I Have a Running List of Things to Buy on Black Friday—Here's Everything on It

Black Friday shopping list



At any given point throughout the year, I have a running list of things to buy that I keep in the notes app of my phone and desktop. On it are all of the holes I've identified in my life—you'll find anything from a new white T-shirt to the It bag I'm lusting after or even the supplements my friend recommended to me. I use this list as a way to save up for the items I really want and avoid making random impulse purchases that I may or may not regret later.

Now that the shopping event of the year (Black Friday is November 26—mark your calendars) is mere weeks away, I'm getting my shopping list in tip-top shape so I can hit the ground running as soon as my favorite brands and retailers start offering some of their steepest discounts of the year. While none of them have confirmed just yet, I'll be watching on each retailer's site to see if they announce any great deals. I just put the finishing touches on my Black Friday shopping list, and biased as I may be, I thought it was way too good to keep to myself. Curious to see what's on it?

Scroll down to see the exact list I have going in my Notes section and then shop everything on it, including fashion, beauty, and wellness buys.

Black Friday shopping list


Anna LaPlaca

Fashion Buys

These Paige boots are topping my list for a number of reasons. Firstly, they're a favorite among the WWW editors and a handful of in-the-know celebs, which is always a great stamp of approval. But they're also rumored to be way comfier than your average ankle boots. I'm sold.

I've had my eye on this Staud bag ever since it dropped. From the shape to the croc embossing, I might lose sleep over it if I don't make it mine soon.

The leather trend may be spreading like wildfire through our wardrobes right now, but a pair of black leather trousers is a forever staple. Come Black Friday, I plan to make these mine.

To me, these are the perfect jeans—light wash, high-waisted, and just the right amount of relaxed.

I've been in the market for a slightly slouchy-fitting suit for a while, but I hadn't found The One until I spotted this glorious set from Zara.

So easy to style together as an outfit or wear each piece separately.

I could always use more white tees. No matter how hard I try, mine never stay as crisp as I'd like them to, so I'm taking it upon myself to restock with this editor favorite.

The same goes for no-show underwear—you can never have enough.

I practically live in Tkees's perfectly lived-in sweatshirts, so I think it's time I add the matching sweatpants to my closet.

I have my athletic sneakers, and I have my "fashion" sneakers, but for some reason, I don't have any that do both. This cool fashion insider–approved pair solves that.

This will look stunning against all my holiday dresses.

This is proof that great things can happen when two huge trends—bucket hats and leather—combine.

I've been in the market for a '90s-style shoulder bag for a minute now, and I simply can't resist this affordable version any longer. 

I've been on the hunt for the perfect camel sweater ever since the temperatures dropped below 70, and I think I've finally found it.

Beauty Buys

Lip balm with just the right amount of natural-looking tint.

I've tried nearly every product from Glossier, and yet its iconic Boy Brow is the one I never forget to restock. Truly a can't-live-without product.

I didn't think anything could top the magic of Boy Brow—until I tried the brand's newer brow gel pen. Nothing helps me fake a strong brow faster than this little pen.

Hair perfume might sound like a ridiculous addition to a beauty routine, but after catching a whiff of a friend wearing one of Byredo's hair scents, it all made sense. 

I've lusted after La Mer's iconic face cream for so long now, subsisting off of teeny samples of it from the beauty counter, and I think now's the time to commit to a full pot.

I tried a sample of this tinted moisturizer and loved the velvety texture and all-day coverage it provides, so I'm going back for the full size this time.

With 1.5% salicylic acid, Sunday Riley's U.F.O. oil treats and prevents acne without drying out your skin and specifically targets congestion and oil buildup. I'm ready to put it to the test.

I'm in the process of (slowly but surely) switching over my bathroom products to nontoxic versions, and this bodywash is my next step.

From roughly November until March, I keep a tube of intensely hydrating hand cream by my side at all times, so this year, I'm trying this luxurious and great-smelling one from Aesop.

Health and Wellness Buys

In an effort to be more sustainable, I'm saying goodbye to throwaway coffee cups and plan to bring a chic reusable one like this around with me on runs to my local coffee bar.

As an avid hot-yoga participant, I've had Lululemon's sweat-wicking Big Mat in my life for nearly eight years, and it's just now starting to lose its grip. Talk about a low cost per wear.

These are formulated to help break down protein, carbs, sugars, and fats and aid in overall digestion. Perhaps the key to a flatter stomach and beating belly bloat once and for all?

After reading our beauty editor Erin Jahns's review of this magical de-bloating product, I was immediately sold.

Based on the last two products, can you tell that digestive health is a priority for me? Well, I'll take all the help I can get, and this Inner Beauty powder is my next buy. Formulated with all-natural ingredients like aloe vera, licorice root, milk thistle, and slippery elm, this contributes to a healthy gut and strong immune system.

Staying energized is a full-time job—these snack-sized bars, stocked with 65 milligrams of caffeine and ginseng and green tea extracts, will help.

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