Monthly Archives: November 2013

Little Love Notes

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Dear Black Friday shoppers, skip the lines and shop online with my handy list of the most amazing fashion (and design) related Black Friday-through-Cyber Monday sales.

Dear candy apple lovers, I know that it’s kind of sick to be dreaming of any kind of buffet-style eating just hours after a Thanksgiving feast, but this caramel apple bar was too awesome not to share.

Dear turkey, once I can breathe again from last night’s meal, I have big plans for you; namely, the top 10 recipes for leftover turkey.

Dear food talk (and then I swear, I’m done!), making this homemade sweet potato pie for tonight’s Thanksgiving, part deux.  Rumor has it, it’s perfect.

Dear Mindy Kaling fans, a.k.a., everyone, the 19 most relatable tweets from Mindy Kaling.

Dear wedding photogs, beware of photobombers: you never know when Zach Braff will drop in on a wedding shoot.

Dear creatives, is it just me or does Bri Emery (of Design Love Fest) conceptualize and design the most gorgeous photo shoots? Can’t wait to see more of this one.

Dear wanderlust, 10 holiday vacations that will have you packing your bags.

Dear sparkle-obsessed, don’t forget to enter the Swarovski x Rimmel London Stocking Stuffer Giveaway!

Image via The Newest Wrinkle // Free People Ikat Hooded Poncho (used as a blanket)


Happy Thanksgiving!

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I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you.  My thank you is pretty much all-encompassing.  I could not be more grateful for all of the love and support you all have given me and this little blog through the years.  Back in September, when I was launching the newly merged Glitter, Inc., in the midst of the fashion week craziness, I had so many doubts running through my head: Would you all like the new site?  Would everyone be okay with the “merge” of lifestyle and weddings/events?  Would I be able to handle it all?  Would my numbers take a hit?  Would readers still care? But you all alleviated my fears and stuck right by me.  You all are perfect and wonderful and hilarious.  Your comments and e-mails keep me going.  I have so much exciting news to share in the upcoming weeks and months, and I have big hopes for the coming year!  (Can you believe the new year is only a month away!?)

So today, say thanks to the people you love, eat too much turkey, mashed potatoes, and pie (Seriously, embrace those carbs!), and enjoy one another.  Love you all and happy thanksgiving!

And FYI, If you’re hopping online tonight to check out the sales, be sure to visit my growing  list of the most amazing fashion (and design) related Black Friday-through-Cyber Monday sales.

Image via Apartment 34 // Photography by Aubrie Pick // Florals by Natasha Kolenko // Styling and Art Direction by erin hiemstra


The Most Amazing Online Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales (Updated Daily!)


Marrying into a second family means we typically have two Thanksgiving dinners. Thursday we cook and stuff ourselves at my traditional family Thanksgiving dinner, and on Friday we head to hubby’s mom’s for dinner number two. And because we go for round deux, we don’t typically try to hit up the in-store Black Friday sales (I’d also like to hang onto my sanity just a little while longer, and those in-store sales are intense.) And since this is an online publication, I thought what better shopping advice can I give than a round-up of fashion’s favorite online sales.

By the way, over the next few days, I’ll just keep on updating this list with the latest and greatest in Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales, so stay tuned!

Shopbop and East Dane: Save 15% when you spend $250, 20% when you spend $500, and a whopping 25% when you spend $1,000 on Shopbop and East Dane from Tuesday (Nov. 26) through Cyber Monday.

Anthropologie: Through December 1st, take 20% off everything on the site (discount reflected at checkout).

Madewell: Take 25% off your entire purchase with code: FEAST25.  (Ends December 2nd.)

J.Crew: Take 25% off your entire order with code GETGIFTING.  On Cyber Monday, take 30% off everything with code MONDAY.

J.Crew Factory: Take 50% off everything with code HOLIDAY50 (through December 2nd).

BaubleBar: BaubleBar‘s big Black Friday Sale is filled with some major discounts: 15% off 2 items with code FRIDAY15, 25% off 3 items with code FRIDAY25, and 35% off 4+ items with code FRIDAY35.  (It will run all weekend from 11/29 (midnight) through Sunday 12/1.)  On Cyber Monday, Take 20% off site-wide with code CYBER20 or play the Cyber Smash game for a chance to win even bigger prizes – like $100 off!

Vince Camuto: Take 20% off everything with code THANKS online from now through Nov. 30.

Scoop NYC:  Scoop is offering 25% off everything in stores and online. Rumor has it, 6pm will have tons of awesome deals starting Thanksgiving Day, 11/28, plus a $24.00 sale on one item every hour for 24 hours.

Mr. Kate: Nov. 29-Dec. 1, take 50% off most items at! Plus, on Cyber Monday, take 30% off with free shipping on every order.

Gap: Take 20% off your entire purchase online with code, GAPLOVE. And  everything in store on Black Friday will be 50% OFF!

Joie: Spend $250, save 20%; spend $500, save 30% (Ends December 2nd).

C. Wonder: Take 40% off 4 items or more + free shipping with code GIFTS40 (December 2nd, only).

Alice + Olivia: Take 25% off site wide (Ends December 2nd).

OTTE: Take 20% off site-wide (Ends December 2nd).

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Gift Guide {The Fashionista}

Next up in the Glitter, Inc. Gift Guide series: what to buy the girl who has everything.  This year, for the fashionista’s gift guide, I went a little edgy.  Mostly black, with a few classic pieces mixed in.  I think Rachel Zoe would approve. I also think this may be my perfect gift guide (hubby, take note.)

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Get the Fashionista’s Gifts:

Jérôme Dreyfuss Alain Calf Hair Bucket Bag:  Maybe two years ago Alexander Wang released the stud-bottom Diego bag in a limited edition leopard calf hair and it sold like hot cakes.  To this day, you can only find the bag on ebay for hundreds of dollars more than retail.  This Jérôme Dreyfuss bucket bag is like the Diego’s sophisticated twin. Totally perfect.

Giles & Brother Skinny Railroad Spike Cuff: The epitome of tough girl cool jewelry.  There’s a sparkly pavé version too.

Pinch Provisions Candy Striper Minimergency Kit: This little kit is packed with fashion fix essentials for the woman on the go. Perfect for every fashionista I know.

DKNY Lizard Printed Iphone Case:  A sleek textured iphone case is perfect phone accessory these days.

Harry Allen Areaware Pig Bank:  Who doesn’t want this little piggy?  And in a sophisticated matte black, all the chicer.

BCBGeneration ‘Winter Veil’ Beanie:  I want want want this beanie.  Beanie’s are already ultra cool, add a black veil and it is beyond.

Alexander McQueen Skull Continental Wallet:  Oh how I dream of this edgy wallet!

Smythson Runway Textured Leather Notebook:  New York. London. Milan. Paris.  a.k.a., dream vacation itinerary.

Target Threshold Mirrored Jewelry Box:  I spotted this adorable mirrored jewelry box a few weeks ago and it looks expensive (without actually being expensive!)  Target is the best.

RAG & BONE Kinsey Boots:  Last year it was the Rag & Bone Newbury boot, this year it’s all about the Kinsey.  But with either boot, you’re getting fashion and comfort … hands down the best heeled booties on the market.

BaubleBar Oui Ring: What’s more fashionable than a petite french ring?

Michele Deco Xl Two Tone Watch:  This watch goes with everything and always looks luxe.


What to Wear to a Holiday Party

As part of Target’s Style Squad, I get the chance to put together great looks featuring all of Fall (and Winter)’s biggest trends.  And with the gorgeous styles that keep rolling into Target, it hasn’t been all that tough to get completely excited about look after look.  Truth is, I love playing dress up.  Any excuse to put on a party dress or twirly skirt and a great pair of heels is my kind of excuse.  I tried to think of all of the Holiday parties someone might attend, and then I added a glamorous yet edgy twist.  I love that Target has been adding in so many trendier pieces with staying power.  Take the studded leather gloves, for instance: beautiful, on trend, but also, the kind of gloves you’ll wear winter after winter, no doubt.  The faux leather jacket and the textured A-line skirt are perfect examples as well.

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Get all of the Holiday Party Looks:  Fashion Statement Necklace with Long Rectangle Dangling Stones // Mossimo Supply Co. Junior’s Long & Lean Tank // Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Sweater Skirt // Mossimo Women’s Faux Leather Jacket // Target Limited Edition Clutch with Removable Strap // Remington Silver Lurex Bow Salon Clips // Xhilaration® Juniors Printed Lace Fit & Flare Dress // Merona Studded Leather Glove // Merona Small Zip Closure Round Crossbody Handbag // Women’s Mossimo Vonnie Shootie Ankle Boot // Mossimo Women’s Short Sleeve Shift Dress // Short Statement Necklace with Tear Drops // Sam & Libby for Target Dahlia Spiked Heel Pumps // Sonia Kashuk The Golden Hair Brush // Sonia Kashuk Ultra Luxe Lip Gloss // Sonia Kashuk Twist Up Longwear Liner // Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Duos // Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo // Women’s Long Trench Coat w/ Fur Collar // Xhilaration® Juniors Lace Mock Neck Bodysuit // Xhilaration® Juniors Textured A Line Skirt // Pave Stone Link Bracelet

Honorable mention also goes to the Xhilaration® Junior’s Embellished Full Skirt for being one great skirt to dance in!

(And, fun fact: all of these picks are from Target, so you can not only find the perfect Holiday party look, but you can do it at a great price … and pick up more than one great outfit while you’re at it!)


Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.



Present Toppers, Stocking Stuffers + A Giveaway


Remember how Tori Spelling shared that her mom had a gift-wrapping room in the Spelling Mansion?  Well in our little house, we had a gift-wrapping closet (it’s typically bursting with toys, games, fabric, and other odds and ends, along with the wrapping paper, but it’s my mom’s own little arsenal.)  My mom doesn’t just wrap presents, she adds bows and washi tape and gifts on top of the gifts.  You heard that right, gifts on top of gifts.  If it was a present for a baby shower, the gift got a rubber ducky or a pacifier tied with a ribbon atop the package; a gift for a favorite teacher and a #1 Teacher mug was strung on top; you get the idea.  This year, when I’m trying to force myself to get organized for the holidays, I know I’ll have to put together thoughtful gifts for friends and family, plus tie a little something extra on top.


So I’m on the hunt for perfect little gifts, the kinds of gifts that would also make adorable stocking stuffers, and I immediately thought of Rimmel London and all of their great beauty products!  Affordable, on trend, and really great quality, my friends are all getting eye shadow compacts, mascara wands, and tubes of lip gloss tied to the tops of their presents and stuffed into their stockings.  Who doesn’t love a new tube of Show Off mascara?


And speaking of mascara, have I got a sparkly little giveaway for you!  Today, thanks to Rimmel, we’re giving away one Rimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Swarovski® Mascara, a.k.a., the coolest stocking stuffer aroundRimmel ScandalEyes Curve Alert Mascara already has a pretty impressive formula that lifts and plumps every single lash with it’s gravity defying curved brush, but this bottle is extra special, because it is covered in head-to-toe Swarovski® crystals.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck! Entries will be accepted through 12AM EST on Monday, December 2nd, 2013. One winner will be chosen at random through Rafflecopter. Open to US Residents only. Please note entries will be verified. The winner will be notified by email via The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

No purchase necessary; void where prohibited. By entering into this sweepstakes, the entrant acknowledges that they are eligible for this sweepstakes according to all laws set forth by their state of residency.

And check out some of my Rimmel London makeup favorites, here!

This post is sponsored by Rimmel. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!