Fall/Winter Sale Update: 2015

Holiday sales have come, and well…are still going it seems, but I’m pretty sure I’ve indulged enough for the season. Here are some of the items I ended up picking up, both keepers and returns.

Stella Dress

1. Stella McCartney dress, 70% off. Stella makes a version of this classic crewneck dress each season, and though I’ve eyed it many a time, I never tried it on as I generally gravitate towards v-necks. I saw the always stylish Alice wearing the newest spring season version (so pretty!) of it though, and thought it looked great. So when I saw this blossom print pop at at Saks, I ordered (successfully after my 5th attempt or so…what’s with Saks’ buggy website)? Anyway, I love the print – it reminds me a bit of comic books. And it’s quite comfortable as well, thanks to the elastic waist.

Status – keeping


2. Erdem Kenya printed dress, 60% off. I thought I would definitely end up keeping this dress, since I love the other Erdem dress that I own. When I pulled it out, I immediately fell in love with the print and the weight of the fabric. But when I put it on, a clear problem emerged – yup, I could not zip it all the way up! I bought my normal size (UK 6), but I guess I needed one bigger. The problem is, the rest of the dress seemed to fit…going bigger may have been too big. And in the meantime, UK 8 sold out anyway.

Status: returned

Kirkwood Ava Houndstooh

3. Nicholas Kirkwood Ava sandals, 70% off. You can also find these, in more sizes available, at Saks (for a lesser discount though…grr). After baby, I swore I was done with heels. Actually, I made that vow during pregnancy, as soon as I started to visibly waddle. Yet the lure of beautiful shoes was too tempting this season…especially with so many great deals! The discount on these Kirkwoods was too good to resist, not to mention their relatively reasonable 85mm heel. When they arrived, I tried them on and they were more comfortable than many of my heels – maybe because of the lace up bootie style.

Deep down I know that my lifestyle really isn’t one conducive to mesh and suede booties right now…yet some part of me really loves these, and they look cool on.

Status – keeping…for now! 

Alice Olivia Top

4. Alice & Olivia Sweater Top, 65% off. I love the cropped sweater/layered blouse look (what can I say, one of my favorite fashion movies is Clueless). But it can be hard to get just right…and if it’s the wrong blouse I end up with lumps. I picked up this sweater/blouse combo for 65% off during a Neiman Marcus sale on a lark, half expecting that I’d want to return it. But it’s actually a winner. I’ve already worn it a few times so far – once with just plain black pants above, and another time with a little black mini and tights.

Status – keeping 



5. PJ Salvage Thermal Pajamas, 33% off. What can I say? The siren call of cats in hats was too irresistable, and I had to purchase. I love the cozy thermal material of these, and also the jogger style of the pants. I’m a shortie so all of my pajama pants either have to be cropped style or altered – otherwise they drag on the ground. The elastic bottoms of the pants in this set solve that problem easily for me. Yes I kind of look like I’m wearing harem pants…but I think the pink and the cats negates that, no? Anyone?

Status – keeping!

What were some of your sale purchases this holiday season?

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  • Sonya
    January 4, 2016 at 10:21 am

    I love everything! Too bad about the Erdem.

  • ella
    January 4, 2016 at 10:50 am

    You look fab! Love the Stella dress. After reading your Everlane review, I ordered their cropped cashmere sweater – will report back, but I love that look too!

  • Anonymous
    January 4, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    I love the Alice & Olivia sweater. I went to buy it and it was sold out. The story of my life!!!

  • Whitney Farris
    January 4, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    That was my comment. Wonder why it showed anonymous?

  • Anonymous
    January 4, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    You look so great! Did you do anything specific or have an exercise regimen after baby?

    • Katherine
      January 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks so much! No not really…I’ll try to think about it and write it down in a future baby update though 🙂

      • Anonymous
        January 9, 2016 at 5:26 pm

        That would be great! Also, if you wanted to throw in how you manage as a new working mother, that’d be much appreciated, too!

        ~From a to-be-working-mommy professional in t-minus 2.5 months 🙂

  • Anonymous
    January 4, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    The Alice + Olivia top is so cute (and not usually my style) but it looks adorable on you! The black pants are super cute too. Do you mind sharing what brand/style they are?

  • Anna
    January 5, 2016 at 4:37 am

    I love the Stella dress! It’s a bit too much in terms of color for me (but then I’m an all neutral kind of girl), but it looks amazing on you! Should should go for color more often.

    I had a very naughty sale season; Prada boots, Jil Sander coat, Reed Krakoff sweater, Magaschoni blazer, Bottega Veneta cashmere cardigan, Philip Lim dress, and Alexander McQueen sweater… Just typing this out makes me a little faint!

    • Anna
      January 5, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Sorry for that typo, I’d meant to say that you should go for color more often.

      • Katherine
        January 5, 2016 at 9:04 pm

        Thank you, Anna! And it sounds like you had quite the successful sale season yourself!

        • Anna
          January 7, 2016 at 6:07 pm

          I was successful in a manner of speaking, yes 😉

          Now I’m trying to avoid an exam and my fingers once again are doing some online shopping. Oh dear.

  • alice
    January 5, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Aw that Stella dress is such a fun steal! And now I think you’re totally taller than me given where the dress hits you 😛
    (Also love the sandals!)

    • Katherine
      January 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Thank you! And no, I had the dressed altered two inches already, LOL.

  • Mercy
    January 5, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Love this kind of post from you, i can’t wait to see towards the end whether it’s for keeps or not. I want to keep the No. 2 dress though.

    • Katherine
      January 5, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Me too! I just wish it fit 🙁

  • Anna
    January 6, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    I think I am going to get the pajamas 😛


    • Katherine
      January 7, 2016 at 9:26 am

      I hope you like them! I love mine!

  • Revanche
    January 7, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Did you already return the Erdem? And is it a pretty generous return policy? I ask because I have been steadily shedding pounds since birth, in the last month or two, I’ve actually reached the point where I fit some of my prepregnancy clothes again and I wasn’t sure that would happen. It might be worth hanging onto it for a few months to see if the same will happen for you. (FTR, I breastfed for several months but didn’t do anything specific to lose weight other than eat normally and take walks almost every day so it’s not due to any extraordinary efforts on my part.)

    • Katherine
      January 8, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      I already returned it…I’m back to my pre-preggo weight but while breastfeeding, certain dresses just won’t fit anymore…and I have no idea what my body will be like after, not enough to take a chance with a strict return policy lol!

  • Lindsay
    January 8, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Love your dress picks! I kept eyeing another Stella dress in that same pattern but decided not to do it since I don’t know how I’d feel about it a few years from now :/ The Erdem dress is lovely, I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work out 🙁 Perhaps you can keep your eye on it, maybe someone will make a return?

    Are those PJs warm? I wanted to get them as well but wasn’t sure how warm they are (I don’t really want to buy thermal if it won’t keep me warm :P)

    • Katherine
      January 8, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      The PJs are warm but they aren’t the super super warm thermal that you might be thinking of 🙂

  • Sammie
    January 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Kat!

    Thanks to you, I ordered the Ivanka Trump flats in black and pewter and they both worked out! Super cute and comfy. Thanks so much for recommending them. (You are two for two, since the Frye boots also worked out!)

    • Katherine
      January 14, 2016 at 10:02 am

      So happy to hear that they worked out and you’re enjoying the flats!

  • Glenda
    March 25, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Hi Katherine,
    I just found this about Amal Clooney and a version of the Stella McCartney dress, thought it may be of interest. My musing about her choosing to wear the dress for this particular speech: this dress + her posture & hand position & movements + her peaceful tone & cadence in speaking, maybe it makes her appear non-threatening and approachable, as opposed to how a red power-suit or something similar + arms spread wide + a louder voice & forceful cadence may have made her speech seem off-putting…