As I write this, there are 30 days until Christmas. WHAT? When did this happen?
The past few years were the most painful holiday seasons of my life. I hope I’m not being overly optimistic, but I’m ready for this holiday season. I actually even got excited for the season a few days ago—a massive departure from last year when I just wanted to get on that goddamn plane to South America and skip through everything in between.
But I’m cautiously optimistic for this holiday season…and the shopping that comes with it! I know these retail kinda posts are a departure from what I’ve been posting lately, but I really enjoy putting them together, and I thank you in advance for your support! (I make a bit of money when you click on an affiliate link.)
It was Small Business Saturday when I started writing this, which means supporting the businesses that support our communities and makes them unique, rather than cookie cutter strip malls. As the daughter of a former small business owner (my dad owned a textile business), I know uniquely how special—and difficult—small businesses can be. Here’s a few of my favorite:
Erica Sara Designs: If you’ve read here for a while, you know how much I love Erica and her work. I’m usually wearing at least one piece of her jewelry, usually my Never Give Up bracelet. I also have a piece of her jewelry for every marathon I’ve run. For Cyber Monday, the code GIFT15 will get you 15 percent off your purchase.
Sarah Marie Design Studio: If you’re a runner, you’ve probably heard of Sarah Marie, but if you’ve been under a rock, she is the woman who makes those adorable and funny sweatshirts and tanks. I have and love her Marathoner sweatshirt and have my eyes on…oh, everything. Use code BF2018. The customizable sports bras are super cute but despite having, um, plenty of real estate…my name is a little too long to fit across.
Me! If you’re local to NYC, I’m now teaching 1:1 yoga sessions (or can do a small group if you have one). My intro rate is going to be $75/hour, but if you sign up before 12/1 (you can book here) you can access my Black Friday/Cyber Monday/whatever the hell we’re calling all of this for just $50. A friend I practiced on last week called me “soothing.” I’ll let you in on a little secret: my nervous and soothing voice are the same. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Nordstrom: They’re running a sale of up to 60% off, including a sweet 40% off my very favorite bra. (Note: sizing is weird: I sized up from a D to a DDD). I hate winter, and I hate boots, but my “favorite” (as in, if I have to wear winter boots…) boots are on sale. They’re still expensive but they’re so so worth it.
Lilly Pulitzer: I’m sort of obsessed with Lilly Pulitzer? (If you’ve read here for more than a hot second, you know that, though.) The brand never does Black Friday sales, but they do offer a gift with purchase, and I have to say the pillow that comes with the $75 spend there is CUTE. And it’s pretty hard NOT to hit $75 there…unless you’re just buying a phone case. Which…I probably need.
Target: 15% off site wide…which brings to mind this meme:
Also, I just bought these slippers. As a gift. For a woman named Theodora. They’re only $20! There’s also some sweet deals on Instant Pots, if you’re in the market. (Should I be in the market?? I keep going back and forth…)
Plus, if you have a vacation planned, I love Target’s swimsuits, especially their Shade & Shore line.
Amazon: This could totally be its own post, but here’s a few picks:
Roku for $29!!! I don’t have cable, and so I use my Roku DAILY, and, tbh, felt a little lost without it in CA. (I also felt lost without wifi, but that’s another story for another day.)
$5 off HappyLights: While there were obviously a ton of other things at play during my intense depression earlier this year, it’s hard to ignore that it was also during winter…so I’m attempting to try a light box this year to combat the lack of sunshine during NYC winters. Although I’m game to try pretty much anything, study or no study, there is legit evidence showing at least some level of effectiveness with the light boxes.
Weighted Blanket: OK, this one isn’t on sale…but is still worth bringing up, just because I love it. I’ve laid under it when I’m having a panic attack, and I curl up in it on the couch often.
Gray Malin: So, Grace’s blog is one of the few I still read…and let me tell you, reading it is an expensive habit! We have very similar taste in things, so I just want to buy everything I read about… and Gray Malin photos are one of the expensive desires she’s turned me on to. His photography just makes me so happy, though… I MEAN ALSO, LLAMAS. He rarely does sales, and he’s doing a Cyber/Black/Everything sales of 30% off with code TURKEY30.
J. Crew Factory: This coat looks SO cute, and is only $98, down from $229! Also J. Crew: my puffer coat is on sale for less than $80!! SNAP THAT UP if you need a new puffer that isn’t entirely awful. (I feel about boots the way I do about winter coats…)
Lululemon: (Or…Luluberry, if you were my mom.) It’s so rare that they actually have a sale, that this is WORTH hitting up. My picks: their Enlite bra (weird fact: of all the stuff I’ve linked to throughout the years: y’all seem to trust my boob recommendations most, clicking the most on bra links.) I don’t need a backpack…but this one is PRETTY.
So, I have several different browser extensions running at all time to help me find deals when I shop, or earn money on stuff I’d buy anyway. I get pop-ups telling me what I can save or what money I can get back. Here’s what I have running (and yes, I know they slow down my browser a bit, but it’s worth it to me.)
Honey: This is another browser extension, and it searches for discount codes as you’re checking out. This link gets each of us $5 when you make a purchase. I’ve even been able to get money off Seamless with it!
Delta: If you’re also a points whore (this is how I take long-haul flights every New Year’s), and you don’t have this browser extension, you’re just doing life all wrong. Some Cyber Monday rewards: Nike is 25% off with code CYBER, AND you get 4 miles per dollar. One note: these Delta deals can’t always be stacked with other deals.
New Yorker: $6 for 12 weeks of digital access…and a tote bag. I need inspiration of quality writing, and The New Yorker is one of the best examples of this.