November 27, 2015

{SHOPPING} Best Black Friday Deals

Ah, the best way to do black friday & cyber monday...? From the comfort of your home, next to a cup of coffee, and your favorite holiday movies playing in the background. It's truly a luxury that I not-so-secretly revel in. I always make a point of "pre-shopping" and adding things to my cart well before things actually get marked down, so I don't get overwhelmed and blinded by reduced prices. I managed to get some really good deals, so it's only fair that I share some of the highlights of the myriad of sales out there! 

ASOS needs no introduction....This weekend, you can get 20% off the entire site (including sale!) with code "CYBER". 

Get 25% off sitewide with code "NICOLETTEHOLIDAY25" -- the saves on curve-loving styles are unparalleled! 

Deals on deals on deals: 50% off your entire order, and $50 towards your next purchase, and free shipping -- all with code "BASH". 

My favorite destination for affordable fashion jewelry, BaubleBar is offering 30% off everything with code "BLK". Prices start at just $23!

Get an extra 25% off select sale items now through Monday. Hint: it's best to take advantage of this sale for need-them-now items like boots and coats, with amazing deals on designers like Stuart Weitzman!

The more you spend, the more you save. Get up to 25% off sitewide, use code "GOBIG15".

Get 25% off your entire purchase with code "MERCI", plus, shop the Secret Sale for up to 75% off.

When it comes to deals on household goods, Target is my go-to, period. But this year, as Ali and I are still getting settled into our home in LA, I'm especially grateful for the deals at Target! Keurig, be mine! (Psst, you can even get 10% off an Apple Watch, or a $150 Target Gift Card with the purchase of an iPad Air)

The bi-annual sale is one of the biggest shopping events of the season, with discounts on super covetable designers. 

One of my favorite leather-goods brands out there, they make comfortable, long-lasting pieces that stand the test of time. Get an extra 15% off sale with code "BLKFRIDAY"

November 25, 2015

{STYLE} Blue Jean Baby

I've never really been a jeans-and-sneakers kind of girl, but I totally get why people are: when my new jeans from slink arrived, I slipped them on with my brand-spanking-new converse, and instantly thought to myself, "whoa, is this how comfortable people feel all the time?" I've definitely been one to sacrifice comfort for the sake of fashion over the years, but that need to suffer for a great pair of shoes has been slowing down.

As I prep for Thanksgiving (Ali's first Thanksgiving with my family, and my first Thanksgiving since my celiac diagnosis), trying to find good gluten-free versions of some of my favorites, catching up on work, and, if we're being completely honest - clicking through some of the season's best sales (net-a-porter's bi-annual sale, in particular), and battling a pesky, stubborn cough that does not want to go away, comfort is king.

I hope those of you who celebrate have a wonderful, restful, and calm Thanksgiving! And if family drama starts to get to you, take a nod from SNL and play some Adele. It'll shut everyone right up. 

I know, this is kind of an odd pic, but I wanted to show some of the details on the jeans. The logo is embossed onto a leather patch! 

Photos by Sylvia G.

November 24, 2015

{STYLE} Holiday Statements

I know, I know... I was just talking about my appreciation of low-key, no-frills, non-fussy fashion, but if there's one thing I'll go all out fussy for, it's holiday sparkle. Yup, we're fast approaching that time of year when my magpie sensibilities hit full-throttle. Glitter? Yes, please. Sequins? Of course. Faux fur? WHY NOT??!?!? If I can seize just a handful of days a year (a couple holiday parties, new years eve, my birthday), to embrace a little bit of over-the-top cheesiness, gosh darnit, I'm going to do it unapologetically.

I first spotted this dress on twitter (yes, twitter), and pulled the trigger almost immediately, and was so glad I did when it sold out in just a couple of days... But fortunately for you, if you so wish to join me in sparkly-stripe-sisterhood, it has been restocked. Shine on, pretties. 

 Photos by Sylvia G


November 23, 2015

{STYLE} Striped

In part because of a lot of travel recently (in the last 14-days I've gone from Hawaii, to LA, to New York, to Rwanda, and back to LA), I've been desiring outfits that are really low on fuss and comfortable, but still have an element of interest. Shift dresses are more or less the perfect antidote to my stylistic woes - and I love this stripe version. (I admit, this jeweled dress is also still in heavy rotation... working on that cost-per-wear ratio hardcore).  I paired the dress with this faux leather/faux fur (removable, natch) jacket for an unexpected-for-me color palette that gives a nod to the season... I can hardly believe we're approaching the end of November. Where does the time go?! 

Photos by Sylvia G


November 9, 2015

{STYLE} Pink & Black

Each year, I look forward to kate spade new york's holiday party as a kick-off to the holiday season - and for a major dose of hostess inspiration (especially as I gear up to host my own holiday party in LA in a few weeks). Appropriately, it was also the celebration of their new book - all in good taste, with hostessing tips, food & cocktail recipes, and a little bit of party going-and-throwing etiquette but with a sense of humor. It was the perfect occasion to wear this colorblock dress (which, like much of the current collection, I fell in love with at their NYFW presentation last February). I'm sure I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but there are moments I really feel like specific collections are made for me, and this one in particular has been getting a bit of space in my wardrobe.

The party was - as expected - stunning. We feted on the rooftop of the NoMad hotel, with the Empire State Building hovering over us, and flowers flowing from each end of the table. Each seat had its own massive gift box, with personalized contents (mind included this very holiday ready clutch and these leather gloves - which, btw, are sized!), and there was a gifting suite where we could pick gifts for another person (I'm dying for them to receive their gift!) 

I really, really love the holiday season and am now anxiously awaiting the rollout of holiday windows in New York City - plus all the festivities that are sure to unfold between now and the New Year. It's kind of amazing and absurd that we're already well into November, but I'm definitely pleased that there will be plenty of occasions to wear my new holiday dresses (and this gift box clutch!)