Monthly Archives: November 2014

Skipping Black Friday

Basic Tee and Jeans with flats

Basic TShirt, Skinny Jeans and Flats

Coffee Table Books

Lounging in Tshirt and Jeans

Tshirt and Skinny jeans with Flats

V Neck Tee and Skinny jeans with Flats

Gorjana Laws of layering necklaces

V-Neck Tee with Skinny Jeans and flats

V-Neck Tshirt with Skinny Jeans and Flats


BANANA REPUBLIC Timeless V-Neck Tee  | WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET Saint Honore Slim Ankle Jean  | YOSI SAMARA Patent Flats  |  GORJANA Chloe Large Studs , Taner Pave Bar , Mia Tiered Necklace , Mika Necklace  | BAUBLEBAR Mini Pave Links Bracelet, old [SIMILAR] | RAY BAN Original Aviator Sunglasses  | FORMULA X FOR SEPHORA Infinite  |  KATE SPADE 2015 Medium Agenda | RACHEL ZOE Living in Style | CAMILLE STYLES Entertaining

This shopaholic is skipping the stores this Black Friday! I love shopping but I hate crowds!  When I shop I like to be able to leisurely walk around, trying on a few things here and a few more there.  I also do not like standing in long lines to check out, but I don’t think anyone really does.  Black Friday has never appealed to me.  I will admit I have never really participated in Black Friday, so my opinion is based on stories from friends and what I see on TV.  Even throughout the year, I prefer to shop on weekdays during lunch or first thing in the morning on weekends to avoid crowds.  During the holidays, the crowds are crazy regardless so all my in-store shopping will probably be done right when the mall opens!  I have found in past experience this is the best time to shop.  The bonus you can usually get prime parking!  Black Friday for me is all about relaxing, enjoying the extra day off from work,and gearing up for Cyber Monday!  Okay, I will probably also do a little online Black Friday shopping. I can’t help myself, I love a good sale!  I am planning on doing most of my shopping online this year.  I want to have everything ordered this coming week to avoid any shipping issues.   I have posted a few online Black Friday sales below that are to good to pass up!  Monday’s blog post will be solely dedicated to all the amazing sales and deals I come across for Cyber Monday.  I will be updating throughout the day so be sure to check back throughout the day on Monday for the latest offers! Until then, I am going to get back to reading my newest purchase, Camille Styles Entertaining.  If you are hosting any holiday parties this year, this book has some really great party planning ideas and tips!  Also, if you are looking for a comfy T-Shirt to lounge around in while online shopping, this Banana Republic Timeless Tee is awesome!  The material is soft with a little stretch.  This top is one of my go to tees when I have to run out on a quick errand on weekends!

Don’t forget to shop local this Saturday for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY.  I have also included some of my favorite small businesses with great sales in the below Black Friday list!


ASOS || 30% off with code TGIBF
BANANA REPUBLIC || 40% off with code BRFORTY
ELAINE TURNER || 25-30% off no code required, FREE iPad Case with $300 purchase on Friday
FRENCH CONNECTION || 30% off with code 30FCBF
DESIGN LOVE PLANNER || 25% off with code BF25
GORJANA || 35% off select styles
J CREW || 30% off with code HOLIDAY
JEWELER’S WIFE || $20 off $50 with code JW20OFF
KATE SPADE || 25% off with code HOLLYJOLLY
KENDRA SCOTT || 15% off with code BFCM2014
LOFT || 40% off no code required
SHOP BOP || 15-25% off with code GOBIG14
TORY BURCH || 20-30% off with code LUCKY
WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET || 30% off with code 11989



Holiday Gift Guide for Him



WINE ENTHUSIAST Madison Avenue Whiskey Glasses | ONE KINGS LANE Leather Box with Golf Accessories | HMDX Jam Transit Bluetooth Headphones | TED BAKER Leather Wallet | ARMANI EXCHANGE Round Chronograph Watch | UGG ‘Ascot’ Suede Slipper | NEW ERA NFL Logo Cap | THE ART OF SHAVING The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave® Kit | RAY-BAN Original Aviator Polarized Sunglasses

Men are always the hardest to shop for in my opinion.  If I ask a man what he wants or needs, I usually do not get much of a response.  For the men in my life, I usually resort to taking notes throughout the year of what I think they need.  The easiest thing for me to buy a guy is something sports related!  Autographed sports paraphernalia and jerseys or hats from their favorite team always go over well.  Do they have a hobby or play a sport?  You can look into accessories for that sport like balls or golf tees that they have to keep replenishing.  Even tickets to a sporting event or a day at the golf range are great ideas for the man who has everything.  I have also included some non-sport gift ideas too.  I like to pair gifts together.  If giving whiskey glasses, I might include a nice bottle of whiskey to go with it.  If purchasing headphones, add an iTunes giftcard.  If all else fails, I can never go wrong giving my dad a gift card to his favorite BBQ restaurant!  Have any other gift ideas for him?  Leave your ideas in the comment section!


A Cardigan Sweater with Sparkle

Yellow Cardigan with Black Pencil Skirt

Yellow Cardigan Sweater with Sparkle Buttons

Cardigan Sweater Button detail

Work Style look with cardigan and pencil skirt

Black Pencil Skirt and Elaine Turner black clutch

Cardigan Sweater with Black Pencil skirt and black clutch, work style look


ZARA Cardigan with Jewel Buttons  | BANANA REPUBLIC Fitted Non-Iron Sateen Shirt  | LOFT Scuba Pencil Skirt  | KELSI DAGGER Black Platform Pumps, old [SIMILAR]  | ELAINE TURNER Drew Leather Clutch*ON SALE | KENDRA SCOTT Tima Stud Earrings | ESSIE Bahama Mama | GLO MINERALS Lip Crayon in Empress Rose

I love a short work week!  Only three work days for me this holiday week, so I am wearing a cardigan sweater with a little added sparkle to keep me in my holiday mood!  I am a sucker for sequins and sparkly add-ons to any outfit, and I love the buttons on this cardigan!  I tend to wear quite a bit of black, so I usually try to pick up a few colorful layering pieces like cardigan sweaters to add a pop of color and brighten up my outfit.  The sparkly buttons on this cardigan will also make it perfect to wear to holiday gatherings! You can easily throw on some black skinny jeans and a black and white top to create a more casual look.  Cardigans are also a great way to get a few extra wears out of your warmer weather sleeveless dresses!



Fashion Houston Recap

Last week was filled with runway shows galore, as Fashion Houston celebrated its 5th anniversary with four nights of amazing designer fashions.  For anyone wondering what attending Fashion Houston is like, I put together a post today all about my experience at the event.  I attended three of the four night this year!  All the shows were amazing and inspired some great ideas for my spring wardrobe.

The event is held at the Wortham Theater in downtown Houston.  The theater is also the home of the Houston Ballet.  Red Carpet festivites started the night out with samples from Liqs Beverages, photo opportunities, celebrity sightings,  and a sneak peek at a few of the latest Audi vehicles.

Wortham Center Fashion Houston

Fashion Houston Red Carpet Wortham Center Downtown Houston

The glitz and glam of the runway awaits just up the escalator.

Escalators to Fashion Houston, Wortham Center

I arrived a bit early one night and was able to snap some pictures of the event space before the crowds filled in.

Fashion Houston Runway

Fashion Houston Front Row

Lights, Camera, Action!  It is time to get this fashion party started!

Fashion Houston

Alexis Monsanto amazed with a runway show filled with gorgeous dresses and amazing theatrical quality.

Runway Show Alexis Monsanto

Runway Show Alexis Monsanto

One of my favorites, Tibi, showcased her Spring 2015 collection.

Fashion Houston Runway Show Tibi

Runway Show Tibi

Local designer Sameera Faridi showcased the beautiful detail work of her Spring 2015 line.

Runway Show Sameera Faridi

Several Art Institute students took to the runway this year to show off their talents with a 5 look show.

Runway Show Art Institute

Runway Show Art Institute

The fabulous Rubin Singer showed a tribal themed show.  One of my favorites of the week, I wanted everything on the runway!

Runway Show Rubin Singer

Fashion Houston Runway Show Rubin Singer

Runway Show Rubin Singer

Rebecca Minkoff took to the stage showing her Spring 2015 line along side her handbags.

Fashion Houston Rebecca Minkoff

Runway Show Rebecca Minkoff

Fashion Houston VIP

My fashion partner in crime, Kelley Brege of Chic Domestic, and I were so busy snapping photos of all the amazing fashion, we almost forgot to grab one of ourselves!  We had such a great time at Fashion Houston this year! We are already ready for next year’s show!

Want to read about my Fashion Houston outfits, read the posts HERE and HERE!


All photos in this post taken by me, except the last one which was taken by a friend.