Friday, November 23, 2018

2018 Alyssa's Favorite Things

Hi friends!
A few years back I had a lot of fun playing Oprah and compiling a list of my favorite things from that year and gift ideas. Maybe this list will spark some gift ideas for your loved ones or yourself!

Little Wonder ($13.99)
My friend Kat Gardiner's debut collection of microfiction came out this year! "Asymmetric and misremembered, Little Wonder fictionalizes the experience of opening and closing an all-ages music venue and café with her husband in the small Pacific Northwest town of Anacortes, Washington in 2008. An adult coming-of-age story told in fragments, Gardiner explores the bittersweet love affair that takes place between despair and hope whenever you try with all your heart to do something you believe in, and fail."

Levoit Air Purifier with HEPA filter ($89)
When I first moved into my converted barn in the woods, my allergies were going crazy. Getting a rescue puppy who is probably significantly husky hasn't helped much. This air purifier has been amazing for allergens, cooking smells, musty old house smells, and for white noise to block out the sounds of raccoons trying to get into my house and walnuts hitting the tin roof. They also make a cheaper desktop one.

Nuun Hydration electrolyte drink tablets ($4.75 per pack and up)
These are effervescent tablets that dissolve in water and replenish minerals lost during exercise (like hot or warmed-room yoga). One tab is packed with electrolytes, has a light fresh flavor, and is made with plant-based ingredients. They're low in sugar, so I often have one before bed to keep from waking up dehydrated the next morning. I also really like the immune formula tablets with elderberry.

Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer ($28)
I use mine all the time to make thin slices of vegetables for salads, tarts, ramen, or to thinly slice radishes for tacos. This is a great gift for anyone trying to eat more vegetables in the new year.

Magic Mushroom puzzle dog toy ($8)
Greta barked at this for about an hour just based on the rolly wobbly action before she even realized food comes out of it.

Doggy Seatbelt ($5.99)
Just a handy cheap item that helps me feel safer when Greta is in the car, knowing she'd stay put if I had to slam the brakes on.

Dr. Teal's bath soaks ($4 and up)
After 9 years without a bathtub, I am a bath taking fool in my new house. I even looked up buckets of bulk epsom salts the other day, but Dr. Teal's scents are hard to beat.

Madewell bandanas ($7.99 and up)
- These already broken-in bandanas are soft and sheer enough to lay flat and drape nicely instead of being all stiff and bulky around your neck.

Madewell Transport tote ($58 and up)
- Was given a canvas tote in March by a Madewell rep Riot Act worked with, and it's been my day-to-day purse, work bag, and travel bag ever since! I use this bag every.single.day.

Madewell Emmett Pants ($70 and up)
I feel pretty basic for all my Madewell stanning, but these are three items I've worn almost every day since buying. They hold their shape, they pass as non-jean work pants, and they're so good on the tush.

Kush Queen CBD bath bombs
Who couldn't use a little relaxation and reduced inflammation around the holidays?

We Are Music
My friend Brandon wrote this sweet sequel to his board book "Music Is..." and it's my go-to gift for friends with babies :) I bought quite a few copies of this book this year! Ask your local bookstore to stock it since Amazon is not so great, but linked here in a pinch.

Polaroid One-Step or Instax Wide ($89)
I've had my Instax Wide for years, but used it an extra-lot this year. Were I to buy right now, I'd probably get the new Polaroid reboot.

Indigo Dying Kit (various)
This year I did a lot of tie dying. My favorite items are always simple indigo. I have some indigo seeds ready to go into the ground in April for the natural route, but these kits are always fun, too. The simple craft store version works fine, but there are some beautifully packaged real indigo kits on Etsy for gifting.

Miracle Timer Cube 
As a freelancer, time management is a constant struggle. It's even harder staying on-task when you manage six Instagram accounts, and need to re-post every piece of press your bands get. The Pomodoro Method is nothing new, but this nicely designed bamboo timer automatically starts from whatever side you turn it on (5 facing up = 5 minutes, etc :)

Supergoop SPF 45 Setting Powder Brush ($30)
Wearing SPF is so important, and this one is so convenient since you can just keep it in your bag or car and brush on in seconds over makeup or on its own. No residue, nada. Easy-peasy.

B-Mat Strong Yoga Mat ($88)
When I started going to Shakti Power Yoga regularly, I realized my basic yoga mat was not grippy enough to support me through sweat or cushion my joints through challenging poses. Best mat I've ever owned!

Weleda Skin Food ($9 or two for $16)
Whenever a friend pulls this rich, great-smelling hand cream out of her bag, it won't make it's way back in until it's been passed around the entire table.

Jason Vitamin E 25,000 IU Moisturizing Crème ($9)
This stuff is super thick and amazing. If you put it on before bed, you'll still have it in the morning unlike lighter creams that get absorbed by cotton pillow cases.

Carhartt beanie ($6 and up)
Can't have enough of these warm, simple staples.

Tony Moly's Elizavecca Milky Piggy Hell Pore Peel Off Mask ($10)
A mouth-full of a name, and some pretty amazing packaging featuring an intrepid pig using some sort of Pokemon looking plant as a vacuum to suck up distraught looking drops of sebum. My fave peel-off K-Beauty mask! Works without stripping your skin too much.  (And The Strategist agrees :)

The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% ($4 on Black Friday)
I think I'm on my third bottle of this serum? Retinoids / retinols have a reputation for making skin sensitive and peely, and while you should still exercise caution and wear SPF, I've never had any side effects from this. Edit: I just read the Elle article on all the Deciem drama and... what? Has the CEO really separated from the company now? Can I feel ok about buying Ordinary stuff? Zoiks.


Sunday, November 18, 2018

Visionworks' new Otis+Grey line

A few months back, Visionworks reached out to see if I'd partner with them to spread the word about their new Otis+Grey line. I'd been so overdue for an eye exam, and I had a blast trying on their new frames.

I chose a pair of red wire frames (OG 7016) with my new prescription and the ClearShield® UV Complete Non-Glare lenses to help with all the hours I spend in front of my inbox and phone. I'm super happy with them, and they survived Greta trying to eat the off my face!

Footnote: shout out to the very kind optometrist who helped me text a friend to come pick me up, since I can't see a dang thing for a good 12 hours after being dilated and couldn't read my phone. I'm super sensitive to it!







Thursday, October 25, 2018

Sierra Trading Post Fall Favorite Deals

From time to time I forget about Sierra Trading Post, and when I remember, I forget why I shopped anywhere else.

They have some pretty amazing deals right now: cheap Blundstones. $15 Poler backpacks. $4.99 and up Carhartt. $15 rugs. $5 packing cubes for the holidays coming up. Dog beds that won't wreck your decor.

And so: don't buy anything you don't need, but do check out some of the nutso deals at Sierra right now:


Sunday, April 1, 2018

Grateful Dead Greeting Cards




Came across A Lunar Eclipse Cards on Etsy, and loved illustrator David Sporrong's playful Deadhead birthday cards full of dancing skeletons, terrapins, dead bears, VW Vanagons, Stealies, and other heady ephemera. 


Thursday, November 23, 2017

2017 Black Friday / Cyber Monday discount code master list


2017 Black Friday Sales Master Sheet!


ASOS - 30% off Everything CODE: EPIC30, Take 20% off everything with code WIN20.

Adidas -

All Saints -  Up to 40% off everything

American Eagle - 40% off + free shipping

Amazon - the usual fanfare. Be sure to check and see what products normally cost to gauge what’s actually a deal or not.

Ann Taylor - 50% Off Everything with code: THANKFUL

Anthropologie - 30% off sitewide

Asics -  

Athleta - 20% off one item when you join email list, free shipping

Aveda - lots of cool freebies with your order, no code required

Backcountry.com - 30% off one Arc’teryx item with code ARC30, Patagonia sale  

Baggu - 25% off entire store CODE: OKHOLIDAY

Banana Republic - 50% off regular merchandise, no exclusions. Free shipping on $50 or more.  

Bandier - 20% off everything

Bare Minerals - 20% off purchase of $100 or more with code 20OFF

Barneys New York - Up to 40% off

BaubleBar - free shipping + returns

Bed, Bath, & Beyond - free shipping and some appliance sales

Benefit Cosmetics - 25% off your order of $50 or more* online. Use Code: BENEBINGE

Bergdorf Goodman - Save up to 40% off during the Designer Sale @bergdorfs

BHLDN - free shipping with code STOCKUP

BirchBox - Between 10% to 25% off depending on how much you spend.

Bloomingdale’s - 25% off $400 or more | 20% off $300 - $399 | 15% off $150 - $299

Boden  - 30% off, free shipping + returns over $49 with code: CY8H

Bumble & Bumble - Black Friday gift set

CB2 - 15% off full price items w/ code: SAVE15, free shipping $29 or more

Camp Collection - 35% off everything

Carthartt - 25% off


Converse - 25% off sale styles with code EPIC25

Crate & Barrel - 15% off w/ code SAVE15

Dermstore - Save up to 30% with code FRIDAY. Save up to 25%* off using code WEEKEND 11/25-11/26 and code MONDAY on 11/27

Diane Von Furstenberg - 20% off site-wide with THANKS20

Dogeared - 15% off when you sign up for email list, free shipping everyday

e.l.f. cosmestics - Get 50% off sitewide using the code CELEBRATE on orders $30+. Plus, your order ships free for a limited time.

Eddie Bauer - 50% off with code DEALS

Etsy - keep independent artists in mind as you tackle your holiday shopping list!

Everlane - details coming soon.


FarFetch - Take 50% off

Finish Line - Use the exclusive code REWARDSTYLEBF to gain early access to 25% Off Finish Line’s Black Friday Deals!

Foreo - 22% Off LUNA mini 2. 22% Off IRIS. 25% Off ISSA + Free Hybrid Brush Head w/ Purchase CODE: FOREOBF17

Forever 21 - 50% off marked down items with code extra50

Frank & Oak - 30% off everything* Use code: BLACKFRIDAY30

French Connection - 40% off with code: FCBF40

Gaiam - 25% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

Gap - 50% of everything no exclusions code: BLKFRIDAY, free shipping $50 or more

Glossier - free shipping on orders over $30 everyday

Gorjana - 30% off select styles

H&M - Free standard shipping with code 9054

Hunter Boots - Shop the Black Friday Sale alongside an exclusive offer up to 40% off a new Hunter product every day.

J. Crew - 40% off with code THANKU

Juice Beauty - (I really love their CC cream!)

James Perse - up to 70% off

Keds - 30% off full price + 10% Off Sale CODE: NOLINES

Kiehl's - $20 Off $65+ CODE: JINGLE

L.L. Bean - 20% off including sale items + free shipping with code THANKS20

LaCoste - 40% OFF ORDERS + FREE SHIP WITH CODE BF40


Loft - 50% off everything w/ code: THANKS

Lululemon - free shipping + free returns

Macy's - extra 20% off with code: HURRY

Madewell - Take 25% off everything CODE: DONTSTRESS

Matisee Footwear - Up to 70% off and free shipping on orders over $125

Minted - 20% off holiday cards, gifts and art with code: BF2017


NastyGal - 30% off everything

Need Supply Co. - 20% off sitewide

Neiman Marcus - sale codes I can’t post until 11/24 and 11/25!

Net-a-porter - Take up to 50% off sale styles

Nike - Take an extra 25% off sales with CODE: EPIC25


Nordstrom - Cyber Monday at NORDSTROM! Extra 20% OFF selected sale items. FREE shipping. FREE returns.

Oasap - $6 off $49 Code: BLKF9; $11 off $76 Code: BLK11; $16 off $106 Coupon: BLK16, Free Gift for Orders Over $49. Free Express for Orders Over $120

Old Navy - free shipping on orders of $25 or more code: FREESHIP

One Kings Lane - 20% off sitewide and free shipping on orders over $100 with code OKLFREESHIP

Outdoor Voices - free shipping, free returns, some gift packs

The Outnet - free next day shipping all December

Overstock - up to 70% off, no code

Prana - 30% off selected styles + free shipping

Pottery Barn - 20% off + free shipping with code THANKS

Rag & Bone - 30% off online and in stores with code TAKE30

Ray-Ban - UP TO 50% OFF (20% off sitewide)

Rent The Runway - 20% off first order with code: FIRSTRTR

Revolve - Take up to 50% off sale styles

River Island - 25% off all orders, for a limited time only* – Sale Items + Mark Downs excluded

Saks 5th Avenue - You’ve been waiting all season for this… the Designer Sale! Up to 40% OFF* designer selections. In Stores & Online.

Sam Edelman - 30% off Sitewide + Free Expedited Shipping CODE: SAMSGIVING


Saucony - 25% Off Saucony Originals CODE: FAVORITE25


Serena & Lily - 20% off everything at Serena and Lily

Shopbop - Get 20% off orders of $200 + .25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17

Shutterfly - 50% off Hardcover Photo Books and 40% off Everything Else


Sloane Ranger + All For Color - Blowout sale, prices starting under $4! (Lots of $2.50 scaves!)

Society 6 - 25% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY

Soko Glam (Korean Skin Care) -  30% off with code SOKO17

Sonos - save $100 on Playbar or Playbase

Steve Madden - buy one get one 70% off with code MERRY

Sur La Table - Up to 75% off and free shipping w/ code: PUMPKIN17, deals on some cooking classes

T.J. Maxx - free shipping over $89 w/ code SHIP89

Target - coming soon

The Outnet US - Up to 90% off your favorite designers including Stella McCartney, Balmain & more

Things Remembered - buy one get one 75% off whole store

TOPSHOP - Save up to 50% off + Free Worldwide Shipping

Tory Burch - Take 30% off $250 including sale styles CODE: THANKS

Trina Turk - 30% off everything

Ulta - $3.50 off with online and in store code 505976

Uniqlo - free shipping on all orders + Black Friday deals  

Urban Outfitters - Buy one get one 50% off EVERYTHING

Valfre - 30% off sitewide

Vans - free shipping  

Wanderlust + Co - 30% off site-wide CODE: cyber

Warby Parker - home (try on) for the holidays (and every day)

Wayfair - up to 80% off, free shipping over $49

West Elm - Up to 30% off + free shipping. Code: SAVEMORE

Wildfang - 25% off sitewide

Wildfox - 40% off with code ALLSMILES

Williams-Sonoma - 20% off + free shipping with code THANKS

World Market - 40% off furniture with code FURNSALE + lots of buy one get one and 50% items

Yoga Outlet - extra 25% off plus free shipping

Zappos - details coming soon

Zulily -

Zenni Optical - 20% off for Black Friday + Cyber Monday

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