Plaid for Christmas + A Giveaway

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

If you're looking for a festive, but relaxed Christmas day outfit, look no further! I love this red, plaid babydoll dress from local business SoSis. I recently wore it out in the French Quarter for a fun day in the kitchen with the New Orleans School of Cooking - more on that coming up next month - but I definitely wanted to share the dress with you now since it's so perfect for the holidays!

Gigi New York Jenn Bucket Bag
red plaid babydoll dress
crossbody bucket bag
Holiday Outfit Ideas
rose gold druzy
infinity snood
flat over the knee boots
holiday outfit idea
new orleans french quarter
plaid dress c/o SoSis + 15% off dresses, rompers & jumpsuits
OTK boots / similar from Piperlime + 25% off!
H&M scarf snood / similar from ASOS
druzy bracelets c/o Kendra Scott
druzy earrings c/o Kendra Scott
post sponsored by French Quarter Business Association as part of a Stylecation series

SoSis is an online boutique opened by two sisters who were looking to provide on-trend clothing items at affordable prices. What was once just an idea they came up with together, SoSis is now an online destination for breaking trends, signature styles and creative outfits with incredible affordability. I'm super excited to watch these ladies and their new business venture take off! And to help celebrate with them, I'm going to be hosting a special giveaway for a Sosis gift card FRIDAY MORNING on Instagram. I'll be posting an image from this post with instructions on how to enter, so make sure to enter once the post goes live!

I wore over-the-knee boots with my babydoll dress, and I recently decided the only way that I'll ever wear knee boots like this is with over-the-knee socks as well. Especially with tighter boots, they just make it much more comfortable without any fear of the edge rubbing your leg. I also never realized that I would love a snood so much. (And I just really like saying that word.) I love this knit one from H&M but realize that no everyone has an H&M in their city. The one I linked above is a pretty dead-on match from ASOS.

See you guys on Instagram Friday morning when you're entering the SoSis giveaway, AND this is a reminder that my bareMinerals Instagram giveaway currently going on is ENDING TONIGHT! Hurry hurry. :)


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ASOS - 30% off last minute gift ideas
Forever21 - 30% off outerwear, sweaters and accessories / free expedited shipping on $50+
BaubleBar - 25% off statement necklaces 
Anthropologie - 20% off select gift items
Nine West - sale now up to 60% off + an extra 20% off select styles / free shipping ends tomorrow
Ann Taylor - 40% off full price styles + extra 50% off sale styles
Loft - 50% off sweaters, scarves and jewelry / 40% off sale styles
Shopbop - extra 20% off sale items w/ code EXTRASALE for 3 days only
Gap - 30% off 2 items / 40% off 3 items / 50% off 4+ items / promo code GIFT ends today
Chicwish - 30% off $50 (SPEND50) / 35% off $100 (SPEND100) / 40% off $200 (SPEND200)
J.Crew Factory -  40-60% off everything
Banana Republic - 40% off full-price items with code BEMERRY40
C.Wonder - 30% off everything
J.Crew - 40% off sweaters / 30% off everything else including sale! code JINGLE
Old Navy - up to 30% off your purchase with code DASHER
Pottery Barn - free shipping on all orders with code FREESHIP / holiday sale up to 60% off
West Elm - extra 20% off + free shipping on clearance w/ code MIRACLE
Target - 30% off regular-price clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories w/ code JOY30
Missguided - 30% off everything sitewide w/ code GIFT30
The Container Store - 20% off one item today only
Pottery Barn Teen - 20% off one item with code MERRY20
Urban Outfitters - 25% off orders of $75+ with free shipping
Piperlime - 25% off everything with code SHOP25 ends today


This post is linked up to the Trend Spin Linkup and WIWW Linkup!

Last Minute Gifts Made Easy!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


For the Kids:





For Everyone Else:





Things are getting serious as far as ordering gifts online. You can still use expedited shipping, but let me tell you my little experience with the mail recently. Things DO get lost in the mail. I know this to be true. My Christmas cards are currently lost in the mail with an unreadable barcode. I have literally been watching the tracking information of it going back and forth between Arizona and somewhere in Tennessee. I'm particularly heartbroken because it's a rather sentimental card with images from our wedding (complete with gold foil mind you), and they were ordered over two weeks ago. I did get word today from the place of origin that they are re-sending them out today, so I'll possibly be able to get them out in time.

SO, I do suggest ordering your last minute gifts as soon as possible, since you never know when the unreadable barcode will be slapped onto your gifts! I've rounded up some last minute kids gifts and some gift ideas for everyone else. Below you'll find a list of sales currently going on for many popular retailers with expedited shipping options. Happy last minute shopping and fingers crossed that no one else has a "lost in the mail" situation going on!!

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Holiday Sales and Promo Codes! Time is running out, and it's now expedited shipping only for all holiday gifts. Lookout for sites that are offering free expedited shipping!

Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic and Piperlime are offering FREE 2-day shipping today only with promo code FREE at online checkout.

Kate Spade - Surprise Under $99 Sale + free ground shipping on $75+
ASOS - 30% off last minute gift ideas
Forever21 - 30% off outerwear, sweaters and accessories
BaubleBar - 25% off statement necklaces 
Anthropologie - 20% off full-price jewelry
Nine West - last day of the 30% off friends and family event
Ann Taylor - extra 70% off sale styles
Express - last day for 20% off $50 / 30% off $100 / 40% off off $200 / code 1155
Loft - 50% off sweaters, scarves and jewelry / 40% off sale styles
Shopbop - extra 20% off sale items w/ code EXTRASALE for 3 days only
Gap - 30% off 2 items / 40% off 3 items / 50% off 4+ items / promo code GIFT
Chicwish - 30% off $50 (SPEND50) / 35% off $100 (SPEND100) / 40% off $200 (SPEND200)
J.Crew Factory -  40-60% off everything
Banana Republic - 40% off full-price items with code BEMERRY40
C.Wonder - 30% off everything
J.Crew - 40% off sweaters / 30% off everything else including sale! code GIVETHIS
Old Navy - up to 30% off your purchase with code DASHER
Pottery Barn - free shipping starts now / 20% off one regular-price item with code PRESENT
West Elm - extra 20% off + free shipping on clearance w/ code MIRACLE
Target - 30% off regular-price clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories w/ code JOY30

The Holiday Little Black Dress

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Monday, December 15, 2014



I know every year that I'll need to have at least one option for an office Christmas party dress, and this year, I decided to try the always dependable little black dress. With a white collar and flirty drop-waist skirt, it's also perfect number to keep in the closet for future cocktail party invites as well!


heels / no longer available in all black, but similar HERE
earrings c/o Lisi Lerch / use code MERRYMERRY for 20% off
location is The Saint Hotel
this post is sponsored by the French Quarter Business Association as part of a Stylecation series

The best part about wearing a little black dress to any event is that you can use other pieces you already own to adjust the overall look. With a leopard coat and red statement earrings, I was able to create a holiday glam look while still looking office appropriate. By changing up items like heels, clutches or the jewelry, I'll be able to get more use out of this dress depending on the occasion. 

On Friday, I posted this dress along with one other option on Instagram asking you guys which one I should wear, and this LBD won by a landslide! Thanks to everyone who left a comment telling me to wear this dress to my office party! I hope to have more IG posts like this in the future where you can pick out the outfit, and I'll post about it afterwards!

In case you're still on the lookout for holiday party dresses or are even thinking ahead to NYE, you can find more options on my Pinterest board Holiday Outfits!

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Holiday Sales and Promo Codes! It's the LAST DAY to order with guaranteed ground delivery in time for 12/24!! After today, you take your chances with expedited shipping!

Kate Spade - Surprise Under $99 Sale + free ground shipping on $75+
ASOS - 30% off last minute gift ideas
Forever21 - 30% off outerwear, sweaters and accessories
BaubleBar - 25% off statement necklaces + last day for delivery with free ground shipping!
Anthropologie - 25% off all sweaters + free shipping ends today
Nine West - 30% off friends and family event
Ann Taylor - 60% off cashmere TODAY only / 40% off full-price styles
Express - 20% off $50 / 30% off $100 / 40% off off $200 / code 1155
Loft - 50% off sweaters, scarves and jewelry
Shopbop - extra 20% off sale items w/ code EXTRASALE for 3 days only
Gap - 30% off 2 items / 40% off 3 items / 50% off 4+ items / promo code GIFT
Chicwish - 30% off $50 (SPEND50) / 35% off $100 (SPEND100) / 40% off $200 (SPEND200)
J.Crew Factory -  extra 30% off everything w/ code JOLLY
Banana Republic - 40% off full-price items with code BEMERRY40
C.Wonder - 30% off everything
J.Crew - 40% off sweaters / 30% off everything else including sale! code GIVETHIS
Old Navy - up to 30% off your purchase with code DASHER
Pottery Barn - free shipping starts now / 20% off one regular-price item with code PRESENT
West Elm - extra 20% off + free shipping on clearance w/ code MIRACLE
Target - 30% off regular-price clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories w/ code JOY30

Pampered Gifts + Friday Favorites 12/12/14

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Friday, December 12, 2014

What girl doesn't love a little "me" time - manicures over meetings anyone? Here are some gift ideas that any girl who needs a little pampering will appreciate! These are great ideas for Secret Santa ideas or for your BFF. (And all of them will fit right into that stocking with ease!)

lipsticks c/o Kismet Cosmetics
bronze charm necklaces c/o Jenn and Jill
brush and powder c/o Ashley Sievert Beauty
ring c/o Ricochet Rounds
other items pictured:


The Elizabeth Chronicles recently released their new holiday collection, and it includes this Manicures Over Meetings baseball tee that is perfect for lounging around the house and of course, heading out to the nail salon. Gift it with a pair of sparkly Essie polishes or a gift card to her favorite salon!

December social events call for a statement lip color to go with your cocktail dress. Find a new striking hue with Kismet's collection of lipcolors! (The color I have on in these photos is Vino.)And for the perfect airbrushed finish, you'll need Ashley Sievert's concealer and powder! (My color right now is Milan and in the summer it's New York for reference.)

Cute and original jewelry designs are always great gift ideas too. A few of my recent favorites are Mary P. Lamb, Jenn and Jill and Ricochet Rounds. The earrings I have on in today's post are by designer Margaret Elizabeth. So many options for thoughtful and meaningful jewelry gifts this season!

I'm also including my Friday Favorite sales below. I'm still not finished with my shopping either, so no judging from me! ;)

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ONLY 4 DAYS LEFT for guaranteed ground shipping by 12/24!

J.Crew - 40% off superwarm styles / 30% off everything else including sale! code GIVETHIS
J.Crew Factory - 50% off everything!
Kate Spade Saturday - 25% off festive styles with code RSVP
Nine West - 30% off friends and family event
C.Wonder - 30% off everything
Anthropologie - 25% off all sweaters
Gap - 30% off regular price styles with code SHOP
Banana Republic - 40% off full-price items ends 12/14 with code BRSANTA
Old Navy - up to 30% off your purchase with code ONSAVENOW
Express - 40% off everything
Ann Taylor - 60% off sale / 50% off full-price dresses, skirts, sweaters, shoes & accessories
Loft - 60% off sale / 50% off sweaters and tops

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