Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cyber Monday: The Extended Cut

Here's a list of the 10 best extended Cyber Monday deals - hurry, most expire at Midnight ET tonight!

Lots of preppy clothes, home decor, and jewelry bargains still to be found -

  • May Designs - 40% off notebooks & stationery 
  • Julep - 50% off everything w/ code "CYBERWIN"
  • Furbish Studio - 20% off everything w/ code "HOLIDAY20" 
  • Draper James - 15% off  under $200, 20% off $200+, 25% off $300+, 30% off $400+ 
  •  Jack Rogers - Buy 1, Get 1 at 50% off w/ code "CYBER2016" 
  • Marley Lilly - Up to 50% off select items and 2 pairs of free earrings (tassels with $50+, studs with code "ML3925")
  • GILT City - 20% off w/ code "CYBER"
  • Country Club Prep - 20% off sitewide + free shipping w/ code "CYBER20"
  • Tuckernuck - 20% off everything w/ code "GIVE20", 25% off $500+ w/ code "GIVE25", 30% off $1000+ w/ code "GIVE30"
  •  Jack Wills - 30% off everything
  • One King's Lane - extra 20% off everything, prices as marked

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Deal Round-up

Here are my 10 favorite deals this Black Friday week (so far!):
  1. Draper James - extra 30% off all sale items & free shipping 
  2. Design Darling - 20% off everything w/ code "HOLIDAY" (through Monday)
  3. The Organic Pharmacy - 20% off everything (Friday-Monday)
  4. Peach & Lily - 30% off everything w/ code "GiveThanks30" (ends 11:59pm ET on Monday)
  5. One King's Lane - extra 20% off select merchandise
  6. Bath & Unwind - 20% off $37.50+ & free shipping w/ code "BLACK20" (through Monday)
  7. GUMP's - 25% off $100+ & free shipping w/ code "FRIENDS25" (ends Tuesday), plus an extra deal you can load to your card if you have American Express for $15 off $75
  8. GILT City - extra 25% off all deals, plus a $10 gift card to Postmates for orders placed 1-4pm on Friday
  9. Charlotte Tilbury - buy one Nocturnal Cat Eyes to Hypnotize Set for $39, get one free
  10. 6pm.com - extra 15% off everything & free shipping
Honorable Mentions:
  • Kendra Scott - extra 20% off everything including sale w/ code "SALE20" (ends Midnight on Monday)
  • May Designs - 40% off notebooks and stationery
  • Furbish Studio - 20% off all orders w/ code "HOLIDAY20"
  • Joules - 25% off everything w/ code "FRIYAY" (ends Midnight on Monday)
  • Boden - 30% off everything & free shipping $49+ (ends Monday)
  • Jack Wills - 30% off everything (ends Monday)

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Monday, November 14, 2016

L'REVE 24K "60 Second Instant Facial Lift" Review

The impending winter weather can often add to your skincare woes.  So, I'm excited to share with you today a great product I received from Miami-based L'Reve Cosmetics. Old or young, nobody wants to get wrinkles. The "60 Second Instant Face Lift Serum" by L'Reve helps address fine lines, expression lines, and early signs of wrinkles by tightening and firming skin almost instantly.

The product is really easy to apply. Simply use the pump bottle to put a small amount of product on your finger, tap - don't rub - the product in target areas, and wait for it to dry for about 60 seconds.
Check out my tutorial video here:

The results last 6-8 hours and I was absolutely amazed with how quickly it worked! I applied the product around my eyes, both to hide any signs of crow's feet at the corners and to hide signs of fatigue or puffiness underneath. I also applied a little bit on the skin around my lips, since I know it's common to develop fine lines in that area. I was really impressed with the results around my eyes especially. I felt like the product really reduced the dark circles and made my face look more energized.

The serum is Made in the USA and includes ingredients like seaweed, purified water, and hyaluronic acid. Interested in trying it for yourself? You can learn more and purchase the product here.

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This product was provided to me for free for review purposes by
L'REVE Cosmetics via Brandbacker.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Perfection with Tobi

Happy Halloween, guys and ghouls! I hope right now you're admiring some finely carved jack-o-lanterns while binging on some of that leftover candy. 

One of my favorite things about Halloween is visiting a local farm. It's so much fun to shop for fresh autumn fruits and vegetables like acorn squash, apples, and of course...pumpkins! My go-to place the last couple of years has been Stults Farm in Cranbury, NJ near Princeton. One thing that always makes it extra special is that you can actually walk out into the pumpkin patch, find your perfect Halloween pumpkin (or two), and carve it right off of the vine.

This year I found a beautiful pumpkin on the vine and also made sure to pick up some smaller decorative sugar pumpkins to display on my mantle. I love the white sugar pumpkins because they match with any interior decor. They're also super easy to decorate, especially if you like to paint your pumpkins rather than carve them.

I was definitely in the holiday spirit when I went to the farm this year. I decided to get decked out in black and white in anticipation of Halloween - everything from my sweatshirt and skinny jeans to my statement earrings, scarf, and embroidered suede cowboy boots.

As you'll have seen from my previous post, TOBI has become one of my favorite new online shopping destinations. Their clothes are so on-trend and very affordable. Since the weather was still relatively warm last week - with just a slight breeze - I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to wear my new Georgia Cold Shoulder Fleece Sweater from TOBI. I paired it with some Madewell skinny jeans, Jack Rogers boots, vintage Tacori earrings, and a Snoozer Loser scarf (originally from one of my favorite sites, MadeClose, now available on Etsy).
Top: c/o TOBI / Jeans: Madewell / Scarf: Snoozer Loser / Boots: Jack Rogers

I wasn't sure how a shoulder-less style top was going to look on me, but I've noticed that a lot of brands are including this new trend in their lines this season. It actually made the outfit really comfortable and provided some good ventilation in the heavy fleece sweatshirt. This sweatshirt has a sort of high collar (kind of like a double-sided halter neck) that could definitely hide some bra straps. However, I decided to take the safe route and wear it with a strapless bra.

It's an extremely comfortable sweater that is definitely very versatile. You can dress it up or down. I wouldn't recommend it for a night of dancing because it is a heavyweight fleece sweatshirt, but it is perfect for autumn/winter activities like ice skating, football games, or brunch. I'll definitely be getting a lot of wear out of this over the next few months! The Georgia Sweater is just $58 and comes in Black, White, and Heather Grey.

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The Georgia Cold Shoulder Fleece Sweater was provided to me by TOBI.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Anthropologie Sale - 20% Off

Anthropologie is running a sale right now in stores and online that offers 20% off all full-priced items. Right now they have the type of selection we've all come to expect from this creative and whimsical retailer. There are lots of bohemian and delicately feminine fashion, home, beauty, and accessories items. There are also some really great retro and nostalgic Christmas gifts. Everything has such a fine attention detail - the little things like intricate embroidery, gilded edge pottery, and fine ruffles and pleats. You won't want to miss out! Just sign up for their loyalty program and you'll receive 20% off (this weekend only).

Here are a few a few of my fave items:

Happy Shopping!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Valentia Night Revive Retinol Serum Review

In case you missed my previous review of the Pure Glow Brightening Moisturizer, this is the second product I'm reviewing from luxe brand Valentia. Like my previous post, this is another brand that is formulated with natural (and organic!) ingredients. Want to learn more about this brand? Be sure to check out their great Instagram and Facebook pages.

Turning 30 this year, I have to admit serums haven't been the #1 items on my beauty checklists up to this point. I'm not yet focused on diminishing wrinkles or stimulating collagen to firm/tighten my skin. However, it's never to early to start! On top of those "older age" concerns this serum also aims to manage breakouts, improve skin tone, and hydrate. So, it's great for anybody really.

Generally, I like to use serums to eliminate redness / calm skin and to keep it ultra-hydrated because it's usually very dry. So, a little trick I like to do when applying serum is to mix it in with whatever hydrating cream I plan to use that night. That way, I can ensure it is applied evenly and enhances the moisturizing effect of my cream treatments. Besides, who doesn't love to wake up with radiant, smooth skin?

Valentia's Night Revive Retinol Serum is a little bit different then some others I've tried. First off, a lot of others come in a teeny tiny bottle for around $30-40. This product costs just $35 on Amazon for a really generous 1.18oz (35mL) bottle which will last you a long time, trust me! So, it is an excellent value. The other immediate difference I noticed is that many other serums have a clear oily consistency. This one is a bit more milky white and I find that it blends in a bit faster than something that feels strictly like an oil, which rests on the surface of your skin for a bit.

So, you might be wondering what is in this serum that makes it so unique. A few of the key ingredients are: Retinol (Vitamin A) which works on reducing wrinkles, managing breakouts, and evening out skin discoloration, Vitamin C which guards skin against environmental free-radicals to prevent premature aging, Vitamin E to provide intense hydration and diminish the drying effects of Retinol, and Squalane, which is derived from pure olive oil to soften and condition delicate skin.

I really enjoyed using this product, which made my skin feel silky smooth and hydrated each morning after I used it. If you want to try it for yourself, use code 985YWOR2 at www.valentia.com to receive 20% off your total purchase - a special gift to my readers!

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This product was provided to me for free for review purposes by Valentia via Brandbacker.
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