LITTLE BLACK FRIDAY

You may be afraid of the dark, but you're def not afraid of BLACK aka our fave "color"...and Black Friday, our new fave holiday, obvs!
 
In honor of the growing tradition of waking up at unnameable hours and queuing in front of our holy grail retail stores, here are our top picks for everything black.
 
Cuz, you know, we love you <3
 
 1. Little Black Lace

2. Sweet Sweater n' Skirt
 
 3. Skater Dressed to Impress
 
4. Cap It Off With Black
 
Happy Black Friday!
 
Shop til ya drop right here.
xox
 
 

DIY BFF MUGS



No matter if you and your bestie are Team Black or Team Triple, Venti, Half Sweet, Non-Fat, Caramel Macchiato, giving each other personalized coffee mugs with messages is the cutest. thing. ever.
And also the easiest! (yay!)
Here's what you'll need:
1. 2 white mugs (the cheaper, the better! These are from Ikea)
2. A sharpie
3. An oven
5. A piece of paper
Step 1: Cut out a sheet of paper the size of your mug.
Step 2: Write down the message you want on the paper. This will help you see if your letters are the right size.
Step 3: Transcribe your message onto the mug.
Step 4: Stick your mugs in the oven at 350F for 30 minutes. Let cool.

Step 5: Voila! You can now enjoy your caffeine fix in your unique mugs with your BFF.

 PS... this is also a great gift for mom & dad! Find a cute message that suits them.

If you've got the gift of giving, fill your mugs with accessories. Cute BFF necklaces, hair bows, gloves, iPhone cases, whatever you love...
 
Enjoy xox



STARLIGHT MUSIC MONDAY

This holiday season, we're collaborating with the Starlight Children's Foundation to bring a smile to kids in need. When you give $1, you get a star (AND 25% off for some holiday shopping!)
 
If you want to bedazzle your star, the sky's the limit! Go ahead with the glitter, it's the holidays after all.
 
So, to kick-start this awesome campaign (and to get over those Monday blues), A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay is the perfect solution.

 
Happy Monday, everyone! xox

GOOD BOOK SERIES TO RE-READ OVER THE HOLIDAYS

The holidays are a great time to unwind, especially if you've been working or studying too much. Settling down and grabbing a book is a great way to do so. If you're anything like us, 1 book is never enough. Here are a few book series that we've loved in the past (and you've probably loved too!).

 
1. The Harry Potter series
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

2. The Twilight series
Twilight
New Moon
Eclipse
Breaking Dawn
Bonus: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (read it if you haven't yet!)

 
3. The Hunger Games series
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay

 
4. The Delirium series
Delirium
Pandemonium
Requiem

 
5. The Divergent series
Divergent
Insurgent
Allegiant

 
All these series have movie/TV show adaptations, so if reading isn't your thing... time for a movie marathon!
 
Enjoy xox

DIY HOLIDAY SCENTED CANDLES

WE'RE MAKING HOMEMADE DIY SCENTED CANDLES!!! #wecantevenrightnow
 
Here's what you'll need to make your home smell like everything you love:
 
1. Tabbed pre-cut wicks (we used these)
2. Unscented soy* wax shavings (right here)
3. Candle oil fragrance (we used apple crisp #oohbaby)
4. Candle wax dye** (green here)
5. Glass containers of your choice (we love mason jars!)
6. A candy thermometer
7. A pot & a large glass bowl (for your double boiler)
8. A pen/pencil/skewer (to hold your wick while pouring the wax)
 *You can also use paraffin wax, but soy wax doesn't burn as quickly. Avoid beeswax as it doesn't retain scent so well.
**Food coloring won't work! You can also skip this step if you want white candles.
 
Step 1: Set all your things out. You have to work quickly once the wax is at the right temperature.
 
Step 2: Fill your pot halfway with water and set to boil on stovetop. Place your bowl over the pot to create a double boiler.
 
Step 3: Add your wax.

Step 4: As your wax is melting, check the temperature. Once it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit, remove from heat.
 
Step 5: Add in your dye. Mix well with a spoon you don't mind throwing away (wax is the original overly attached girlfriend). The color you see now will lighten considerably and become opaque.

Step 6: Add in your fragrance. Check measurements on the bottle; do not rely on scent alone! Mmmmm...Apple Crisp.
 
Step 7: Once your wax has cooled down to 125 degrees Fahrenheit, it's ready to be poured. Pour a few drops of wax in your containers to secure your wick tabs. Wrap your wicks around a pen or skewer and set on top of the container in the center.
 
 Step 8: Pour your wax into the containers. Looks like coffee but trust us, it's really not ;)

Step 9: Let the candles cool for at least 5 hours (the more the better) and trim the wicks to about 1/4 inch. You'll see, the candles will get super light in color.
"Tick tock tick tock."
 
Voila! These are great to give as gifts or to keep for yourself ;) If you're super artsy, you can decorate your jars to your liking!
 
 
You can make these with your BFF or your family!
Have fun xox


MUSIC MONDAY WITH SUCH BRAVADO

Happy Monday, everybody! If you haven't heard her album already (and I'm not talking Royals, Team, or Tennis Court, cuz literally everyone's heard those, I'm talking the entire rest of the album), then hook yourself up; Lorde's got the perfect music for this month of November.
 
Here she is performing Bravado (an absolute fave) on Letterman.


Which Lorde song is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
Enjoy xox

GIFTS FOR THE GIRLS!

 
It's early, we know, but you'll thank us when you're at home chilling with a book & cider rather than running to the nearest mall around, oh I don't know, DECEMBER 24TH (stop denying it, we saw you last year because we were there too whatttt).

It's time to spoil your loved ones without spoiling the surprise. Oh, the possibilities! Not to worry, we're here to help :)

1. Grams
Guess what. She thinks YOU are the best gift on earth. She also really likes ugly sweaters... So have a stab at an ugly Christmas sweater. Yes, it's unconventional, but so is Nana.
Grams, Grams, here's a sweater...
Looks good on me, but on you better!
Grams, Grams, you're pinching my cheek!
Can you bake me dessert all week?

2. BFF
You guys are practically married (if not actually married on FB #letsbehonest). So pick something that you would like for yourself. You're the same person anyway.
You know all my secrets,
Don't tell a soul,
I'll spill the beans to Santa,
And he'll give you coal!
I'm just kidding, my friendship is true,
You know very well that I love you!

3. Mom
Christmas is a great time to stylize your mom without her noticing. So pick something trendy that she normally wouldn't try!
Mommy dearest, I love you so,
Under the Christmas tree, my gift will go.
You may smile and you may start crying,
Just remember I'm your #1 child, forget my siblings ;)

4. Sis
If you have a sister, you know it's sometimes hard to please her (is she *coughs* difficult *coughs*?) PJs to chill in are awesome to give. Plus, they're already gift-wrapped!
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
I borrowed your straightener and broke it
Have you seen the weather outside, it's beautiful today!


If you're feeling stumped, check out the Gift Shop for more ideas!
xox
 

BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE WINTER LOOKBOOK

Oh that frost, oh that bite
Winter's come, & I just might
Get all warm & cozy so
Snuggle up with me & hot cocoa
 
 
Knits & mittens & scarves, oh my
Ugly Christmas sweaters, they're so fly
Say farewell to sandals & shorts
Cuz now's the time for a parka, #nojoke
 
 
Walk to school in warmth & style
Put on your boots for the next lil while
 To your home snow will find its way
Welcome to the Great White North, eh!











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T SWIZZLE STRIKES AGAIN!

So, we might have been hitting refresh, refresh, refresh, on her Vevo page, but the moment has finally arrived, and we wanted you to see it here first!
Here's Taylor Swift's latest music video out: "Blank Space".
From her knockout album 1989, this is undoubtedly the best song on the album. You thought "Shake It Off" was good? Wait til you see this! 

Let us know what you think of the video in the comments!
xox

LAYERING FOR THE NAUGHTY & NICE


Did you know your favorite pieces can follow you around all year? The key is layering: adding layers of clothing until you get the desired look or warmth you want!
There are all kinds of looks you can achieve by layering the right pieces... & here are two different looks with the same types of layers: one for the naughty and one for the nice!

Layer 1: Button up shirt (extra points for plaid!)

Layer 2: Add a sweater (the fuzzier the better!)

Checkpoint: Button up the collar for a naughty AND nice look.

Layer 3: Leather up! Time for a jacket.

Layer 4: Add that beanie!

All layered up:


And what if you've been good?...

Layer 1: Button up shirt (and we're super down for denim & white!)
 
Checkpoint: For the nice look, you def need that collar buttoned up!
Layer 2: Fuzzy sweater time (& pretty in pink)
Layer 3: Cape or cardi, you choose!
Layer 4: A fuzzy beanie to cover those ears

All layered up:
 
Which one are you? Naughty or nice?
 
Let us know in the comments which look you'd love the most.
xox