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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Wish List

Confession - This is probably the lamest, most practical Christmas list ever.  Maybe even borderline depressing.  But I always enjoy seeing what other people are asking for, and I think it's a helpful shopping tool if a blogger really reminds you of one of your friends.  Something I've really focused on this year is experiences versus material items.  My apartment is small, so my belongings can end up as clutter.  I've become much more intentional about my purchases and what takes up space in my home and my life, and I think this list reflects that.


Bath robe •  Whenever I travel, I love to take advantage of the cozy bathrobes that are hiding out in the hotel closet.  They're so soft and luxurious, but not something I would typically buy for myself.  I am forever freezing, so this is the perfect gift.

Steamer •  Last year, my 15 year old brother asked for a steamer for Christmas, and I made so much fun of him.  This year, I'm thinking he had the right idea, and asking for one as well.  I do not love ironing, and I also love that I can use this on my slip dresses and other items I couldn't imagine taking an iron to.

Vitality Lip Flush •  I found this on a major sale (regularly $20, paired with a full size gloss for $24), so I went ahead and bought it for myself.  I love this lip color because it's one of those magic products that adapts to your skin tone.  So if you have a lipstick lover in your life but have no idea where to start, you really can't go wrong here!

Ugg Slippers •  I've got to have some slippers to go with my bath robe!  Haha.  These will be great for keeping my feet warm when I'm just hanging out at home (seriously, I am somehow always freezing), but also easy to throw on when it's time to take Francis out.

The Widow Clicquot •  This book came out before I could even legally drink champagne, but I've been hearing about it a lot over the past few months and I'm really intrigued.  It's about a young widow building a champagne empire.  Who doesn't love a good success story, especially when it involves champagne?!

S'mores Candy •  This is my favorite candy in the entire world.  It's overpriced, and one of those things that I only indulge in at Christmas time.  (When it goes on sale, though, I buy a few and ration them out.  #embarrassing)

Tunics •  Leggings are my best friend in the winter.  I used to be really into showing leg in the winter, but it's much colder this year than it has been the past two years, so I'm wearing leggings under everything.  On the weekends, leggings are my pants, and  I love to throw a long tunic over them and go.  So I'm hoping to get a couple of tunics in my stocking this year to put on rotation with the others.

If you aren't sufficiently depressed by the lack of glamour in this year's Christmas list, I'd love to hear what's on your list!  Happy Monday, sweet friends :) 



Saturday, December 3, 2016

Weekend Reading + Sales

Happy weekend!  I don't know about y'all, but I'm so thankful for a chance to relax after what felt like the longest work week ever.  (What is it about coming back from a few days off that makes work impossible?!)  I'm really excited to not only be bringing back the Weekend Reading posts, but also to share some sales with y'all.  I did a PR sample & Cyber Monday haul today and I've had a few requests for more info on the products, so I'll be linking them all at the very bottom.

Happy reading // shopping!



My clothes as characters
Flannel outfit inspiration




One Room Challenge
Like the leaves, I am changing
Nine ways to rock your commute
Ethical gift guide for her
Six things to remember when life gets you down




Homemade peppermint mocha
Chocolate chip pumpkin bread




Louboutins!
Sleep mask
Personalized tassel keychain




Ann Taylor // Extra 50% off all sale
Anthropologie // Extra 40% off all sale
Asos // 30% off partywear
Baublebar // 25% off two items or more with code 'GIFT25' 
Bloomingdales // 25% off select with code 'FRIENDS'
Coach // Extra 50% off select styles
Lands End // Up to 60% off end of season sale
LOFT // Extra 50% off all sale
JCPenney // Up to 30% off sale with code '4BUYNOW'
MAC // 25% off entire order
West Elm // 20% off all in stock items



If you follow along on Snapchat, you probably saw my press sample & Cyber Monday haul!  I thought it would be easier to share links to the products here instead of tweeting a million links.  So just in case you're curious, the links are below!


The Body Shop (c/o) - Down to Earth Eye Palette (Shade One), Down to Earth Eye Palette (Shade Five), Eye Colour Stick (Nevada Gold), Matte Lipstick (420 - Honolulu Pink), Honey Bronze Drops of Sun (OMG Did not realize this was a self tanner!! Thought it was a liquid bronzer.  Be careful!)



I want to hear from y'all - what are you up to this weekend?  As always, I invite you to leave your favorite link of the week in the comments :)



Friday, December 2, 2016

Bullhorns & Brick Walls

Happy Friday, sweet friends!  I don't know about y'all but I am ready for the weekend.  I was optimistic that this would be a nice little easy week that I could just ease back into work after my trip to Connecticut & New York... HA.  This week has been insane.  I've been trying to finish the same project since Monday, and I think I'm finally going to be able to get started on it this afternoon.  Haha

Speaking of my trip to Connecticut and New York,  I have a post coming soon with some of my favorites from the trip, but in the meantime I wanted to share a fun fashion post with you.  (Please look past the lighting - it was a dreary day, and I didn't want to travel with a DSLR, so I just borrowed a point and shoot when I got there.)



I packed this dress to wear for Thanksgiving because of its super soft fabric and swing dress shape.  It's comfy, and I knew I wouldn't feel suffocated when I overindulged at dinner.  (I love to wear this dress for traveling, infusions, or days where I don't feel well and don't want to fuss with real clothes.) 

Exploring a city's downtown area is one of my favorite things to do, and New Canaan's downtown is very high on my list of favorites, so I was glad that we had time for a quick walk before Thanksgiving dinner.  I love that it's a small town (population 20,000) with big city amenities.  There are preppy classics like Vineyard Vines, Ann Taylor, and J. Crew, mixed in with small businesses that sell anything you can imagine - clothing, antiques, paper goods, a juice bar, olive oil... you name it and it's there!  (It's also a blogger's dream because there are brick walls everywhere.)











Dress:  Mimi Mae Boutique // Leggings // Boots:  boutique in Mexico (similar)

I bought the dress I'm wearing from my friend Cori's boutique Mimi Mae a couple of months ago before heading to South Carolina, so I'm not sure if it's in stock or not.  I've linked to her Instagram, so if you're interested, reach out to her through DM.  I typically go to her store to grab something new before I travel, and basically everything I wore on this trip was Mimi Mae!  Haha.


Enough about me - what are your plans for the weekend?



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Holiday Entertaining Made Easy



The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year because it's time spent creating memories with family and friends.  However, the holiday season can quickly become stressful and overwhelming with a packed social calendar and spur of the moment guests.  Today I've partnered with Stella Cheese to share my secret for holiday entertaining made easy - the cheese board.





The cheese board is my go-to for spur of the moment guests and holiday potlucks because it gives an air of sophistication and having one's act together, when you can really just throw random things from your fridge and pantry on a fancy little board and call it a day.

When I'm planning a cheese board and it's not a last minute thing, I like to use a soft cheese (Stella Cheese's fresh mozzarella is my favorite!), a hard cheese, a meat, a fruit, and some type of crackers.  Based on the type of cheese I'm serving, I'll use a beverage pairing website to see which wine or beer goes best with it.  If I'm using a cheese I've never made a cheeseboard before or want to spice it up a bit, I'll also utilize the Stella Cheese website for food pairing suggestions.

Like I mentioned earlier, cheese boards are the perfect solution if you're entertaining in a pinch.  Take a quick inventory of what you have in your fridge and in your pantry, and think outside of the box a little bit.  I love to snack, so I typically have some dried fruit, raw nuts, and crackers in my pantry that I can use.  But then there are the less obvious pantry items like the honey that I use for my green tea and the gourmet spread that I received as a gift.  Don't forget about the (in date) items that are just chilling in your fridge, like the olives I bought the time I thought it would be a great idea to make a classic martini.  Just because you've never seen it done before, doesn't mean you can't do it on your cheese board!  Play with texture and contrast.











The last step - do a little 30 second lookup on your cheese.  We've all been to a party where someone has used words like "light-bodied" or "oaky" to describe wine and wondered what in the world they were talking about.  (Okay, maybe it's just me because I just enjoy drinking wine more than I do describing it.)  Whenever I serve a cheese, I use the Stella Cheese website for a quick, three to five word description of my cheese of choice so that I can properly use words like "buttery" and "slightly sharp."



Okay, after all of those fancy cheese words, you deserve a treat... and you're in luck!  Stella Cheese wants to send one lucky winner on a $5,000 trip to Napa Valley California!  Enter here, and keep in mind that you can enter daily.

And if you haven't already, take a second to explore the Stella Cheese website for recipes, beverage pairings, fancy cheese descriptions, and more!  They're my go-to for purchasing any kind of cheese, and I hope you'll give them a try when it comes to planning your next holiday party cheese board.



Happy Tuesday, friends!  How do you make holiday entertaining easy?


PS - If you're curious about what's on the cheese board in the photos, I used Stella Cheese's Romano, capicola, salami, pita chips, apricots, and walnuts.  Romano is "sharp, salty, and tangy."  I love pairing it with dried apricots because they are very soft and sweet.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Sales

I'm going to be really honest with y'all - Black Friday isn't really my thing.  The older I get, the more introverted I become, and I just don't get into the crowds and the craziness.  I am 100% more of a Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday type of girl.  A day that's dedicated to online sales is a dream in my world.  Plus, anything that can make the Monday after a holiday weekend is a win in my book!

I've rounded up some of the best Cyber Monday sales out there to share with y'all today!  However, my goal isn't to overwhelm you with such a long list, so I've broken it down into categories so that you can shop based on what you need!  (If you want to shop my favorites from these sales, click here!)




Tried & true favorites:

Banana Republic // 50% off Sitewide and In Store

BaubleBar // 25% off 1 item with CODE: SAVE25 & 35% off 2 items or more with CODE: SAVE35
DATE: 11/27-11/29 

Bloomingdale’s // Take 25% off a large selection of regular and sale price items for a total savings of up to 60% off online

Express // 50% off everything ONLINE ONLY + Free Shipping 

Furbish Studio // 20% off sitewide with CODE: HOLIDAY20

GAP // 50% off everything with CODE: CYBMON
GiGi New York // Receive up to 35% off

J. Crew // 40% off everything with CODE: HOLIDAY

J. Crew Factory // 50-60% off everything, plus 40% off clearance with CODE: HAPPYSALE

Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items
Refurbish Studio // 20% off Sitewide with CODE: HOLIDAY20

Shopbop // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off with CODE: GOBIG16

Steve Madden // 35% off + 30% off clearance with CODE: CYBER
Tommy Hilfiger // 50% Off Sitewide with CODE: CLICK50
DATE: 11/28- 11/29

TOPSHOP // Up to 50% off select items

Ulta // Sales on sales!

Clothing:

A Pea in a Pod // save up to 30% on designer maternity styles

Abercrombie & Fitch // Entire Store 50% Off – Online Only!

AG Jeans // 30% Off Sitewide and In Store with CODE: BF16

American Eagle  // 50% off all sweaters, shoes and cozy accessories

Bailey44 // 40% off Sitewide with CODE: BLACKFRIYAY

Bandier // 25% off Sitewide with CODE: CYBER25


BNKR // Cyber Monday 25% off full-priced items + extra 40% off sale items with CODE: SALE50


Chicwish // 25% off Sitewide 
CHRLDR // 50% off Sitewide with CODE: CYBER (note - shop here for the coolest graphic tees)

Coggles // 30% off Sitewide with CODE: BLACKFRIDAY 
DATE: 11/24-11/29

French Connection // 40% Off Everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping with CODE: F40BLF
DATE: 11/21-11/29
INTERMIX  // Cyber Monday Sale: 30% off select full-priced items 

Moda Operandi // Sale items up to 65% off with CODE: EXTRA30

ModCloth  // 30% off sitewide CODE: CYBER16
DATE: 11/27-11/30

Parker NY // 30% Off Sitewide + 30% off your next purchase online with CODE: CHIC31

theUNDONE // 20% off SS16 Collections with CODE: CYBER20

Trina Turk // 30% Off Sitewide

W Concept // 15% off Sitewide

Woolovers // 20% off Sitewide with CODE: BLKFRI
Zimmermann // All Summer Swim 2016 will be marked 30-50% off all styles
DATE: 11/25 – 12/11
Yigal Azrouel // 40% off the fall collection with CODE: CYBER40

Accessories:

Ariel Gordon Jewelry // 30% off all orders over $150 with CODE: CHEERS30

Coach // Up to 50% off select styles & shop 125+ online sale exclusives

FORZIERI // 30% off all orders of $350+ with CODE: CYBERSTYLE30
DATE: 11/28-12/1

Gorjana // Spend $100, Save $25

Kelly Wynne // 20% off

Larson & Jennings // 15% off everything Sitewide with CODE: LJ15
DATE: 11/25-11/29


Lulu Frost // 25% off Sitewide and 20% off fine jewelry with CODE: FINE20

My Bag // 30% Off Sitewide with CODE: BLACK
DATE: 11/24 – 11/29
Pura Vida // 50% Off Sitewide. Free shipping on US all orders

Wanderlust + Co // 40% off Sitewide with CODE: RSCYBER40
DATE: 11/24-11/29

Shoes:

All Sole  //30% off Sitewide with CODE: BLACK30
DATE:11/24 – 11/29


Cole Haan // 40% off Sitewide
DATE: 11/27-11/29

Dr. Scholl’s // 25% off Sitewide + up to 60% off select styles with CODE: DRSCYBER

Sole Society // 30% off Sitewide

Home:

Arianna Belle  // 15% off Sitewide with CODE: HOLIDAY16

Assouline  // 25% off products under $800 with CODE: CYBERASSOULINE 
DATE: 11/28-11/29  // note - they sell the coolest coffee table books!

Serena and Lily // 25% off Sitewide with CODE: BESTEVER

St. Frank // 25% off Sitewide with CODE: JOYTOTHEWORLD


Villeroy & Boch // 30% off Sitewide. free shipping on orders $75+
DATE: 11/23-11/29

Skin care & beauty:

Colleen Rothschild // Discovery Collection on sale for $49 and all regular-priced skincare will be 30% off  with CODE: CYBER30

Jurlique // $10 off orders over $50, $30 off orders over $100 with CODES: CYBER10, CYBER30
DATE: 11/28-12/6

Malin+Goetz // $75+ and receive a free hand cream and free shipping CODE: GREENBERG

Molton Brown // 25% off Sitewide + Free shipping

Paula’s Choice // 20% off + Free gift when you spend $65+ with CODE: DAILYGIFT7

SkinStore // 25% off Sitewide with CODE: CYBERWKND
DATE: 11/28- 11/29

Christmas Cards:

Minted   // 20% off $150+ on holiday, wedding, and all gifts with CODE: BF2017

Stocking Stuffers:

Dylan’s Candy Bar // 25% off Sitewide with CODE: STOCKINGSTUFFER
East Dane // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off with CODE: GOBIG16
DATE: 11/22-11/29 
Mouth.com  //20% off site-wide + free shipping on orders $100+ with CODE: EXTRACHEER20

NYLON // 30% Off Sitewide with CODE: LETSCYBER30

Things Remembered // 25% off Sitewide with CODE: A130
DATE: 11/28-11/29


Which sales are y'all looking forward to shopping?!  How was your Thanksgiving?