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!

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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.

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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!

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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)!

 

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Dear Santa… Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

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What do you want for Christmas?
Ummm… IDK…

Sound familiar? Have a point of view already! There are tons of fantastic options out there, and you don’t want errands (mall returns) for Christmas, do you? Instead, opt for items you actually want and will use. Some food for thought below!

Cashmere Wrap

This oversize cashmere wrap (currently 40% off!) is perfect for traveling – keeping you chic and cozy as you jet off for business or pleasure. Comes in five color options (I honestly can’t choose, they are all so versatile!). Here’s another very similar option to consider: Fringe Cashmere Wrap.

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They smell amazing. And, when you’re done with ’em, they make super trendy pencil cups, tiny vases, or vessels to store your Q-tips. #recycling.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
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The hair dryer of the future will *only* set you (or Santa) back $400.

Hunter Wellies


If you’ve had your eyes on Hunter Original High Gloss Boots, you’ll be happy to hear there are new color options in stock! I have the Original Black Gloss, but Graphite Gloss, Dark Slate, and Military Red are oh-so-tempting, too. Also think the short Sperry ‘Saltwater’ Waterproof Rain Boots are cute-as-can-be.

La Mer


Confession: I’ve never owned any La Mer products, but from the rave reviews, I trust they’re onto something. While definitely a splurge, take advantage of holiday offers and gift sets.

Le Creuset


All I need is one of everything, and we’ll probably have the next Julia Child on our hands. Probably.

M. Gemi Shoes



I’ve never owned a pair of M. Gemi shoes, but something tells me they’re magic. Enjoy $50 off every pair until Monday!

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I mean, how hard is it to pick just one?

Now that we’ve hopefully inspired your “gift-to-self” or “Dear Santa…” list, what else should we consider gifting this season? Share your favorite gift items in the comments below!

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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

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Time to Get Bundled Up

Over the past couple of months, New York has offered up the most confusing weather I think I’ve ever experienced. I’ve gone from nights of layering up for bed praying my radiator turns on to cranking my AC the next day. This also entails switching up my wardrobe daily – kind of annoying. BUT…we’ve had about three days of chilly weather (the longest stretch so far!) so I think it might officially be time to bundle up! If you’re a longtime reader of the blog you know I’m extremely fond of the cold temps. Blame it on my Midwestern roots, but I can’t resist a good winter coat and think outfits are better when multiple layers are involved.

I can’t wait to share all of my favorite cold weather pieces over the next couple of weeks but let’s start with the pieces everyone will see the most – coats, hats, scarves, gloves..basically all of the best things about winter. Also, because I’m already in the holiday spirit of giving, all of the items below are ON SALE. Like..major sale (40% off at J. Crew for example. Yeah, I wasn’t lying!).

And okay – I know the holidays are all about spending time with friends and family, but why not also score a good deal on gifts for those friends and family members?! Check out the sale roundup below featuring all of the great deals you can get during the days leading up to the infamous Black Friday:

J. Crew: 40% off your purchase when you use code HOLIDAY.

Shopbop: Buy more, save more! Use code GOBIG16 to get up to 25% off.

Loft: Use code THANKS to receive 40% off site-wide.

Baublebar: 30% off on holiday collection and gift sets with code HOLIDAY30.

Tory Burch: The event of the season…use code THANKS to save 25% when you spend $250 or more.

Gap: 40% off EVERYTHING with code GIFTTIME.

Madewell: Use code THATSALE and you’ll get 25% off your entire purchase!

Nordstrom: Don’t wait until Black Friday to save…check out early savings offers (no code needed!)

Happy shopping!
XO
J

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J.Crew Review: December 2016 Style Guide

It’s good, you guys. Really good. 
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Makes me want to head to Canada and max out my credit card on all the necessary gear — including, but not limited to:

1. MARLED ITALIAN WOOL BLEND TURTLENECK SWEATER

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2. RIBBED TURTLENECK IN ITALIAN CASHMERE
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3. NORDIC PARKA
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4. BLACK WATCH EXCURSION QUILTED VEST

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Also comes in Dark Poppy, Bleached Sand, Emerald Pool, Navy, Black. Which one would you wear the most?

5. BELTED ZIP TRENCH COAT IN WOOL MELTON
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Also comes in several other fun and festive colors.

6. ICON TRENCH COAT IN WOOL-CASHMERE

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7. TOGGLE CAPE IN WOOL CASHMERE
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8. COZY TROUSER SOCKS IN FAIR ISLE
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*Shown front + center!

9. SADIE POM-POM ANKLE-STRAP FLATS IN TARTAN
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How perfect for the holidays, right? Act fast – sizes are selling out quickly!

10. RIBBED HAT WITH FAUX-FUR POM-POM

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And for holiday party attire… JCrew-Holiday-2016-Party-Attire

 FLOUNCE SILK DRESS IN WOLFSTOOTH /  LACE DRESS WITH POCKETS / SILK TWILL PANT IN WOLFSTOOTH

This isn’t all about you. You know that, right? Start making a list of gifts for the women in your life. We’re fond of the following gifts in shades that suit the season!

Gift Ideas

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From L to R: SIGNET BAG IN ITALIAN LEATHERSTADIUM-CLOTH COCOON COATKNIT NIGHTSHIRT IN POLKA DOT / CASHMERE-LINED LEATHER TECH GLOVES

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Top Gifts for Women (Under $50!)

Ready or not, it’s that time of year again, folks! To make things a little less stressful, we’ve rounded up a series of gifts for your consideration. First up, Gifts for Women – Under $50.

1. Capri Blue Candles – find tons of options at Anthropologie!

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Some faves: Iridescent Jar Candle / Marbled Glass Candle / Burnished Metal (with soapstone lids!) and these darling Succulent Candles.

2. Glossier gifts are sure to please, and they don’t break the bank!
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Pair the Glossier Terry Headband with one of their cleansing masks – the detoxifying Mega Greens Galaxy Pack or Mousturizing Moon Mask. I’d also highly recommend Generation G Matte Lipstick (my favorite shades are Jam and Zip) and ‘The Supers’ concentrated serums. Pick up Super Bounce for softer skin and Super Glow, for an even skin tone. Add Priming Moisturizer before adding makeup! Save 20% on your first Glossier purchase by shopping with this link.

3. Save big with seasonal makeup kits.
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Like the Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara & Eyeshadow Palette and the Bobbi Brown Bellini Lip & Eye Palette.

4. S’well Stainless Steel Water Bottles come in a variety of fun finishes, including:

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Angel Food / Glitter Smokey Eye / Palm Beach
Waikiki / X Gray Malin Deer Valley / Sparkling Champagne

5. Turkish Towels – Love these multi-purpose towels. Great for laying out on the beach or as a swimsuit coverup. Also makes a great shawl / oversized scarf. Can also be used as a traditional hand or body towel or fun home decor accent. The Linum Home Textiles line at Nordstrom is a personal favorite.
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Designs include: Herringbone Striped Turkish Pestemal Towel‘Luxe Herringbone’ Turkish Pestemal Towel‘Sea Waves’ Turkish Pestemal Towel‘Seaside Fun’ Turkish Pestemal Towel.
Turkish-Towel-Nordstrom  There’s also a darling baby version by Little Giraffe

6. When it comes to accessories, I’ve got my eye on these Gorjana Power Gemstone Bracelets (talk about an arm party!).
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and this Tonal Stripe Foldover Clutch
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Love both black and stone. You won’t believe the price!

7. I’ve been seeing plenty of chic winter hats out already, including:

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Estes Park Beanie / Chatham Pom Beanie / Hinge Knit Pom Pom BeanieRibbed Faux-Fur Pom Pom Beanie by Calvin Klein, and the iconic Hudson’s Bay Company Pom Pom Tuque. Act quick, these always seem to sell out right away.

8. Gotta love rifle paper Rifle Paper Co!

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Our picks for Holiday 2016?
Jardin De Paris Notebook / Paradise 2017 Calendar / Market List Pad / Maps Desk Calendar

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And these gorgeous new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Cases. Top off the gift with beautiful floral wrapping paper.

What are your go-to “Under $50” gifts to give?

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Week in Review: Fall is in Full Swing

Fall is in full swing, and that means miniature pumpkins and decorative Indian corn will magically make their way into your shopping cart. You’ll suddenly have an irresistible urge to visit an apple orchard and a pumpkin farm. Perhaps a vineyard, too – while you’re at it! A strange sensation pulls you in the direction of all things plaid and flannel and it becomes abundantly clear that you do not have enough cozy socks and blankets (and never will).

That said, cider season is officially upon us! If you’re like me, you skip the PSL and go straight for the good stuff.

If we were ‘real’ lifestyle bloggers, we’d whip up our own clever cider concoction and share just how rewarding it is to make your own from scratch. I must say, this Trader Joe’s version isn’t half bad! Apple-Cider-Season Disclaimer: These apples aren’t freshly picked from the orchard. They’re Trader Joe’s, too.

Fall-Foliage-OnlyInMN And with the crisp autumnal breezes comes a myriad of gorgeous natural colors. A unique mix of reds, greens, yellows, oranges and maroons. A striking blend of colors that are just too Instagrammable to resist. It’s peak fall foliage season in Minnesota right now (meaning, we have ALL of the colors), and I have plenty of ‘grams to prove it!

Including this one, featuring my recent encounter with a real-life emoji! Real-Life-Leaf-Emoji

Wayzata-Yacht-Club And this snap, that’s really just a tease because that body of water is about to FREEZE soon.

Fall-Foliage-MN-2 And this tunnel of trees at a scenic outdoor wedding venue. Ok, I lied. This is actually outside of the public library. Looks like a lavishly decorated aisle though, doesn’t it?

Taylors-Falls-MN-Fall This recent hike was an eyeopener, featuring trees with only a few fall leaves left : (

Wood-Watch-1When it comes to fall clothing and accessories, I gotta admit, I don’t overdose on plaid and flannel and oversized capes. They’re not for everyone. I do love a cozy cable knit sweater, a fleece-lined quarter-zip (like this Heathered Green Patagonia “Better Sweater” that’s become a weekend staple), and leather riding boots (like these Frye faves I’ve been wearing on the daily).

JORD-WatchAccessory-wise, stylish wood watches are seasonally appropriate and make quite the fashion statement. This Zebrawood and Dark Sandalwood combination caught my attention, and the best news is, the husband likes it, too! Check out woodwatches.com to explore the full collection of men’s and women’s watches. (Shown: Dover Series Zebrawood & Dark Sandalwood. c/o).

Wood-Watch-2 Doesn’t it make you wanna go all analog and take a hike? Reaching for your iPhone is not required to tell time. It was, however, required for this photo, HA! 

Like what you see? Enter to win a wood watch.

Until next time!
Marty

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Week in Review: Travels to Chicago, San Fransisco and the Ryder Cup!

It’s been an action-packed couple of weeks! From San Fransisco to Chicago to Milwaukee and back to Minneapolis for the Ryder Cup! Here are some highlights from our adventures:

Flowers-at-Mission-Dolores-Market-San-Fransisco“I see them bloom for me and you. And I think to myself, What a wonderful world.” I couldn’t help but smile (and let’s be honest, walk in and what else they had to offer) as I walked past this darling market in Mission Dolores, San Fransisco.

View-from-Golden-Gate-Bridge-San-FransiscoThe next night I headed to the Golden Gate Bridge just before sunset, and the views were phenomenal! While it was a chilly walk, it was a clear night (no fog!) and I snapped an embarrassing number of photos.

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Next stop: Chicago. When I arrived my friends had already eaten lunch, so I took matters into my own hands. Made a beeline for the 3 Arts Club Cafe aka “a posh haunt inside Restoration Hardware combining a coffeehouse, wine bar & American restaurant.” Let me tell you, it lives up to the hype! The next time you’re in Chicago, I’d highly recommend swinging by. And plan extra time for exploring each floor of RH Chicago – design inspo for DAYS.

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Like this chandelier filled hallway…

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And this dreamy lounge on the top floor…

After a quick stop in Milwaukee for my grandma’s 90th birthday party (!!!) I made my way back to Minnesota and was pleasantly surprised to find the weather was still summery. Sundays-Lake-Minnetonka

Which turned out to be PERFECT for the Ryder Cup.  Ryder-Cup-2016-MN
We had a blast wearing full on red, white & blue and cheering on Team USA. We also got to catch up with friends from out-of-town all while spending ample time outdoors.

What have you been up to this fall?

-Marty

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Week In Review: Early Fall Edition

The transition from summer to fall is always bittersweet, but this year the crisp fall breezes mixed with still-summery temps has been extremely enjoyable!

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Outfit Details: Italian Silk Square Scarf in Vibrant Paisley (c/o) / Rise and Shine Stud Earrings / Celine Sunnies / Generation G Lipstick in Jam / Blue Bell Sleeve Off the Shoulder Chambray Top / (not shown) Black Pixie Pant.

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The latest J.Crew Style Guide provides plenty of outfit inspiration for cooler temps. Flip through and you’ll see a return the classics – tried-and-true fabrics and fits in fashion-forward shades. What’s on your fall wishlist?
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Rich red hues stood out to us. Turns out, merlot and cabernet aren’t just found on the wine list this fall! These rich red hues are creeping into closets across the country – including our own. Find our top picks for embracing the color of the season in styles fit for fall: http://liketoknow.it/thejcrgirls.

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Tomgirl Chic also caught our eye. I mean, this jeans + stripes look is PERFECT for weekend errands!
  JCrew-Blush-Black-Captoe-Pumps Blush tones paired with black has been one of our favorite color combos this season. These Lena Leather Pumps with Patent Cap Toe are cute, comfy, versatile and now 25% off!

Fall-Weekends-Trips-Adventures As we’re planning out the remainder of our fall weekends, we’re considering everything from scenic drives to pumpkin patches, apple orchards and wine tastings. But, sometimes you just want to cuddle up with a cozy blanket and a good book…

book-of-the-month There are so many great books out there and between walking around the bookstore or falling into the black hole of Amazon clicking through 100 “you may also likes,” I struggle to pin down my next selection. Or, I just buy 10 books at a time and have a queue lined up for the rest of the year. So when I heard about Book of the Month I was pretty excited. There are five books selected based on a brief survey you fill out when you sign up – specific to the genres you’re interested in.

The best part? My friend sent me a referral link so I could get 50% off my first three months! If you’re interested in signing up, click here to get the same deal (and let me know which book you pick each month!).

Stay tuned for our next installment – we’ll share details of our latest travels, new beauty faves, and (dare we say it?) some gift ideas to get your wheels turning as we inch closer to the holidays.

Until next time,
-Marty

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