FriYAY Faves (Black Friday Edition)

Braving Black Friday has never been my thing. The crowds. The “deals”. The staying awake after turkey. I just can’t.

But one thing I most definitely can do is some online shopping in my pjs, with leftover pie for breakfast, and Christmas movies on replay. I can do that. Here are some of my favorite things that I’ve found this week, and HOORAY!! They all include Black Friday (through Cyber Monday) specials!!

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1. “Cheers My Dears” Coaster Set from Ancesserie ($14) – Letterpress. If I could develop one skill and one skill only, it would be letterpress. We met Lydia of Ancesserie last year at the Plantation Wildlife Arts Festival in Thomasville. She shared their family’s story of letterpress with us, and I immediately fell in love with her style, passion, and skill for letterpress. With the holiday season upon us, we all need to protect our beloved surfaces with some fancy coasters. The “Cheers” set is only one of the many coaster sets that Ancesserie offers to hostesses with style. They also offer card sets, personalized items, and prints! Enjoy 20% off storewide now through Sunday the 30th!

2. USA Map print (State Flower Collection) from Thimble Press ($55) – This AWESOME map of the USA features each state’s flower. Two favorite things… flowers and the good ol’ USA. Kristen’s entire shop is lovely and includes cards, prints, CONFETTI… Yep, I said confetti. And she is offering 30% off everything now through Cyber Monday with the code THIMBLETHANKS!

3. Otis & Eleanor Navy Stripe Bongo Speaker from Onward Reserve ($140) – Will & I have looked at this speaker over and over. It’s sleek, portable, and can be connected to your devices via Bluetooth. And Onward is having a 20% off EVERYTHING sale using the code BLACKFRIDAY! But shop now… It’s today only.

4. Park Floral Studs from Kate Spade ($78) – Typically I wouldn’t put an expensive pair of studs on my faves… But Kate is having a SURPRISE SALE now through tomorrow (Saturday the 29th) and these pretties are only $25!!! You should check out everything in the surprise sale because most items are 75% off. All you have to do is click the surprise sale link, enter your email, and BOOM! You’re in 🙂

5. Rock & Candy Spraypaint Combat Booties in Tan from Macy’s ($59) – I know… more boots. Now that I have my ankle boots (that I loooooooove), I’m on the hunt for some combat boots. These are so cute and I love the plaid on the inside that you can turn down for a casual look. Plus, Macy’s is doing is right for Black Friday. 10% off with the code THANKS! But I may even wait until Cyber Monday… that’s when the major department stores will really do their online sales.

Shopping galore!! And there were so many goodies that I already have my line-up for next week ready 🙂

Happy Black FriYAY!

FriYAY Faves!

With the holiday season sneaking up on us fast, I think that I’m going to make FriYAY Faves a new feature on my blog. In other words, every Friday I’ll introduce to you 5 things that will make you say YAY! And then you can add them to your wishlists 🙂 There are so many talented people out there, so I’m going to try to make a point to choose mostly local or artisan vendors, some of which are even good friends… I like showing off people I know! Hope you like them too!

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1. Rifle Paper Co. “In Bloom” Puffin Books Series ($16 each & $64 for the set) – I love books. I really super duper love Rifle Paper Co. and have been obsessed with Anna’s designs for quite some time now. Now just imagine colliding the two loves together into the most beautifully designed covers of the most precious texts. Voila! I especially love the Heidi cover with its lime greens and pinks. It would just look too good on my bookshelf!

2. Sturdy Brothers “The Snow Tote Bag” ($110) – These guys (as I’ve said before) are the real deal, and they make some fantastic products for men and women. I especially love this tote because either Will or I could use it… But obviously it would be mine. Roomy and sturdy enough to store books, a laptop, and other odds-and-ends, but fashionable enough to carry with you to dinner out on the town. I love the stripes, but they also have it in a gorgeous navy blue!

3. Letters + Light Fall Wreath Print ($30) – My friend Lindsay is insanely talented. She designed all of our wedding paper goods, and it was a dream to hear about her passion for typography, design, and photography as we got to know one another. Now she has a shop where you can find some LOVELY paper goods, including cards, prints, and even wedding suites. Her Fall Wreath Print 1 is at the top of my list for things I must have for our new home. (Note: I have an unhealthy obsession with all things floral 🙂 )

4. Anthro 67 Collection Judit Booties ($168) – I’ve determined that to go along with my 3 pair of tall boots (no obsession there…), I should invest in a pair of booties this fall. Really, I just want to look trendy rather than farmer when I wear my oversized plaid shirts with scarves. These may not be my dream boot (I’m considering laces… you’ll see more boots next week), but I really love the metallic edginess that peers through the cutouts in the leather. Might just have to try them on for size…

5. Speakable “Be Still” Bar Necklace ($45) – I stumbled across Gracie Gordon and her lovely necklaces via the BlogHer network, and boy am I glad I did!! Based out of NYC, Gracie is a smart, sweet, Christian business woman that has merged her passion for jewelry and her passion for encouraging words into some fabulous pieces. From Bible verses to empowering verbs (right now she’s got some tribute pieces for Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to positive reminders, these necklaces are the epitome of positive fashion. And they look great layered as well!

Talented, talented people make beautiful, beautiful things. Until next week… 🙂

App of the Day: Shopkick

I get made fun of by my husband for this one because every time we walk into a store, I walk very slowly though the entrance with my phone in hand waiting for my “kicks” for walk-ins to register… Oops. But if I can get paid in Target gift cards for walking into Target every once in a while… OKAY!

Here’s how to do it (and if you’d like to sign up, let me know so that I can send you a personal invite… we both get points for it :)):

1. Download the Shopkick app and make an account with your email.

2. There are three ways to get points, or “kicks”, but I personally only use two. The way I get my kicks (hah) are by walking into participating stores and letting the GPS in my phone locate me in the stores (Target, Old Navy, Macys, Kohls, Walmart, etc., etc.). Usually I get about 50 kicks per walk-in. I also sometimes scan items (another way for Will to tease me), but I only do this if it’s worth my time. In other words, if it’s 50 kicks or more and easy to locate, I’ll scan it 🙂 The final way to get kicks is by linking your credit card to your account and getting points for buying things at the stores. This one makes me nervous. I don’t like having my card info out there, so I just don’t utilize that feature of the app.

3. Once you’ve got about 1,500 kicks… it’s gift card time!! In my 6 months of using Shopkick, I’ve gotten $5 in Starbucks gift cards and $20 in Target gift cards. Pretty sweet for just remembering to open an app when I’m doing my regular shopping.

Now you could get really intense about this app and get a TON of gift cards by popping into stores each day. Haha. But who has time for that?! Not me. So I just use it when I’m shopping rather than going out of my way to get points.

Fun, fun, fun. Make your shopping trips into a new fun game and get free stuff!

App of the Day: Stitch Fix

Funny story… I’ve never actually used Stitch Fix.

BUT I’d love to one day. Here’s the premise… You can a personal stylist who picks your clothes and mails them to you for a fee based on a personal fashion profile. Then you try the clothes and keep them (by buying them) if you love them or return them if they’re not for you. Done.

If I ever muster up the courage to use Stitch Fix, I’ll let you know. Until then, I’ll obsess over their blog 🙂

Anyone out there have great success with Stitch Fix? I’d love to hear some reviews!

App of the Day: MySurvey.com

Today’s app is actually just a website, MySurvey.com. Now I won’t lie… This website is much more time consuming than Vinted or some of the other free stuff apps I use. But it’s great if you’re having a Netflix marathon or just chilling on the couch or procrastinating from studying (not that I do that…)

The premise is… you take surveys. About everything! Sometimes it’s household appliances, sometimes it’s food, sometimes it’s toilet paper. Really. Anything. But the more surveys you take, the more the site gets to know you and you stop getting all the surveys that don’t relate to you (like about baby food and diapers).

My one warning with MySurvey: They sometimes ask for personal information. For example, they may ask to text you. They may ask to access your webcam. They may ask you how much you make in a year. My rule on this type of info… Just. Say. No thanks! Saying no to certain things doesn’t prevent you from being able to take surveys, but I just don’t want that kind of thing to be out there for… whoever. Because honestly, 90% of the time you have no idea who you’re taking the surveys for. Market research, obviously. Not just anyone can create a survey… They are legitimate surveys given by legitimate companies. But that’s just my one warning for the day 🙂

Want to hear about the perks? You get points for taking surveys. Longer surveys are usually worth more points. Some surveys aren’t worth any points. Pay attention to that and don’t waste your time. Once you have about 1,000 points (the equivalent of 10 surveys on average), you can trade in your points for gift cards! You can get gift cards to almost anywhere… WOOHOO!

In the short time I’ve used MySurvey, I’ve gotten $30 worth of Amazon.com gift cards. We use my surveys (hah) as our fund to buy Vue Cups for our Keurig. Practical way to get what we’d already be buying… but for free! (Other than the hours of mindless survey-taking, of course.)