Category Archives: Gift Guide

December 14, 2016

Gift Guide: Girl Boss

For all the girl boss, feminist, patriarchy-smashers in your life…this one is for them. Strong women: may we know them, may we raise them, may we shop for them.

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Gift Guide: Animal Lover

I have two fur babies of my own, and I can’t imagine my life without them. This guide is for people like me, who cannot live without the love of our four-legged family members.

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Gift Guide: The Guys

I had a inner battle over how to do gift guides that didn’t genderize. However, it’s hard to make a gift guide without making a few generalizations. This gift guide is based on what I would buy the guys in my life, and maybe it helps to trigger some ideas on what to get someone in your life. So, no matter who you’re shopping for, I hope that this little collection helps!

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November 25, 2016

Small Business Saturday

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I know that today is still Black Friday, but I’m hitting publish on this a little early so you can plan your strategy for Small Business Saturday. I’m passionate about supporting small business, and – I might be biased – Boston is chock-full of really amazing ones.

I could wax poetic about each of these businesses. Instead, I gave as short of a description as I could but implore you to check them out for yourselves. You’ll immediately see why they’re each so special and worthy of your support.

Brick & Mortar

A Ruby // go-to essentials for every woman’s closet // Copley Place at 100 Huntington Ave, Boston and 680 Legacy Place, Dedham

Ball & Buck // menswear boutique focused on american made products // 144-B Newbury Street, Boston

Crompton Collective // think Brimfield plus artisans all under one roof // 138 Green Street, Worcester

December Thieves // well curated boutique of emerging brands // 88 Charles Street, Boston

deWolfe // artisan leather goods // 177 Newbury Street, Boston

Flock // clothing and gifts with a boho flair // 274 Shawmut Avenue, Boston

Follain // clean beauty // Boston locations are 53 Dartmouth Street and 65 Charles Street

Hudson // furniture & home accents in an eclectic mix of styles // 12 Union Park Street, Boston

Niche // urban garden supply shop – plants + everything you need to care for them // 619 Tremont Street, Boston and 286 Broadway, Cambridge

Olives & Grace // small-batch food products & bespoke gift items // 623 Tremont St, Boston

Seed to Stem // botanicals, natural objects, and curiosities // 138 Green Street #1, Worcester

Shake the Tree // stylish clothing and eclectic gift boutique // 67 Salem St, Boston

TownPool // the best of Nantucket in a Boston pop-up // 899 Boylston Street, Boston


Apotheker’s Kitchen // honey-sweetened chocolate and treats

Brass Clothing // capsule clothing at its best

Nectar & Green // organic pressed almond milk

Organic Bath Co // clean organic skin products

Paridaez // minimalistic women’s apparel line for work to work-out

Sh*t That I Knit // high-quality knitwear

If you live outside of the metro Boston area, it may not be feasible for you to check out these business in person, but many have online retail that you can shop. I also encourage you to go out into your own community and support businesses there. Artisan holiday fairs and bazaars are great places to discover new-to-you businesses to support.

Huzzah to community and a double huzzah for supporting each other this Small Business Saturday (…and always).

Black Friday: All the Deals

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I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving!

If your screens look anything like mine, there are a million tabs open with endless blogs and emails promoting Black Friday deals. I’ve tried to put together a list of stores with deals that start today, along with whatever code you might need to unlock it.

These are all online deals, because the thought of Black Friday at a mall gives me hives. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I’d much rather be in my pajamas with a slice of leftover pie getting the same deals with much less elbowing. I’m sure there are some big perks at the mall too, so may the force be with you if you’re venturing out today.

Anyway, you’re not here to listen to me yap. On to the deals…! They are just listed out alphabetically, rather than by category, because some stories have a foot in multiple categories…

And Other Stories // 50% off select items

Abercrombie & Fitch // Entire Store 50% Off plus free shipping on all orders 

AG Jeans // 30% Off Sitewide and In Store // CODE: BF16

Alice and Olivia // 25% off Sitewide // No code needed

All Sole // 30% off Sitewide // CODE: BLACK30

All Saints // 30% off Sitewide // CODE: CYBER

American Eagle // 40% off

Ann Taylor  // 50% off Sitewide and In Store // CODE: celebrate

Anthropologie // 30% off Sitewide // CODE: LETSGO

Ariel Gordon Jewelry // 30% off purchases over $150 // CODE: CHEERS30

ASOS // 30% off Sitewide and In Store // THANKFUL30

Bailey44 // 40% off Sitewide // CODE: BLACKFRIYAY

Banana Republic // 50% off 5 regular-priced items Sitewide

BaubleBar // 30% off purchases // CODE: THANKS30

Bergdorf Goodman // 40% off Sitewide

BirchBox // Sales starting at 10% off

Bloomingdale’s // Take 15% off $100-$199.99 or 20% off $200+ on a great selection of items online  + save up to 50% on select items

Boden // 30% off + free shipping and returns

Calvin Klein // Extra 40% off Sitewide

Chicwish // 25% off Sitewide 

CHRLDR // 40% off Sitewide // CODE: BLACKFRIDAY

Coach // 30% Off select styles // CODE: THANKS2016

East Dane // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off // CODE: GOBIG16

Francesca’s // 30% off Sitewide

French Connection // 40% Off Everything In Store and Sitewide + Free Shipping

Furbish Studio // 20% off Sitewide // CODE: HOLIDAY20

Gorjana // 30% off curated category // CODE: STUFFED 

INTERMIX  // $150 off every $750 spent with code PLUS extra 40% Off Sale // CODE: THANKS 

J.Crew // 40% off Sitewide // CODE: HOLIDAY

Jurlique // Up to 50% off selected items

LOFT // 40% off Sitwide // CODE: THANKS

Macy’s // 20% off Sitewide // CODE: FEAST

Madewell // 25% off Sitewide // CODE: THASALE

Minted // 15% off no minimum, 20% off $150+ on holiday

Moda Operandi // Sale items up to 65% off // CODE: EXTRA30

ModCloth // 20% off no thresh,  30% off $100+,  40% off $200+ // CODE: FRIDAY20, FRIDAY30, FRIDAY40

Molton Brown // 25% off Sitewide + Free shipping

Neiman Marcus // Up to 40% off + free shipping

Nordstrom // Take an extra 20% off selected sale items

NYLON // 25% Off Sitewide // CODE: FRIDAY25

Otte NY // Extra 40% off all reduced-price merchandise // CODE: MORETURKEY

Parker NY // 30% Off Sitewide // CODE: CHIC30

Peach & Lily // 30% off Sitewide // No code needed

PhotoJojo // 20% off SItewide // CODE: BlackFriday20

Public Desire // 30% off everything Sitewide and In Store // CODE: CYBER30

Pura Vida // 50% Off Sitewide. Free shipping on US all orders

River Island // Up to 50% off online and in store

Saks 5th Avenue // Up to 40% off

SaturdaysNYC // 25% off SaturdaysNYC Items + free domestic shipping on orders $100+ // CODE: FRIENDS25

Shopbop // Spend $200+, get 15% off; Spend $500+, get 20% off; Spend $800+, get 25% off // CODE: GOBIG16

Show Me Your Mumu // 40% off dresses and rompers

SkinStore // 25% off Sitewide // CODE: CYBERWKND

Sole Society // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories

Tommy Hilfiger // 40% Off Sitewide + Free Shipping + Extra 20% off $100

TOPSHOP // Up to 50% off select items

Urban Outfitters // Buy one get one 50% Off ALL apparel

Vince Camuto // 40% off sitewide // CODE: BLACK40

Wanderlust + Co // 40% off Sitewide // CODE: RSCYBER40

Zimmermann // All Summer Swim 2016 will be marked 30-50% off all styles

Because I like living vicariously through other people’s shopping, let me know if you scored anything major during your Black Friday adventures!