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.

11.21.2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

Ice Bucket // Cocktail Napkins // Champagne Flutes
Buffalo Plaid Scarf // Bauble Necklace // Wool Shawl // Scarf // Belt
T. Swift Album // Friends Box Set // Planner // Sex and the City Box Set
Naked Palette // Jewelry Organizer // Cuff // Coffee Mug // Blanket // Pajamas

On Wednesday I featured items in a Holiday Gift Guide for Him, so today it's all about the ladies. The best part is? All of these gifts are under $100! So they're perfect for your friends or guys, for your gal pal. Only a few more days till the holiday shopping frenzy begins, so make sure you add these items to your gift list! Don't forget to enter the Black Friday Giveaway too! Who doesn't love a little extra cash in the wallet? I know I do!

Happy Friday friends, xoxo

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11.19.2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For Him

Gift Guide for Him


Today's post is the first of several "holiday gift guides" that will be featured on the blog over the next week or so. As we gear up for Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday, it's good to go ahead and get an idea of what's out there... to be thinking about the types of gifts you're going to give this holiday season. Today is all about gifts for him. Whether that is your father, brother, husband or best friend, you'll find a little bit of everything in this gift guide.

When it comes to finding the perfect gift for him, there is never one perfect option. For me, finding the right gift for my father or brother (still working on the beau part), is about practicality. Things they'll really use and items that'll stay in trend for years to come. So for this year's gift guide for him I decided to feature just that. Everything from brand name companies, to homegrown startups.

To highlight two companies featured above, Bull & Moose // Stubble and 'Stache, both are DC based companies who donate part of their proceeds to organizations that support our troops and veterans. If you're an avid follower of the blog, you know how much I LOVE businesses that give back. Pick up a velvet bow tie for your beau's New Years attire (proudly sponsors Got Your Six) or purchase a beard care kit from Stubble and 'Stache for your father (a portion of sales goes to help our wounded warriors).

Some of my other favorite gifts for him are sunglasses, practical items like collar stays or cufflinks, and watches. Does your man have a problem with arriving to that date on time? Or is your brother always the last to show up to a family function? Shinola, based out of Detroit, offers genuine leather watches that are def on trend. Not sure what your "him's" style is? Than a great subscription service is the Trunk Club. Think Stitch Fix, but for men. A personal stylist hand chooses items for him, sending them straight to his home to try on. No shopping, no stores, free shipping. If your him is more of a traveler, the perfect "manly" tote bag can be found in Waiting on Martha's shop. For an added Southern touch, get the thing monogrammed. 

Looking for some great gifts on the cheaper side? You can still get them some great staple items like button downs, house slippers or colorful socks from Nice Laundry (George H.W. Bush would be proud). All of the items featured in this year's Gift Guide for Him are perfect for any type of man, at every age. 

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P.S. -- Want to win some extra cash just in time for the holiday shopping frenzy next week? Then don't forget to enter the Black Friday Giveaway going on (ends 11/25). You could even put the $50 towards one of the items featured in today's post, just saying.

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11.18.2014

Black Friday Giveaway

In preparation of the amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, I teamed up with some of my fave blogger friends to help make the soon-to-be hole in your wallet a little smaller. We're giving away $50 in PayPal bucks, that's FIFTY FREE DOLLARS people!! All you have to do is enter using the Rafflecopter below!! Hopefully this will make your holiday season a little brighter!!

Happy Tuesday dolls, xoxo
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11.17.2014

Over the Weekend, Edgy Preppy




Over the Weekend the temps in Washington, D.C. drastically dropped. So long fall, it was nice knowing you. With the cooler temps, it means finding the perfect "going out" outfit can be challenging. For me, staying warm is the most important. Nobody has time for skimpy dresses and stilettos when it's 20 degrees outside. I would say my style is super preppy, most of the time, but I love to mix it up a bit. The leather pants add a fun edge to my outfit and are perfect for a night on the town. To keep in line with my preppy side, I threw on a J.Crew puffer vest (as an added bonus it keeps me warm in lieu of a jacket or heavy coat). I found the PERFECT catch all blouse from Ann Taylor. I've worn it to work, brunch, to run errands and out. Even better? It's 40% off right now!

For me, dressing in the winter in DC is about staying true to my style, keeping warm, but making sure I look chic while doing it. When it comes to my wardrobe as well, I love versatility. All of the pieces in this outfit can be mixed and matched for any occasion.






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11.13.2014

Setting the Table for Thanksgiving


When it comes to setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner, my family has never been extremely formal with our decor. I mean we're lucky if we can even get the men off the couch and away from watching football. So it's usually all the women at the table, men cheering on their team in the living area and the dogs trying to sneak whatever crumbs they can. While this may be nontraditional for some, it's exactly what makes Thanksgiving Day perfect to me. As I get older though I have more of an appreciation for the decor and effort that goes into setting the Thanksgiving table, and not just the amazing food that goes on it. Since I am currently apartment style living and do not have a table (we have a bar top area, so don't think I'm living out of a shoe), I will have to keep these amazing Pinterest inspirations in my back pocket. For this year's table, I've noticed that gold accents and deep, rich color schemes are in... like lavish purples, darker oranges and oxblood red. So I pulled a few of my favorite Pinterest finds, that'll hopefully inspire your traditional tablescape.

A gorgeous tablescape from Apartment 34. I love how they went with an unusual color scheme for their table setting. The dark purple tones, mixed with copper, green and black finishes, really set this table apart. I also like their mix and match approach to dinnerware pieces. The various plates do not match, but are coordinated enough in a way that they work well together. 

When it comes to the centerpiece, I am OBSESSED with using pumpkins. Now I'm not talking just throw a pumpkin down on the table and call it a day. No ma'am! There are many ways you can utilize this simple fall novelty. Spray paint your pumpkins gold, use the pumpkin as a flower pot, or add mini pumpkins to a planter or use as garnish along your table runner.

The burlap trend will never go out of style as far as I'm concerned. However, there are ways to make it look amazing (like above) or ways that it can be super tacky. I love to use burlap because it's extremely inexpensive and there are numerous ways to utilize it. I really like how Yellow Bliss Road doubled up her tablecloths and used a burlap overlay, above. You could use the overlay approach for just about any table setting. 

Finally the place cards. While you would think most families wouldn't need these for their seating arrangement, a lot would disagree. Place cards are a great way to ensure your creepy Uncle Fred doesn't sit next to you, or those feuding children sit at far ends of the table. See, place cards can have a purpose, ha! All three of the ideas above are simple, yet offer a great touch to your table decor.

Looking for last minute pieces to spice up your table? Some of my favorite go-to places for home decor are HomeGoods, Pier 1, TJMaxx, Crate&Barrel, Target or Marshalls. Since most of these stores are drastically marking down their prices to make room for all the Christmas decor, you're in luck! You can snag some pretty great deals and steals right now. Hey, sometimes shopping for a holiday last minute can really pay off!

Two more weeks till we feast! 

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11.12.2014

What to Wear on Thanksgiving



Poncho (sold out, similar) // Striped Tee (H&M old, another great option) // Jeans // Flats // Purse (H&M in stores, online similar) // Sunnies // Watch (old, similar) // Belt (borrowed, similar option) // Necklace (c/o)
Photos by Meaghan of District Sparkle

When it comes to finding the perfect Thanksgiving outfit, I tend to go for comfort and cozy. My family usually spends the holiday at home, watching football and chowing down on some good home cooking. With such an informal setting, my outfit of choice is usually jeans and an oversized sweater. It's the perfect combo for a day of relaxation, family time and scrumptious food. I found this Forever 21 poncho and paired it with a simple striped tee. To dress it up a bit, I added a gold bow belt and J.Crew flats. I love the versatility of this poncho. You can wear it flowy and open as how it's intended, or belt it back for more of a fitted sweater look. Either way, it'll be the perfect attire for Thanksgiving Day.






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11.09.2014

Over the Weekend, MetroCooking DC Show


Over the Weekend I attended one of my favorite events here in DC, the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. Last year I went with my friend Alex and we had an absolute blast. From watching the cooking demonstrations, to meeting Food Network chefs, to hanging out in the grand tasting pavilion and nomming on some scrumptious DC food. I just couldn't wait to get back to this year's event. I also heard that two of my fav chefs, Guy Fieri and Bobby Flay, would be in attendance. So that bit of info in itself was reason enough to go back. 

I went to the Saturday session, so unfortunately no grand tasting pavilion for me this year. It was bittersweet though, because last year I chowed down on WAYYY too much food. Didn't feel so hot afterwards, so this year I was more than happy to look and not touch. I walked around the showroom floor, checking out which booths came back for another year and scoping out all the new businesses. One of my favorites was a MetroCooking Show returnee, Dress It Up Dressing. I just LOVE their champagne dressing and really enjoyed trying out their new blackberry flavor. If you live in the DMV area, you can find Dress It Up Dressing at your local Whole Foods market. 





After a walk-through of the booths, I headed over to the workshop area to meet up with a fellow blogger and friend, Brittney from Hosting & Toasting. Brittney was hosting (pun intended) a holiday workshop and how-to on proper host gifts for holiday parties. One of her number one rules is "to never show up empty handed to a party." I for one totally agree with her on that. She shared some of her favorite go-to gifts like homemade cookie jars, candles and how to properly gift alcoholic beverages. I loved hearing her tips and Brittney's workshop really put me in the holiday spirit. Can it just be December already?! 


The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show comes to DC each year, but you can also find it in Houston and Dallas. More shows will be added soon, but I highly recommend if you're in any of these areas to checkout an upcoming show

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11.06.2014

Blanket Scarves

Blanket Scarves

Top Row: one // two // three // four -- Middle Row: one // two // three -- Bottom Row: one // two // three

Many of you texted, commented and Facebook chatted me, asking where I got my blanket scarf in last week's Insta post. Well ask, and you shall receive! While the ever popular Zara option that started the blanket scarf madness is sold out EVERYWHERE, there are many similar options out there. There's also plenty of new designs and patterns to get your blanket scarf fix (what up American Eagle). Whether you love them or hate them, blanket scarves are here to stay till spring. So you might as well get on board. They're the perfect accessory to keep you warm during the Polar Vortex this winter. Wear them around your neck, throw them over your lap, wrap your little nugget puppy up in the them... whatever you fancy. I featured a few of my fave options above!

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11.04.2014

Get Out the VOTE! #ElectionDay


While I usually like to keep anything political or controversial away from the blogosphere, I do feel that today is important enough to make an exception. I am in no way telling you who to vote for or which party to support, but instead explain in a bipartisan way why you should vote. And if that doesn't get you pumped up to cast your vote, than maybe the photo above of some scrumptious sugar cookies will, ha.  

Voting is one of the most important rights we have as Americans. Many countries don't offer that right to their citizens, so we truly are privileged to have the opportunity to voice our opinion on who should lead this country. Many have fought, died and sacrificed their lives for you to be able to vote and I think it's a grave disservice for you to ignore that right. 

So I implore you to educate yourself on the issues, especially the key ones of this election. While you may think your vote doesn't matter or the issues don't affect you, I promise you that they do. I promise you that you may not see the effects now, but you will as you get older. When you enter a higher tax bracket, realize where your tax dollars go, when you apply for jobs, buy a house or a car, turn 26 and finally have to start paying for your health insurance. I assure you that the issues being discussed today, will affect you now and on into your future.

Don't let media bias or anyone tell you how to vote. Educate yourself, choose a candidate that best falls inline with your views, and VOTE. Vote for the person YOU want to represent YOU. It is soooooo darn important that you do. If you want to learn more about the issues, a great site called theSkimm has put together a mid-term election guide to break it all down for you. #SkimmTheVote

SOOO with all this said, PLEASE get out and vote today. You can easily search the internet to find the closest polling location to you and to find out how late they're open. Polls stay open well past 6:00 p.m., so the "I have to work" excuse doesn't float here people. I truly hope you do exercise your right and don't be afraid to show it. Share your "I just voted" stickers and pins proudly on social media!!

#GetOutTheVote

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