Happy Shopping!

One of my November goals is to finish all of my Christmas shopping before December 1. I truly believe that especially if gift giving is one of your love languages (read: you won’t settle until you find the perfect gift!), this task is worth doing as early in advance as possible to clear up valuable time in December for family. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been keeping a list of ideas for all of my loved ones (creating my gift guides certainly helped with that!), but I’ve been waiting until this weekend to hit “purchase” on most of the items on my list. The sales going on right now are certainly worth taking advantage of, so as well as listing all of my gift guides in one handy place below, I rounded up some of my very favorite items from the sales I’ve been most looking forward to, as well as all of the info you’ll need to get the most bang for your buck. Happy shopping!

sugar paper gift boxesPhoto by David Tsay from the Sugar Paper blog–their Target gift wrap collection is too good to be true!

Something Pretty gift guides:
Gifts for hosting enthusiasts
Gifts for fitness enthusiasts
Gifts for fashion enthusiasts
Gifts for home enthusiasts
Gifts for travel enthusiasts

Cyber weekend sales from my favorite stores (click on any individual item to shop!):

Anthropologie: 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT Friday through Monday, extra 25% off sale + free shipping on Monday

Bauble Bar: 30% off site-wide on Friday

J. Crew: 30% off plus extra 40% off sale styles in stores and online + free shipping on orders of $50+

J. Crew Factory: 50% off in stores and online + special deals in stores on Friday till noon

Kate Spade: 25% off in stores and online with code MERCI through Saturday

Loren Hope: 20% off everything with code THANKFULLY + free shipping

Madewell: 25% off your purchase with code CALMDOWN

Nordstrom: up to 50% off select styles for all + free shipping and returns

Tuckernuck: 15% off site-wide with code CYBER-15, 20% off orders of $200+ with code CYBER-20, 25% off orders of $250+ with code CYBER-25, 30% off orders $1000+ with code CYBER-30

West Elm: 10% off when you spend $100+, 15% off when you spend $250+, 20% off when you spend $500+, 25% off when you spend $1000 or more

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, lovely friends!

pecan pie

This year, I am most thankful for my precious husband, our magical wedding day and these sweet newlywed months that have followed it, my wonderful family, my new in-laws, my friends around the world, my health and the health of my loved ones, my cozy home, the chocolate chip pecan pie pictured above, and most of all, for the Lord from whom all blessings flow.

And, of course, I’m super thankful for YOU. Thank you for hanging out with me here on Something Pretty. It means an awful lot :) Xoxoxo!

P.S. Stop by tomorrow for a big weekend sale round-up featuring all of my favorite items–I can’t wait to pick up the last few gifts on my list!

Five Looks: Thanksgiving Day

Hi from Texas! I’m so happy to be home with my family this week–it’s the first time we’ve all been together since my wedding, so it’s extra special! It’s also Dave’s first Thanksgiving at my house, so I’m looking forward to introducing him to my family’s little traditions, especially my mom’s chocolate chip pecan pie. What are your plans for Thursday? I think Thanksgiving Day can sometimes be a little hard to dress for, especially if you’re spending it in a different place than usual–you want to look presentable enough to see extended family members or meet new people, but still comfy enough to watch football on the couch or help yourself to a second helping of mashed potatoes. I rounded up these five looks with that in mind, and I love that they all include polished, but cozy, staples that I’m sure you already have in your closet!

ivory laneA textured blazer and leopard booties by Ivory Lane

classy girls wear pearlsA comfy dress in a fabulous fall print by Classy Girls Wear Pearls

bows and sequinsLayered gingham and brights by Bows & Sequins

a lonestar state of southernPlaid flannel, red lips, and boots by A Lonestar State of Southern

sequins and stripesCozy knits and leopard accents by Sequins & Stripes

What are you wearing on Thursday? After running in the Turkey Trot 5K, I’m thinking of changing into my navy gingham shirt, black pants, and black bow flats (super similar to these) for the last day of my fall capsule wardrobe!

Gifts for Travel Enthusiasts

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week of gift guides! You can see them all here, or click on the links below to go right to the guide you’re looking for. It’s been fun to see what you like most, and I truly hope you were able to check a few people off of your list (or add a few things to your own list…guilty ;)). Last but not least, I feel grateful to know many folks who love to travel–I love getting to hear about their trips and file away favorite places for my own future adventures! Traveling has been a huge part of my life since I was little and is still something I’m passionate about. If someone you’re shopping for this Christmas has the travel bug too, here are a few things I think they would love!

gifts for the travel enthusiast
1. The New York Times 36 Hours: The best guide to weekend trips across the United States and Canada. I gave this to Dave as a gift a few years ago, and we always refer to it before checking out a new city.
2. Drybar Triple Sec: The only hair product you’ll need after a long trip–a magical combination of dry shampoo, volumizer, and texturizer. Plus, it smells amazing!
3. Felt hat: An accessory to make every outfit instantly chic–I’d love to wear it on winter adventures.
4. Coordinates necklace: A sweet way to remember a favorite destination.
5. Instax camera: Put your cell phone down and capture travel memories the old-fashioned way!
6. Floral luggage tag: A colorful way to spot your luggage on the baggage carousel.
7. Leather passport cover: A stylish (and monogrammed) way to protect your passport–comes in nine colors, both punchy and classic.
8. Caudalie Beauty Elixir: My personal favorite way to freshen up after a long trip–I spray it on my face right before landing.
9. Neutral blanket scarf: A must-have for getting cozy on overnight plane or train trips!
10. Polka dot socks: A cute and comfy way to go through security.
11. Monogrammed weekender bag: A classic travel bag that will never go out of style.

More gift ideas:
Gifts for hosting enthusiasts
Gifts for fitness enthusiasts
Gifts for fashion enthusiasts
Gifts for home enthusiasts

Gifts for Home Enthusiasts

Few things make me happier than finding the perfect piece to add to my home, and now that Dave and I are under one roof, it has become even more exciting when I find something we both love. I’m a big believer in surrounding myself with things that make me happy, but I admit, making sure our home keeps a good masculine/feminine balance has been a learning experience for me so far. I’m glad I took advantage of having my own, unapologetically girly space when I was single (see my “bachelorette pad” here!), and whether you’re picking up gifts for a single gal who never says no to sequins or a newlywed who’s doing her best to find a great balance between her and her husband’s styles, I hope you find something that’s just right in this round-up!

gifts for the home enthusiast
1. Sequin heart throw pillow: A sweet finishing touch for a bed or sofa.
2. Gourmet honey: A must-have for last minute entertaining (or weeknight cheese plates for two).
3. Boxwood topiary: A not-too-girly arrangement that lasts all year round.
4. Striped vase: Even grocery store blooms would look fabulous in this bold vase!
5. “Our First Married Christmas” ornament: This ornament–a collaboration between Paloma’s Nest and my wedding calligrapher–is on the top of my list!
6. Herringbone throw: I love the sky blue color and subtle pattern of this snuggly throw blanket.
7. Winter candle: Because everything is cozier when candles are lit!
8. Wood and marble cutting board: Wood + marble = the perfect mix of masculine and feminine.
9. Monogrammed lacquer tray: The perfect-sized tray for displaying on a coffee table (Dave and I used one at our wedding to collect our “guest book” postcards).
10. Decanter set: A fun gift for a newlywed couple–this is Dave’s favorite thing in this gift guide :)

More gift ideas:
Gifts for hosting enthusiasts
Gifts for fitness enthusiasts
Gifts for fashion enthusiasts