Saturday, November 26, 2016

Cactus Ornaments

I dropped some of these Mexican punched tin cactus ornaments off at Indie South's Prince Avenue shop here in Athens, and kept a set for myself. I might hang them somewhere in my office year-round! For friends who live outside of Athens, I rounded up some of my favorite cactus ornaments below. Enjoy! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Best of Madewell's 2016 Gift Guide

Madewell a lot of great gift options this year in their gift guide, including the scarf above from Madewell's collaboration with FEED. Each one sold will provide 68 school lunches to children in need around the world. Some of my favorite picks are below. It's going to be really hard to resist those buffalo plaid jammies. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

RUGbyGUR, Handmade in Portugal

*So* close to being a palindrome, RUGbyGUR is a Portugal-based company making some beautiful things. According to their Etsy, "All the GUR are handmade, held in a traditional handloom, with raw tirela (rag), embossed technique or over layers of colours, finishing with basic sewing. GUR focus on tradition, allowing to discover the expansion of artistic forms using traditional materials and techniques of the history and culture from Portugal."

2016 Thanksgiving Week Discount Code List

(photo above by Oliver Schwarzwald and styled by Maria Grossman)

Greetings from my parents' house, where my mom and I are parked on the sofa doodling around on our laptops in front of a Harry Potter movie. 

I get advance notice of Black Friday / Cyber Week sales codes through the blogger network I'm a part of, so I thought I'd pass along a preview! As I'm cleared to announce more details throughout the week, I'll update. If you don't see a retailer you like listed, give me a heads up in the comments, and I'll check.

If you buy anything from these sites, please click through my affiliate link first! Those tiny advertising bits add up! 

All Saints -  30% off Sitewide - CODE: CYBER

American Eagle - 40% off

AG Jeans - 30% Off Sitewide and In Store - CODE: BF16

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 Sitewide and In Store  - CODE: celebrate

Anthropologie - coming soon

ASOS - 30% off w/ CODE: THANKFUL30

Banana Republic - 50% off one regular priced item w/ code BRFIFTY and 40% off rest of your purchase w/ code BRFORTY

Bandier - coming soon

Barneys New York - 40% off Sitewide

BaubleBar - coming soon

Bergdorf Goodman - 40% off Sitewide

BirchBox - Sales starting at 10% off

Bloomingdale’s - details coming soon

Boden // 30% off + free shipping and returns

CB2 - coming soon

Clarisonic - 20% off all devices starting 11/25 - CODE: BLACKFRI

Dogeared - 25% off Sitewide

e.l.f. cosmestics - 50% off sitewide on orders $30 and up - CODE: BLACKFRIDAY

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

Everlane - details coming soon.

French Connection // 40% Off Everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping - CODE: F40BLF

Gap - 50% off everything - CODE:  TGIF50

Glossier - free shipping over $30 + free returns

Gorjana - 30% off curated category - CODE: STUFFED

H&M - 20% off entire purchase + free shipping - CODE: 5188

Kiehl's - $20 off $65 or more - three complementary samples w/ every purchase every day - CODE: JINGLE

L.L. Bean - 20% off when you spend $50 - CODE: THANKS20

Loft - 50% off everything w/ code FRIYAY

Lululemon - details coming soon.

Macy's - extra 20% off + free shipping at $50 - CODE: THANKS

Madewell - 25% off entire purchase - CODE: THATSALE

ModCloth - 40% off orders $200 and up w/ code FRIDAY40 - 30% off orders $100 and up w/ code FRIDAY30 - 20% off everything - CODE:  FRIDAY20

Need Supply Co. - details coming soon.

Neiman Marcus - $50 off $200 purchase - CODE: THANKFUL

Net-a-porter - coming soon!

Nike - details coming soon (That Pendleton collection, though...)

Nina Shoes // Buy One Get One 50% Off All Nina Shoes + Free Shipping - CODE: GOBBLE

Nordstrom - sales started early department by department

Soludos by Jason Polan from Nordstrom

Old Navy - 50% off "everything-ish"

One Kings Lane - Free shipping for the rest of the year with their "holiday pass" (saguaro cactus and pug ornaments!)

Prana - Free shipping and 30% off select items.

Pottery Barn - CODE: FREESHIP

Rag & Bone - 25% off site-wide - CODE: BLACKFRIDAY25

Saks 5th Avenue // Up to 40% off

Samsonite - 25% off select items with code THANKS25 Plus an additional $25 off with code EXTRA25. Plus, free standard shipping on all orders.

Sephora - 20% off site-wide

Serena & Lily - 20% off everything with CODE: THANKYOU

Shopbop -  Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off - CODE: GOBIG16

Sierra Trading Post - save up to 80% off clearance and markdowns

Sonos - save $50 on Play:1 until 11/28. It's out of my budget, but I have been dreaming of a Sonos whole-house setup, especially if I could work a whole-house vinyl setup into there as well. We entertain so much that I would love to be able to move speakers around the house, or have the same music playing throughout the house. DREAMS.

Steve Madden - coming soon

T.J. Maxx - free shipping over $89 - CODE: SHIP89

Target - coming soon

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

Things Remembered (Make 2 Dope Queens proud, y’all.) 25% off Sitewide - CODE: A130

TOPSHOP - Up to 50% off select items

Trina Turk - 30% Off Sitewide

Ulta - coming soon

Urban Outfitters - Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel

Wanderlust + Co - 40% off sale items - CODE: YASSS

Warby Parker - home (try on) for the holidays, yo.

Wayfair - Up to 80% off

West Elm - Up to 30% off everything - CODE: SAVENOW

Williams-Sonoma - Fast, free shipping on all orders - CODE: FREESHIP

Zappos - details coming soon

Feeling tempted by this Madewell wallet/clutch pouch


Haven’t received details yet, but no doubt there will be some Cyber Week travel sales.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Sweetheart of the Rodeo: Gram Parsons Halloween Costume

Gram Parsons Halloween Costume Nudie Rodeo Suit Gilded Palace of Sin

Revisiting one of my favorite costumes from 2014 below: 

I take Halloween VERY seriously. It's my favorite holiday. Stores are filled with skull themed items I leave out year-round, and my repressed inner theatre kid comes out full force, meticulously crafting a costume and running around in character.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Travels: Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter is big for my mom for a lot of sentimental reasons. Harry Potter movies play in the background as we laze around the house on holidays, or on weeknights in, etc.  I try to take my mom on a little trip once per year, and when I suggested The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, she was THRILLED. Like, emailing me Harry Potter gifs until it was time to go-thrilled :)

We went down to Orlando on a Wednesday afternoon, did the park on Thursday, and came back on Friday morning. Everyone we chatted with down there said October-December the parks are less busy (except when kids are out of school). Wednesday we took a short Uber ride to Disney Springs to walk around grab some dinner, and browse stores like Anthropologie and Zara. Touristy, sure, but we were tourists, and it was walkable and mom-friendly.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Halloween Items I Am Loosing My Gourd Over

I love Halloween. I really *really* love it. Both my mom and I love to go ham on some post-Halloween clearance sales, and I'm pretty sure every room in my house has some kind of repurposed Halloween decor, from a ceramic skull cookie jar to old Halloween fake skulls I've spray-painted gold. There is some really good stuff out there this year, and some stores like Wayfair already have their Halloween decor at 70% off! Some of my favorites are above. I'm going to have to get to Target soon for that snake-wrapped hourglass! And look at that metal vampire bat door-knocker! Eeeeeeeee!!!
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