Seersucker Sass: November 2016

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?


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday Specials

Happy Small Business Saturday, y'all!  This is seriously one of my favorite days and favorite posts of the year!  I come from generations of small business owners and entrepreneurs, and I grew up around two - my papaw's welding business and my mom's preschool.  My first job out of college was in small business development, and I struggle to put into words what a rewarding experience that was.

I hope you'll take a second this afternoon to check out some small businesses who are running specials and consider doing some of your holiday shopping through them!




Confetti Social - 20% off all one time services (must register here)

I met Confetti Social's owner Jenny through Millennial Blogger Network, and she has become one of my absolute best friends.  Watching her start and grow her business this year has been unreal, and I'm so proud of her and impressed by her.  If you're a blogger or a small business owner, take advantage of her special on the Pinterest Revamp package, social media consulting, and blog consulting packages.  (PS - This would make a great gift for someone!)

Megan Coonelly Art - 25% off with code 'thankful25'

One of my favorite things about Instagram is following artists, and Megan Coonelly's Instagram account quickly became one of my favorites.  Her art is so girly and fun - macarons, Louis Vuitton print, lipstick, stilettos, designer handbags, Jackie O... what more could you ask for?!  (PS - Blake Lively owns one of her pieces!)  Art can get expensive, so if you're buying on a budget, check out the tab on her website that features art under $200.

Rose Water Designs - 40% off with code 'shopsmall' through 7 PM

Earlier this year, Rose Water Designs' owner Lauren designed a gorgeous necklace for me with the date I was declared cancer free.  (You can see it here!)  A few months later, she designed another gorgeous piece with a special message for my friend Cori.  The craftsmanship of her pieces is unrivaled, and you truly feel like your piece was made with love.


Shop Preppy Gator - 30% off with code 'SMALLBIZSATURDAY'

If you like monogrammed or custom embroidered goodies, my friend Lauren is your gal!  She's more than just a monogram goddess, y'all.  Along with running Shop Preppy Gator, Lauren teaches full time and is involved in her community.  What I really love about Lauren is her desire to please the customer.  If she doesn't have what you want, she takes custom orders.

The Perky Goat - 15% off with code 'HOLIDAY2016'

The Perky Goat is a small business that strives to support other small businesses.  The monthly coffee subscription service features a "Roaster of the Month" and information on the roaster and the products, along with a special bonus item.  It is a company that strives to support the American Dream, and the world could always use a little bit more of that.

Happy shopping, sweet friends, and happy Saturday!  What are your weekend plans?


Friday, November 25, 2016

HUGE List of 2016 Black Friday Sales!

Happy Black Friday, sweet friends!  I hope that you had an amazing Thanksgiving.  If you're planning to do some shopping today, I've compiled a HUGE list of sales.  (The command+F/control+F search function is your friend on this list!)  While shopping, I encourage y'all to check out a few places you've never heard of before. Huge sales like these are the perfect opportunity to try something new.

(PS - You can check out my favorite items from the sales here!)




And Other Stories // 50% off select items
DATE: 11/25 -11/27 
A Pea in a Pod // save up to 30% on designer maternity styles
DATE: 11/23-11/28 
Abercrombie & Fitch 
DATE: 11/25 // Entire Store 50% Off 
DATE: 11/24-11/25 // All Clearance 50-70% Off
DATE: 11/24-11/28 // Entire Store 50% Off – Online Only!
AG Jeans // 30% Off Sitewide and In Store with CODE: BF16
DATE: 11/22-11/28
All Sole  //30% off Sitewide with CODE: BLACK30
DATE:11/24 – 11/29
All Saints // 30% off Sitewide with CODE: CYBER
American Eagle // 40% off
DATE: 11/21-11/29 
Ann Taylor  // 50% off Sitewide and In Store with CODE: celebrate
DATE: 11/23-11/25
Arianna Belle  // 15% off Sitewide with CODE: HOLIDAY16
DATE: 11/25-11/28
Ariel Gordon Jewelry // 30% off all orders over $150 with CODE: CHEERS30
DATE: 11/28
ASOS // 20% off Sitewide and In Store with CODE: GOGOGO
Assouline  DATE: 11/25-11/26 // Get Dinner Diaries when you purchase $250+ with CODE: DIARIES250
Avenue 32 // 30% off Sitewide
DATE: 11/24-11/28
Bailey44 // 40% off Sitewide with CODE: BLACKFRIYAY
DATE: 11/21-11/28
Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide
DATE: 11/24-11/26 
BaubleBar // 30% off purchases with CODE: THANKS30
DATE: 11/25 – 11/27 
Bergdorf Goodman // 40% off Sitewide
BirchBox // Sales starting at 10% off
Bloomingdale’s // Take 15% off $100-$199.99 or 20% off $200+ on a great selection of items online  + save up to 50% on select items 
DATE: 11/24-11/26
BNKR // Black Friday 25% off full-priced items with CODE: BLACK25
DATE: 11/25
Boden // 30% off + free shipping and returns
Century 21 // $30 off $150 or $40 off $200DATE: 11/23-11/26
Chicwish // 25% off Sitewide 
DATE: 11/25 – 11/28 
CHRLDR // 40% off Sitewide with CODE: BLACKFRIDAY
DATE: 11/25- 11/27
Coach // 30% Off select styles with CODE: THANKS2016
DATE: 11/19-11/27 
Coggles // 30% off Sitewide with CODE: BLACKFRIDAY 
DATE: 11/24-11/29
Colleen Rothschild // ALL SKINCARE  30% off Sitewide with CODE: BLKFRI
DATE: 11/21-11/25 
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 
eBags // Receive up to 85% off
Express // 50% off everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping 
DATE: 11/22-11/25 
FORZIERI // VIP 30% off orders of $500 or more and 25% OFF orders of $325 or more with CODE: BSTYLE30BSTYLE25
DATE: 11/23-11/27 
Francesca’s // 30% off Sitewide
French Connection // 40% Off Everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping with CODE: F40BLF
DATE: 11/21-11/29

Fur & Collar  // $3 off shirts & cases, $2 off socks & mugs
Furbish Studio // 20% off sitewide with CODE: HOLIDAY20
DATE: 11/24-11/28
GAP // 50% off everything with CODE: TGIF50

GiGi New York // Receive a gift card up to 35% of your purchase PLUS a personalized leather case
DATE: 11/25
Gorjana // 30% off curated category with CODE: STUFFED
DATE: 11/21-11/27  
Graphic Image // Receive up to 30% off
Hollister Co. // Entire Store 50% Off Sitewide and In Store + free shipping on all orders
DATE: 11/25 
INTERMIX  // Extra 40% Off Sale + $150 off every $750 spent with CODE: THANKS
DATE: 11/24-11/28

Irresistible Me // Up to 80% off 
Jewelry.com // Save up to 85% on select jewelry pieces with CODE: SALE 
DATE: 11/14-11/27
Journelle // 15% off $150, 20% off $300, or 25% off $500 + Full priced merchandise with CODE: JUSTSAYYES
DATE: 11/21-11/27
Jurlique // Up to 50% off selected items
DATE: 11/23-11/27
Kelly Wynne // 20% off
DATE: 11/25-11/28
Larson & Jennings // 15% off everything Sitewide with CODE: LJ15
DATE: 11/25-11/29
LOFT // 40% off Sitwide with CODE: THANKS
MACKAGE // Up to 50% off Sitewide 
DATE: 11/22-11/25
Macy’s // 20% off Sitewide with CODE: FEAST
Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday with CODE: BF2016
DATE: 11/23-11/27
// 20% off $150+ on holiday, wedding, and all gifts with CODE: BF2017
DATE: 11/23-11/28 
Moda Operandi // Sale items up to 65% off with CODE: EXTRA30
DATE: 11/21-11/28
ModCloth // 20% off no thresh,  30% off $100+,  40% off $200+ with CODE: FRIDAY20, FRIDAY30, FRIDAY40
DATE: 11/23-11/27 
Molton Brown // 25% off Sitewide + Free shipping
DATE: 11/24 – 11/28
Mouth.com // 20% off site-wide with CODE: CHEER20
DATE: 11/23-11/26 
Mr. Porter // 30% off selected brands
DATE: 11/23-11/28
My Bag // 30% Off Sitewide with CODE: BLACK
DATE: 11/24 – 11/29
My Theresa // 30% off all sale items
DATE: 11/25 – 11/27
Neiman Marcus // Up to 40% off + free shipping
Nina Shoes // Buy One Get One 50% Off All Nina Shoes + Free Shipping with CODE: GOBBLE
DATE: 11/22-11/27
Nisolo // 40% off select styles of shoes, bags, and jewelry with CODE: RS10
DATE: 11/22-11/28
Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items
DATE: 11/24- 11/28
NYLON // 25 Off Sitewide  with CODE: FRIDAY25
DATE: 11/25- 11/27
Otte NY // Extra 40% off all reduced-price merchandise with CODE: MORETURKEY
DATE: 11/18-11/28
Parker NY // 30% Off Sitewide with CODE: CHIC30
DATE: 11/23 – 11/28
Public Desire // 30% off everything Sitewide and In Store with CODE: CYBER30
DATE: 11/24-11/27
Pura Vida // 50% Off Sitewide. Free shipping on US all orders
DATE: 11/24-11/28
Refurbish Studio // 20% off Sitewide with CODE: HOLIDAY20
DATE: 11/24 – 11/28
River Island // Up to 50% off online and in store
Runway2Street // 15% Off Sitewide and up to 60% off sale CODE: THANKSR2515
DATE: 11/23-11/26
Saks 5th Avenue // Up to 40% off
SaturdaysNYC // 25% off SaturdaysNYC Items + free domestic shipping on orders $100+ with CODE: FRIENDS25
DATE: 11/21 – 11/28
Say Hello to Longer Legs // 20% off Invisible Heels with CODE: CYBER
DATE: 11/21-11/26
Shopbop // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off with CODE: GOBIG16
DATE: 11/22-11/28
Show Me Your Mumu // 40% off dresses and rompers
DATE: 11/21-11/25
SkinStore // 25% off Sitewide with CODE: CYBERWKND
DATE: 11/25
// 20% Sitewide + free make-up brush set CODE: CYBERWKND
DATE: 11/26 – 11/27
Sole Society // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories
DATE: 11/25-11/27
Stephanie Kantis // 40% off sitewide
DATE: 11/25
Talbots // 50% off one item until noon & 40% off entire purchase until midnight
DATE: 11/25
The Outnet US // Up to 90% off your favorite designers including Stella McCartney, Balmain & more
theUNDONE // 20% off everything that is black with CODE: BLKFRI
DATE: 11/25-11/26
Tommy Hilfiger // 40% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping + Extra 20% off $100
DATE: 11/25
TOPSHOP // Up to 50% off select items
DATE: 11/23-11/28
Trina Turk // 30% Off Sitewide
DATE: 11/23-11/28
Urban Outfitters // Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel
DATE: 11/23-11/25
Villeroy & Boch // 30% off Sitewide. free shipping on orders $75+
DATE: 11/23-11/29
W Concept // 15% off Sitewide
DATE: 11/25-11/28
Wanderlust + Co // 40% off Sitewide with CODE: RSCYBER40
DATE: 11/24-11/29
Woolovers // 20% off Sitewide with CODE: BLKFRI
DATE: 11/24 – 11/28
Zimmermann // All Summer Swim 2016 will be marked 30-50% off all styles
DATE: 11/25 – 12/11

Happy shopping!  I'll be back tomorrow to share a list of Small Business Saturday specials :)