My tribute to tulle…

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Be still, my tulle loving heart.

I have been on the search for a tulle skirt for decades and my search has finally stopped.

Their motto is to make an everyday occasion a special occasion. Their desire is to create the ‘perfect POUF’ with 6 layers of tulle.

You can choose from knee length, tea length, or full length.

Beautulleful, Inc does it right.

My only dilemma now is choosing between tea length tulle in beautiful blush, classic navy, or classic black.

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Do you dream of tulle?

What color would you choose?

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Friday Favorites

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In my early 20’s, I was up at 5AM for Black Friday. In my late 20’s, I was up at 7AM. In my 30’s, well…as long as I get to the mall by 11AM I feel successful. Like most people, I do not like to pay full price for anything. Black Friday nails it on making that happen. It is a great time to snag up some gifts for the upcoming holidays and birthdays (and you may just find something for yourself).

Whether you like to ring up in person or stay in your pj’s and browse online; below are my top 10 deals of the day (and weekend). Click on Deal to start your shopping!

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Deal: 30% off everything, including sale items!

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Deal: Up to 75% off everything!

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Deal: 50% off everything, free shipping on $50 or more!

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Deal: Up to 65% off, extra 20% in-store 11/28!

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Deal: 30% off select styles, 2-for-1 ALL sale!

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Deal: 30% off entire store!

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Deal: 25% off everything! (not confirmed if this includes sale)

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Deal: 40% off everything!

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Deal: Extra 25% off sale!

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Deal: 25% off everything!

BONUS DEAL: DEAL OF THE DAY

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DEAL: 50% OFF FULL PRICED ITEM, 40% OFF EVERYTHING ELSE!

If you are going to brave the shops, download the Retail Me Not for any additional coupons that might be available.

Go on, get busy.

Happy shopping…

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Maple Lemon Butternut Squash

Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m trying two new things this Thanksgiving.

#1

 Maple Lemon Butternut Squash

Ingredients

1 butternut squash (cut into quarters and remove seeds)

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup water

zest and juice of 1 lemon

salt and pepper to taste

4 tablespoons of butter

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Directions

Preheat oven to 350°

Cut the butternut squash into quarters and cut off the ends

Combine maple syrup, water, lemon, salt & pepper

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Place squash in pan (center side up)

1 tbsp of butter per quarter, place over squash

Bake for 20 minutes, turn over and finish baking for 25 minutes

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Place on plate (center side up) and take remaining sauce and drizzle over the squash.

SO GOOD.

#2

Sabrina the teenage witch says to turn the turkey over for the first hour of cooking for the juiciest turkey meat.

We’ll see, Sabrina, we’ll see.

I hope you are surrounded by great family and friends this Thanksgiving.

Are you trying any new recipes today?

Cheers

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Thankgiving Playlist

Without any work.

Have you been slaving over your Thanksgiving dinner party essentials for weeks? Is it the night before and you forgot to put together a playlist? Don’t fret. Spotify has got you covered.

Step 1

scale

Select weight of your turkey

*stuffed or unstuffed*

Step 2

notes

Select genre

americana * family time * feeling thankful * club kitchen * freshly baked * golden oldies

Step 3

dancing people

Let this happen…

What you’ll get is a generated playlist that will last the necessary length of time to cook your bird.

DISCLAIMER: The length of time generated is based off of USDA’s roasting time table. In other words, keep an eye on it people. As spotify says, “an undercooked {or overcooked} turkey will kill the party.”

Problem solved!

In case you’re wondering, I’ll be listening to golden oldies for 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Stay tuned for my twice baked shrimp stuffed potatoes recipe. A staple in my house every Thankgiving.

Enjoy!

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WCW :: Style Crush

WCW :: Style Crush :: Emma Watson

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She grew out her bangs and bought a flat iron.

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She swapped her school blazer for a Burberry trench.

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She added UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to her long list of accomplishments.

Emma Watson has one hell of a resumé.

Her style screams less is more and it WORKS. I’ve put together a board to showcase a classic Emma look and how you can get the look for less.

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Blouse // Pants // Heels // Cuff (similar) // Burgundy Lipstick // Straightening Baume

I’ve always rolled up the sleeves of a blouse to showcase a bracelet or two but I love how the cuff is on the outside of blouse. It will definitely be something I’ll try the next time I go out!

Not only does she have incredible style, she is also making inspirational headway as an ambassador. Emma’s first order of business in the UN is to change the way the world views the word feminism. Her roll in the UN is helping launch the campaign HeforShe; a campaign that is fighting for gender quality. Preach Emma, preach.

I hope you enjoyed WCW this week and if you are on the East Coast, stay warm!

Merry Thanksgiving Eve.

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The Best Marinara

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This woman, my momma, makes a killer marinara. This same woman, Texas born and bred, never had spaghetti sauce until her early 20’s. You would never know! Besides being an intelligent, caring, and hilariously entertaining lady, she means business when she’s in the kitchen.

Without further ado, onto the recipe…

THE BEST MARINARA

Serves 2 * Prep time 10 minutes * Cook time 2 hours * Pair with a nice red

INGREDIENTS

1 large can plum tomatoes

½ can tomato paste

1 onion chopped

1 small box sliced baby bella mushrooms

½ lb. ground beef

1 lb. pkg. mild Italian chicken sausages, thawed and sliced 1/4″ thick

1 tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced

1 tsp red pepper flakes

2 tsp. oregano

7 basil leaves  or 1 tsp. dried basil

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/4 cup of fresh Parmesan, graded

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil. Once hot, add the garlic and let it heat up for roughly 30 seconds to 1 minute. In the same sauce pan, sear the ground beef for 2-3 minutes.

Add in the sausages, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato paste, and spices. Bring to a slight boil.

Simmer on low for 2 hours.

Serve over boiled pasta and top with Parmesan.

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Somewhere in the heavens, my Sicilian Grammy is hollering with joy.

The next day, take the leftover sauce and make pizza.

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Best. Ever.

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She’s passed down her love for gold shoes. I can only hope that she passes down her impeccable skills in the kitchen.

#timewilltell

I hope you’re enjoying your Sunday.

Cheers!

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Friday Favorites

favorite things

 

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Since next week is Thanksgiving, I thought I would highlight items where part, or all, of the proceeds help others in need. These beautiful, hand-crafted pieces are globally providing jobs, food, education and support. These items, the people that make them, and the companies that market them are all on my today, I am thankful for you list.

 

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Elephants are known for their intelligence, leadership, respect, and their ability to sustain friendships. I think they are the most beautiful creatures! A percentage of the proceeds from these adorable earrings go towards saving African Elephants. #saveelephants

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Target + Toms partnership is bringing you a collection of shoes, clothes, and accessories that will provide one week of meals to Americans in need. This cute build your tomorrow clutch is perfect for a night out or as a small cosmetics pouch!

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This graphic tee comes from Urban Outfitters. One of UO’s employees lost their fight to breast cancer and the company has since teamed up with Young Survival Coalition. 100% of the proceeds will go towards providing support and education to those with breast cancer. #thereisalwayshope

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Does this basket not fit perfectly into your farmer’s market lifestyle? The Little Market prides itself in fair trade and empowering women artisans from around the world. This handmade basket was crafted by artisans in the region of Ghana.

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Lastly, this classic bag from FEED. I have been a huge fan of FEED for awhile now. Each bag provides a child with meals for one year. Since the launch of the company in 2007, they have provided over 85 million meals. The above bag is one of the original designs and is reversible.

There is so much to be thankful for this year and these five items definitely warm my heart. I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Friday Favorites and look forward to a wonderful holiday.

What are you thankful for, Luxers?

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WCW :: Style Crush

Welcome to Women Crush Wednesdays :: Style Crush segment!

If you browse pinterest on the daily, like I do, then you’ve likely come across my all time style crush, Olivia Palermo.

Yes, this was her wedding dress.

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Socialite turned entrepreneur, she’s always at the forefront of fashion. I think I swoon because her style always seems effortless. She mixes and matches patterns and fabrics with confidence. As a permanent Guest Editor on Piperlime (now 30% of any full price item!!), she continuously updates her style picks from the store. Note: some picks are for ‘girls on a budget’ and some picks are for girls ‘looking to splurge.’ Regardless, she is my number one go-to-guru when I can’t figure out what I want to wear.

I’ve put together a board of one of my all time favorite looks from OP. Below you can find links to similar pieces.

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 Sweater // Jacket // Shorts // Booties (similar) // Tights // Clutch // Watch (similar) // Stackers (similar)

These links are just suggestions on how to mirror the above look. The ultimate goal, if you swoon over this look like I do, is to inspire you to play around with what you have in your closet or while you’re out shopping. Look for the pop of color clutch the next time you’re out. OR maybe, just maybe, break out a pair of shorts during the winter. *with tights, of course.

Whatever the outfit, the best look anyone can have is confidence. Be confident in your own skin, and the rest will take care of itself.

And remember…

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Cheers!

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Friday Favorites

favorite things

If you know me well, then you know that anything and everything Kate Spade makes me giddy.  As a bestie put so eloquently; ‘she single handedly keeps Kate Spade in business.’

If you don’t know me well, then let me tell you that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING Kate Spade makes me giddy.

Therefore, it’s only fitting that a Friday Favorites be dedicated to her :: office edition.

Without any hesitation, let’s spruce up your office with bright colors, bows, stripes, polka dots, and sass.

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1. Efficiency in a must-have gold and acrylic set

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2. Binder clips with cute sayings? Yes, please.

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3. Bow magnets? Yes.

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4. Bow paper clips? YES.

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5. Bow push pins? YES, YES, YES.

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6. Every professional, classy lady needs a set of pens with cute sayings. No?

Green: from the desk of

Purple: so well composed

Red: to whom it may concern

Pink: yours sincerely

Blue: what’s the word

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7. Pink picture frame

Other colors: bright orange, black and white stripe

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8. Sassy paper weight.

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9. Pass notes from this talk is chic note book.

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10. Store unmentionables, heels, candy that you don’t want your coworkers finding in these boxes.

Polka dot: stow away

Green ikat: keep it together

Black and white strip: put a lid on it

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BONUS: We wouldn’t be classy ladies if we didn’t give thanks where thanks is due.

Kate thinks of everything.

Are you hooked yet? By keeping the majority of your accessories in the same color (in this case, gold, gold, and gold) it leaves you with room to add pops of color (pink frame, green box, red paper weight, etc.) as you see fit.

I truly hope you enjoyed this weeks Friday Favorites and are ready to give your desk a Kate Spadeover. With that said, I’ll leave you with a little something to get you thinking about next weeks FF’s.

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Cheers!

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