2017 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

Happy Black Friday! It’s time to recover from Thanksgiving and kick off Black Friday shopping, whether you plan to do so in-store or from the comfort of your couch. It’s crazy how Black Friday and Cyber Monday have now morphed into a week-long shopping occasion that starts even before Thanksgiving! My cousin and I made a tradition out of outlet shopping on Black Friday several years ago (we go later in the day once the crowds die down!) so that’s where I’ll be headed in a bit, but in the meantime there are so many online sales to shop!

I’m rounding up the best sales below, along with my favorite picks for both gifts for others (or yourself) and everyday style finds to add to your wardrobe while prices are low. All you have to do is scroll through the widgets below and click through to buy. Happy shopping – and hope you’re all enjoying the long weekend with your loved ones.

xo,

Katy

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Gift & Style Finds

Abercrombie — 50% off everything

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American Eagle/Aerie — 40% off everything

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ASOS — 30% off with EPIC30 (thru 11/28)

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Gap — 50% off with BLKFRIDAY (thru 11/25)

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J.Crew — 40% off with THANKU (thru 11/26)

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J.Crew Factory — 50% off, no code needed

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LC Lauren Conrad — everything already on sale, plus 15% off with SAVEBIG15 (thru 11/24)

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LL Bean — 25% off Bean Boots with FRIDAY25 (thru 11/24); 20% off with THANKS20 (thru 11/28)

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LOFT — 50% off with THANKS

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Lord & Taylor — 20% off with FRIDAY; $20 off $175+ with PURCHASE; extra 50% off newly-reduced women’s apparel

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Madewell — 25% off with DONTSTRESS (thru 11/26)

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Old Navy — 50% off everything

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Holiday Countdown with Beauty Advent Calendars

This past weekend was the first weekend that I really felt like the holiday season was coming. After just getting back from two weeks in Hawaii a couple weeks ago, I was not happy about the cold temps – but the silver lining is that I realized the holiday season is just around the corner.

So with that, I’m kicking off holiday content on the blog with a post that’s really for you rather than gifts for others. Last year, I saw a few of my favorite brands put out advent calendars that allowed you to countdown to Christmas by opening up a surprise each night. This year, I found a bunch of beauty brands with advent calendars that range from Target’s $15 option to Charlotte Tillbury’s “naughty and nice” set that’s filled with full-size products.

No matter what holidays you celebrate, grab one of these and use it to surprise yourself with daily goodies as you countdown to the festivities – or just open them all at once for a bigger treat! Shop these advent calendars and more via the links and pics below.

xo,

Katy

2017 Advent Calendars

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NYX Lippie Countdown / QVC Beauty Advent Calendar / The Body Shop 24 Days of Beauty

AMOREPACIFIC 12 Days of Botanical Beauty / Target 12 Days of Beauty / Charlotte Tillbury Naughty & Nice Magic Box

bareMinerals Box of Wonders / OLEHENRIKSEN 12 Days of OLE GlowL’Occitane Advent Calendar

Book Reviews – Volume 1

I’ve always loved reading, but for some reason since graduating college I became a magazine girl. I subscribe to basically every magazine on the planet and read them front-to-back, tearing out or bookmarking pages I want to save for later, like recipes or good shopping finds. With print magazines closing down more and more, my mag supply has dwindled, and earlier this year I let a few of my remaining subscriptions expire (aside from Us Weekly and People StyleWatch – need my celeb gossip and style finds!).

And that brings me to my new book review series. I read a couple books on a vacation back in April and remembered my love for reading. So from there, I’ve been mainly reading books, with magazines scattered here and there on my commutes or on vacation. In addition to my work book club and friends, I’ve been getting great recommendations from reading other bloggers’ book reviews, so I decided to start doing my own to help other people find suggestions.

Book Reviews Volume 1

While I’d love to make this a monthly thing, I know my schedule and it’s not always easy for me to find time to get into a good book. So I’ve added a section of the blog HERE and I’ll be adding posts there whenever I get through a good chunk of books like I did here.

Volume 1 includes six books that I loved – most of which are pretty different from one another. Read on for my thoughts on each and click through the links to view them on Amazon so you can read more and download/purchase as you wish! With the help of Amazon Prime, books arrive on my doorstep within a couple of days (yes, I prefer paperback – at least right now because my Nook is old!).

I’d love to hear which books you recommend – please leave comments with books you loved below and I’ll add them to my list!

xo,

Katy

 

Before the Fall: Before the Fall takes place off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard (not sure if it’s because I’m from New England, but I’m always drawn to books that take place here or on Nantucket).. Eleven people, all but one of which are quite wealthy, and their private jet crash just minutes into a flight taking off from the island. Sadly, there are only two survivors: a painter, who was a last-minute oddball addition to the flight, and a four-year-old child who is the son of a powerful man that died on the flight. This is a page-turning thriller – you won’t see any signs of what caused the crash until it was revealed toward the end of the book. Aside from looking for answers on what caused the crash, the book takes you through the lives of each of the people on that flight and how they were ultimately bound together. My only critique was that I didn’t love the ending, but I also can’t think of any better way to end it and think the author, Noah Hawley, ended it the way he did for a reason. One last note: the author of this book also wrote Fargo, which the TV show is based off of. I’ve never seen it before but it’s supposed to be good!

The Happiness Project: 2017 isn’t quite over, but I’ll go ahead and say that this is my favorite book of the year. I don’t normally read books that technically fall within the “self help” category, but this is a must-read that I recommend to everyone. Gretchen Rubin takes you step-by-step through her year of “trying to sing in the morning, clean [her] closets, fight right, read Aristotle, and generally have more fun.” Rubin is honest, refreshing and real – and the book is all backed in tons of research that she did on the topic of happiness, which is applied to her own life. The best part is that while everyone’s happiness journey is (and should be) different, you’ll close the book with actionable steps to apply to your own life, whether you start your own Happiness Project or analyze yourself in a new way. I did try to do my own Happiness Project and while I didn’t make it very far, I took tons of her tips and started implementing them in my everyday life. I would love to pick up my Happiness Project next year… we shall see! Thinking about getting her Happiness Project daily calendar for 2018…

The Husband’s Secret: Liane Moriarty, who also wrote the popular book-turned-TV-series Big Little Lies, does it again with this book. Much like Big Little Lies, this story is told from the perspective of several different characters, all of which are intertwined in one way or another. The thread that weaves each of their lives together is that one of the women, Cecilia Fitzpatrick, discovers her husband has a secret that will ultimately weigh over all of them. She finds a letter addressed to her, which has instructions to open after her husband’s death… but he’s still very much alive. Once that letter is opened, there’s no going back – and the plot takes you through how this secret impacts so many lives of people who barely knew each other before. I actually didn’t read Big Little Lies but binge watched the entire season of the show, and after that I was excited to read this book. It’s an incredibly well-written mystery that I breezed through despite it being almost 500 pages. Highly recommended!

It Ends With Us: I borrowed this book from a friend and didn’t even know what it was about when I began reading. I was immediately drawn in – the only way I can explain it is that it’s a powerful love story that dives into a sensitive subject matter. This quote from Kirkus from STARRED REVIEW says it well: It Ends with Us tackles [a] difficult subject…with romantic tenderness and emotional heft. The relationships are portrayed with compassion and honesty, and the author’s note at the end that explains Hoover’s personal connection to the subject matter is a must-read.” I can’t go into any more detail than that without ruining it, but just read this book!

The Couple Next Door: I was really into all of these books, but I would say this was the one that I read the fastest. The suspense was killing me and I just had to get to the whodunit part! As the title implies, this is a story about a couple – Anne and Marco Conti – who seem picture perfect on the outside. Then while they are next door at a dinner party, a crime takes place and that starts the complicated storyline of figuring out exactly what happened and who is to blame. Both Anne and Marco have secrets – as do each of the other characters – and this all unfolds leading up to the last twist where the truth comes out.

Luckiest Girl Alive: This one is recommended for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train and while I haven’t yet read the second, I was sold after loving Gone Girl. This is another one where I can’t say too much without giving it all away. Ani FaNelli is a high schooler who seems to have a perfect life – but she’s really hiding something from her past that has significantly impacted her life since then. You won’t see what’s coming as the plot twists in different directions. I couldn’t put this one down!

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Memorial Day Weekend Nordstrom Sale! #Nsale

The official kick-off to summer – aka Memorial Day Weekend – is SO close… I’m counting down the hours til I can head down to the beach for a bachelorette weekend. It’s not exactly going to be beach weather, but it’s still good to get away – and it has me excited for summer weather whenever it decides to come back! Since I know people are getting ready to check out for the weekend, I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet… The Nordstrom Sale (#Nsale) is happening NOW and items are selling out fast. Below you can find my picks – shop them using the links below. They’re all 40% off!

Have a great long weekend!

xo,

Katy

 

Nsale

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Blue Dress / Black Dress / Left Shorts / Right Shorts

Left Jeans / Right Jeans / Black Tank / Purple Tank

Top Booties (also in black!) / Bottom Booties (lots of colors!)

4 Fun Derby Outfits

If you read my last post, you saw that I’ve been planning out what to wear to my girlfriend’s Kentucky Derby-themed bridal shower. I found that your best bet for finding lots of variety and price points for fascinators and hats is about a month out to now – head over to that post for lots of derby outfits, but today I’m sharing four of my favorites in more detail!

I have to say, I thought I would for sure like one of the fascinators best, but how fun is this pink hat?! The fascinators are also so cute. They stay put thanks to the headbands {that you can’t really see if you have your hair down} and come in lots of colors and styles. If you’re a bride, the white one below is so perfect. Shop these looks via the links below and scroll down or visit this post for way more options for dresses, fascinators and hats!

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Hat {also in ivory & blue} / Dress / Necklace {similar here, here} 

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Fascinator {also in black & red} / Dress {similar, same print here}

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Sandals / Similar Bag {also here, here}

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Fascinator {also in black} / Similar Dress {also here}

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Fascinator {also in blue} / Similar Dress {also here} 

Earrings / Bracelet / Similar Bag {also here}

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Kentucky Derby Day Style

It may have snowed here this past weekend, but spring is here and wedding season is coming. One of my girlfriends is having the funnest bridal shower… mainly because it’s not a traditional bridal shower, it’s a Derby Day party. And aside from horse betting and mint juleps, that means lots of fun outfits!

Every year when the Kentucky Derby comes around I wish I had a reason to get dressed up in a fun dress and hat, but just haven’t had a reason to do so. I’m on the hunt for the best outfit and wanted to share all of my finds so far in today’s post, all of which you can shop using the links below. No Derby Day party this year? These dresses are also perfect for weddings, bridal and baby showers, Easter, etc. Keep scrolling because today’s post has LOTS of options in the links and widgets!

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Top Fascinators/Hats: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Top Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Bottom Fascinators: 1 / 2 / 3 / 45

Bottom Dresses: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

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I love bright colors for Derby Day or other horse race activities – anything floral, lace or striped will work. You can also go preppy with seersucker fabrics in light pinks and blues. My favorite brand for fun floral dresses is Eliza J, which you can find at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack and ModCloth. Donna Morgan also makes pretty lace and striped dresses, along with floral options – I love this blue and white striped dress and this yellow lace midi dress. And of course J.Crew and J.Crew Factory have lots of choices when it comes to dresses in colorful prints. Here are even more options:

The Fascinators & Hats:

This is the fun part. When I first started looking, I thought I wanted a giant hat, but then I found about a million fascinator headbands in every color imaginable and think that’s the route I’m going now. It took some research, but I found options starting at just $10, but if you really want high quality, you can spend up to $100+. Whether you’re going with a fascinator or hat, go for one with a contrasting color to your dress or in a color that’s found within the pattern on your dress. If you have a colorful floral dress, I like the idea of picking a headpiece in a color that is more subtle in the print on the dress.

Etsy Fascinators for Derby Day

Etsy is a great place to find handmade fascinators. Caprilite is a shop that has them in any color combination you can imagine, all under $20 (shown above). They’re based in the UK but ship worldwide. Pippa & Pearl has fascinators, hats, gloves and more. I was also surprised to discover that at this time of year, big retail chains also have good options at affordable prices. Nordstrom’s selection has grown over the past few weeks and I even found some super inexpensive fascinators at Target and Amazon. Dillard’s, Lord & Taylor, Asos and a site called e4hats.com are also good stores to check out.

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4 Spring Wedding Dresses You Need

Spring is officially here and that means wedding season is riiiight around the corner. Every year I think we’re almost done with weddings and this year we have 7! No complaints here though – I love a reason to get dressed up and celebrate with friends and family. I’ve been seeing so many cute dresses online, so today I’m sharing four different wedding dresses for guests {too cold to try them on right now, so flat lays will have to do!}.

Any of these dresses would also work well for bridal or baby showers, rehearsal dinners, etc. Just swap out the shoes and accessories if you need to dress them up or down. Shop the looks using the links or images below each look!

1. Lace Midi Dress

Last year I was on the hunt for a less expensive version of the popular Self Portrait lace midi dress that was popping up all over Instagram, but anytime I found one that fit my budget and was still good quality, it would sell out in minutes. I actually love this one even more and it’s only $89. The colors it comes in are great too: black if you want something that can be worn for lots of occasions, periwinkle for a spring or summer event, or white that would be perfect for a bride or bride-to-be.

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress {also in periwinkle & white; similar yellow dress here

Other affordable lace midi dresses: herehere, here & here

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2. Laser Cut Scalloped Dress:

This dress is definitely my favorite right now. I’d say it’s right up there with my yellow floral dress when it comes to versatility and it’s ability to be dresses up and down for any occasion. It’s admittedly much prettier in person – the laser cut detailing and fabric make it look like it costs much more than it does! I went with simple nude shoes and accessories here, but you could easily add color (I love bright pink or yellow paired with navy). Plus I love the fit – it’s nice and flowy but not so much that it makes you look like you have no figure. This would also be great for bridal or baby showers!

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress / Bag {similar here, here}

Shoes {similar here; exact in white, metallic, black, glitter & pink}

3. Crushed Velvet Dress:

Can we go back to 90s style? Crushed velvet, chokers and Adidas shell toe sneaks may be as close as I get, but I’ll take it. There are so many options at different price points, and since it’s more of a trendy piece, I went on the lower end. What I love most about crushed velvet – especially when it’s in this dress style – is how soft and comfortable it is!

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress {similar options here, here, here, here & here}

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Shoes / Choker {under $20!}

4. Fun Floral Dress:

This exact dress is from last year, but the idea behind it still applies. Go for a dress with contrasting bright or bold colors in the floral print. Then you can have fun with accessorizing, whether it’s your shoes, bag or jewelry. In this case I went neutral with the shoes and played up two of the colors in the dress with the earrings and clutch. I personally loved this A-line style that I scored at Target, but any cut that works for you will do! And these tassel earrings are so fun and under $13!

Spring Wedding Dress Style

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Dress {similar here, here, here, here & here}

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Keeping it Comfy with Faux Leather Leggings

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing one of my go-to looks thanks to the best faux leather leggings in the world. Like I did below, I usually pair them with a big cozy sweater {got this one during the #Nsale this summer, but listed other options below!} and then throw on a pair of booties. Other days, aka on the weekends, I throw on sneakers and a casual top. There are two things I love most about these leggings: they come up nice and high so they suck you in {bet you wouldn’t guess they are Spanx!} and they aren’t too shiny like other faux leather options are.

On another note, I’m loving chokers right now. I picked up a bunch from Forever21 to see if I would actually wear them and now that I have been, I want more. I have my eyes on a sparkly rose gold choker at the moment, which I included in last week’s rose gold roundup. It would look so cute with a pale pink dress or shirt.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a nice Sunday Funday for the Super Bowl this weekend, which is always a good time, especially when the Pats are in it of course. Hope you all have a good weekend!

Faux Leather Leggings & Comfy Sweater

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Sweater {old – similar 1, 2, 3, 4, 5}

Faux Leather Leggings {also gray & wine}

Booties {old – similar here & here}

Choker {similar & other options 1, 2, 3, 4}

Bracelet {another option here} / Bag

Hank’s Dog Sweater {the cutest!!}

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Favorite Finds – 2.1.17

Rabbit, Rabbit! Happy February – my birthday month is officially here and so are the last 9 days of my 20’s. To kick off the month, I’m starting a new series: Favorite Finds. This is where I’ll share random items that I’m eyeing or recently purchased so you can check them out too. Up this week: winter boots, cozy sweaters/sweatshirts, ruffled tops and everyday sneakers. Shop the items via the widget below each section (scroll through for more options!).

Favorite Finds

1. Winter Boots: I have my heavy duty Sorel boots that I got last year, which I love, but are really for snowstorms (which we thankfully haven’t really had any of this winter yet). I’m going back and forth between Sperry and Bean Boots, so I might have to order both and see which I like better. Any tips on which Bean Boots are the best for New England winters are much appreciated!

2. Cozy Sweaters & Sweatshirts: Tis the season for all things cozy and warm… I love a big chunky cardigan paired with a simple t-shirt, or a sweatshirt that looks presentable enough to wear to work or out for drinks. There are so many available right now at all sorts of stores!

3. Ruffled Tops: I love this trend! To keep it simple, you can go with a ruffle at the bottom of your shirt for almost an oversized peplum look (peplum just never looked good on me, but this works!). And then to take it a step further, try ruffles that go across a sweater or on the end of sleeves.

4. Everyday Sneakers: Athleisure is thankfully here to stay, because sneakers have become my go-to on the weekends and even some days at the office, depending on which style they are. I love the sneakers below because they’re good for both getting some exercise and wearing to lunch or errands. They pretty much work for anything!

Rose Gold Everything

True story… I have a rose gold obsession. I came across SO many good finds that happened to be rose gold, so I knew it was time for a shopping roundup, just in time for Valentine’s Day {treat yourself!!}. Rose gold is way more versatile than I originally thought it was – it really can be treated the same way gold and silver are… except with a shade of pink, my fav.

I love how rose gold jewelry looks paired with light pink in particular, so I grabbed this dress and choker {shown below} for an upcoming trip. And I might have to get these sunglasses {also below} too since they’re only $55! I think jewelry is by far the easiest, simplest way to incorporate rose gold into your everyday outfits, both dressed up and down. My husband has talked me out of metallic rose gold sneakers a million times in the last few months, but I secretly still want them. If I lived by myself and could get away with a super girly condo, I would probably use it as an accent color {love the throw pillows below!}.

What are your favorite rose gold finds? Let us know in the comments below! And shop the post from top to bottom with the links below {even more options if you scroll through the widget at the bottom}.

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Pillow / Sunglasses / Clutch / Watch / Keychain

Bracelet / Glitter Earrings / Choker / Hi-Top Sneakers / Ring

iPhone Case / Headphones / Water Bottle / Glitter Clutch

Glitter Heels / Earrings / Wallet / Necklace

Nike Sneakers / Wedges / Candle / Casual Sneakers