Friday Favorites

Get yourself an extra cup of coffee this Friday

Welcome back to Friday Favorites!  In addition to the holidays, this polar vortex has been quite bitter this week!   I’ve been MIA from the blog for a bit but I am back and ready to share some great stuff with you in the New Year.  As a teacher, I always think about my new year starting in September when it’s a new class, new kids and a fresh start.  I’m not big into the resolution thing as I can never seem to keep them anyway.  However, I hope that 2014 is happier, healthier and more fun than last year and I’m sure it will be with lots of weddings and celebrations coming up!  Happy Reading and TGIF!

Here are some links I loved this week:

100 years of fashion in 100 seconds? Yes, please!

I am so happy that one of my favorite shows, Downton Abbey, is back and it appears that millions of others are as well

New Yorkers will understand

This man and his wife are doing incredible things

We love all things Anthony Bourdain and hope that his plan works out…as I love some chicken rice!

Apple introduced the first iPhone 7 years ago this week and this article was an interesting look back and comparison to our smartphone reliant world today

I’m sure you’ve seen this Olympic commercial floating around this week but maybe you missed this one from the 2012 London games?

I know that I saved those Beanie Babies for a reason (but knowing my luck,  none of mine are worth anything)

Just about every store is having crazy post holiday sales.  Many in store sale sections have been picked through but you can still snag some great deals online from all our favorites!

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Loving Lola!

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It’s no surprise that I love accessories as seen here, here, and here. There are also few things I love more than scoring a deal to add to my collection. Luckily for me, my old roommate and fellow fashion obsessed friend, Megan, opened an accessory store to fulfill both of these needs. While we were living together in the city, Megan was working for a department store in their corporate office but always had her sights set on opening her own store. Her tireless efforts paid off and Lola Accessory Boutique was born. The store is a reflection of Megan’s experience in the field and her astute eye for high quality, on trend pieces offered at affordable prices. Visit http://www.lolatoga.com to check out Megan’s selection and also stop by their Facebook page for the most recent additions.

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Necklace & Bracelet: Lola Accessory Boutique | Watch: Michael Kors | Coat: Forever 21 | Dress: Old Navy | Headphones: Frends

Who doesn’t love 50% off?!

photo-3Currently through July 7th all of J.Crew Factory in store and online is 50% off! Yes, everything is 50% off, and if you spend more than $100 you receive free shipping. These are just some of my favorites including the paisley tunic which is already in my cart and ready to be worn with denim cutoffs, over a suit to the beach or white skinnies:

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1. Factory brass-plated crystal necklace: $27.50 (reg. $54.50)
2. Factory crystal and neon stone bracelet: $16.00 (reg. $32.50)
3. Factory polka-dot popover: $34.50 (reg. $69.50)
4. Factory zigzag sequin tank: $44.00 (reg. $88.00)
5. Factory paisley tunic: $47.50 (reg. $95.00)

And if you love sales like me, Gap also has some great promotions going on. They are different in stores and online and are changing daily under the “Red, White and Bright” promotions.

Maxxinista Finds

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I’ve always been a fan of TJ Maxx and Marshall’s but never stopped by their jewelry counters. A couple months back Kim, from Penny Pincher Fashion , posted a picture on Instagram of an incredible necklace that she had found at TJ with the hashtag #maxxinista. After scrolling through other people’s great jewelry finds, I made it a point to look next time I was in a store. While it is definitely hit or miss because every store carries different merchandise, I have found some gorge pieces at maxxinista prices. I guess all those commercials they air constantly are paying off (and helping me save at the same time!) Have you found any great pieces?

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Love the tortoise stones!

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This reminded me of the J.Crew cluster with orange accents!

Jewelry Closet

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Sounds amazing, right?! When we were looking at apartments and I saw this pre-war medicine cabinet, I had a vision. Having experimented with many different forms of jewelry storage over the years and I now know that if I can’t see it out in the open, I won’t wear it. The ability to have all of my jewelry on display but also be able to conceal it behind the doors is a dream, especially in a tiny NYC apartment! I know I have a lot…probably too much but this collection wasn’t built overnight and is comprised mostly of Forever 21 finds or deeply discounted J.Crew baubles.

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There is a lot of storage in this small space. Up on the top shelf are towels, wash cloths and sheets. I found these storage bins at TJ Maxx but they are available from a variety of retailers. The Container Store outfitted the rest of the closet including the nail polish bins.

IMG_3600 Tiered Jewelry Stands

IMG_3601Some favorites arranged by rose, gold and silver.

IMG_3602Watch stand, small compartment storage, and earring stand all from the Container Store.

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