Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Sales!

What cures those 'Back to School' blues better than a three-day weekend and a TON of great sales!?! Not a whole heck of a lot, if you ask me.  Once again, it's time for holiday sales, and retailers are offering great steals and deals to wrap up the summer. I've scoured the Internet and tried to find all of the best sales for you, plus I've included my top picks from each retailer.  Not enough? Click the SHOP LABOR DAY SALES link for a one-stop shop of all of my favorite sale items. It's almost too easy to take advantage of all of these Labor Day Sales!  Simply, click on the store names below to shop their respective sales, and be sure to check back throughout the weekend as I'll be adding more sales as they're announced.  Happy shopping! Oh, and I hope everyone has a FUN and SAFE Labor Day weekend!

Anthropologie  //  Take an extra 20% off sale items, hundreds of styles just added. Discount reflected at checkout.
PICKS:  Tangerine Suede Wedges [great for game day!] | Ballard Chambray Shirtdress |  Dutch Blue Tee

ASOS  //  Up to 75% off sale items + take an extra 10% off when you use code HAVE10 at checkout.
PICKS:  Ted Baker Crepe Tunic with Frill Hem | River Island Crepe T-Shirt Dress | French Connection Tropical Maxi Dress 

Banana Republic  //  40% off your purchase [exclusions apply], in stores and online.  Use code BRLABOR at checkout. [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  Adelia T-Strap Pump [Valentino-inspired!] | Ivory Box Pleat Skirt | Faux-Leather Front Crew 

Bauble Bar  //  Up to 50% off of summer's greatest hits!
PICKS:  Organic Fringe Bib Necklace | Bonnie Drops | Andromeda Tassel Pendant 

BCBG  //  Take an extra 20% off all markdowns, in stores and online. No code necessary.
PICKS:  Joice Strapless V-Wire Dress | Mirabella Sleeveless Embellished Jumpsuit | Eva Jacquard Moto Jacket

C. Wonder  //  30% off full price items + 50% off sale items + free shipping on orders of $100+.  [see terms]
PICKS:  Gold Chevron Glassware | Zebra Stampede Dinner Napkin | Linen Grosgrain Placemat 

Club Monaco  //  Take an extra 50% off clearance + an extra 40% off sale styles, use code HEYFALL at checkout.
PICKS:  Tika Cut Out Dress | Kelly Soft Short | Loeffler Randall Tamsin Pump

CUSP   //  40% -65% off regular prices + free 2-day shipping + free returns.
PICKS:  Theory Boat-Neck Dress | Rebecca Minkoff One-Button Jacket | Lovers & Friends Maxi Dress

Express  //  40% off every single item, in stores and online.
PICKS:  High Waist Elastic Stripe Full Skirt | High Waist Full Midi Skirt | V-Neck Jumpsuit 

Forever 21  //  Labor Day specials starting at $2.80!
PICKS:  Textured Crew Neck Sweater | Knit Dolman Cardigan | Slouchy Knit Sweater

Furbish Studio  //  15% off everything, use code ENDOFSUMMER, at checkout. [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  Lucite Candle Gift Set [pink] | Lopburi Pillow Pair | Tortoise Shell Highball Glasses

Gap  //  Up to 40% off everything.  No exclusions [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  1969 Western Denim Shirtdress | Snakeskin Textured Slip-On Sneakers [in tan] | Military Jacket

Gorjana  //  25% off site-wide, use code LABORDAY25 at checkout. [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  Teagan Cuff | Bravo Ring | Mika Opposition Drop Earrings

House of Harlow  //  Up to 35% off selected styles.
PICKS:  Minnie Bootie | Triknoa Necklace | Emery Tank [in black]

J. Crew  //  25% off selected styles + take an extra 25% off final sale styles.  Use code ALMOSTFALL at checkout.
PICKS:  Tassel Trim Earrings | Vintage Denim Jacket [a wardrobe staple] | Silver Two-Strap Sandal

J. Crew Factory  //  40% - 60% off everything, in stores and online.  [ends 9/1]

Kendra Scott  //  15% off everything, in stores & online.  Use code 2014LDW at checkout. [ends 9/1]

Last Call  //  Take an extra 35% - 75% off everything, in stores and online.
PICKS:  Kendra Scott Canopy Earrings | Fringe Zip Clutch Bag in Bourdeaux | Croc-Embossed Mini Crossbody

Loeffler Randall  //  Enjoy 15% off, use code LABORDAY at checkout.
PICKS:  Matilde Flat Boot [perfect for fall!] | Junior Work Tote | Leopard Tamsin Classic Pump

Lulu & Georgia  //  Take 25% off, use code LABORDAY25 at checkout. [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  Prada Marfa Print | 'I Am Very Busy' Print | Painted Desert Rug 

Macy's  //  Extra 20% off + free shipping on orders of $75 ore more + free returns.
PICKS:  Steve Madden Maiden Lace Up Sandals | Keurig K45 Single-Serve Brewer | Martha Stewart Collection Enamled Cast Iron 8 Qt. Round Casserole 

Madewell  //  Take an extra 30% off all sale styles + 20% selected dresses and boots + free shipping on all orders, in stores and online.  Use code YESYES at checkout. [ends 9/2]
PICKS:  The Billie Boot in Suede | Silk Playa Dress |  Modern Safari Vest

NastyGal  //  Up to 60%+ off selected items.
PICKS:  Roxanna Shorts | Alessia Romper | Mandalynn Betty Swimsuit

Neiman Marcus  //  'Real Deal' sale, up to 40% off regular prices.
PICKS:  Clare Vivier Leather/Calf Hair Fold-Over Clutch | Joie Lexington Suede Ankle-Tie Bootie | Diane von Furstenburg Ilsa Sleeveless Printed Fit-and-Flare Dress [OB-sessed]

Nine West  //  Buy one get one 50% off + free standard shipping.
PICKS:  Angellica Gladiator Booties | Scout Peep To Pumps | Dashiell Booties

Nordstrom  //  Clearance sale, save up to 40% off. [ends 9/7]
PICKS:  rag & bone Newbury Bootie | Kendra Scott 'Elle' Drop Earrings [in maroon, for you Aggies!] | Ivanka Trump Delfino Sandal 

Old Navy  //  Everything up to 50% off, in stores and online. [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  Ponte-Knit Circle Skirt [black] Penny Loafers [gold] | Loop-Terry-Hooded Denim Jacket

Pier 1 Imports  //  See store website for savings + free shipping on orders of $75+. Use code FREESHIP75 at checkout.
PICKS:  Zhu Mirror | Gold Iron Rings Table Lamp | Mother-of-Pearl Salad Server Set 

Pottery Barn  //  Extra 25% off all outdoor clearance, use code EXTRA25 at checkout. [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  Taryn Rattan Chair | Hammock Sling + Headrest | Round Market Umbrella 

Rent the Runway  //  Take 30% when you spend $100+ and choose a delivery date before September 14th.  Use code LDW2014 at checkout.

Revolve Clothing  //  Styles up to 70% off.
PICKS:  Valley Eyewear 'Genius Child' Sunglasses | Joie Bonnie Heel | Free People Mini Slit Skort

Rugs USA  //  70% off select items + free shipping.  Use code LBR70 at checkout. [ends 9/5]
PICKS:  Tuscan Moroccan Shag Rug [I have this in my living room and love it!] | Windsor Damla Overdyed Rug

Saks Off Fifth  //  Take an extra 40% off your entire order, use code LABORDAY at checkout.
PICKS:  Joie Jaclyn Leather Ankle Strap Sandal [so comfortable!] | French Connection Randy Leather Peep-Toe Mules | Kelsi Dagger Convertible Crossbody Bag

Sephora  //  'Summer Send Off Sale' save up to 75% on summer favorites.
PICKS:  Perfectionist Makeup Sponge | Sephora Collection Colorful Matte Eyeshadow

Shopbop  //  Markdowns on hundreds [literally, hundreds] of items.
PICKS:  Sam Edelman Louie Fringe Bootie | Rebecca Minkoff Mini 5-Zip Bag | J Brand 811 Midrise Skinny Leg Jean

Sole Society  //  'Long Live Summer Blowout Sale' with up to 70% off select styles. [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  Anneke Studded Pump [another Valentino-inspired pump!] | Kaarina Sandal | Katherine Tote

Stella & Dot  //  Take an extra 25% off all sale items. [ends 9/2]
PICKS:  Mallorca Chandeliers | Spring Awakening Necklace | Paloma Stacked Ring Set 

Steve Madden  //  "Oh, Snap!" Sale: Get 20% off $100, get 25% off $125, get 30% off $150 + free shipping on all orders [exclusions apply].  Use code SNAP at checkout.
PICKS:  Powerwlk Bootie [love!] | Winola Bootie | Slidee Sandal

Sur La Table  //  Extra 15% off sale and clearance items, use code EXTRA15 at checkout. [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  Blue Ruby Wine Glasses, Set of 4 | Airbake Pizza Stone | Kuhn Rikon Paring Knives

Tibi  //  Fall wardrobe event: take 20% off curated picks, use code HELLOFALL at checkout.
PICKS:  Tapestry Print Top | Leona Heel | Felted Wool Cape 

west elm  //  Save up to 25% off all sofas, chairs, and sectionals + 15% off mirrors and shelves + up to 70% off markdowns. [ends 9/1]
PICKS:  Mercury Glass Octagonal Hurricanes [perfect for the Holidays!] | Copper Bar Tools | 'Ain't No Thing But a Chicken Wing' Market Tote Bag

World Market  //  Save up to 50% off ALL dining + dining room furniture. Limited time.
PICKS:  Jackson Metal Tub Chair | Metal Orb Chandelier | Gold Mirrored Tabletop Tray  //  20% off everything with code LABORDAY2014 at checkout.
PICKS Kate Spade Acrylic Stapler | Jonathan Adler Gold Zebra Dish | "I'm So Fancy" Mug 

Don't forget check out the SHOP LABOR DAY SALES link above, for easy one-click shopping!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

How to Make the Best Game Day Bloody Mary

T-4 days until my beloved Longhorns kick-off in what will be Head Coach Charlie Strong's inaugural game donning that oh-so-good-looking burnt orange.  What's a better way to welcome Coach Strong to Longhorn Nation than by toasting to him with the perfect Game Day Bloody Mary? [Editor's Note: Aggies, Sooners, Baylor Bears, 'Enter Your School Here,' please keep reading.  No matter where your loyalty lies, this Bloody Mary knows no team color, it only knows how to ensure that you have a good time come Game Day.]

I blame my love of Bloody Marys on my mother, who is never without a travel-size of Tito's and Zing Zang, in case of emergencies--whether the emergency be you're down by 7 or you've just had a crap day.  My 'recipe' for the perfect Game Day Bloody Mary is by no means elaborate, but it's simple, delicious, and in some diets, counts as your daily serving of vegetables--so you're welcome.  
  • Fill your glass with ice. [duh.]
  • Using a jigger, measure your vodka of choice [or don't measure, we're in a non-judgment zone] and pour over ice.
  • Top off your glass with Bloody Mary mix.  I highly recommend Zing-Zang, but to each their own.
  • Squeeze 1/4-1/2 lime into your glass. 
  • Pour mixture into either a martini shaker or another glass to mix. 
  • Pour concoction back into glass. 
  • Garnish with celery stalk, olives, and pickled vegetables of your choice. [I chose my mom's homemade pickled green beans!]
  • Enjoy!
Here's to wishing everyone a successful and safe season! Cheers!  Scroll below to shop the best Bloody Mary barware. To order a custom wood-burned football cutting board for your team, email me here.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Darby Smart + SP&C Stamped Spoons Kit is Back!

Darby Smart members voted and now the once sold out stamped spoon kit is back in stock!  These little spoons make the perfect personalized gift, and quantities are limited, so get 'em while they're hot!  Once you get your kit, stay tuned to SP&C for more fun & easy projects you can make with this stamping kit.

Monday, August 18, 2014

What I Wore: Sunday Brunch

Photos: Kara Smolik Murrell
Top: Anthropologie  //  Tank: Nordstrom  //  Jeans:  Gap  //  Purse: Rebecca Minkoff  //  Shoes:  DSW  
Sunglasses: Karen Walker  //  Watch: Michael Kors  //  Bracelet: Stella & Dot

There are fewer things my girlfriends and I love more than brunch.  Add poached eggs and champagne to any meal and we're happy.  Yesterday afternoon, 17 [yes, 17] of us raised our mimosas in celebration of two of our dearest friends' birthdays at Chavez, one of Austin's newest [and best!] places to brunch.  I've been eying this Anthropologie top for a while, and the moment it went on sale [in stores], I snagged it.  It's perfect for brunch, as it can be dressed up or dressed down and will always leave you looking chic, especially with a mimosa in hand.  

To shop the look, click below!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Good Day Austin: Easy Entertaining

This morning, I was back at Good Day Austin sharing some simple entertaining ideas that can be used anytime of year for any holiday or occasion! In case you missed this morning's segment, click the video below and then scroll down for more information about each project featured.  Happy entertaining! | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

WHAT I WORE:  Dress: J. Crew Factory, old [similar at Nordstrom] //  Necklace: Ily Couture [on sale!]  
Earrings: Gorjana  //  Bracelets: Stella & Dot,  J. Crew  //  Watch:  Michael Kors
Ring: Gorjana  //  Nail Polish:  OPI - You're Such a Budapest


Pom-Pom Drink Stirrer  //  This couldn't be easier.  Hot-glue a glittery pom-pom to a drink stirrer.  That's it! You can also check out last week's full post here!

Painted Water Bottle  //  Instead of a boring pitcher of water, make your guests feel like their dining out with this re-purposed wine bottle.  To remove the label, soak the bottle in hot + soapy water for about 20 minutes.  The label should easily scrape off, and you'll have a clean surface to paint on.  For a permanent result, use oil-based glass paint.  If you'd like to re-use your bottle for various beverages, you can use water-based or acrylic paint.  These paints will easily wash off, and you can paint whatever you're drinking at the moment on the bottle--water, wine, red, white, etc...

Lemon Place Card Holders  //  The credit for this DIY goes straight to friend and fellow lifestyle + entertaining blogger, Keri Walling, as she made these for a recent dinner party I attended.  Simply take a fresh lemon and make a 1.5"-2" slit on top.  I used a heavy weight paper and cut it down to 2" x 3", wrote each guest's name, and placed it in the lemon.  For more of Keri's entertaining ideas, check out here darling blog, It's Showtime!

Pom-Pom Fringe Placemat & Drink Napkin  //  Missed this morning's post? You can see the full DIY instructional post here!

DIY: Pom-Pom Fringe Placemat + Dinner Napkins

My motto: 'If it stands still, hot-glue some pom-pom fringe to it.' Ok, so that's not really my motto, but it's a good rule of thumb.  Pom-pom fringe makes everything more fun, so why not make all the things as fun as possible?  For your next dinner gathering, try adding some pom-poms to either your placemats or dinner napkins.  The process is super simple, and the result will leave your guests feeling particularly festive!

- 1/2" - 3/4" Pom-Pom Fringe [available at any fabric store]
- Plain Placemats [I got these at Garden Ridge for $1.99]
- Plain Cloth Dinner Napkins [I found mine at World Market (set of 6)]
- Hot Glue Gun + Glue Sticks [I used 'HIGH' temp]

Once your hot-glue gun has heated up, on the back side of your placemat, glue about a 4" strip along the edge.  Place the trim of your pom-pom fringe along the glue and lightly press [Watch out! The glue is hot!]  Continue this process all along the edge of the placemat.

Once you're done, simply snip the end of your pom-pom fringe, and voila!

Follow the same instructions for your dinner napkins. Instead of going all the way around the edge of the dinner napkin, I just did the bottom edge, so it would look 'cleaner' when it was folded on the table. 

And how appropriate is this darling print from my all-time favorite, Furbish Studio?!  For more easy entertaining ideas, be sure to tune into Good Day Austin this morning at 9:45am CST.  Don't worry, I'll post a link to the segment, as soon as it's available! 

Shop the products from this post below!

Friday, August 8, 2014

DIY: Pom-Pom Drink Stirrer

It's  f i n a l l y  Friday!!!  I don't know about you, but I could use a cocktail! [I mean, when couldn't I use a cocktail...]  For your next get-together, venture from the ordinary and treat your guests with these snazzy little drink stirrers. They're incredibly easy to make and add the perfect amount out 'festive' to any soiree!

Tinsel Pom-Poms
Drink Stirrers
Hot Glue Gun / Glue

Simply hot-glue the pom-pom to the end of the drink stirrer, and voila!  You've got yourself a fancy little accessory for your cocktail.  I chose gold for mine, but you could do different colors for each of your guests, so that they know which drink is theirs.  Dependent upon the size of your glass, you might need cut down the straw a bit so it won't topple over and out of your glass.

And fun and fancy drink stirrers aren't near as festive without fun and fancy bar ware!  To shop this glass and more, click the links below! sure to tune in to Good Day Austin on Monday [at 9:45am CST] for more easy entertaining ideas.  Not in the Austin area? Don't worry, I'll post a link as soon as it's live.  Cheers!