May 25 2014

memorial day sales round up

Beach days and bonfires. Afternoons that drift by like clouds. Sea air. Warm sun. Dear Friends. A Summer is made up of moments, and those moments are all the more beautiful with your favorite things in tow.

- quote by serena & lily

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Haaaay Summer!  Super excited that you are here, although your presence means I need to lose 10 pounds, like yesterday.  Memorial Day Weekend for us is normally spent at the beach with all of our friends but this year we decided to stay home (have wedding things to do and a Greek honeymoon to plan!!!).  This is actually the first weekend we haven’t been away in so long!  So although my toes are not in the sand and a cocktail is not in hand, I am spending my time wisely by visiting (and revisiting) all of the ahmazing online sales that only come around once a year.  The Memorial Day sales are always the best and I have rounded up the ones I am shopping this year.  So whether you are at the beach, pool, or just relaxing this weekend – be sure to stop by these sales that should and CANNOT be missed.  You won’t regret it.  Have a great Memorial Day!!

Nordstrom: Half-Yearly sale for Women’s & Kids (Spring markdowns on women’s & kids apparel, shoes, accessories and more) // Ends June 1

Neiman Marcus: The Real Deal sale // Save up to 40% off the latest styles in Sport Shop, Contemporary/CUSP, and Dress Collections // Ends May 26

Gap: Take 40% off regular price styles! Use code EVENT. Restrictions apply. // Ends 5/26

ASOS:  Take 20% off EVERYTHING with code WEBEGRILLIN // Ends 5/28

Les Nouvelles: 20% off sitewide // CODE STRIPES 20 // Ends May 26

Serena & Lily: 20% off everything // CODE SUMMER20

Intermix: Additional 40% off of sale products // Ends 5/28

YOOX: Up to 40% off spring sale + extra 10% off // CODE SUMMERNOW // 5/22-5/26

Joie: Receive an extra 20% off sale items through 5/26 // CODE MDW20

Urban Outfitters: The Get Out of Town Sale. Women can take an additional 25% off all dresses (this includes sale and full priced dresses). Men can take 25% off all shorts and tank tops (again includes sale and full prices

Barney’s Warehouse: Up to an Additional 40% off Select Styles

Joe’s: 30% off sitewide. Certain exclusions apply // CODE HONOR // Ends 5/26

Loeffler Randall: 30% off // Ends 5/26

Gigi NY: Memorial Day Weekend Trifecta, receive free shipping, free personalization +a gift w/purchase! // Ends 5/27

French Connection: 30% off online and in stores. Plus free shipping for online purchases over $150. // Use code: S14MEM. // Ends Monday 5/26

J.Crew:  30% off site wide (exclusions apply) with code WEEKEND from 5/25-5/27

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Apr 23 2014

Panasonic Beauty #GoodHairDay Giveaway

%champagnepicnic %blog%champagnepicnic %blog%champagnepicnic %blog%champagnepicnic %blog%champagnepicnic %blogHolaaa you guys!  Can you believe its finally Spring?  I felt like it was never going to get here!  Thank the G it did, because I was about to relocate to a far off Caribbean island to never return again.  But good thing I didn’t because I am super excited to let you know that I have teamed up with the Panasonic Beauty team to try some of their products and bring you all an ahmazing giveaway!  I recently received a fabulous package in the mail which included a Panasonic Nanoe Hair DryerNanoe Flat Iron, TRESemme Dry Shampoo Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, Denman Boar Bristle Ceramic Radial Brush, and one of my favorites – Moroccan Oil Treatment.  Now I am normally one to use a cheap hair dryer until it dies so I hadn’t had a new hair dryer in years.  I didn’t realize how much better you hair looks when using a quality blow dryer until I got my hands on the Nanoe.  I also have backed off from using a hair straightener for the past few years in order to get away from the heat damage I was seeing, but the Nanoe straightener ran smoothly through my hair and didn’t let off any “steam” when using it.  Dry shampoo should be a staple in any girl’s hair routine and I have been using this TRESemme one pretty much every other day since I got it – true life saver on days I am running late and can’t wash my hair … which is at least twice a week.  I am loving the way my hair looks since I received my Panasonic Beauty Pack and all of the items can be yours (all products listed above) by entering the #GoodHairDay Giveaway!

I used all of the Panasonic Beauty products to create my #GoodHairDay look and now I am giving away the entire prize pack of products to one winner!  All you have to do is enter using the form below.  Be sure to follow @BeautyPanasonic on Twitter in order to be entered to win.  Tweet a photo of your #GoodHairDay on Twitter for an extra entry!  Giveaway will end on 4/30/14.  Good luck!

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Apr 1 2014

how can you have it all?

%champagnepicnic %blogI’m writing this post after being at work for the past two days from 7AM – 7PM.  These past two days (and honestly the past two months), I have been focusing on getting the most out of my career.  I got a new job at the beginning of February and have been putting my all into it.  Because I want to.  I really like what I am doing and am good at what I am doing.  So my focus has been there.  But I have a life outside of my job.  So when I leave the office, my focus needs to be elsewhere.

What am I going to make for dinner?  A question on my mind every evening on my way home from the office.  It has been easier over the past few weeks since I made it a point to plan out recipes and grab the specific ingredients I needed from the grocery store in advance.  But after putting so much energy into my time at work, how do I come home and WANT to make that gourmet meal that I have all of the ingredients for?  How do I make a meal that is healthy and delicious and pinterest worthy?

I got home late tonight and despite a long and stressful day, prepped and made a delicious meal.  While I was in between roasting asparagus, boiling water, and chopping  vegetables, I grabbed some free weights so that I could get in a small work out after we ate.  I didn’t have time for a full work out today, but I need to do something, right?  How do I get up the energy to go outside and go for a run?  Or make it to the gym for an hour or so before coming home and cooking?

While eating a salad at my desk this afternoon, I perused some of the latest online sales and Spring collections that have just been released from my favorites brands and sites.  I am in desperate need of a shopping trip to update my wardrobe for the season and also seriously need to reorganize and revamp my closet for the warmer months.  This one seems to get put on the back burner over other, more “in your face” needs like making dinner, doing the dishes, doing laundry, walking the dog etc.  How do I build and maintain a wardrobe that I am proud of from season to season and continue to keep it constantly organized and up to date?

Speaking of organizing, that immaculate home that I am trying to build and maintain?  It is a slow process for sure, though bit by bit I am creating the rooms I envisioned in our newest space.  Keeping those spaces organized, dusted, swept, and sanitized is another story though.  How do I come home from work to that perfectly decorated and clean home that I envision?  How do I always have that made bed, fresh flowers, and candles burning kind of home?

I have also been focusing way more on my beauty routine since we are less than 6 months away from the wedding (ahhh!).  This includes morning and evening teeth whitening and facial routines that involve exfoliating, cleansing, serums, moisturizers, and more moisturizers.  How do I keep up with all of the recommended treatments and newest beauty regimens on a daily basis?  Where do I get the extra time?

How do I come home from work every night and have a great conversation with my significant other?  And keep that spark alive like when we first met?  And continue to surprise each other and do little sweet things for each other when there are so many other things that are going on in my life?  In both of our lives.  How do I come home and feel sexy after a long day at work when all I want to do is put on sweatpants and slippers and have a glass of wine on the couch?

The only relationship in my life is not the one with my fiance.  My family is spread out all over the East Coast, dozens of friends that I grew up with that are now dispersed all over the world, and many of my friends live right here in my own city.  How do I keep all of my far away friends close so that we don’t slip away from each other and out of each others lives?  How do I make time for all of my friends that live in the same city as we grow older and start wanting different things?

I am in no way complaining about the “busy-ness” that I create for myself in my own life and this post isn’t meant to come off as complaining.  I am truly happy about how busy I am.  But tonight I found that I was asking myself – how can I have it all?  How can I be successful, stylish, skinny, pretty and organized?  How can I be the best fiance, the best friend, the best daughter, the best sister?

How can you have it all?  The answer is you can’t.  I KNOW that I can’t, but I still find myself wanting it.  I think it is okay to strive for perfection and set high goals for myself, as long as I am not beating myself up if my life isn’t always perfect.  To me, it is more about the give and take from each portion of my life.  When my career is doing well – my closet gets a little disorganized, and when my house gets a deep clean – I might not cook a big meal that day.  For me, it is about finding the best balance.  And as long an I don’t get to a tipping point, then I am happy.

How do you guys find the best balance in your lives?  I definitely feel like there are things I can do that will help keep me from straying too far in one direction, I would love to hear your thoughts!

P.S.  If I am finding it hard to maintain a totally balanced life now, I don’t even know what it is going to be like if we ever decide to have kids!  BAH!!

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