There are a few pieces I believe every girl should own, and a comfy plaid shirt is one of them. They’re a staple for men and women alike, and while I rotate mine through every season, they’re especially fitting at this time of year. I own at least five different styles, and because they’re so classic and versatile, it’s easy to rationalize getting “just one more.” I typically wear more fitted button downs, but I recently added this one to the mix and I’m loving the cozy fit. It’s a little more oversized, but it looks just as great tucked into a pair of jeans as it does with leggings and slippers around the house. For additional styles, check out the rest of Madewell’s collection here(everything is currently 25% off!)
I have yet to visit a mall on Black Friday, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to the biggest shopping day of the year; I just prefer to take advantage of the sales from my cozy bed with a cup of coffee in hand. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a jump start on your holiday shopping from the comfort of your own home. There are lots of amazing sales going on right now, and because it can be a bit overwhelming, I’ve rounded up a few of the most noteworthy deals, along with some favorite items from each.
ANTHROPOLOGIE: 25% off everything through 11/30 with code: SHOPTOIT
GAP: 50% off everything through 11/28 with code: BLKFRIDAY
MADEWELL: 25% off everything through 11/29 with code: CALMDOWN
1. This time of year is filled with parties and get togethers and arriving with a gift in hand is always appreciated. Wine is usually my go-to, so I love the idea of wrapping a bottle in one of these festive wine bagsthat makes something so ordinary feel like a real gift. (Free shipping on www.westelm.com)
2. Candles are one of those items I love having around, but rarely think to purchase for myself. These get great reviews and sound like they meet all of my most important candle criteria: long-lasting, with a scent that isn’t too overbearing. (Free shipping on www.madewell.com)
4. Ever since grocery stores starting charging for bags, I’ve acquired quite the collection of reusable bags. This one recently earned a spot as my favorite though. Not only is it the most comfortable and fashionable of the bags I own, but it holds up to 60lbs, so it’s great for trips to the farmers market, beach, gym, or even overnight getaways. These eco-friendly totes currently retail for $36, but you can receive 70% off (for a total of $19.99) through 12/31/15 with the code: ADORNED20
5. Despite it being so classic, tan is one of the few colors I’m missing in my scarf collection. But after recognizing how versatile it can be on others, I’ve since deemed it as a color that’s a staple for any scarf collection. I love this textured option.
6. Madewell makes some some of my favorite jewelry and these earrings are no exception. I have a pair in both silver and gold and wear them almost daily. (Free shipping on www.madewell.com)
7. There’s nothing more inviting than a house that smells like the holidays, and this candlesounds like a perfect blend of all the right ingredients.
8. This bangle is another favorite piece by Madewell. I wear it with everything, and the worn finish gives it a vintage feel that looks more expensive than it actually is. It’s a steal at full price, but it’s currently 20% off with code: EARLYBIRD
9. I included these bowls in last year’s gift guide, and they’ve earned a spot again because I love them that much. I use mine for everything from jewelry storage, to food storage, and I love the pop of color they bring to any room.
10. This gold flatware is a nice departure from traditional silver, and couldn’t be more affordable in comparison to most of its competitors. I bought this set last year and love the way it manages to elevate an ordinary meal. (Free shipping on www.target.com)
11. If there’s ever a time to set goals and resolutions, it’s the new year. And because I find that writing them down increases my chances of following through, where better to do so than in pretty journal. I love how sophisticated this one feels.
When I find an outfit I really love, I have no problem being a repeat offender and wearing it again and again. And since bringing this sweater home, that’s exactly what I plan on doing. The soft ash weave was what drew me in (I may add the matching beanie to my Christmas list), but then discovering it was multifunctional was the icing on the cake. It may look like a standard turtleneck, but with a quick unbuttoning, the turtleneck can be removed for lighter coverage. The versatility is great for functional purposes, but I’m admittedly more excited about people thinking I’m in a different sweater when they see me wearing it two days in a row. This is my first piece of cashmere and it won’t be my last. The softness is beyond compare, and because of its classic style and color, I’ll treasure it for years to come.
P.S. – I’ll be celebrating with Madewell at the grand opening of their new store at The Point in El Segundo from 7-9pm tonight! There will be food, music and cocktails, so if you’re in the area, come stop by and browse all of the latest arrivals (plus, each shopper receives a complimentary Bien Fait Tote with every purchase). And if you can’t make it for cocktails, Madewell will be handing out gift cards to the first 25 people to arrive when the store opens at 10am! Hope to see you there!
I was twelve the last time I went apple picking, so a trip to the local apple orchards was long overdue. And, having included it on my list of “10 Things To Do In LA This Fall,” it was only suitable that I follow my own advice. So this past weekend a few girlfriends and I did just that, and made the drive out to Oak Glen. It’s a bit of a trek (about 90 minutes outside of LA), but when you step out of your car and are greeted with colorful leaves and crisp air scented with all things apple, you’ll welcome this break from the city.
There are quite a few farms to choose from, so we narrowed it down to two that came highly rated, and with good reason. Our first stop was Snow-Line Orchard, which may have been a mistake, because we couldn’t resist filling up on fresh cider, pulled pork sandwiches, and the most delicious made-to-order apple cider donuts for dessert. The downside was that we left no room for all of the other delicious looking food around town. Fortunately we arrived early enough to beat the crowd for Snow-Line’s famous donuts, but even if you don’t, they’re worth the wait – trust me. Unfortunately we weren’t able to pick our own apples since the season ended early this year, but Snow-Line has a large shop filled with a variety of packaged apples, cider and other sweets for sale, so you won’t go home empty-handed.
Our next stop was Willowbrook Apple Farm, a charming family-owned farm, complete with a traditional red barn, tractors, and even a few farm animals, all situated amongst a backdrop of century-old apple trees. The staff couldn’t have been sweeter, and I loved perusing the quaint gift shop that’s filled with all sorts of specialty items, ranging from scented candles to their homemade apple butter. They even have a cider-pressing station where you can make your own cider using an old fashioned cider press.
Even though the apples were scarce during our trip, it was fun to escape the bustle of the city for the serene “country side.” If you’re thinking of taking an apple-picking trip of your own, below are some tips you might find to be helpful:
Do your research. Late September and early October are usually the best times to visit, but call ahead to confirm before planning your trip, as crops may vary from season to season.
Wear comfortable shoes
Dress in layers, as the temperature can change quickly