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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

Holiday 2015 Wish List

In anticipation of Cyber Week, we’ve rounded up our top gift picks (to give, or receive) for 2015.

First up, GOLD & GLAM:

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1. LOREN HOPE LUCILE NECKLACE IN CRYSTAL • Bring on the ice, ice, baby!

2. SYDNEY LARGE ZIP CLUTCH by FOSSIL {Also check out the SYDNEY ZIP PHONE WALLET & RFID ZIP PHONE WALLET} • I’ve had this wallet for 2+ years in red and ♥ it! Ready to go for the gold.

3. TORY BURCH METAL LOGO STUD BRACELET {Have a Fitbit? Check out the TORY BURCH METAL HINGED BRACELET} • P.S., Santa, I could really use a Fitbit…

4. MARIPOSA EAR JACKETS from BAUBLEBAR, only $32! • I’m typically not into trendy jewelry, but these are gorgeous {and appear to be pretty timeless, too}.

5. Q GRANT CHRONOGRAPH WATCH by FOSSIL • Form meets function. This stylish watch is Bluetooth smart-enabled. The built-in activity tracker lets you know how many calories you’ve burned and steps you’ve taken!

6. S’WELL SPARKLING CHAMPAGNE STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLE • I have the 17oz bottle and use it daily! Stocking up on a few more as gifts. Stay hydrated, my friends!

7. BRASS STAG BOTTLE OPENER FROM ANTHROPOLOGIE • Speaking of hydrated… this darling piece of decor doubles as a bottle opener. Could you ask for anything more? {Ok, ok, if you need a corkscrew, let us recommend the RABBIT. And you could probably use the VINTURI DELUXE AERATOR SET, too.}

8. TORY BURCH AMY PUMPS • These shoes were made for… holiday parties! A nice chunky heel is classic and chic, while keeping you comfortable.

Now on to Nordstrom. You can easily get LOST in the selection of merch offered by our favorite “Free Shipping. Free Returns.” retailer. We’ve combed through Nordstrom.com and selected some practical picks for holiday 2015:

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1. SLEEPY HOLLOW TURTLENECK SWEATER BY CUPCAKES AND CASHMERE • {Looks like Cream is SOLD OUT — Shop similar styles at L.L. Bean} • Trust us on this one, fishermen sweaters NEVER go out of style.

2. SOLOISTE FEATHER HEM LACE BODY-CON DRESS • Doesn’t it look like a million bucks? It’s from the Juniors section, so size up and save some serious $$$.

3. SCALLOP FRILL TEE • Frivolous, but necessary, am I right?

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[From Top to Bottom]

1. LEATHER MATINEE WALLET BY TED BAKER LONDON • So many color options, what’s a girl to do?

2. DEBORAH LIPPMANN ‘ROAR’ NAIL COLOR Great gift idea for when you have fancy friends, but you’re not a millionaire yet.

3. MICHAEL KORS BRACELET WATCH • I honestly can’t decide between this and the Fossil Q… Can you?

4. MARC BY MARC JACOBS NEW Q NATASHA CROSSBODY BAG • I’ve had my eyes on this ‘prize’ for years. Should probably make a move now, since rumor has it Marc by Marc Jacobs is shutting down {i.e. nothing will be under $1,000 ever again…}

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And last but not least, the best faux leather leggings you ever did see/wear/experience: LYSEE FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS • Just got these – worn them ONCE and can’t tell you how many people have stopped me to ask, “Where did you get those pants?” Best part is, they are basically leggings // extremely comfortable!

Pro Tip: Wear a tunic / longer top if you don’t wanna look like Sandy from Grease.

 

Black Friday Sale Round Up: Part I

Ahh Black Friday. The Christmas morning of November. There’s no better time to get a start on your holiday shopping – and with all of your savings you can buy a little something for yourself. Skip the crowds and craziness this year and scoop up those amazing deals from the comfort of your own home. Here’s a roundup of some of the sales going on tomorrow and a few of our favorite picks from each! (And take a look at Marty’s round-ups of some more great sales here and here.)

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Gap (50% off site wide with code: BLKFRIDAY):

 

Bloomingdale’s (up to 50% off on a selection of items site wide!):

 

Everlane:

The holidays are all about giving and Everlane has done something really awesome that will allow you to give back. All of the profits from its Black Friday sale will go to their partners in Hangzouh, China. The money will go towards updating recreational facilities for individuals who live and work at the factory! You can join here.

 

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

 

Piperlime (25% off site wide with code: THANKFUL25)

 

BaubleBar (15% off two items with code: FRIDAY15)

 

Here are a few more sales that are going on now as my early Christmas gift to you:

6pm (15% off with code 6PMEU112720141585)

Alice + Olivia (25% off sitewide + free shipping!)

Ann Taylor (50% off your entire purchase with code THANKS)

Anthropologie (25% off EVERYTHING with code HOLIDAY25)

ASOS (30% off of everything with code TGIBF)

Athleta (20% off of your entire purchase with code FIT20)

Boden (30% off sitewide + free shipping with code 3K3G)

Brooks Brothers (15% off + Free Shipping)

Club Monaco (Buy more save more with code TGIBF)

French Connection (30% off full priced styles with code 30FCBF)

J. Crew (30% off full priced styles with code HOLIDAY)

Milly (25% off sitewide with code BF2014)

Nordstrom (Up to 40% off select products and an additional 20% off select sale items)

Revolve (Select items up to 80% off!)

Shopbop (Buy more save more with NO BRAND EXCLUSIONS! with code GOBIG14)

Theory (40% off sitewide)

Happy shopping! Be sure to check back later for more of our favorite Black Friday picks in Part II!

XO

JD

Target Black Friday Deals – 2014 Preview

It’s been a tradition of ours to roll into Target during the wee hours of the morning on Black Friday.

Not necessarily because we need anything, but because:
A. Target is the best
B. We enjoy watching people in their pajamas ransacking towers of $2 DVDs

This year, Target is offering Black Friday Deals online all day Thursday, which is perfect, because I’m flying to Seattle for Thanksgiving and will have to forgo my typical 2:00am Target Run.

Whether you plan to hit your nearest Target store, or stay home in your yoga pants, the Black Friday preview on target.com provides all the info you need to pre-plan your shopping:

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You can even create a ‘Quick List’ tagging items to come back to on Black Friday. If any apparel catches your eye, add it to your Quick List, because it will be 40% off!

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Our Women’s Apparel picks include:

And the very best deal of all…
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10% off Target Gift Cards in-store and online from 6:00am – noon Friday only.

Did we mention there’s FREE SHIPPING on every order, too?