What to Wear While You Enjoy Nature Dying

December 2
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Red toggle coat and reindeer sweaterReindeer Christmas sweater outfitTarget reindeer holiday sweaterRed toggle hooded coat winter outfit ideasJoules floral navy welliesBack Bay Fens in Boston, MA

Coat: Michael Kors (thrifted), similar here // Sweater: Target // Monogram necklace: Etsy // Leggings: Abercrombie (so stretchy and only $12.50) // Rainboots: Joules (see my review on them here)

If you’re in Boston, you have to go visit the little community garden in the Fens. And by “have to visit,” I mean you have to visit right now. Because in a few days or weeks, this quaint little spot will be knee deep in snow and there will be no more vines or vegetable patches to be seen.

So what does one wear for an evening walk outside, to enjoy the nature scenes before winter hits and the mass dying begins? This warm toggle coat + wellies combo proved perfect for an evening walk through the muddy fields. I saw a few people working in their patchwork gardens and even took some pictures in front of a beautiful array of foliage. I only regret not discovering this spot earlier—before it’s gone until next year!

The “It” Boot for Winter – For Less

November 30
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Burgundy over the knee boots and pink peacoatPink quilted bag and plum OTK boots

Burgundy dupe for Stuart Weitzman's Lowland otk bootsWhite pom pom sweater and over-the-knee boots

Sweater: Abercrombie (old), similar here from sister store Hollister (50% off sale going on right now) // Bag: F21, here’s a similar F21 one // Boots: Forever21 // Peacoat: Am. Eagle (thrifted), similar here ($64)

I didn’t get the over-the-knee boot obsession until I moved to Mass. When the temps first hit 30 and windy, I finally realized “I want as much of my legs to be covered too!” I mean, we layer up on jackets and sweaters, so OTK boots are like a double insurance against the wind and snow.

Since I crave color in my wardrobe (what is up with everyone in the Northeast only wearing black winter clothes?), I bought these burgundy/plum OTK boots from F21 and I love the quality and the berry shade. It also doesn’t hurt that they look like a dupe for Stuart Weitzman’s famous “Lowland” boots—but my version doesn’t cost a month’s rent!

P.S. To show you where I take my pics: this couple was sitting about 9 feet away from me at the local park. They didn’t even notice me snapping away behind them! I often take my pictures in close proximity to other people, even though it looks like I’m alone.

I felt really creepy snapping this shot, haha, but if you’re the couple here and you want a little memento of a date that was so entrancing that you didn’t notice the photographer behind you taking 60 pictures of her clothes, email me!

Best Cyber Monday Deals 2016 – Nordstrom, Kate Spade, ASOS

November 28
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Welcome to the biggest online shopping day of the year!

To make things easy, I’ve found the best deals at my favorite stores and what I would focus on in each store. I’ve also indicated when I’ve bought an item and loved it. Happy shopping!

  • Nordstrom has 20% off select goods. Not everything is on sale, but there are some good investment buys around $100, like these boots and purse.

Nordstrom Cyber Monday deals 20161) Ralph Lauren coat // 2) Suede over-the-knee boots // 3) Tory Burch bag // 4) Hunters boots (on sale for $40 less! I am buying a pair)

 

  • Every blogger is swooning over the Kate Spade sale: you get 30% off with code WIRED, which means the leopard pouch below is only $21!

Kate Spade best Cyber Monday steals 20161) Scalloped one-piece swimsuit // 2) Scalloped phone case // 3) Bow wallet // 4) Planner (probably getting this since it’s now like $15)// 5) Stapler // 6) Leopard pouch ($21 with the discount!) // 7) Rabbit flats

 

  • Hollister has 50% off! You heard that right. At that discount, Hollister’s down coats and bralettes are basically freebies.

Hollister Cyber Monday best deals 20161) Down puffer jacket ($40!) // 2) Llama tote bag ($25) // 3) Lacy bralette (I always love bralettes. Getting this for $17)

 

  • ASOS is giving an 20% extra discount with code “GOGOGO.” I would focus on trendy pieces for parties and cute coats for the coming winter.

ASOS Cyber Monday discount 20161) Blue gown // 2) Scallop tote // 3) Video game controller purse // 4) Pink down jacket // 5) Floral jacquard coat

 

  • Charlotte Russe is where I go for trendy pieces, and everything (yes everything) is 40% off.

Charlotte Russe Cyber Monday discount code 20161) Rose sweater (have this and love it) // 2) Metallic skirt (also have this and wearing right now) // 3) Ripped jeans (Only $19 now!) // 4) Maxi dress // 5) Camo jeans

 

  • Lastly, JCPenney has some surprisingly solid basics for cheap. These shirts are $21 and their dresses seem to be all around $40 or $30. Get an extra 20% off online!

JCP Cyber Monday 2016 deals1) Ruffle striped shirt ($21.99. I’m wearing it in the picture: I love this shirt and I’m getting it in multiple colors) // 2) “Merry Whatever” shirt // 3) Black and white plaid jacket // 4) Striped colorblock dress

Perfect Casual Holiday Outfit – Thank You

November 26
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Reindeer holiday sweater tunic from TJMaxxOver the knee suede black boots dupe for Stuart WeitzmanCasual holiday outfit ideasYSL Kiss and Blush No 8

Sweater: Marshall’s, red version here // Vest: TJMaxx ($29.99) // Boots: bought from classmate, similar here from ASOS // Lip and cheek color: YSL “Pink Hedoniste” // Glasses: Firmoo (they sponsored me two years ago and I’ve had the same glasses since!)

In the midst of all the consumerist Black Friday blog posts, I just wanted to give a genuine thanks to everyone that reads my blog. I started this blog a few years ago as a way to get better at photography and feel better about myself, and it’s been a source of joy ever since. Frankly, I’m a little spoiled to be able to count “shopping and taking pictures in the woods” as some of my hobbies, and I’m always overjoyed to message and network with women who actually care about my trivial life anecdotes!

This Thanksgiving, I got to spend time with my family and a family friend who came all the way to the US from China. I used to be a little bitter that I never got to see my extended family during Thanksgiving (they’re still in China); like many immigrant families, our visits back home are far and few in between.

But as we gorged ourselves on my mom’s great cooking (I ate an entire pig’s worth of five-layer fatty pork), I realized that my little family was in great health, that we had fun activities planned for Christmas, and that I was actually more fortunate than most. If you’re also a second-generation immigrant like me, I welcome you to my “extended family” this holiday season. Thank you dear readers for following along, and many blessings to you.

Best Black Friday Deals 2016 – Target, J. Crew, Victoria’s Secret

November 24
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Since I don’t plan to do very much on Thanksgiving besides eat and sleep, I thought I’d share the sales I have my eye on before I drop off into a food coma.

UPDATE: J. Crew is having a Black Friday sale. This has never happened before. Get 40% off with code HOLIDAY.

  • Drop everything and go for the coats. J. Crew stadium-cloth coats and trenches are legendary, and now I can finally afford one.

J. Crew Black Friday Cyber Monday sale 2016

1) Pink wool trench // 2) Plaid heels //3) cashmere sweaters on sale // 4) tassel earrings // 5) stadium-cloth parka

  • Victoria’s Secret is offering $10 bralettes, 50% off bras, and 50% off perfumes (perfect for gifting and their perfumes always win awards).

Victorias Secret black friday and Cyber Monday 2016 deals and sales

1) Cutout sports bra ($10) // 2) rose racerback lace bralette ($18) // 3) Noir Tease perfume ($25 for full-size) // 4) gray strappy sports bra ($10) // 5) red lace strappy racerback bralette ($18) //

  • Target has 30% off home goods (a gold bar cart! and KitchenAid mixer!), 30% off shoes (code SHOES) and 30% off sweaters (code: SWEATER30)

Best Target Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals 2016

1) KitchenAid mixer // 2) Thigh high boots // 3) Gold bar cart ($100!) // 4) Cable knit sweater

  • Express has 50% off everything! It’s the best place to get party dresses for NYE and trends like lace-up jeans and kitschy bags.

Express Black Friday sale 2016

1) Plunge dress // 2) COCONUTS clutch ($18) // 3) Ballet flats ($25) // 4) Plum lace dress // 5) lace up jeans ($44)

  • Speaking of kitsch, Modcloth has 20% off everything with FRIDAY20, or 30% off $100 with FRIDAY30, or 40% off $200 with code FRIDAY40!

Modcloth Black Friday Cyber Monday sale and deals 2016

1) Camera bag // 2) Tinkerbell bag // 3) Dragon jacket // 4) heart-shaped cups and saucers

  • American Eagle, the best place to get stocking stuffers and winter accessories, has a sweet 40% off and free shipping.

American Eagle Black Friday Cyber Monday deals 2016

1) Fox and raccoon beanies ($15) // 2) Polar bear socks ($5.40) // 3) Satin slip dress ($27) // 4) PJ pants // 5) choker/lariat necklace ($11.97)

  • Abercrombie has a whopping 50% off. Look for classics like a parka with a fur lining that detaches to make a vest, and striped shirts for year-round.

Abercrombie Black Friday Cyber Monday sale and deals 2016

1) and 2) are the same jacket, but with a vest that you can wear by itself // 3) Black and red dropwaist dress ($34.80) // 4) Red and white striped shirt