Look around the room. Chances are, two out of every five people you see have food blogs. There are so many darned food bloggers out there, it seems to us that the only thing more fun than writing about eating must be...well, eating. These Foodie Quote Salad Plates ($49) combine both passions nicely.
Wine is admittedly awesome. But there are times - nine in the morning, for example - when it isn't exactly appropriate to pour ourselves a glass of Pinot. For those moments, we'll happily turn to Vintage Teaworks' collection of wine-inspired teas. This Black Tea Merlot ($17), for example, uses hints of black currant and licorice to create a flavor profile inspired by one of our favorite reds. It's a booze-free way to tantalize our grape-loving taste buds.
We always wanted to be ballerinas, but our lack of both coordination and discipline really didn't allow that dream to come to fruition. Instead, we dress like a ballerina whenever we can with flowy skirts, cozy wrap sweaters, and of course some stylish ballet flats like these Bay Unique Flats ($195). The ankle straps make these really reminiscent of pointe shoes!
It's Darth Vader... with a Bow Tie! What else do you need to know? What else could you possibly ask for?
Right on. We couldn't think of a better mantra to remember as we start each day. Both the quote on this Happiness Wall Hanging ($65) and the stellar calligraphy are beautiful, so hang this one on the wall where everyone who visits can be touched by its presence.
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Some of you may think we post too many narwhal products...we don't think we post enough! If you think you can fix the problem without the Narwhal Screwdriver Kit ($14), you must have a screw loose.
Love 'em or hate 'em, the holidays aren't always so focused on conservation - the overeating, the plastic toys, the idling in the car for twenty minutes in a line of cars in the mall parking lot. Rather than break out a roll of giftwrap made from all new materials, this year try using RobinWrap Snowbirds/Kraft Recycled Wrapping Paper ($4), which is made with 100% recycled material and uses Earth-friendly ink. Just don't let your Great Uncle Milt throw out the paper with the turkey carcass - not recycling it again kind of defeats the purpose.
Full disclosure: Outblush received a free sample of this product.
Already overwhelmed with the number of women on your list that need gifts? First, breathe. It's holiday shopping, not brain surgery - no one's life is on the line. Second, we're here to hold your hand through it. We've found five simple gifts from maurices that are easy to apply to nearly any lady. Plus, for Black Friday they're offering free shipping on $50 or more plus the whole site is buy one, get one 50% off, so do some easy one-stop shopping while you're recovering from Turkey Day.
1. The sweater is a pretty timeless holiday gift, but the pullover is not so easy to fit if you don't know her dimensions. That's why we recommend a comfy sweater like the Pointelle Open Stitch Shimmer Cardiwrap ($34). Because it doesn't have buttons, there's no need to worry too much about fit. Err to the side of larger if you don't know her size - with this kind of sweater, bigger equates to cozier.
2. Purses are an easy gift, but lets face it: you and every other woman you know already owns too many. Instead of a bulky bag, get something petite like the Glitter Dot Phone Case ($12). It's small enough that it's easy to store, plus it's perfect to pair with a New Year's Eve dress!
3. Costume jewelry also makes an easy gift. We like the Turquoise Geometric Stone Statement Necklace ($16) for several reasons. It's a pretty timeless design that's sophisticated for everyone from teenagers to grandmothers. But timeless doesn't mean it's not stylish - this shade of green is very in this season, and any fashionista will appreciate that attention to detail.
4. Warm scarves make nice gifts, but nothing beats a scarf you can sport all year round. The lightweight Solid Sequin Scarf ($14) will still get use once the snow has dried up. It comes in two other colors if purple doesn't suit her, but we think "blackberry cordial" is very versatile (and tasty-sounding too).
5. Like oversized sweaters, pajamas are another apparel item that is easy to fit. Plus, who can't use another warm sleepshirt in the middle of winter? This Gray Striped High-Low Tee ($24) will suit her for sleeping, lounging, and beyond!
Full Disclosure: maurices has sponsored this post.
Don't your cat photos deserve more than your dinky camera phone? Or if not your cats, your adorable matching family pajamas on Christmas morning? Snag this Canon Powershot A2500 16.0MP Digital Camera ($80, on sale), and you'll capture all the joy of the season on a camera that's not attached to your phone, which makes it much harder to drunkenly post your Santa hat selfies on Instagram.
This camera is only $80 ($20 off regular price) from November 28th-30th! Tons of other gadgets are on sale too, which means you can mark a few more high-tech friends off your list.
It is now possible to keep your ankles warm and look dead sexy at the same time, thanks to these Steve Madden Stellth booties.($170). Your toes, however, are out of luck. We see these with a standout red holiday dress, and again on New Year's Eve with some flashy sequins.
Through December 2nd, take 30% off your order at Steve Madden with coupon code THANKFUL30, which also gets you free shipping!
The slow cooker is an amazing tool, and it just got even more amazing. This Cuisinart 6 qt. 3-in-1 Multicooker ($159) not only slow cooks your food to meltingly delicious perfection, it also keeps it warm, sears, steams, and does your hair before your annual holiday tree-trimming party. Okay, it doesn't do that last thing, but it does let you sear your meat in it, which means one less dirty pan!
Through December 2nd, get 15% off and free shipping on non-furniture at Crate & Barrel. There are tons of great gift options!
Do the bossy reds and overbearing greens of Christmas make you feel stressed? Do you hate reindeer, snowflakes, candy canes, and all other symbols of the holiday? Get through the season without shirking your holiday sweater responsibility in this A Wear Retro Sweater ($53). It's understated, yet festive, and you can bring it back out for the premiere of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.
Through December 2nd, get 20% off everything at ASOS, including markdowns, with coupon code GIMME20.
We've been feeling overrun by accessories lately, so we're thinking it's time to downsize our collection. We've grown tired of transferring our wallets from our daytime handbags to our nighttime clutches and back again, too, and this Vince Camuto Vivi Indexer ($78) solves our problems and soothes our souls with its lovely purple hue and classic shape. It's a wallet that doubles as a mini-clutch that holds only your essentials for a night on the town!
Through December 4th, get 30% off at Shoebox with code HOLIDAY30. If you spend $150 or more, shipping is free, so get some new stuff for yourself and your fashionista friends.
The holidays are stressful in so many ways. There is the gift shopping, which requires leaving the house, which in turn requires being around people, which often requires talking to other people. It's terrible, really, and what better gift to give than an escape from it all? If you can't afford to pay for fancy vacations for all your nearest and dearest, give the gift of an olfactory getaway with this Tuscan Blood Orange Take me There Set ($18), or some other relaxing, rejuvenating fragrance.
Pacifica's Black Friday special lets your earn $25 for every $100 you spend, so give yourself a break as well and don't leave the house to do your shopping. Ordering Online is the new and improved Going to the Mall.
You don't need to buy a new dress this holiday season. It's true. Trust us. No one will notice you're wearing last year's perfectly good dress when you're wearing these CC Skye Deco Earrings ($250). They're flashy, but classy, and have a little bit of holiday-appropriate sparkle.
Through December 3rd at Manhattanite, get 30% off your entire order with coupon code CYBER30. All sales are final. Excludes aden + anais.