Holiday Gift Guide for Under $50: Cozy Homebody Edition

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Hi Babes!

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I wanted to share my favorite finds under $50 for the Cozy Homebody like myself. These items are perfect for gifts, and I might have ordered a few for myself already! I love cozy items and love to stay comfy. A bunch of these are on sale for cyber monday so take advantage while you can!

ONE: I love anything cable knit and monogram so when I saw this I knew it would be the perfect gift. I have cable knit stockings and blankets around my house and absolutely love them!
TWO: Slippers are a must for me at home. Even with socks on my feet are always cold, and I love moccasin slippers with the fur inside like this pair. Plus how can you beat the price?
THREE: I have a few fleece pullovers now, and they have become a huge staple for the winter. I went and tried this on and instantly fell in love with it.
FOUR: I have this exact one and a cable knit one from express and wear them all the time. They are amazing and are perfect for when you still want to look cute but want to be warm.
FIVE: Sock slippers – THE best thing ever invented. If you have a dog that loves shoes, these are for you. Riley attacks my slippers so these have become staples in my home.
SIX: I love kiehls everything, but their lip balm is another level. When my lips start to feel dry this saves me.
SEVEN: I have a similar face roller and love it. I use it to smooth out rough spots on my face and decrease puffiness. If I do not get enough sleep my under eyes get extremely puffy, and I use this to help decrease it.
EIGHT: I am always searching for comfortable and cute pajamas and these definitely do not disappoint.
NINE: Another cute throw blanket! I love having throw blankets around my house to dress up certain furniture. I love the color of this one, but it comes in multiple colors. Perfect to hang over a bed, couch, chair etc!
TEN: These quayxdesi sunglasses are my favorite sunglasses ever! My best decision was getting a pair and these are on sale!
ELEVEN: How could you not love a cute mug?!
TWELVE: I love uggs, but sometimes I just can’t justify spending that much money on a pair, so here is a perfect ugg dupe!

What Item would you love to receive?

Xo,

Nina

Your Guide to the Best Cyber Monday Deals & Steals

Happy Cyber Monday!

 

Today I am sharing my favorite finds and sales for Cyber Monday. Check them out below! I also shared some of my favorite items from some of the sites. Happy SHOPPING!!

 

AMAZON | Various deals on items throughout the site!

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Macy’s | 20% off site wide with code CYBER. Valid 11/25-11/26.

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EXPRESS | 50% off and Free Shipping

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Nordstrom | Up to 60% on select styles site wide through Cyber Monday. Valid through 11/26. Additionally, receive a $50 gift card for every $250 spent, to use in the month of January. Valid 9pm PST 11/24-11/26.


Shopbop | Take an additional 30% off all sale items with code wow18. Valid 11/26-11/27.


Nordstrom Rack | Recieve 60% off all cold weather items. Spend $150 get $25. Valid 11/26.


Saks Fifth Avenue | Up to 70% off select styles. Get $50 off for every $200 you spend with code MONDAY18. Valid 11/26.


Revolve | Extra 20% off final sale items with code CYBER20. Valid 11/26-11/27.


Lord & Taylor | Extra 25% off site wide with code CYBER. Valid 11/26-11/27.


J Crew | Take 40% off your entire purchase. Valid through 11/26.


Loft | 50% off your entire purchase with code CYBER. Valid 11/25-11/27.


J Crew Factory | Receive up to 60% off original prices with code ADD2CART. Valid 11/26-11/27.


Abercombie | 50% off your entire purchase. Valid 11/26.


Banana Republic | Take 50% off everything. Valid 11/25-11/26.

Goodies & Treats (Recipes)

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Happy November Everyone!

A lot of you responded to my stories in regards to the goodies I was baking/cooking asking for some recipes. So I thought it would be cute to put all details together and give you some background on why we do it. This post will be a long one with all the recipes so please bare with me!

It has been a long lasting tradition for my mom, my aunt, my sister, and I to bake some goodies at my grandparents house and deliver them to family and friends on Mischief Night. When we were really young, my aunt would surprise us and bring us some candy and write “BOO” on our front steps. This was something we looked forward to each year and couldn’t wait for it. So when we got to be a little older, we asked her if we could join in and we started baking goodies to give out instead of some candy. We bake for 2-3 days and make our rounds to friends and family. Our list of stops grows each year and the items we bake get more and more complex, but we love it so much. It has been our tradition for over 7 years, and I can’t wait until I have kids that can do it with us. We then deliver the goodies on Mischief Night and write “BOO” on their front walkway. Everyone looks forward to it each year and we do too! My sister and I dress up in onesies and so the drop off, it’s so much fun!

This year we decided to be a little different, and each year we truly do get a little more complex and crazier. We usually bake a bunch of cookies or halloween goodies, but we switched it up a bit. We baked and cooked Butternut Squash Soup, Homemade Bread, Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle, Vanilla Scones, Christmas Jam, Caramel Apples with peanuts, and NY Style Crumb Cake. We also look forward to hearing everyones favorites and depending on their tastes, we hear all different ones. My personal favorites was the jam and the soup. I ate a half a jar of jam all by myself on Monday because it was THAT good.

I will share all of the original recipes, and changes that we made below:

  1. Butternut Squash & Apple Soup – My mom & aunt are huge Ina Garten fans, so we always make some of her recipes. We made some change to her recipe so I will list ours here as well.img_0846.jpg
  2. Honey White Bread – this is another Ina Garten recipe & it’s delicious! We have made homemade plain bread before but wanted to try something a little different so decided to give this a try. I had some with my soup for lunch yesterday and it was out of this world! We followed the recipe exactly except for the fact that we used LIVE yeast and we were making 12 small loaves, so we doubled the recipe. When using live yeast, make sure the water and milk are hot and at the temperature stated in the recipe. We used a candy thermometer and took the temperature of both the water and the milk.
  3. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies– We didn’t change a thing with these. There was a lot of the cream left over and we saved it for a sweet treat on bread.. delicious!
  4. Spiced Pumpkin Seed Brittle– We added in sunflower seeds. It was soooo good!
  5. Vanilla Scones – We didn’t change anything but let me just tell you, these were a huge hit! They taste similar to the Starbucks scones. They taste even better with some jam!
  6. Christmas Jam – When I tell you this is the best Jam I have ever had… I kid you not. I ate half a jar the alone the day we made it. It tastes good on bread, on crackers, on everything. It is to die for!! We ended up adding a bunch of strawberries to this recipe because we wanted more strawberry. I would suggest grinding the cranberry and strawberry and seeing what you need more of.
  7. Caramel Apple – So we changed this up a bit, we had 12 mini granny smith apples so we used about 28oz of caramel (2.5 -11 oz bags), 3 cup of peanuts that we ground up, and instead of lollipop sticks we used witches brooms from walmart. They came out so delicious and good!
  • 8. NY Style Crumb Cake –
  • Let me know if you make any and how it comes out !

Embroidered Skirt

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Similar Shirt here, here, & here // Skirt // Booties – similar and cheaper here & here

Friday is finally here! I am so excited because we are celebrating my great aunt’s 90th birthday tonight and I can’t wait to be all together with my family. My parents are away and won’t be there so we will miss them but I can’t wait to see everyone! We are also celebrating my friends birthday on Saturday, so we have a full weekend of plans ahead of us.

Since Thanksgiving is less than 3 weeks away, I have started thinking about outfits to wear. My parents host Thanksgiving and we wake up at like 7am to start cooking and preparing. It is something I look forward to each year, and can’t wait for this year. I found this gorgeous embroidered skirt at Francesca’s and knew I had to have it. It works perfect for the fall but I also feel like it works perfect for Thanksgiving with a nice top, pair of boots or booties, and a cute Pea Coat. In the next few weeks I will be sharing some Thanksgiving Outfit inspiration for anyone looking for something to wear, so be on the look out ūüôā I saw while linking the skirt there was only a few left so if it is sold out, here are a few almost identical ones that Francescas has – here, here, & here.

I am wearing a medium in the skirt, which I think is pretty true to size for their clothing. I tend to get mediums in pants and bottoms here because I have wide hips and the small doesn’t look right. The top is from TJ Maxx and I cannot find it online, but I linked some similar ones. Lastly, I am wearing a 9.5 in my Stuart’s (I always size up by 1/2 a size). I linked similar booties for you guys as well. I know I link a lot of Stuart Weitzman shoes. I believe in investing in shoes and items that will last long and are more bang for my buck. They were expensive, but they definitely last longer than most shoes I have. But I will always link similar cheaper versions as well!

What are your weekend plans?

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Plaid Vest

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Vest // Jeans // Similar Booties here, here & here // Shirt // Hat

Today is my first day back to work after having a few days off and it’s definitely rough! But, considering tomorrow’s Friday, hopefully these two days go fast! I have a full weekend planned that I am really excited about!

I always look for cute layering items, as you can tell from my last few posts, and always find myself buying vests. They are perfect to go over a shirt or sweater. I found this cute plaid vest on amazon while looking at some clothes and knew I had to have it. I love plaid for the fall and thought this beige one was so cute!

I am wearing a size medium in the vest so that I can layer it and a small in the top which is also from amazon. I can’t wait to show you guys more amazon pieces because some of their stuff is honestly so cute! I’m wearing a size 4 in the jeans (27) and they are TTS. The boots are Jessica Simpson a few seasons ago but I have linked similar ones for you!

Are you a plaid fan?

Cozy Off The Shoulder Sweater

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Knit Sweater // Leather Leggings // Boots Рdupes here & here

Good morning from New Jersey friends! It has been freezing here the last few days (in the 40’s) and I am constantly trying to find ways to stay warm! When did we skip fall and go straight to winter?! Fall is my favorite season and lately I feel like we are skipping fall entirely. The leaves here haven’t been turning their usual orange/red because of how cold it is, which makes me so sad! But, I am happy that we get to light the fire place and enjoy the warmth of the burning wood. My parents fire place pictured, is my favorite. You can sit on the ledge and enjoy the fire. We lit one the other night and it reminded me so much of the holidays.

Anyway, I am so glad I purchased this sweater & these faux leather leggings. I always loved the look of an oversized sweater and leggings and the faux leather leggings really help to dress the outfit up a bit. Throw on some OTK boots and you have the perfect fall to winter transitional outfit!

My Stuart Weitzman OTK boots are always a closet staple for me. I got them when they were on sale one Black Friday and literally always wear them. I usually size up in Stuart’s by a half of size, especially if they are closed toe. I have linked some dupes as well! I am wearing a medium in the leather leggings but honestly they are a bit big and I could have sized down in them. The sweater is a bit big but it’s a one size and I was looking for an oversized sweater, so it worked out!

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