Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Sales

I will confess, I personally am not a fan of going to the mall, etc. on Black Friday; the massive lines, the traffic, fighting for a parking spot, all the craziness that is bound to happen on Black Friday. However, I fully endorse shopping from the comfort of my own bed while sipping hot chocolate. Ahhh…the perks of modern day conveniences…

Whether you choose to get into the true spirit of Black Friday and decide to go out and brave all the craziness or decide to just hangout and shop from the comfort of your own bed here is a rundown of all the Black Friday sales.

Anthropologie// 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT
Baublebar// 30% off with code EARLYBIRD
Banana Republic// 50% off sweaters and 40% off everything else with code BRFRIDAY
Brooks Brothers// Sale up to 50% off
Design Darling// 20% off everything with code THANKFUL
Devon Maryn// 20% off with code BFINSTA20
Free People// 50% off select styles
Gap// 50% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY
J. Crew// 30% off and an extra 40% off of sale items with code HOIDAY
J. Crew Factory// 50% off everything plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more with code SHOPGIFTS
Kate Spade// Surprise Sale! Everything included in the sale is up to 75% off
Lauren James// 20% off with code BLACKOUT15
Lilly Pulitzer// Gift with purchase
L.L.Bean// 10% off, free shipping, and $10 gift card with order of $50 or more with code THANKS10
Madewell// 25% off entire purchase with code CALMDOWN
Mark and Graham// 20% off your entire purchase, free monogramming, free gift wrap, free shipping with code FRIENDS
Ralph Lauren// Up to 60% off and an extra 20% off with code Turkey20
ShopBop// 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 with code GOBIG15
Talbots// 50% off one item until noon on Friday. 40% off entire purchase
Tory Burch// 30% off of purchases $250
Tuckernuck// 15% off site wide, 20% off when you spend $200, 25% off when you spend $500, 30% off when you spend $1000. Code: cyber-15, cyber-20, cyber25, cyber-30
VineyardVines// 25% off full-pried styles and 40% off sale with code THANKS2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

“Along my journey I have learned that the more THANKFUL I am, the more I have to be THANKFUL for.”

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dealing With Holiday Stress

It is a little difficult to believe that Christmas is exactly a month away and Thanksgiving is tomorrow. I think it is safe to say that the holiday season is officially in full swing. As much as I love the holiday season and everything that comes with it: the family dinners, decorating, gift buying, and the element of magic that floats in the air – the holiday season can be a little stressful.

Ironically some of the holiday festivities that we look forward to the most are the exact things that have to potential to add the element of stress to the season along with setting our expectations too high sometimes…the perfect dinner, buying the perfect gift, and dealing with the stress of that crazy family member attending the holiday dinner. Lets face it, we all have at least one crazy family member, and if you think your family is composed of perfectly normal individuals, then I hate to inform you, but chances are if you can’t identify the crazy person in your family you are probably that crazy family member…

I have done some research and have found a few good tips for dealing with the upcoming holiday stress.

1.      Isolate the reason you are stressed (i.e. bad Christmas memories, you over committed yourself, set your expectations too high), the change your outlook, if you can take some things off of your plate, If holiday traditions aren’t working change them.
2.    Plan ahead: Don’t wait till the last minute to do all of the holiday grocery shopping, save gift wrapping till Christmas Eve, etc.
3.    Workout: working out can relieve stress and is a good way to keep in shape during the holiday season and gives you a chance to escape and put thing in perspective
4.    Learnto acceptant everyone as they are: Just because it is the holiday season that does not mean a person is magically going to change their personality.
5.    If you are feeling depressed sniff a citrus fruit. Citrus fragrances boost feeling of well-being and relieve stress
6.    Don’t give up the things you find humor in: Laughing is proven to reduce stress
7.     Make a To-Do List: Visually seeing what you have accomplished has the ability to put your mind at rest
8.    Think positive thoughts: Focusing only on negative thought wake up your body’ stress response. Think of everything that is going right and everything you have accomplished. Remember it is a time to celebrate!