The Classic Brunette

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gift Guide: For The Girl Boss

Boss Lady Mug | Clutch Organizer | 2017 Hot Pink Planner | Portable Charger | #Girlboss Book | Gold Animal Coasters | Diptyque Candle Set | Glitter Business Card Holder | Swell Water Bottle | Faux Fur Sleep Mask | Mini 'Emergency' Coffee Kit | YSL Black Opium Perfume Travel Spray |

Happy Saturday! We all have that one friend that is always kicking butt and taking names at whatever they're doing, whether it be at school, blogging, at their internship or job, or just life itself! The items I've collected for this gift guide are for the girls that working hard to achieve what they want, and they always do it in style. But don't forget, every Girl Boss needs some love too, so be sure to treat your hardworking friend (or yourself!) to some of these gifts. My personal favorites are the Black Opium Travel Spray (my favorite scent!) and the gorgeous gold animal coasters! What are your favorites?

Don't forget to check back next Saturday for a new gift guide!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

How To Wear A Slouchy: Two Ways

Happy December! This year really seems to be flying by, or is that just me? I still feel like 2016 only started a few weeks ago! It's slightly terrifying that time is passing by so quickly this year since I'll be in the "real world" in a few short months, but even so I'm happy we're finally in December. It's my favorite month of the year because everyone is always extra festive. I love driving around seeing the glow of Christmas lights, baking cute holiday themed cookies, and the overwhelming presence of family during this time. I could go on and on about how much I love December, but let's get on with the post! Also, apologies in advance for how picture heavy this post is!

  There's honestly nothing better than when comfort and fashion find a way to blend together perfectly. Whether it be in your favorite t-shirt dress, a great pair of trendy leggings, or these cute over-sized long sleeved Slouchy Dolman Tunics (only $24!). If you've seen me lately, you probably think I don't have anything else in my closet besides these two tops since I wear them so often! I wore them all throughout Thanksgiving break with my family, and they're definitely up there as being one of the most comfortable things I own. (Including worn-in pajamas, and that's saying something!)

So today I thought I would share my two favorite ways to wear the slouchies from The Mint Julep Boutique, to show you just how versatile these pieces can be. I decided to do a more casual look with the Rust slouchy and a dressier look with the Serenity (baby blue) slouchy. Although, I planned to wear a necklace with the latter, I unfortunately forgot most of my jewelry when I went home for break! 

Look 1: Casual Rust

This look has actually been on repeat these last few weeks! It's been getting chilly here in SoCal, obviously not as chilly as Lake Tahoe where these photos were taken since there's no snow here, but still! It's easy to throw on for class, and can easily transition into something your can wear out for a casual dinner or a walk around town while you run errands! I love the color of this rust slouchy, because this color is the epitome of fall for me. It's almost a pumpkin-ish color, but it doesn't scream bold like a bright orange would. It's more of a muted tone, which makes it easier to treat it as a neutral. 

Look 2: Dressy Serenity

The second I saw this baby blue Serenity slouchy I knew I had to pick it up. I don't own anything in this color, but I absolutely love it. It adds a nice touch of brightness, but again without being too in your face about it. I thought pairing it with white jeans and some sparkly gold flats would make it a little more of a dressed up look without it being too flashy. The color is even more gorgeous in person, and I think if I'm not careful my whole closet is eventually going to turn baby blue because it's just so pretty and flattering. This is the perfect outfit for heading to a nicer restaurant, giving a more formal presentation (provided you don't require business casual), or strolling through the mall with friends.

Which look is your favorite? How would you style your slouchy?

The Mint Julep Boutique provided product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own, thank you for supporting the brands that make The Classic Brunette possible!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cyber Monday Deals

Happy Cyber Monday, everyone! Today's post is all about rounding up the best deals for you if you didn't get the chance to shop on Black Friday, or if you just want to shop some more! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, and delicious food. I spent my week off up in Lake Tahoe with my family as per usual, and had a blast! I've rounded up all the best deals for today's Cyber Monday sales, and you don't even have to leave the comfort of your home. 

Kinsley Armelle: This is where my favorite bracelets are from! A lot of their jewelry is currently on sale, plus get an extra 15% off with my code SAMIMAST15. My personal favorites are the spiked bracelet and the ice bracelet!

Tory Burch: 30% off with code THANKS and up to 60% off sale. There are still some pairs left of my favorite riding boots!

Target: An extra 15% off the entire store along with multiple sales within each department including up to 40% off home and 25% pajamas and slippers.

Urban Outfitters: $15 off when you spend $75 and $50 off when you spend $150. I'm loving this knit sweater and these bralettes

Cotton On: 50% off everything! I'm obsessed with their t-shirt dresses.

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off select sale items, plus they have some really great beauty gift set deals! Shop the women's sale here!

Baublebar: Save $25 off with the code SAVE25 and $35 two or more items with code SAVE35. Such a great deal for their tassel earrings!

The Body Shop: 50% off and free shipping + if you spend $60 you get a free mega shower gel! I have this body butter and I love it!

Anastasia Beverly Hills: A variety of deals including 40% off contour kits, 20% off brows, and 10% off glow kits!

H&M: Up to 30% off! Get 20% off $30, 25% off $50, and 30% off $100.

Draper James: 20% off $200, 25% off $300, and 30% off $400+

Kate Spade: 30% off your order with code WIRED. This bunny wallet is so fun and cute!

ASOS: 30% off everything with code THANKFUL30

Steve Madden: 30% off + free shipping with code LEFTOVERS. If you liked my gold glitter flats, they still have them in silver and rose!

Banana Republic: 50% off everything!

Old Navy: 50% off everything as well!

Design Darling: 20% off with code HOLIDAY

J.Crew: 40% off everything with the code MONDAY. I have this navy puffer vest and I love it!

Boohoo: This is where I got my mermaid blanket that I was talking about on Twitter! It's 60% off everything (until noon EST) + free delivery!

Bloomingdales: 25% off almost everything!

Rebecca Taylor: 25% off with code CELEBRATE 

American Eagle: 50% off sweaters, shoes, and accessories.

Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off when you spend $100 + a free wallet with purchase! I love this classic bag!

Express: 50% off everything!

Francesca's: 30% off the entire site!

Anthropologie: 20% off full price items + free shipping when you spend $150.

Ann Taylor: 50% off + free shipping with code CYBER50!

Kendra Scott: 20% off the whole site with code SALE20

What did you score on Black Friday, and what are you planning on buying during today's deals?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Gift Guide: For The Man In Your Life

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and Black Friday! I've put together another gift guide this week, this time for the guy in your life! I was really tempted to put in a pair of black socks, because that's literally what my dad and sister's boyfriend asked for this year, but they didn't make the cut. I think my favorite items here are the Carry on Cocktail Kit (how unique!) and the slippers. Both will be perfect for any holiday travels! 

What are you getting the men in your life?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving: Thankful Thursday + Instagram Lately

A short post for all of you reading here on the blog today! It's Thanksgiving, and while I'm happy that you're taking the time to read on my little corner of the internet, I also hope that you're taking some much deserved time with your family. If you're not from the U.S. and you're like "Um, it isn't Thanksgiving here..." well go spend some time with your family anyway! Or call your parents, your siblings, your best friends and just say hello. Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving it doesn't mean your loved ones won't appreciate a little extra love today. 

So in the spirit of Thanksgiving and spending time with friends and family, I've decided to do a short post that is a little different from my regular posts along with my Instagram roundup. Taking some inspiration from Kayla of Kayla Blogs, I'm doing a Thankful Thursday post and sharing a few things in no particular order that I'm thankful for this holiday season. :) 

1. A family that loves me and would do pretty much anything for me. Including letting me keep the second bedroom on vacation instead of taking the pullout bed! 

2. Friends that make living away from home feel like a second home.

3. A kitty cat that loves me more than life itself, although I'm still second to his treats. 

4. A college education filled with teachers I love and soon to be a degree come May!

5. My favorite blanket that I assume was my grandma's, but I've had it so long I don't even remember.

6. The target dollar section.

7. While we're on the subject of stores, let's just add in Marshalls, TJMaxx, and Homegoods.

8. My blog and everyone who makes it possible and supports me. (That's you all!!)

9. Kisses from my roommate's dog Mowgli, even if sometimes they're a little aggressive and in my face.

10. Rooms with great natural light.

Now onto my Instagram lately...

Full blog post on Scently Box HERE 

Outfit Details:
Nike Tennis Shoes (Old), similar HERE and HERE | Mesh Leggings | Cargo Jacket
Full blog post on these gift ideas under $50 HERE 

Outfit Details:
Ice Bracelet | Spiked Bracelet (Use code SAMIMAST15 for discount on bracelets!) | Sweater
Lip Color | Bralette (currently only $10!) | Bow Ring (old), new line, similar |

Outfit Details:
Cowl neck sweater (old), similar HERE and HERE | Bralette (currently only $10!)

 Outfit Details:
Target Blanket Scarf (not online), similar | Gold Glitter Flats (old), similar HERE, HERE and HERE | Sweater

Full blog post on this look HERE

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!

What are you most thankful for this year? 
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