SALES SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH TO PUT DOWN THAT PECAN PIE FOR A FEW...

Free shipping is not a sale. 10% off is not a sale. Free Gift With Purchase (that I would never purchase anyway) is not a sale. An additional discount on already-reduced merchandise is CLOSE, but, especially during the holiday season, still- NOT A SALE.

A sale is a significant, makes-you-do-a-double-take discount on things you would buy anyway.

Here are significant sales on stuff I want (and assume you want too, since, ya know, we are simpatico like that)- either for myself or as gifts. So, today, while my husband is in full Thanksgiving Prep mode (he does the cooking, and he loves it so much that who would I be to take that joy away from him?), I will be furiously shopping these SIGNIFICANT sales- and probably going back for a second round of cart filling between bites of pecan pie. (Hey, I am nothing if not honest...)

WILDFOX: 40% Off Full-Priced Merchandise with code ALLSMILES
MUST BUYS: Altituded Sweater / Arcade Sweatshirt / Ooh La La Ringer Tee

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Sam Edelman: 30% Off with code SAMSGIVING
MUST BUYS: Blue Ankle Boot / Velvet Pom Pom Pump / Kids Fur Sneaker

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Ann Taylor: 50% Off with code THANKFUL
MUST BUYS: Tulle Skirt / Stars Beanie Hat / Cashmere Sweater

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A Silk Blouse For Sweaty Situations

Silk Blouse / Jeans / Boots (best score ever!)

Silk Blouse / Jeans / Boots (best score ever!)

In all honesty, my life is one big sweaty situation. I am not that girl who is always cold- quite the opposite, actually. And as a result, silk shirts have long been off-limits to me.  But the silk button-down shirt is a cornerstone to the wardrobe I am currently aiming to build for myself- comprised of pieces that work equally well for day (on the occasions I am not holed up in my office or running errands dressed in the uniform of my suburban mom tribe- workout wear) and night.  So I embarked on a mission to find the perfect silk blouse that doesn't make me sweat at the very thought of wearing it out in public.

This FRAME top is PERFECT. I am no textile expert, but whatever they do to the silk makes it cool to the touch, and I have yet to sweat at all on the 10+ occasions I have worn it. I love the delicate diamond and twinkly star pattern, and the ruffle detail at the sleeve makes it extra flattering (but if you want a more menswear vibe, throw on a blazer and one would never guess that there is a feminine detail underneath.)

Here are some other suggestions for the best silk button downs to add into your wardrobe- they will get tons of wear through the holiday season and beyond, I promise.

1- First & foremost, my beloved FRAME blouse that also comes in this version in the event you are pattern-averse.
2- This is similar, but with an inverse color situation and a slightly slimmer fit.
3- Under $40 and incredibly well constructed, the pale pink ribbon trim against the black floral is super modern. 
4- The kimono-cut sleeves are so freaking cool- I love a blouse that causes people to do a double-take, which this bargain find definitely does.
5- The ultimate statement print- whimsical but somehow timeless- the draping of the sleeves and the tie at the neck keep it from being too cutesy.

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Pull Together Your Holiday Party Outfits With These MAJOR Sales.

If you want to update your closet with easy grab-and-go holiday party pieces- or get a head start on gift shopping (boring...this weekend should be about YOU...but I get it if you are a more thoughtful person than I am)- here are 3 amazing sales you need to know about, and the top pick items based on my hours spent sale-scouting from bed this afternoon: 

1: INTERMIX- An extra 50% off sale.

2: Bloomingdales- Up to 50% off select items.

3: Anthropologie: Up to 20% off select items.

Holiday Season Style: The Piece You Need To Buy NOW.

SHOP THE LOOK: Sweater / High Rise Skinny Jeans / Boots (similar to pictured) / Backpack

SHOP THE LOOK: Sweater / High Rise Skinny Jeans / Boots (similar to pictured) / Backpack

And so it begins.... The over-eating, the constant traveling, the non-stop pace of having to be here, there and everywhere...And the icing on the proverbial way too big slice of Holiday Season cake? What the F to wear for it all. 

I implore every single one of you to find a generously cut but structured (so it doesn't look like you are trying to be comfy- rather, it looks like you have great style) statement sweater. The one I have on is from ASOS, and it comes in several colors. Its that combo of an angled hem, scuba-material pleats and a chunky knit that has me like "whoa THIS is the sweater I am gonna wear with my leather high waisted pants at Thanksgiving because it will TOTALLY hide the fact that my fly will be undone 5 minutes into the meal", and for work meetings thereafter the exact same combo will be perfect- polished and fashion-y, yet seasonally appropriate and, most importantly, COMFORTABLE! 

The sweater will most often be seen, however, with jeans (I just got these and they are amazing- and under $100) and high boots.

Here are 5 other statement sweaters that serve the same purpose (comfort disguised as fashion savvy)?
1- Faux Layered With Flounced Ruffle Hem is under $100, and can be broken up into separates.
2- This is oversized yet drapes in a body skimming way that doesn't add bulk- plus, those sleeves! And, that sparkle!
3- One of my favorite under-the-radar brands has this lace-tipped and super ladylike looker. 
4- Shows off the one body part that ALWAYS looks good, the ultimate architectural, minimalist statement sweater
5- IMHO, this sweater's hue is the most sophisticated spin on neutral- which makes the flounce factor that much more interesting. 

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Photo Credit: Samantha Rose Photography

The Best Fall Dresses: Floral & Floor Length (And Not Strictly Formal)

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Until recently, I perceived dresses that graze the floor to be best suited for fancy affairs.  Which is unfortunate given that they have qualities I would love to employ to my advantage for all kinds of affairs- they add height, cover up pasty or poorly shaven (read: unshaven) legs, allow you to get away with more comfortable shoe options like a lower heel, wedge or (insert gasp here), ballet flat.

Enter a Fall/Winter dress trend that gives us the best of all worlds- a bevy of floor-length dresses that are totally wearable beyond black-tie.

While I had admired photos of many a style blogger donning floor length dresses in an effortless “oh ya know, just going out to dinner with some friends and threw this on” way, it never seemed like something I could get away with.  But, as they say, you never know until you try- so, I tried. Specifically, I tried this dress from Alice + Olivia. And in an instant, saw how wrong I was.

The dark floral print feels season-less, and the cascading tiers of crinkled chiffon make it so wearable, because I don’t have to stress about wrinkles (I rolled it up in an overstuffed suitcase this past weekend and it arrived unscathed- even though said suitcase was so embarrassingly overstuffed.)

Other key factors when looking to acquire a floor-length dress that you will wear over and over (and over) again:

-A defined waist that gives structure so the dress doesn’t swallow petite frames whole.

-Edgy details to make it clear that this is not a precious frock only to be work at formal events- in the case of my dress, it is all about the exposed zipper down the back.

-Mock neck is very on-trend right now, yes- but it also serves a second purpose- to encourage you to throw your hair up in an ponytail/bun/top knot/braids because that enhances the impact. (And, yes, gives you a free pass to not blowout/curl/fuss with your hair- SCORE!)

Below, six fantastic floor length florals that will be your best friend on chilly fall/winter nights when you are going out and want to look all fashion-y but don't want to shave/spray tan your legs/deal with your hair/wobble around in stilettos. (Click on any of the images to get more info/purchase- I'm getting all fancy here, interactive images WHA?!!)