Friday Fancies

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I recently discovered that Jack Rogers sells their iconic, handmade sandals on Amazon. (I called the Jack Rogers office to confirm the shop’s authenticity.) And every now and then, certain styles and colors are on sale! If you’re going somewhere warm for winter vacation or simply trying to add to your collection, be sure to take a look at Amazon’s selection. I just ordered the Navajo in fuchsia and the Hamptons in bronze. If you’ve never owned a pair, I highly recommend that you take advantage of this deal (the classic styles are rarely discounted) to try on the most flattering and versatile sandal, first made famous by Jackie Kennedy. (This month marks the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, in case you’ve been living under a rock.)
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Dunkin’ Donuts debuted a Red Velvet Latte last week. While I didn’t notice any trace of red velvet, it tasted like cake, so it was good enough for me! This sugary goodness in a cup pairs perfectly with even more sugary goodness in the form of the Holiday Star (Bavarian cream-filled) Donut. (The Red Velvet Drizzle Donut is available this season, but the location I visited was all out.) There aren’t too many Dunkin’ Donuts shops in Ohio, so I never really cared about it before. But in college, my East Coast friends must’ve passed along their obsession because I love living near one now!

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My sister just got this quilted tack jacket from J. Crew, and I have to add it to my Christmas list. It’s incredibly flattering, and I especially love the corduroy collar. Currently, only the crimson is available online, but the stores will probably still carry this olive color or the navy.

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I saw these Rold Gold Peppermint Dipped Snowflakes at Rite Aid (am I the only one who can’t leave any store without first walking through the Christmas aisles?), and I obviously couldn’t resist. The saltiness of the pretzel, the sweetness of the white fudge, the kick of the peppermint, the claim that these are shaped like snowflakes when they’re clearly more like stars… What more does a person need in life?elfster1-2Since my friends are now scattered all over the country, this winter I’m organizing a Secret Santa gift exchange on Elfster, and so far, it’s been a neat website. After a group’s exchange is planned, each participant simply enters her email and address, and Elfster will facilitate the drawing of names online. A participant can also add ideas to her account’s wish list, giving her Secret Santa plenty of suggestions. I love how Elfster has taken a Christmas tradition one step further for friends who can’t always be together, but still want to share the holiday cheer!

Friday Fancies

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Last Friday, I raved about Fresh Sugar, but since then, I’ve tried the other products that come in the Sugar Rosé Royalty Set. I’d been wanting to try the Soy Face Cleanser for a while, and it did not disappoint. It smells like cucumbers and roses and feels very luxurious. I haven’t used it while wearing makeup, but it’s supposed to remove that, too. The Seaberry Restorative Body Cream contains seaberry oil, which I featured a while ago, as well as skin-improving omegas.  It also has a natural plant scent and a creamy texture that doesn’t feel greasy. Fresh products are a bit pricey, but I’ve found their quality to be worth it. And Sephora carries many Fresh sets at great deals, so you can try smaller sizes to see for yourself. The above set is particularly nice because it comes in a cute makeup bag and would make a great gift.

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On the day after Halloween, I stopped by the grocery store to stock up on leftover candy. Sadly, the shelves had already been cleared of Halloween candy. But fortunately, they’d been replaced with Christmas candy! These Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses are one of my favorites. You just can’t go wrong with white chocolate and peppermint. IMG_0332

I love that jeweled collars are “in” this year. They’re gorgeous and can make a dull outfit more festive for the holiday season. This sleeveless shirt just sold out on the J. Crew website, but a similar top is still available at J. Crew Factory.

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I recently found out from my sister that once you join the Godiva Rewards Club (it’s free), you can get a free chocolate each month from any Godiva store. It’s that simple! Trips to the mall can get pretty stressful at this time of the year, so go ahead and do yourself a favor. Last month, I picked this Strawberry Crème Tarte Truffle. mzl.ikzynduo

About a month ago, my friend Jennifer let me know that if you’re not using the Chipotle app, you’re doing it wrong. Since I go to Chipotle at least once a week, ordering ahead has probably saved me from hours of standing in line. (There’s only one Chipotle where I currently live, and the next closest location is over 50 miles away, so out-the-door lines are inevitable.) I just love walking directly to the register to pick up my order, bypassing 50 hungry people who probably hate me, but are also kicking themselves for not taking 10 seconds to order ahead!