Christmas in New York


Ah, Christmas in New York. There's nothing else quite like it. Christmas in Chicago is pretty great, but Christmas in New York is more. I lived in New York City for many years and while we used to complain about the crowds every December, I would pinch myself daily during every holiday season. I still [...]

Sweater Weather


I truly appreciate all four seasons: I love a hot summer, crisp fall, cozy winter and breezy spring. Chicagoans love to complain about the cold, which, if you ask me, is because it's expected of them since it's not so cold (unless we're having a polar vortex) that you need to mention it every time [...]

The Best Items for Fall ’17


I often joke that I couldn't live in a place that doesn't have four seasons. I'd rather have the occasional frigid temps—and the necessary wool and tweed and down—than sunny skies that negate these items. Here's what I'm lusting after this fall. Overall, the mood is super glam (always) and slightly mad. It's a good [...]

Valentine’s Day Gifts


Valentine's Day Gifts (for your sweetie, for you) are the absolute best for one major reason: pink and red simply belong together. The romantic holiday is unabashedly one of favorites here at Noir Friday. Some may say it's too saccharine, too contrived, too depressing. We say it's an excuse to buy yourself a heart-print sweatshirt [...]

Gifts for You


You took care of everyone on your gift list—now it's time to gift yourself and grab those items you really want. January is one of the of the best shopping months, with everything on final sale. I often pick up a major piece on deep sale after the holidays—past items have included this Altuzarra parka, [...]

Gifts for the Glam Girl


Sequins, bows, ruffles—yes, please. Let's just say that we here at Noir Friday can appreciate the more is more philosophy. The glam girl's taste veers toward the utterly ridiculous—in the best possible way. This is the girl who wants to stand out—and here are the gifs guaranteed to make that happen.

Best Sale Finds: 2015


A good way to reflect on the previous year is to look back on its fashions: that sweater you bought when you received a promotion, the shoe you purchased for that goosebumps-inducing event, the dress you found on sale that made you do a dance in the dressing room. I catalogue everything in [...]

Making a list…


For me, the shopping season always begins with the Net-A-Porter sale. It is typically on Cyber Monday but they were sneaky last year and did it a couple of days before Thanksgiving. Here, a slew of items I have my eye on, plus the five top things I’m looking for this sales season. [...]



The spring sales will be starting soon. Very early discounts are already trickling in, with promos such as 25 percent off for friends and family or an extra 25 percent off sale items. I don’t usually shop these preliminary sales unless I’m getting something for my daughter. The selection is small at this [...]

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