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Why Personal Branding is Important

November 7, 2018

You may have a blog, a following on social media, or you may be looking into starting your own blog. As someone who helps businesses with their social media and website content on a daily basis, I know that it is a slow start. However, you want to define your brand first, even if it’s your personal blog, it’s still a brand. 

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Travel

Vegas 2018: Las Vegas Travel Guide

October 24, 2018
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A couple of months ago, I spent 48 hours in my hometown of Las Vegas with one of my closest girlfriends. Back in January, right before my move, she had called me up because she was about to purchase some Backstreet Boys tickets, who are in their last leg of their residency at Planet Hollywood. Now, I may not be a Backstreet boys superfan like she is, but I can appreciate a 90’s boyband and a quick visit back to my hometown. I’m going to break down my super fast and sleepless trip to Sin City.

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Fashion

Cyber Monday Deals

November 27, 2017
Cyber Monday is here! I’m very excited to share with you some of the best deals on the internet. Be sure to check out all the amazing savings below. Share with me what you end up getting deals on!

Cyber Monday Sales

Abercrombie ~ 50% off entire store and free shipping, no code needed
Amazon ~ Special Cyber Monday Deals
Ann Taylor ~ 50% off everything + free shipping, code: BESTMONDAY
ASOS ~ 30% off everything, code: EPIC30
Banana Republic ~ 50% off everything, no code needed
Club Monaco ~ 25% off $150+, 30% off $250, 35% off $400, extra 30% off sale code: SHOPMONDAY
Draper James ~ 25% off, code: MERRY
Kate Spade ~ 30% off, 40% off sale items, code: MOREJOY
J.Crew ~ 40% off everything, plus 10% off if ordered before noon, code: SHOPFAST
J.Crew Factory ~ 50-60% off everything, code: FRIYAY
Lilly Pulitzer ~ Lots of gifts with purchase
LOFT ~ 50% off everything + free shipping, code: CLICK
Madewell ~ 25% off, code: GOODMOOD
Mark and Graham ~ 25% off everything, code: FRIENDS
Neiman Marcus ~ Designer sale up to 40% off, gift cards with various spend, code: GC4YOU
Nordstrom ~ Designer collection sale + extra 20% off selected items
Old Navy ~ 50% off everything
Ralph Lauren ~ 30% off when you spend $125+, code: CHEER
Saks ~ The designer sale, up to 40% off.
Shopbop ~ Additional 35% off sale items, code: WOW35
Talbots ~ 50% off one item, 40% off entire purchase, no code needed
Topshop ~ Save up to 50% off
Tory Burch ~ 30% off your purchase of $250 or more (includes sale), code: THANKS
Fashion

Black Friday 2017 Sales

November 24, 2017
Today is the day! Or rather, this is the WEEK! These days, the sales go from before Thanksgiving to the weeks leading up to Christmas. You will not find me shopping in person on Black Friday, but I might pick up a couple of things online.

To me, the holidays are all about the joy and the sentimental aspects. I try not to make it too much about gifts. Although, I do love giving to others. It is the season of giving, after all. My close friends and I would sometimes rather share an experience than a gift, and those experiences I like to hold near and dear to my heart. Andy and I plan on foregoing gifts this year so that we can save the money for our special move in together, which will be the best Christmas gift of all. There may be something on this list, however, that you cannot pass up for your special friends and family. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the stores with the best deals as well as my Black Friday picks for myself or for others.

I look forward to celebrating the season with my friends and family. I know the holidays might be a trying time for some. So please, try to keep your head up and do something positive for others and remember the “good” in this season. I hope all of you have an amazing holiday season.

Deals to Check Out on Black Friday

Abercrombie & Fitch ~ 50% off entire store & free shipping, no code needed
Amazon ~ Special Black Friday deals of the day
Ann Taylor ~ 50% off everything, code: THANKFUL
ASOS ~ 30% off everything, code: EPIC30
Banana Republic ~ 50% off everything, no code needed
Club Monaco ~ 25% off $150+, 30% off $250, 35% off $400, code: SHOPFRIDAY
Kate Spade ~ 30% off with code GIVEJOY
J.Crew ~ 40% off everything, code: THANKU
J.Crew Factory ~ 50% off everything, no code needed
Lilly PulitzerLots of gifts with purchase
LOFT ~ 50% off everything, code: THANKS
Madewell ~ 25% off, code: DONTSTRESS
Mark and Graham ~ 20% off everything, code: FRIENDS
Neiman Marcus ~ Designer sale up to 40% off, $50 off every $200 spend, no code needed
Nordstrom ~ Designer collection sale + extra 20% off selected items
Old Navy50% off entire purchase
Ralph Lauren ~ 40% off when you spend $125+, code: THANKS40
Saks ~The designer sale, up to 40% off.
Shopbop ~ 20% off $200+, 25% off $500+, 30% off $800+, code: MORE17
Talbots ~ 50% off one item (until noon Friday), 40% off entire purchase, no code needed
TopshopSave up to 50% off
Tory Burch ~ 30% off your purchase of $250 or more (includes sale), code: THANKS

My top Black Friday Picks

1.Pom Pom Cable Beanie

2.Cable Knit Sweater

3.Fluted Sleeve Flare Dress

4.Make It Mine Byrdie Bag

5.Cocoon Coat

6.Quilted Puffer Vest

7.Crushed Velvet Slip Dress

8.Monogram Spinner Luggage Set

9.Faux Fur Collar Double Breasted Coat

10.Washable Cashmere Sweater

11.Sweater Dress

12.Tory Burch Shoulder Bag

 

There we have it! Not going to lie, definitely going to indulge in myself on some of these sales… Happy shopping!

 

Fashion

Holiday Shopping Gift Guide: $100 and Under

November 21, 2017

The holidays are here! This is the first of several holiday gift guides I’ve created for everyone to shop with. Let’s also talk about things to do during the holiday season. In the next series of posts, I will be throwing in my ideas for you this year.

 

 

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Fashion Lifestyle

Everything to Be Thankful For

November 10, 2017

It has been a whirlwind of the past few weeks. The last post I was able to publish on here was all about Andy’s birthday. I am still reliving that day as it was pretty awesome (you can relive it with me, here). The past few weeks I was busy preparing to have my family in town and take a few days off of work in preparation for my brother’s wedding on October 14th, then Andy’s brother wedding on November 6th. After all the time with family, I decided it is about time to count my blessings and write about all I have been thankful for this fall!

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Fashion

Weekend roundup: My Favorite Girlfriend Chino Pants

September 25, 2017

Welp, we welcomed Autumn here in Chicago this weekend, even though it does not feel like it. I am sitting here wishing I could wear all the great fall outfits I have ready for you all! I wanted to highlight by far, my favorite pants that will carry me beyond fall. I got them at the Gap, and all I can think about now is how I want to order them in every single color. Nonetheless, here is my outfit and my weekend roundup:

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Fashion

Shopping Guide: LOFT Fall Favorites

September 24, 2017

It is officially my favorite season ever! Fall is upon us, however, the firey hot temperatures in Chicago. are definitely NOT telling me that. This weekend, I kept myself crazy busy in the heat, but it was pretty awesome nonetheless. However, I am getting this post up later than I anticipated. After a crazy busy weekend, I know a fall favorite roundup is in order. Check out my favorites, specifically, from LOFT.

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Fashion Lifestyle

My Incredible Birthday Surprise

September 20, 2017

A little over a week ago, on September 10th, I celebrated my birthday! Not going to lie, I had no clue what was in store for my birthday as well as the remainder of my birthday weekend. My birthday was on Sunday, so I made sure to celebrate all weekend long. Here’s what I did:

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