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Black Friday Shopping Extravaganza

Happy Friday dolls!!! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are still enjoying some family time!! Wanted to pop in with some Black Friday deals going on that can be used in store or online!! The best part is you don't have to be up at the crack of dawn to enjoy these!! 

Ann Taylor // 40% off full priced purchases AND 50% already reduced merchandise - remember these pants I bought, well I also bought them in navy!! 

Asos - 30% off with code TGIBF

Banana Republic // 50% off one full priced item with code BRFIFTY

Design Darling // 20% off with MANYTHANKS code - I've had my eye on this monogrammed acrylic pen holder for too long!!

J.Crew // Additional 40% off sale items + Free Shipping with code HOLIDAY

Kendra Scott // 15% off  with code BFCM2014 - I'm loving this pendant necklace 

Nordstrom // 40% off select merchandise

Happy Shopping and see you back here on Monday!! 

xo,
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On the eve of Thanksgiving

I think with everything that is happening in the world and in our own backyards, there is so much to be thankful for and I for one will always take the opportunity to list out my gratefulness for a few of these priceless things.

1// Health - truly there is nothing more important than being healthy because without it I wouldn't be able to enjoy all of life's other gifts!

2//My loving husband - without a doubt my better half and I'm so proud to have him by my side through life

3//My wonderful family - I don't get to see my parents or family enough - but even if I saw them every week it still wouldn't be enough...which is why we talk about three times a day...that's normal right?!

4// Work - I will never take for granted the ability to work and have a job. It may not be a career yet, but I'm getting there

5// This creative space- It took me a long time to get this blog off the ground and I'm so thankful that I have this creative outlet!! It's led to friendships that I feel like I've had my entire life and "meeting" so many wonderful people!! 

One other piece of thankfulness comes from this blog and the opportunities that I've been given to write on the topic I love most - WEDDINGS!! My post on Wedding Party is live today and I'm talking about escort cards!! This was one of my favorite little details from the wedding!! Gary found a cow, fish and carrot so that I could copy them into the document that would create the escort cards. It was a little detail that really helped the staff figure out what each person was eating! And if you're wondering what the names below the guests names are - well we names all the tables after our favorite places in Boston! 
Here are some other favorites from the post! 



Everything else - well that's a bonus!! What are you thankful for?

As many of your are travelling for Thanksgiving, I hope you drive, fly and travel safe!! For those of you that are staying put - lucky!!! I'll be taking a mini break starting tomorrow and back on Monday for a huge weekending post!! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy all the food!!
xo,
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Mixed Bag...lot's of goodness!!

None of the below topics were blog-worthy enough on their own, but together created a rather good post so here we go!! 

Firmoo

When Firmoo reached out to me to do a review of their services along with a pair of glasses, my first thought was, but I don't wear prescription glasses!! Rather than let a great pair of glasses go to waste I asked Gary if he wanted to test out the service and get some glasses. I think we all know his answer to that one!! 
Although he was a bit skeptical about ordering prescription lenses online he said the process was so easy! They even have a virtual look viewer that you can test run how the glasses will look on you! If you're interested in which ones he chose - you can view them here. Knowing what I know now and how quick the company turns their orders around - I would 100% order glasses from them since they have non prescription lenses as well as sunglasses too! If you're interested you can check out their Free Glasses program - yes free!! 

American Music Awards Fashion

I'm going to admit I missed almost the entire show because I forgot it was on, but one thing I never miss is the fashion!! Even though celebrities tend to go a bit more casual with their red carpet looks - I couldn't help but choose a few dressed up favorites!! Just as a side note - I thought Selena's dress was so much prettier in the back than the front - it wasn't very flattering...
Maybe this is a sign I'm getting older, but I had no clue who this Becky G girl was, but she has a song called Shower...yep! Ladies with the high slit - Love it! 

Thanksgiving Menu

Aside from the turkey and stuffing, I'm actually going to be making most of the sides!! On the menu is stuffed mushrooms, asparagus wrapped with prosciutto, roasted baby carrots, fresh cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes! I've never made cranberry sauce. but when Andy posted her recipe last week I knew I had to try it!! 

So there you have a mixed bag of thoughts floating around!! Happy Tuesday!! 
xo,
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Weekend Happenings

It's always nice when there's an extra day to your weekend - getting things done that I would normally do on a Saturday were done of Friday and I was able to enjoy the rest of weekend!! Even though it's Monday, I'm sure we all could agree this short upcoming week makes this Monday that much more enjoyable!! 
Friday night we enjoyed our usual sushi dinner and a movie. It was my turn to pick so I wanted to go the romantic comedy route - we watched And So It Goes with Michael Douglas & Diane Keaton. It was cute and I just love Diane Keaton - she's right up there with Meryl Streep for me!! 
That night we also stumbled upon my latest obsession!! I'm not sure if you've heard of the show Reckless! The full first season is on Netflix and it's been hard to pry myself away. Quick synopsis...two good looking attorneys always finding themselves on opposite sides and it's based in one of my favorite cities, Charleston, you just can't go wrong!! 
It was a little cold on Saturday, but we still took to the streets to explore and run some errands!! 
Aside from the beautiful day take a peek at that squirrel packing it all in for the winter, so chubby!! 
Before dinner on Saturday night, we stopped by our friends new condo and of course had to say hi to their sweet baby girl Koa!! She is seriously the cutest little pup I've ever seen!! 
Flank Steak//Mac & Cheese//Turkey Burger//Eggplant Parmesan
(5 points if you have figure out which one I had!)
The South End Buttery did not disappoint-the food was delicious!! Any place that offers parmesan and garlic fries is a winner in my book!! 
I happily decorated our tree on Sunday!! Yes it's the week of Thanksgiving, but we won't be here this coming weekend and I want to enjoy this season as much as possible!! We started collecting ornaments once we got married and I can't wait to see what the tree will look like 10 or 20 years from now!! 
I recreated the Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls I mentioned on my post Friday and they were amazing!! Gary described it as lasagna but better and don't forget to beat the chicken because it makes it easy to roll up! I roasted some baby carrots to add to the side and just like that - best meal of the week!! 
I made a few purchases and exchanges this weekend!! I went ahead and returned the Glam Glow mask just because the tingle was a little too much for me to handle and swapped it out for the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm. I've used it a couple times and I'm really liking it so far!! We finally bought the ghost chair from Amazon this weekend!! They should be here on Wednesday and I can't wait...now I just need to find a cute pillow!! 

And just like that we're back at Monday? How was your weekend? Link up with Meghan and I and let us know!! Hope you have a wonderful start to your week!! 

xo,
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Friday Favorites

They are promising a really cold weekend here in Boston so I found the photo below to be very appropriate!! I'm really excited to get this weekend started a day earlier because I'm off today!! :) I'm linking up with Amanda and Christina today for some favorites!! 

Favorite Song - Take Me To Church

So this song is everywhere right now, but apparently was released back in 2013...it's amazing, but my favorites are the covers. Ed Sheeran does a really impressive one and of course if you watch The Voice then you heard Matt McAndrew preform it

Favorite Recipe - Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls

I have pinned a ton of recipes this week for Thanksgiving, but this one has nothing to do with that, but looks so incredibly delicious!! Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls - I'm drooling thinking about it! 

Favorite Purchase - Ann Taylor

It might be boring to some, but I really needed new black pants for work and when a friend of mine found these at Ann Taylor and they were having an extra 60% off sale items, it was a no-brainer!! It even has the leather detail that I've been loving! 

Favorite Look

I saw this wrap coat on ChicWish  a few months back and haven't been able to get my mind off of it!! I was perusing Krystin's blog and she styled it so perfectly!! 

Favorite Links

+ I can use all the help I can get with these photography tips
+This guy went to a Barre class and his recount of the workout is all sorts of hilarious!! 
+ A flawless rendition of "baby it's cold outside" featuring two of the cutest kids
+ This super cute Kate Spade inspired wedding 

BONUS: Favorite Giveaway

Thank you to those of you who entered my one year blogging anniversary giveaway!! The winner is Meghan from Champagne and Suburbs and I'll be contacting you about where you want to spend it!!

Hope you all have a wonderful and warm weekend!! See you Monday for some Weekending fun!!  
xo,
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My First Vlog!!!


My first thought when I see a girl with perfect curls is "seriously why can't my hair curl like that?!" My second is, " I have to keep practicing my curling skills!" I have mentioned my love for hot curlers and the wand before and trust me, I get great curls with those products, but my problem was never the curls, it was getting the curls to stay!!! Enter in the KISS Instawave!! 
I was really nervous to try the automatic curler because of the possibility of my hair getting caught, but I couldn't have been more wrong! The product boasts the following:
  • automatic and tangle -free curler
  • easy for anyone to use from any angle and with any hand
  • left and right curl directions
  • automatically shuts off after 90 minutes
  • two heat settings with a maximum temperature of 420
I think it's really best to show how the product works and the best way to do that is with a video! So without further adieu, here is my first vlog using the Instawave!! It's pretty funny so I hope you enjoy!! I'm sorry the quality is not 100% but filming at night is hard...actually filming period is hard! There's also music if that's at all enticing...
You can also view the video here
Left: Straight hair before curling
Middle: Right after curling
Right: Second day curls

I can't get over how the curls hold up on the second day - that's probably my favorite part, aside from not having to worry about burning myself!! 

Kiss Instawave is available for purchase from the following retailers: Target, Ulta & Amazon.

What's your favorite way to curl your hair? Would you ever consider an automatic curler?

And created a gif just for fun!! 

This product was sent to me by Brand Backer in exchange for my honest feedback, all opinions are 100% my own!

xo,
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B~Inspired | YOU!

I decided to do this month's B~Inspired post a little differently and base it around two books that have inspired me in different ways and one that really tops the list! After I mentioned a few weeks ago I had picked up a copy of Sophia Amoruso's book #GIRLBOSS, a lot of you had asked for a review and I thought - why not take a book that's supposed to be inspiring and stack it up against the empowering book from last year, Lean In.
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The good...

  • Sophia writes how I imagine she speaks, straight to the point and not really striving to be eloquent, which I think is helpful in devouring a book! 
  • Her customers and clients come first! I found this to be one of the only pieces of advice that I could relate back to my blog - always responding to comments and interaction with all of you is what makes blogging work! 
  • I really loved that she built her business from literally nothing and did it with zero debt!! She found a niche market and it's worked for her, but what was really interesting was how she "fell" into the fashion world. 

The Not So Good...

  • There were some chapters I could 100% relate to and other's I felt were more suited for girls that are either fresh out of college or about to graduate. Maybe that's why it's called #GIRLboss...
  • I was really looking forward to the book being about how to start your own business and how to grow your personal business, but it was more about her incredible success and how she built her brand. There is a chapter in which she discusses meeting with venture capitalists in Silicon Valley that want to invest in Nasty Gal and she was sitting in boardrooms discussing things and she didn't really understand what they meant by "IPOs" or the "Financials" as she called it and it didn't make sense to me because the entire time she stresses to be prepared and know your stuff, yet here she was not really all that prepared because she felt like they needed her more than she needed them.  
  • It was more of an autobiography of her early life - rather than a ton of focus on her success as this powerhouse CEO - there is a very long chapter about her days dumpster diving, stealing & hitchhiking...
Overall - it was an OK read that I wish I had borrowed from the library rather than buying it from Amazon. After it being recommended by so many people, including a few business women, I'm surprised it wasn't full of more business advice. Did it empower me as a woman, a little, but then again so did Lean In!
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I wasn't planning on reading Lean In, but when my sister highly recommended it - I had to start reading! 

The Good...

  • Sheryl Sandberg knows her stuff - there is no doubt about it and she's so smart!! 
  • This book seriously empowers you to speak up for yourself regardless of what point of your career that you're in. 
  • She empowered me - plain and simple I wanted to do better at work and in life and feel like I was an active participant rather than just wasting time. 

The Not So Good...

  • There were far too many stats in the book that made it read more like a text book rather than a book for leisure - which is why it took me almost a month to finish! 
  • I felt like this book was pointed more towards women further along in their careers only because there were a lot of chapters focused on balancing work and motherhood, a point that I couldn't yet relate to. 
  • It was a little dry - as I mentioned lots of stats, lots of quotes and lots of big words...when you have to Google what a word means every other page, you're learning but you're also getting frustrated!
When I finished the book I was more so relieved than anything else. She had a ton of great mentors from early on in her career which reiterated how important that is for anyone in any career. Would I recommend this book - absolutely!! I think it was a good read and added a lot of value to how I think about my career now! My former boss and to this day a wonderful mentor to me would always say - "The squeaky wheel gets the oil" and since then I always strive to make sure I'm the squeaky wheel!! You can't get what you don't ask for and you can't hear "no" unless you ask!! Sheryl Sandberg reiterated this fact at least 10 times in her book!
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One book I will highly recommend is The Trump Card. I read this book about two years out of college and loved it!! Sure, Ivanka Trump had beyond a privileged upbringing, but she gives phenomenal advice on how to make yourself stand out and reiterates some of the valuable life lessons her dad taught her. I actually think I could relate more to her book now than I did a few years ago because I am further along in my career! I pretty much just convinced myself to reread the book!

Next on my reading list is Diane Von Furstenburg's, The Woman I Wanted to Be

Have you read any of these books? Do you suggest any other great inspirational books?

If books aren't your thing, I'm also over at Playdates & Pearls sharing  how to Winterize your make-up routine! 



xo,
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Recent Beauty Buys

I haven't done a post like this in a few months and that's because I was waiting until after a really great haul from the Sephora sale and Target to highlight some great items!! I really wanted to do a video of these, but the lighting, the camera and everything else was not cooperating - so I'll do what I do best and write about it! 



The first two items are Target purchases. 

VitaFusion Extra Strength Biotin
I bought these Biotin gummies last month to see if I could get a little extra help with my nails. They were a little brittle from years of wearing acrylics - yes I had fake nails!! I have to say I am extremely happy with this purchase!!! It has worked wonders and my nails have been growing steadily and are much stronger. I'm only using it for this purpose so haven't really been paying attention to my hair or skin...but it's a gummy form so taking them is like eating candy which is a win for me!! 

This L'Oreal hairspray is no joke!! It totally lives up to it's name and definitely locks hair in place. I will say that it get's really stiff when you first spray your hair and then sort of loosens out after about a half hour so it's not as hard. I really only use hairspray when I curl my hair and for the last week or so I've been curling it ever other day, more on that later this week, but this has been my go-to hairspray! I think the smell isn't bad either! 

I was in the market for a new bronzer, but couldn't really decide on which one to get! I noticed this set of four near checkout! The colors are Sun Bunny, Endless Summer, Milk Chocolate Soleil and Chocolate Soleil! I'm obsessed!!! Not only do they smell good, like all too faced products, but even though some of the colors appear really dark, they aren't actually that dark once applied! For $22 it was a really great purchase and I'm set with bronzers for a while! I still love my current bronzer, Benefit's Hoolah, but it's a little bulky to take on vacations and to the gym, so these are perfect!! 

I really wasn't planning on buying another lipstick or lip gloss, but the checkout aisle strikes again and these Bite Beauty minis ($12) were just too cute to pass up! I really didn't need another gloss, but I love their Lip Crayon's so much I thought I'd get another color to add to my current collection!! I have pomegranate as well! It's super pigmented, incredibly moisturizing, and much better suited for every day use unlike the red I have. 

I had really high hopes for this mask!! I purchased the small trial size ($19) and wont scare you all with a picture of me in the mask!! I read reviews that it would tingle when it started to dry but I really had no idea how much - I felt like my face was burning off...a tad dramatic, but I waited it out and about two minutes in the mask was fully dry!! You could instantly feel it tightening and I could see all my pores which was pretty cool! After 10 minutes I took the mask off and really had to scrub the "mud" off to get a clean face again. I do like it, but I'm happy I didn't buy the full size!! I like the Ren  Renewal Mask sample I tried more! 

I went back and forth between this foundation and the Bare Minerals Bare Skin foundation and finally decided that I didn't want to get the brush that went along with the Bare Skin so went for Urban Decay's Naked Skin. I don't wear foundation every day, but I've used it a few times and I'm in love. It's so lightweight that I seriously don't feel like I'm wearing anything!! What sold me was that the finish was neither matte nor dewy, but in between and it has buildable coverage. 

Ladies - lash primer is my secret weapon to really long and full lashes! They say it works best with Clinique mascaras, but I use it with my L'Oreal drugstore mascara and it's perfect!! I need a new one after finishing off the Origins Lash Primer and it works just as well!! 


I'm going to be 100% honest here and say I'm still on the fence with the Beauty Blender! I have tried it for full face application of foundation and don't like it at all - I prefer to use my hands and really get all over coverage. My original reason for purchasing was for the under eye area and using it with concealer and for this reason alone I'm keeping it!! I get really smooth coverage under my eyes and it just gets into the nooks and crannies that my brushes don't. 

Did you have any great scores from the Sephora sale? Do you use any of these products?

P.S. Huge thank you to all of you that left your sweet words and on my post yesterday...hope you entered the giveaway!! 
xo,
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