Seersucker Sass: November 2017

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Small Business Saturday Spotlights

One of my favorite days of the year is FINALLY here - Small Business Saturday!  I am passionate about small businesses, y'all.  I grew up in family businesses - my mom owned a preschool and her father owns a welding business - and it was such a cool experience (and totally explains my entrepreneurial spirit! Haha)  Watching my mom run a business day in and day out is something I truly appreciate.  I grew up feeling like I could take on the world, because I watched my mom take on the world every day.

When I graduated college, I kind of fell into a job in small business development.  I had the opportunity to work with small business owners every day, and it was incredible.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I'm excited to shine a spotlight on six female small business owners.  I encourage you to check them out and consider purchasing your Christmas gifts from them.

Carolina Dandy  //  As a monogram lover, Carolina Dandy is my heaven.  The business specializes in embroidered monograms on really anything you could imagine - baseball caps, totes and weekender bags like mine above, and cozy clothing.  To top it all off, owner Addison is one of the sweetest people you'll ever meet.  Carolina Dandy's website states that they exist to show customers the best in Southern hospitality and provide you with beautiful, monogrammed gifts, and that's exactly what Addison does.

This Small Business Saturday, use code THANKFUL for 20% off everything at Carolina Dandy!  If you're not sure where to start, check out these gift guides or my favorite weekender bag.

photo courtesy of Confetti Social 

Confetti Social //  My friend Jenny is the blogger behind Breakfast at Lilly's and has also been running her own business for a little over a year now!  Jenny took the leap of faith to leave her corporate marketing job to open Confetti Social, a company that offers blogging and social media strategy services to entrepreneurs.

Jenny is great at what she does, but she is a Pinterest guru.  Her course PinPossible is currently on sale for $47, which is $50 off!  The sale is valid through Monday.

This insanely sweet photo is courtesy of jenny present®

jenny present® jewelry //  I met Jenny through theSkimm, and I instantly fell in love with her jewelry.  Not only are the products insanely gorgeous, but they're created with the intention to inspire and empower the women that wear them.  The company's clients include everyone from a-list celebrities to women just like you and I.  There truly is something for everyone on the site.  (Like this hamsa pendant that is calling my name!)

In the spirit of Small Business Saturday, receive this pendant for free (personalized any way you wish) with a $100 purchase.  Use code SHOPSMALL.  (You must have at least $100 in product and the pendant in your cart for the code to work.)

Mimi Mae Boutique //   Cori and I took dance together back when I was in high school.  Even then (which feels like a million years ago), Cori knew she would work in fashion.   In August 2016, Cori opened her own brick and mortar store, Mimi Mae Boutique.  There's a good chance you've seen a Mimi Mae product on my Instagram feed, and you can learn all about Cori and Mimi Mae from our interview this February!

Cori is offering lots of sales for Small Business Saturday:

  • Jewelry & clothes - 15% off
  • Bando. cups - 15% off
  • All ornaments - 20% off
  • Mud Pie home - 25% off
  • Shoes - 30% off

Photo courtesy of Pieces of Me

Pieces of Me //  You'll be seeing more of Pieces of Me on the blog very soon, and I'm really excited to introduce you to their products today.  Pieces of Me is a jewelry company that wants you to put your personality traits on display - sometimes to give others a glimpse into your personality and other times to remind you of your strengths and keep you inspired and encouraged.  (I'm the proud owner of a determined cuff!)

Today you can receive 20% off of your Pieces of Me purchase with the code BLACKFRIDAY.

Sparkle Etc with Lindsey //   I met Lindsey through Millennial Blogger Network!  (Check out her blog here.)  Lindsey recently started a Senegence business, which is the brand that sells long lasting cosmetics like LipSense.

Lindsey is offering four different packages for Small Business Saturday:

  • Lovable Lips package ($95) - choice of three colors, one gloss, and one remover
  • Enviable Eyes package ($76) - choice of two shadows, one mascara, and one brow color
  • Fabulous Face package ($95) - choice of one blush, one foundation, and one concealer
  • Build your own package (10-15% off) - choice of 3-5 items for 10% off or 5+ for 15% off

I hope that if you're shopping today, you'll take a few moments to check out these awesome, woman-owned small businesses!  I'm off to celebrate Small Business Saturday by checking out some cute brick and mortar shops!

I want to hear from you - what are your favorite small businesses?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Best Sales of Black Friday Weekend!

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Happy Black Friday, y'all! When I was a little girl, my mom and I would load up every year to be at Walmart by 6 AM.  She owned a preschool, so it was the perfect opportunity to purchase gifts for all of her students, as well as pick up larger appliances and electronics.  It was a tradition I looked forward to each year.

Now,  my tradition is to shop Black Friday sales from the calmness of my home.  No pilfering through piles of sweaters to find my size in a store that looks like it was hit by a mild tornado, and no fighting with someone for trying to take something out of my cart.  Just me, my laptop, and a cup of coffee.

If you're in the same boat, you've come to the right place.  I've rounded up sales that I think you will love plus some of the pieces that have caught my eye.

black friday sales 2017

Ann Taylor // 50% off everything with code THANKFUL

Asos // 30% off everything with code EPIC30 [valid through 11/30]

Charming Charlie // Buy one, get one 50% off

Draper James // 25% off with code MERRY [ + 25% of proceeds go to Girls, Inc.!]

E.L.F. Cosmetics // 50% off on orders $30+ with code CELEBRATE

Francesca's // Buy one, get one 60% off on everything

Gap // 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY

Glossier // 20% off everything

J. Crew // 40% off full price with code THANKU

J. Crew Factory // 50% off everything

LOFT // 50% off everything

Madewell // 25% off everything

Marley Lilly // Up to 70% off + free monogrammed duck boots with $150 order [valid through Sunday]

Nastygal // 50% off everything

Neiman Marcus Last Call // 40-80% off everything

Nike // 25% off sale with code EPIC25

Old Navy // 50% off everything

Revolve // Up to 50% off sale styles

Sperry // Up to 50% off 

Topshop // Up to 50% off 

ULTA // tons of beauty busters and discounted sets (including IT Cosmetics, Becca, Benefit, MAC, Living Proof, Bare Minerals, and Urban Decay!)

Happy shopping!  I hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

PS - What are you shopping for this weekend?!  Any deals I should totally take advantage of?

Monday, November 20, 2017

What I'm Reading

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Growing up, reading was a huge part of my life.  My mamaw was a librarian, and I'm so fortunate that her love of books was instilled in me.  I was never good at sports, but you know those contests in elementary school where you got a certificate for reading the most books in a school year?  Those were my jam.

I started really reading again this summer, because I could not turn my mind off at night.  Reading before bed does so much for my mental state!  I'm also right in the middle of work travel season and reading on the plane reduces my anxiety so much.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if books were covered by insurance?! ;)

If you're curious about what I'm currently reading, look no further!  I'm not usually reading so many books at one time, but I'm hoping to finish them all pretty soon.

You Are a Badass  •  I wasn't really sure if I was going to like this book.  Self-help books are usually hit or miss for me, and typically more miss than hit.  I told myself I'd take this book chapter by chapter and a little at a time... I read a fourth of the book in a few hours.  So good.  

The author, Jen, totally gets that sometimes embracing methods from a self help book can seem kind of silly, and she walks you through the process.  I cannot wait to finish this book and see how it changes my life.

Can You Keep a Secret?  •  I love Sophie Kinsella novels.  I like to read before bed to unwind, and her books are perfect for that.  Can You Keep a Secret tells the story of Emma Corrigan.  Emma's life is pretty normal, until she's having the worst day ever, her plane experiences turbulence, and because of that, she spills all of her secrets like word vomit.  

This one is a little slower moving than some of her other books, but I have really enjoyed it.  If you like lighthearted fiction, you will enjoy Sophie's books.

Literally Me  •  If you are not following Julie Houts on Instagram, you are missing out.  (Vogue deemed her Instagram's favorite illustrator!)  Not only are her illustrations beautiful, but they are extremely relatable.  Julie's book is a combination of illustrations and hilarious, ridiculous essays that will having you laughing until you're crying.

Rise and Shine  •  I misplaced this book, and I haven't been in much of a rush to finish it now that I've found it.  (This is also the second time that I've tried to read it.)  It's the story of two sisters - Meghan, the host of a the country's highest rated morning talk show, and Bridget, a social worker in the Bronx.  When Meghan curses on air, her world goes into a tailspin, and this is the story of what happens next.  It's well-written with a great storyline, I have just been struggling to get into it.

Sisters First  •  When I was in college, I had an intense fascination with families in politics.  (If you share that fascination, you must read this book.)  However, when I graduated college and became an adult with bills and taxes to file, my fascination with politics turned into total disdain.  But when I saw the Bush twins memoir at Target, I had to pick it up.  My goal is to work away on it during Thanksgiving break!

I have no idea why, but this has been one of my most difficult posts to write.  Kudos to people who write book reviews for their blogs!  It is not easy, shew.

If you enjoyed this post and want to keep up with each other on Goodreads, here's a link to my profile!  I love seeing what y'all are reading and what's on your "wants to read" list.

What are you reading?