Weekly Reads and Finds and a 30 for Under $30 Gift Guide


Holiday Gift Guide 30 gifts for under $30 #giftguide #holiday2017 #holidaygiftguide #christmasgiftguide #christmas2017

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Since it’s December 1st (can you believe it?) we are rapidly running out of time for Christmas shopping. I decided to put together a 30 for under $30 gift guide for those of us that are on a budget or just have a lot of people on your list that you need to buy a small gift for. I looked for some cute/fun/creative gift ideas that should appeal to a variety of tastes. We have Both the cat bank (#11) and the Sorting hat (#25) for the girls and they love them (the Sorting Hat makes a fun room decoration too). I’m pretty sure the Nesting Dolls are my favourite from the list though because they would be a fun piece to keep on a book shelf (they also had The Goonies characters). Everything was selected from Amazon because they are the best retailer if you need to have something shipped quickly which many of us are looking for at this time of year. I’m talking to you, you last minute shoppers 😉

Weekly Reads (and maybe videos):

  • If you need to get in to the Christmas spirit then check out how the amazing holiday windows by Bergdorf Goodman are made. I would love to see these in person.
  • This video on how cosmetics were made in Ancient China is fascinating. I don’t think I would have the patience to do that.
  • This is one of the best Christmas cards I have ever seen.
  • Thank you sugar industry, for potentially damaging an entire generation of people :/
  • I have done 26 out of 28 of these things on this list which is terrifying, and it would have been 27 but I haven’t dated during the era of Tinder.   

Weekly Finds:

  • Hello big LOFT sale. You can get up to an extra 60% off. Still need some sweaters? This embroidered one is so pretty,  and I love this one. It looks like my oversized striped sweater but so much more fuzzy and soft.
  • If you are still in need of a party dress for this season then Urban Outfitters has 30% off dresses and rompers. Okay, I know I said holiday, but how about an awesome dress for spring? Back to party dresses. How about this pretty bronze one? Metallic green works for the holidays, or if you prefer jumpsuits then this one is perfect for New Years.
  • Baublebar is offering 25% off with the code GIFT25. I kind of really love this necklace, and this one with a loved ones name on it.  I’m not going to lie, while I don’t wear much jewellery I really do love a statement ring. And by statement I don’t mean a big, expensive diamond. I mean a giant cocktail ring or animal head ring.
  • Pottery Barn is 20% off for a limited time and free shipping with the code CHEER. Are you looking for some monogrammed stockings? And if you love the Grinch as much as I do, you can pop over to Pottery Barn Kids and find How the Grinch Stole Christmas on a Duvet. I want this soooo badly and would keep it on the bed all year-long. It’s flannel too which is amazing to sleep under.
  • And finally we have Express which is up to 50% off select. I love this colour coat in both the short and longer version. Women’s sweaters and jeans are both 40% off, and you can find some bargains for men too with jeans being buy one get one $19.90, and sweaters are 40% off.

I’m hitting publish before bed right now so have a great weekend!


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Black Friday Sales Again… Last Time I Promise

So we finally hit the biggest shopping day of the year and I have bombarded you with sales so I am about to give a bunch more. I know a lot of people go out at midnight hoping to score items before anyone else gets them. Especially the season hot items like the Super NES Game System,  LOL Surprise, and the weird Fingerling things all of which apparently are really hard to find at the moment (and people are totally jacking up the price to rip people off). Remember the Tickle Me Elmo Christmas craze from many, many years ago? This is like that but way more hardcore. I guess it’s Tis the season to be selfish and try to make a buck 🙁

Sooooo to save yourself from that you I would encourage you to make a list then shop online. Between now and Monday (Cyber Monday) you will probably find yourself the best deals of the season. Now on to the sales and a few selections from each that are either on my list, have been bought, or I have my eye on. Side note: we are all in desperate need of socks and underwear so I’ll be searching the sales for those 😉

Yesterday I posted a pre Black Friday selection post and many of those sales are still going (all still I believe).

Ann Taylor – 50% off everything with the code THANKFUL



Cheap Monday – 25% off of Everything



e.l.f. Cosmetics – 50% off sitewide with code CELEBRATE on orders over $30



Keds – 30% off full priced items and 10% off sale with code NOLINES



J.Crew – 40% off your purchase with code THANKU



Nordstrom – Extra 20% off sale



Sam Edelman – 30% off site wide and free shipping



SHOPBOP – Get 20% off orders of $200 + .25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17



Topshop – Up to 50% off plus free worldwide shipping



Target – is crazy land online and in store. Pay attention to the doorbusters as well as all the other great online deals they have to offer today.



And save the best for last Amazon – You need to stalk the website all day because they have sales that pop up all over for limited times. It is literally anxiety causing 😉

Good luck everyone! My goal to find the last couple of Christmas presents (I need two Calico Critter rooms for the doll house) as well as a faux fur coat. I’m not sure how successful I’ll be though. 

Black Fridays Sales 2017 Start Now


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Black Friday sales start now. Actually many of the sales started over the last week, but a lot of the main sales start today. I’ll have another post going up at midnight tonight again with the sales that begin tomorrow. I’m going to try to get it all in one post because tomorrow Roo becomes a teenager. Commence mental freak out. Anyway, we’ll be busy celebrating so I won’t have time to do ongoing sale updates. She hasn’t decided what she wants to do that day yet though, but I’m sure part of it will be trying to spend some of her birthday money on the Black Friday sales because money burns a hole in her pocket. She actually wants to go to the Humane Society and pick another cat but that isn’t going to happen until she learns to take care of the one she has and clean up after herself 😉

My sale selections are all about colours, coats, and quirky pieces. I’m pretty sure that if I could get away with it I would just wear t-shirts with statement coats every day of my life. Urban Outfitters has bedding to die for, Topshop has 9 million jackets on my list like the leather biker above (love the red lining) and J.Crew is offering deals that actually make it affordable to me (how much do you love that tartan blazer?).

Here are a few places where I got my selections and the current sales that they have going on:

  • Asos 30% off with the code EPIC30
  • Madewell has 25% off with the code DONTSTRESS
  • J.Crew take 40% off everything with the code THANKU
  • Hunter 20% off select (sale percentage seems to change daily so keep notice)
  • Topshop up to 50% off and free shipping
  •  Urban Outfitters Buy one get one 50% off
  • Old Navy has 50% off your entire purchase
  • Gap 50% off everything no exclusions
  • H&M up to 70% off and free shippin. Deals start at $3

Check out the rest of my picks below, they are in a more orderly format. I hope you score some good deals!

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Him

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Right about now you are being bombarded by gift guides left, right, and centre so I am going to add to it 😉 Today I have the For Him gift guide. The man in your life that is an entertainer, a gamer, a traveller, or the one that just needs some new pajamas and slippers.

I tried to include something for everyone like the gamer, but also the nostalgic gamer who loved his Atari when he was young. Someone who loves food but hates cooking may like the microwave popcorn popper, or the toaster grilled cheese bags (I want these). The entertainer may like to make his own craft beer, have people over to play Beeropoly, or just an instruction manual to mixed drinks along with some bottles of booze to round it out.

My husband is notorious for asking me where his things are. It’s the same thing every day. “Have you seen my wallet? I used to have phone and it was right here. I don’t know where I put my glasses.” Honestly, it drives me insane and I repeatedly tell him to put his stuff in the same spot and he won’t have this issue. He is the type of man who would benefit from number 3 above – the docking station, as well as number 19 for his glasses. You can find all kinds of these handcrafted docking stations on Esty, and can even get them personalized. My husband has number 15 which is a guitar pick maker. You use any old plastic cards to punch out your own picks. He is one that tends to keep old cards for some reason so he has all kinds of picks with his face on them from his old licences and health cards. Nothing says personalized like a guitar pick with your own face on it.

We are almost officially down to one month before Christmas (33 days technically) and I know how much it sucks to do the panic last-minute shopping so embrace the biggest shopping sales of the year coming up (and right now) and get it all done. Then you can sit back and enjoy the holiday season without the shopping stress like me 😉

Here are some early sales to get you started (these sales are as of today).
Old Navy is having 50% off entire purchase
Gap – 50% off everything no exclusions (which is actually huge because they always exclude the items I want)
Nordstrom – Early savings starts now
H&M – Extra 20% off all sale

Check out my other gift guides for this holiday season For Her, and For Kids, and From Etsy.

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Holiday Party Style 2017

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Outfit 1 – Black Velvet Wrap Dress | Long Fur Coat | Blue Heels | Blue Clutch |
Outfit 2 – Sequin Pants | Black Sweater | Plaid Shoes | Red Purse |
Outfit 3 – Black Jumpsuit | Sequin Rainbow Purse | Silver Heels |
Outfit 4 – Gold Dress | Black Fur Coat (cheaper style) | Gloves | Burgundy Heels | Black Clutch |
Outfit 5 – Black Lace Dress | Spotted Fur Coat | Black Boots | Red Present Bag |
Outfit 6 (all under $40)Silver Cami | Pencil Skirt | Cardigan | Red Booties | Beaded Clutch |
Outfit 7 – White Blouse | Leather Pants | Pink & Red Heels | Beaded Purse |
Outfit 8 – Green Velvet Dress | Short Brown Fur Coat | Green Clutch | Leopard Booties |
Outfit 9 – Velvet Bodysuit | Green Pleated Skirt | Animal Print Purse | Black Flats |
Outfit 10 (all under $20 )Turtleneck | Floral Trousers | Earrings | Quilted Purse | Black Mules |
Outfit 11 – Black Camisole Dress | Sequin Blazer | Black Clutch | Floral Booties |
Outfit 12 (Maternity look) –  Dress | Jacket | Black Cage Heels | Leopard Purse |


I can’t be the only one that inwardly panics when they get an invitation to a holiday party. I do a mental flip through my closet to try and figure out what the hell I am going to wear. Even more so when it’s a New Years party because they tend to lean towards more formal. I used to love New Years Eve, but that was back in the day when I could get away with tight pants, a backless halter top, and platform shoes because I was just going to a bar and I would fit in well.

I actually went out out shopping the other day and tried on a million things in order to get some ideas for today’s post (some of the outfits were a complete epic fail). Dresses, pants, heels, boots, and sequins. Lots of sequins. I narrowed down my choices to the pieces that both mixed well and were comfortable. Some I picked based on their looks alone, like the gold wrap dress with fur coat, because it gave me a 1970’s vibe.

I also put together a maternity style outfit, as well as one with all pieces under $40 (the are actually all under $30 except the purse which was $35), and an outfit with all pieces under $20, because who has extra money to spend around the holidays? Not very many, so getting an inexpensive holiday look it important.

Notice the theme of black and faux fur? It couldn’t be helped. I kept gravitating to them and when I would try to find something else instead it didn’t work the way I wanted so I just went back to my first choice. I hope you like some of these 12 outfits that I put together and hope you have a great holiday party season.

Today H&M is having up to 60% off your entire winter wardrobe (you can also get free shipping with the code 9054). It is a good time to find anything for winter you may need without having to battle the Black Friday crowds.


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