Monogram Gift Guide

Alright, you beautiful people.  I’m starting on my Christmas shopping today, so wanted to go ahead and share a fun gift guide with you all.  If you are stumped on what to give a co-worker or sibling, need a great hostess treat, or a fun gift for your BFF, then anything monogram is always a good idea.  So here are a few fun ideas to help you finish up that Christmas shopping.  Because really, who doesn’t love anything monogrammed these days.  And the best part about all of these fun goodies?  Most of them are under $50!Monogram Gift Guide  1. Marquee Light | 2.  Mason Jars with Straws | 3. Cuff Link and Money Clip Set | 4. Candle Holder (under $3!) | 5. Acrylic Necklace | 6. Initial Bar Necklace | 7. Pillow | 8.  Beer Stein | 9. Cutting Board | 10.  Clear Coffee Mug | 11.  Gold Confetti Coffee Mug | 12. Tote | 13.  Keychain | 14. Cheese Board | 15. Coasters | 16. Moscow Mule Mugs

Happy Saturday, sweet friends!

xoxo,

Abby

 

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#NSale Countdown

You guys!  I can’t believe it, but the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is almost over.  And there are so many good things this year, I hope you’ve had a chance to take advantage of it!  But if you haven’t, then you are in luck!!  Not only is there still time to shop (prices go back up August 3rd), but I have rounded up the BEST deals for you today with almost everything under $100 (including my two favorite pairs of shoes which you can see how I styled here and here).  Happy shopping and saving, sweet friends!!!

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Accessories Under $50:

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Handbags Under $300:

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Tops Under $50:

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Dresses Under $75:

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Bottoms Under $150:

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#NSale

If you didn’t know, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (aka the BEST sale of the year!) opened up to the public yesterday.  And there is so much goodness, I wanted to do a rare Saturday post and share some of my favorite accessory picks from the event with all of you!!  Happy Saturday and happy shopping, friends!

#NSale

White Out

I have been really loving white this summer.  And you know what else I have been loving?  SheIn (formerly Sheinside)!  They have the cutest clothes for really amazing prices.  And I have been impressed with the quality of all of the items I have ordered as well-especially this top.  It is fully lined and the fabric is gorgeous-not to mention the fact that it looks WAY more expensive than it is.  Would you believe me if I told you it was under $20??? Plus, if you spend over $49 with SheIn right now, you can get 35% off your order with code: sas35 at checkout.  How’s that for a Monday pick me up?

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Top: SheIn (wearing a size medium) c/o | Skinnies: Joe’s Jeans | Cuffs: Macy’s | Ring: Kendra Scott | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Bag: 3.1 Phillip Lim | Pumps: BCBG via DSW

Also, how cute would this outfit be for the 4th of July?  The red and white combo is perfect for your festive occasion! And if it’s set to be hot where you are, you can always change out the denim for shorts, and the pumps for wedges!  Easy as one, two, three!

You can also shop a few of my favorite dresses from SheIn below:

Red Off the Shoulder Dress

Black and White Striped Dress

White Lace Detail Dress

Pleated Dress

V-Neck Striped Dress

Floral Off the Shoulder Dress

Striped T-Shirt Tank Dress

Happy Monday, dolls!

 

 

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (and some other amazing sales!)

In my opinion, Memorial Day Weekend is one of the BEST shopping weekends of the year.  Not only are pretty much all of my favorite stores having HUGE sales, but I absolutely love shopping for summer clothes.  Talk about a win/win situation! So today, I wanted to share my top accessory picks with you from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly sale!  As you probably know, this is one of the best sales ever and the perfect chance to score designer brands for up to 40%!  In fact, quite a few of my top picks below are under $100!!!  And be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post, I’m sharing links to all of my other favorite sales happening this weekend! Happy shopping AND saving!  Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale
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And now, for some more amazing sales happening RIGHT NOW!!!!!!
 Wishing you all a safe and wonderful Memorial Day weekend, sweet friends!!  Enjoy!!!!

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Best of luck and happy Monday!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Wardrobe Staples!

I love it when you guys make requests for specific outfit or blog posts.  So when my cute SIL came to me recently and asked me to do a post about wardrobe staples, I was more than happy to oblige!  ESPECIALLY because this is the perfect time of year to clean out the clutter, get rid of the things you don’t need or wear, and make sure you have a few key items in your closet (that you LOVE) that will give you a ton of outfit options.  Trust me, less can definitely be more when it comes to your wardrobe.  You just need to own the right pieces!

Wardrobe Staples

1. JACKETS: Light jackets are the quintessential layering piece for every gal’s wardrobe and can be worn year round-so you will be sure to get your money’s worth out of them.  And while I am a proponent of jackets in general, there are three styles that every gal should definitely have in her closet, with an honorable mention going out to a great faux leather jacket (you can shop my favorite one HERE):

*The Surplus: Great for dressing up or down, perfect weekend or date night wear, great with t-shirts or dressier tanks, also looks great with boots or heels, and always perfect with denim (SHOP MY FAVORITES: HERE, HERE and HERE)

*Denim Jacket: Surprisingly, I wear my denim jacket all year round.  This is truly an item that can be worn with anything.  BUT if you wear it with denim bottoms, please, please, please make sure there is enough contrast between the colors (ALSO LOVE THIS AND THIS)

*Black Blazer: There is a lot of talk about transitioning looks from day to night, and a black blazer is the key item to do just that!  And not only will it help you transition your look from day to night, but you can wear it to an interview, throw it on as a jacket for date night, wear it over a dress at a wedding, or pair it with sky high pumps and a silky tee for drinks with the girls-it really is a must have item for every wardrobe! (SHOP MY FAVORITES HERE, HERE, and HERE)

2.  BOOTS: If you are like me (or any other girl in the world for that matter), then you LOVE boots!  But even though I love boots, I notice that I tend to wear the same boots over and over: go-to cognac boots, black heeled boots for work (or a slightly dressier look), and tan booties to fill in for all of the occasions in between! You can always add to these, but if you are trying to be more minimal this year, then these are the only three pairs of boots you’ll need! And if yours are worn out (like mine were this year), then find yourself a good cobbler!

3.  LBD: If you don’t have a little black dress in your closet, you definitely need to invest in one.  If you have a wedding, a date, anything that pops up, an LBD is the perfect piece to have in your closet so do you don’t have to buy something new.  PLUS with fun accessories and shoes, it’s an item that you can style countless ways without breaking the bank! (PICTURED, ALSO LOVE THIS, THIS, and especially THIS)

4.  LIPS: For the longest time I thought I couldn’t wear a bold lip.  But I can, and SO CAN YOU!  Trust me when I tell you that you not only need a go-to nude lip color in your life, but you also need a go-to bold! Lipstick was one of the hottest accessories of 2014 and it will be again in 2015! (SHOP MY FAVORITES HERE: MAC Rebel, Stila Beso, Urban Decay F-Bomb, Nars Heat Wave, Nars Striptease)

5.  PUMPS: If you follow this blog, then you know I LOVE pumps!  And I have them in a plethora of colors, shapes, and sizes (I used to be a footwear buyer).  But when it comes down to it, all you really need are 3 pairs: a pair of classic nude (also love these and these), black (also love these), and a pair of leopard for when you are feeling a little feisty (also love these).  Trust me when I tell you, leopard is a neutral and you will be surprised at just how many things you can wear them with!

6.  BOTTOMS: I selected all skinny bottoms for this post, because that is what I primarily wear (and think you should too!), but if skinny jeans aren’t for you, the same premise from below applies to whatever style you prefer, whether it’s flare, bootcut, or something else:

*A pair of clean, dark wash denim: Minimal is definitely key here-no bling, no heavy stitching or whiskering, no flap pockets (on your skinny jeans specifically)-just a simple pair of dark, clean denim.  Some of the best brands out there are 7FAM (what I wear), JBrand, Rag & Bone, and Current Elliott.  And while these brands are a little pricey, they are definitely worth the investment.  I also think American Eagle Makes great denim and I love their new premium line (which is still under $50/pair)!

*Blank Ponte Pants: Granted I have to wear black to work, but I’m pretty sure I wear my JCrew GiGi pants more than anything else in my closet!  They are heavy enough that they aren’t a legging (and hold everything in place!) and the twill/ponte fabric make them work appropriate.  They also look great with pumps or boots. (also love these)

*Light Wash Destroyed Boyfriend Jean: Again, a great piece year round and the perfect way to change up your wardrobe and your look.  They are absolutely one of my favorite things to wear with pumps for a night out, or with sandals to the farmer’s market.

7.  VESTS: Oh how I love me some vests!  And I constantly find myself rotating between a UTILITY VEST and my favorite PUFFY VEST (which I change out with a denim vest during the warmer months).  They are almost like my safety blanket-if an outfit feels boring or incomplete to me, you can bet I am almost always going to throw on a vest.  And boom!  The outfit is fixed!  Amazing what a difference a little old vest can make for an outfit! And get ready, because you are going to be seeing a lot of them this season-so why not get ahead of the trend?

8.  TOPS: I seem to always have too many tops in my closet.  In fact, it’s an area that I am working on paring down in the new year.  And because I feel like I have too many tops (yet still have nothing to wear-ha!), I have been focusing on the kind of tops that I DO wear, and I’ve found there are three very specific styles on constant rotation in my wardrobe:

*Plaid button down or flannel: I don’t think this one needs much of an explanation, but if you don’t have a great plaid shirt in your closet, then you need to get one.  You can wear it with any of the above vests or jackets, and they always look great back to a red lip! (SHOP MY FAVORITES HERE, HERE, and HERE)

*Lightweight Layering Sweater:  There is a reason JCrew always carries the Charlie sweater every season in both the Factory store and the regular store in a rainbow of colors-it’s the perfect staple.  Wear it alone or layered under or over something-you are bound to get your money’s worth out of this one, and then some!

*Silky V-Neck Tee (my fave):  I discovered the silk v-neck tee from Express last year and I am obsessed.  They look amazing layered under a jacket, a sweater, or alone.  And when you’re looking to make smart decisions with your money and wardrobe, this is an ideal piece to have because it will help you create endless outfits for all sorts of different types of occasions! (Also love this reversible tank!)

Alright my sweet friends.  Thanks for bearing with me through this long post!  I hope it was helpful.  And if there is anything specific you would like to see on the blog this year, or if you have any questions about this post, please don’t hesitate to let me know!!!!

Hope you are all having a fantastic week!

Green for the Holidays (and a REALLY amazing giveaway!!)

Happy Monday, lovelies!  Today I wanted to share with you another outfit idea for the holiday season.  I love red and always tend to gravitate towards it this time of year, but I am here to tell you that green is a fantastic alternative if you are looking to change up your holiday ensembles a bit.  I never thought I would wear this skirt outside of the summer months, but paired back to black and leopard, it feels totally appropriate and perfectly festive for the holiday season!  In fact, I’m thinking of wearing this exact outfit to an even I have this week!!  But I want to know, would you all dare to wear neon green (tulle!) during the winter months???

And be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for a giveaway you don’t want to miss!!!

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Jacket: Blank NYC (best jacket EVER. Also comes in pink, nude, and gray AND it’s under $100!) | Tank: JCrew | Skirt: The Girl That Loves (best tulle skirts-incredibly comfy!), also loving this color and this color, also love this version (under $40!) | Necklace: JCrew | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Ray-Ban | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Leopard Pumps: Nordstrom (sold out), similar, similar

And now for the giveaway…

If you have followed my blog for a while, then you might remember that I used to wear eyelash extensions.  But after having worn them for several months, I developed a severe allergic reaction to the glue.  And the end result (besides being totally traumatized by the whole ordeal)? Pretty much all of my eyelashes fell out.  And it. was. awful.  Fortunately for me, it was right around this time that I discovered Younique 3D Fiberlash Mascara.  And let me tell you-this stuff is awesome!  I am so hooked on it.  Far less expensive and time consuming than eyelash extensions, you can control the intensity, and you can wear it with or without your current mascara.  People ask me all of the time if I wear eyelash extensions-I am telling you, this stuff is a miracle in two convenient little tubes!

And today (because it’s your lucky day!), I am teaming up with my friend Kim Rosen to give away a set of Younique 3D Fiberlash mascara to one lucky reader (click on the rafflecopter link below)!!!  Winner will be announced Tuesday, December 23rd.

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Good luck and happy Monday!!!!!!

Elbow Patches (and the BEST Cyber Monday Sales!)

I love elbow patch details-whether they are on a cute jacket or cardi-I am always a fan!  And when they are in tandem with stripes?  Forget about it!  It’s also an added bonus when your bag matches the berries on the bushes you are shooting in front of! 🙂

And if you didn’t get your shopping fix over the weekend, don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post for a complete list of coupon codes and sales happening for Cyber Monday!!!!! I’m also announcing the winners of the R+F Skincare giveaway-thank you to everyone who entered!!

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Cardigan: c/o TaraLynn’s Boutique, similar, similar (30% off today!) | Tunic Tank: Express (on sale!) | Ponte Pants: INC via Macy’s (on sale!) | Necklaces: Gigglosophy, The Limited (50% off!) | Sunnies: Karen Walker (on sale!!!!) | Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Boots: Steve Madden (older style), similar, LOVE these

And a HUGE CONGRATS to the following winners of the R+F Mini Facial Skincare giveaway!

1. Jes Duarte

2. Lisa from Life as Lisa Knows It

3. Lisa Rodriguez

4. Erin Murphy Calderon

5. Keri Bush

We will be contacting you via email to get your mailing addresses so that we can get your packages in the mail right away!  Congrats again!  I am SO excited for you guys to get to try R+F!!!  And if you are interested in trying R+F but didn’t win, GO HERE to take the test to see which skin care regiment is right for you (I use Redefine!)!!

And now, (drum roll please!!), here is your complete guide to the BEST Cyber Monday deals (and what I bought or am wishing for, hint, hint Justin!!) happening right now!  Happy shopping lovely ladies!!!!

Lulu Frost: 25% off your purchase with code: LULU25

Joie: 25% off your purchase with code: THANKS

6pm: 15% off your purchase with code: 6PMCYBMON113020141535 (I’ve got my eyes on these AND they’re under $75!!!)

ASOS: 30% off your purchase with code: ILOVEMONDAYS

Banana Republic: 40% your purchase with code: CYBER (I just purchased this and LOVE it!)

GAP: 40% off your purchase with code: CYBER (I am LOVING this and this)

Old Navy: 40% off your purchase with code: (I bought this and this)

Piperlime: 30% off your purchase with code: CYBERSALE (it’s THE PERFECT time to buy my favorite Clare Vivier leopard clutch for a steal-it goes with everything; In fact, I love it so much, I’m dreaming of this for Christmas)

Current Elliott: 25% off sitewide with code: THANKS (I’ve got my eye on these)

CWonder: 40% off sitewide! (this, this, this, and this are all perfect gifts AND under $50!)

Forever21: 20% off purchases of $60+

French Connection: 40% off sitewide with code: FC40BF

JCrew: 30% off regular price items, extra 40% off sale with code: MONDAY (I purchased this and this)

JCrew Factory: 50% off everything AND take an extra 10% off and FREE shipping with code: YOUVEGOTSALE (I bought this and this, and it’s a perfect time to stock up on my favorite pants)

Also be sure to check out Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Shopbop, and Nordstrom for other fantastic sales and amazing deals happening today!

Happy Cyber Monday, dolls!!!!

 

Black Friday Deals and Steals

Hey y’all!  Happy Black Friday!  And because no one loves a good deal better than me, today I wanted to take a minute and share all of my favorite sales happening today with all of you!!! Here’s to a little cardio shopping to burn off all of those calories from yesterday’s fun!!!!

JCrew Factory: 50% off site wide and free shipping with code: THANKS (I bought this and this)

Express: 50% your purchase in store and online (best time to stock up on these-my favorite shirts!)

Bloomingdales: Up to 50% off a wide variety of items

French Connection: 30% off sitewide

Helmut Lang: 40% off sitewide

JCrew: 30% off full priced items (I bought this), extra 40% off clearance with code: HOLIDAY  (TIP: Shop in store for better deals, they have raised their prices online for this sale!!!!)

Joie: 25% off sitewide with code: THANKS

Juicy Couture: 50% off sitewide with code: JCBlack

Kate Spade: 30% off sitewide with code: DEALME, AND A Secret/Surprise BF sale with items up to 75% off here 

Madewell: 25% off your entire purchase with code: GIFTON

Theory: 40% off sitewide

Pottery Barn Kids: 20-60% off select items

West Elm: Buy more, save more-up to 25% off

7 for all Mankind: 40% off the entire site with code: EARLY40

GAP: 50% off of everything with code: BLKFRIDAY

Banana Republic: 50% off one full priced item, 40% off the rest of your purchase; online use codes: BRFIFTY, and BRFORTY

Old Navy: 50% off of everything in store

ShopBop: Up to 25% off your purchase with code: GOBIG14

Tory Burch: Up to 30% off your purchase with code: LUCKY

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  I am so grateful for each and every single one of you.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your continued love and support, and for being the best readers ever!

Happy shopping (and saving!)!!

P.S.  If you haven’t entered the R+F Skincare giveaway, there is still time to enter here