Where to find the best Cyber Monday deals

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Who’s *excited* for this three-day work week?? #thisgirl. I know everyone is pumped for pumpkin pie, but are you also one of those people who stalks the paper for the Black Friday sales books? I’m not a fan of rushing through a family meal to go shopping, and I’m not a fan of getting trampled at 2 o’clock in the morning over a TV. Like, ain’t nobody got time for that, I’ll still be recovering from a stuffing coma thankyoukindly. I’m much more of a Cyber Monday kinda gal.

Where to find the best Cyber Monday deals

Sit back in the comfort of your home with a glass of wine in hand, wearing pajama pants since they’re the only thing that rightly accommodates your food baby at this point. (No shame, just truth, pass the potatoes). You don’t have to worry about getting accidentally photographed by a newstation or passerby for being a madwoman over makeup deals  – you can just be a crazy shopaholic and buy all the things without anyone knowing. When you need a breather and you’ve broken a shopping sweat (since you won’t be freezing your buns off – hello, comfort of the couch!), you can just hop on up and make yourself a cup of coffee or pour another glass of vino and get back to getting the deals and goin’ nuts.

Another bonus of Cyber Monday? It’s a Monday. Forget the Monday blues (although these might help those) and enjoy knowing that your day will be made by your own stealthy bargain hunting and cyber savvy.

Normally, I would be totally overwhelmed by the idea of Cyber Monday. Knowing that everyone stalks their favorite retailers and places sell out stat is just plain intimidating. If you haven’t been prowling around for deal announcements since basically Halloween, good luck getting even a pair of socks for less.

But then I found CyberMonday.com.

Lordy Lordy, this site isn’t even just for Cyber Monday. Instead of needing to just randomly peruse the world wide web or know in advance which stores are hosting which sales, CyberMonday.com curates what feels like every single sale happening at any given point in time and organizes it alphabetically by retailer for your shopping pleasure.

Um, yes please.

Not only is this place a one-stop-shop for Cyber Monday promotions, but I literally just bought a gorgeous living room rug through one of the Cyber Monday participating retailers and ended up paying, like, $50. CRAZINESS, I tell you. Over 800 online stores work through CyberMonday.com, so you’re pretty much set to find your fave place and get to scoring.

Here’s the catch for actual Cyber Monday and Black Friday shopping: the front page of CyberMonday.com will be hosting a Deal of the Hour every 60 minutes highlighting a different retail promotion, whether it’s free shipping, dollars off, a percentage off, or free gift with purchase, and you can score hour after hour.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL, folks. I’m now feelin’ the informercial vibes and I’m totally embracing it. CyberMonday.com is curating gift guides (did someone say gift guide for 20 things under $20?) and recommending specific shopping categories, products, and stores with deals happening to help you cross off every chica or chico on your list. No need to check it twice.

You can thank me later.

If you go crazy shopping on actual Cyber Monday, score deals of the century and feel the compulsive urge to keep clicking all year round, you can also throw your email address in (since we all have an email address just for shopping purposes, amiright?) to be alerted to deals happening whenever wherever.

To keep you preoccupied while you do everything but actual work and check the clock repeatedly until 5 pm, try checking out a few CyberMonday.com exclusive deals happening *today only*. To shop the deals directly, just head to CyberMonday.com and hit “All Offers and Coupons.” Boom.

  • Get 40% off all boots, shoes, and slippers at Lands’ End, + 30% off everything else with code THANKS and pin 2323
  • Take $25 off every $200 you spend at the Bloomingdale’s Big Brown Bag sale, get 50% off select items, AND get free shipping on US orders
  • Get $15 off $50 and $25 off $75 at The Body Shop with code YOURGIFT
  • Get 20% off at Madewell with code EARLYBIRD
  • It’s a $10 Deal Day at Groupon. Go wild.
  • Get 40% off everything + a free wall calendar at Shutterfly.
  • Get 20% off regular AND sale items at Lord & Taylor.

And just for funsies, if you’re impatient like me, I’ve rounded up a few of the best sales happening right this very second before Thanksgiving break even begins. Because you know you’re not *really* working this week…so while you’re counting down to cranberry sauce, get productive, start pre-shopping rituals, and treat yo’self to a goody (or two) from your own wishlist.

Alexander Wang — Get up to 40% off select styles with code AWSS, through Nov. 25.

Barneys Warehouse — take an extra 50% off clearance, plus 40% off sitewide, through Nov. 23. (ENDS TODAY!)

Calypso St. Barth — 30% off cold-weather accessories and boots with code COZY30, through Nov. 25.

Neiman Marcus — up to 40% off regular prices in select better apparel, and 25% off regular prices in kids, through Nov. 30.

Old Navy — 30% off everything online, through Nov. 25.

Off Fifth — up to 70% off + major price cuts on select styles with code PRICECUT, through Nov. 24.

Poppin — shop and save 10% on best sellers with code FAVES10, through Nov. 26.

Ralph Lauren — up to 60% off select styles, through Nov. 25.

Sigma Beauty — get 30% off select items.

Urban Outfitters — 30% off select sweaters, 25% off select bedding, 30% off select outerwear, through Nov. 25.


Are you going Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping?

Let me know in a comment below…I’d lovelovelove to hear what your game plan is gonna be, because this time of year gets *exceptionally* craycray! And I’ve gotta know…have you tried shopping at CyberMonday.com?



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How to throw a Friendsgiving Party with Hickory Farms on Coming Up Roses

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It’s. Almost. TURKEY. DAY. On a scale of excited to excited, how excited are you?! #excited

One of the things I’m most stoked to do once J and I are in a place of our own is host ridiculously fun and fabulous Friendsgiving parties. This whole idea of a “Friendsgiving” is just too good, isn’t it? Since Thanksgiving celebrations typically are held around the family table, Friendsgivings are meant to be a big ol’ feast of good food and friendship before Turkey Day rolls around.

I’m an impatient person, though, and waiting until next fall to host a Friendsgiving just wouldn’t work. The past two weeks have been totally nutso in a double “hell week” for my a cappella group at Penn, Counterparts. So in the spirit of livening things up and taking a much-needed break from singing and aca-bopping, we grabbed some of the best from Hickory Farms and took to nomming after a five hour weekend rehearsal.

Some people go all out with Friendsgiving, grabbing beautiful decor, setting a table, and having everyone dress up to the nines for a special, classy time together. I’m all about that life. But not this year…this year, it was just about all taking a hot sec to relax and snack and soak up the little things as we goofed off and laughed together.

With a box of cheeses, crackers, and sausages, a tin of nuts, an a whopping cheesecake sampler, just add adorable Turkey-themed plates and napkins and your crew and you’re good to get stuffed.

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Gift Guide for Her: 20 gifts under $20 on Coming Up Roses!

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Happy hump, lovely people! I’m getting more and more excited as the days pass, because it means we just keep chuggin’ along closer and closer to the most wonderful time of year. Thanksgiving gets me stoked, and I’m on a high all the way through New Year’s, so ain’t nothin’ slowin’ me down right about now.

I’ve been a bit *ahem* neck-deep in work lately, between my fall a capella show this coming weekend, booking 6-month blog and brand coaching mentorships (only 1 left, folks!), and being a senior at Wharton…so I keep needing to remind myself that coffee is not a food group.

But you know what there’s always time for? Shopping. Specifically, gift shopping. Because whether we like it or not, time is a-flyin’, and Santa will be here before we know it.

Since my Gifts for Under $15 and Gift Guide for for your Super Manly Man were both mega popular this time last year, I’m now sharing 20 gifts for under $20 for all of us chicas on a budget. Because we still want to get the very best for our besties and loved ones without breaking the bank!


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