The Friday Shop

the friday shop

Retail News

Customers still like to shop in person, even if they only get to the curb. (The New York Times)

Cleaning up fast fashion starts in the classroom. (Corporate Knights)

Why two retail giants are buying distressed mall brands out of bankruptcy. (The Fashion Law)

Zappos now is selling L.L.Bean's iconic Duck Boots. (Footwear News) Shop the collection at this link.

How Yeti survived a pandemic — and private equity. (Marker for Medium)

Stella McCartney launches A-Z sustainability manifesto. (The Guardian)

Mark October 26th on your calendar because that's the day Betsey Johnson's collaboration with Torrid launches! (Yahoo)

Sale Alert

Shopbop has its fall event continuing through today with up to 25% off with promo code FALL20. Shopbop has extended their size range to 3XL and I shared my picks on Facebook earlier this week. Even though they have extended their size range, their selection beyond a size 12 is limited. I took their 197 pages of items and filtered to sizes XXL-3XL and it went down to 8 pages with most of it jeans. However, if you like a specific designer or are looking for something like jeans, this sale is worth a gander. They also carry shoes, jewelry, and other accessories.

Net-a-Porter has 15% off select dresses with code DRESS15

Rack Room Shoes has buy one pair of boots, get one free. This is a good sale as it says it's boots but the link has other kinds of shoes, and is a sale for the whole family.

Bare Minerals has 25% off everything with code STOCKUP. Plus, receive free shipping sitewide and a free 4-piece gift when you spend $75+.

Bloomingdale's has a sale with ALLSAINTS at 40-60% off select styles.  I love ALLSAINTS, have bags and sweaters from them and love the quality and minimalistic with an edge style. 

Gap has an extra 50% off markdowns at this link

J. Crew has up to 60% off coats and sweaters and 20% off your entire purchase with promo code WARMUP. The sale items up to 60% off are at this link. It's amazing coats, cardigans, turtlenecks, blazers, jeans, and much more. Below are some of my picks from the sale:


What I Bought and What I Thought

This week I received a gift in the mail from Soma that included this henley and these pants. They're awesome.  I am wearing them right now as I type this. I'm not normally the pale pink loungewear kind of gal, but I really love it, it's so pretty without being twee.  It is heathered, so it's rose and blush and mauve all marled together. They're soft and cozy but thick enough that you're warm and not all clingy and it's feminine without girly and sexy without being exposed. I have both pieces in Large, and I think if I could choose again I'd go with Medium on the pants because they have a wide waistband that is just the same fabric doubled over so a snugger fit would keep them from sliding down when sitting. Of course, because they're Soma quality, the pieces don't shrink even if you want them to! As for pant length, it's a bit long on me which means it will be just dandy for the majority of the population! As for whether this set is loungewear or sleepwear… I think that's up to you. I wouldn't wear this outside the house, but I am totally rocking them on the couch with my Birks and a pair of cozy socks!

I made a Lands' End purchase. Winter is coming and I want my family to be prepared with cold weather clothes so we can go outside and enjoy it. Everything I got for my family was great, and everything I got for myself was not and returned. I got my kid these snowpants; they fit great and were a fab price. My husband is tall, like if 37″ inseams existed on a regular basis he'd buy them but instead settles for 36″. I got him these knit pants; this is the second time I've bought them for him. They are a nice heavyweight, not jersey and not sweatshirt material. They are not going out of the house pants but they are a comfy lounge at home pant that holds up really nicely. I also got him these Squall pants and he adores them. He likes that they're not lined so he can use them for more activities, and appreciates the belt loops and the fit. I also got him this fleece in the Cool Cobalt color and it does look a little like he's a Fisher Price toy but he likes that. And then me…. I got these insulated Squall pants. I read the reviews and thought I should size down to Medium. Nope, I could barely get them over my butt and there was no way I could even consider zipping a centimeter. I'm going to get the Large Petite and see how it goes because this is one thing that is lacking in my closet for shoveling snow, winter hikes in the woods, and maybe this year I'll go sledding with my kid! So stay tuned.  Oh, I also got this fleece in Large and I hate it.  It's soft, but it's the weirdest fit. Snug in the shoulders, snug in the arms and then it tents out like a lampshade and hits at a really awkward length showing just a hint of crotch and butt in that way that makes it more prominent than if you're wearing something waist-length. At the time this fleece was only $19.18 and I still returned it because it was so awful. I instead ordered this fleece from L.L. Bean and got notice it shipped so I hope to have it in the Friday Shop next week.

I placed a J. Crew order. I ordered this denim shirt which I know I've ordered before and returned but my body has changed and I thought it may work now. Nope, the pockets are just at that point where the snaps look like extensions of my nipples, and the arms were so tight I couldn't bend my elbow, let alone roll up the sleeves. I also got these pants in 14 and if they weren't final sale and cost me just $19 I would have returned them because the wide leg is REALLY wide. But they otherwise fit nicely and I can see me wearing them with black flats and a black turtleneck sweater now and with a graphic tee and even a denim jacket in the spring. 


  1. Jennifer King
    October 16, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    I look forward to the Friday Shop post each week. Great information, Alison; you do the work for us! Snagged the J.Crew raincoat and am really excited to get it given it is raining with some snowflakes here in Minnesota today!

  2. Emily Maduzia
    October 16, 2020 / 12:24 pm

    OMG Torrid Betsey Johnson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I now know what it feels like to be super excited for a collaboration!!!!

  3. Krista
    October 16, 2020 / 9:54 am

    Those Soma pants & henley look cozy! I was just thinking that I truly need something I can lounge in that’s cozy for winter so I won’t need to wear a hoodie while snuggled on the couch. We rarely ever turn our heat in the winter and I would like something with a little more weight than just the pjs.

    No link for the wide leg pants. Can you please update?

  4. Bette
    October 16, 2020 / 9:20 am

    Wow, end of an era — LL Bean boots being sold anywhere by LL Bean? Heresy! Since Zappos seems to now have some strange connection to Amazon (same checkout, shared cookies), I’m wondering what Bezos has been up to. However, I welcome the Zappos connection if it means faster shipping and more consistent stock.

    • Bette
      October 16, 2020 / 9:20 am

      …anywhere BUT LL Bean…

      typing too fat

      • Bette
        October 16, 2020 / 9:21 am

        …typing too FAST…

        Good lord! I need more coffee, apparently.

        • October 16, 2020 / 11:25 am

          LOL I can relate! And yeah, Amazon bought Zappos back in 2009. UGHHHHH

  5. October 16, 2020 / 9:18 am

    Love these post! Information is king. Allison, thanks for keeping us informed! You ROCK

      • October 16, 2020 / 11:30 am

        Sorry for misspelling your name!! I need more coffee too!

  6. Peekiesmom
    October 16, 2020 / 9:01 am

    Can you please link the wide leg pants from J Crew? I love a wide leg, and the wider, the better! Thanks!

  7. October 16, 2020 / 8:40 am

    JCREW keeps throwing sales for their US customers but nothing for Canada or international. Not even for Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend which used to be a given. Super disappointing. It has definitely impacted how much I shop there because their “regular price” for Canadians is so inflated. I used to love JCREW but now I find myself wearing more H&M, Everlane and Banana. And some other European/ Canadian retailers. Funny how the pandemic can shift the way we shop.

    • October 16, 2020 / 11:23 am

      It really has! And it makes no sense to not support non-US customers, especially considering how poorly they’re doing financially.

      • Christine
        October 16, 2020 / 11:42 am

        Jane and Alison, I won’t shop at Jcrew anymore for exactly that reason. I typed in my order, used the sale code provided and it doesn’t apply to Canada. I contacted them and have not heard back. Lousy customer service.

        • October 16, 2020 / 11:44 am

          I’m really glad you all have let me know this. While Canada is a small portion of my audience, IMO it is an important and dedicated percentage and when I feature brands I look for those that ship to Canada and it’s important they offer the same promotion to Canadians. I wonder why they don’t and if this is a US/Canada thing or a J. Crew thing. Stay tuned, it may be a part of next week’s Friday Shop if I find some info on it! Thanks again Jane and Christine!

          • October 16, 2020 / 2:54 pm

            When they first launched their Canadian site there was controversy about “Canada pricing” and then also charging the duties on top of that (which should be baked into the Canada price) so they backed off of that after a lot of negative press. For a long time after that we usually had the same or similar sales. But in the last year or so we just haven’t gotten sales as much and since March not at all. They have been closing stores here too (but so has everyone really). The last time I complained to JCREW they said to watch my inbox but there have been ZERO sales here like I said. Nothing for labour day or Thanksgiving. Long weekends are usually sale gimmies! Also no JCREW rewards outside of the US. Madewell is the same. No rewards and all the sales lately are US only.

  8. Ruffin
    October 16, 2020 / 8:28 am

    Is the Soma set you got warm?
    I am in the midst of hot flashes and can only sleep in the cool nights pajamas. I think that pink set is so cute but have a feeling I wouldn’t be able to tolerate it.

    • October 16, 2020 / 11:23 am

      No, but it’s not nearly as cooling as the Cool Nights.

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