Christmas Day is right around the corner. It’s one of those days where I’m looking to wear something that is equal parts cute, comfortable, and festive. We spend a lot of time lounging on the couch so I like to be comfortable. I also like to get on the ground and play with my niece and nephew (I mean, they obviously need to play with all their new toys and I want in on the excitement) so I like something that allows me to do that. However, you know I don’t pass up on opportunity to dress for a theme or holiday. These items are the perfect balance of dressy and comfortable. There are a lot of great sweaters here too, which are great for the winter months ahead as well. Just click on an image below to shop!
Who else has some holiday parties coming up? I have Jay’s work party, which is really a pretty lit party filled with 20-somethings who have that NYC-startup thinking going on. It’s such a fun time of year to dress up and really go all out. This time of year, along with vacation, are my favorite things to dress for. I love a good excuse to get fancy! A lot of these items are also perfect for winter weddings. I have one next week and I think that so many of these dresses would be perfect for it and the welcome dinner. I hope this helps get you in the festive spirit!
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The sales seem to kick off earlier and earlier every year now. Luckily, I get some insider scoop as to when retailers will be hosting sales and when they will be ending them. I also have a couple of special codes for retailers. I spent a lifetime searching the internet and rounded up all of the BEST sale items in this post! Just click on an image to shop or click into a retailer’s name to shop the sale in general.
Gorjana: 20% off site wide + free gift with exclusive code CYBERSAVE20; Dates: 11/25-11/27.
They never have sales and this one is exclusive to Rewardstyle bloggers’ readers (aka YOU). The choker I wear all the time is linked as the first item.
JCrew: 50% off everything + 60% off select styles with code CYBER
Free People: 50% off select styles; 30% off other select styles
Anthropologie: 30% off everything
Nordstrom: Up to 60% off select styles
ASOS: 20% off site wide with code EPIC25
Bloomingdales: Take 25% off items labeled Take 25% off
Sephora: 50% off select items
Macy’s: 20% off Macy’s Cyber Monday + Free Shipping at $25 with code CYBER
Old Navy: 50% off everything
Pottery Barn: 25% off regular priced items + free shipping with code CYBER
Topshop: Up to 50% off selected lines, with free standard worldwide delivery plus stackable 10% student discount
Baublebar: 35% off everything with code CYBER35
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Today’s gift guide is for your dad and father in law. For the record though, my 29 year old husband owns and loves a bunch of these items so I think that they are applicable for men in general. I included a few of my dad’s favorite things in this guide. If you’re dropping a hint for someone in your life, please send them the direct URL for this post or copy and paste one of the words next to the number below.
Sneakers: My dad was sending us texts in our group chat multiple times about how fan-fu*****-tastic these sneakers are right before his passing. We even buried him in them because he was so passionate and excited about them. My husband has them and says that they are not designed for exercise but are good for everyday wear. They are really breathable so your foot doesn’t get sweaty.
Pillow: This is such a great pillow. Its really the pillow for everyone because it has an inner layer that you can remove if you want it to be thinner. It was designed with a lot of special technology to make it conform to your head and neck in the best way.
Speaker: This device is so awesome! We have one and love it. I really like how this one has the brass/brown details at the bottom. I think that it gives it a cool and masculine edge. In addition to using it for music, its great for setting timers, asking about the weather, asking facts, setting reminders, and so much more.
Steam Grill Cleaner: This gift is awesome for the grill master. It is a grill cleaning brush that involves steam to get it extra clean! I couldn’t have a dad gift guide without a grill item!
Cooler: This cooler bag is the best there is. It’s perfect for bringing some beer to the beach or a tailgate. It can also be used to transport food I guess haha.
DNA Kit: 23 & Me is such an awesome gift for a parent. It’s so interesting to find out all of the results. We got it for my dad last year for Chanukah and found out some really interesting facts about his, and therefore my, heritage. It’s fun for them to get and share the results with everyone as well. It’s all so easy to do. Plus, if you’re giving it to a birth parent, then you will also learn things about your own DNA.
Cologne: This is the greatest cologne. Its actually unisex and designed with special science to smell good on and adapt to everyone. It’s worth the price tag.
PJ Pants: These are the softest and most incredible feeling PJ pants in the world. Both my dad and husband have had and loved them for years. They are thin and lightweight so they aren’t like other pajama pants that people who get hot while they sleep hate. They feel like butter!
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Look, I may not know how to change the oil in my car or how to get most places in the world (the saying ‘directionally challenged’ was coined for me) but I do know a thing or two about coziness! After all, they don’t call me the Cozy Curator for nothing! I really value soft things, loungewear, amazing smelling candles and more. This is truly the ‘cozy girl’ survival kit. These items are really great for women at any age! If you’re dropping a hint for someone in your life, please send them the direct URL for this post or copy and paste one of the URLs below.
Weekend Sweater: I have a “Sundays” t-shirt and seriously wear it every Sunday. Its so nice to have special weekend cozy-wear that you look forward to putting on. Plus, you can pair this with some faux leather leggings and cute booties and have the perfect outfit for brunch in the winter. It’s currently on sale and priced so well!
Candle: I get this scented candle every single year and LOVE the style that they are offering this year. It is the BEST smelling candle and gives off all of the cozy, winter scents. It smells just like a balsam tree (but in a subtle way that does not smell artificial) combined with other wintery scents. The amount of compliments that I get on the scent of this candle is absurd.
Pearl Embellished Pullover: This is the pullover that I’m wearing in the photo! The pearl details on this add a dressier element to what is really just a comfy sweatshirt. Its thin/lightweight and is perfect with joggers or leggings. It runs true to size.
Robe: The softest and coziest robe of all time. Perfect for cold winter days! It comes in so many colors.
Set with Lace Details: I need this set! Feminine loungewear that makes you look dressed up when you’re anything but dressed up is where it’s at! I love the “color” and lace details!
Blanket: This is the blanket version of that robe. It is insanely soft. Its basically an adult baby blanket and so comforting! It comes in a ton of colors.
Slow Cooker: This is the best slow cooker/crockpot of all time. I know I’ve talked about it before but that’s because my obsession with it is REAL. The inside of it is all-clad so you can use it on your stovetop, in your oven, and in the slow cooker. That means that you can brown your meats, garlic, whatever on the stovetop before starting your crockpot recipe and only use one pot the whole time (life changing). It also has a steam function that I use ALL THE TIME! You can even cook rice in it. Its truly an ‘all in one’ device and perfect for every cozy meal!
Fuzzy Half-Zip: I posted this last year and people went crazy for it. I call it a ‘wearable blanket.’ Its the warmest and best thing. Its perfect to throw on when you’re cold at home or even as a fleece when you’re out running errands and what not. Its currently on major sale and will sell out soon so get on it! Multiple people told me that they got it for their moms last year and that they loved it so its really a perfect gift for everyone!
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This year I enlisted the help of Mr. Cozy (aka my husband aka Jay) for the Men’s Gift Guide. It was fun to work on it together and I am hoping to loop him into more posts on here soon ;) Like with the other gift guides, we kept the list small but powerful. We made sure that every item is a knock out of the park! I included descriptions as well as some of Jay’s insight in the descriptions below. Guys, if you are looking to drop a hint to someone in your life, just copy and paste the URL to this post and email it over to someone! If you send a link from the post, please copy the URL with the description below so that the gift giver purchases directly from my special link that gives me ‘credit.’ Happy gift giving!
Sunglasses: Jay says that sunglasses are always a good gift because you wear them so much each year that you end up getting sick of them. Plus, in the summer he is committed to wearing sunglasses that match the vibe of his bathing suit, which I would hate on if I didn’t secretly appreciate and love it so much ;) These are SUCH a good price for polarized sunglasses. They are classic but still cool.
Casper Mattress: Jay actually works for Casper in logistics and we both are gigantic fans of the mattress. Seriously, it changed my life and I struggle a lot sleeping anywhere without it. Its perfect in every way and such a steal for the price. I thought that it wasn’t going to be a good match for all of my specific requirements with my back injury and yet it somehow is. Jay thought of this for the gift guide because the gift of restful sleep is honestly the best. Its perfect for the holidays because it arrives in a box so you can actually wrap it and put it under the tree and no one would suspect that its a mattress (its crazy that it fits in such a small box)! If you’re giving this gift to someone who you share a bed with then it will also be a gift for you!
Catchall: Jay’s catchall is great for his own organization and for our marriage because his wallet and other ‘loose’ items from his pocket go in one organized spot instead of on our counter. We both hate clutter and like when things have a ‘home.’ This one is so nice because its monogramed and manly. I got Jay one a couple of years ago for the holidays and he still says it was such a great gift.
Fitness & Sleep Tracker Ring: I didn’t even know about this until Jay suggested it for the gift guide. It’s the same concept as the fitness and sleep tracking bracelets but is a ring. I think that it looks much cooler than the bracelets! Its not even obvious at all that its a tech ring. It syncs with your phone and comes in multiple colors.
Jacket: This faux shearling lined jacket is the perfect amount of edgy and ‘normal.’ Plus, it was created by Justin Timberlake and who doesn’t want to be rocking something that makes you as cool as him?
Backpack: This is my personal favorite gift on the gift guide. I have the women’s version and it changed my life. Its SO lightweight, has great compartments and pockets, is easy to wipe off/clean, and best of all has a slip on the back of it so that it slides on the handles of a suitcase. Its seriously the best feature for traveling. I just throw mine on the handles of my rolling carryon and it stays so securely on the handles. Instead of Jay having to carry a backpack and push his rolling carry on (in addition to mine), he could just slip this on the handles and have it all in one. Its amazing for everyday use and in replacement of a briefcase as well! Its pricey but worth every penny.
Bar tools: Every man needs a good set of bar tools. Jay takes great pride in his bar equipment. I hooked him up with all of his tools for a birthday gift one year and it was definitely one of the best gifts I ever got him.
Boots: Who doesn’t like getting a fresh pair of boots for the holidays? Jay loves Chelsea boots because they instantly dress up any outfit but are still casual. These just scream ‘handsome.’
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Last year, by the time that I actually got my gifts, many of them were sold out and I couldn’t share them. This year, I thought that I’d be ahead of the game by sharing my wishlist as my first gift guide of the season. Granted, some of these items are purely fantasies and I won’t actually be getting them but its still fun to dream! If you’re looking for some gift ideas for yourself then jot a few of these down or send the link for your post directly to someone’s inbox as a hint! If you’re shopping for a woman, then definitely keep these options in mind! As always, I really appreciate if you purchase via the links (copied directly from right below here) that I provide and checkout within a few minutes of adding them to your cart so that I can get ‘credit.’ Thanks so much!
Gucci Bag: I mean, isn’t it a beaut?! Its perfect for this time of year. So elegant while still being casual.
Sneakers: Every year I ask for a new pair of sneakers because I desperately need a refresh each year. I LIVE in my sneakers and wear them every.single.day. These make you feel like you are walking on clouds. They are so great for your joints and are so lightweight. I think they are worth every penny and as a bonus win, they’re currently on sale. Sometimes I have to size up in sneakers but these run true to size for me.
Faux Leather Coat: I have seen this coat so many times and wanted it and then watched it sell out. I’m not going to kick myself for not asking for it any longer so I’m putting it on my wishlist this year. It has a detachable hoodie! Plus, the price is great.
OTK boots: This brand is so great for anyone with foot, knee, back or other injuries. It’s also just awesome for anyone who is looking for comfortable shoes and really, who isn’t?! I have OTK boots with little heels that look cute but really aren’t comfortable or good for endurance. I’ve been needing a pair of flat, more comfortable OTK boots for years now but haven’t wanted to pull the trigger on the price tag. However, this brand make the price tag worth it because they are quality so this year I’m asking for them as a gift.
Air Fryer Toaster: I’ve been wanting an air fryer and so many people have been telling me how much I need one. I eat cooked vegetables 9 times out of 10 when I’m eating veggies and I’ve heard that the air fryer makes it so easy and quick to make them. However, I’m pretty sure my husband would leave me if I buy another kitchen tool with no plan of where to put it in our kitchen. I can’t stand to have one more appliance on the counters and our cabinets are full to the brim. This option is the perfect solution because its a toaster oven and air fryer in one! We would be able to get rid of our current toaster oven and replace it with this option.
Jacket : I’ve been eying this parka for years now. I thought that the regular sizing (even the 00) ran big when I tried it on but by the time I went to ask for it last year, the Petite sizes were sold out. This year, I think that I’m going to ask for a Petite in the grey. I heard that its really warm and it looks nicer than most of my other coats.
Blowdryer: I got this blowdryer for my mom last year and have used it and LOVE it. She then got it for my sister because she loved it so much as well. Now, I’m left out and really wanting one. Its lightweight, does such a good job, makes your hair so smooth and works quickly.
Boots with Fur Detail: My single best purchase of last winter were these boots in tan. So much so that I’m asking for them in this darker brown color, which I think is a little dressier. They are so comfortable, have great traction, are perfect for snowy conditions, and are warm without being overly hot to wear. I seriously couldn’t rave about them more. They run true to size.
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One of my greatest life hacks: Buy t-shirts and loungewear with your guy’s favorite sports team on it and he’ll instantly think you look hot. Bonus points for all parties involved if you don’t wear a bra. I’m not about to buy tacky ra-ra sports gear though so I am always selective with what I buy. This is my favorite retailer for both men and women’s sports gear that’s actually cool. The only downfall is that Jay and I have a couple of very similar Eagles shirts so we have to make sure that we don’t twin. Although, I’m down to twin because corny stuff just doesn’t embarrass me but someone just isn’t as cool or down ;)
Last night we went to the Eagles versus Giants game where the Eagles game through with a win! It was Jay’s birthday present and I loved seeing him light up over watching the game in real life. We are Penn Staters and are insanely impressed by Saquon Barkeley (I don’t have the best knowledge of football and he blows me away still). It was pretty ideal to see Saquon tear it up but still have the Eagles win.
Here are some of my favorite women’s and men’s NFL items this season. They sell items for teams beyond those pictured in the image shown.
Shopbop is having a great sale where new arrivals and awesome Fall items are included! You can get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders of $500 or more. Use the code STOCKUP18 at checkout. The sale ends on September 29th at 11:59pm. This dress has been a favorite year after year so I wanted to let you guys know that its included in the sale and restocked! Happy Shopping!
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LDW has come and gone and that means that Fall is here/right around the corner. It's time to get our cozy wear ready for action. Sweaters are about to become a necessity. If they're necessary, they better be darn cute as well! I rounded up all of my favorites that are currently for sale.
The sweater that I'm wearing is cozy and warm but also breathable, which is perfect. It definitely has that oversized fit to it. I wore my true size (XS) but if its not tucked in it looks too big so I'd size down unless you want it really oversized. I wore a bodysuit under it but you could also wear a bandeau if it was really oversized on you. I bought a size Small (the size that I normally wear in body suits and one piece bathing suits) and it's perfect. It's nice quality, soft and has cool sleeves. The necklace that I'm wearing is cool and comes in a silver and rose gold color as well. It's perfect with sweaters! The jeans I'm wearing run true to size and have that 'mom' fit to them. They are super cheap (less than $30) and are soft and nice but definitely won't be jeans that hold their form for a ton of wears without washing. They're fun 'knock around' jeans but not a staple that will hold up for a long time in your wardrobe or that you'll want to wear out on a Saturday night per say. The booties really elevate any outfit! The studs are such a fun twist! They run a little big so I'd size down half a size if you have a narrow foot but if you don't then order your true size. All items I'm wearing are linked at the bottom of this post.
Roll your sleeves up and let's get to my favorite sweater round up...
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Mrs. Cozy here with the last blog post of the summer. The bad news is that summer is closing out. The pain is lessened a little by all of the great Labor Day sales. I linked to all of my favorite retailers that have great sales. I also rounded up some of my favorite items from some of the sales with the images you can click. Have a great Labor Day, friends!
The Sephora sale is currently going on and I used it as an opportunity to further 'clean up' my beauty products! Over the past 4 years, I've been really cleaning up everything in my home to make sure that I am using products with as many safe ingredients as possible. That includes my beauty products, of course. It's a long transition to get all the way there or at least it has been for me. I think that there's a steep learning curve to figure out what works well and what is worth the price versus what isn't. My skin is also pretty reactive to trying new products so I am always wary. I LOVE that Sephora came out with a 'Clean' stamp on products that meet their guidelines. It's making it all so much easier and seamless. However, it was a bit of a disappointment to not see some products like I have and use (like a bunch of Tarte products) getting their stamp of approval for being clean because I intentionally bought them for that reason. Lesson learned though! I was really happy to find out the the perfume that I've been using for 10 years (yes, 10) made the 'clean' cut! I am refilling some products that I currently am running low on for the sale and buying a couple others to stock up on for when I run out of my currents. Here's some notable things that I just ordered and then below are images that you can click on with those items + items that I already have and love.
I didn't order much makeup because I want to finish what I currently have in my drawers but I did get this lipstick because I'm running really low on lipsticks that I like. I've been dying to try Drunk Elephant products but I haven't wanted to bite the bullet on the price tag. I've heard that it's so worth it and the ingredients are really clean so after a year of dying to try it, I ordered this drunk elephant set of "littles." I figured that by buying the mini versions of things, I can try multiple products of theirs and see what I like. I have been wanting to add a Vitamin C serum to my routine so hopefully I'll love this one. I also ordered a big version of their baby face mask because I heard that it makes your skin softer than anything. I am waiting until summer is over before I try it though because I don't want to put "raw" skin in any sun. Another thing that I got and am OBSESSED WITH is this deodorant. Seriously, it's a game changer. I think I am going to do a whole blog post on my transition to more natural deodorant because I have so much to say but BUY THIS ONE! I got it and just ordered another 3 to stock up while its on sale!
Everything is on sale at Sephora until September 3rd for everyone. The discount that you’re eligible for depends on your Beauty Insider Status. Rouge members get 20% off, VIB get 15% off & Beauty Insiders get 10% off. They have 3 day free shipping for orders over $50 so everything arrives really fast!