Black Friday Sales

The madness is here. However, I will not be standing outside in the cold waiting for the mall or Best Buy to open. I will be shopping from my bed. I am a creature of comfort. I may even sleep in because so many stores have had early bird specials! (Shhh don’t tell anyone! You’re not supposed to be a hard core blogger/shopper and sleep in on Black Friday…GASP!) But with all these great online sales, why would you go out in all that craziness? I posted all my favorites below (at least fashion-wise). I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving and Happy Shopping!

Alice & Olivia – 25% off sitewide, plus free shipping from 11/26 to 12/01.

Ann Taylor – 50% off. 11/30 – 12/3. Code: THANKS

Anthropologie – HUGE sitewide sale. To be announced on Black Friday.

ASOS – 30% off every single thing. 11/28 – 11/30. Code: TGIBF.

Banana Republic – 50% off one full-priced item with Code: BRFIFTY, and 40% off the rest of your purchase with Code: BRFORTY. 11/28

Baublebar – Take 15% off two items, 25% off three items, and 35% off four items. 11/28.

Bloomingdales – 50% off select items. 11/28 – 11/29.

Dolce Vita – up to 60% off, plus a extra 20% off sale styles, and free shipping! 11/28 – 12/01. Use Code: BLACKFRIDAY14

Equipment – 25% off sitewide. 11/28 – 12.01. Code: THANKS.

Express – 50% of sitewide until noon, plus free shipping. 11/28

Forever 21 – Deals starting at $4, and 30% off clearance! 11/28 – 12/1.

Free People – up to 50% off select items. 11/28

Frye – Spend $400, get a $100 eGiftcard. 11/24 – 12/01.

Gap – 50% off everything! 11/28. Code: BLKFRIDAY

Gorjana – 35% of select styles.

H&M – up to 70% off.

J.Crew – 30% select styles and an extra 40% off sale styles, plus free shipping. 11/28 – 11/30. Code: HOLIDAY.

J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything! Free shipping on orders of $50 and above. 11/28 – 11/30. Code: THANKS.

Joie – 25% off sitewide. 11/28 – 12/02. Code: THANKS.

Kate Spade – 25% off entire site with Code: HOLLY JOLLY

Kate Spade Saturday – 30% off Full-Priced styles with Code: DEALME

Madewell – 25% off your purchase. 11/28 – 11/30. Code: GIFTON

NastyGal – 30% off select styles. 11/28 – 12.01.

Nordstrom – up to 40% off select styles.

Old Navy – 50% off the entire store. 11/28.

Piperlime – 25% off sitewide. 11/28 – 11/29. Code: THANKFUL25

Rebecca Minkoff – 25% off orders of $275 or more, with select styles up to 70% off already! Use Code: WKNDWIN

Saks Fifth Avenue – up to 60% off select items. 11/28.

Sephora – nail polish and makeup sets are up to 50% off!

Shopbop -15% off orders of $250, 20% off orders of $500, 25% off orders of $1000. 11/28 – 12/01. Use Code GOBIG14

Stella & Dot – Take an extra 25% off sale. 11/28 – 11/30

Swell – 25% off sitewide. 11/28 – 11/30. Code: BLACKOUT25

Urban Outfitters – additional 25% off sale styles online and additional 50% off in stores. 11/28.

West Elm – 10% off orders of $100, 15% off orders of $250, 20% off orders of $500, 25% off orders of $1000. 11/28 – 12/01. Use Code: SUPERSALE

Here are some of my picks from these sales 🙂

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Illume Gowns Bridal Photoshoot

Two group collaborations in a week! I know, it’s a little crazy, but I have been given some amazing opportunities lately to work with some outstanding local designers. Today I get to share a shoot with you that I was able to be part of for Illume Gowns.

Though not exactly local, Illume will hopefully soon be in stores in Utah because of their chic style and modest design. They are located in Southern California, but have an easy to access website and will be at Provo Fashion Week this coming Spring! During the shoot, I was able to talk to the designer, Sara Sandberg, and find out why she started her business. She is on her second collection, but has been making gorgeous wedding dresses for friends for what seems like forever. So, she thought, why not make a business out of it. Since I’m not married, I haven’t experienced this firsthand, but I have had numerous friends who can’t seem to find just the right wedding dress that is still modest, AND looks cute! Sara has solved this problem! All of her dresses are designed specifically for this purpose.

A few of us got to try on her dresses, get our hair and makeup done, and do a photo shoot with some fabulous photographers. It was so fun. I can definitely vouch for the quality and the beauty up close of each of the dresses. P.S. a few of the dresses (like mine) have pockets! Ah I love it! If you are looking for a wedding dress, be sure to visit Illume Gowns! It will probably save you a lot of looking!
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I am wearing The Fey

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I wanted to post a few of the other girls dresses because they are amazing as well. So here is a small peak at each of the other gowns.

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Chunie (@chuniesue) is wearing a gown not posted on the site yet.

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Addy (@adamakstro) is wearing The EstherIllumeGowns2

Jessi (@jessilarue / Haircut and General Attitude) is wearing The HelenIllumeGowns3

Isabelle (@isabellebaker_ / Bella in Berlin) is wearing The FlorenceIllume'gowns4

Paige (@paige_arminta / paigearminta) is wearing The SallyIMG_8551IMG_8552

This last photo includes the talented designer, Sara! Please visit the website ( to see more of her designs, to order, and to find contact information.

Last set of Photos: Miyo Strong,

Floral Arrangements: Amelia at Ella Rose Floral

Hair and Makeup: Taylor Andrews Academy

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BreeLena Holiday Shoot + Giveaway

You guys have all seen me sporting Bree Lena designs by Bree Wilkins, who I walked for at Provo Fashion week in the Fall and earlier this Spring. Well I just got to help do an amazing shoot featuring all of her holiday designs!

These pieces are amazing! They are all sparkling, beautiful perfection. She designs and hand makes all of her pieces. Not to mention she goes all the way to New York to get all of her fabrics.

This shoot was one of the most fun I have done because I got to do it with all of my blogger besties! We seriously just laughed and danced the whole time. I loved it! Each girl brought their own style to the item Bree selected for them, so be sure to visit each of their blogs (listed below) to see how they styled their outfit!

If you would like to purchase one of these pieces for your holiday, please make sure you place your order by Cyber Monday, December 1, to receive it by December 22! Shop her designs at Also, scroll below for your chance to win a giveaway towards Bree’s shop!

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Photos: JessaKae Photography

All Designs: Bree Lena Designs

Sequin Half Circle Skirt by Bree Lena

My Blouse – Madewell

Here’s the best part! Bree is giving away $100 towards one of her amazing designs! The giveaway runs until Black Friday at midnight so hurry and enter! You only have a few days! And if you want your design by Christmas make sure you order by Cyber Monday!!! Hurry Hurry!!!

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Glitter & Gold from J.Crew and a $500 VISA Giftcard Giveaway

J.Crew has got some great items right now. I paired this casual shirt and these amazing shoes together because I love adding one dressy piece to an outfit to dress it up a little bit. I like to do this by adding a pretty blazer, a bold necklace, or some dressy pumps like these. The glitter on the toe is absolutely gorgeous and pulls the outfit together with the matching gold beading on the shirt.

I also got these during one of J.Crew’s great sales. They are totally worth it! I am in love with them. Black Friday is coming up so make sure you check in for all of the sales coming up later this week!

Also, make sure you see below for a chance to win a $500 VISA GIFTCARD! Just in time for the holidays!
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Shirt – J.Crew; Jeans – J.Crew (similar here); Pumps – J.Crew; Bag – Louis Vuitton

Photos: Jessakae Photography

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Early Black Friday Sales

I hope you guys are getting ready for a big shopping week! A bunch of stores already have great “pre” Black Friday sales going on, so I thought I’d throw up a little post to let you know where to get some great deals before the rush. Also, take a look at the scroll bar below to view some of my favorites picks from these sales!confessions_of_a_shopaholic03

Ann Taylor – 40% off full price styles, 50% off sale styles. Use code: SHOPANN

Bloomingdales – The Big Brown Sale is going on right now! Check out great savings.

Forever 21 – a new deal every day leading up to Black Friday. Today’s deal, 20% off outerwear.

J.Crew – Get an extra 30% off sale items with code: SHOPNOW

J.Crew Factory – Up to 60% off. Plus 15% off when you spend $75 and 20% off when you spend $125. Use code: NOCROWDS

Loft – 50% of all sale styles, plus $25 off skirts, dresses, and select sweaters.

Old Navy – 30% off Everything, Use Code: EARLYBIRD – 25% off sitewide right now with code: SAVE25

Swell – 20% off new arrivals with code: GODEEP until Monday night and 40% off sale for 3 more days, use code: FORTY

Urban Outfitters – Start of the season sale going on right now!

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Tasseled Sweater and Snakeskin Boots

Do my shoes remind you of Pretty Woman? Ha, well I’m not sure if it would be good or bad because I love that movie, and I kind of love these boots, so I hope you guys think they’re actually cute. I had been looking for some good over the knee boots forever and I finally found some during the Piperlime sale! They still have tons of great stuff on sale so be sure to go snoop around, because I got a bunch of shoes for so cheap! I’m loving snakeskin right now if you can’t tell by my shoes and bag. I just think it gives an outfit a little more definition and character.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a great weekend!

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Photos: Jessakae Photography

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Holiday Dresses 2014

I love dressing up. Anyone who knows me knows this. I have a collection of dresses that sit in my closet and it’s sad, because I wish I had more places to wear them! But it’s finally holiday season and I have a reason to get all fancy and break them out! Here is a list of some of my favorite stores to purchase dresses and party accessories, and of course here are some of my favorites items this year!

Anthropologie, Shopbop, RevolveClothing, and Nordstrom are my go-to’s just because they always have a great selection and great return policies because when you order online you never really know how things are going to fit. Plus, Shopbop and Revolve both have free shipping and returns!

Forever 21 is great for inexpensive dresses that you will only wear once and little black dresses, because they don’t look as cheap! They also have 50% off a bunch of their winter items for a Pre-Black Friday Sale right now, so check out some of their accessories and fur items to go with your dresses!

ASOS is awesome because they offer a huge variety of sizes. They carry petite, plus, and maternity which is hard to find at a store like Forever21. They also have a pretty good price range as well. There are dresses that start in the thirties or you could spend up to a few hundred if you wanted.

Parker Black ‘Petra’ Dress – Bloomingdales.comParker Black Petra Dress

Mara Hoffman Sequin Stripe Mini Dress –

Get Free Shipping at Anthro on orders over $150 for a limited time with code: FS150Mara Hoffman Sequin Stripe Mini Dress

Ravine Flared Dress – Anthropologie.comRavine Flared Dress

Club Monaco ‘Jayla’ Dress – Shopbop.comClub Monaco 'Jayla' Dress

Crochet Halter Dress – Forever21.comCrochet Halter Dress

Posh High-Neck Dress – Forever21.comPosh High-Neck Dress

Vila V Neck Sequin Dress – ASOS.comVila V Neck Sequin Dress

ASOS Ruffled Bonded Texture Bodycon Dress – ASOS.comASOS Ruffled Bonded Texture Bodycon Dress

ASOS Black Jet Black Bead Embellished Shift – ASOS.comASOS Black Jet Black Bead Embellished Shift

Motel ‘Sally Mae’ Sequin Dress – NastyGal.comMotel Sally Mae Sequin Dress

Keepsake ‘Run the World’ Lace Dress – UrbanOutfitters.comKeepsake 'Run the World' Lace Dress

For Love and Lemons ‘San Marcos’ Mini Dress – FreePeople.comSan Marcos Mini Dress

Free People Emerald City Dress – FreePeople.comFree People Emerald City Dress

Tadashi Shoji Sequin Illusion Lace Dress – Nordstrom.comTadashi Shoji Sequin Illusion Lace Dress

StyleStalker ‘Moss’ Long Sleeve Lace Dress – Nordstrom.comStyleStalker 'Moss' Long Sleeve Lace Dress

Cameo ‘Fallen Love’ Dress – RevolveClothing.comCameo 'Fallen Love' Dress

For Love & Lemons ‘Eternal Love’ Dress – RevolveClothing.comFor Love & Lemons 'Eternal Love' Dress



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A Cozy Sweater and Aztec Trimming

Hi everyone! I kinda took a little break because I’ve been in Cancun! It was so warm and so nice, but I came back to 28 degrees and snow in Dallas on my layover and I wanted to cry! On our way out there I was literally laying on the floor like a baby in three sweatshirts and my warmest socks, because I’m thinking, “I’m going to Mexico. I don’t need a coat!” I would post a picture, but it’s a little scary. We were all huddled together, trying to sleep. You’d think an airport might invest in some heaters! O well! My trip was amazing and I’ll post some photos soon! At least I missed the snow in Utah! It still feels like fall here, but I can feel the colder weather coming, so I’m busting out all my sweaters and coats this week and sadly putting away all my swimsuits (again). Help me put on a brave face because it’s not getting warm any time soon!
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Sweater – Anthropologie; Jeans – Joe’s Jeans (similar here); Hat – Brickyard Buffalo; Booties – Madewell (similar here); Bracelets – c/o Tai Pan Trading

Photos: Jessakae Photo

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Under $50 Gift Guide for your Bestie!

How do you know what to buy for the person you probably know better than anyone? It seems like it would be easy right? I think it’s the hardest! It’s also hard to do without spending all your money. Here are some ideas that might help out a little bit!

Capri Blue Jar Candle – The best smelling candles on earth (in my opinion), but now in a pretty jar for the holidays! For anyone on your Christmas list. Capri Blue Jar Candle

Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy’ Rollerball Perfume Trio – For the perfume lover. Give them all 3 scents and don’t break your bank. Marc Jacobs 'Daisy' Rollerball Perfume Trio

Funny Photo Album – For the photography enthusiast. Funny Photo Album

Jeweled Satellite Posts – Because diamonds are a girls best friend, but they’re still expensive.Jeweled Satellite Posts

Mirrored Jewelry Box – Get it monogrammed and she’ll have something to put those earrings and all her other jewels in.

Mirror Jewelry Box

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? – For your funny friends, or a book love. Two birds, one stone. Is everyone hanging out without me

Mischa Patched Beanie – For your cold weathered friends.Mischa Patched Beanie

Amplifier Egg – The simplest speaker for a music lover! Amplifier Egg

Embossed Leather Journal – Memories keepers will love this beautiful journal.Embossed Leather Journal

Villa Apron – In the kitchen with gorgeous! It doesn’t matter if she knows how to cook, but she’ll look super cute! Villa Apron

Morning Mug – For anyone who ever wants a yummy drink. I Woke Up Like This Mug

Thermal Sleep Set – Everyone loves some cute pjs at Christmas. Get a matching set! Thermal Sleep Set

Alex and Ani Initial Bracelet – For those who love to have arm parties.

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aBreeOriginal – Tulle Skirt and a Giveaway!

I have another look from Bree’s fashion week collection. I absolutely loved this skirt! The cut is amazing and the little sequins throughout it made it sparkle in the lights.

I got to do a holiday shoot with her and a bunch of other bloggers this weekend and I can’t wait to show you all of the items we wore! You are going to want all of them! Get excited!!!

Scroll below for a giveaway to Amazon and Target!
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