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Black Friday Sales + $500 Giveaway + 10 Gift Guides

WINNER: Kelsey Calhoun

Hope everyone had the loveliest Thanksgiving with friends and family! We spent the day here in Chicago, just the four of us. (Five if you count Noodle, haha.) It was such a nice, laid-back day… and the dinner actually came out decently! (So proud.) Feeling more grateful than ever today… and also more tired than ever, haha. BUT TADA!

Here are all the Black Friday sales I’m shopping as well as what I have my eye on. AND Mitch and I have included several gift guides to make shopping easier. (Nearly everything included in them is on sale today!) Phew. Eyes drooping, haha!

And, of course, we’re hosting a giveaway as a way to say thank you. To enter to win $500 to shop our favorite sales, simply:

50 Percent off J.Crew

Pom Pom Cable-Knit Sweater

Happy Thanksgiving! I have a more special post going live tonight, so check back in when the tryptophan hits. ;) But I hope everyone is having a lovely day with friends and/or family, and I hope you know how grateful I am to have you, even if we’ve never spoken before! Thank you for following along with us and for allowing us to share our lives with you. ❤️

In case you’re having a slow start to Turkey Day, I thought I’d pop in with my recommendations for the giant J.Crew Sale. If you’re a rewards member, you can take 50 percent off (and 60 percent off discounted products) with code “SHOPFIRST.” And if you’re not, you can take 40 percent off your purchase with code “WHYWAIT.” (Though seriously: sign up for the rewards and get the extra percentage off! There’s no credit card and no drawbacks. It’s just a fun club with perks, haha.)

Favorite Everlane Products

Everlane Soft Day Tote / Cashmere Square Turtleneck (I also have this one, which I ADORE. Here’s the non-boxy version.) / ReDown Sleeping Bag Puffer Coat (Runs large. Go at least one size down.) / Straight Leg Crop Corduroys / The “Day” Boot

I’m loving today’s post because…

7 Great Gifts to Give

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (The ultimate gift. SO SOFT. And here’s the original!) / Faux Leather Tote (I’ve given this to nearly all my cousins and it’s always a hit.) / Cashmere Sweater (Also like this one and this one from Everlane.) / Burberry Scarf in “Heritage Stone” (Obviously a splurge. Maybe to be split amongst siblings for Mom?!) / Cole Haan Suede Boots (Mine are last year’s version. Also highly recommend this pair by Sam Edelman.) / Madewell Jeans (So stretchy and comfy! These are Madewell’s cashmere jeans, btw, which are supposed to be extra warm. Excited to try them!) / Sunglasses

It was 50 degrees in Chicago yesterday, so I dressed like it–in some of my favorite pieces from my wardrobe, nearly all of which make for great holiday gifts. The details:

Suede Boots You Can’t Wreck

Hush Puppies Chukka Boots (I’m wearing “Cayenne Suede” here; I also own and love the leopard pair!)/ Crab & Cleek x WH Hostess Custom Chicago Tartan Tote (LOVE this one, too!) / Fair Isle Sweater (Also love this one!) / Skinny Jeans / Dachshund Socks / Sunglasses / Noodle’s Tartan Bow Collar (Thanks, Sydney!)

This was such a fun project to shoot. Of course, I had to include my dog in these photos… who’s far from being a puppy anymore and who’s pretty much incapable of being “hush.” 😂

Blackwatch Plaid

Blackwatch Plaid Pants / Black Cable-Knit Cashmere Sweater / Blackwatch Plaid Bow Pumps (Also love these, these, these and these!) / Tartan Headband / Red Swing Coat / Pave Link Bracelet / Similar Bag (Also love this one)

Okay, I must start by calling attention to Lucy, who is pictured below eating my hair. Mitch and I didn’t notice it at the time, but I cracked up when I stumbled upon the photo while putting this post together. 😂 #momlife, right?

Our 2019 Holiday Cards

Mitch here!

I hate the mail. I avoid it at all costs. A quick trip to the mailbox can derail a good day, and sometimes the mail’s unavoidable associated chores can ruin a month. I’ve seen it happen. (For example, recently opened letter from our health insurance company and it took me a solid WEEK to fix the mistake that I’m convinced was made intentionally. 😂) If it were up to me, I’d throw the mailbox away, pop the numbers off the house and live free.

That is, except for this time of year.

Three Winter Staples I Wear Constantly

Oversized Sweater (Also available here and here.) / Wool Beret / Windowpane Tote / Faux Leather Leggings (Great for winter. I went up one size. These are more three-season leather leggings.) / Burberry Scarf / Sunglasses / Cole Haan Grand Ambition Leopard Booties (From yesterday’s post! Also the biggest fan of these leopard pumps and these heeled leopard loafers. All are incredibly comfy!)

Man. I’ve been on a roll with the outfits this week. 😜

I obviously lean preppy, but having lived in New York and Chicago for the last 14 years, I also love a solid city look. Heck, whenever I head back to NYC, I try to only pack black/white/camel pieces because it’s the urban uniform and it’s wonderfully easy. So today, I’m here to talk to you about three of my most-loved staples that get me through city winters!

Side note: My beret looks pretty silly in the above photo–anyone else struggle to get a beret to lay just right?! 😂–but let’s ignore that for now, haha. #fail