Best of Black Friday Sales

Happy Black Friday! With so many sales going on it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by this major shopping event. Even as someone who loves to shop, I’m not a fan of shopping in crowded stores on Black Friday. Thankfully, I don’t need to. Here’s a roundup of some of the best Black Friday sales from my favorite stores. So, relax and shop peacefully from the comfort of your bed.

Sephora – $10 deals while supplies last


Anthropologie – 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT


Net-a-Porter – up t0 50% off


Kate Spade – surprise sale up to 75% off (private link) through 11.28; 25% off entire purchase with code MERCI.

Nordstrom – extra 25% off selected sale items; 40% off designer clearance

J.Crew – 30% off your purchase + extra 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY through 11.29

Gilt – extra 40% off with code BLACKOUT40

Madewell – 25% off your purchase with code CALMDOWN through 11.29

Topshop – up to 50% off


Instaworthy Gifts Under $50

holiday gift guide
Happy Thanksgiving! My first gift guide of the holiday season is here. Now that Black Friday sales have started it only makes sense to do your holiday shopping when everything is on sale. To start, I put together a roundup of under $50 goodies that are so glamorous they’ll take your Instagram game to the next level (your gift recipient will be immensely thankful!).
1. Be happy wall art for your office when you need a midweek reminder that you’re awesome.
2. A saucy emoji iPhone 6 case to make your mirror selfies saucier.
3. Bright Lights Paris book that’s not only stylish for your desk, but a guide for your next Paris trip.
4. Tom Ford lipstick to pair with a smokey eye for your glam holiday parties.
5. Deborah Lippmann nail polish that will garner more likes on #ManiMondays.
6. A very photogenic Creme de la creme tray to hold your sparkly jewelry (also like this tray and this one).
7.  Let Sparks Fly clutch by Kate Spade to pair with a NYE sequin dress. Here’s a glittery alternative; take 25% off with code MERCI.
8. Crystal ear cuff for the ear selfie, duh.
9. You won’t dread mornings as much with this But first, coffee mug, especially when it results in several follows #coffeenclothes #butfirstcoffee.


Weekend Style: Camel Cape, Over the Knee Boots

Fall trend: over the knee boots, capes

Capes are so popular for fall that Gigi Hadid’s white caped coat made the top 3 most trending stories on Facebook this weekend, much to people’s chagrin. Anytime I wear a cape I get five compliments for every Lord of the Rings or pilgrim comparison. Capes are probably the most controversial outwear, and that’s precisely why they’re a statement piece. If something is boring and no one has an opinion on it, then it’s not fashion (thankfully normcore went out of style). Wearing a cape says, “I don’t care if I’m cold and can’t wear my purse on my shoulders, I’m going to take after superheroes and Audrey Hepburn.” I bought this cape at Zara earlier this month and love how the flowy silhouette contrasts with over the knee boots. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’m obsessed with these Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots in Topo. The color is casual enough for daytime (I wore them to the farmers market yesterday) and versatile enough to complement any outfit.

Zara cape, Stuart Weitzman boots, Free People tunic, Free People jeans, Tory Burch cross body bag (similar)

Fall trend: capes, over the knee boots


Stuart Weitzman over the knee highland boots

Visit my page for similar capes and let me know what you think about the trend in the comments.


Sequin Pieces You Can Wear to Work

Everyone knows sequins are the quintessential party detail that makes you sparkle and shine.  They were all the rage during the #stylechat discussion on holiday outfits (and if you noticed I totally vouched for sequined pants, though I have yet to find the perfect pair). What’s more challenging is integrating sequins in your day-to-day, especially workday, wardrobe. As much as I love fall in New England, the shorter, colder, overcast days are a drab. Enter sequins – your remedy for lack of sunshine. Here’s a roundup of my favorite pieces that you can wear to work or a party, although there’s one rule: don’t pair sequins with sequins. Unless you’re going for the whole disco ball look (I don’t judge!).

You can’t go wrong with stripes and sequins (remember that blog?), which makes this sweater a staple from November – March. Pair it with pants, a pleated skirt, or even shorts and tights. Thanks to the collar and structured style, you can wear anything with this sweater and still look put together.


Wearing glitter pumps can be tricky let alone wearing them to work. But there is a hack. Make sure the rest of your outfit is monochrome (white on white or black on black or white and black) to balance the shoes.


I love how simultaneously simple yet stunning this scarf is. Don’t expect it to keep you warm, it serves a purely sartorial purpose.



If you’re still hesitant about donning sequins, get it in black. I love this blazer because it doubles as a going out jacket for, say, a strapless jumpsuit that you want to wear to a holiday party. Yet it can still look professional during the day with a delicate blouse and slim pants.



Wear your coziest sweater with this skirt and give a whole new meaning to sweater weather style.



Sure this top may look too busy upon first glance (and second, and third), but if you pair it with, say, a long camel coat, and black skinny jeans, you’ll almost mistake the sequins for a neutral. Let’s make sequins the new neutral, shall we?


Closet Craving: Fall Booties for Every Occasion

Fall booties

Before reaching for over-the-knee boots this fall, consider the chic in-between shoe  – the bootie, also known as the ankle boot. I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been inspired by the look from IT girls Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner (for as much as the media talks about them, it’s tough not to get inspired, amirite?). Plus, unlike higher boots, booties have no seasonal limitations, which means you can wear them in the summer or winter. Now that’s a worthy investment. Scroll through for my roundup of booties for every occasion – weekend, work, and, of course, a fun night out.

Street Style

Easy-going booties that will effortlessly take you from point A to point B and back.



Work Smart

HR-approved booties that complement tights, slim pants, or a pencil skirt.





Girls’ Night

On-trend heels with eclectic influences that are sure to make a statement.




Which ones are you coveting? Let me know in the comments!

Psst if you’re looking for rain boots, check out my other post on Chelsea boots that look glam for rain or shine.



The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Minimizing Pores

How to Minimize Pores


There aren’t many products out there that fulfill their promise of shrinking pores and blemishes (as someone with oily skin this is heartbreaking) but every once in a blue moon (or supermoon?) a special product magically appears to solve my skin woes. Over the summer I had the most horrid outbreak of clogged pores and blemishes along my t-zone, most likely triggered by overwhelming humidity. While masks and facials provided temporary relief I’m sure we can all agree that ain’t nobody got time for that.

Enter StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner, the product that magically appeared in my mailbox one day courtesy of the brand. I can’t express how ecstatic I was when I received it. It was almost as if the PR team at StriVectin knew I was struggling with pores (seriously, how did they know?!). After just one application my skin felt smoother and after a week it looked dramatically clearer. The directions call to use it in the morning and evening but I only use it in my evening beauty routine because of the retinol.

First, I wash my face with my all-time favorite cleanser from Liz Earle which keeps my face moisturized even after a hot shower. Then I follow up with Murad anti-aging moisturizer tailored to oily/combination skin that also helps prevent aging (win, win). Finally, I apply the magical StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner. The whole process takes 2 minutes max, which is perfectly sustainable for any lazy girl with or without a busy schedule. In the morning I’ll apply Pores No More by Dr. Brandt or the Porefessional from Benefit (both are equally amazing) under my makeup for a smooth matte affect.

And there you have it! What’s your secret to minimizing pores? Let me know in the comments.


Currently Coveting: Chelsea Boots for Rain or Shine

fall 2015 trends chelsea boots

There’s no better way to dress for comfort and style this fall than with Chelsea boots. They’re a sleek addition for work, weekend, even a night out – rain or shine (and eventually snow). I’m currently obsessed with Sam Edelman’s boots in Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala and Loeffler Randall’s boots with shiny gold buckles. Both boots are fall staples that will complement any outfit. And best of all, they’re under $200.