the perfect holiday dress

November 28, 2014

kate spade holiday dress on M Loves M @marmar
Happy Black Friday everyone! Are you doing some big holiday shopping today? I know I am! Check out this post with all the major holiday sales! I've been searching for a beautiful holiday dress that will work not just for November and December, but also for early spring. This Kate Spade fit and flare dress totally does the trick! After browsing Kate Spade's selection on Nordstrom I kept going back to this dress. The pink and burgundy color combo is so pretty and I think it will be great not only for holiday parties, but also for different events and weddings.  Plus, check out the poufy skirt! So fun! I paired it with this black bow belt and some floral pumps. This bow belt adds a girly touch and I'm excited to pair it with other dresses and skirts. It's an immediate outfit changer!
pink and burgundy dress on M Loves M @marmar
dress with black bow belt on M Loves M @marmar
pretty kate spade holiday dress on M Loves M @marmar
kate spade bag and floral heels on M Loves M @marmar
berry lipstick and loose waves on M Loves M @marmar
dress Kate Spade {fit: TTS Sz2}, belt Kate Spade {and here are some skinny belt options!}, shoes Ted Bakerpurse Kate Spadesunglasses Karen Walker {these sunnies are next on my wish list!}, lipstick Vincent Longo Mulberrybracelet similar

I hope you all had a happy Thanksgiving yesterday! I'm still so full from all the food we ate but it was such a fun day. I loved having my family together and just eating and talking. And playing with Ginger! That girl gets so much love!


the best black friday sales

Woo! My favorite excuse to shop is here. Hello, Black Friday. {Although it seems like it's basically a Black Friday week now!} I rounded up some of the best sales and here they are below. Enjoy shopping online and not having to deal with the crazy crowds. Isn't shopping in PJs way better?

6PM- Take 15% off with code 6PMEU112720141585
ANN TAYLOR- 50% off your entire purchase with code THANKS
ANTHROPOLOGIE- 25% off with code HOLIDAY25
ASOS- 30% off with code TGIBF
BANANA REPUBLIC- 50% off 1 full-priced item with code BRFIFTY and 40% off site wide with code BRFORTY
BLOOMINGDALES- 50% off select styles
BODEN- 30% off site wide plus free shipping and returns
CLUB MONACO- 20% off $200+, 25% off $300+, 30% off $500+
DVF- 40% off select styles
FRENCH CONNECTION- 30% off full priced merchandise with code 30FCBF
GAP- 50% off site wide with code BLKFRIDAY
J.CREW- 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shippingg, no minimum with code HOLIDAY
MADEWELL- 25% off your entire order with code GIFTON
NORDSTROM- up to 40% off select product
OLD NAVY- everything up to 50% off plus take and extra 15% off with code GRAVY
PIPERLIME- 25% off site wide plus a chance to win a trip for 2 to NYC Fashion Week with code IHEARTNYC
RUCHE- 30% off site wide plus deals under $15 and clearance items 50-75% off
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE- up to 60% off select styles
SHOPBOP- 15% off 250, 20% off $500, and 25% off 1000 with code GOBIG14
SOLE SOCIETY- 30% off all footwear
TOPSHOP- 30% off select product and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items
URBAN OUTFITTERS- additional 25% off all sale online
WEST ELM- up to 25 off with code SUPERSALE
ZAPPOS- Charity Promotion: For every order placed on from Black Friday to Cuber Monday, Zappos will donate 10 meals to families in need, in partnership with Feeding America. 

What are you trying to knock off your list today? I'm hoping to finish my parents, brother and in-law gifts today! It will be so nice to not have to worry about them in December. I'm usually such a procrastinator but not this year!

illustration by the very talented Inslee

happy thanksgiving!

November 27, 2014

apple and pumpkin pie via M Loves M @Marmar
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This holiday was a special one for my family and it made me so happy that we could be together. I woke up early this morning and made an apple pie {it's one of the many things I still need to check off my Autumn List}. My brother Anthony came over and we hung out, drank coffee, and made oatmeal chocolate chip cookies {I could eat 10 of those suckers in one minute flat!}. Matthew, Anthony, Ginger and I went over to my parent's house in the afternoon. We had to stop twice for heavy whipping cream because who wants apple and pumpkin pie without a little whipped cream on top? Not us! We pigged out the yummiest food, drank sparkling apple cider, and started a new show, Luther. It was a laid back day which was really nice and just how I wanted to celebrate.
Mara and Matthew on Thanksgiving @marmar
Thanksgiving nut cups via M Loves M @Marmar
Thanksgiving table @marmar

I feel like I had a lot to be thankful for this year and these people {and pup} are at the top of the list. I'm so grateful to have such a strong and loving family. My life is what it is because of them and I couldn't be more grateful. We've had some ups and some downs this year but going through it together has made us that much stronger, and it makes you appreciate the good things so much more.

I'm grateful for the new friends I've made this year, as well as the relationships I've continued to foster. My friends and I have made such a strong effort for our monthly girls nights and we've created so many fun memories including wine tasting, going to see the Sound of Music, and eating at lots of yummy restaurants! 

I'm so thankful for all the exciting opportunities I've been given this year, the chance to be creative and try new things. My blog has been such a huge part of my life for the past 5 years and I'm so thankful for this outlet. I'm also so incredibly grateful for all of you, who come here and share in my outfits, my recipes, my day-to-day. It means so much! I've become friends with many of you through emails, lunches, even text messages. I wish I could gather all of you in one room together and we could just hang out and talk. It would be so fun! Until that happens, know that I am so grateful for you and I appreciate you all so much!

I hope you had a lovely {and food-filled!} Thanksgiving!!

{wearing this dress and these shoes!}

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