Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Fresh Picks : Best Black Friday Deals

It seems each year the Black Friday deals get better and better. Deeper discounts and extended hours make it easier to score the best prices on the things you want.

In today's Friday Fresh Picks, I'm sharing my favorite items from a few of the best BF sales on the web. Hurry! These deals won't last long, and chances are the merchandise will be sold out before the sale ends.

LOFT - Enjoy 50% with code CORNY
Puffer Vest - You're sure to stand out in this vibrant lime vest. ($40 after discount).

Fair Isle Sweater - Stay cozy and warm in this classic sweater. ($35 after discount)

Colorblock Pom Pom Hat - This hat is both functional and cute. ($17.50 after discount)

OLD NAVY - Up to 50% off entire store/site.
Boyfriend Windowpane Check Flannel Shirt - Now $12.

Wool Blend Plaid Peacoat - Now $24.

Mid-Rise Rockstar Sateen Pants (in Get Figgy With It) - Now $24.

GAP - 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY.
Wool Plaid Zip Mini Skirt - $30 after discount.

Brooklyn Stitch Stripe Pullover Sweater - $25 after discount.

Lace-Up Ballet Flats - $25 after discount

NORDSTROM - Black Friday markdowns and save an additional 25% on select items.
Ray-Ban Original Aviators - Now $105. Originally $150.

Tory Burch Junction Riding Boots - Now $250. Origninally $330.
North Face Rika Jacket - Now $56. Originally $90.

Sam Edelman Alaine Scalloped Flats - Now $50. Originally $66.

Stripe Blanket Cardigan - Now $31. Originally $68.
Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above.

Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from this week!

To view all of my Friday Fresh Picks posts, click here.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year we are spending Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania, the first time since 2007. I am looking forward to spending the weekend with my sisters and their families and enjoying quality time with everyone. We have some activities planned, and of course, we've allowed time for just hanging out and relaxing.

However you are spending your Thanksgiving holiday, I hope it's a wonderful one. xx

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kate Spade Sale Happening NOW!

The Kate Spade Black Friday sale is in full swing, and the deals are AMAZING! I'm telling you, you can't find prices this low anywhere. In addition to phenomenal deals, enjoy free shipping when you spend $175.

Here are my favorite items from this not-to-be-missed sale.

Cove Street Color Block Pippa Satchel Previously $398. Now $139.
I love the clean lines and the combo of black and cream.

Sawyer Street Maxi Tote Previously $278. Now $99.
A good quality, structured tote is a must.

Crystal Court Gia Pouch Previously $98. Now $39.
Pop. Fizz. Clink? Why, yes. Don't mind if I do.

Wellesley Passport Holder Previously $68. Now $29.

Small Talk Cocktail Napkin Set Previously $20/set. Now $10/set.
Break the ice with the first sip.

Gifting Dot Cos Large Natalie Cosmetic Case Previously $148. Now $59.
For more Kate Spade sale items, visit the sale here. Hurry sale ends November 28th at 11:59 pm ET.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Currently Craving: Plaid

Something about the holiday season makes me crave plaid. I aways seem to throw it back to my childhood days with the plaid dresses my mom would outfit me in for Christmas Eve and Day. Those dresses made me feel so glamorous and grown up. These days plaid is hot and appropriate for any time of the year, not just the holidays. Currently, I am loving just about anything plaid from bags to shirts to scarves to shoes.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

What To Do With All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The over abundance of food makes it impossible not to love Thanksgiving. But what happens when the holiday is over, and you're left with a refrigerator full of leftovers? One can eat only so many turkey sandwiches.

This year I've rounded up some of my favorite recipes for using up Thanksgiving leftovers in creative and delicious ways.

Turkey Tortilla Soup
Chicken tortilla soup is a family favorite around here. I've never thought of using turkey in place of the chicken in this Mexican-inspired soup.

Turkey Pot Pie
This hearty comfort dish filled with peas, carrots, potatoes, celery, and of course, turkey in a creamy sauce will leave your insides warm.

Turkey and Cranberry Chutney Sandwich
Elevate your post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwich with the addition of cranberry chutney, Brie, and arugula.

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes
These potato cakes are a sweet and tasty twist on traditional potato latkes.

Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins
Load them up or keep them easy, these potato muffins have a creamy center, crispy edge, and ooey gooey cheesy top.

What to do with all the leftover breads and rolls? Easy. Make homemade croutons. They are super simple and require just a few ingredients and a few steps.

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
If you have an extra can of pumpkin puree hanging around, it takes only minutes to turn it into a delicious and satisfying breakfast.

What's your favorite way to use up your Thanksgiving leftovers?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Holiday Gifts For the Jet Setter

Whether you travel twice per year or two hundred times a year, there are some travel items that are essential to have to survive your time on the road. If you have a jet setter on your gift list, make the holiday one to remember with one of these gifts.

1. A portable charger is a MUST when on the road. The mophie Powerstation accommodates just about any USB device in the world.

2. Air travel strips skin of its natural oils. Evian Facial Water Spray replenishes the skin after long flights to keep it hydrated and looking fresh.

3. Personalize your passport and set it apart from the rest of them on the plane with a cute cover.

4. Keep momentos neatly preserved with this travel stub diary which holds ticket stubs, receipts, and photos.

5. I love jotting down notes on what I did, where I ate, and special memories in a cute travel journal.

6. While on vacation, I bought this hanging travel organizer by Vera Bradley, and it is perfection! It's roomy with 2 clear pockets, a large pocket, and one expandable pocket. It has a hanger to conveniently hang on a towel rack in the hotel room.

7. Airline booze is costly, and who doesn't love a refreshing gin and tonic while in flight? This cute carry-on kit allows you to make your own drink at a fraction of the cost.

8. I am a sucker for a super cute luggage tag. The "i'm outta here" tag is the ideal complement to your luggage.

9. I never board a plane without a pair of comfy socks in my carryon. They are a must for cold airplanes and dirty hotel room floors.

10. There's nothing worse than the smell of stale air, someone else's cologne, or worse yet, smoke, in your hotel room. A travel candle masks scents and creates ambience.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Friday Fresh Picks: This Week's Favorites

I've been MIA from Friday Fresh Picks for a few weeks. I made the best decision of my life to completely unplug while I was on vacation. Other than some posts on Instagram and Snapchat, I consciously did not check email or write blog posts. While I struggled with whether this was the right thing to do, in the end, I couldn't be more happier. I feel refreshed, relaxed, renewed, and ready to get back to Friday Fresh Picks.

Let's chat about my vacation for a moment. It was nothing short of spectacular. We went to South Seas Island Resort for 8 days and the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach for our final weekend. Amazing destinations make for incredible vacations. The weather was gorgeous, by my standards, anyway. Hot, humid, sunny. Typical Florida weather that's perfect for swimming.

OK, moving on to this week's FFP. I'm sharing a few of the things that helped me thoroughly enjoy my vacation. Trust me, it wasn't hard to get into vacation mode and to enjoy it was even easier.

Adult coloring books have become the go-to means for relaxing these days. Fifty years ago, Carl Jung started prescribing coloring to his patients. For good reason, it works! Art therapy has developed a line of adult coloring books that have become a big hit in Europe and are now available in the US.

The amazing view from Crooked Snook Tiki Bar at South Seas Island Resort.

Brightly colored canoes in the sunshine.

A muted Captiva sunset.

Our welcome back present from the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.

Dusk swimming at the Ritz-Carlton.

I love the retro look of this South Beach lifeguard station.

Aroma Espresso Bar quickly became my go-to spot for cappuccino in South Beach.

The brie platter at Front Porch Cafe in South Beach is bliss. Pair it with the Bellini Martini for a perfect brunch.
Friday Fresh Picks are hand-picked favorite items, reviews and highlights from the amazing women you see above.

Visit their websites to learn about other amazing picks from this week!

To view all of my Friday Fresh Picks posts, click here.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

October Beauty Buys

My transition from summer to fall is always a slow and awkward one. Since we go on vacation every November to Florida for 10 days, I'm always reluctant to begin fall until we return. I never pack away my summer clothes or change up my beauty routine until vacation has ended and we are back in the northeast for the winter.

This October, however, I added a few new beauty products to my routine as the cold weather has snuck up on me and was getting the better of my hair and skin. Take a look at what I was introduced to last month and have quickly become attached to.

Olay Fresh Effects {See Spot Wipe} Oil-Reducing Wet Cloths
My peri menopausal skin has been very prone to breakouts lately. I decided to try these makeup removing wipes in an effort to tame the acne. I've been using them prior to cleansing to remove stubborn dirt and makeup and control the oil on my forehead and chin, specifically. I've seen a reduction in my breakouts, and my skin is less oily.

Dessange Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask
My forties have not been kind to my hair. Not only has the texture changed but my ends are dry and my roots are oily. Not a great combination. Luckily, I discovered a line of products that are specially formulated for this unique combination. This cleansing clay-based mask is applied prior to shampooing. I've been using it once a week for the past 6 weeks. It's removed excess oil so much so that I've really cut back on the amount of dry shampoo I need to use on the days I don't wash my hair. The mask comes with a brush for easy application.

Dessange Balancing Shampoo
I've been using the shampoo daily, and it has brought my hair back to life, especially after a week of vacation in chlorinated pools and the salt water. It contains natural green clay to purify hair and nourish from roots to ends. I like it so much better than a clarifying shampoo, and it has a nice, light scent. For more information and to see the full range of Dessange products, visit the Web site.

Neutrogena Rainbath Renewing Shower and Bath Gel {pear & green tea}
I had been in search of a shower gel that thoroughly cleansed without leaving behind a residue which so many other shower gels seem to do. I read about this product in a magazine and decided to give it a go. The scent alone is amazing. It lingers in the bathroom long after you've finished showering. My skin is softer and isn't screaming for moisturizer as soon as I turn off the water.

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Best Online Reads

The ten stories from around the Web that I am loving this week:

1. The last words spoken by famous people via Bored Panda.

2. The one word that can ruin any moment via The Mighty.

3. According to Hollywood, these are the top 50 TV shows via 22 Words.

4. Twelve cocktails that go great with Thanksgiving dinner via Elle Decor.

5. Twenty outfits that are the epitome of comfort and style via PopSugar.

6. This Thanksgiving, swap out the usual pumpkin pie for pumpkin tiramisu via Foodie Crush.

7. A modern guide to being the best Thanksgiving guest ever via Apartment Therapy.

8. Why you should take more risks via More Magazine.

9. A comprehensive gift guide to help you shop for your favorite guy via The College Prepster.

10. The 5 children from the original Willy Wonka movie from 1971 reunite via Today Show.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

The holiday party season is rapidly approaching. In addition to hosting, you are likely to be attending parties as well. It's always in good taste to present the hosts with a small token of your appreciation and gratitude.

Here are my top picks for the perfect hostess gifts this holiday season for all those fabulous hostesses (and hosts) out there!
Candle | Plate Set | Monogrammed Wine Glasses | Vase | Acrylic Tray | Wine | Cards Against Humanity | Lipstick Pouch | Notepad | Flowers

I love giving personalized gifts, but it does require some advance planning. If you plan to give a personalized item such as a monogrammed tray or etched glasses, be sure to order well in advance of the party. Your extra effort and focus on personalization will not go unnoticed by your guests.

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