Read this before Black Friday or Cyber Monday Shopping

Ever buy something online only to get through check out and realize that retailer was having a sale, but you didn’t know the promo code? I’ve been using RetailMeNot for the past two years to avoid this mistake, and because I think it’s the best place on the internet to find discounts at all my favorite stores. If you’re a smart shopper, you probably search for promo codes on google before checking out. Save yourself the time an effort of looking through all the search pages, and go directly to RetailMeNot.com. It’s always one of the first searches that comes up because it has ALL the deals in one place and they’re constantly being updated.

How it works: If you’re preparing your game plan for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping this week, scroll through the pages and pages of the most current discounts on their site, or type in the specific retailer you’re looking for.  Your bank account will thank you! Whether your shopping online or in-store, go to RetailMeNot first. The discount juggernaut offers more than 500,000 bargains at over 50,000 retailers, which you can customize to your geographic location. Simply walk into a store or browse your favorite online website, look up the coupon, and have the cashier scan it directly from your device (or enter it in online at check out).

It’s also a great place to find gift ideas. Here are a few of the holiday promotions I’ll be using this week and some I’ve already used on items I love:

1. My favorite blanket in our house (this one I’m sitting on) will be going on major sale on Cyber Monday. Download the app and check back for the code then for the discount, but in the meantime enjoy up to 70% off.

2. Today every single thing on Express is 50% off (found on RMN!)

3. $44 One way flights on Southwest – here!

4. Check the ‘black friday deals’ tab + ‘cyber monday’ tab to search for more.

If you want to save some money on gifting this holiday season, download the RetailMeNot app before you shop and thank me later 🙂 A big thank you to RetailMeNot for sponsoring this post AND for all the money you’ve saved me over the past couple years (!!)

Outfit info: Purple/Blue Sweater | Distressed Jeans | Bralette | Rings | Blanket | Tree

 

 

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Urban Outfitters: Gifts For Her

Floral Jacquard Mini Skirt (wearing XS)| Faux Fur Scarf (on sale for $25) | Joie Boots (sold out)  Similar Here | Similar Sweater Here + Here | Chloe Bag |Photography: Aesthetiica

 

Jump on the Urban Outfitters train for all your holiday gifting needs this season! I was feeling pretty fancy in this jacquard mini skirt paired that I paired with a cozy faux fur wrap and mauve pink sweater. I love the high-rise waistline and exposed pockets on the skirt and how the OTK boots pull the outfit together. I’m wearing a size XS in this skirt and probably could’ve taken it in just a little bit in the waist, but the material is really comfortable and way softer than it looks. This faux fur scarf also comes in black & pink and would also be a great gifting idea. I got a very similar brown one like this last year for my grandma (so it works for all ages)!

Urban Outfitters has always been one of my favorite stores. They’re always on top of the latest trends and have great options for every occasion: lounge wear, casual outfits, and party attire. Right now they’re having their ‘start of season sale’ (with over 1,500 items on sale that ends tonight) and they have a bunch of great holiday promotions happening this week. Starting tomorrow they’re offering 20% off purchases for UO rewards members.

Urban always has great gifting options – unique stocking stuffers, cute stuff for the home, cozy accessories, etc., so I put together a gift guide for her with some of my favorite things. The items are all numbered and you can find the correlating links below the collage image to shop everything on the UO website. Hope you find something you (or someone on your list) will love!

  1. Chenille Sweater Throw Blanket 2. Rose Gold Brushes 3. Faux Fur Slippers 4. Rose Gold Watch 5. Rose Hair + Body Oil 6. Pom Pom Scarf 7. Beauty Sleep Set 8. Knit Pom Beanie 9. Knit Mittens 10. Hello Neon Sign 11. Gourmand Candle 12. Vogue Coffee Table Book

Photography by Aesthetiica

Thank you to Urban Outfitters for sponsoring this post. I loved every minute of getting the opportunity to partner with one of my favorite brands!

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Frequently Asked Questions

I thought I’d post tonight to answer the questions you guys are sending through emails, messages, and comments. I hate that I can’t respond to every single person, but I do the best I can!  Leave any other questions in the comments below or on this Instagram post 🙂

What do you curl your hair with:

this 1″ Conair Infiniti Curling Iron (since freshman year of college!)

What mascara do you use:

I’ve used this mascara for the past few years and I love it. It makes them thick and dark.

What camera do you use:

Well, I JUST got the iPhone 8+ in the mail tonight. So I’ll be using that for a lot of the pictures I take on my own, but the photographers I shoot with most often use different Canons including: a Canon 5D Mark III with a 35 mm lens and a Canon 6D with a 50mm lens.

How do you edit your pictures:

The different photographers I work with edit everything differently, but when I edit my own, I use Lightroom and the VSCO app for filters (my favorites are A5, A6, C1, HB1, HB2).

I want to start a blog, any advice?:

First, read this. Second, if you’re going to do it, DO IT. And if you want to be a freelancer, be prepared for a 70+ hour a week job. Not just cute outfit pics. Having a vision, big goals, and having a specific/unique niche definitely helps. Read this post about building a brand and a following. Also, there are so many other career ideas other than blogging – read about some of the awesome jobs my friends have in the creative industry here.

Who does you hair color in Chicago?:

I’m in the process of looking for a go-to colorist in the city! I’ll keep you guys updated with who I go with!

Favorite lipstick:

MAC Rebel Lipstick with Currant Lip liner.

How tall are you and what size do you wear:

For reference when buying my outfits, I’m 4’11” and 95 lbs. I wear size XS or XXS and get a lot of things tailored. I try to always let you know when something has been taken in that I’m wearing. Size 6 shoe, 00 petite jeans – or 24/25s.

Favorite spots in Chicago:

Check this Instagram post, I named a lot of them here!

Your favorite stores for petites?:

Topshop Petites, ASOS Petites, Artizia, H&M, and Express Petites.

How do you curl your hair and do your makeup:

Working on how-to videos. Coming soon(ish)!

Love life?:

My boyfriend lives in New York City and we see each other a few times a month! He’s from Kentucky, went to Harvard, and now works and lives in NYC. But we like to keep things kind of private so that’s all ya get 🙂

Go-to nail polish colors:

All OPI colors: Funny Bunny, Let Me Bayou A Drink, and Miami Beet

Do you work out? What do you do?:

Favorites workouts: Here, here, here, here.

What do you do for meals/groceries:

This month has been a little extreme because of Whole30, but here are healthy meal ideas, healthy snack ideas, and a heathy grocery list.


 

I’m writing this post from my home away from home, Midtown Athletic Club, because it’s where I’ve been spending a bunch of my time lately. The convenience of working from home is something I will never take for granted, but sometimes it’s nice to just get out of the house for a little bit! I wrote about it earlier this month in this post, but it really is such a great place for me to go during the day that’s right in my neighborhood. I can get a workout in, write posts and emails, and get a healthy meal in. Plus there’s a spa..a rooftop pool..tennis courts..a yoga center.. it’s pretty amazing. Send me an email or comment below if you have any questions about it! Thanks for reading 🙂 x0, olivia

 

Top I’m wearing above is from Aritzia but sold out. Photo by John-Philp

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