Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
After messing up the date about ten times today at work, I think I have finally accepted the fact that it is December 22nd, 3 days before Christmas! If you are anything like me, your tree is decorated, your presents are wrapped, and you are ready to hit the buffet and mistletoe and get out of your office. My girlfriends and I spent much of the weekend trying to solve the great mystery of what did we do with ourselves over our unending college breaks? Oh, how naive we were to the fleeting "vacations" of the real world...
A refreshing update from your usual Hallmark catch phrase. I'm assuming these are meant to be sent in good humour, but I'm already browsing their Valentine's Day selection... Ex's beware.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I'll be taking a blogging vacation for the week, too much work and many holiday preparations! Enjoy the holiday season with family and friends... be back soon!
Friday, December 12, 2008
As promised on Wednesday, here is your Cinderella transformation from business casual to holiday haute. How cute you'll look under the mistletoe!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This rainy, chilly weather puts me in the mood for one thing- holiday baking. Next week my office is having it's annual "Holiday Cookie Swap", so I wanted to do a trial run of my cookie of choice so I don't have a baking fiasco and show up with a burnt/flat/gross plate of treats to share. I conducted an extensive search online to find something different than the usual sugar or chocolate chip because there's supposed to be about 40 people sharing.
1/2 cup(s) unsalted butter
1 cup(s) packed brown sugar
1 large egg(s)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup(s) whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Add remaining ingredients and beat thoroughly.
Scrape dough out of bowl and onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Roll dough into a log, about 2 1/2-inches wide; completely wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 20 minutes or up to overnight.
Cut dough into 1/8-inch-thick slices and arrange on several large ungreased cookies sheets about 1- to 1 1/2-inches apart. Bake until lightly browned around edges, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for about 1 minute and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Yields 1 cookie per serving.
Add some spice to these cookies by sprinkling a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg into the batter.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Despite the balmy weather in Boston today, I know that many of you have been planning outfits for your holiday parties. In the effort of being true Recessionistas, I know it is important to have an outfit with what I like to call "recyclable pieces"-that can make the smooth transition from the office to a classy party on a budget. Most of these items are available on the cheap at your local mall or online and the shoes were too good to pass up for a splurge. That's what Santa is for, right?
Today I'll give my top picks for a daytime outfit that will shine in the office, and check back on Friday for the Cinderella transformation for out on the town!
Black Sequined Cardigan (Old Navy, $29.50), Pants (Forever21, $24.80), Navigation Linen Ruffle V-Neck Tank (Jcrew, $39.99), Lace Triangle Scarf with Fringe (Urban Outfitters), Miu Miu Grey Suede Cap-Toe Bow Pumps (Bluefly, $408), Earrings and Headband (Forever21, $4.80), Merona Large Hobo Bag (Target)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
It's officially the time of year when you should have started your Christmas shopping, which means it is also the time of year when more annoying toy commercials start to pop up and I'm happy that the majority of people on my Christmas list are over 20.
My Christmas Wishlist (circa 1990, ish)
-Cabbage Patch Dolls
-Barbie Dream House and pink Barbie Corvette
-My Little Pony
-Easy Bake Oven
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Grab your warmest coat, your closest friends and a warm cup of hot chocolate-the official Boston Common tree lighting is tonight!
The event takes place from 6-8 when Mayor Menino and Santa Clause himself will flip the switch for the 46 foot Christmas tree from Nova Scotia and the other elaborate displays. You can catch the smooth sounds of Brian McKnight while your there (not my favorite artist but I'm sure he'll be able to belt out some carols) as well as some other local celebs.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
In case this year's theme of glamorous goddesses encourages you to shop, today's the last day of Vickie's extended Cyber Monday Sale, 20% off your entire purchase. For a backstage look at the show's fittings, sets and after parties, CBS.com has a very visual sneak peek section.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
The "holiday" was originally schemed up years ago under the assumption that people would be browsing their computers Monday at the office for all the Black Friday deals they missed out on due to turkey comas, babysitting family members or simply avoiding the Black Friday crazies at 4 a.m.
For those of you who choose to shop from the comfort of your couch, today's your day. Lucky for you I've made a cheat sheet on great deals to check out today and even into Wednesday. Just about every site online is offering free shipping and check out the official Cyber Monday website for the creme of the crop in deals and coupons.
The Gap. Inc. family:
15% off at the Gap with promo code GAP15
10% off at Banana Republic with promo code EXTRA10
20% off at OldNavy with promo code SAVENOW
20% off at Piperline with the promo code MONDAY
Free shipping on any purchase at the Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy, with promo code ONEDAY.
20% off ELuxury's "Little Luxuries" top picks for luxurious holiday gifts from posh designers.
Additional 30% off sale items at JCrew with promo code EXTRA30.
Extra 15% off everything at Bluefly.
Decorating a new place? Extra 40% everything at Designer Linens outlet.
30% off everything and free shipping at Ann Taylor LOFT.
40% off regular priced items and 50% off sale items plus free shipping on orders of $100+ at Bloomingdale's.
Spend more and save more deal at ShopBop with promo code THANKS2U.