Best of Black Friday

Chicago blogger Jessica Sturdy shares her colorful Christmas decor and decorating tips.

I can’t believe the holiday season is officially upon us! I know Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals can be exhausting and overwhelming, but I wanted to round up my favorite sites that are offering some great deals this weekend. It’s not just an exhaustive list… I picked out a handful of items from each that are great for gifting, as well as seasonal staples that are a steal to score on sale. Happy Shopping, friends!


Boll & Branch is 25% off!! (This rarely ever happens.) Because I’m crazy, I just ordered a new pair to have when I return home at the end of the year. If you don’t know how much I love my sheets in Chicago, please read this post. They truly get better and better with every wash! And tbh, if and when I ever do another Remote Year program, I’m bringing my Boll & Branch sheets with me.


J.Crew is FIFTY PERCENT OFF! 😱 Use code TGIF at checkout.

For You // I’ve had the J.Crew Cocoon Coat since 2013 or 2014 (I have it in navy blue and pink!) and it’s honestly the warmest non-puffer coat that I’ve ever owned. I also love it because it’s easy to dress up or down… You can wear it to the gym or out to a nice restaurant and it still looks totally appropriate. With the promo, it’s only $175 and I swear you’ll wear it for many winters to come.

You also can’t go wrong with J.Crew sweaters! I always grab a few at the start of each fall/winter season and wear them on repeat for months on end. (It’s a great time to grab some of their ‘everyday cashmere’ pieces because the promo makes them the price of a regular wool sweater!) I love the look of this popcorn cable-knit seater. Absolutely in love with this striped turtleneck. OB-SESSED with this colorblocked beauty. And this mock-neck sweater is a no-brainer.

And we all know I love me some J.Crew shoes, too. If you’ve been eyeing the Nordic Boots, now’s the time. (I want them in leopard!) If you’re loving the white bootie trend like I am, these are perfect. And I am SO in love with these everyday ankle booties!! (You’ll wear them so much more often than you think, they go with everything.)

A Few Great Gifts for Him // I love the look of this cashmere scarf. (This one and this one, too!) And on the functional side (guys love that shit), you could go for these bluetooth earmuffs or these smartphone-friendly gloves.


Tuckernuck is offering 20-30% off sitewide with code GOWILD! Unfortunately Barbour and Canada Goose are not included, but it’s a great time to stock up on Hanky Panky. I also love this tortoise clutch, this jewel-toned clutch, this leopard clutch, and this travel wrap. Now is also the best time to say yes if you’ve been eyeing a Mischa Lampert beanie!

If you need a good hostess gift, I have this candle in ‘Montauk’ and it’s so crisp and clean, I love it! (I also have this one in ‘bedroom’ and it’s great to burn right before bed.. So calming.) Another great gift for parties and beyond is this Slim Aarons coffee table book. And this cotton robe would also make for a great monogrammed gift! And for the girl that has just about everything, you can’t go wrong with these earrings. I have them in navy, but love them in gold!


Shopbop is offering up to 25% off with code MORE18!

I get SO many comments and compliments every time I wear these Le Specs black aviators. They’re only $89 to begin with and look so much more expensive! I have friends that also have these and they look good on all of us, so they’re sure to flatter almost any face shape.

I absolutely love Tretorn sneakers (Remember this glitter pair?) and Shopbop has a great selection of so many different colors and styles. Naturally, I love this glitter pair, but you can’t go wrong with this classic white pair.

Did someone say denim? I wear my Levi’s 501’s constantly. (See them on the blog here, here, here, & here!) I also swear by the Frame Le High Skinny and Le High Straight. And my Rag & Bone skinnies in the ‘Bedford’ wash are trusty old faves, too.

And if you *still* haven’t bit the bullet on a pair of Stuart Weitzman Over-the-Knee boots… Now’s the time. The Lowland is the flat pair you want, and The Hiline is the heeled style!


Old Navy is 50% off site-wide today, too! I know we all love Old Navy around here. I love this metallic puffer jacket, this striped crewneck is a must (comes in a ton of other colors, too!), and I’ve been wearing these jeans non-stop here on Remote Year — I’m obsessed. They fit TTS and do not stretch out. Can’t beat the price either, only $20! I’m also LOVING this pink sherpa coat, and let’s be honest — the navy one, too!


At Sephora, my go-to leave-in hair treatment is only $15!


If you followed me on any form of social media last winter, you know I LIVED IN my faux fur slippers. Grab them for $12 at LOFT today!


Serena & Lily is 20% off with code GATHER! So if you’re re-decorating or gifting yourself something for your home, don’t miss out. See some of my favorite pieces here!


Kate Spade is offering 30% off with code GIVECHEER. Their dresses are my go-to’s each and every year for holiday parties! This black velvet dress or this leopard navy dress would be my picks if I were able to attend any parties this year.


Waiting on Martha is always one of my favorite places to order unique gifts! They have the *best* selection of little knick knacks that you can’t find most other places. (Lots of home and holiday decor items, too!) Save up to 30% this weekend. Too many favorites to name, so just click through this slider for lots of gifting ideas.


BaubleBar is 30% off, too! So if you need a new piece of sparkle for holiday parties or to make your sweaters look a little bit more glam, here are my faves… (I just ordered this set!)


M.Gemi rarely ever goes on sale so you won’t want to miss their 25% off promo if you love their shoes as much as I do! I have these sandals and adore them. I am obsessed with these snow boots! These pointed toe flats are a classic (I’ve had two pairs!), and they’re known for their leather loafers.


Any other favorite sales you’ve shopped?! LMK what else is worth checking out!

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  1. 11.23.18

    Such a great round up – thank you!!

    Rebecca |

  2. 11.23.18
    Briana said:

    Thanks for sharing, love your blog!


  3. 11.24.18
    Rena said:

    Thanks a lot for the fantastic summary!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  4. 11.24.18
    Betsie said:

    KJP! 25% off. I ordered the monogrammed fox sweater!