Friday, November 28, 2014

Weekend Steals & Deals | Black Friday Edition

Good morning!  We're back from a day spent with two families filled with food, food and more food.   And a sweet new nephew who's still got all his fresh new baby chub that you just want to devour.   The food was delicious (Barefoot Contessa's sour cream coffee cake doesn't disappoint and this recipe for queso turned out great as one of our appetizers).  My brother made the best omelets and my sis-n-law did all the heavy lifting for the big turkey dinner.  It's all so good, but I'm stuffed!  We'll have leftovers for days, which is okay in my book.  How was your day?  Did you end up in stretchy pants too?  I'll be wearing my comfy pajamas all day as I get started on my Christmas decorations.  :)

But, I know many of you will be partaking in the Black Friday holiday sales and let me tell you, there are some good deals to be had!  I wouldn't brave the crowds, but shopping from the comfort of my couch with a cup of coffee may be in my future.  I went online to check out the sales and picked out some of my favorite steals and deals this week.  I did a little shopping of my own last week and my two faves are this faux fur infinity scarf and the beautiful tee that is so soft and a perfect gift for your friend (or yourself;) 

faux fur infinity scarf ($20) | midi rings (similar here and here)

beautiful top ($12.50, $25)

distressed jean ($62) | bootie ($99.90, $138.95)

Y'all know I love a striped shirt.  This one is a steal!  

striped 3/4 top ($8.50, $49.50) | Kendra Scott Rayne pendant necklace ($68, $80)

I'd love to hear about what you picked up for a steal during these Black Friday sales.  Let me know in the comments!

ANN TAYLOR:  50% off your entire order.  Use code THANKS - FREE shipping on $175 or more & $8.95 flat rate shipping.  Ends 11/29 at 3am.

ANTHROPOLOGIETops under $40.  Free shipping on orders over $150 with code FS150.

BANANA REPUBLIC:  50% off 1 full-priced item with code BRFIFTY & 40% of site wide with code BRFORTY.  Ends 11/28.

EXPRESS:   50% off site wide.  Ends 11/28. 

FOREVER 21:  Black Friday deals under $5, $10, $20 & Extra 30% off clearance. Ends 11/30.
GAP:  50% off site wide with code BLKFRIDAY ends 11/28.  40% off site wide with code GIFT ends 11/29. Free shipping on orders over $50, free returns.  

HUDSON JEANS:  60% off select styles + free shipping.  11/28 - 11/30.

J. CREW:  30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping with code HOLIDAY  Ends 11/30.

KATE SPADE SATURDAY:  30% off sitewide + free shipping with code DEALME Ends 11/30.

LOFT:  Earn two $25 Loft Cash Cards for every $50 you spend.  Redeem from 12/2 - 12/12.

NORDSTROM:  Up to 40% off.  Always FREE shipping & FREE returns.

OLD NAVY:  Entire store will be 50% off.  Ends 11/28.

PIPERLIME:  25% off sitewide + be entered to win a trip for 2 to NYC fashion week with code IHEARTNYC  Ends 11/28.

SOLE SOCIETY:  Black Friday 30% off all footwear (11/28) & 30% off all footwear & bags (11/29 - 11/30). Fast and free shipping.  

Traci Ling Photography 
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wardrobe Wednesday - Outfits Lately

Hi friends!  Are you getting all those last-minute Thanksgiving preparations done?  Today, I'm cooking up some dishes to take to Thanksgiving brunch at my parents (sour cream coffee cake) and a late lunch at my sis-n-law's house (jalepeno creamed corn, ham and cheese sliders, chile con queso).   I feel stretchy pants coming on.  :) Then, we need to get a new Christmas tree- I pulled ours out and after 7 years, it's finally seen it's last day. Hopefully, you get a little time off to spend with your friends and family and a break from work!  I've been home with my son this week, but last week was super busy. I don't dress up to go to an office anymore, but I still love fashion and I like to look pulled together (most days!).  It's been cold here, so I've been keeping warm with pants, vests, and scarves.  Here's a look at outfits lately.

For a casual running around day, I adore this 'lovebird' sweater.  I got an xs, but if you got it a little on the roomier side, it would be cute to layer another top underneath.

The heart on the back is a cute detail.  Would be cute to show it off with a messy top knot. 

My camo pants are old from GAP, but you can find similar here.  They are a perfect 'neutral' pant that you can wear so much with.  I'm still loving these flat, comfy tall grey boots.  My chunky scarf is also old, here's one similar.

Puffy vests are on heavy rotation around here.  I think my red and mint ones are my favorite.  The mint is just such a pretty color and kind of unexpected around the holidays.  Old Navy has the best prices/quality vests I've seen in awhile.  Lots of colors and sizes to choose from.  

I ordered this star button-down shirt from Ann Taylor, but I love it even more in person.  How sweet are those tiny stars? And bonus, it's 40% off. The necklace is Stella & Dot, but it's one of those necklaces you can wear multiple ways because there are different strands. 

I'm seriously in love with this faux fur vest that my friend Courtney told me about.  We are both on the petite side, although she's got about 7 inches on me.  I'm in an XS and she got the Medium.  I've worn it on a date night with a black and white striped top and again to a school function last week.  The black pants are the same that I wore with the mint vest- it's hard to tell but they have a stripe detail on the side that makes them a little more special.  They are a skinny pant, love them with booties

I didn't get a good shot of this blouse, but it's fantastic.  And also 40% off.

red top | gloves | looks like my scarf is sold out :( similar here and here

I've been asked about red lips lately, so I wanted to share my current go-to red lipstick- it's Mac Red (which is so old I should probably toss it), but I found a similar color, Salon Rouge. A bold lip looks good this time of year.  Don't be afraid to try it.  I needed a little convincing too, but now I'm into it!

Ok, back to cooking.  In pajamas and no makeup! ;) 

Ashley Brooks Photography
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thankful Banner

We're just two days away from our Thanksgiving holiday and I'm thinking so much about y'all.  As I was getting a jump start on my grocery shopping yesterday (and the store was already getting crazy- on Monday!), I was wondering about you getting your shopping done and feeling like we are probably experiencing so many of the same things right now.  Planning menus, making lists, grocery shopping, trying to get the house in order, trying not to feel overwhelmed with too much to do in too little time.  I remember working full-time and just looking forward to the time off!  Many of you are doing that right now too, I'm sure.  

This time of year tends to get me all sentimental and reflective, so I wanted to tell you how much your support of this blog and your readership over the last several years has meant to me.  If it weren't for you, writing this blog wouldn't be half as fun.  Seriously.   Many of you have read since the beginning and it feels like we've grown up together.  It's been great to connect with you and bounce ideas off of and I just appreciate you so much.  It can be scary to open up and share so much of your life over the web, but you have made me feel welcomed and supported.  So here's a big ole' thank you and hug from me in Houston to you, wherever you may be reading this. 

This Thankful banner couldn't be easier to make.  Instead of printing or drawing my THANKFUL letters, I used a pretty floral fabric washi tape. I've gotten tape from or, so I can't recall where this one was from.  The most difficult part of this project was peeling the fabric tape apart from the backing, but it wasn't really that hard. 

The squares are 6x6 colored cardstock, so I didn't even have to cut them.  I just affixed them together with safety pins and twine.  Then, I tied the twine around two tall, heavy candlesticks.  

I thought it would also be cute to affix the letters vertically, so you could just tape it longways to a narrow wall or cabinet- as opposed to hanging it banner style.  

So thankful for you! I hope you have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving. 

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