November 2016 Playlist

With its autumn-evoking vibes, this playlist should put you in the right state of mind for this season. Listen below or on my Spotify page. For more chill tunes, check out previous November playlists herehere, or here.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide

I was too busy watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, followed by the entire Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life series, to do any shopping on Black Friday. And I had no intention of participating in Cyber Monday, until I thought I’d take just a quick peek at the online offers… And now here I am at 4:30 a.m. on the night before returning to work after five days of vacation. Yes, that escalated quickly.

Anyway, as I’m making a wish list for my birthday and Christmas (and, to be honest, things I’ll “gift” to myself), I thought I’d share it here, for anyone who’s interested in today’s deals or would like ideas for holiday gift shopping.

j crew top.jpegThe summer version of this J.Crew top sold out before I could snag one for myself, and I’m determined not to let that happen again this season. The cut and fit are quite elegant, with the festive bow preventing the tank from seeming too formal. Also available un-patterned here.

bootie nordstrom.jpgThese Marc Fisher booties are almost half off at Nordstrom this weekend. Simultaneously classic and trendy, these can easily be dressed up or down. As an added bonus, the pointed toe gives the illusion of a longer leg. Other than attempting to choose from the many color options, these are a no-brainer!

abercrombie-sweaterEver since Abercrombie & Fitch completely overhauled its style last year, its look has become less self-proclaimed “preppy” and more boho-inspired trendy (which makes sense, as its Design and Creative teams now include big names from Lucky Brand, Lucky magazine, and Club Monaco. The entire A&F website is 50% off this weekend, and most of its sweaters, including this split-back pullover, look fashionable, yet equally comfy.

kate-spade-earringI’m a little late on the reversible earring trend, but my enthusiasm might make up for that. It’s actually a mild obsession. But who could resist these Kate Spade reversible earrings? The bow paired with the pearl is simply charming.

tory-burchMajor PSA: The Tory Burch Jolie riding boots have dropped to $207 for this weekend, which is the lowest I’ve ever seen (and I’ve considered getting these for the past five years). I’ve never been a huge fan of riding boots for everyday wear, but I’m not sure if I can pass on such an amazing deal.

amazon-echoIt’s been fun playing with a friend’s Amazon Echo this past year, but it’s probably time to get my own to boss around. (Another great present for someone who doesn’t already own one is a Kindle, which is only $50 this weekend! One of few gifts that keeps on giving.)

f9344_wq0066_mThere are few things I love more than a nice pajama set. I’d been looking for the ideal short-sleeved set for a while. But as soon as I spotted these Madewell flannel pajama shorts and top, I knew my search was over. (I also bought ten other things at Madewell… There is a ton of good stuff on sale right now, such as this top, this silk dress, and these insanely discounted jeans!)

sephora lip.jpgSally and I once split this Fresh Sugar Lip Seduction set, but as it turns out, we should’ve each gotten our own. This perfect tinted lip moisturizer, which I first blogged about three years ago, is still the only “beauty” product I use regularly.

free-peopleI would love to just dive right into this Free People turtleneck sweater. Alpaca wool is light, yet warm, and there are plenty of colors to choose from. The length is optimal, as well.

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And finally, for the discerning reader, an unparalleled gift would be a monthly subscription to Persephone Books, a publisher that reprints neglected works by mid-20th century women writers. There is no Black Friday sale for this because Persephone Books is, in fact, British.

Friday Fancies

fullsizerender-5This light and flowing Lush dress is perfect for the transition from summer to fall. The back features a fun cutout, and though I don’t usually go for the Boho look, I am simply obsessed with the Stevie-Nicks-esque sleeves. I have the “plum” color, and Nordstrom also carries cute patterns. This shift dress is pretty loose, but also very short, so I might recommend sizing up.
fullsizerender-6I bought this White Girl Rosé for a friend as part of a housewarming gift, and we both had a good laugh over it. I’ve been following White Girl Problems since “she” started a hilarious, satirical Twitter account six years ago, followed by a blog (which sadly now redirects to the White Girl Wine website), books, and now a wine collaboration with The Fat Jew (who is less funny and steals content, but hey, what do I know about wine or social media?).img_9476My favorite trend this year (and possibly ever) is the bralette. This Out From Under halter bralette is especially comfy, pretty, and, most importantly, not a bra! Urban Outfitters, Free People, and even Victoria’s Secret all have a ton of good options.10649495_1174507119234728_5162715999526313942_nThis will come as a shock to no one, but I finally joined the Candy Club! It is a monthly subscription to aesthetically delightful candies, which can be chosen by the customer or a curator. They come in adorable containers, which themselves arrive in a colorful box with extra candy to sample. I accidentally ate all of mine before I remembered to take a picture…
img_9005When I first started this blog, I never wore nail polish. By the time I began a Friday Fancies hiatus, I painted my nails regularly, but had still never gone to a salon for a manicure. Now I am hardly ever without professionally applied gel polish on my nails. It’s a slippery slope, people! Anyway, going into the salon last week, I knew I wanted red. Though I generally opt for a darker, deeper shade, I’d been seeing OPI Big Apple Red pop up on multiple blogs, so I decided to try the gel version… And I couldn’t be happier! This shiny, bright color truly is the perfect shade of red. People comment on it all the time, and I’m constantly reminded of cherries, candy, and pretty much all that is fun.

Friday Fancies

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You may have seen these Kailijumei lipsticks on Buzzfeed, but they really are as cute as they look in photos. The actual color changes with body temperature and generally looks like a lightly tinted lip gloss. The texture is not sticky at all. Obviously, I mainly got this for the tiny flower and specks of gold.
fullsizerender-4I usually don’t go for trendy pieces, but as I’m still on the fence about the Lisi Lerch tassel earrings, I decided to compromise and try BaubleBar’s Piñata Tassel Drops. They’ve been a hit so far! I’ve received a lot of compliments, and they automatically make any outfit seem fresh and fun.

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I’ve gotten a new agenda book every year, since I was in the fifth grade, and this ban.do 17-month planner is hands down my favorite. It’s the perfect size, since there is less of a border than with most “designer” agendas, which cuts down on the bulk and makes it more convenient to carry around. And the adorable graphics just make my day! This is the first time I’ve had an agenda that isn’t lined, which I’d originally thought would seem less organized, but I’m actually appreciating the freedom. For more agendas, check out Sally’s post featuring some of my other season favorites.

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I’ve been wanting a cape for roughly ten years. So when I came across this Ellen Tracy cape during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I finally decided to make my dream come true. I love that this particular cape can be dressed up or down more easily than most, and the pop of baby blue in the lining and hood is a unique touch. DC’s mild autumn weather lasts longer than most cities, so I can see myself wearing this a lot this year. If only this current summer weather would end soon…

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Have you checked out Book Marks? It’s a “book review aggregator,” which is essentially Rotten Tomatoes for books. Perusing the reviews on books I’ve read, they generally match my own ratings, which is pleasantly surprising. This is truly the best thing since Goodreads.