December 8, 2017

Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide | Under $25

Welcome to the final gift guide of the 2017 holiday season! It went by SO fast!! 
It always seems difficult to find gifts under $25 that are fun and exciting yet one's where you don't have to drop all the $$$ on. It can be a struggle because a lot of the items in this price range tend to be generic or just plain cheap quality. I feel like I've been bookmarking gifts to include in this guide since Halloween!! Stocking stuffers are my absolute favorite, probably more than the bigger Christmas gifts themselves. A lot of my Christmas morning memories growing up are of me opening up my stocking and one year in particular where I got a mango hand cream. I was over the moon with that lotion!!! 
These under $25 stocking stuffers are sure to impress, and they’re not just great stocking stuffers for under $25; they’re great gifts – period. 

December 4, 2017

Mom, Sister + BFF Gift Guide

Happy Monday ladies!
Well, this gift guide is long over-do but I guess computer problems can have that effect on bloggers. ;) Anyways, I've had a few requests for today's gift guide...I guess Mothers and sisters can be difficult to shop for! I would say whoever you are shopping for just don't overthink it...keep in mind their hobbies, and just try and take note of the little things that bring them joy. Those are the best gifts!
November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday Roundup + Charitable Brands That Give Back

Happy Monday, Cyber Monday that is. Personally, I think you get better deals today than on Friday AND you get to shop while in your pj's with a Hallmark movie playing in the background! Win-win situation!
 In addition to the regular retail deals and sales I wanted to roundup some brands and products that are making a difference during this busy shopping season. I have listed some AMAZING life-changing brands below, where I'm sure you will be abale to find a ton of gift ideas + give back at the same time. 
Happy shopping!!!

5 Pound Apparel - No matter what you buy from Five Pound Apparel, your purchase is guaranteed to benefit someone, somewhere. Every brand they carry has a charitable cause – from FEED accessories and tote bags to TOMS Shoes, and a plethora of Missouri-themed gift items (they are based in the Show Me State). 

CROSBY - CROSBY by Mollie Burch is a women’s contemporary clothing line distinguished by custom prints, vibrant color, and whimsical design. Founded on the desire to fight social injustice, CROSBY uses bright designs to support organizations that aid victims of sex trafficking. Our slogan, #ShineYourBright, aims to empower women to be their boldest, brightest selves.

DIFF Charitable Eyewear - DIFF will donate a pair of reading glasses to children in rural Africa through Eyes on Africa for every pair you purchase for yourself. They also partner with the SABO Project to provide free vision exams. Glasses average about $75 and fans of the brand include model Kendall Jenner and Bachelorette JoJo.

Elegantees - Elegantees manufactures modest and affordable dresses and tops. They employ women rescued from sex trafficking in Nepal and the United States. Sewing jobs give these precious women a sense of dignity, and proceeds benefit The Nepali Rescue Project and Restore NYC. Elegantees helps restore lives by sewing one tee at a time! 

FEED Projects - Every FEED product sold helps provide food to children in need and you'll know exactly how many meals you're providing with your purchase thanks to a number stamped on each item. Products include apparel and accessories, but they're most famous for their wide variety of handbags which range in price from $25 to $300.

Frosting Company - Founded by two inspiring sisters who pride themselves  in producing and handcrafting the highest quality natural bath and beauty products free of gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and artificial preservatives. We use the finest and most delectable organic and natural ingredients to create a luxurious experience each and every time. A portion of Frosting Company proceeds is donated to find a cure for childhood cancer! 

Hand in Hand Soap - Hand in Hand creates sustainable, vegan, & palm oil free essentials for a clean life and a clean conscience. Plus for every product purchased, one bar of soap and one month of clean water is donated to a child in need. Buy a bar, give a bar.

Krochet Kids - By working in highly vulnerable, poverty stricken regions of the world, Krochet Kids gives resources and training to struggling women. The products available through their site are all made by these woman and provide them with income opportunities, flexibility and growth potential. You can find super cute scarves, bags, sweaters and a ton more ranging in price from $20 to $100. 

Love Your Melon - Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer.

Market Colors  - Sells products made by groups in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Malawi including purses, laptop cases, iPad carriers, scarves, rugs, and accessories. Each product is 100% handmade and accompanied by a product card, providing details about the African craftsman who made it. 

Milk and Honey Market - Milk and Honey Market is a fair trade online boutique based out of South Carolina. 10% of their monthly profits go to Switch, a nonprofit in Greenville, South Carolina that fights human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Read more about the vision and mission here
MudLOVE - MudLOVE is a ceramics studio built on giving back. Every product you purchase provides 1 week of clean water to someone in need.

Oliberte - Oliberté is a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. We believe in empowerment, transparency, and doing right by all. This means making premium quality products with a lifetime warranty, and it means treating every employee, everywhere in the world, with respect.

Project 7 - By partnering with non-profits that crusade for the environment, quench the thirsty, house the homeless, feed the hungry, heal the sick, work for peace, or provide education, Project 7 lets your regular purchase of chewing gum do a whole lot more. 

Roma Boots - For every pair of boots purchased, Roma will donate a pair to a child in need. They also give ten percent of all their proceeds to help fund global educational initiatives. Boots range in price from $40 for kids boots to $70 for adults. 

Starfish Project - Starfish Project is a non-profit organization with a social enterprise that cares for women coming out of human trafficking and exploitation. Starfish Project has employed over 125 women and has served thousands through our Community Outreach Services.

Toms - When you buy a pair of TOMS Shoes, you are also helping improve the health, education, and well-being of a child. Available in hundreds of styles, TOMS Shoes for women, men, and children are not only a fashion statement but a charitable one as well.

WeWood - For every watch WeWOOD sells, they plant a tree. So far, they've planted nearly half a million trees across the globe and they hope to reach their goal of 1 million trees by 2020. Watches range from $55 to $250.
Abercrombie - 50% off entire online store 
Amazon - Week-long Cyber Monday deals
Ann Taylor - 50% off everything + free shipping with code BESTMONDAY
Alex & Ani20% off and free shipping
Anthropologie - 20% off full-priced items + free shipping on all orders $100+
ASOS - 30% off of everything with code EPIC30 from 11/22-28
Banana Republic - 50% off everything 
Bare Minerals - different deals daily
Baublebar - 35% off everything with code CYBER35 
BCBG - 50% off everything + free shipping
BooHoo - 50% off everything + free shipping
Calvin Klein - 50% off and free shipping site wide
Charlotte Russe - Everything 40% off
Clarisonic - 30% off and free gifts with code CYBERMON
Cotton On - 50% off  + free shipping
Crate and Barrel - 15% off full priced items with code SAVE15
Dormify - 30% off with code MONDAYFUNDAY until midnight
E.L.F Cosmetics - 50% off sitewide using the code CELEBRATE on orders $30+. Plus, your order ships free for a limited time. 
Express - 50% off of everything + free shipping 
Francesca’s - 30% off entire store
Free People - Additional 25% off all sale items
Forever 21 - 21% off entire store - Up to 50% off your complete order (Ray-Ban products included) LAST DAY!!!
H&M - 30% off everything 
Hollister - 50% off enitre store + free shipping with code CYBERLLAMA
J.Crew Factory - 60% off everything + extra 50% off clearance + free shipping with code CYBER
J.Crew - 40% off plus extra 10% of until midnight Monday. Free shipping with code SHOPFAST
Kate Spade - 40% off sale items; 30% off full-priced items with code MOREJOY
Keds - 30% off full priced items + 10% off sale items with code LOADUP- until midnight Monday
Kendra Scott - 20% off everything with code YELLOW20
Lisi Lerch - 30% off everything + $5 shipping
L.L. Bean - 25% off slippers with code CYBER25
LOFT - 50% off everything with code CLICK
Macy's - Cyber week specials
Madewell - 25% off with code GOODMOOD
Marley Lilly - Up to 70% off + free gift with $50 order
Missguided - 50% off of everything with code FETCH50 
NIKE - Extra 25% off with code EPIC25 from 11/21-28 
Nordstrom - Extra 20% OFF selected sale items. 
Nordstrom Rack - Extra 30% off clearance items 
North Face - Up to 25% off
Old Navy - 50% off everything
Papersource - 50% off 
Pier 1 - Up to 50% off and free shipping with code FREESHIP
Pottery Barn - up to 70% select merchandise 
QVC - Holiday sales 
Ray-Ban - 20%, 30% and 50% off select styles
Revolve - Extra 20% off final sale items with code CYBER20. Up to 75% off new markdowns
Sephora - Deals on new beauty launches
Shopbop - Additional 35% off all sale items with code WOW35
Show Me Your MuMu - 50% select styles including sales with code 50FORMU 
Sigma Beauty - 35% off everything with code CYBER35 + free brush cup holder with orders $50+ 
Sperry - Up to 50% off Select Sperry Styles
T3 MICRO - 25% off everything from 11/27 – 11/28 with code MONDAY17ow
Target - Save an extra 15% off some of the top Cyber Monday deals
Tarte - One day steals up to 60% off + 25% off (almost) everything else with code MONDAY
ThirdLove - Save 35% on ThirdLove’s Satin Set 
Tommy Hilfiger - 50% off site-wide + free shipping with code MONDAZE 
TopShop - Up to 50% off + free worldwide shipping
Tory Burch - 30% off $250 including sale styles with code THANKS 
ULTA -  $10 off any qualifying online purchase or $50 or more with code CYBERMON17
Urban Outfitters - 50% off purchases of $150 or more + $15 off purchases of $75 or more
Vineyard Vines - Take an extra 40% off of sale styles + 25% off everything with code HOLIDAY17 
Wayfair - Up to 80% off Cyber Monday blowout site-wide
West Elm - Up to 70% off Cyber Monday deals + free shipping with code FREERIDE
White House Black Market - 40% off entire purchase with code 47171
Williams Sonoma - 10% off $50+, 15% off $100+, 20% off $200+ and 25% off $500+ AND free fast shipping with code SAVEMORE
Williams Sonoma Home - Up to 70% off select items

What charitable brand are you planning on shopping from this season? What was your favorite Black Friday or Cyber Monday purchase? 
November 23, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving!!! 
I can't believe I am already saying that! This Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a minute and share a few things that I am truly thankful for. I hope you take some time today and this weekend and just write down every little blessing.

I am thankful for...
Good health || Love of family & friends || My soft bed || Encouragement of the blogging community || When my favorite song comes on the radio || Every single person who visits this website || Hot morning, afternoon or evening coffee || Random strangers who smile when I walk past them || Baseball caps || Carbs || Rain || Early mornings || All the mentors in my life || People who fight for our country || Fresh sheets || Hallmark movies || Devotion time || Avocado toast || Baking just to bake || Makeup-less days || Fuzzy socks || Evening walks || The opportunity to share my heart on this blog 

Enjoy today with your loved ones and safe travels for you all!
November 22, 2017

Gift Guide for the White Elephant Party | Under $40

Bath & Body Works relief line (body lotion, body wash, body scrub) | mirrored sunglasses ($12)| succulents ($15)| Sugarfina 3-piece box set ($28) | portable charger ($20) | oversized sweater ($22) | crossbody purse ($22) | wine glass set ($36) | snow globe ($21) | Himalayan salt lamp ($20) | Starbucks tumbler ($15 local Starbucks)  | throw blanket ($29)

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!!!
I'm sure many of you today are traveling to be with family, doing lots of food prep and last minute shopping. Today I'll be heading to COSTCO to pick up the most important part of the Thanksgiving meal, Pumpkin Pie!! What about you do you prefer Pumpkin, Pecan or Apple pie?

If they haven't all ready, Christmas parties will soon start ramping up and your gift list is going to be all over the place trying to get the perfect gift to fit the theme at all the parties. A common party that you'll probably be attending at least once this holiday season is a white elephant party. Basically, the premise of a white elephant gift exchange is that you show up with one gift, draw numbers to see who goes first, and then let the opening begin. As every participant unwraps their gifts, they can steal away the other's newly acquired goods. Super fun and you really can bring whatever gift you would like. It could be a silly gift or it could be a really unique one that most would never think to gift. 

What parties are you looking forward to this season? Do you have a favorite white elephant gift that you give? 

November 21, 2017

Gift Guide for the Caffeine & Foodie Friend

Starbucks gift card | coffee snob mug ($14) | Peets dark grounds ($12) | holiday blend k cups ($14) | Starbucks variety k cup pack ($25) | Starbucks cup ornament (local Starbucks shop) | Lush coffee body scrub ($12) | French press ($50) | coffee guide print art ($14) | Starbucks Italian grounds ($11) | stainless steel straws ($6) | Starbucks sticker ($3) | iced coffee sticker ($3) | coffee now crew ($80) | Kate Spade thermal ($18) | marble tumbler ($30) | syrup gift set ($30)
popcorn maker ($40) | popcorn cheese seasonings ($24) | caramel popcorn ($9) | Hellofresh gift card | Mayan hot chocolate ($12) | merlot infused coffee beans ($20) | coconut jam ($12)| champagne gummy bear chocolate bar ($12)| veggie spiralizer ($28) | edible cookie dough ($50) | hot sauce gift set ($40) | marble rolling pin ($25) | Chipotle gift card | Sugarfina champagne bubbles ($7)

Today's gift guide is probably my favorite so far because how can you go wrong with coffee or food!!! I got the munchies while writing up this post and had to restrain myself from consuming more than one cup of coffee. ;) Food themed gifts is a great opportunity to be unique in your gift giving and really make the recipient feel special and that you put a lot of thought into the gift.

Do you have a foodie/caffeine lover on your shopping list this season?
November 20, 2017

Gift Guide for the Beauty Guru

Happy Thanksgiving week friends!!!
I don't know about you but I absolutely love experimenting with makeup products...basically, I'm a wannabe beauty guru hence the iconic IKEA drawers I included that every Youtuber and their mother has!!!
Beauty is such a great gift during the holidays — from makeup brushes to fragrances, eyeshadows to lipsticks — you can find affordable gifts or go for something luxe that your loved one wouldn’t typically buy for themselves. It's a great time for you to not only gift fun beauty products but you also have total freedom to ask for items that are out of your comfort zone so you can test out new products. 

What beauty/skincare product are you absolutely dying to try???
November 18, 2017

Gift Guide for the Fitness Friend

A common new year goal of many is to get in shape and lead a healthier life. I personally think today's gift guide would be great for literally ANYONE, to encourage them to start 2018 on a health kick. These fitness gifts would also be highly loved by the friend who is always off to their favorite Soulcycle, Crossfit, Zumba, or weight class. Who doesn't love new leggings and cute sneakers!? Also, I was SO excited to come across green juice gummy bears...hello 2017!!! This is such a fun unique gift to give to your fitness friend and family members!

November 17, 2017

Gift Guide for the Fashionista + Jewelry Lover

Happy Friday ladies!!! Wow, Black Friday is a WEEK from today! I feel like I just published my first gift guide on November 1st!
Today's gift guide is for that chica in your life who is always on top of the currents trends and is always the one you and your friends go to for fashion advice.  Having to shop for someone who is obsessed with the latest fashion can sometimes be intimidating and challenging because there's SO much you could get for them. These are some great starting point items to get you going and crossing the fashionista off your Christmas shopping list. 

What is a favorite current trend of yours at the moment?
November 15, 2017

Gift Guide for the Hostess

Okay, ladies Thanksgiving is next week!! I guess you could say it's the official start of the Holiday season. No matter your age or whether you have a big family gathering, a Friendsgiving dinner, or a holiday soiree, bringing a hostess gift is always appropriate. It's the season to give to others and if someone is so kind to host a party, the least you can do is give a little something back. 
A very common and classic hostess gift might be a nice candle or a quality hot chocolate mix. However, I've gathered a few more fun and unique, and still perfectly appropriate, gifts in this hostess guide. Who wouldn't love to receive some gourmet candy or a set of lavender lotion!?

What is your favorite thing to give as a hostess gift? 
November 14, 2017

Advent Calendar Roundup

1. 24 Days of Tea | 2. NYX Lippie Countdown | 3. QVC 24 Piece Kit | 4. Mrs. Prindable Sweet Treats | 5. Nail Polish | 6. L'Occitane | 7. No7 Beauty | 8. Ritual Advent | 9. Atelier Cologne | 10. Clinique Holiday Swag Box | 11. OLE Glow Skincare

The Advent season officially begins on December 3rd, so whether you countdown from the official start of Advent or start your countdown on December 1st, you'll find the perfect Advent Calendar in today's roundup. The typical Advent Calendar has boxes of chocolate that you open every day of Advent but how fun would it be to open a new beauty or skincare product for 12-24 days!!? Yes, please! These are also some fun ideas to give as gifts to the Thanksgiving or holiday hostess!

Do you use an Advent Calendar? Do you like a chocolate one or a beauty theme?
November 11, 2017

Brunch Notes: November 11

Happy best day, SATURDAY!! Grab a latte and let's spend our Saturday a.m. together catching up on recent happenings this week.

 Thanksgiving Outfit Guide on Fran Acciardo 

Trader Joe's has all the Thanksgiving things out right now. They have turkey stuffing kettle chips which sound super weird but I'm really intrigued to try them. 

I think having a Friendsgiving would be SOO much fun, especially with fellow bloggers!!!

4 Women on How They Prep for the Workweek on The Everygirl 

These Steve Madden Mules are currently on sale this weekend for under $50 and are perfect for basically all seasons.  

Really want to make this salad for Thanksgiving dinner...mostly just for the Feta cheese.

I screamed out loud when I saw this new Halo Top flavor!!! Life goal: have a freezer dedicated to all things Halo Top.
 Anyone else strategically plan out and tape all the Hallmark Christmas movies?

November 9, 2017

Gift Guide for the College Girl

I am really excited to introduce today's gift guide because almost everyone knows or has a college girl in their life. There are so many things that I took for granted before I went to college like having my own bathroom or little things like being able to light a candle and have that whole cozy homey feel. One of the items that I want to give a special highlight is the Pedi Pocket blanket with a foot pocket. This is probably one of the best gifts for any college student because I know I found myself many nights in the library or even in my dorm where my legs and feet would get so cold and I would just want to curl up while studying. This will be college gals new BFF. 
I definitely put myself in this gift guide and thought about what I would be ecstatic to receive as a gift and not have to worry about getting it myself. What seems like a small gift like makeup wipes will actually make any college girl SO happy!  

What is something that you love to gift college gals? 
November 8, 2017

Gift Guide for the Cozy Homebody

Welcome to the second edition of the holiday gift guides!
 Today's gift guide is for the person who's favorite place is home! Aka, homebody. This was honestly so fun to make and I totally wrote this while snuggled up in a plush blanket! ;) I think we all have a little homebody in all of us so really I think anyone would be thrilled to receive any of these cozy items. All cozy routines need to include a Hallmark movie, because obviously. It also should include some low lights or candles. And of course after you curl up with basically what feels like a cloud, you have to pour yourself a warm beverage, and the Stash dessert teas are so decadently perfect. I don't know about you but I am totally ready for a movie night after this post! Also, I think I need to change everything on my Christmas list now!! 

Do you have a favorite go-to tea or favorite way to unwind? 
November 7, 2017

Gift Guide for the Ladyboss

November 3, 2017

Winter Coat Roundup + Current Podcasts

Happy Friday!!! 
Depending on where you live, you might have to pull out your winter coat pretty soon is you haven't already. Friends in the Midwest already had their first snowfall so coat season is in full swing for them. Then there's the Pacific NW where I've never really had to get big puffer jackets...the biggest coat that you really need here is a wool coat. Personal preference I guess. There is some ADORABLY chic outerwear this season and honestly, it was so hard to narrow down this roundup. ;)
November 1, 2017

30 Ways Of Showing Gratitude This November

Happy November! The last couple of weeks gratitude has been on my heart. It might be because it's Thanksgiving month or that waking up everyday there seems to be a tragedy somewhere in the world. (update: I originally wrote this post before the attack in NYC yesterday. Please lift up all those involved in your prayers. Never take your days for granted) Whatever the reason I wanted to do a little something to start getting us in the Thanksgiving spirit as well as maybe get us thinking of some New Year resolutions to adopt in 2018. I had the college girl, the busy 9-5 working women and even a mom on the go in mind when writing this post. Don't let your circumstances keep you from showing and experiencing gratitude this November. If there's a will there's a way, right!?

October 30, 2017

20 Habits To Adopt In Your Twenties

No matter where you are in life or your career it's never too late to start implementing habits of success. You also don't have to wait for January 1st to make a lifestyle change. Start with where you are and the tools you have right now. Today I wanted to share some lifestyle adjustments that will positively affect your personal and professional life. Now, just because I am sharing 20 habits that doesn't mean you need to start out with all 20. I actually hope you don't use them all at once but would rather take 2-4 habits and start implementing them for a month before adding more into your life.

October 27, 2017

Things Women Should Never Compromise On

October 24, 2017

Trendy Sweater Wishlist

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September 22, 2017

Fall Essentials + Obsessions

Happy FIRST DAY OF FALL! My favorite season is here... actually I've been ready since August but have restrained myself from pulling out the fall decor & burning fall candles until today. One of my favorite posts to read is seasonal, especially fall favorites + must haves. Today I wanted to share a roundup of some seasonal favorites to help get your fall started off on the right foot.

September 4, 2017

20 Stickers Every Ladyboss Laptop Needs

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