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Week in Review // February 2017

Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, Galentine’s Day with your girlfriends, or just trying to avoid the hype altogether, we’ve outlined some “sweet” ideas for treating yourself and others.

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Spending money on lavish dinners and giant bouquets of roses isn’t always money well spent. Instead, choose a little something that will make you happy for months to come (well, except those gummy bears, we all know those will be gone in a flash!).

If we had a little cash (or a Nordstrom Note to burn) we’d consider one of these pretties:
CHANEL Rouge Coco / Diptyque Scented CandleJo Malone Peony & Blush Suede Cologne‘Naked2′ Palette / ‘Naked Smoky’ PaletteSugarfina Rose All Day Rose Infused Gummy Bears

Or pretty much anything Sugarfina, for that matter! I mean seriously, how cute are these?
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They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
[If you're in MN, be sure to swing by the new (permanent!) Sugarfina shop at the Mall of America near the Radisson Blu.]

And then there’s our perennial favorite, Glossier!
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Try Glossier Haloscope,  Soothing Face Mist, Generation G, Priming Moisturizer Rich or Super Pure.

Essie-Nailpolish

Could pink nails be any more fitting for Feb? Didn’t think so! Essie has nearly every shade under the sun (and we love most all of them!).

Similarly, you may be seeking a pop of pink or rich red lip color. Here’s a sampling of our faves from The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain [Left x 3] and Clinique Chubby Sticks [right x 2].
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Have you seen the new Clinique Chubby Crayola  Lip Crayon Box Set? Never imagined this partnership, but we don’t hate it!

If you’re looking for something nude or dark + dramatic instead, check out these new beauties from Bite Beauty @ Sephora.
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*We shared more details on these products on Instagram. They were sent to us complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

And a few more wildcard picks for good measure…
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French Girl Organics  // Swarovski Crystalline Stardust Pens // Rose Bath Salts

P.S. We’re on the lookout for cute Valentine’s cards. Comment with suggestions, please!

Gift Guide: $100 and Under

Next up in our gift guide series – our favorite gifts for $100 and under – and this time, we didn’t forget about the guys! Below, check out round ups of the perfect presents for her AND him.

For her:

For him:

 

Gift Guide: $50 and Under

Still stuck on what to get those last few people on your list? Our next gift guide is sure to give you some inspiration and keep you under budget. Check out of favorite gift picks that are $50 and under:

If you’re a last minute shopper, don’t worry! We’ll be squeezing in a few more gift guides before the holidays are here so stay tuned!

‘Tis the Season for Textures – Our Favorite Tweeds, Plaids, & Stripes.

If you know one thing about our fashion sensibilities, it’s probably that’s we’re drawn to the classics. For fall + winter, that means tweeds and plaids, cotton and wool. And then there’s our perennial favorite – stripes. Whether layered under sweaters and vests or incorporated as thicker sweaters or coats, stripes are always on standby.

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These cold temps aren’t going away anytime soon. Tweeds provide the weight and warmth you need to combat to frigid temps in style.

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These chic dresses and jackets are perfectly suited for wearing to work. Then, just add some bling and you’re on your way to holiday parties!

I’ve been finding so many ways to style the Lady Jacket in Metallic Tweed. For one, the bracelet sleeves make it easy to show off a pop of color. And the mannequin at J.Crew SoHo posed a style challenge – wear the lady jacket like a cape. Challenge, accepted.
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For this iteration, I’d like to thank Jenna Lyons, Jackie O and Anne Hathaway’s wardrobe stylist for the inspiration. These Over-the-Knee Boots only look high-end, on major sale ($64.50) – snatch up a pair while you still can!
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Plaids
Must be the holiday season, because plaids are present throughout the home. These Pottery Barn throws come in the prettiest color combinations, and these oversized Target pillows add a splash of Christmas cheer to our brown leather sectional.

Moving on to festive attire, J.Crew does it again! We’ll take one of each of the following, please:

Stripes
Winter, spring, summer or fall – stripes are 100% appropriate for every season. For the dead of winter (hate to break it to you, it’s upon us), opt for cozy knits and use your cotton Bretons as layering pieces under sweaters, scarves and vests.

When it comes to stripes, Saint James is the gold standard. J.Crew has been collaborating with Saint James for years, and we adore the collections season after season. This season, it’s the Saint James for J.Crew Slouchy T-Shirt that is really catching our eye. Also comes in a short sleeve slouchy version, in 4 fun colors!

While a serious investment, here’s what you can feel extra good about when growing your Saint James collection: Careful attention is given to every step of the manufacturing process. For example, after each part of the shirt is cut, the pieces are then applied to a needled table, which allows for each stripe to be perfectly aligned from front of the shirt to back. Talk about a lot of love and personal attention! Read more on the Saint James website.

Saint James sells their tried-and-true pieces, such as nautical shirts and knits on their website, saintjamesboutique.com. Here’s a sampling of our faves:

Gift Guide: $25 and Under

Now that I’ve finally accepted that it is, in fact, December (didn’t it kind of sneak up on us out of nowhere?!) – I can finally officially start my gift shopping. Even if you are on a budget, you can still check everyone off your list and show all of your friends and family just how special they are to you with these gifts that are $25 and under!

Cyber Monday Sale Roundup

Okay, I don’t want to be dramatic but coming back to work after being off for a full week is the HARDEST THING EVER. Thankfully, I woke up to lots of emails about amazing sales to help me get up on the right side of the bed. I’m four cups of coffee into this day and rounding up the sales you should shop now (there’s a lot of them).

Clothing and Accessories

Shopbop: Today is the last day to Buy More, Save More! Get up to 25% off your entire order with code GOBIG16.

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off select sale items – check out everything that is included here!

J. Crew: You have about 10 hours left to take advantage of J. Crew’s best sale ever…40% off your entire purchase. Use code MONDAY.

J. Crew Factory: 60. %. Off. Everything. WHAT! Plus, (yes, there’s more) an additional 40% off clearance and free shipping! Use code HAPPYSALE!

Loft: Code CYBERMONDAY gets you 50% off everything AND $15 sweaters.

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything + free shipping with code CYBER50!

Tory Burch: Use code THANKS to receive 30% off and shop the Cyber Monday exclusive Mini Bag.

Kate Spade: Enjoy 30% off of your order when you use code WIRED.

Urban Outfitters: $50 off orders of $150 OR $15 off orders of $75. Discount is automatically applied at checkout!

Anthropologie: Use code STACKS for a bunch of different offers – 30% off sale items, 20% off full priced items + free shipping on orders of $150 or more with code. Phew!

Beauty

Sephora: Shop spring first! Get the most anticipated items that won’t be out until spring, today!

Ulta: $10 off qualifying purchases of $50 or more and lots and lots of other deals that can be found here!

Bumble & Bumble: This really NEVER happens. 20% off site-wide. YAS! Oh, and free shipping on orders of $40 or more. No code required.

Glossier: The best (and only) sale of the year. Use code  stock up on these amazing products while they are in stock and 20% off (discount is automatically applied at checkout)!

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Framebridge: 20% off all black frame styles (this is one of my new favorite companies, they make framing your pictures so easy and affordable)! Use code BLACK20.

West Elm: TONS of deals site-wide, up to 50% off!

CB2: 15% off your full-priced order + free shipping on orders of $29 or more. Use code SAVE15.

Pottery Barn: Again, TONS of deals site-wide with up to 50% off!

Crate & Barrel: 15% off full-priced purchases + free shipping (no minimum)! Use code SAVE15.

Alright, that’s all for now. If I get another surge of energy after coffee #5 I’ll be back to share more!

PS – Don’t forget to share your purchases with us in the comments below.

 

Black Friday Sale Roundup: Home

Been waiting for a good deal on that don’t NEED but really really want super soft blanket? Need to stock up on decorations to add a little more of the holiday spirit to your place? Well, you came to the right place. In addition to our other Black Friday Sale Roundups (for clothing and beauty) we’ve gathered up the best sales for home items as well:

Crate & Barrel: 15% off full-priced purchases with code SAVE15.

Pottery Barn: Lots of Black Friday deals to be found (save up to 50% off). I’ve personally got my eye on a faux fur throw (30% off)!

All of Williams Sonoma‘s Black Friday deals can be found here. Nespresso machines for 30% off, stemware sets starting at just $19.95, and up to 50% off William Sonoma cookware…I’d say there are some pretty good deals to scoop up.

CB2: Use code SAVE15 to receive 15% off of your full-priced purchase. CB2 is the perfect place to pick up unique items to add a little personality to your home – this pig bookend set is sure to start some convos next time you have guests over!

West Elm: Buy More, Save More! Receive up to 30% off of your purchase with code MOREISMORE. There are even some Black Friday Bonuses at 40% off!

And…don’t forget to check out the home sections at Nordstrom and Anthro!

Have you made any Black Friday purchases? Share them with us in the comments below!

Black Friday Sale Roundup: Beauty

Now that we’ve gotten a good number of the clothing-centric sales out of the way, it’s time to stock up on all of your favorite beauty products. These items rarely go on sale so there’s no better time to fill your cart up – AND there are so many things that could be perfect as stocking stuffers!

Sephora: Black Friday Beauty Sets – starting at just $10! Seriously guys, you can’t pass these up: Nest Perfume Trio for $12, Origins Cult Faves 4-pack for $18, and Drybar Dry Shampoo Duo for $30..just to name a few! Hurry before these all get scooped up!

Ulta: You can find all of Ulta’s Black Friday Beauty Busters here (BareMinerals and Tarte beauty kits for under $20, 20% off Clarisonic holiday sets…) but hurry they are selling out fast!

Glossier: This is their only sale of the year! 20% off everything + free shipping! Some of the products I’m a little (read: really) obsessed with include: boy brow, Generation G lip color, milk jelly cleanser, haloscope…okay let’s just say I’m obsessed with pretty much everything!

Happy shopping – stay tuned for more shopping guides throughout the day!

PS- Check out our Black Friday Sale Roundup for all things fashion that we posted earlier today!

Black Friday Sale Roundup

Black Friday is here! Wake up from that food coma and take advantage of the amazing deals retailers are offering. The best part – you can shop of all of these sales online and not even leave your couch!

J. Crew: You still have time to take advantage of the best sale EVER. Use code HOLIDAY to receive 40% off of your purchase. I spy with my little eye…lots of perfect items for gifting (be sure to check out the full gift guides for all the ladies and gents in your life for even more gifting inspo)!

Loft: 50% off everything. Yep, every. single. thing. It doesn’t get more amazing than that. Use code FRIYAY to take advantage of this awesome sale.

Loft Black Friiday

Anthropologie: Use code LETSGO to get 30% off your entire purchase. Quick side note – rounding all of these sales up for you all is really hard because they are SO AMAZING and now I want to buy EVERYTHING. Okay moving on…..if there was any store that could persuade me to wear a velvet jumpsuit, it would be Anthro.

Gap: TGIF50. Nope, I didn’t type that wrong, that is the code that will get you 50% off site wide at Gap. Personally, I’m a huge fan of their denim and lounging gear *insert thumbs up emoji here*. They’ve even developed “gift kits” – selecting a group of perfect together items so it really takes all of the work out of it for you!

Nordstrom: Through Sunday, receive an additional 20% off select sale items. Check everything out here because there is too much great stuff to just pick a few items to show you!

Nordstrom Black Friday

Shopbop: Buy More, Save More…use code GOBIG16 to save up to 25% off your purchase. This applies to ALL full-price and sale items so kind of impossible to pass up, right?

Banana Republic: 50% off five full priced items (NO exclusions!). Use code BRFIVE. Banana is really stepping up their game lately and you’re guaranteed to find some gifts for the super stylish folks in your life (check out the gift guides for her and him) and maybe a few pieces for your own holiday wardrobe, too!

The sales really are never ending today and we’re going to keep sharing them with you…after we have some coffee.

Stay tuned for posts throughout the day featuring more sales (beauty, home, tech…aka everything you’ll need to get all the names checked off that list of yours)!

 

Trend to Try: Velvet

As soon as my hunt for a good deal on a flight home begins, so does the search for the perfect Christmas day outfit. This year, I have not yet had any luck with the former, but the latter was solved quite easily when I began seeing velvet pieces everywhere (LOFT has an amazing selection and with 40% of EVERYTHING right now, you can’t pass up trying this trend out!).

To shop our favorite velvet pieces just click the plus sign icon in the images!

Let’s all agree that pink velvet shoes need to become a staple item in all of our closets…

What will you be wearing for the holidays this year? Share in the comments below!
XO
J

 

PS: Be sure to check out these sales….

J. Crew’s biggest sale EVER! Take 40% off your entire purchase. WHAAAT!

Buy More, Save More (up to 25% off) at Shopbop

Up to 40% off at Neiman Marcus 

25% off sitewide at Rebecca Minkoff