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Hi loves! We had a chance to enjoy some amazing deals yesterday and now it’s time to each of us to make a difference on Giving Tuesday.  Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. It is a day to remind us that giving back to our community, nation, and overseas is easier that we might think. I did a blog post earlier in the year about charitable gifts that you can give.

Here are some ideas on how you can give back:

Volunteer your time

Time is money and that is a phrase I am coming to appreciate more and more over the years. Consider giving up a day in the next week weekends to help out a organization in need. If you are passionate about animals, see if you can volunteer at a local animal shelter. Fellow fashion lovers, consider donating some old clothes from your closets to organizations like Dress to Success.

Give gifts that give back

TOMS

As I mentioned earlier, you can give gifts while making a difference at the same time. TOMS is a company that I admire. Every product they sell provides someone in need with a better life. For every pair of shoes sold, another is given away to others overseas. Sunglasses sold give the gift of sight by providing medical professionals and eye surgery to restore eye sight. Additionally, every back pack that is sold provides funding for anti-bullying initiatives here in the United States.

ALEX AND ANI

Alex and Ani is well known for their unique jewelry pieces. Did you also know that they also have specific bangles that give back to the UNICEF, March of Dimes,Toys for Tots, Alex’s Lemonade Stand  and more? Purchasing these bands will not only make great gifts but also help to make a difference to the charity that is dearest to your heart. If you are low on funds, not to worry. Alex and Ani will give back for you interact with them for their Giving Tuesday posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Starting retweeting and commenting away. For every comment, Alex and Ani are donating $1 to the Make A Wish Foundation!

Donate 

This holiday season is always one of the most charitable one. That being said, there are a lot of opportunities to donate old coats, shoes and clothes to come who can really use them. In fact, your old Amazon boxes can be put to good use. Simply use an old Amazon box and fill it with items you want to donate. Then go to GiveBackBox.com to print out your free label. Let your box out for UPS or USPS to deliver your box to charity!

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Jacket: Nordstrom // Sweater: J.Crew // Skirt: OLD; similar at Express // Boots: Nordstrom

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It’s time to shop until you drop! Whether you are heading out today for Black Friday or want to do some shopping from your home, don’t miss out on some amazing deals. A lot of sales are going to be going on into next Monday. Here are some of the best deals I have found from some of my favorite retailers.

J.Crew: Get 40% off the entire store and online until 11/26. This sweater I recently reviewed and you may like this flattering sweater dress for the holidays. Here are some of the pieces I am looking to get this weekend:

For Black Friday, enjoy 40% off everything plus an extra 10% off and free shipping!

Francesca’s: 30% off storewide + exclusive Cyber Monday deals.

Revolve: Sale times are an extra 50%! I am going on vacation in January to some where warm, so I am looking to get some pieces for my trip.

Topshop: Get up to 50% + enjoy free shipping.

ASOS: Use code EPIC30 for an extra 30% now until 11/28.

Express: Enjoy 50% off everything + free shipping.

Ann Taylor: Enjoy an extra 50% off the entire store and online with code THANKFUL for Black Friday.

Use code BEST MONDAY for Cyber Monday + enjoy free shipping

Chicwish: Use code BLK15 for an extra 15% on orders of $50 for Black Friday. Chicwish is the brand that sells my plaid wrap coat that I featured earlier this month.

For Cyber Monday, use get an extra 15% off $70+ with code CMN5

LOFT: Use code THANKS for 50% off everything in-store and online for Black Friday.

For Cyber Monday,  enjoy 50% off everything when you use CLICK at checkout + free shipping

Banana Republic: Everything is 50% site wide. No code needed! 🙂

Kate Spade: 30% off your purchase – use code GIVEJOY at checkout

Urban Outfitters: $15 off $75 and $50 off $150 Free shipping on $50+

Anthropologie: Enjoy 30% off everything!

 

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Hi loves! The first snow fall has officially arrived to some of us in NY Tri-state area. Winter can be so magical but very miserable for people like me who never can seem to stay warm. Thankfully, I found a new great pieces from J.Crew last week during an online shopping spree that are great for layering and will be keep you toasty warm.

To start my look, I went with this darling turtleneck sweater. I am wearing it in a size XS with the intention of not leaving it in the dryer long. I am not sure if it is going to shrink or not but I am not taking any chances! If you have struck sweaters in the past, I would recommend sizing up.

The next step is to layer up with a jacket! This J.Crew wool lady jacket is one that I have admired for years. I have seen it on influences like Jean from Extra Petite and Annie from Stylish Petite. I am so happy that it is part of my wardrobe. It is lined with Thinsulate which give the coat extra warmth. Think of it like wearing a parka with a lot less of the bulk. In these images I am wearing in in a petite 0. I will be honest, the 0 was a bit too small around my shoulders. So I did even up exchanging it for a petite 2.

Finally, finish up this look up with a neutral bag, a pair of your favorite booties and your favorite pair of jeans then you are ready to go! As temperatures get lower, you can easily slip on some gloves and a cute wool knit hat. What are some ways you transition from fall to winter? Chat with me by leaving a comment below!

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Jacket: J.Crew // Sweater: J.Crew // Jeans: BLANK NYC; similar here // Boots: Nordstrom // Bag: OLD; similar here; vegan leather option here

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If there is one thing you should know about me, it is that I LOVE Disney. I am a giant kid who looks forward to any new Disney films and is in love with Disney World (I still need to see Disneyland for myself). So it’s no surprise that I am featuring the Disney’s Store Black Friday sale that is going on right now. While the Disney Store may primarily be geared for children, there are plenty of items that you can get for Disney fans of all ages. Here are some ideas to add to your holiday shopping list:

Mugs 

We adults sure would be lost without our coffee right? Even if you are a tea drinker, nothing beats enjoying your favorite hot drink in a themed mug based on your favorite Disney movie. I have a mug collection of my own that I am very proud of myself! 😉 You want to know the best news? During Disney’s black Friday sale, select mugs are just $10!

T-Shirts and Sweaters 

The Disney store has some of the more darling t-shirts and sweaters with all your favorite characters such as Pooh, Snow White and even Mary Poppins! These whimsical tees and sweaters are so much fun to wear when you are in need of a little Disney magic.

Disney World merchandise (not part of the sale but worth mentioning xx).

If you can’t be at Disney World, you might as well enjoy some of the merchandise you can get from your local Disney Store or online! Disney World merchandise offers a wide variety of products ranging from jewelry to Mickey ears and Disney designer bags!

Ornaments 

Add a little Disney magic to a loved one’s tree by getting them a Disney ornaments from their favorite movie! I recently surprise my boyfriend with this UP themed ornament. I even treated myself this adorable lady ornament from Lady and the Tramp as it is still one of my favorite movies (I used to watch this movie over and over with my brother and sisters growing up).

Toys

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Sweater: The Disney Store // Shirt: Old Navy // Jeans: Nordstrom // Boots: Kohl’s

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Hi loves! With the holiday season fast approaching, I wanted to get a head start on some holiday content for you. Today, I am sharing all the reasons why giving the gift of pajama and other leisure products are the perfect gift for anyone on your holiday list. This gift is not only fun to gift but also super thoughtful.

  • They are cute! Let’s great real ladies, cute pajamas are so much fun to wear no matter what age you are. We spend a third of our lives sleeping so we might as well feel comfy and cute while we are going it! I am in with this poinsettia pajama set that I got from Target (and it’s under $30).

  • No guilt. If you have a large family like I do, often you are exchanging gifts way before Christmas arrives. So you can give a cute pair of pajamas as a gift that your loved ones will enjoy all season long!

  • Your Christmas photos will be amazing. Nothing beats opening gifts on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day – especially with festive pj’s! I even got matching Mickey and Minnie Pj’s from Kohls for my boyfriend and I to wear. Can you say photo op? 😉

  • They are great for layering. Do you remember when you were a kid and your mom would have you layer up with your pj’s from time to time? I use some of my pj’s as under shirts or a second layer with my pants in the winter. It’s a simple hack that works at any age!

  • They are budget friendly. The great thing about pajamas is that you can find a great pair at reasonable prices that will not hurt your budget. Or you can gift luxury ones from brands like Kate Spade or Nordstrom. Either way, this cozy and comfy gift will be sure to keep your wallet happy and your loved ones even happier.

  • Pj’s making spirits bright. Nothing like being festive to get you in the holiday spirit! Having festive Pj’s will make your loved ones enjoy the cheers and comfort of the holidays. This time of year, we all need to have power naps now and then.

  • You might start a fun family tradition. By giving your friends and family holiday pajamas, they may get some for the rest of the family too! There are some many cute family holiday pajama sets out there like this Mickey and Minnie family set, this set from the Disney store and this one from Macy’s.

Don’t forget slippers and socks for extra comfort! Lauren Conrad has some adorable new slippers from her line at Kohls. Plus, everyone loves some soft socks when they are relaxing in their pj’s. 😉

What are some of your favorite gifts you like to give during the holidays? Leave me a comment and you might see it as a topic on my next blog post!

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Pajamas: Target // Mug: Target

 

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