Monthly Archives: November 2013

Black Friday Sale Alerts

Black Friday Roundup has begun! Even if you’re not braving the malls and shops today, you can still save from the comfort of your home – see below!

Kate Spade – Up to 75% OFF

J.Crew – 30% OFF everything in-stores & online (code: HOLIDAY)

J.Crew Factory – 50% OFF everything in-stores & online + FREE shipping on orders $50 or more (code: HOLIDAY50)

Gap – 50% OFF everything in-stores & online (code: BLKFRIDAY)

Anthropologie – 20% OFF everything

Ann Taylor – 50% OFF everything (code: ANNTHANKS)

 Ann Taylor Loft – 40% OFF everything (code: ENJOY)

May Designs – 50% OFF everything

Banana Republic – 40% OFF everything in-stores & online (code: BRGIVING)

Old Navy – up to 50% OFF everything in-store & online

Madewell– 25% OFF everything in-stores & online (code: FEAST25)

Jack Rogers – up to 50% OFF + FREE shipping

LuLu & Georgia – 30% OFF every order over $50 (code: THANKS30)

 C.Wonder – 30% OFF 3 items or more (code: GIFTS30)

Piperlime – 25% OFF everything + 40% final sale (code: GIFT)

 Design Darling – 20% OFF everything (code: THANKS)

 Pottery Barn– FREE Shipping & Monogramming

Club Monaco – 30% OFF already reduced prices (code: THANKS30)

ASOS – 20% OFF everything (code: GIMME20)

 French Connection – 30% OFF everything in-store & online (code: W13COUPON)

Bloomingdale’s – Up to 50% OFF + FREE shipping

Nordstrom – SALE

Neiman Marcus – up to 40% OFF sale & more

Kendra Scott – 20% OFF everything + FREE shipping (code: BFCM2013)

Rent the Runway – 20% off everything (code: RTR2013)

 Shop Bop – 15%-25% OFF select purchases (code: BIGEVENT13)

Sole Society – 33% OFF everything

Topshop – 30% OFF select items

Tory Burch – 20%-30% OFF select purchases

Be sure to check back for updates throughout the day, my picks & of course, for a full post on Cyber Monday over the weekend.

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Happy Shopping! I’m off to brave the stores in person today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Hosting & Toasting!

I hope everyone is enjoying delicious food and wine with close family and friends.

We are freezing up here in DC but I am so thankful to have my family in town from the Sunshine State to celebrate today.



Kate Spade is having an early sale with up to 75% OFF NOW!

J.Crew Factory is now 50% OFF Everything & J.Crew is 30% OFF all purchases too!

Check back tomorrow for more sale roundups!

Now..back to the mashed potatoes…

holi-cards for everyone

I cannot believe that tomorrow is already Thanksgiving and this weekend we’ll be decking the halls at my house. Hello December!

I am currently updating my address lists and ordering my own Christmas cards for 2013. A few of my friends have asked me which companies I prefer for holi-cards so I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites below.

Some of these are completely custom, others you can use a template or add a photo. There is something for everyone no matter what your style or preference.

Nico & Lala
Tiny Prints
Invitation Box
Muffy Writes a Note
Paper Source
Kate Spade
The Dandelion Patch
Union Street Papery

On another note, how do you display your cards at home? I’m loving these fun DIY ideas.

 Images: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 travel comforts

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

I hope everyone is gearing up for a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

If you’re traveling this year (unlike myself for once!), I thought what better time than to share my “travel comforts”.  To me, “comforts” are just items that I always take along on a trip; essentials, things that make me feels “at home” and that are part of my daily routine.

 Truth be told, I have always been dubbed the friend or that girl  with the most bags or clothes (I call them “options”: see below) no matter how long the stay. I’ve been made fun of since I was little for my overpacking abilities and on countless bachelorette weekends, vacations and even, work trips.  Alas, that’s when “comforts” were formally given their name. My co-worker, Hannah, asked what I was packing and I answered and added “oh, and the usual comforts”.  Even if you don’t overpack, you most likely still have your own “comforts”.

 I will be spending Thanksgiving in DC this year, however, I will most certainly pack the “comforts” below for Christmas in Florida in just a few short weeks.

*Hotel robes, no matter how big or comfty, don’t replace mine. It’s waffle weave and super light – perfect for withstanding blowouts.
*This is seriously the most amazing hair wand for all types of curls and styles. Never. Leave. Without.
Pearl Earrings* (J.Crew Studs + J.Crew Gems)  // Ipad + Case
*I feel naked sans earrings so having a pair of these on hand for early morning trips is comforting.
Travel-Sized Products*  // Options*** (PumpsSlippersDriving MocsShift DressParty Dress)
*This seems rather straightforward, but even if my favorite products don’t come in “travel-size”, I make sure to stock up on these Container Store bottles so any product can come along for the journey and make it through TSA.
**This goes hand in hand with my overpacking problems but a girls needs “options” to chose from. I never travel with just enough outfits or shoes – who knows how you’ll feel that day!

What “comforts” can you not leave home without? Share below!

must-have: the puffer vest

This fall I have been living in quilted puffer vests and I fully plan to extend this through the winter months. That and a little plaid, leather leggings and these boots. No matter what your budget or color preference, Old Navy, Gap and J.Crew have you covered with this sea of vests that will keep you warm from $30-$120!

1. Old Navy // 2. J.Crew // 3. J.Crew // 4. J.Crew // 5. J.Crew // 6. J.Crew

7. Old Navy // 8. J.Crew // 9. Old Navy // 10. J.Crew // 11. Old Navy // 12. Gap

I’ll take one of each, please.