Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Favorites v.1

Tons of bloggers do a weekly favorites feature, and these roundups are some of my favorite blog posts to read...  I click all the links!  I read so many things on the Internet every week, and I feel like putting them here in my own space is a great way to share all the things I'm reading, watching, and taking in... so enjoy!

I want a house, and a bar cart in that house.  This one is styled so perfectly!

 I dislike heart-shaped jewelry pieces, but this anatomically correct heart pendant?
I would totally wear that.  It's geek chic.

These phone wallpapers are my favorite.
Audrey at Oh So Lovely is a must-follow for her freebie wallpapers and printables!

Kitten Therapy...  definitely something I can get behind!

I love vintage-inspired dresses, and this Bernie Dexter dress made me smile.
I think that I might allow myself to buy one beautiful dress per month in 2015 to get started.

I'm an unapologetic Taylor Swift fan, and I'm noticing even the haters
have moments like this SNL skit.

Katie at Life with a Dash of Whimsy took some tacky-looking ceramic pineapple jars
and have them a white-and-gold makeover.  I love the before/after!

+ My favorite weekly favorites roundup: Kaelah's Things I Love Thursday.  Probably my biggest inspiration behind this new feature, because she loves the internet as much as I do.

Stop asking women if we're pregnant.  Seriously.  I probably just had a big meal.  Great writing!!!

+ My blogger buddy Meghan at Hayes Days recently celebrated her 5th wedding anniversary, and I got my first look at her wedding photos since I got only to know her this year... and THAT DRESS.  Love!

+ One my of middle school friends is a comment featured in this Forbes article on why women struggle with Kim Kardashian's greatest business "asset" in response to discussion of Kim as a woman leader and entrepreneur...  not sure where I stand yet on defining her as such, though I think her brand and ability to make tons of money is kind of brilliant despite my disdain for her in general.  (Note: I do like Khloe and Scott.)

+ I want to make this apple cider sangria from How Sweet It Is.  It looks (and I imagine, tastes) like fall.

+  And I want to bake this bourbon-pecan pie...  I tore its page out of my Food + Wine magazine, and it happens to be a recipe by Cheryl Day from Savannah's Back in the Day Bakery, which I used to love visiting when I lived nearby.  I even have an autographed copy of their cookbook.

+ My Datevitation giveaway is one of my favorites right now too!  Enter to win a FREE customized coupon book to give to your loved one!

Flashback Favorite:  In November 2012, I posted about my experience at opening night for the Annie revival on Broadway!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Autumn Layered Style with ModCloth

Okay, so this says "Autumn", but let's be real... it's been feeling a whole lot like winter lately.  And with my freezing-cold office environment, that means LAYERS.  All the layers.  Because the one time I didn't, I was sitting at my chair in my down Carhartt puffy coat.  So when ModCloth asked me to put together some ideas for autumn layering, I thought it would be fun to play with their virtual closet!  I only created sets I would actually wear myself.

First off, MUSTARD.  Gosh, it's like my favorite color lately.  I've been wearing brown or black knee-high boots almost every day.  It's kind of equestrian, kind of 1970s Love Story, kind of just my style.

Autumn Layers: Mustard

My next collection still sticks to my mustard/navy/brown palette... but incorporates another of my wardrobe staples, which is a FULL SKIRT.  I've actually been rocking my summer dresses (with petticoats) to work with cardigans and other layers.  It's a great way to get more mileage out of things you wear in warmer weather, as the seasons change!

Autumn Layers: Full Skirt

For a DATE NIGHT look, I went for red...  Autumn to me means a transition to mustard yellows, oranges (which I rarely wear), browns, and reds, the colors of the fall trees.  Red can also take you into the holiday season.  For my look, I went with a classic "Aubrey" combo: dress, blazer, tights, wedges!  The coat keeps you warm between the car and the venue, which I imagined here was a night at the theater.  This is another great way to wear a dress from season to season!  You could even throw a fitted long-sleeve black shirt under this dress to convert it.

Autumn Layers: Date Night

What are your favorite pieces for fall layering?
Modcloth has some great sweaters available right now, from cute to Christmas-sweater-party-worthy!

Note:  I did not receive compensation or incentive to participate in this ModCloth style board activity via Polyvore... I just did it because it sounded like fun!  :)

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Datevitation: The Perfect Gift!

Earlier in the month, I received an e-mail from Datevitation, asking if I would review their customized coupon book gifts.  Earlier when we were dating, Dan gave me a homemade coupon book for Valentine's Day, and this was the perfect chance to give him something back!  So I went onto Datevitation's website to create our booklet of coupons.

I decided to use the "Add your Faces" feature to make it feel more customized, then I had to browse the over 500 ideas to choose which ones fit us best.  A few that made the cut were me taking out the trash (I haven't done it in basically two years), Dan's favorite takeout and a movie night at home (we're homebodies) and a few more.  It was all super easy to set up; the hardest part is picking which date ideas to use!

Dan liked the coupon book so much, he keeps it on the coffee table and flips through it contemplating when he wants to "redeem" his coupons.

I NEVER take the trash out, people.  Ever.

Discount for my Readers:  Because the holidays are coming up, and Datevitation is an awesome gift idea, you can use the promo code: AUBREYLAND (before December 13th!) to get $10 off AND free shipping, a $13.50 value!

In addition, you can enter below to win a FREE coupon book from Datevitation, in time for Christmas, between now and November 30th.

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We love delivery food!

Datevitation is a family business run by the husband-wife team of Alex and Olga Karpman.  You can get to know them on the Datevitation blog, where they offer video guides to date ideas and romantic gestures.  I think this a great gift idea for that person who is hard to shop for, but might enjoy cashing in some completely personalized "coupons" designed with love by you.

I received a free customized coupon book in exchange for my honest review.  Datevitation is running a giveaway via my blog post, as well as offering a promotional code!

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