Black Friday Sales!

Happy Black Friday!

I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving yesterday and were able to reflect on everything you have to be grateful for. I had such a nice dinner with my family, even if my son was uber cranky having skipped his nap for the sixth day in a row…woof!

So I know there’s a million other blog posts out there that list every single possible Black Friday sale currently going on today and this weekend, so I figured I’d provide a condensed version and only show you my personal top picks. But before you run to the mall and spend a year searching for a parking spot and dealing with the mad rush, all of these deals are available online, so you can still enjoy your day with the family or plop in front of the TV watching Elf and eating leftovers. Thank you technology! So without further adieu, my top Black Friday sales!

J.Crew: 30% off, as well as 40% off selected items with promo code HOLIDAY

jcrew pave link bracelet

My all time favorite sparkly bracelet is currently 40% off and that never happens! Finally splurge on yourself and for someone else – it makes the PERFECT gift!

jcrew maternity pixie pant

For all my preggo readers out there, these were my go-to pants when I was pregnant (confession: I still wear them) as you can dress them up and dress them down and they’re beyond comfy. And yes, they’re 40% off!

jcrew gemma glitter flats

I wore my Gemma Glitter Flats last night for Thanksgiving dinner and I’m officially obsessed. I’m now tempted to get the regular Gemma Flats in red that I’ve been eyeing. Now is the time with 30% off!

These moccasin slippers would make a great gift as well, in both crackled metallic suede and leopard calf hair.

Express: They brought out the big guns, everything online is 50% off, that’s right – 50% off!! Side note: In-stores the 50% off only lasts until 12p, and then they switch to 40% off. Hence why I suggest just shopping online!

express crop top and wide leg pants

I’m really digging this head-to-toe look, consisting of this Open Back Crop Top and these Pleated Wide Leg Pants. I also love this cutout sleeveless maxi dress!

NARS: They’re having the Give & Take Event, after providing them with your email address they’ll spit out a 20% off promo code!

nars laguna bronzer

Laguna Bronzer is a staple and cult classic for a reason!

nars vera lipstick

I’ve become beyond obsessed with their Audacious lipsticks, beyond smooth and pigmented! I wore Vera last night and never had to reapply even with all of the food I ate.

Kate Spade: Everything is 25% off, including sale items, with promo code MERCI

kate spade back bow dress

This picture doesn’t do this Bow Back dress proper justice, but it’s currently already marked down plus the 25% off!

kate spade diner stripe apron

In need of a bridal shower or housewarming gift? This Diner Stripe Apron would be the perfect one!

kate spade square gift box clutch

I’m also obsessed with this Square Gift Box clutch, could it be cuter?

J.Crew Factory: 50% off everything!!


It’s no secret I have an obsession with J.Crew jewels, and you can find some amazing steals at the Factory store, including this beautiful Jeweled Compass Necklace!

Ok, so there was my “condensed” list, but there’s of course a million other steals out there! Be sure to share your best finds!

Happy shopping!




Cosmetic Case of the Mondays: Sephora VIB Sale

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It’s been a little crazy around here, as everyone in our household has felt under the weather at some point this past week. Hoping for a healthy family moving on! So my apologies for not having this post ready Friday, like I had hoped!

For all of you Sephora VIB members out there, the 20% off promo ends tonight so there’s still time to stock up and save! Whether it’s items you’ve been wanting to try, current favorites, or holidays gifts for your friends and family, now is the time to buy! Here are the items that are on my shopping list:

Sephora Favorites Superstars: I look forward to this set every year as it includes top selling products, including 7 full-size items!

Sephora Favorites Superstars

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush: Provides the perfect flush to compliment glowing skin.

hourglass ambient lighting luminous flush

Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow in Synergy: Holy pigment! These shadows are amazing and I love this color, it’s the perfect shade for Fall.

Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow Synergy

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Collection Limited Edition in 01 Red: I’ve been dying to try out this lipstick as it looks like the perfect, classic red shade and I can’t get enough of the packaging.

Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Lipstick Collection 01 Red

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo: I’m a huge fan of dry shampoos and this has been on my shopping list as soon as it won Allure’s Best of Beauty 2015 award.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: I finally tried out this mascara after hearing people rave about it and I already repurchased it to take advantage of the savings.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Buxom Big & Sexy Bold Gel Lipstick in Sultry Mauve: Loving this gel lipstick, it glides on so smoothly and gives the perfect amount of color!

Buxom Big & Sexy™ Bold Gel Lipstick Sultry Mauve

Happy Shopping!


The Birthday Party Project

The Birthday Party Project

So in life, we know “good eggs” and we unfortunately know “bad eggs”. I met one of the best eggs I know, my friend Pamela, back when I was 9 years old, in the 4th grade and we’ve been best friends ever since. Well today is Pam’s birthday (Happy Birthday Pamel!!) and when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she insisted on no gifts. I of course told her to shutup because obviously I’m not not getting her a gift. Then she said fine, if I wanted to get her something than she would like me to donate to The Birthday Party Project. Good egg, people. And yet I didn’t even know what this organization was.

After learning about the organization, I felt compelled to share. The Birthday Party Project’s mission is to bring joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays. In 2015 they will host 180 birthday parties across the country where children enjoy activities and crafts, games, decorations, cupcakes, and party favors. Overall they have celebrated over 1,350 birthdays with 11,500 kids in attendance. How amazing is that?!

the birthday party project donations

Interested in joining in on the fun? You can sign up to volunteer at a birthday party as a “birthday enthusiast” and get ready to put smiles on faces! Unable to volunteer? Have no fear! You can donate online (all donations are tax deductible) as every dollar truly makes a difference. Some suggested donations are: $30 for a gift for the birthday child, $45 for cupcakes and party favors, $100 for decorations and games, and $400 for an entire birthday party. You can also donate party supplies, toys, tablecloths, gift wrapping supplies, or gift cards (visit the website for shipping address). You can even choose The Birthday Party Project when shopping Amazon! AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your purchase, just visit here to set it up!

Want to share the fun of your own birthday party? You can start your own fundraiser with your #shareyourbirthday program! You can either create your own personalized website that would allow you to set a fundraising goal and promote via email and social media, or ask guests at your birthday party to bring presents for The Birthday Party Project in addition or instead of gifts for your guest of honor and can contact the organization to schedule a location to drop off or mail presents. Learn more here!

Let’s all be good eggs and help children in need celebrate their big day and let’s all wish Pamela a very happy birthday and a big thank you for introducing us to The Birthday Party Project!


November Magazine Article

November is the time where we can pause our hectic lives and reflect on what we’re thankful for. In addition to my health, family and friends, I’m also grateful for the following beauty brands, which not only help us look and feel good, but give back to others in need. Here are my top picks for the month of giving thanks from my November Lifestyle Media Group Magazine Article:

November Article for blog

1. Aveda Inner Light Concealer: I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I loved the coverage of the concealer and was equally impressed to hear that the company partners with nonprofit organizations to aid with social and environmental improvements. ($24, Aveda stores and

2. MAC Viva Glam: Every penny of the selling price from this lipstick line goes directly to helping men, women, and children with A.I.D.S. Out of the eight shades, my personal favorite is Viva Glam II, a muted pink nude. ($17, MAC Cosmetics, Department stores)

3. Tarte Cosmetics: The best selling company gives back to women’s health organizations and cooperatives in the rainforest, which makes me feel extra good about purchasing some of my favorite products such as Lights, Camera, Flashes Statement Mascara and Flush Cheek Stain. ($23, $30, Ulta, Sephora)

4. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Face Wash: I love that Philosophy created the Hope & Grace Initiative, and 1% of all philosophy product sales goes to supporting community-based mental health efforts just as much as I love how this cleanser makes my skin feel. ($11-55, Philosophy, Sephora, Department stores)

5. Olivine Love + Salt Beach Hair and Body Mist: This spray will give you sultry beach waves we all love when, hydrates skin, and 5% of all sales go to Every Mother Counts, a campaign on a mission to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. The perfect 3-in-1! ($26,, Anthropoligie, Amazon)

Cheers to a great month ahead!


Benefit Friends & Family

Haven’t had enough promotions or sales? Good! Because it’s Benefit’s turn for their Friends & Family Sale, woop woop! Now through Novemeber 1st, you can receive 20% off of your order with the promo code BENEFAM. Below are my favorite products from the line, as well as one that’s on my wish list. {And I’ll admit now, that I’m also a sucker for their packaging and marketing!}

They're Real! Lengthening Mascara

They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara: This truly is one of my all time favorite mascaras and thus I always keep a fresh tube handy. If you too are a fan, now is the time to restock or if you’ve never given it a try, now is the time to do so!

Benefit POREfessional

The POREfessional Face Primer: After receiving a couple of samples of this a while back I finally bought myself a full size as it truly does minimize the appearance of pores and fine lines. It also helps moisturize and prime my skin prior to applying makeup, win win!

Benefit Benetint

Benetint: This product is as cult classic as it gets. Use the rose-tinted stain on your lips or cheeks for the perfect color. Use a little or a lot, it’s buildable and easy to apply. I also love Lollitint which is the same product but offers more of a pink, “candy-orchid” tint.

They're Real! Push-Up Liner

They’re Real! Push-Up Eyeliner: I love a good eyeliner but I really love how this is not only a gel eyeliner, but it’s also in the form of a pen! The formula doesn’t smudge or dry out and the tip is soft enough so you can really hug your lashline.

Benefit High Beam

High Beam: I’ll admit that I have enough highlighters than I know what to do with, but I constantly find myself reaching for this bottle. This liquid highlighter is extremely easy to apply either over makeup or you can choose to mix it with either moisturizer, BB cream, or foundation to achieve your desired glow.

Benefit That Gal

That Gal: This is a primer that not only helps your makeup last longer but it’s also a brightener so if you’re wanting not just smoothing looking skin, but would also like to brighten up dull and dry skin, this is your product!

Benefit Air Patrol

Air Patrol: This BB cream eyelid primer has been on my wish list since it’s recent debut and I think now’s the time to purchase! It protects and defends our delicate eyelids from makeup, sun (includes SPF20!), and environmental pollutions and features a CushionCalm tip that is hands free and softer than your pinkie.

What’s your favorite Benefit product?


Seeing Red {Lips}

Happy Fashion Friday!

I feel like everywhere I look when shopping these days I’m seeing red…lips and lipsticks! It’s as if the merchandise is begging from the rack, “Buy me Leah! Ignore your husband and take me home!” It makes me feel like I’ve secretly done some collabs with top designers and am almost wondering if they could be a tax write-off. Speaking of which, dying for the final episode of Teresa Checks In! {Bad joke, but I am really excited.}

Here are some items that have me wanting to kiss my money goodbye…

Saint Laurent Lipstick-Print

Can we talk about this insane collection from Yves Saint Laurent? I’m absolutely loving the Kiss & Love Collectors Lipstick and the Lipstick-Print Wallet, Clutch, and Pumps!

kate spade read my lips mug

Who wouldn’t love to sip their morning coffee out of this Kate Spade Read My Lips Mug? It’s almost like you need lipstick smudges on it.

alice and olivia shaded lady sweate

I mean…this Alice & Olivia Shaded Lady Sweater is kind of a must in my closet.

jcrew embellished lips tshirt

I never met a J.Crew tee I didn’t love and this Embellished Kiss T-Shirt is clearly no exception.

equipment roland lipstick-print top

If bedazzled lips are a bit too much for you, this Equipment Roland Lipstick-Print Top is stunning. Paired with black skinnies, a pencil, or midi skirt, this top makes a statement.

Which lips are you loving?

Cheers to a great weekend!


Holy Sales Batman!

Oh em gee, there are so.many.sales!! My head is spinning from promo codes and wanted to quickly share some of the deals and my picks going on today.

J.Crew: They were running 30% off for the past couple of days and decided to extend it through today, and you know I’m a sucker for almost anything J.Crew! Promo code: WEEKEND

leopard cobalt blouse

leopard cobalt button down

I can’t get enough of this cobalt leopard print, I think it’s so stunning! Available in a blouse and button down. Obsessed.

j crew gemma glitter flats

j crew gemma glitter flats

These Gemma Glitter Flats are so fun and festive for the holiday season and I promise they look even better in person and would just about go with anything.

Saks 5th Avenue: Saks is running a “Thank You” Celebration and is offering 25% off numerous items, including already reduced priced merchandise. No no Saks, thank YOU!! Promo code: THANKYOU

MILLY Mesh Cascade Ruffle Dress

I’ve been eyeing this Milly dress for a while and couldn’t believe that it was marked down and I also get an additional 25% off! Such a gorgeous dress! {Please excuse the poor quality of the image and check out the dress online, trust me!}

karen walker black number one plastic sunglasses

How insanely fun are these Karen Walker Number One Plastic Sunglasses? I absolutely love the shape of them and that they’re so different than everything else you see. Also available in tortoise.

Shopbop: Last, but certainly not least, Shopbop just began their Friends & Family 25% promotion and naturally items are selling out fast so if there’s anything that you like, my suggestion would be to snag it while you can and you can always return {if item is returnable of course}. And how much do I love that I receive my Amazon Prime perks when shopping on Shopbop?! Promo code: INTHEFAM25

clare v supreme fold over clutch

You’ve probably seen this Clare V Supreme Haircalf Fold Over Clutch a million times because everyone and their mom is in love with it. Well let this be the one item you purchase from the sale because now is the time to buy it!

Happy Shopping!



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