BEST BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY SALES 2017

I’ve done some research to find you the best sales, items, and what I will be picking up this year ALL IN ONE PLACE!

Wishing everyone happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones today!

BLACK FRIDAY – WORTH THE TRAFFIC AND CROWDS?
For the following retailers, YES!

KOHL’S: TONS of items receiving Kohl’s Cash or a gift card, on top of discounted items.

MACY’S: While there are hundreds of incredible online deals, Macy’s will have dozens of in-store ONLY doorbusters this year.

NORDSTROM RACK: Extra 30% off clearance! There are lots of items still available online, but the stores always have some awesome overlooked pieces. One of my favorite places to shop – will definitely be heading here Black Friday!

NORDSTROM: Extra 20% off sale Рsame rule of thumb applies as the Rack.

STAY IN YOUR PJS – SHOP ONLINE
These savings are better from the comfort of your home. Most sales start today and go through Monday.

HAUTELOOK: Nordstrom Rack’s exclusively-online sister has adorable pieces on sale for the season. See the next section for what is already in my cart.

J.CREW: Maybe I’m biased because I would rather not roam the mall but stay in a department store, I would shop their 40% everything (really, no exclusions) sale from bed.

EXPRESS: Again, some bias, but I always find better variety and sizing online than in the store. 50% sitewide.

AMAZON: Need I explain? One of the leading online-only sites for Black Friday savings, including Amazon Fashion.

SHOPBOP: Up to 75% off sale, 30% off full-priced items!

MY MUST HAVE PIECES!
If I haven’t already ordered these, I will be tomorrow. Shop directly by clicking the item.

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Express

Free People

Dupes for my fav faux fur coat

Favs under $25

Those are my top picks and tips for the Black Friday shopping season!

Let me know your favorite retailer, happy shopping!

WIN a $100 Gift Card in time for the Holidays! JORD Watches


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I recently discovered JORD Watches and found myself intrigued by the sleek and sophisticated wooden designs for men and women. I was even more impressed upon receiving it, the watch is feather-light! I typically prefer large faces on my watches (because I love gaudy jewels) but resent the extra pounds (or so it feels) which come with. My JORD, the Zebrawood & Champagne from the Frankie Series, is the perfect compromise. Browse their collections here.


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For Work and Play

Office wear is making a comeback in a big way. Blouses are a major staple in my wardrobe, so I love layering and accessorizing them when the temperatures start to drop. Here are some ways to make your office clothing more playful outside the office.

Layer. 

Whether it be a flattering, tailored blazer or a cropped sweater, like I wore, layers to add or subtract to your blouse when altering your setting can bring together your look in a way that keeps you looking chic, not stale. Shop some of my favorites of the season below.

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Mix Patterns.

Mixing patterns in the right way (and OWNING it!) immediately makes an outfit more fun and fashionable. I tend to stick within a color scheme and mix patterns matching that so it doesn’t look like I got entirely dressed in the dark. Other rules of thumb I stick to: mix tight patterns with graphic (i.e. my pants vs. my blouse, respectively), linear with linear (to flatter, not hinder), and ~typically~ no more than three busy patterns in one outfit (as to not overwhelm the eye). But, rememberthese are arbitrary rules of mine, tweak them to your style!

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Accessorize.

!!!! The most important part of ANY look, in my opinion! Jewelry, bags, shoes, and hats are going to amplify your look as soon as your strut out of that cubical. Trade in your briefcase for a crossbody, your kitten heels for badass booties, and drape yourself in jewels fit for a queen. Then, conquer.

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My outfit: Blouse: A Byer (similar), Sweater: Zara (similar), Pants: Express, Boots: Express, Hat: Brixton, Purse: Gucci (similar)

How To DRESS For Fall

Dresses are an absolute staple: comfortable, adorable, and THIS ONE’S got pockets. They should not be limited to one or two seasons, which is why I love to dress them for the fall, too.

This adorable (on sale) Free People dress has long sleeves and is a dark color, lending itself to cooler temperatures. I paired it with these awesome $18(!) clear-heeled boots — I ordered these online from NastyGal recently and worried about them for two reasons: clear shoes are on the borderline of cute-trendy and almost-tacky to me, and I am so naturally pale I was afraid they’d blend in with my skin tone (lol), but they are SO cute and I’ve gotten compliments on them every time I’ve worn them! — and this $8 floppy hat¬†(which also comes in black). The embroidery on the dress has just a little color, so I added another couple pops with my Ray Bans and my Victoria Emerson Boho Cuff. I am absolutely in love with this Lauren Ralph Lauren bag…it isn’t one I would normally pick out, but I received it from a sponsorship and I am so glad I have it. I wear it constantly and it is a great size and real, textured leather.

How do you style your fall dresses?

How to Rock Summer Tops in the Fall featuring Beautyberry Boutique

I live in colorful, flowy, graphic tops in the summertime, but hate retiring them when the leaves start to fall. These tips will help transition your favorite summer pieces into the cooler months!

This post is in collaboration with an awesome new online company based right here in Ohio called Beautyberry Boutique! Shop the fun floral pieces here!

  • LAYERS, LAYERS, LAYERS. The more the better! Sometimes all it takes is a cute jacket, other times you can throw a long sleeve underneath, a sweater on top, and bundle a scarf, too, to really achieve that cozy look. My neutral duster (similar) is from Anthropology and my leather jacket is from Hollister.

  • Scarves are a great way to tone down colorful pieces or add color to neutral ones. I love investing in patterned, plain, thick, thin, blanket and everything-in-between scarves. I tie them to bags or in my hair as a fun incorporation, too.

  • Almost ANY color can be transitional, don’t be intimidated to wear brights when it’s cold! It’s all about how you wear it.

  • Your bag can make the difference. I stick to smaller, versatile clutches and crossbody bags in the summer and trade them out for large, darker ones in the fall. Both of my bags and my wallet are from SoHo Fashion Exchange.

  • Though distressed jeans are SO cute in the fall, I personally prefer them with cozy sweaters, so I kept my Rag and Bone pair dark and solid and let the top stand out. I love cargo-style pants and army green is so neutral.

  • Booties. Need I say more? Shop some of my favs here.

How do you “fall-up” your summer wardrobe? Let me know below!

NYC Inspired Style

It’s all in the details.

I am SO excited to be heading to New York City next month! I have never been but have dreamt of it for as long as I could choose my own outfits. I  channeled my inner NYC-E-O for this trendy twist on a classic look.

I knew I wanted to rock these Rockstuds and started there. To allow them to be the star, I stuck solely to black and white, with small pops of red only on my nails and lips. This keeps the style cohesive without being overbearing. I recently bought these awesome caged-hem cropped trousers at Zara (my favorite) along with this (under $30) femininely-frilled faux-leather jacket. The gingham top is only $10 and has the cutest peplums on the sides, but they were covered with the jacket, so I added the gold plate waist belt to flatter my shape. This adorable structured clutch is by Melie Bianco and is available at SoHo Fashion Exchange, which is also where I scored the shoes and matching Valentino shades (for incredible deals). I bought my beret on a whim at Nordstrom Rack last winter but this one is similar.

Theoretically, this look is too much – leather, ruffles, gingham, detailed hems, peplums, metals, a hat, AND color?! No way. But something about it all just works…the simple color palette allows for some variation in the textures, prints and details. It is a look, for sure, and it’s totally one I would strut confidently in New York, New York.

Thanks so much to Memm Ozturk for the incredible photos!

 

Silk and Sparkle

I’m so excited to be sharing these photos courtesy of Tom Welsh Photography!¬†I absolutely recommend checking out his work, his photos are professional and well done. I had a great time shooting this look.

I have had this beautiful silk BCBG Max Azria dress since last fall and completely forgot about it. Preparing for this shoot, I tried it on again and fell back in love with it! I bought mine resale, but this one, this one, and this one are similar. I styled it with a double gold necklace, this Victoria Emerson boho cuff, Kate Spade bag to match (similar, almost $100 off!), and these GORGEOUS Pasha heels! I wish the photos captured how incredibly sparkly and beautiful these are! Huge thank you to Pasha for these sandals.

This look is perfectly transitional for a professional setting during the day and heading out with friends in the evening.

Camouflaging into Fall

I say this every year, and I hate it every time I do, but I am SO ready for fall! Pumpkin patches, halloween, cooler temps, and, best of all, cozy fashions. It was love at first sight with this camo utility jacket, so I decided I’d ode to fall a bit early.

I bought this jacket for a steal of $20 at my favorite consignment shop, SoHo Fashion Exchange, but it is originally from Gap and you can snag similar ones here, here, and here (with studs!). I let the jacket be the star by styling it simply with a black tank, some light wash mom-jeans with some detail (I love these and accidentally ordered a size too big, so they’re mom-like on me), a gold chain belt, and my awesome vintage Gucci — I also scored this at SoHo (for only $80!). This clutch is a similar, modern style. My shoes are look-alike Chanel espadrilles I’ve been living in this summer.

As for accessories, the hat is one I’ve been seeing on some of my favorite bloggers (Aimee Song, Negin Mirsalehi, Andy Csinger) in the last few weeks, so I decided to jump on the band wagon. Mine is wool from Brixton via Nordstrom, but this one is SO cute, half the price, AND comes in a pinstripe pattern. Thinking of ordering it, too. My earrings are awesome and under $5, and these glasses are a round and mirrored, but very flattering.

I am a summer lover, for sure, but I am super pumped to rock this jacket and tons more in the upcoming cooler months!

The Dreamiest Summer Set + SheIn Review

I recently found myself scrolling through IG when a photo of a beautiful blogger in an adorable skirt set caught my eye. I looked at it, at her, at how she accessorized it, and thought, “hmmm, how many hundreds will this be?” Never have I been more pleasantly surprised.

I screenshot the photo to shop on LikeToKnowIt, an interactive app which matches your LTK-enabled screenshots with their respective virtual shopping bags. I was FLOORED when I discovered this set was only $31! THIRTY. ONE. For both pieces!!! WHAT!!!! I quickly scrolled the site called SheIn (commonly referred to as “SheInside,” as well) to find dozens of other incredible deals on summer trends and pieces I totally didn’t need.

Before committing to PayPal, I had found the set, this crop top (which arrived and was more like a crop BRA, but it’s been working for me! I also styled it with the skirt for less of a matchy-matchy look), this adorable $10 gingham top (blog post coming soon!), and one of those infamous, skicky, lace-up bras everyone and their mothers (well…I hope not…) has “how to”ed on Insta. By the end of this spree, I had racked up ¬†$56 total. Not too shabby.

By the time I finally¬†received by purchases (it took three weeks), I was surprised yet again. Considering the prices of the garments, I was not expecting silk and cashmere, but the crop top ripped as soon as I tried it on. Could have been a sizing issue, could have been a quality issue, could have been an I’m-so-excited-to-see-this-on issue. Regardless, it ripped immediately…not a fantastic first impression. The skirt set was a teeny bit smaller than I had hoped, but it is doable. The top is not the most flattering if you are busty, though. Sticky boobs have been so far a hit (I’ve worn them about 4 times already), though I will never use the lace up feature since I am no fan of crazy cleavage. The gingham top is ADORBS and I’ve already shot some photos in it which I am excited to share!

All in all, SheIn is great if you are on a budget and prefer lower-quality, trendy clothing. Like Forever 21. Cute items, but be warned: you will have to wait, the clothing will likely be a size or so smaller than you typically wear, there is no tag or label inside so the resale value is basically nonexistent, and you cannot expect them to last. Would I order again? Absolutely, but I will be very wary of the type of items I will order. Some pieces are worth an investment and others are not.

These photos were taken in the courtyard of the beautiful Glidden House in Cleveland, Ohio.

Which top do you prefer with this skirt? Let me know!

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Jump(suit) for Joy

Jumpsuits are great because they make life easier: bottoms? Check. Top? Check! Using the restroom…different story.

I’ve been loving this striped one from Express (and it’s on sale!). It would be great for Labor Day parties, too! I styled it with my favorite white denim jacket – a total staple in my closet, it can be worn with blue denim in the summer without looking like a denim suit. I added these denim slides for some more color and comfort. The sparkly tassel necklace supplied some interest and broke up the look a bit, I finished it off with my white Balenciaga Motocross, which has proved to be my favorite summer bag. I bought mine for an awesome deal at SoHo Fashion Exchange, but you can find some great deals on some here.

Lindsay and I checked out a new, trendy smoothie-bowl-avocado-toast cafe and yoga studio by day, popular club by night called Trism while taking these photos. Lindsay had the pesto avo toast and a blue majik smoothie, I had a Cookie Monster smoothie bowl – it had vegan cookie dough in it! We were very impressed. These cafes are known to be overpriced, but it was reasonable on that scale. Next is to check it out at night.