Style A Friend & Best Black Friday Sales (Gifts Under $25!)

Hi friend!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I had my family and Brian over and it was a lovely time, pretty casual with lots of good food.  Too much in fact!  I’ve already been eating all the desserts all week!  Is that you too?

Today is a fun dressing room style post with our favorite girlfriend, Ali-Shaun.  It’s always a blast when she stops by and it’s even better on Stories, which I’ll be sharing this weekend!

We ordered lots of things from Nordstrom and are taking advantage of their Black Friday sale- up to 50% off tons of good things and FREE shipping!

At the bottom of this post are the best Black Friday sales and my picks for gifts under $25!

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STYLE A FRIEND | BLACK FRIDAY EDITION

My Size Reference: I’m short (5’1) and petite, weighing about 110 lbs and athletic build.  I typically wear size 0p/25 jeans, XSP/XS in tops and dresses.

Ali-Shaun Size Reference: She’s taller (5’4), with an hourglass shape, small waist and fuller bust.  She usually wears a size 8-10 in jeans, and Medium/Medium Petite or size 8 in tops and dresses.

Rhonda Size Reference: Rhonda is our supermodel friend and works with me!  She’s 5’9 with legs for days.  She typically wears Small or Medium in tops, size 8/29 in jeans.

Nordstrom, Vince Camuto Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Megan | SweaterJeansBooties Ali-Shaun | SweaterJeansBooties

Of course we had to start off with festive red and green for the holidays!  This relaxed fitting cowl neck sweater looks great worn tucked or untucked.

Sweater Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Jeans Fit: I’m wearing a 0 but prefer 0 Short

Ali-Shaun Sweater Fit:  Medium

Ali-Shaun Jeans Fit: 8

Nordstrom, Vince Camuto Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Megan | SweaterJeansBooties Ali-Shaun | SweaterJeansBooties

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Megan | SweaterJeansBooties Ali-Shaun | SweaterJeansBooties

I have this same uber soft sweater in white and the light pink is a lovely pastel.  It’s fuzzy goodness and also nice and warm.

Ali-Shaun is wearing a similar sweater in cable knit with a puffed sleeve and blouse style bottom.

Sweater Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Jeans Fit: I’m wearing a 0

Ali-Shaun Sweater Fit: Medium

Ali-Shaun Jeans Fit: 8

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Rhonda | SweaterJeans

Ali-Shaun wasn’t crazy about the pink color, but Rhonda loved it!  I thought it looked great on both of them!

Rhonda Sweater Fit: Medium

Rhonda Jeans Fit: 8

Nordstrom, Henley Top , Jeans, Booties

Megan | Henley TopJeansBooties Ali-Shaun | Henley TopJeansBooties

I love a good henley tee for ease of comfort, especially when I’m just hanging at home working at my computer.  The buttons are functional and it also looks great layered under a vest.

This one runs large, so you may want to size down.  I prefer petite in this brand.

Top Fit: I’m wearing an XS 

Jeans Fit: I’m wearing a 0 

Ali-Shaun Top Fit: Medium

Ali-Shaun Jeans Fit: 8

Nordstrom, Henley Top , Jeans, Booties

Megan | Henley TopJeansBooties Ali-Shaun | Henley TopJeansBooties

Nordstrom, Henley Top , Puffer Vest, Jeans, Booties

Megan | Henley TopJeansBootiesPuffer Vest Ali-Shaun | Henley TopJeansBootiesPuffer Vest

These packable puffer vests are from Amazon and add visual interest as a layering piece over the henley top.

Puffer Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Ali-Shaun Puffer Fit: She’s wearing an XS, prefers a medium 

Nordstrom, Henley Top, Puffer Vest, Jeans, Booties

Puffer Vest

Nordstrom, Henley Top , Jeans, Booties

Henley TeeJeansBooties

I think I prefer this henley top because it fits slimmer.  Of course, I like the grey, but it also comes in tan and white.

Tee Fit: I’m wearing an XS 

Jeans Fit: I’m wearing a 0 

Nordstrom, Henley Top , Jeans, Booties

Henley TeeJeansBooties

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

SweaterJeansBooties

Ali-Shaun looks so good in jewel tones and this is the same sweater in deep green.  She did a front tuck and it looks great on her with the open v-neck.

Sweater Fit: Ali-Shaun is wearing a Medium

Jeans Fit: Ali-Shaun is wearing an 8 

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Ali-Shaun | SweaterJeansBooties Rhonda | SweaterJeans

Rhonda put on the pink sweater so you could see it compared to the green.  Which color do you prefer?

Sweater Fit: Ali-Shaun is wearing a Medium | Rhonda is wearing an XS 

Jeans Fit: Both are wearing an 8 

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Ali-Shaun | SweaterJeansBooties Rhonda | SweaterJeans

Fun fact: Ali-Shaun is actually the one that suggested I have Rhonda start working with me!  That’s been almost two years ago now!

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Megan | SweaterJeansSimilar Boots  Ali-Shaun | SweaterJeansBooties

We were both big fans of this cable knit sweater with fun bubble sleeves.  That detail on the sleeves gives it another dimension and it fits perfectly TTS.

Sweater Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Jeans Fit: 0

Ali-Shaun Sweater Fit:Medium

Ali-Shaun Jeans Fit: 8

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Megan | SweaterJeansSimilar Boots  Ali-Shaun | SweaterJeansBooties

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

 SweaterJeansSimilar Boots

Nordstrom, Star Sweatshirt, Jeans, Booties

Megan | Star SweatshirtMother JeansBoots  Ali-Shaun | Star Sweatshirt • Mother JeansBoots

Another home run outfit is this star sweatshirt, jeans and knee high black boots.   The sweatshirt is casual, but with a twist because the stars have sequins on them!

The jeans are the ones we got at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and they are so comfortable and figure flattering.  Ali-Shaun appreciates that she can wear them to work because they’re a darker hue without any rips, tears or distressing.

The boots were a hit too!  Ali-Shaun got the suede and I got the crocodile.  They do run small, so size up half.

Sweatshirt fit: I’m wearing an XS

Jeans Fit: 25

Ali-Shaun Sweatshirt fit: Medium

Ali-Shaun Jeans Fit: 31

Nordstrom, Star Sweatshirt, Jeans, Booties

 Star SweatshirtMother JeansBoots

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Megan | One State Gray SweaterMother JeansBoots Ali-Shaun | One State Gray SweaterMother JeansBoots

This relaxed sweater has a more open neckline and slight balloon sleeves.  I also like the casual drop shoulders and pretty soft grey color. It’s a super soft material and has a surprise lattice back.

Sweater Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Jeans Fit: I’m wearing a 25

Ali-Shaun Sweater Fit: Medium

Ali-Shaun Jeans Fit: 31

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

One State Gray SweaterMother JeansBoots

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

One State Gray SweaterMother JeansBoots

How fun is the back?!

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Megan | SweaterMother JeansBooties Rhonda | SweaterJeansFlats  Ali-Shaun | One State Gray SweaterMother JeansBoots

And these girls?!  You can tell we’re loving these sweaters!

Sweater Fit: I’m wearing an XS, Rhonda is wearing a Medium, Ali-Shaun is wearing a Medium 

Jeans Fit: I’m wearing a 25, Rhonda is wearing an 8 and Ali-Shaun is wearing an 8 

Nordstrom, Sweater, Jeans, Booties

Ali-Shaun | One State Gray SweaterMother JeansBoots Rhonda | SweaterJeansFlats

Here’s a closer look.

Nordstrom, Peter Pan Collar Top, Jeans, Boots

TopMother JeansBoots

Ali-Shaun still works in a corporate environment so she needs clothes for the office and zoom calls when she’s working from home.  This blouse with the peter pan collar and front bow tie looked so cute on her.  She’ll be able to wear it with pants, a skirt or jeans.

Top Fit: Medium

Jeans: 31

Nordstrom, Peter Pan Collar Top, Jeans, Boots

MEGAN | Top  • Mother JeansBoots Ali-Shaun | TopMother JeansBoots

For me, I liked this lightweight button down top that looks like you dressed up, but is so easy to wear. It’s a thin knit, but not sheer.

Top fit: I’m wearing an XS

Jeans Fit: I’m wearing a 25

Ali-Shaun Top Fit: Medium

Ali-Shaun Jeans: 31

Nordstrom, Puff Sleeve Top, Jeans, Boots

Megan | Puff Short SleeveJeansHeelsBelt  Ali-Shaun | Puff Short SleeveJeansBoots

Puff sleeves and straight leg jeans for all my friends! The cool think about this top is that the front is actually a stretchy ribbed knit and the sleeves are a soft t-shirt material.  That combo makes the shirt feel a bit more feminine and special.

We also really liked the straight leg jeans by NYDJ.  They run long, so you may need a heel or petite length.  I think they look great

Top Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Jeans Fit: I’m wearing a 0P

Ali-Shaun Top Fit: Medium

Ali-Shaun Jeans Fit: 8 Regular

Nordstrom, Puff Sleeve Top, Jeans, Boots

 Puff Short SleeveJeansHeelsBelt

Nordstrom, Puff Sleeve Top, Jeans, Boots

Megan | Vince Camuto SweaterJeansHeels Ali-Shaun | Vince Camuto SweaterJeansBoots

Both of us were kind of on the fence about this sweater.  I liked the green color on Ali-Shaun, but felt like the balloon sleeves and tighter wrist part

Sweater: I’m wearing an XS

Jeans: I’m wearing a 0P

Ali-Shaun Sweater Fit: Medium 

Ali-Shaun Jeans Fit: 8 Regular

Nordstrom, Sherpa Jacket, Jeans

Sherpa Jacket

This sherpa jacket is the ultimate in cozy goodness.  It’s got a soft collar, functional buttons and two front pockets.  Be warned that it runs really large.

Rhonda is wearing an XS and her normal size is Small or Medium.

Nordstrom, Puff Sleeve Sweater, Corduroy Pants, Boots

Bubble Sleeve SweaterCorduroy PantsSimilar Boots

How fun are these corduroy pants?!  They’re basically jeans, but in a corduroy material.  I love the deep aqua hue for the holidays!

They were several inches too long on me though.

Sweater: I’m wearing an XS

Corduroy Pants: I’m wearing a 0

Nordstrom, Pink Blouse, Pants

Blouse

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We originally bought this top for Ali-Shaun, but the sleeves were too long on her.  It fit Rhonda perfectly though!  It’s a gorgeous, feminine blouse with a simple v-neck and sans collar.  The subtle pink color and pattern is really pretty in person.

Blouse Fit: Rhonda is wearing a Medium

ACTIVEWEAR

Nordstrom, Sweatshirts, Leggings

Megan | SweatshirtLeggings Ali-Shaun | SweatshirtLeggings Rhonda | SweatshirtLeggings

As much as we love sweaters and boots, we always like it when we get to switch it up for activewear.  And honestly, it’s what we wear often in real life!

Here, I’m wearing the classic Spanx that never go out of style and a Zella pullover that I’m so smitten with.  In fact, I already have this one in light grey and I’m happy to add the dark grey to my collection!

Ali-Shaun is a big fan of LLBean,  so it’s no surprise that she liked this pullover with an oversized cowl neck.  It has a kangaroo pocket and the plum color looked great on her.

Rhonda is wearing a Sweaty Betty pullover with a high/low hem, side slits and thumbholes.

Sweatshirt Fit: I’m wearing an XS, Ali-Shaun is wearing a Medium, Rhonda is wearing an XS 

Leggings Fit: I’m wearing an XS, Ali-Shaun is wearing a 10, Rhonda is wearing a Medium 

Nordstrom, Sweatshirt, Leggings

Ali-Shaun | SweatshirtLeggings Rhonda | SweatshirtLeggings

Nordstrom, Pullover, Leggings, Leopard Slip on Shoes

Megan | SweatshirtLeggingsShoes

This red pullover certainly packs a punch!  It’s a happy brighthttps://rstyle.me/+Jc6N49ehzi2lNNZmUNd_Dg red in a substantial material with a loose neck and shorter length.

Pullover Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Leggings Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Nordstrom, Pullover, Leggings

SweatshirtLeggings

DRESSES

Nordstrom, Dress, Boots

DressBoots

Ali-Shaun found two dresses that she was crazy for.  This first one is a beautiful cobalt blue with petite florals throughout.  It has a flirty ruffle trim and 3/4 length sleeves.  We agreed it would also look great with tights and booties.

She said it would be perfect for those occasions where she has to go from work straight to a work dinner.

Dress Fit: Ali-Shaun is wearing an 8

Nordstrom, Dress, Boots

 DressBoots

While this dress looked darling on Ali-Shaun (she LOVES it and also has it in a cabernet color), it wasn’t the right style for Rhonda.  You’ll see on Stories what I’m talking about! 😉

It’s a crisp cotton midi dress with short sleeves and a hidden button chest.  I think it could use an alteration to make it a little shorter, but I’m happy that Ali-Shaun felt so good and confident in it.  That’s really what’s important when you get dressed each day.

Even if someone else isn’t a fan of your outfit, as long as you feel great in it and love it, that’s all that matters!

Dress Fit: Ali-Shaun is wearing a Medium 

Nordstrom, Sweater Dress, Boots

DressSimilar Boots

I definitely liked this sweater dress!  I thought it might be itchy, but it wasn’t at all.  In fact, it’s quite soft and feels great against your skin.  It’s got a turtleneck collar, drop shoulder and simple design, with the ribbed knit detail echoed at the neck, sleeves and hem.

STYLE TIP: You can wear it as is, or have fun adding a belt to accentuate your waist or with a puffer vest or even a patterned scarf to bring in some color. 

Dress Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Nordstrom, Sweater Dress, Boots

DressSimilar Boots

PAJAMAS

Barefoot Dreams Lounge Sets

Megan | Lounge Set Ali-Shaun | Lounge Set Rhonda | Similar RobeLounge Pants

GIFT PICK!  Now for the ultimate in cozyness- the Barefoot Dreams pajamas and robe!  We all oohed and ahhed over these sets and didn’t want to take them off!  Ali-Shaun and I are wearing the jogger style pant with a functional drawstring waist and pullover top with a functional tie bottom.

Pajamas Fit : These run large.  I’m wearing the XS and they were too big on me- I have the top of the pants folded over underneath the shirt.  I wish they came in XXS or petite!

TIP: Did you know that Barefoot Dreams has loungewear for men?! 

Rhonda is wearing the lounge pants and robe that I got during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This robe is currently sold out, but I’ve linked the longer version.

Lounge Set Fit: I’m wearing an XS and Ali-Shaun is wearing a Medium

Robe Fit: Rhonda is wearing a SM/M 

Lounge Pants: Rhonda is wearing a Medium

Pajama Sets Nordstrom

Megan | PajamasSlippers Ali-Shaun | PajamasSlippers  Rhonda | PajamasSlippers

I adore the pattern on the pajamas I’m wearing, but wasn’t crazy about the feel of them.  Maybe they’d soften up after a machine wash and dry??

Ali-Shaun’s flannel pajama set has the cutest cocktail glasses on them, functional buttons down the top and pockets.  These run large, so I recommend sizing down.

Rhonda’s jammies were our favorite.  The jogger bottoms have a cute fair isle print in a deep red/cream color combo with a stretchy waistband and functional tie.  The top is henley style with three buttons on top to let your neck breathe a bit!

Pajama Fit: I’m wearing an XS

Ali-Shaun is wearing a Medium

Rhonda is wearing a Medium

Pajama Sets Nordstrom

Ali-Shaun | PajamasSlippers  Rhonda | PajamasSlippers

These girls are so much fun to hang out with and I’m honored to count them among my closest friends!

Pajama Sets Nordstrom

Megan | PajamasSlippers Ali-Shaun | PajamasSlippers

We can’t wait to invite you to our Favorite Things party coming up on December 3!  You can join us on Stories and I’ll also be doing a recap on my blog!

BLACK FRIDAY SALES

& gift picks under $25

Abercrombie • 30% off everything

Pom HatTeePulloverSweater TankVegan Leather Ball Cap

Amazon • Shop Black Friday deals HERE (see my latest try-on here)

Anthropologie • 30% off

Anthropologie Gifts Under $25

Initial MugMonogram Snow Globe OrnamentNaughty or Nice MugLuggage TagCandleHoliday Bar Soap

Athleta • 20% off your entire purchase

Athleta Gifts Under $25

PulloverShortsRunning HatTank

Banana Republic • 40% off your purchase

Banana Republic Gifts Under $25

Long Sleeve TeeTankSocksSleep Mask SetEarrings

Evereve • Entire site is on sale

Express • 40%  – 50% off everything

Express Gifts Under $25

Silver Star EarringsGold Star EarringsHoop EarringsPearl HeadbandTeeHatSwig Mug

GAP • 40%  – 50% off everything

White Sweatshirt • Tan Cable Knit SweaterRed SweaterBlack PulloverJoggersWhite HatPink HatScarf

GibsonLook • Up to 50% off (see my latest try-on here)

JCrew • 40% off your purchase

Kendra Scott • 30% off

LOFT • 50% off your purchase (see my latest try-on here)

LOFT gifts under $25

Sherpa EarmuffsEarrings SetStatement NecklaceFair Isle SweaterYoga Pajama Top & BottomsLeopard Hat

Madewell • 30% off your purchase

Nordstrom • Up to 50% off

Nordstrom Rack • Up to 65% off

Old Navy • 50% off your online purchase

Old Navy Gifts Under $25

Red/Black Long Sleeve TeeRed PulloverSlippersGrey Zip PulloverHoodie JacketPajama Pants

Target • Shop Target’s top deals HERE

Target Gifts Under $25

SweaterSanta MugPowerbank ChargerFloral Airpods CaseBluetooth SpeakerEcho DotWireless EarbudsElectric CorkscrewAmazon Fire Stick

Victoria Emerson • Buy 1, Get 1 Free

West Elm • Up to 70% off

Wine BagAcrylic FrameCloth NapkinsGingham Plates & MugsTrees CandlesBotanical Serving Spoons

I couldn’t believe the deal on those darling green gingham plates and mugs!  I just ordered them for myself! 😉

I hope you have a fantastic rest of your night and a wonderful weekend!

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8 Comments

  1. Mary
    November 25, 2021 / 4:59 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! You put a ton of work into this post! Thank you for all the hard work & great info.! ❤️

    • Megan
      Author
      November 26, 2021 / 2:59 pm

      I appreciate you noticing Mary! It was a lot of time, but always a labor of love- especially when my friends join me in the posts!

  2. November 26, 2021 / 3:50 am

    I’m in love with everything selected, honestly id wear all…plus that gift ideas are adorable!!!

    • Megan
      Author
      November 26, 2021 / 3:00 pm

      Thanks so much Giulia! Have a great weekend!

  3. Jen
    November 26, 2021 / 7:15 pm

    More
    Posts like
    These especially with Rhonda.
    We are similar shape
    And size

    • Megan
      Author
      November 29, 2021 / 1:21 pm

      I’ll tell her she needs to come on board more!

  4. Jen
    November 26, 2021 / 7:16 pm

    It’s great to see Rhonda modeling. She is similar to
    My shape

    • Megan
      Author
      November 29, 2021 / 1:21 pm

      She’ll be so happy to hear that! Thanks Jen!

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