Black Friday Sales on My Favorite Stuff

Did you notice my amazing new wool coat in this picture? It’s from J. Crew, and it’s the best thing in the world.

J. Crew Stadium Cloth Coat in Sandstone - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I was in desperate need of a warm coat for New York, so my mom bought it for me as an early Christmas gift, and thank the lord she did, because it saved my life. It feels pretty lightweight, but it’s CRAZY-warm, and so soft and comfortable. I got compliments on it left and right, too.

When we got the coat, it was 25% off, but now it’s 30% off for Black Friday with the promo code HOLIDAY. Uh, that’s $105 off. You should probably jump on that. Just go ahead and buy it NOW. The sale runs until Sunday, but I would guess it’ll sell out fast – I practically had to fight some little woman in the store for mine. FYI, it has a great stretch, so if you’d prefer it a bit more fitted, you can size down. Mine is a size 4, and I was expecting to need an 8! Needless to say, that made me very happy.

Since we’re here, I thought I’d share a few more of my favorite items that are now on super sale.

I also grabbed a super-soft scarf very similar to this one from Gap before we left.

Gap - Cozy Plaid Scarf - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Mine is red and green plaid, but it looks like that one may be sold out at the moment. You should get one anyway, though, because a) Gap’s “cozy” scarves are insanely soft and warm (I have three, so I would know) and b) everything on Gap’s website is 50% off today with the promo code BLKFRIDAY. I repeat: 50% off. Everything. Tomorrow is 40% off everything with the promo code GIFT.

While we’re talking scarves, how perfect is this pastel one from ASOS?

ASOS - Warehouse Pastel Blanket Check Scarf - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

From now until Sunday at 8pm EST, everything at ASOS is 30% off with the promo code TGIBF.

Our coffee table from West Elm is 15% off until Sunday with the promo code SUPERSALE.

West Elm - Box Frame Coffee Table in Mango Wood - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

It goes with everything and it has a really light profile, so it’s great for smaller spaces. Here it is in our house:

Lulu and Georgia Lalita rug and West Elm box frame coffee table - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Another favorite thing from my living room is the Lalita rug from Lulu & Georgia.

Close-up of Lulu and Georgia Lalita rug - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

And yup, it’s on sale, too! Today, Lulu & Georgia is giving 20% off $250+ with the code PUMPKINPIE20, 25% off $500+ with PUMPKINPIE25 and 30% off with PUMPKINPIE30. (And PS: If you click over to the product page, you’ll see that they used three of my photos, which makes me kind of woozy with pride.) See more pictures of the coffee table and rug in our house here.

And lastly, check out this raw-edge tunic sweater from Urban Outfitters.

Urban Outfitters - Silence and Noise Raw-Edge Asymmetrical Tunic - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I got it in navy a couple weeks ago, and I’ve already worn it three times. With pants, for the record. It’s really flattering – loose in the right places, but fitted enough in the top and sleeves to not look shlubby. Plus, all sale is an extra 25% off right now, so it’s only $22.49. I’m kind of tempted to buy the other two colors. I’d recommend you do the same.

Now, go forth and shop!

The New York Trip

Happy almost-Thanksgiving, everyone! Brad and I aren’t traveling this year, because a) Brad is working The Stuffing tonight, and b) we just got back from New York on Sunday night.

We had SO much fun staying in Brooklyn. The apartment we rented was right across from Fort Greene Park, which is very pretty and full of dogs and white birches.

Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn via Glitter and Goat Cheese

The neighborhood of Fort Greene is pretty great, too. We stayed right on the border by Downtown Brooklyn, so at first, we were like, “This is the charming little hood that we keep hearing about?” Then we walked a bit further east and got the attraction. Adorable.

Fort Greene neighborhood via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Fort Greene street via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Our first day there, we walked from Fort Greene to Prospect Heights to Park Slope, saw Prospect Park briefly and got sushi at a place called Yamato. We both ordered a lunch special that included two sets of eight-piece rolls, soup and salad for $10. We literally could not stop talking about it. Who says New York is expensive?! OK, I’m kidding, but seriously, there are deals to be had.

Other highlights included amazing Italian meals at Broccolino (ORDER THE BRUSSELS SPROUT SALAD), visiting friends in Carroll Gardens and Greenpoint, lattes in Park Slope, dinners in Cobble Hill and Bushwick, a show in Gowanus and a visit to the Winter Flea in Crown Heights, during which I ate a magical burger with a bun made of ramen noodles.

We packed in a lot. I haven’t walked so much since … well, I’m actually not sure. My legs have felt like rubber since we got back. Despite the exhaustion, though, it was just really refreshing to see old friends and feel the cold on our faces.

The point of our trip, I guess, was to answer the question, “Could we live here?” And generally speaking, the answer is yes. Getting around is fine – I wouldn’t say I’m a huge subway fan, but I’m not a huge driving fan, either, and at least you can ride the subway drunk. (Priorities.) The prices are frightening, but we could adjust. The cold is frigging fantastic. I was a little worried about feeling trapped without a car, but obviously, that was a silly concern, considering how much is available on every block.

Still, though, I worry about the apartment situation. What we learned is that we don’t really want to live in an up-and-coming/was-dangerous-a-couple-years-ago-but-isn’t-so-bad-now neighborhood. We walked around a couple, and our suburban sensibilities just weren’t prepared. Baby steps, people. So, that’s fine – there are tons of quieter, safer neighborhoods – but unless we want to commute for 45+ minutes, that probably means sacrificing space, which is terrifying. Our house has three bedrooms and eight closets. And they’re all FULL. Adjustments will have to be made. I think it’s probably worth it, though, just for the $10 sushi specials alone. And the bagels.

So, that’s the trip recap. Now, Thanksgiving time. This year, I’m thankful for options. If I find an amazing job in New York, we can get up and go, and that alone is something to appreciate, I think.

21 Creative DIY Projects To Prepare Your Guest Room (& Bathroom) For Holiday Visitors

We don’t have anyone coming to stay with us for Thanksgiving this year, but if we did, I’d definitely be trying a few of the projects on this list (which I created for BuzzFeed Community) to make our guest area cozy, cute and welcoming.

21 Creative DIY Projects To Prepare Your Guest Room For Holiday Visitors

I can’t be the only person to save guest room (and guest bathroom) decorating for last, right?!

Indecision & Ankle Boots

I’ve been called impulsive. Not a complimentary word, but not entirely inaccurate. It’s just that once I make a decision, I tend to act on it. Quickly.

Remember how I posted back in early October that Brad and I were thinking of moving to Brooklyn? And how I said that we’d been thinking about it since mid-August? The fact that we don’t have a solid decision made yet is very unusual for us as a couple, and it is KILLING ME. There are few things I hate more than being in limbo.

Obviously, this is a major life choice, and I know that it’s probably better to take our time. But still – I have no patience. Especially because so many things in our lives are on hold until the decision is made. I’m a woman of action, and I just. can’t. sit. still.

Aside from the bigger things I’m hesitant to do (scheduling holiday travel and medical procedures, making updates to the house, etc), I’m also not letting myself do any shopping, and it’s so, so sad. Fall is usually the season when I pick out some new clothes, but it seems kind of silly to do that when I don’t know what climate I’m going to be living in. I also feel like I shouldn’t be spending money on unnecessary things if we need to be saving for a move.

If I was allowing myself to make wardrobe additions, though, I’d be picking up a pair of basic black ankle boots. I have a million pairs of shoes, but somehow, I don’t have any of those. And there are so many good ones out there right now!

Basic Black Leather Ankle Boots via Glitter and Goat Cheese
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Which ones are your favorite? I’ve been sitting here trying to pick mine, and … I can’t. So I guess I need all of them.

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Punch Up Your Holiday Party

Brad and I aren’t having a holiday party this year – the next couple of months will be busy and a wee bit complicated – but if we were, I’d definitely be making a punch of some kind. At this stage of our lives, we can’t really afford to set up a full bar, so we usually encourage BYOB-ing, but I always like to have something just in case, and punch is the easiest (and most festive) solution.

With that in mind, I pulled together a list of 23 boozy recipes and shared them over on BuzzFeed Community.

23 Boozy and Festive Punch Recipes to Serve at Your Epic Holiday Party (by Stephanie Shore Fisher, via Glitter and Goat Cheese)

I found cold punches; hot punches; punches that use bourbon, vodka, champagne, rum; caffeinated punches; creamy punches … it’s, uh, a pretty comprehensive list. Hope you’ll check it out!