12.30.2014

Last Minute Host Gifts for NYE

Happy New Year


It's crazy how quickly the holidays fly by. It seems just like yesterday fall was beginning, and my favorite few holidays of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas were still in the far off future. Well poof, the most magical few months of the year are coming to an end. Sucks doesn't it? There's still one more holiday to celebrate though before the bore of cold winter months begins. New Year's Eve, whether you love it or hate it, is always a holiday to look forward to. You're able to purge the negative moments and bad memories of the past year, as well as reflect on the wonderful times you did have. The changeover of a new year also provides one more opportunity to make a lasting memory with friends (let's just hope it's not being kiss less at midnight, am I right single ladies?!).

If you're like me, you probably put the New Year's Eve holiday on the back burner to focus on Christmas. If that's the case, you also probably forgot to pickup a nice host gift for your friend who is throwing the New Year's Eve party. Not to fret my friends, because you still have two days to pickup a quick "thank you" for the host. Above are some easy last minute host gifts, featuring items you can find at your nearby Target, party store, C.Wonder or local liquor store. In my opinion, you can never have enough champagne glasses (hey, there's always people who show up and never RSVP), wine tools (let's admit it, someone's always looking for the wine opener) or even the New Years necessity, champagne (you can never have enough champs, never)!

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12.29.2014

Over the Weekend, Merry and Bright






Over the Weekend I finished up my holiday vacation at home in Tennessee. I spent a week back in my hometown, celebrating Christmas with family and friends. It was a quick trip, but a packed few days. Between concerts, Christmas Eve dinner, lunches with old friends and various Church events, I needed versatile clothing pieces since I was packing lightly (had to save room for all the new goodies I was bringing back, duhh). I practically lived in this LOFT skirt (sold out online but available in some stores) over the holidays. I paired it with several different tops, but my go to was definitely a plain black tee and my favorite new black booties (they're sold out online, but you can find them in store or I've linked to the tall boot option here). It was the perfect outfit for celebrating the holidays!

I hope you all had a wonderful few days enjoying the holidays. Whether you headed home or family came to you, I hope your Christmas was merry and bright!

Outfit details: Top // Skirt (out of stock)// Necklace // Bracelet // Boots
Photos by Zack Royster









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12.22.2014

Tender Tennessee Christmas



Over the Weekend I traveled back to my home state for a tender Tennessee Christmas. I'm so excited to spend the holidays at home with family and friends. To make sure I fully enjoy the few days that I have off from work and back in Tennessee, I'll be taking a few days off from blogging. So be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter for lots of peeks into how my family celebrates Christmas and the holidays! I'll be back bright and early next Monday for an all new Over the Weekend + looking ahead to the New Year!

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas or happy holidays for whatever you may celebrate! XOXO

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12.18.2014

Thursday's 10 Thoughts







Last week I started a new series on the blog, Thursday's 10 Thoughts, and y'all really liked it! So I'm bringing it back for another week. I just thought y'all might like to see what's on my mind this week!


Ever gone to dinner with someone and spent more time on your phones than actually talking? No, this wasn't a bad date... it was a fun girls night with my good friend and fellow blogger, Meaghan. Last week Meaghan and I were invited to checkout Rialto in Georgetown. Between the delicious mussels (I seriously love mussels), baked smoked mozzarella wrapped in smoked pancetta, to the lamb chops and seafood pasta for dinner, to the mouth watering Tiramisu... I definitely didn't want the dinner to end. If you're in the DC area, I highly recommend checking out this little piece of Italy in the heart of one of my favorite parts of the city.

I'm seriously obsessed with my new iPhone 6. I found the perfect duel-functioning case, that's very chic and practical.

Every single one... I want every single one of these things Santa. So do all my single mid-20s friends #kthanks

I never thought I'd be into a patterned pant, but I cannot stop wearing these bad boys. They're so comfortable and the heavy fabric makes them work appropriate too!

Yep, these are exactly the kind of thoughts that run through my head when I take a "visit" to my local Target.

So I fully know this is a HUGE splurge on a bag, but my friend Alicia recently took the plunge and it makes me quite jealous every time I see her with it. It even has a compartment for my iPad. I mean heyyy Santa, I've been good this year!! #prettyplease

I'm pretty sure even Clark Griswold would have appreciated this view of his Christmas lights.

Looking for a last minute gift for him? Snag one of my favorite things for men and use code 'freeship' at checkout to get free priority shipping this week, just in time to get it under the tree!

I thought last year's Christmas Jammies video was absolutely adorable... and so did most of America. If you missed it or their Thanksgiving rendition, then you'll wanna see the Christmas Jammies sequel.

Thanks for y'alls help and suggestions when it came to picking out a fun New Year's Eve dress from Rent the Runway. This one was definitely y'alls (and my) favorite. Still looking for a dress yourself? Use code HAPPY2015 to get 20% off your order of $50+ between now and 12/21.

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12.17.2014

Blogger's Favorite Things Christmas Party

A few months ago I decided that I wanted to host a holiday party for some of the good friends I've made along the way through blogging. I've met so many amazing people, both bloggers and businesses, so I wanted to find a way to thank the friends I've made and support the businesses I've connected with. Hosting a fun party was just the way!

I've talked a lot on the blog about my 'favorite things,' so why not put together a Blogger's Favorite Things party?! We all have them! So I partnered with a local stationery shop, The Dandelion Patch, to create an invite I could mail to guests (c/o). I love getting pretty things in the mail, so I chose to do a paper invite rather than an e-vite or email. The girls at The Dandelion Patch really understood my vision for the invite, helping to incorporate my idea to play off the popular Sound of Music song. The poem can be sung to the tune of "favorite things," and the invite was placed inside what looked like a brown paper package and was even tied up with string! To top it off, they did everyone's names and addresses in the most gorgeous calligraphy print!









When it came to the actual setup of the party, I wanted to feature some of my favorite entertaining traditions... a hot chocolate bar, meat and cheese tray, grab bags and gorgeous flowers. Since my apartment is small, I used what I already had for the setup. I turned my bar cart into the hot chocolate bar, used my kitchen counter for the food setup, and the apartment entry way to hold the take home bags and flowers.

A good beverage is always key to any party, and it doesn't always have to be alcoholic! With the cold outside, and it being Christmas time, I decided to incorporate a hot chocolate bar. I transformed my Society Social bar cart into a hot chocolate bar, again making everything simple and easy. Instead of making homemade hot chocolate, I found Swiss Miss K-cups and had everyone make their individual hot chocolates in the Keurig. I preferred this idea because not everyone is going to want to have a cup right away. So to ensure they have a nice, warm cup, I chose to do individual servings. The ladies could top off their hot chocolate with Christmas tree marshmallows and candy canes. My friend Ali at OhLaLaAli contributed the most precious FaLaLa Latte coffee sleeves for the girls to wrap around their cups! These were seriously a HUGE hit (c/o).








What's a party without food?! No party at all! I am all about easy and simple. When it comes to hosting a party, I don't want to spend my entire evening in the kitchen. I want to enjoy the party, just as much as the guests. Preparation is the key to a stress free event! So I chose food items that could easily be prepped ahead of time. I served a meat and cheese tray, crackers and jam, veggie cups and fruit, Texas Caviar (or just a fancy way of saying, salsa), and bacon wrapped cocktail weenies with dark brown sugar. I prepped all of this earlier in the day, and stored on trays in the fridge. I just popped the bacon weenies in the oven 30min. before guests arrived.







The desserts were even easier to prepare... I made them the day before! I featured some of my favorites, Oreo Balls, Turtles and Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies. I also mixed up some ice water to serve for those who didn't want hot chocolate. To fancy it up a bit, I just added fresh rosemary and cranberries.



The decor was my favorite part. I used gold, with accents of cream and green. I found some fresh pine needles at my local Harris Teeter that I placed throughout the decor to add a winter-y feel and a Christmas-y scent to the apartment. My friends at UrbanStems provided several of their winter bouquets for me to put throughout the apartment as well (c/o). So the setup was pretty much taken care of thanks to the fresh flowers and pine!

To pull in the 'blogger's favorite things', each blogger brought one of her favorite things under $30. We had everything from the Kate Spade 2015 planner, to candles and jewelry. We then played the white elephant game. It was so much fun once people stopped being nice and started stealing gifts, ha! Really made the game fun, and I loved learning about each of the blogger's favorite things!

I never want my guests to leave empty handed, so I put together a mini gift bag filled with my Christmas candy, promos from UrbanStems and coffee sleeves from OhLaLaAli. UrbanStems also provided single stem roses for each of the guests to take home. How thoughtful?!



I really love how the decor, food, hot chocolate bar and flowers came together! My guests really enjoyed the evening, and all left with some fabulous goodies.

Special thanks to UrbanStems, The Dandelion Patch, and OhLaLaAli for collaborating on my Blogger's Favorite Things Christmas Party. I appreciate you supporting the brands that keep Primp & Proper going. Be sure to checkout their websites to find out all of the services and products they offer.

12.16.2014

Chocolate Christmas Turtles

Growing up, one of my favorite things about Christmas at home was the mass amounts of Christmas candies and desserts that my mother would make. We have this long hutch in our dining room that my mother would fill to the brim with tins. In each tin would be a different candy or cookie, all homemade (never store bought). Everything from molasses cookies, to fudge, to peanut butter balls and my father's favorite, turtles. These delicious sweets are very similar to Goo Goo Clusters, but are a much simpler version. I served these and some other treats at my Blogger's Favorite Things party I hosted this past Sunday -- more to come on that tomorrow!

Chocolate Christmas Turtles

  • One package of Kraft caramels
  • 3 cups of pecan halves 
  • Half a bag of Gheradelli dark chocolate baker's chips (or your favorite brand of baking chips)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Wax paper
  • Butter or cooking spray
  • Microwave safe melting dish



Cover your baking sheet with wax paper and grease with either a heavy coat of butter or your preferred cooking spray. Unwrap the caramels and put into a microwave safe melting dish. I personally love this one. Add 2 Tablespoons of your whipping cream. Melt caramel in 30 second increments till it has a soupy like texture. This is where you have to work quickly. Once melted, add your pecans and with a large spoon, mix the two together. Once all of the pecans are coated with caramel, take two spoons to scoop out a heaping tablespoon onto your baking sheet. Work quickly because the caramel hardens fast. Once done, you can either let sit to harden or place in the freezer for 30 minutes. **I also recommend cleaning your microwave dish as quickly as possible. Once the caramel hardens completely, it can be extremely hard to clean.

Next, pour half of the bag of your baking chips into the microwave safe melting dish and melt in 30 second increments. Take the clusters out of the freezer and one by one drop them into the chocolate. With two spoons, fully cover each cluster and drop back onto the greased wax paper.



Repeat process till all of the clusters have been covered in chocolate. Have chocolate left over? Drizzle the remainder over the tops of the candies or double dip them!



Let sit for an hour or two before putting into a tin. This will make anywhere from 12 - 25 clusters, depending on how big you make them.

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12.12.2014

Winter Statement Coats

Winter Statement Coats


I am seriously not a fan of the cold. I mean last year, DC experienced one of its coldest winters in years. It even had its own name... the Polar Vortex. While I'm hoping for a much more mild few months ahead, there are some advantages to the cooler temps. Like gorgeous coats. I'm not talking about those parkas that cover every square inch of your body, from head to toe. No! Those can be saved for the extreme cold days. I'm talking coats like the one Mrs. Obama wore last inauguration, or this amazing dalmatian coat Princess Kate wore a few years ago. Or most recently the amazing pieces worn by The Olivia Pope. While I truly have coat envy, I in no way can afford the designer outerwear they don at appearances or on TV. So I put together some much more affordable options for us common folk. I just love a good statement coat... it's so proper and chic!

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12.11.2014

Thursday's 10 Thoughts


A new name for my blog and a brand new site design, means the start of some fun new series! While I definitely plan to keep the Over the Weekend series, cause y'all just love seeing what I'm up to on my days off, I plan to start some new ones as well! First up, Thursday's 10 Thoughts. While I won't post something like this every week, I definitely plan to mix things up a bit. So here are 10 things I'm thinking about this week...

I posted this ornament on Instagram this past weekend and y'all loved it! So here's some more inspiration for your Christmas tree.

Can I just be her?! Or at the very least borrow her clothes. Or at the very very least spend a day with her and George. I mean is it really too much to ask?? #royalforaday

I've only worn this top once, but everyone RAVED about it. I love a good versatile piece. Pair it with jeans and a blazer for a casual look, or a fitted pencil skirt and heels for work. #loveit

I would agree that quite a few of these thoughts came through my head while watching the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. I'm sure I'm not alone in this.

I kind of want this skirt for Christmas Eve... might be too fancy for my family, but I don't care!

We've all had these thoughts at one point or another when thumbing through the pages of a holiday catalog. Personally I love this store and their products, but this hilarious rendition is worth the read. Laughing... crying laughing.

Seriously love this brush. What's worse than detangling post shower hair? Having to detangle the thickest and longest hair ever. #KristynProblems This bamboo paddle brush makes life a little easier, and for an added bonus it's eco-friendly!

It takes less than a dollar to make this girl's Christmas! #haveaheart

Hoping to be your own #GirlBoss? Then you need to read these thoughts.

I still haven't gotten a New Year's Eve dress, but I'm really digging this one, this gorgeous number or even this one. HELP me decide please!

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12.09.2014

$150 Nordstrom Giveaway


Women On A Whim - Lust Local // Life with Red // Something Good // Little Bitty City One

To celebrate my blog rebrand I partnered with some of the amazing friends I've made over the past year. All of these women, and many more, have helped me find my way in the DC blogger community in some form or fashion (no pun intended, ha). I'm so thankful for their support, advice and friendship! This week we're hosting the biggest giveaway I've done yet, $150 gift card to Nordstrom. It's perfect because both men and women can enter! Need a little extra cash to buy something for yourself this holiday season? Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Thank you all so much again for your kind words, comments, social media shout outs and support!!! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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**Contest is open to continental US residents only. One winner will be chosen at random shortly after the contest ends on Friday, December 12th at noon (EST).

12.08.2014

Introducing Primp & Proper

Wow, what a crazy few months this has been! Ever since making the decision to fully commit to blogging and rebrand my site, it has been a whirlwind of trying to divide my time between the rebrand and actually keeping up with posts! I'm so excited that the day has come to share with y'all the amazing work Tammy has done. I explained in last Friday's post why I ultimately decided to do the rebrand/name change, but I'm sure you're wondering how I came up with Primp & Proper.

Primp & Proper is a play on words to the Southern saying, prim and proper. To break it down, 'primp' refers to the style aspect of the blog (guys... primp means 'to get ready'). And 'proper' refers to lifestyle type posts. You'll see a little bit of both on this site, along with everything in between!

I hope y'all will checkout all the new features the blog has to offer. You can learn more about me, checkout the press and elsewhere page, see what I hope to accomplish before turning 25, and more! Some of my favorite features are the Instagram slideshow to your left and the 'where I shop' links below that. The links will take you straight to some of my favorite stores... easy to shop, right? Let me know what you think about the new site by commenting below or tagging me @KristynAlysse on social media!



Now for the THANK YOUs...

Over the past few months I've been working with my friend Tammy from A Loyal Love, to redesign my site. Tammy has been absolutely AMAZING to work with and I HIGHLY recommend her if you're ever looking to create a blog or website, or redesign your current blog. It was such a pleasure working with Tammy! She truly wants to make your site the best it can be, is very timely on her email responses, and is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to coding and graphic design. It was great for me, because I honestly didn't have too much in mind design wise of what I wanted. So Tammy offered some wonderful suggestions when it came to the design and layout of Primp & Proper. Be sure to checkout A Loyal Love and show Tammy some love as well!

I also want to thank EACH and EVERY ONE of you, my readers! A blog rebrand and redesign wouldn't even be possible without those who read it. Over the past year I've gone from having a small following of just my family (thanks Mom!), to having readers from all over the world. It's truly a pleasure to have y'all stop by my site, follow me on social media, and show your support along the way.

Oh, and I couldn't do a rebrand without a little something for y'all too! So I teamed up with some of my DC blogger besties to giveaway $150 to Nordstrom!! So gents, you can enter too! Check back tomorrow to enter!
Thanks so much for stopping by, xoxo

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12.05.2014

Out With the Old, In With the New

So I've been hinting over the past few months and weeks that big changes were in store for me and my blog. I started First Impressions back in January, having no earthly idea where it would take me. My original intent for blogging was to keep up with my writing as a journalism major and to offer advice to those who wanted it on the post grad life. Over time though, what I enjoyed writing about and what y'all like to read about, quickly shifted.
The first few months of blogging were merely for fun, writing about anything and everything. Let's be honest... I cringe at the sight of some of my first posts. While I'm no where even close to making it big or even becoming a professional blogger, I have definitely seen improvement and growth over time. And because of that, I realized it was time to make the ultimate decision... either quit blogging and pat myself on the back for giving it the ole college try, or really poor my heart and soul into it. The main thing I've come to find is that blogging is pretty much a second full-time job. My days, nights and weekends are consumed with post preparation, editing photos, scheduling social media and interacting with my DC community. So I thought a lot about what I was getting out of blogging and where I ultimately wanted my little ole site to go. 

After a lot of thought, time reviewing other bloggers' stories, talking with friends, and making goal lists, I decided that blogging was something I thoroughly enjoyed and wasn't ready to give up! However, the one thing I was ready to give up was my old blog name. First Impressions came about as referring to the post grad life, and how impressions (good or bad) are very important. The name just doesn't fit me anymore or what I love to write about. And if my blog is going to get a new name, you better believe it's going to get a fancy new site!

So I ditched the old name, old layout, hired a fabulous new site designer, bought my own web domain and with the help of some great blogger friends, a new project was born!! Today will be the last post for First Impressions, as the new site and blog will be revealed on Monday (don't worry, you'll still be able to access all of my old posts and content)!! The site will be getting a fresh face lift, looking more professional and clean. My friend Tammy of A Loyal Love has done an amazing job, and I cannot wait for y'all to see the new and improved blog!! 

You're probably like, "seriously Kristyn... you can't make me read all of this and not even give me the slightest peek into the new site!" I'm definitely not a person who likes to disappoint, so today I'm revealing the new name of my blog... (drum roll please)


YAY!!! I'm so excited to share with y'all more about the name Primp & Proper, and to reveal the entire blog site to y'all on Monday! Now before you go running off, the type of content and what I write about will be very similar to what I've been doing. Just bigger and better. I'll explain more on Monday, but for now I hope y'all will continue to follow me on this journey and I THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE of you for your constant support and love. Oh, and if the excitement for the reveal isn't big enough... there's a HUGE giveaway coming next week too! #sostaytuned

Have a great weekend friends, xoxo

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12.04.2014

Holiday Outfit Versatility

I just love everything about the Christmas season and New Years. It's such a magical time; especially the amazing office parties and Christmas gatherings. I was looking at my Kate Spade planner this weekend, and my palm immediately went to my face. Looking at just one night this week, I have FIVE receptions or events in the same evening. I mean obviously I cannot go to every single event, so the biggest issue is narrowing them down. Aside from that though, is finding the perfect outfit that is versatile for all the functions I will attend in the same evening. What makes things easier for me, is that I can blame my attire on "this is what I wore to work." So throughout the holidays, the term "desk-to-drinks" is taken to a whole other level.

I am sure I'm not alone in this, so I've featured some of my fave pieces for the holidays below. I chose stores that are hopefully readily available and close to you... because let's be honest, the holidays are here. There isn't much time to order something online, and pray that it arrives before next week's party. You can find all of these versatile pieces at your local Ann Taylor or Loft stores. The best part? All of these pieces transition well from a day in the office, to your evening festivities.

Holiday Attire
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12.02.2014

Unlimited Workouts with ClassPass


I've mentioned on the blog before that I am not a huge fan of working out. I absolutely hate running and get super bored with a gym, extremely quick. For me, it takes something new and different to get the motivation juices flowing. That's why I am a fan of workout classes or circuit type routines. I need to constantly be doing something different. However, after a week of the same class I can get pretty bored too. It's not easy to belong to more than one fitness studio or gym a month, cause let's be honest... they're super expensive. So when ClassPass came to DC, it sounded like the perfect alternative for my workout worries.


ClassPass is a monthly membership, yes. But what if you could have a membership to all kinds of studios, classes or gyms... in the same month, for one membership fee?! Such a great concept, right? Well, that's exactly what ClassPass is. You pay one monthly membership to them, for unlimited access to all of their participating studios, classes and gyms. Yeah that's right... you can Zumba, cycle, yoga and barre your heart out each and every month. To maximize your results, you can build a workout routine with a variety of all kinds of classes. You can take up to three classes a month at the same studio, but have unlimited access to all participating locations. In DC alone, there are more than 60 fitness boutiques to choose from. One of the things I love about ClassPass is the convenience aspect. Instead of going online to each studio, signing up, inputting all your info and choosing a class, you can easily book a class through the ClassPass website. One stop, for all your fitness class needs. 

ClassPass is a wonderful idea for those who want to tryout all sorts of classes and fitness studios. The best part is, the membership fee is $99!! You're getting access to more than 60 locations each month for the same price of a monthly membership at just ONE of those places. I mean it's a no brainier to me. 

ClassPass currently serves Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Diego and Portland. Oh, and if you are a constant traveler between these cities, you can signup for ClassPass Flex, which allows you access to EVERY location in EVERY city. Awesome, awesome stuff. More cities are coming soon, but if you currently live somewhere they serve than you can easily signup online!!

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11.30.2014

Cyber Monday Deals


If you didn't get your holiday shopping fix on Black Friday or from the amazing weekend sales, then get your wallets ready for today's steals and online deals. To help you navigate the Cyber Monday sales even quicker, I've put together an easy list of some of the best deals online. To make it even easier, and because I'm OCD about organization, the list is in alphabetical order. #yourewelcome

Happy shopping my friends! Oh, and if you need some gift ideas… be sure to checkout my Holiday Gift Guide for Him + Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Ann Taylor // 50% off your entire purchase with code CYBER50

Anthropologie // Free shipping on all orders + 20% off all sale items with code EXTRAJOLLY

ASOS // 30% off entire site with code ILOVEMONDAYS

Banana Republic // 40% off your entire purchase with code CYBER at checkout.

BaubleBar // 20% off entire site with code CYBER20

Bloomingdale's // Take 25% off a great selection of regular priced items and sale… for a savings of up to 45 - 60% off!

Brooks Brothers // Save 30% on all fall sweaters and take an additional 10% off online exclusives. 

Dagne Dover // 20% off your entire purchase!!

Forever 21 // 20% off when you spend $60+ with code CYBER20 or 30% off a purchase of $100 or more with code CYBER30.

Gilt City // FREE shipping on all orders with code GOLDSTANDARD

Groupon // Up to 80% off 100s of door busters

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything + an extra 10% off and free shipping with code YOUVEGOTSALE

Kate Spade NY // 30% off the ENTIRE site with code CYBER30 at checkout.

Living Social // Get an extra 25% off with code CYBERSALE

LOFT // 50% off your entire purchase with code MONDAY

LuLu's // Take an extra 40% off all sale items with code MONDAY40 + Free shipping on all orders

Nine West // Up to 50% off shoes, boots and handbags + take an additional 20% off orders of $125 or more.

Nordstrom // Major markdowns and earn extra Nordstrom Rewards points

Piperlime // 30% off sitewide + extra 40% off sale items. Use code CYBERSALE at checkout.

Rent the Runway // $40 off a rental of $100+ with code CM4014 at checkout.

Saks OFF 5TH // Take an extra 40-50% off sitewide with code CLICKTOIT

Saturday, by Kate Spade // 30% off everything with code OHWOW at checkout

Target // Cyber Week… deals on TVs, clothing, home decor, kitchen appliances and more!

Tuckernuck // 15% off sitewide with code SHOP15, 20% off orders of $150 or more with code SHOP20, 25% off orders of $500 or more with code SHOP25, and 30% off + free gift on orders of $1000 or more with code SHOP30. + FREE shipping on all orders!

Victoria's Secret // Free shipping on orders over $50 + $20 off your purchase of $125 or more with codes SHIP50FREE and 20OFF125. Plus receive 2 FREE secret reward cards with a $10 purchase, worth $10, $50, $100 or $500 your purchase with code SECRETBONUS. 

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11.23.2014

Warby Parker Winter Collection

Warby Parker Winter Collection

Last month I introduced y'all to Warby Parker's Corner Collection. The focus on silhouettes and attention to the angular details of the frames, really brought about a fresh perspective to eyeglasses and sunglasses. Now a month later, Warby Parker has topped themselves yet again with not one, but two brand new collections. The Winter Collection and the 826 Collaboration. I'm going to share with y'all a little bit about the winter collection.

 When I think of winter, what comes to mind are nights curled up by the fire, wearing my cable knit sweater over a plaid button down, and seeing the snow fall outside. Okay, so I admit that I live in an apartment, sans fireplace, and it doesn't snow as much as I'd like it to here in DC. Let's just say this is how I wish my winter nights were spent.

So when it came to putting together a collection of glasses for the winter, Warby Parker focused on exactly what the winter months are supposed to be like. Attention was put on the woodsy details, styles that worked well with those plaid shirts, and pulling inspiration from the cold outdoors. The Winter collection features six new rich tones and eight new shapes.


You can tell a lot of thought went into the shape and design of their new frames. I really like the color block design of the Vaughan Eastern Bluebird Fade, and the icy color of the Verne Beach Glass. Definitely what I'd envision for winter wear.
I also can't say it enough, how much I love and support companies that go above and beyond their "sale" of duty. For every pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to someone in need through their non-profit sponsors. So when you buy a pair for yourself, you're helping someone in need at the same time. How great is that?!


I highly suggest you checkout more of the winter collection, here, and be sure to take a look at Warby Parker's 826 Collaboration as well. Both collections are on point and I cannot wait to see what they come up with next.


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**Thank you Warby Parker for supplying the photos and information for this post. All opinions are my own.