Friday, November 28, 2014

stuff so cheap it's basically free

J.Crew Factory's Black Friday 50% off EVERYTHING has my head spinning.
I just can't handle it. 
My favorite  leopard heels  are even cheaper then when I scored them, along with my favorite zipper sweater I live in.
See some favorites below - the wine coozy is just too cute! 

row one : crystal link bracelet // gingham pajama set // striped elbow patch sweater // printed corkscrew 
row two: quilted jacket //  leopard heels // solid puffer vest // necklace sweatshirt 
row three: wine cozy //  leopard scarf // sequin skirt //  shearling slippers
row four: gingham pajama shirt // necklace // faux fur infinity scarf // leather clutch

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Black Friday Sales

whip out that credit card and get ready to shop.
but,I mean, hey, it's on sale. 
I'll be back with favorite picks later today! 

Ann Taylor - 50% off entire purchase with code THANKS

Anthropologie - Sitewide Sale
ASOS - Take 30% off everything with code TGIBF
Banana Republic - 50% off one full priced item with code BRFIFTY
BCBGeneration - 50% off entire site
BB Dakota - 30% off with code THANKS30
Bloomingdales - 50% off a selection site wide
C. Wonder - 40% off everything 
Club Monaco - 30% off cashmere
DailyLook - $30 off $100, $50 off $150, $80 off $250 + free shipping
Equipment - 25% off sitewide with code THANKS
Forever21 - Deals under $5, $10, $20
Gap - 50% off sitewide with code BLKFRIDAY
J. Crew Factory - 50% off everything with code THANKS
J. Crew - 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no mimimum with code HOLIDAY
Joie - 25% off sitewide with code THANKS
Kate Spade - 25% off the entires site with code HOLLYJOLLY
Kate Spade Saturday - 30% off sitewide and free shipping with code DEALME
Lands End - 40% off outerwear and 30% off everything else
Madewell - 25% off entire purchase with code GIFTON
Nordstrom - up to 40% off select products
Old Navy - entire store 50% off
Piperlime - 25% off entire site with code IHEARTNYC
Shopbop - Tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 with code GOBIG14
Saks Off 5th - 40%-50% off your purhcase with code BLACKOUT
Target - 40% off all clothing 
Theory - 40% off sitewide
Urban Outfitters - additional 25% off all sale online, additional 50% off all sale in-stores.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving :: What I Know For Sure

I've finally been back to reading before bedtime, and I've been reading the perfect book for the Thanksgiving season.  
The past week I have been reading Oprah's What I know For Sure.

It is short (one to three page) "chapters" if you can call it that (snippets really)
 from her monthly magazine column What I Know For Sure; 
They are a great reminder of happiness, gratitude, love, power, and prayer.  
Reading even one short little two page excerpt helps put everything in life back into perspective.
 I mean, Pooh. I just love him so much. This alone could make me cry. 

We all can always use a reminder to be thankful for everything that we have, 
but especially this week of all weeks. 
 I highly recommend picking it up and keeping it on your nightstand to read in the morning or before bed. 
 I also think it would be the perfect gift for anyone at any time.  

Oprah can really get on my nerves sometimes because she can seem all "I know everything and am the master of everything"…… 
but damn that bitch really does know everything.   

just kidding, just kidding Oprah you are perfect I never said that. 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

new home updates

I finally have a few photographs of our new place.
keep in mind I am no designer or photographer.
you'll be blatantly reminded with the photos below :) 
we'll start small with the living room area since it's the only thing I have pictures of.

our living room is on the main floor, open to the dining area and kitchen. 
 the layout of the first floor is completely open but a little tricky. 
we do have the second family room downstairs that we hang out in a ton,
but everyone always ends up congregating on the first floor with the kitchen. 

here is the listing photo : 
they staged the house well for showings and photos, but clearly this is completely unrealistic.
unrealistic because of the furniture layout, yes, but also because, um, 
where is the most important thing in a home : THE TELEVISION ? 
I mean, I'll sit on the floor with no couch at all, but
flat screen was mounted on move in day.  don't you worry. 

this was the only pic I could find of our old place to show you the furniture we're working with. 

so here is how we finally made the white couch look less awkward. 

we couldn't float the couch facing the television because it looked too awkward,
but it also looked super awkward sitting underneath the window.
luckily, my designer friend told me to put a console behind the couch, do two lamps, and immediately it'll look 10x better.  she was right. 
We didn't have to buy anything except the lamps. 
For the console table we used our old living room TV stand/bookshelf and it pushes the couch out the perfect amount.   
I found the lamps at Homegoods for a serious steal and I love them.
Quatrefoils are a close second behind my love of monograms. 

not in a pot yet, whoops, but still alive. 

the other wall with the stairs going upstairs and downstairs holds my favorite piece that we found at Nadeau.  I love, love, love it. and then we have our little settee facing the television.  

 more home updates to come! 
I'd ask if you want to see more home things, but my commenting on the blog has been messed up for weeks.
I keep sending a message like a 90 year old using a computer to the blogger "help" center but to no avail.  
If anyone with a blog has had problems with their comments in the past and has any ideas,
comment and let me know oh wait you can't 
 send me an e-mail :)  I miss all the funny comments on coffee talk. 

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Monday, November 24, 2014

gift guide :: 30+ ideas for the monogram lover

you had to know this was coming.
holiday gift guide :: monogram edition 

annnnnd I meant to put this in but accidentally put the robe: 

….. and I'm sure I'll have plenty more in time for Christmas.

don't forget that for a lot of things, particularly jewelry, you'll likely need to order by the beginning of December (BaubleBar's cut off I know is 12/2 for guaranteed Christmas delivery).  happy gifting :) 

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