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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

Current Obsession (and a Giveaway!): Danielle Murray

Okay, get ready because today we are featuring an amazing artist Danielle Murray. I am in constant awe of her talent and I think you all are really going to love her work. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and shed some light on her journey to turning her dream into her career…oh and is also giving away one of the most perfect prints ever (hello stripes and a sailboat!).

I met Danielle when I lived in Milwaukee and worked with her husband (shout out to John Murray!). They are basically the coolest, cutest, most creative couple (the letter of the day is C) out there. Keep reading for our interview with Danielle and to enter for a chance to win this awesome print:

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Danielle grew up in New Jersey and attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she received her BFA in illustration with honors.  In addition to freelancing and gallery shows (and painting A LOT of ships), she has also worked in-house as a product designer, for a division of Bed Bath & Beyond. Her paintings have been exhibited in cities across the U.S. including New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Additionally, her artwork has been licensed to a wide range of products including textiles, paper goods and home decor products. She currently resides in Milwaukee, WI with her better half.

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How long have you been in business? What are some of the key milestones that have taken place?

I started freelancing (mostly editorial illustration) in 2008. Since then, many things have happened that brought me to the point where I am now: creating artwork that gets licensed for product and home decor. I have been working in this field, as a decorative/art licensing artist for almost 2 years.

A few years after graduating college, I left Philly and moved back to NJ. I started working a part-time job at a frame shop (which at the time made me feel like I was failing since my artwork alone could not sustain me), but it was so important, because it is where I learned about the art publishing industry (and also met some of my best friends). With the knowledge from the frame shop I landed an in-house designer position for The Christmas Tree Shops. I got paid to paint cupcakes and pumpkins, and while my 18 year old self may have laughed at this, it was exactly where I needed to be.

I like pretty things and painting pretty things, and well, I enjoy painting, anything! Not to mention I love researching and home decor and keeping up with trends in the marketplace, which all goes hand in hand with creating artwork for licensing and publishing. My work never seemed quite right for editorial illustration, and not always appropriate for the fine art world, so I always felt like I was just sort of lingering. Learning about this other world just made everything click for me. I eventually left my position at the Christmas Tree Shops and relocated to Milwaukee, WI where I began licensing on my own, I currently work with two representatives who sell and license my artwork.

Holy ship! We love all things nautical, too. Why is painting ships your “happy place?” Where else do you draw inspiration (…detail some of your rummaging adventures??)

I grew up by the ocean, so I’d imagine this has a lot to do with it, and in general, the act of painting the ocean is one of my favorite things to do. It’s one of those subject matters that I never think I paint well enough, so I keep on trying.

A lot of my inspiration is drawn from past places and things. My father has been a “picker” long before pickers were a thing, so I’ve been flea marketing, rummaging and well, garbage picking my whole life. I love old objects because of the history. All of the things I collect have a story, whether I know it or not, and that’s the fascinating part about every item I find.

What are some of the struggles you’ve encountered starting your own business and how have you overcome them? 

I think the toughest thing for me, which can still be a struggle at times, is comparing myself and my career to other people. It is a difficult thing in a world where you are constantly inundated with other people’s work and success to not compare where you are at with where they are at. I think it is best to remember that no two stories are the same.

I would also say having a plan is so important! For years I just didn’t have clear direction. What I liked and what type of artwork I wanted to make never wavered for me, but I couldn’t seem to find the right place for it. I was trying to find success in multiple places, editorial illustration, galleries, the decorative world etc. Trying to do too many different things resulted in me not finding real fulfillment or success in any of them. Having a clear focus and making a business plan has helped me tremendously.

There can be a lot of comfort 9-5 job. What advice would you give to someone who wants to set out to turn what they love into a career?

I think the bottom line is to always generate good work. Stay educated on the industry and set both long and short term goals. A long term business plan is so important, but it is the baby steps that make things happen.

Also, knowing what you are capable of and identifying your strengths is so important. From the beginning, one of the first steps of my plan was getting representation from an agent. I knew just starting out, that I did not want to be writing contracts and negotiating deals, It was not an area I felt confident in. This may not always be the case, but for now my time is best spent creating the work.

Will you be adding more items to your Etsy shop soon? Because we’re gonna need to start a collection…

Yes! I try to add new prints of my personal paintings as I finish them. I’ve also been slowly adding smaller/affordable originals.

Be sure to follow Danielle to see more of her amazing work on her Facebook, Instagram, and website. And enter below to win the Welcome Ship print pictured above! The giveaway ends next Friday so get your name in now 🙂

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Fall Favorites: Colors

Hello there! After a VERY long blogging hiatus I (Jocelyn) am back. I’m going to be blogging full time for now so you will be getting more regular updates from us, yay! Here we goooo……

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you probably know that I’m crazy and I love the cold weather months. Dressing for fall and winter has to be my favorite thing EVER. Sweaters, layering, boots, cute jackets…it really is the best! Due to this, I obviously have about a million categories of things I love for fall fashion so I’m going to share them with you because…I can! Let’s start out with the beautiful colors that you can incorporate into your wardrobe now that the temps should be dropping soon. In my opinion, wearing darker tones in the summer can be hard when its so bright and warm out. Now I take full advantage of being able to incorporate darker colors into my ensembles!

Oxblood:

Olive Green:

Cognac (for your bags, shoes, and other assorted accessories this is my favorite!):

What are your favorite colors for fall? Tell us in the comments below!

XO

JD

The JCR Girls Do Dallas (#rSthecon here we come!)

Hey Y’all! We’re SO EXCITED to be heading back to Dallas this week. [For reference, see what fun we had on last years’ Dallas Trip!]

Jocelyn will be leaving the Big Apple and I’ll be leaving the Minnie Apple to meet up in Dallas on Thursday to prep for #rSthecon. We haven’t even seen each other yet this year, so it’s highly likely that a run hug will be happening.

 

One of us has started attempting to pack…
So far I’m thinking neon pink + sparkly things + lace = good idea.
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Also drawn to black + gold (per usual). rsthecon-dallas-4

And somehow I managed to narrow my shoe selection down to 3 pairs of heels

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Must not forget the essentials:
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And I may or may not have packed a dozen dresses. To see what we actually end up wearing, follow us on Instagram: @JCrewReview, @MissMarthaMae, @JDorszynski.

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Flashback Friday: Faves from JCrew Catalogs of 2006…

While I don’t miss the bootcut jeans, bermuda shorts, or cargo chinos of ’06, I’m still rather fond of the following…
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 This outfit, does it come in my size? (This catalog featured the debut of Crewcuts!)

JCrew-Catatlog-Plaid-2006 Mother-Daughter Madras. Because: adorable.

JCrew-Catalog-2006-fish-in-the-sea-dress I must eBay stalk this fish print dress… 

JCrew-Denim-Vest Denim vest done right (still not sure I could pull it off, but I’ll pretend I can)

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Navy Blue Swiss Dot Top

JCrew-Catatlog-Sweater The always-in-style Navy Blue V-neck Sweater (I wear mine religiously)

JCrew-Catalog-2006-Argyle I love the look on the left from the knees up. Pretty sure I tried to copy this knee-high look back in ’06..I now realize how ridiculous I looked.

JCrew-Catatlog-Striped-Skirt This striped skirt (and striped wallpaper). Can I have it?

JCrew-Catatlog-Bikini-Seersucker Seersucker swimwear is always a good idea. I liked it then (note: dog ear) and I like it now!

And polka dots? Yes, polka dots are also always a good idea. JCrew-Polka-Dot-Bikini-Top

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I had this bow dress in fuschia. Then had to gift it to my roommate because I was only a size 0 for like, 2 months.

JCrew-Catalog-Wedding-Dress And whatever happened to this $470 wedding dress? Seriously – $470?? #BringItBack

What are your favorite JCrew styles of yesteryear?

XO,

Marty

P.S. There’s a sale on current J.Crew items.
Shop it here:

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Shopbop: Spend More Save More

Shopbop is having the most amazing sale and the more you buy the more you save. Oh, and there are no exclusions. It’s basically the best and worst thing to ever happen. I’ve gathered up some of the things I’ll be stocking up on along with a few things I’ve thrown in my cart just to see how much I would be able to save (deleting them shortly after because, sigh, rent is due this week). Side note: as I went through everything I wanted I noticed a black/white/grey/navy trend. Can spring please get here so I can get back in bright color mode?!

She Wants Shoes – Holiday Gifting 2013

OMG SHOES.

Sort of a strange gift to give, but a great gift to get! This season ask Santa for shoes. Because chances are you want at least 10 of these 20 pairs:

I also recently discovered Badgley Mischka on Heels.com. So much pretty, I can barely stand it.

Want more? Check out the fabulous footwear at these online retailers:

J.Crew – Pick your poison: Ankle boots, snow boots, sparkly heels, ballet flats, loafers…
Sole Society – Current promo: 40% off party-ready styles. Limited time only!
Tory Burch – The classics. Investment pieces you won’t regret.
Kate Spade – All that glitters…is probably Kate!
Piperlime – Check out ‘Girl on a Budget‘ for shoes under $100!
Nordstrom – Little bit of everything. Warning: dangerous to go in person – you might overdo it.
Shopbop – Find yourself something fun and flashy.

Cyber Monday

This is the one time of year where Monday won’t be your least favorite day of the week. We’ve rounded up our favorite promotions going on for Cyber Monday along with a few of our favorite pieces from each below.

Aldo – Save 15% off site wide (use CYBERDEAL13A).

Ann Taylor – Save 50% on your entire purchase (use SHOP50).

Bauble Bar – Save 20% site wide (use CYBER20).

C. Wonder – Save 40% off when you buy 4 items or more (use GIFTS40).

GiGi New York – Buy more save more (check out the details here).

Tory Burch – Buy more save more (check out the details here).

And just in case you weren’t able to finalize your purchase on Friday, Nordstrom, Loren Hope, Target, and Shopbop still have their Black Friday sales going on, too!

Wardrobe Wishlist

I’m currently lusting after this amazing dress to wear to a holiday party or two. I think it’s classy with a fun edge and I’m totally loving lace right now.

Tibi Strapless Lace Dress via The JCR Girls

 

Below are some similar (more wallet friendly) options to incorporate lace into your rotation of holiday dresses.

 

XO
JD