The Friday Shop: 7/2/21

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The Friday Shop by Wardrobe Oxygen

Sale Alert

It's the 4th of July weekend and you know what that means… sales! And relatively good sales as well. If you are shopping this weekend, below are the deals I found the most worth your time.

Also, be sure to stop by my promo codes page where I offer exclusive discount codes just for Wardrobe Oxygen readers. A lot can be combined with the sales going on this weekend!

Fashion and Footwear Sales

Athleta never has sales, yet through the 4th the brand is offering 20% off all shorts and bras! No code is needed, discount will be in your shopping cart.

Banana Republic is offering 40% off regular priced items, plus 50% off sale styles and 10% off purchase with code BREXTRA10.

Clarks footwear has up to 60% off most everything on their site, plus an extra 40% off with promo code EARLY40 for the items at this link.

Dia & Co is known for being a try before you buy subscription model, but you can also purchase items directly from their website. Dia is great about collaborating with brands to offer exclusive size-inclusive (sizes 10-32) pieces not available elsewhere. This weekend Dia & Co is offering 25% off their swim collection, which has their fab size range for brands like Andie Swim, Anini, Wild Isles, CityChic and more for suits, coverups, and other swim accessories. No code is needed, discount will show in cart.

Dia & Co is a woman-founded US-based company that offers a styling service like Stitch Fix but focuses exclusively on sizes 10-32. And as I mentioned, it's also an online boutique where you can shop individual products without a subscription. I haven't worked with Dia & Co in many years, but you can find my archives at this link.

J. Crew Factory is 40% off the entire site this weekend plus an extra 50% off sale with promo code FIREWORKS. J. Crew Factory is one of the few factory stores where I think the quality exceeds the low prices. It's also a great place where I get basics for my husband and cute clothes for my tween. I really like this dress and the shoulder detail; these linen blend shorts are a perfect summer basic; you know I love a striped tee and one with a crab makes my Maryland heart happy. Dang, these ridiculously low prices make me want to SHOP!

Kiyonna is having a sale all month long: 25% Off $100+ with code JULY25. If you have never shopped Kiyonna, they make some of the most flattering and versatile dresses (and some separates) in sizes 10/12 through 30/32. I am partial to this jumpsuit, this maxi dress, and this wrap dress that I owned myself a few years ago. Kiyonna also has a bridal department with plus-size wedding gowns as well as looks for guests and mothers of the wedded.

Kiyonna is a woman-founded company with 84% of their workforce women and all Kiyonna merchandise is made in Southern California. They are an established company that has been in business for a while with their apparel also sold at major retailers like Nordstrom. However, by shopping direct you get the best selection of size and color and the brand gets the biggest percentage of profit.

Miami Fitwear is a woman-founded activewear brand based in Texas (it was first in Miami hence the name). The brand makes amazing size-inclusive leggings as well as other activewear (sports bras, skorts, swimwear, and more!). Miami Fitwear has a flash sale through the 4th where you can get 15% off with promo code SAVE15. Click here to read my Miami Fitwear review!

Soma has an additional 50% off sale, which is awesome, because their sale selection is extensive. And it's not all winter stuff. You can find Cool Nights pajamas, SomaWKND loungewear (I am such a fan), bralettes, undies, robes, and much more in a pretty great range of sizes and colors.

Beauty, Skincare, and Wellness Sales

Colleen Rothschild, a skincare company I know many of you also love, is offering 20% off the entire site this weekend with promo code FIREWORKS. My suggestion if you're new to Colleen Rothschild Beauty is to try one of their kits of travel sizes. Most of CR's bottles in these kits are refillable and all are TSA-friendly sizes and come in a nice travel bag. This one is good for those who have oily skin and are looking to get a glow, this one is good for those who want to try skincare basics and CR bestsellers, and this one is good if you wish to try their popular haircare line.

If you want my thoughts on Colleen Rothschild you can read my Colleen Rothschild reviews or ask in the comments!

Dermstore has some great deals this weekend such as 20% off Elta MD (some of the best facial sunscreen out there), SkinMedica is 15% off (this is dermatologist-grade skincare that is super effective), and their Dermstore x Skin Cancer Foundation 2021 Sun Care Kit is one of the best deals I've seen.

ELEMIS the skincare company I know a lot of you LOVE is offering 25% off sitewide. Plus, enjoy a free 3-piece gift with $100+ orders. Use code JULY4 at checkout to save.

Equilibria, the woman-owned organic CBD brand is offering 20% off sitewide this weekend, no code needed. If you have not shopped Equilibria before, use WARDROBEOXYGEN at checkout and you'll get an additional 15% off your first order! Click here to read my unpaid honest Equilibria CBD review.

Home and Tech Sales

Joss & Main is celebrating 10 years with 15% off the entire site with promo code 10YEARS.

Target has 10% off Speedo gear this weekend. Water shoes, goggles, PFDs, pool loungers. and more for kids and adults.

What I Bought and What I Thought

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Necklace, bra, swim coverup, and a lamp

I only shared this in passing, but I got this gold chain necklace from Banana Republic and have been wearing it nonstop. Last summer I was the same with this Baublebar necklace. And while that necklace is still cool, all my wearing it while also wearing sunscreen and sweat caused it to lose its finish. So this Banana one is my 2021 replacement. Banana Republic does costume jewelry well, and this necklace is a great example. It's on sale plus Banana has 50% off so by time this goes live tomorrow morning it may be sold out. So here are all their link necklaces; lots of cool ones to choose from!

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I love Justina Blakely and her brand, Jungalow. I haven't bought anything from her line before, just admired it. When I saw that there would be a Jungalow x Opalhouse collection at Target I was PSYCHED. I scrolled through the selection before it dropped… and while I loved a LOT of it, I really didn't need any of it. Except this lamp.

Before the pandemic, I had a home office. It was a room that used to be our bedroom, but when we put on an addition over a decade ago, it became the room we walk through to get to our new bedroom. Weirdly shaped and not truly private, it couldn't be more than really a home office. I bought a standing desk when I became a full-time blogger, set up some bulletin and dry erase boards to track projects, had my iMac and all my color-coordinated desk accessories.

And then our kid needed a quiet place to do virtual school, and she found her room a distraction. And then we bought a Peloton. My home office became the classroom, the gym, as well as the catch-all for things that need to be put in the attic/donated and the home for things our 1940's house doesn't have storage for (vacuum cleaner, winter coats, garment steamer, beach towels, the winter comforter, etc.).

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Where the magic happens…

My home office is now an armchair in the corner of our bedroom. It's where I can find the most quiet and be left alone. Not the most ergonomic or functional, but it's where I have been writing Wardrobe Oxygen for the past year. And I've really needed both a table and a lamp, but it needed to be something slim to fit into a small space. I also wanted height; the room has high ceilings and the low chair is between two tall windows with curtains. I have before put one of our bedside lamps on a stool next to the chair and loved the effect and was seeking a similar concept that wouldn't be too expensive.

And when I saw this lamp I knew it was exactly the right thing. It was under $200 which was my budget, and it was both a table and a lamp, and the vibe I think fit with the rest of the stuff going on in our bedroom. It was very easy to put together; just screw all the pieces that were already along a cord. Think of those halogen torchieres we all had in our dorm rooms: same concept but cuter.

The lamp comes with an LED Edison bulb that looks super cool, but kept flickering from warm to cool. You can't see the bulb through the shade so I just replaced it with a normal bulb and it works great. The table part can hold up to five pounds and is sturdy enough to have a full 48 oz. water bottle and a cup of coffee and a La Croix on one side and it won't slant (I like to stay hydrated when working).

It's Target quality. I had to bend things a bit to have it all straight; the metal edges of the rope-looking parts of the pole are sort of cheesy/cheap/industrial but it is sturdy and strong and I think this lamp is stylish and worth the pricetag.

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I am going on vacation next week, have 1-2 weekend getaways after that, and another trip in August for a few days. I'm trying to work with what I have in general, but did make some purchases lately to make my trips better:

  • I bought one of these genius gadgets which clips onto the handle of your purse and tote and will clamp your hat between two heavy-duty magnets. Great for when you need to take off your hat when indoors or when you're traveling and have no idea how to carry your luggage and your sunhat!
  • My husband bought a pair of ROKA Phantom Alloy aviators. I didn't think anything would replace my beloved Ray-Bans, but these sunglasses are polarized and so incredibly light and they stay on my face even when I get sweaty and shiny and bend down to tie my shoe. And they're less than $200. So I ordered a pair as well for our trip so I am not pushing my sunglasses up my nose every five minutes. I'm still a die-hard 62mm Ray-Ban aviator fan, but I'm looking forward to a sport-performance pair of sunglasses that looks like street-style shades.
  • With travel, especially for more than just a weekend, I decided to buy some disposable face masks. We wear cloth ones 99% of the time, but thought disposable was a smarter choice for travel, especially as we're visiting multiple places on our trip. While we still have most of the box of the classic pleated masks we bought at the beginning of lockdown, our friends got these and said they're much easier to breathe in and the colors are fun.
  • I have wireless bralettes and bras that are comfy, and I have molded cup bras that make my bust look the way I desire. But I've been wanting a barely-there bra that doesn't make my large bust look… pendulous. I just got this bra from Freya and I really like how it looks and fits. I found it itchy first wear so I am washing it to see if that will take it away (it wasn't the seams or type of fabric, I was almost having some sort of reaction so I think laundering will remedy it). This reminds me of all the pretty sheer bralettes GenZ and young Millennials wear that sometimes peek out of their sundresses but it has the structure to hold my breasts in a nice way. I won't be having it peek out of my sundresses, but I do feel light and sexy yet covered in it!
  • I was looking for a “glam swim coverup.” I'm not a sheer caftan with beading kind of gal, but I wanted something fancier than my Tommy Bahama coverup or my Chico's linen tunic shirt, my go-tos. I saw this tunic at Chico's and thought on my 5'3″ self this would be a really cute coverup. And I was right! I also think this could be tucked in with jeans in the fall. If I were taller, this would be so chic with some white linen wide leg pants or distressed jeans. While I'm usually drawn to anything blue, the gold color read more my vibe and I am really glad I made that choice. I look forward to washing this and getting it worn and softened and rumpled.
  • My plan was to take my Allbirds as my sneakers since they are the ones that look the best on me with dresses and shorts but still perform for walks etc. but they can be slippery on slick walks (they and DC's marble and granite walks and curbs are not a good combination). My athletic sneakers are a pair of Brooks ‘Ghost' which are awesome, but they're two years old and deflated. Chatting with my husband, he said I should try Hoka which he LOVES. So I ordered these, these, and these from Zappos and they should arrive today. I'm trying to embrace a puffier shoe on my short/wide ankles and calves/wide feet self. It's hard, style rules are so ingrained in me so I'm going to see if any of these can change my thoughts on this concept. I'm over sacrificing basic comfort and my health for style. I'll keep you posted!

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  1. I have been wearing Hoka shoes for 10 years; they are great for those with lower body joint issues! I have worked events where I was on my feet for 10 ish hours , standing and walking on cement and marble floors, these shoes saved my feet. They come in leather and wide sizes too. Pricey and somewhat ungainly still so worth it for the comfort.

  2. That Freya bra is gorgeous, esp. the black one, and it looks great on you. I’m very tempted but saved by the fact that my size isn’t available.

  3. Great time to try Colleen Rothschild, I just ordered the Explorer travel pack. Can’t wait to get my hands on it and the discount was a bonus! Happy Fourth Alison!

  4. I try a lot of shoes, including some Hokas, and I keep coming back to the Ghost. Just the right amount of cushion and great fit I guess. Embrace the Hoka look though. Chunky shoes are in!

  5. I ordered the purse clip. I’m a hat person and It’s a great idea! I also have worn Hoka shoes for the last 2 years- both knees have been replaced and I had foot issues. These shoes are fantastic with the cushioning and knit uppers with no pressure points. They did take a little visual adjustment for me but the comfort is totally worth it. I have different styles for different uses- everyday walking vs 5 mile walks for instance. I hope they work for you too!

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