales. 

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