Weekend Reading: 04.20.24

And just like that, the weekend is upon us. We took a short trip to the Bay Area last week and stayed at the historic Berkeley City Club. It’s an amazing little architectural gem designed by Julia Morgan. They nicknamed it “The Little Castle” because of its resemblance to the Hearst Castle, which she also designed.


It was originally designed as a women’s club, which opened its doors in 1930. This fabulous place has undergone many changes over the years and is now a charming hotel and private club for men and women. The BCC also has a fantastic restaurant and is often booked for weddings and cultural events.

Fashion on my radar this week

J. CREW midseason sale is here, and you can save up to 60% off their sale section. I love this top that comes in eight colors, and these loose straight-leg jeans in white are a great deal as well. This red gauze popover top is a best seller on AWSL this week.

CHICO’S Buy One, Get One 50% off of full-price items is still going strong. Here are a few pieces that caught my eye.

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TALBOTS is offering 40% + an additional 15% off. This cardigan is great for spring and summer and comes in four colors. This ribbed V-neck is a bestseller with AWSL readers this week. Many of you also bought this raffia bag for spring.

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J.Jill has 30% off their sale styles. I love this striped tee, and it comes in eight different colors/prints. This camp shirt is such a pretty yellow, but it also comes in army green or white.

Loft Spring Mid-Season sale is going on and you can get 50% off tons of styles.

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Soft Surroundings has $20 off your purchase of $100 with code WARMINGUP.

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Boden has 15% off full-price styles with code D2D6. Their dresses are such great quality and this linen top comes in seven different colors and patterns.

Walmart has stepped up its fashion game, and you can get some great items at amazing prices.

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It’s not fashion, but City Beauty is having a 30% off sale sitewide with the coupon code APRILSHOWERS. They’re offering free US shipping on orders $70+ and 60 days money-back guarantee. The sale does not work on bundles, but it works on everything else.


  1. Elizabeth Kaegi says:

    In today’s post I received multiple messages saying Java Script was not enabled. Despite taking various steps to ensure Java Script was enabled on my computer ( Windows 10) I still could not access the whole post. Has anyone else had the same problem?

    1. I’m not sure what that means. I’ll ask my technical fellow.

  2. Your trip will be amazing…we will be waiting patiently for any snippets of your travels – but enjoy your trip & we’ll be here when you return!
    Julia Morgan what quite prolific wasn’t she? We have a couple of examples of her architecture here in lil-old Chico (President’s Mansion being one). They are incredible.
    Thanks for always keeping us up to date on the latest fashions and sales.
    Enjoy your trip

    1. She was amazing!! Thanks Cyndi

  3. Oh you just enjoy your adventure and we will patiently await your posts.
    As for Julia Morgan- a Julia Morgan house came on the market in Petaluma ( we are in Southern CA) It was all original, needed a lot of restoration ( we are committed preservationists) and we were smitten. Contacted our realtor, he contacted the seller, etc ( estate)
    Within days-the house sold for all cash and $1 M ( yes $1 Million) over the asked price of $1.5 M. well-that took us out of the running all together! Oh well-it was a dream for awhile. Enjoy your trip and we will see you on the other side.

    1. Wow!! That’s amazing. They are gems but that’s a crazy price.

  4. Jennifer, you are the hardest working blogger out there! You shouldn’t worry if you’re offline for a wonderful cruise. We’ll be here when you return. Enjoy yourself

    1. I think it will be unavoidable this trip because I’ll be so remote. Thanks Deanne. Happy Saturday

    2. Enjoy your cruise, Jennifer and give yourself a break. Everyone needs down time to refresh. You are well loved by your bloggers. We’ll be waiting for you. Deanne is absolutely right!

      1. You’re sweet. Thank you.

  5. I bought that v-neck sweater from Talbot’s several weeks ago and really love it. I took it on a weekend trip and it traveled really well.

  6. Cynthia C says:

    Just ordered the J Crew gauze top in red. I hope it fits! I would never have ordered that color without some prodding, even though I love red. Thanks

    1. Red is super popular this spring.

  7. Hi Jennifer,
    Berkeley is a wonderful place to explore.
    We always go to Acme Bakery, they have the best bread.
    Enjoy your weekend

    1. It is fun. Thank you Trisha

  8. Look forward to your post every day.

  9. What a fun getaway! I really love all your outfit inspirations. I look forward to them every day. Happy weekend 🌼

    1. Happy Saturday Rosemary!

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