I knew when we were headed to see Grant's family that we were headed for a small, rural town in Indiana and was warned not to have high expectations since there isn't much besides houses and farm land. Much to my surprise, I was charmed by the beauty of the historic downtown. The cafe, Rembrant's, stunned with it's Christmas decorations wrapping their outside patio in garland and red ribbon and wreaths hung by every door. From the gold City Hall dome to the Statues to the Liberty Bell and the Fire Station the short stroll through downtown is worth a quick visit if your on your way to Indianapolis or Cincinnati. Thick fog climbed to the trees and coated the entire town, the fog thinned out just enough for me to snap a few phtos and made our last morning in Madison feel mystical.
If you plan on shopping online for the rest of your Christmas presents there are a few stores that can deliver your gifts in time for Christmas:
Amazon Prime of course offers 2-Day Shipping. For a few extra dollars you get get your gifts gift wrapped.
Anthropologie is offering 30% off of their best gifts (no code needed; discount applied at checkout). Their Standard Shipping rates still apply and will cost you a minimum of $6.95 (the shipping price is based on how much you spend). If you order by Wednesday, December 21st by 11:59 EST packages will be delivered by UPS by December 24th. Express Shipping can be used if you order by Thursday, December 22nd at 1:00 ET.
Bloomingdales is offering free shipping with delivery by December 24th if you place your order today on December 21st.
J Crew is overing Overnight Shipping for $10. Use code GIFTNOW to receive 40% off last-minute gifts and an extra 40% off sale styles and 50% final sale items.
In the slide show I've linked a few his and her gift ideas to help you finish your holiday shopping at home. I had to include a few Star Wars gifts with the release of the Rouge One movie last weekend. Besides who wouldn't want a light saber water cup or a death star pop corn maker?
Happy Shopping! -Brittany
Nordstrom is offering the original Hunter rain Boots at 25% off! The military red is festive during the holidays and will have you hoping for a rainy day for a change! (Click the picture to purchase)
Nordstrom has many great items on sale from boots, sweaters, make up, and more! I've linked a few of my favorite items in the slideshow above.
Kate Spade's Surprise Sale ends at midnight on Sunday, November 27th with prices reduced up to 75% off. You may have seen these earrings at Kate Spade before, the Bourgeois Bow Stud has been brought back a few times due to popularity. Your presents don't have to be the only thing wrapped up in a beautiful bow. To enter the surprise sale you will need to register with an email address to access the sale.
Kate Spade's is offering 30% off regular priced items and sale items (excluded from the surprise sale) lasting from Sunday, November 27th until Tuesday, November 29th!
Ann Taylor is offering 50% off everything plus free shipping with code: CYBER50. Offer ends tonight at midnight.
More Cyber Monday Sales to Shop:
Antrhopologie - 20% off Full Price Items
Banana Republic - 50% off everything, no exclusions, discount applied at checkout
Bloomingdales - Take 25% off a selection of regular and sale-price items, free shipping and free returns
J Crew - 40% off your purchase + free shipping with Code: MONDAY
Tory Burch - 30% off with Code: Thanks
My tree is up and it's time to start shopping for gifts to put under the tree. Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be a challenge but if you start early you can enjoy it. Many items are packaged in gorgeous gift boxes this time of year and it's more enjoyable shopping when their is Christmas music playing and the store displays are decked in garland and glittering with ornaments. Picking a present and knowing it's going to put a smile on your loved ones face is why we spend so much time and thought on each gift that we give. In this gift guide I picked practical items i know my friends and family would use this time of year. Leather cashmere lined clothes to keep their hands warm, Hunter rain boots in a festive holiday red, a jacket that can be dressed up or down with a fur lined hood, Sperry boots for snowy weather, a wool mini skirt to pair with tights, a holiday thermal mug, the perfect plaid scarf, cozy socks that read, "Baby, it's cold outside," and a golden bow ornament to add to the tree. Everything is linked in the slide show. All of the items from J. Crew are 30% off from November 16th until November 21st when you use code FESTIVE at check out. Spread some holiday cheer to your loved ones!
The leaves are finally starting to change! I am still hoping for cooler days so I can enjoy wearing sweaters and boots. For now I am going to get into the fall spirit by wearing orange. An orange dress would be the perfect outfit to wear on Thanksgiving. I paired this Orange BCBG dress with a BCBG lace slip underneath which is linked in the slideshow below. Throw on a pair of black bow shoes or nude flats and a Clare V Leopard clutch to complete the look. I've linked two pair of Tory Burch shoes; one has a sparkling gunmetal colored bow on the toe and the other pair has a gold stacked heel, a pointed gold toe, and a small bow on top. Either shoe would be perfect for Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas Season. Leave me a comment below and let me know how your going to be celebrating Thanksgiving!
The first day of fall has arrived and we've had a few crisp, cool mornings and some breezy afternoons in North Carolina. With the return of fall, I'm craving hot cocoa and dreaming of evenings spent by the fireplace! It has be reminiscing about this trendy and cozy cafe we visited in Quebec City called Café-Bar Artéfact located in the Auberge Saint Antoine Hotel.
Café-Bar Artéfact's Hot Cocoa and Churros
I love shopping at Nordstrom and if you've never tried Guerlain you should. Guerlain Beauty products are made in France and their product standards strive to meet attention to quality and detail in all their products. The color matching in their lipsticks is still tested by people not by machines. Nordstrom has an exclusive lipstick by Guerlain called 'La Petite Robe Noire' which has beautiful acrylic details (see slideshow below and click on the image to purchase). I purchased the color '068 in Mauve Gloves' but I think the Red in '003 Red Heels' would be beautiful for fall. Every shade of red is red hot for fall fashion so you can't go wrong with a bold, red lip.
I have been wearing Guerlain Bronzer since 2009 and feel that it gives off the perfect summer tan all year round. I purchased the 'My Terracott Summer Limited Edition' bronzer which comes in Blondes or Brunettes. I usually use the Terracotta Blondes Bronzer but I think the limited edition will be a refreshing change and will give a beautiful tan glow. Nordstrom is offering a free gold gift bag and samples when you spend $200 with Guerlain.
The necklace pictured is by Kenneth Jay Lane but this is an older purchase so, I linked two similar necklace in the slide show above by H&M.
This is a great transitional piece from Summer to Fall. It's pretty hot out for September, it's been around 80 degrees up to 90 degrees still. This piece is very light weight and the fabric drapes beautifully with the three tiered layers and pleating. This dress could be dressed up with heels for work and would also be cute for brunch on the weekend. Shop this dress at Banana Republic just click on the image below to be re-directed to the product page.
Banana Republic Pleated Dot-Print Dress in Color: Cocoon Style # 309090
The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is a great way to pick up some Lilly for a great sale price! The sale doesn't start still 8am EST on Monday, August 22nd. You will be place in a virtual waiting line, this ensures that everyone has a turn to shop so just grab a cup of coffee and wait patiently. That means I'll be at work counting down the hours until my lunch break until I can shop. There is a pair of buttercup shorts with the scalloped hem that I didn't have a chance to buy because they sold out online so fast. I am keeping my fingers crossed I will have a chance to buy these! I can't wait to see what will be featured on the sale! Happy Shopping! (The 'Nice Stems' Flamingo artwork pictured above is from a T-shirt I saw at the Lilly Pulitzer Store)
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