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 Iâ€™m not being overly optimistic, but Iâ€™m ready for this holiday season. I actually even got excited for the season a few days agoâ€”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 Iâ€™m cautiously optimistic for this holiday seasonâ€¦and the shopping that comes with it! I know these retail kinda posts are a departure from what Iâ€™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 specialâ€”and difficultâ€”small businesses can be. Hereâ€™s a few of my favorite:
Erica Sara Designs:Â If youâ€™ve read here for a while, you know how much I love Erica and her work. Iâ€™m usually wearingÂ at least one piece of her jewelry, usually my Never Give Up bracelet. I also have a piece of her jewelry for every marathon Iâ€™ve run. For Cyber Monday, the code GIFT15Â will get you 15 percent off your purchase.
Sarah Marie Design Studio:Â If youâ€™re a runner, youâ€™veÂ probably heard of Sarah Marie, but if youâ€™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 onâ€¦oh, everything. Use codeÂ BF2018.Â The customizable sports bras are super cute but despite having, um, plenty of real estateâ€¦my name is a little too long to fit across.
Me!Â If youâ€™re local to NYC, Iâ€™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) Â 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 â€œsoothing.â€ Iâ€™ll let you in on a little secret: my nervous and soothing voice are the same.Â Â¯\_(ãƒ„)_/Â¯
Nordstrom: Theyâ€™re running a sale of up to 60% off, including a sweet 40% off my very favorite bra. Â (Note: sizing is weird: I sized up from a D to a DDD). I hate winter, and I hate boots, but my â€œfavoriteâ€ (as in, if IÂ haveÂ to wear winter bootsâ€¦) boots are on sale.Â Theyâ€™re still expensive but theyâ€™re so so worth it.
Lilly Pulitzer:Â Iâ€™m sort of obsessed with Lilly Pulitzer? (If youâ€™ve read here for more than a hot second, you know that, though.) The brand never does Black Friday sales, but theyÂ do offer a gift with purchase, and I have to say the pillow that comes with the $75 spend there is CUTE. And itâ€™s pretty hard NOT to hit $75 thereâ€¦unless youâ€™re just buying a phone case. Whichâ€¦I probably need.
Bloomingdales:Â 25% off items marked 25% offâ€”including some awesome deals on jeans,Â which is awesome if you have a brand you know works for you that is included. Sadly, thereâ€™s no rag + bone, my fave.
Target: 15% off site wideâ€¦which brings to mind this meme:
Also, I just bought these slippers. As a gift. For a woman named Theodora. Theyâ€™re only $20! Thereâ€™s also some sweet deals on Instant Pots, if youâ€™re in the market. (Should I be in the market?? I keep going back and forthâ€¦)
Plus, if you have a vacation planned, I love Targetâ€™s swimsuits, especially their Shade & Shore line.
Amazon:Â This could totally be its own post, but hereâ€™s a few picks:
Roku for $29!!!Â 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:Â Â While there were obviously a ton of other things at play during my intense depression earlier this year, itâ€™s hard to ignore that it was also during winterâ€¦so Iâ€™m attempting to try a light box this year to combat the lack of sunshine during NYC winters. Although Iâ€™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 isnâ€™t on saleâ€¦but is still worth bringing up, just because I love it. Iâ€™ve laid under it when Iâ€™m having a panic attack, and I curl up in it on the couch often.
Gray Malin:Â So, Graceâ€™s blog is one of the few I still readâ€¦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 aboutâ€¦ and Gray Malin photos are one of the expensive desires sheâ€™s turned me on to. His photography just makes me so happy, thoughâ€¦ I MEAN ALSO, LLAMAS. He rarely does sales, and heâ€™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 isnâ€™t entirely awful. (I feel about boots the way I do about winter coatsâ€¦)
Lululemon: Â (Or…Luluberry, if you were my mom.) Itâ€™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 Iâ€™ve linked to throughout the years: yâ€™all seem to trust my boob recommendations most, clicking the most on bra links.) I donâ€™tÂ need a backpackâ€¦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 Iâ€™d buy anyway. I get pop-ups telling me what I can save or what money I can get back. Hereâ€™s what I have running (and yes, I know they slow down my browser a bit, but itâ€™s worth it to me.)
Honey:Â This is another browser extension, and it searches for discount codes as youâ€™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 youâ€™re also a points whore (this is how I take long-haul flights every New Yearâ€™s), and youÂ donâ€™t have this browser extension, youâ€™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 canâ€™t always be stacked with other deals.
New Yorker: $6 for 12 weeks of digital accessâ€¦and a tote bag. I need inspiration of quality writing, and The New Yorker is one of the best examples of this.