Friday, November 27, 2015

Planning to Buy Your Kid An American Girl Doll? Read This First.

If you have a daughter of a certain age (oh, 5-ish to 9-ish), she's likely bugging you for an American Girl doll for the holidays this year. (Plus said doll's bed. And birthday dress. And pet. And lunch set.)

If you're like me, you've probably been putting off the big AG purchase for as long as possible because the dolls are definitely an investment. But then suddenly she starts paging through the catalog every day when she gets home from school and talking about her favorite dolls constantly and requesting to watch the movies. And then you know you've fallen down the American Girl rabbit hole and you can't get up.

So I loved when I saw that American Girl is doing something really cool this year: Through Monday, if you purchase a doll, they will give another one to a girl in need. I probably would have normally waited until the last minute to buy the thing, but when I saw this promotion, I knew it was time.

Full-priced merchandise is also 20% off today though December 12 with code GIFT20, which is no small thing.

This year, Santa (he always gets the credit for the good stuff, huh?) will be bringing my daughter Julie. (She's been going back and forth between Maryellen and Julie for weeks now, but finally decided on the blond 1970s chick.) And I just love that, because of the purchase, another little girl somewhere will be getting one, too.

(And ICYMI, while you're doing some shopping, check out my post on the best Black Friday deals!) 

This post is NOT sponsored and I receive NO compensation if you buy a doll. I just thought the concept was very cool. 

The 7 Best Black Friday Sales

Coat (30-40% off); best skinny jeans EVER (25% off); sweater (30-40% off); dress (25% off)

I am not a door buster. Nothing sounds less appealing to me than standing in line with 100 other people outside of a store at 8pm on Thanksgiving night waiting to get in. No thanks. But online deals? The really good ones? Those I can totally get behind.

For this year's Black Friday roundup, I chose seven online sales that I am super excited about. All are significant percentages off (because, I mean, 10 percent off? Please, stores of the world, have some respect for us). What's more, all of them (with one good exception) are sales where everything on the site is on marked down. (Because I can't stand having to hunt around to find the few and far between sale items. Ain't nobody got time for that.)

Below, I've included my favorite things from these seven killer sales. Some of the items are things I already own and love, some are things I've got my eye on for my own personal wish list. And all of them are seriously, seriously good deals.

Which is your favorite item below? Happy shopping!

(And ICYMI, here's last year's Black Friday roundup, if you care to check it out. You guys seemed to love it last year...thanks!)

ANTHROPOLOGIE: 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT (They are killing it right now with their dresses. Those lace ones--swoon! And that pink velvet couch is basically my everything.)

J.CREW:  40 to 30% off everything with code HOLIDAY (I want everything. The sweaters are a key part of my winter uniform and I totally have my eye on a candy-colored coat.)

MADEWELL: 25% off your entire purchase with code CLAMPDOWN (I'm living for that plaid-lined cardigan right now. SO. GOOD.)

RAG & BONE: 25% off sitewide plus 2-day shipping (Best jeans ever. Best boots ever. Expensive, yes, but you'll live in them, I promise. And 25% off Rag & Bone is a significant chunk of change!)

TEA COLLECTION: Styles marked down to $12, $15, and $17 (I love, love, love this brand for dresses and graphic tees. It's a little on the pricey side for kid's clothes though, so when they have a good sale, I seriously GO NUTS, even buying items a size or two up since, obviously, they're going to grow into them.)

NARS: 20% off plus free shipping on purchases over $50 (*Beauty products basically NEVER go on sale, so when they do? STOCK UP. These are some of my favorite Nars products, including the Multiple stick that's in every pro makeup artist's kit and the superflattering blush I wear every single day.)

LULU FROST: 25% off with code SHOPLULU25 (I have been coveting that silver necklace with the big blue stone for months now. Will today be the moment I finally pull the trigger?)  ;)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

When Your Two-Year-Old Gets Into Your Chocolate Lipstick {VIDEO!}

Earlier this week, a beauty brand sent me the box of lipstick-shaped chocolates pictured above. (And yes, they're chocolate. They are by Maggie Louise Confections. Aren't they incredible? She truly makes the most beautiful chocolates I have ever seen.) 

My two-year-old son Nate liked them, too. A lot. In fact, he got ahold of the box yesterday, and well, the results are pretty funny. I mean, who knew he had a future as a beauty blogger? ;) (Admittedly, he may need some work on his application technique, but I'm digging the way he puts his whole head into it.) 



Have your kids ever gotten into your lipstick? What about your chocolate lipstick? ;) (And how gorg are those chocolate lipsticks, by the way??)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Mommy and Me Fashion: Welcome to Boot Season

This post is sponsored by DSW Shoes.

Hers and hers: Rampage Amanda Girls Boot and Steve Madden Fame Combat Boots

mommy and me boots

Clockwise from top left: Guess Riding Boots, Steve Madden Girls' Riding Boots, Report Mathews Boot, Nine West Girls' Riding Boot, Minnetonka Hello Kitty Fringe Youth Boot, Minnetonka Fringe Western Boot, Nina Girls' Boot, Unisa Over the Knee Boot

Somehow, independently of one another, my daughter and I have both seemingly declared Fall 2015 to be The Season of Boots. We're both obsessed with them. We love them with jeans, with dresses, with leggings. We're loving them with anything and everything. Go figure: I hate the cold, I don't get particularly excited about Sweater Weather, but man, do I love me some Boot Season.

Luckily, there are loads of cute ones out there right now. DSW Shoes recently sent us each a pair to try out. Hers are slouchy black suede boots that she is VERY protective of. (If there is a cloud in the sky, she actually carries them to school in her backpack so as not to risk getting a drop of rain on the suede.) Mine are a pair of black combat boots that I can't wait to use to add a little edge to all my favorite dresses. 

My daughter has long been really into dressing up like me, so this is a fun way to wear something similar, but not crazy matchy-matchy. So, going along with that theme, I've also selected a few favorite mommy/daughter pairs that we've got our eyes on next. (Check them out above!)

Are you as boot-obsessed as us right now? Which style is your favorite?

At DSW, we believe that shoes have the power to bring out something great in everyone. So no matter who you are or how you dress, we've got just what you need. Shoes say a lot about you. Spend a little, say a lot. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Plaid Love

This post is sponsored by Target.

I've long been a fan of plaid. I love that it can be classic or even kind of punk. I love it in clothes, in accessories, in home decor. And I love the way breaking out a plaid blanket or a plaid scarf instantly telegraphs "fall" just as thoroughly as a pumpkin spice latte. 

That's why I was totally excited to check out the new Adam Lippes collection for Target--as well as the overall plaid explosion that's happening at the store right now. (Seriously, even the bottles of Fekkai shampoo are plaid!)

I quickly bought these great red-and-black plaid trays (I love the way they've fall-ified my newly-charcoal bedroom while we're waiting for our new pink curtains), this heavenly candle (it's a combo of firewood and fig--my absolute favorite candle scents), and this supersoft throw blanket, which feels way more expensive than it really is. (Truth be told, I also bought this plaid sweater to wear while I sit around staring at my new plaid home stuff and drinking that latte. It is seriously SO cute on.)

Inspired? You can shop a few of my plaid picks below. Which one is your favorite?

Will you play by the rules or break the rules with Target plaid? #TargetStyle

Find your style at @TargetStyle.


Monday, August 31, 2015

5 Beauty Products I Just Can't Shut Up About

This weekend I was featured on Refinery 29 (along with some of other my beauty editor friends) sharing some of the beauty products I just can't shut up about. There are a million of them, of course, but I picked five. They are (spoiler alert): Sephora Express Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes, Olay Regenerist Regenerating Lotion SPF 50, The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine, La Mer The Concealer, and (not pictured above because I just ran out of it!) Maybelline Expert Eyes Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover

Click on over to read why exactly I love each one and to check out the other editors' picks.

Then, come back and tell me below which beauty products you love so much that you just can't stop talking about them!

Friday, August 28, 2015

13 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Chillin' on a farm. On vacay, With some goats

Hiiii. Soooo...long time no blog, I know. I've been crazy at work (a big shoot, a big collaboration, a big issue of the magazine), I went on a vacation (always somewhat stressful), our nanny went on a vacation (always even more stressful), and to be quite honest, I've just had a major case of writer's block meets blogger fatigue over the past month or so. 

I've come to discover that blogging is kind of like eating well. When you're doing it regularly, it's actually not that difficult. But the minute you fall off the wagon and skip a few posts or eat a donut, it is so. damn. hard to start up again. 

But here I am! What are you guys up to this weekend? We're not usually big Hamptons people, but we'll be heading out there for a day to hang out with some friends who have a house there. Pray to the traffic gods for me, please.

Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you make it a great one! Here's a few fun links to check out in the meantime.

• You guys seemed to love this 10 Great Books post that I did earlier in the summer, so I've been working on another one for you, which I'll be posting soon. But I could not wait to tell you about the book I just finished. I absolutely tore through Kitchens of The Great Midwest, and ended up finishing it at 3am this past Wednesday because I could not put it down. As I said on my Facebook page, it is an incredible novel with fantastic characters, great writing, and a thoroughly engaging story that whips back and forth between hilarious and heartbreaking. It is so totally different than anything I have ever read--and just so much fun. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Get it now!

• Ooh! I wrote about this dress earlier in the summer and just saw that it's now on sale for under $100! So cute and so, so cool. Love.

• I adore the brand Carol's Daughter. Their founder, Lisa, is such an incredible, inspiring woman and their products smell completely amazing. (The Monoi haircare line is my favorite!) They just launched their empowering #BornandMade campaign (you've probably started to see the images popping up on social media) and you can join it here. (And check out my pic right here!)

• I found out this week that there is a COOKIE DOUGH STORE here in NYC and I damn near fell off my chair. 

• Moto boots meet rain boots. WANT.

• One of the funniest things I have seen in ages: a compilation of cheesy video clips from the '80s (complete with celeb cameos!) about how to model.

• This 300-pound NFL player eats 10,000 calories a day. And oh yeah--all of them are vegan.

• Now, that's a braid.

Here's your "whoa" of the week: The crazy (and true!) story of a volcanic eruption back in 1815 that darkened the world and caused summertime blizzards.

• Fun back-to-school traditions that you can start doing with your kids. I'll be doing the first-day photos, but I'd love to add the interview, too. (What are your back-to-school traditions? Tell me below!)

• These one-star Yelp reviews of national parks are hilarious. My two favorites: the idiot who panned Death Valley because it was too hot, and the scary guy who blamed the bad time he had at Pinnacles on Obama. (h/t Felicia)

• Okay, so maybe GMOs aren't so bad: These pre-modified bananas are going to give me nightmares.

•  And, in case you missed it: I wrote about why those "selfish" women wanting to get their hair or makeup done soon after giving birth...are just fine by me.