{chardonnay}

When your homegirl tells you J.Crew has the perfect T-shirt.  Not just any old T-shirt.  A T-shirt that represent you.

A fucking chardonnay T-shirt you guys!

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You buy that T-shirt.  And you wear that T-shirt with pride.  Well done J.Crew, well done.

CHEERS!!!

The only thing missing is a big glass of chard in my hand.  But this was taken at 7:30 am and that may have looked kinda funny?

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T-shirt // Blazer // Denim // Wedges

 

Chardonnay

Cortese

Sauvignon Blanc

Pinot Grigio

Chablis

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{gift guide for her}

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Another day, another gift guide.  Really I just feel like shit and I don’t feel like typing a recipe.  Or taking a #ootd.  Or pretending that I’m all peppy and shit.  So, another gift guide it is.
Once again, ALL tried + true or on my actual wish list for the holidays.
There’s something for the ladies that like to cook.  Lovers of pretty things.  And cute stuff to wear.
Those jams + robe are calling my name right about now.

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{gift guide bff + hostess + teacher}

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Today I’ve rounded up some of my tried + true favorite things.  Everything on this list would make for a great bff + hostess with the most + teacher gift.  I’m always on the hunt for the perfect little something for the chicks in my life.  You know, the ones that you want to put some extra thought into.  The ones that a Starbucks card or bottle of wine just wont cut it.  Don’t get me wrong, I like all those things!  Ha. 

There’s something for the lady who loves to entertain.

The friend that loves to cook.

Or the girl who just loves pretty things.

Oh yeah, and did I mention they are all under $25?  Yep.  Love my peeps, but I’m also on a budget.

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{metallic ruffle sweater}

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Sweater: J.Crew // Denim: GAP  // Shoes: Free People

 

The J.Crew classic merino wool sweater with a metallic sparkly skirted ruffled hem.  It takes that plain heather grey sweater up a notch to that perfectly dressy-casual mix.  I think this would be perfection for the Holidays too.  As always, with a pair of your favorite jeans.  My only complaint is that the pink trim does shed a bit.  Not enough for me to return it though…it’s too cute.

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{friday 5}

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Raise your glasses….

Let’s make a toast to FRIDAY!  My your work day be short, and your weekend long AF!

C H E E R S!!!

The days are getting shorter.  The air is finally getting crisp (at least this morning was).  Pumpkins everywhere you look.  I’m so ready to see the season’s change.  I’ve got all kinds of new sweaters begging to be worn.  Ha!  I hope you have a great weekend.  I’m pretty pumped for 5 o’clock to arrive so I can get mine started off!

 

5 things on my mind this Friday…..

 

ONE – Trader Joe’s Chocolate Croissants // I’ve bought these before, probably over a year ago.  Then last Salinas, trip my homegirl Nicole made them for the kids.  I didn’t have a bite, because you know me…. I can’t cheat on Salinas breakfast burritos.  Bay requested them last week.  So, I bought a box.  This morning we baked 2 of them.  And I completely forgot how un-fucking-believable they are!

NOTE: Be prepared that you have to set these guys out the night before.  I’m talking like 9-12 hours to proof (rise).  You pull them out of the cardboard box and think….Whaaatttt?  I’ll admit, I had my doubts.  It looks like a flat frozen nutrigrain bar.  Then you wake up and in the morning and you have beautifully risen chocolate filled croissants.  Then you pop them in the oven for 22 minutes.  Your house will smell like a Paris bakery.  Not that I would know, but that’s what I imagine it smells like 🙂  Try your verrrryyy hardest to allow a couple of minutes for cooling.  Remember you just heated up chocolate for 22 minutes….that shit is HOT!

Take a bite.  And think, Damn, xoxo stacyb was right.  UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE!  Ha!!

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Delicious, warm and flaky as they are, I think they are well worth the hours of proofing!!

Next TJ’s trip you will need to pick up a box.  Or two, or three.  They sell out!

 

TWO – Velvet Tie Sweater // The sweater arrived.  After all kinds of nonsense.  On Monday, J.Crew cancelled my pre-order back from October 13th.  According to customer service, “they don’t know what happened?!?”  Anyway, after bitching to the manager of customer service, they agreed to give me 40% off and next day air.  Can I get a Whoop Whoop!  My Mom is shaking her head right now reading this.  She dies at all the deals I can get.  This time they truly owed me that deal after the fiasco.

You guys, it’s fucking gorgeous!!!  I’m going to Tahoe this weekend and I’m packing this pretty.  I’m thinking tucked into black jeans (like the J.Crew model, just a bigger girl version) lol.

V-back Sweater With Velvet Tie

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It’s thick.  Soft.  And that velvet ribbon tie on the back is EVERYTHING!!

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THREE –  Keto // You guys, I’m giving Keto a try starting Monday.  I’m on a FB page with some girlfriends who have been posting about their success and it’s so inspiring.  I decided to give it a shot.  Meal plan + groceries are purchased.  Meal prep goes down Sunday.  I think I’m ready?  Little nervous, not going to lie.  Has anyone done the Keto diet before?  Or doing it?  Tell me all your secrets + tips + favorite recipes.

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{rain boot dupe}

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Happy Hump Day!  We’re half way there friends.  Something crazy has happened 3 days in a row.

I’ve gotten to work early!  EARLY!

This basically never happens.  I know, it’s so pathetic being late.  All the time!  Especially to work.  Shouldn’t there be like a 5-10 minute grace period?  I think it benefits the company if I’ve got a Starbucks in hand and ready to kick ass when I arrive.  Late.  lol.

Anyway, all my coworkers have noticed and ask me to stand under the clock so they can take a photo to document the special occasion.

Truth is, I’m kinda diggin this whole on time/early streak.  Think I can keep it up?

 

Okay, okay…..Let’s get to the rain boot dupe!

There is NO surprise that I love a good deal.  Whether it be a huge mark down, or a brilliant designer dupe, I’m all about it.  But, it’s gotta be a good dupe.

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I’m a firm believer in saving money where you can #promocodequeen.  Not a believer in sacrificing quality.

So, when you find a dupe of an item you were planning to spend full price on, it’s…..magical.  A day maker.

Did you take the poll on my instagram stories yet?  If so, are you dying to know which boot, this is basically identical, but will save you $58??

 

Here’s the dupe…..

I’ve had my eye on the J.Crew Matte Chelsea Rain Boot.  They are $78!  Which isn’t too bad.  Considering what I dropped on my Hunter rain boots.

Then I take my weekly stroll through Target and see the dupe of the century.  Merona Alex Chelsea Rain Boot.  Ha.  Love that they threw Alex in there to make it their own.  Clearly they are copycats, BIG TIME.  But, I’m completely okay with it.

I tried them on.  Comfy AF.  Cute AF.  SOLD!!

Guess what I paid?

$20!

Booyah!

They would make a great Christmas gift too.  Did I just say that out loud?  Yes I did.  You guys, I’ve officially got Christmas on my brain.  Chistmas shopping has stated (this week) and I’ve already bought some cute shit.  61 days #justsaying

Can you spot the dupe?

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{sweater weather}

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It’s officially sweater weather in California!!!  I’ve put one on every day this week and loving every second of it!

I grabbed this cute pink leopard print cardi last week.  Remember when I tried on the dress that Instagram Story Polls said “NO”?  Ha.  Clearly, I can’t let it go.  Not yet!  Maybe tomorrow 🙂

Do you follow Target Does It Again on Instagram?  If not, you really should.  Unless you don’t like Target.  Or super cute stuff from Target.  And if you fall under either of those categories, then we can’t be friends.

The reason I tell you, FOLLOW Target Does It Again….

They always post pics of the New Arrivals.  Sometimes before they’ve even hit the internet.  Then you drop what you’re doing.  Hop in your car.  Drive straight to Target to find the super cute shit they posted.

That my friends is how I found this cardigan.

 

$29.99 by Mossimo Cardigan

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Not to mention, they always look so damn cute in everything they post.

It’s currently only available in-store (not online yet).  Target Davis had a shit ton of them.  I  haven’t been to the Woodland store yet, but chances are they’ve got them too.

 

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