Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ready, Set...Shop! Here Are All The Black Friday Deals & Steals Going on Now


Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

I hope you're ready to get your Christmas shopping started! Every year, the highly anticipated deals that are synonymous with Black Friday keep starting earlier and earlier. Lucky us! Also, almost all Black Friday deals are available in-store and online, which means you can relax in your jammies instead of battling the crowds.

Below I've rounded up all the sales going on, plus any promo codes you may need. Most retailers are offering free shipping (and returns), which is a great added bonus!

Ann Taylor
50% off everything with code: THANKFUL
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30% off everything using code: EPIC30
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25% off entire store using code: OKHOLIDAY
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Banana Republic
50% off full-price items
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BaubleBar
Amazing holiday gift sets that make the perfect stocking stuffers!
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50% off
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Up to 40% off the designer sale
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Chicwish
15% off orders over $70 with code: BLK15
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20% off sitewide with code: THANKS20
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Elaine Turner 
Buy one, get one 50% off with code: HOLIDAYS + free shipping on all orders
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Get 50% off sitewide using the code CELEBRATE on orders $30+. Plus, your order ships free for a limited time
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Express
50% off everything + free shipping
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 Get 25% off using code REWARDSTYLEBF
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Buy one, get one 60% off all clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, home & gifts
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Gap
50% off everything with code: BLKFRIDAY
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GiGi New York
Spend $150 & receive a free wristlet, Spend $250 and receive a free pouch, or Spend $350 and receive a pouch + a clutch!
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Gilt
Tons of great savings + free shipping on orders over $99 with code: SHIP99
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Hayneedle
Thousands of great sales + free shipping on orders over $49
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Up to 40% off select items + enjoy free shipping on orders $50+ with code HOLIDAY
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Shop the Black Friday Sale alongside an exclusive offer up to 40% off 
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J.Crew
Take 40% off everything with code: THANKU
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J.Crew Factory
50% off everything
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Use code REWARDHOLIDAY17 at checkout for free shipping on all orders, plus get early access to shop Up to 70% off at our online Holiday Sale
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Get $20 off $65 or more
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Loft
40% off everything with code: GIFTITUP + free shipping on orders over $75
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Save 50-60% off
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Madewell
25% off your purchase with code: DONTSTRESS + free shipping & returns
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Get limited edition red duck boots! 
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Up to 65% off designer sale with code: 30EXTRA
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40% off new new arrivals with code TAKE40
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Save up to 70% off when you take an extra 30% off online clearance 
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Nike
Take an extra 25% off sale items with code: EPIC25
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Extra 20% off selected sale items. FREE shipping. FREE returns.
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Overstock
Shop thousands of doorbusters + free shipping
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20% off, and up to 50% off sitewide
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Revolve
Take up to an additional 50% off sale items
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Designer sale up to 40% off
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Sam Edelman
30% off with code SAMSGIVING
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Serena & Lily
20% off everything
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Shopbop
Get 20% off orders of $200 + .25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17
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Shutterfly
50% off hardcover photo books and 40% off everything else
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Sperry
Up to 50% off select Sperry styles
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Tommy Hilfiger
40% off site-wide with code THATSALE
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Too Faced
25% off everything
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Topshop
Up to 50% off + free shipping
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Tory Burch
Take 30% off $250 including sale styles with code THANKS
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Trina Turk
Save an extra 30% off everything!
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Urban Outfitters
Up to 40% off with code PREVIEW40
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Vera Bradley
50% off most styles + free shipping on orders over $75
Click here to shop

White House Black Market
Up to 30% off full-priced merchandise with code: 74934 + free shipping
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Zazzle
Up to 50% off bestsellers
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to Make Decorating for the Holidays Fun and Not Stressful








Sweater (wearing XS) | Leggings (under $20 - order size up) | Purse ℅ | Heels (similar here & here) | Bracelet ℅ | Earrings ℅ | Sunglasses (similar style)
Use promo code ashley30off  for 30% off my gorgeous Brynn Hudson bracelet and earrings

Decorating for the holidays comes with a lot of cheer, but can cause a lot of stress, as well. There's always so much going on in November and December, that is's hard not to get overwhelmed. 

I admit, this year I have definitely been a bit overzealous and began decorating way before I usually do. I officially got all my Christmas decorations up last weekend - woohoo! I normally decorate right before Thanksgiving, but I'm back home visiting my family through next week, so I had to start early because I wanted everything up and ready when I got back. 

We have a ton of decorations, but I love adding to our collection every year. I spent a few days last week combing the isles, and finding additional ornaments, garland, and life size nutcrackers, of course - I mean who doesn't need one of those? 

Decorating can be stressful and become tedious, but here are some of my tips for making it go smoothly, and having it be a fun experience!

Plan ahead. Make a to-do list, and shop for decor early. If you find something you like and are worried you may need more of it (think ribbons, plates, ornaments, etc.), buy it. You'd rather have more than less, and you can keep your receipt and return them. 

When you begin decorating, be sure to set the mood. Light a holiday scented candle, turn on Christmas or festive music or holiday movies, light the fire, and decorate in your favorite cozy jammies - even if it's midday! 

Enjoy some yummy eggnog, with or without the spirits. I love eggnog, but I hate how fatty and bad for you it is. I tracked down a delicious and healthy(ish) version this year by Blue Diamond that's made with almond milk. The calories and the saturated fat are way less, making it easier to enjoy more! A must try!  

Take decorating one step at a time, because it's easy to overdo it. Delegate family members to help with certain tasks, and enjoy this time as a family or with friends. 

Put up the tree first, but decorate it last. It takes the most amount of time, but you can easily hang ornaments during the day, or at night, while enjoying a holiday movie!

Clean up and do a thorough sweep/vacuum before laying down your tree skirt, or setting up anything that goes on the ground. This may sound obvious, but there's always an abundance of tinsel, pine needles and glitter all over, that you don't want covering your feet for weeks. 

Put some presents under the tree. This is of my favorite things to do and something I encourage you all to do if you don't already, especially if you decorate early. I have {fake} wrapped gifts and overflowing gift bags that I put under the tree every year. Yes, faux presents. Seeing the "presents" really sets the mood, because no one wants to see an bare tree! 

Shop early! Stay tuned for some great gift guides to come, where I'll be sharing gifts under $25, $50 and $100 for everyone on your list and where to buy them. 


Photos by LA Photography

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sleeveless Sweater + Some Great Sales








Sweater (wearing XS - only $30) | Denim (wearing size 25) | Hat | Purse ℅ | Heels | Gold Cuff | Gold Jewel Cuff | Leopard Bangle (similar style) | Earrings ℅ | Sunglasses 

Is it me, or do you feel like everyone gets holiday fever sooner and sooner each year? I have to admit, I am definitely one of those people! Case in point - all I wanted to do last weekend once I took down my Halloween decorations, was put up all my Christmas ones! I did restrain myself with a little self-control, and instead decided to decorate this weekend! That's compromise, right?! It's hard to not want to race to put your tree up when stores already had shelves lined with holiday decor in the middle of October! Oh brother, the vicious cycle of the holidays. 

When the holidays get in full swing, we also start seeing a lot of great sales begin - think fall favorites, mixed with cozy winter must-haves. One of my cozy must-haves are sweaters. Growing up in Colorado, we lived in sweaters most of the year, and clearly since moving to Houston, they stay folded year-round. When I spotted this sleeveless tunic sweater though, I knew it would be perfect for our hot climate. Not only could I jump on the "sweater weather" bandwagon, but I also could be practical too. The last thing you want to do when it's hot is get hotter. 

My sweater, along with everything else from LOFT, is an extra 40% off when you use code HAPPY. That makes it less than $30, and it's available in all sizes. It has an over sized fit, so I would order your true size, or size down for a more form fitting look. I am wearing an XS for reference, and love that it's a little looser. The midi length will work great when paired with leggings. The mix of fall colors, and the mock neck and sleeveless style make it easy to layer with a long sleeve shirt or turtleneck for when the temperatures do get lower. 

 My jeans are also on sale! When I fall in love with a brand of jeans, I will only wear them, even though I have two dozen other pair hanging in my closet. I had heard a lot of girls talking about how great the denim selection was from Express, so I thought I would give it a whirl. Truth be told I hadn't shopped at Express in years, but as soon as I tried on their jeans, I knew it was meant to be. The quality is really great for the price (majority are under $80), they have a lot of different styles, and most importantly, they are comfortable! All their jeans are 50% off right now - cha ching! They also have another promotion going on where if you spend $100 or more you get $25 off (use code 2311).

Have a great rest of your Wednesday! 


Photos by LA Photography

 

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