Articles for November 2014

Black Friday Score!

Black Friday has been a very controversial topic almost since its origin. It seems each year stores open earlier and earlier invading our Thanksgiving plans. I hate that. Thanksgiving is for family, and stores that open on Thanksgiving for Black Friday are taking family time away from their employees and from their shoppers!

That is why I am proud to say I did not go shopping on Thanksgiving, I did not even wake up super early on Black Friday. I did not go shopping until 9 o’clock on Friday. I feel the world has rewarded me for staying in on Thanksgiving by giving me the gift of %60 off all coats at Macy’s

I’ve always wanted a belted coat but all of the ones I have found have either been too short or too expensive. So when I found one at the perfect length at a good price I had to jump on it! The coat I am talking about, and am now the new owner of, is the Michael Kors Asymmetrical Belted Walker Coat. I feel super fancy because it is Michael Kors and super warm because it is made out of wool! The coat come’s in six colors: Black, Ivory, Red, Medium Gray, Sapphire and Camel. I personally got the black one. It won’t get dirty easily (or at least show the dirt easily) it is chic, classic, and slims me. It also goes with everything.

Michael Kors
Michael Kors

Part of me wanted the red jacket but I knew it was too loud for me and I would never wear it. Black is more my style. I love the idea of a white jacket as well, but with my pale skin and this harsh, white, snow it would just wash me out.

I love a good deal on Black Friday!

Mura

I did not know what to write about this week. I feel like I have already used all of my favorites: Tobi, Red Dress Boutique, etc. etc. So I searched far and wide (on Google) to find a cute new shop to share.

The site I found was a little expensive the cute stuff I found ranged from $50.00 to $90.00. However, when you sign up you get 10% off and there was a 60% off sale and a buy to get one free sale on top of that. So even though they are expensive they do have a few good deals.

This site is called Mura and their in person store is located in Australia. So if you live in Australia (or New Zealand) then you can either go there or get free shipping on orders over $100.00. But if you are in the US, do not fret, they ship worldwide (just no free shipping :/)

But I think the shipping fee is totally worth it because I have already found some great pieces!

Check out this Violet Hour Dress for $89.00

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I love the print, I love the colors, and I love the cut out in the middle. What I do not love is that I do not have the body for this dress! Oh well, something to aspire to I suppose.

If you are like me and are a little curvier, they do have some options

This Trojan Maxi Grey dress is perfect if you do not like things clinging onto your stomach and if you packing a little extra fluff in the chest area.

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All of their clothes are perfect for the summer time, so yes it is a little sad that I had to find it now :( seeing as we, in the Mid West, are entering into the worst winter we have had in a century! But, keep it on tap for next summer.

Living Social Deals

If you are like me then you are always looking for deals. Who wants to pay full price if they do not have to? That is why I love sites like Living Social The site is filled with good deals!

At first I was confused on how these sites like Living Social and Groupon worked. They are free to sign up but I did not understand why I had to pay money to get a coupon. But, how it works is you pay a little bit now to get a lot later. For example, in the picture below, if you spend $10.00 you receive a $20.00 credit for Boneyard Kitchen & Bar. That is a savings of 50%. So even though you’re spending money now you are getting the bigger savings later.

Living Social Deal
Living Social Deal

Sometimes they even have free coupons! You pay nothing and you still get the deal.

Now that I have explained how you save, lets talk about what you can save on! With Living Social you can buy deals on services, deals on merchandise, and even deals on vacations! I always buy massage credits on Living Social. I spend $40.00 on a $100.00 massage and I am good to go! The only money I have to spend when I get there is on the tip. But what is really awesome are the deals you can get on vacations. I just saw and 81% savings on a vacation to the Dominican Republic. You can get a $2,000 dollar trip for $375.00 for two people for four nights at the Cofresi Palm beach and Spa resort.

Usually, deals do not last forever. You only have a limited time to buy them, but once you have bought them they usually do not expire. You have to look though because every deal is different. For example, with the Dominican Republic getaway above, you have five more days to buy it.

The Red Dress Boutique

When you are in college and you live 45 minutes away from the nearest mall, you are not just always looking for a deal, but places to shop. This is where online shopping comes in handy, but the trouble is finding cute new places!

This is why I love the Red Dress Boutique. They are cute, affordable, and offer free shipping on orders of $50.00 or more.

Their style definitely country chic: they have boots and flannels down. For example look at this outfit idea featuring the Courageous Soul Vest

Courageous Soul Vest
Courageous Soul Vest

The vest is $52.00, the flannel, kindness is key tunic, is $46.00, and the boots, Nashville Awaits in Chestnut, are $52.o0 as well.

I found the Red Dress Boutique on Pinterest and I have loved it ever since. I do, however, have one complaint. That is, every time I see something REALLY CUTE it is ALWAYS sold out!! So good for them, bad for me. But the good news is they are aware that they are always sold out of their cutest items so they have the option of signing up to be notified when they get a restock in. All you have to do is click “get a restock email” and they send you a notification when it comes in.

I also really love how they pair their clothes on this site. A cute shirt is nothing if you don’t have anything to wear it with.

For example look how they pair the Twinkle and Moonlight tank in Ivory with the As We Know it skirt in Merlot.

As We Know it skirt with Twinkle Ivory Tank
As We Know it skirt with Twinkle Ivory Tank

You also get $10.00 off when you sign up forĀ  an account! And they send you a $10.00 off birthday coupon as well. The Red Dress Boutique always has cute and stylish pieces available for every taste. Check them out, it is worth it!

Everyone Needs Candles

I have been really in to candles lately. I used to think they were pointless because I could never really smell them and I did not think they offered up much heat and the whole fire hazard aspect really turned me off because I am a KLUTZ. BUT I am no longer so naive! Candles are the most relaxing thing I have ever bought in my entire life. Who needs to spend $100.00 on a massage when you can drift off into a land of comfort and bliss with the scents of a candle.

In fact, I can barely do my work right now because I am so relaxed I just want to lay here.

Aanyway, I love my $3.00 Better Homes and Gardens candles from Walmart but the problem is they burn up so fast! Maybe its me and I have them lit all day every day, but I feel like they should last longer than a week!

I could go to Bath and Body Works, Bed Bath and Beyond, or Yankee Candle but that is no fun! (and they are really expensive, which is also no fun)

This is why I buy from Colonial Candle, They have inexpensive, long lasting candles for only $3.00! Their back story is pretty cute too, their website states,

“Our candle story begins in 1905 with Mabel Baker, a former Massachusetts school teacher, who began making hand dipped bayberry taper candles in her tiny Cape Cod kitchen. The candles became so popular with family and friends that she started selling them in her husband’s local hardware store.”

Way to go Mabel!

Now, Colonial Candle offers taper candles, jar candles, simmer snaps, pillar candles, tea light candles, and votive candles.

My favorite candle so far is the Rosewood Filled Votive for only $3.00

Rosewood Filled Votive
Rosewood Filled Votive

I also like the fireside candle for $7.50

 

Fireside
Fireside

 

Of course, the bigger the candle the more expensive. They sell HUGE ones for $25.00, now those definitely wont burn out in a week!