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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Black Friday in Pajamas

Waking up before the sunrise, queueing up in the freezing cold, battling crowds, circling parking lots endlessly, searching for a space... none of these things describe how I'd like to spend the day after Thanksgiving.

Sleeping in, queueing up movies on a cozy couch, battling for leftover slices of pie, circling things I love in magazines, dreaming of Christmas surprises... is my kind of Black Friday.

Thankfully this age of the internet has made the dream of shopping without leaving the house a beautiful reality, and I'm excited for all the sales! It's a given that most stores will be offering 30% to 50% off their entire inventory, often coupled with free shipping - the only downside to the whole event is that it might be hard to stay focused on buying gifts for others and not for myself!

Though I suppose a tiny bit of shopping for myself couldn't do any harm, and here a few things that I'll be checking on to see if some fabulous Black Friday deals present themselves - though most of theses retailers are ALREADY offering some compelling sales!

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Robyn Leather Ankle Boots, $85 when you take an additional half off clearance at Ann Taylor

Plaid Flannel Cammi and Boxers, $12 and $15 when you take 40% off your purchase, plus free shipping at Aerie

Majesty Pea Coat, $244 when you take 30% off your purchase at J.Crew

Peacock Lane Clutch, $99 at Kate Spade on their special sale page

Haircalf iPhone Gloves, $63 when you take 30% off your purchase at Banana Republic

Emerald, Opal & Diamond Ring by Loren Stewart, $295 at Barneys

Cheers Collector Tee, $18 at J.Crew Factory (entire site is half off)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fall uniform

My new workplace is super casual, and while I know there is nothing stopping my from throwing on my pencil skirts and heels like I've always done, lately I've been feeling more comfortable in jeans and button downs.

Often I will throw on a blazer and heels, but when it's really cold out, boots and a sweater tend to win out. At least it's not a bad look to have on repeat.

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The Rundown
Chambray Shirt Tommy Hilfiger via TJMaxx similar
Leopard Sweater Calvin Klein via TJMaxx similar
Jeans "Lola" Lucky Brand
Red Pea Coat Nine West via TJMaxx similar$$, similar$
Boots Crown Vintage via DSW similar
Bag Linea Pelle "Astor" c/o Linger Rose
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington Get 15% off with code holiday_chichlyddie
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Nail Color "Nirvana" Sinful Colors

Monday, November 24, 2014

Hours in the day

I'm not the kind of person who craves a jam packed schedule, who can get up early, go to bed late, and power through it all on caffeine and adrenaline. A weekend with a single plan is my ideal, however that doesn't always happen, especially this time of year, when there are more events than days in the month.

I had a very busy weekend, kicked off on Thursday night with a shopping event at South Moon Under, then I was up early on Saturday morning for a TJMaxx pre-Black Friday shopping event that started at 7:30 am. Sunday I had a blogger date with Meg, we went to breakfast and then outlet shopping to try and start chipping away at the holiday gift list.

Keeping me on schedule throughout my busy weekend, I had on a lovely timepiece which Daniel Wellington just sent over. The Classic Sheffield Lady in rose gold is simple, elegant, and well, classic. I love wearing a watch, a quick glance at my wrist feels so much more sophisticated than fishing through my purse to find my phone to simply check the time.

While I love so many of Daniel Wellington's preppier watch bands, like the navy and white Glasgow, I can't deny the versatility of the black leather, and I expect it will find a place on my wrist for many years to come.

You can get Get 15% off your purchase at Daniel Wellington with code holiday_chichlyddie through December 31st, 2014.

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Striped Sequin Tee The Limited similar
Distressed Boyfriend Jeans Old Navy similar
Black Leather Moto Jacket Express similar
Pumps "Gennie" Coach thrifted similar
Bag Linea Pelle "Astor" c/o Linger Rose
Watch "Classic Sheffield" c/o Daniel Wellington
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Bar Rings c/o Kohl's
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Sunglasses "Meteor" Ray-Ban c/o TJMaxx
Nail Color "Nirvana" Sinful Colors

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Thank you to Daniel Wellington, for sponsoring this post.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Kiss InstaWave

I was recently given the opportunity through BrandBacker to try out the Kiss InstaWave curling iron. What makes the InstaWave special is that the ceramic ionic barrel revolves in both directions, grabbing your hair and curling it all on it's own.

For us heat styling tool challenge people, this iron is easy to use, doesn't hurt your wrists, or leave a little chunk of hair bent the wrong way at the end.

The learning curve wasn't too large, after a few tries I had it down, and the process is pretty quick. I just sectioned off my hair like normal and worked from back to front, to make sure I didn't miss any pieces.

At no point did the InstaWave get tangled in my hair (obviously my biggest concern) and it does automatically turn off after 90 minutes. (Anyone who's ever had those 'Did I forget to turn off the ____?' moments will appreciate that.)

My one issue with the InstaWave is that it emits a high-pitched noise when it's plugged it, that gets louder when you turn it on. I find this to be very bothersome, and contacted Kiss about it. They assured me it's not a safety issue, however, considering how close this tool is held to my ears, I do consider it a significant problem. Maybe I just have overly sensitive ears, but they are hurting from the noise.

Overall, I love the curls I was able to achieve and the ease of the product. You can purchase it for $59.99 at Target, Ulta and Amazon.

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You can also watch a little video of it in action.

This opportunity was provided to me by BrandBacker.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

P.S. I have nothing to wear

Leaves fall, temperatures fall, and suddenly the 90% of my closet that isn't denim seems completely unwearable. Literally overnight, mother nature made the switch from fall into winter, leaving me standing in front of my closet feeling baffled.

Tights. The key to transitioning into winter, and thankfully my recent package from Kushyfoot contained a brand new pair of both their shaping tights and their fleece lined trouser socks. I'm also a really big fan of their fleece lined tights, anything to take the edge of the biting cold helps.

Along with tights another one of my essentials is a short slip. I get the worst static cling ever and I'm not convinced any dryer sheet, coat hanger, or safety pin trick works. A very comfortable and inexpensive slip does the job perfectly and I wont say no to any extra layer either.

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The Rundown
Leopard Dress c/o Wallis
Knit Moto Jacket c/o Maurices similar
Boots Migliorini via TJMaxx buy on ebay similar
Bag Linea Pelle "Astor" c/o Linger Rose
Tights c/o Kushyfoot
Gold Bracelet The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Naomi Druzy Ring c/o Kendra Scott
Bar Rings c/o Kohl's
Nail Color "Go Overboard" Essie


Thanks to Lipton Publicity and Kushyfoot for providing the tights featured in this post.