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A Few Small Business Cyber Monday Sales

Hello everyone and happy Cyber Monday! I didn't end up shopping any Black Friday sales as I just wasn't on my computer much this weekend, but I am excited to see so many sales happening today. So many people shared their favorite small businesses this weekend and I am excited to share a few new-to-me small businesses that are having great sales today!

This Week's Top 10: Black Friday Sales + Small Businesses

Happy Black Friday, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday. The weather here in Charleston hit 80 degrees and I was loving it. Anyway, for this week's top 10, I am going to share both a list of my top 10 Black Friday sales going on today and then a list of 10 small businesses that you could support this holiday season. While shopping the big sales today is fun, I am also going to try to support smaller businesses because they need it the most. 

Happy Shopping!

What I'm Thankful For...

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! This year in particular, I have so much for which I am thankful. (I am trying to use prepositions less at the end of my sentences... I think of my high school English teacher (shoutout Mr. Grandy!) and just know if I started this post with "I have so much that I am thankful for," he would send me a virtual side-eye...)

Anyway, I am especially thankful for my health, my new job, and my family this year. It has been an emotional year for our family... from my gramma on my dad's side being very sick, to my mom and dog moving to Charleston last month... so many changes. I am so grateful to have such a fabulous, loving, wonderful family whom I cherish so much, and to personally be very healthy right now, as I know so many people in our country are suffering from the pandemic.

Gift Guide: Best Friend

Oooh I am so excited to share a Best Friend gift guide today! I have never made this particular gift guide before but it was requested by many of you on IG and I had fun putting it together. I asked a handful of my best friends for their suggestions and I think you will definitely find something worth gifting your BFF in here.

My Friendsgiving

Yesterday afternoon I hosted a small Friendsgiving at my house for five of my close girlfriends. Everyone was COVID tested a few days beforehand, so we all felt safe getting together to celebrate. I spent the last few weeks running around gathering things for the tablescape and the party, and I am so pleased with how everything turned out. I am excited to share the photos and recap it for all of you today!

Insane Mango Sale

OMG. You know there's a good sale if I'm posting twice in one day!! I just discovered that Mango is having a sale this weekend offering 40% off orders of $150+, or 30% off orders of $100+... (use code EXTRA40 at checkout) WHAT! That's so good!! Linking all of my current faves from their site below... aka, basically everything...

This Week's Top 10

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1. Happy Friday!!! This week was by far my busiest yet with work. I love being busy and having so many challenging things to work on, but wow it is such an adjustment... I am really looking forward to this weekend because I am hosting a small Friendsgiving with my best friends.

2.  My favorite faux-leather puffer from last winter is back in stock this season and it comes in two additional colorways from the saddle (which I have) and black from last year. I adore the olive green.

3. I can't believe Thanksgiving is already next week. This no-bake pumpkin pie recipe is super simple and looks delicious.

Gift Guides for the College Gal + Recent Grad

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a nice, relaxing weekend. My weekend was very laid back, which was quite lovely. It is officially chilly here now after the little hot streak last week, so I was kind of happy to stay inside and be all cozy. I worked on these gift guides all day yesterday and I am super excited to share a gift guide for the college gal and another for a recent grad today! Hope you find some inspiration if you're gifting to any college/post-college aged gals this season!

This Week's Top 10: Recent Purchases + MKE Eats

This Week's Top 10 is a fun one!! I am sharing a handful of things I purchased this week, and then some of the Milwaukee spots I ate from this week! Some new to me, some old favorites... very excited to share because this is something I wish I posted about more often! 

3 Gift Guides for Guys: Dad, Boyfriend + Brother

Hellooo and welcome back to another gift guide! Today I am sharing a gift guide each for Dads, Brothers, and Boyfriends, who are arguably three of the hardest people to shop for. I have my gifting down to a science when it comes to these three-- I have included so many gifts on these guides that I have personally gifted successfully in the past, so I think you will find them super helpful! Some of the gifts can be interchangeable between these three types of guys, but you're sure to find something gift-able here.

Self-Care Goals for 2021

It is crazy to me that 2021 is just around the corner! I mean really, where did the time go in 2020? While we still have the holidays on the way, I’ve already started to think about setting goals for next year, especially when it comes to self-care.

This Week's Top 10: The Big Distraction

We made it to Friday (with no Presidential announcement, but still...) and I am sure by now you all have discovered your favorite resource to keep up with any and all updates on the election as you wish. That said, in this week's installment of This Week's Top 10, I am bringing you a big list of my favorite distractions from this week!!! We had the most beautiful (record-breaking for November!) weather this week and it really boosted my mood. It was so nice to get out, go for walks, and feel the sun again!

The First Gift Guide! Thoughtful Gifts Under $50

I am writing this post in advance and very excited to finally start sharing some of my gift guides. Hopefully, this provides you both holiday inspiration and a positive distraction from the election! I know I am looking forward to getting in the holiday spirit, and one of my favorite ways to do that each year is by creating these gift guides for you. I put so much thought, time, and energy into these each year because it is not only a fun and creative project, but I feel these guides can be really helpful for anyone needing gift inspiration. Honestly, I take pride in being a pretty good gift-giver, so this is like my good deed for the season (lol, I'm kidding... kinda ;) 

This year I have planned for close to ten gift guides, from brothers and boyfriends, to parents, best friends, and of course, the infamous Fran Acciardo "girl who has everything" annual gift guide!! Without further adieu, I am kicking off my 2020 gift guides with thoughtful gifts at a thoughtful price point: under $50!


This year in lieu of COVID-19 and just trying to be a more mindful person, I have made the decision to include gifts from small businesses, when I could find them, and limit any links to Amazon. I chose smaller retailers wherever possible in hopes of supporting small this season!

November Moodboard (Desktop Wallpaper!)

Hellooooo and happy (?) election day. Wow, I just can't believe it's actually November 2nd. If you have not yet voted, check out this website to find where you're supposed to go today! Half the time I feel like it's still March or April, but at the same time this summer feels like 10 years ago... either way, it's finally November and the most important thing you can do is VOTE! 

October Favorites

Happy Monday and happy November! 

October was such a lovely month here... I always love the crisp fall weather and seeing the leaves change every year, and this October was no exception! This past weekend was probably the most chill Halloween weekend I've ever had, but I kind of loved it. It was nice to just soak up one last fall weekend before it inevitably gets cold here soon. This October I really loved quite a few things, so I am particularly excited about this installment of monthly favorites!