Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Live Colorfully: Kate Spade Sale & Coupon Code

Kate Spade's motto is "Live Colorfully," but how about some colorful savings? With over 600 items on sale you're bound to find something you love! And it gets even better, ladies- use the coupon code SPR16BB to get $50 off $250, $125 off $500, $225 off $750, or $350 off $1000! After all, couldn't all of our wardrobes use a little more color?

Here are a few of our favorite pieces, and yes, they are all on sale!




Happy saving!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Accessory Concierge x Scarlet & Gold

We are so excited to launch our Accessory Concierge x Scarlet & Gold collaboration! Each gift set comes with a piece of delicate jewelry and a 5x7 Scarlet & Gold art print.


To celebrate the collection, we have an inspiring interview with Megan Smalley, the owner of Scarlet & Gold. Read on to hear her story, and get some awesome advice from this successful girl boss!

First of all, tell us a little about yourself!

Hi, my name is Megan Smalley and I am the owner of Scarlet & Gold. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas and grew up a pastor's kid. I have two younger sisters and an older brother, so it was always a little crazy in our house. I met my husband at Auburn while I was cheering and he was helping with the basketball team. We married shortly after college and settled in Auburn because it is a place where we both feel at home. He is a PE teacher and basketball coach, and watching him coach is one of my favorite things.


What did the path to Scarlet & Gold look like? Did you always know this was what you wanted to do?

I always dreamed of owning my own business, but I never thought it would happen at this stage in my life. I was in full-time pharmaceutical sales, making good money and loving life. I thought sales was my dream job, but then I was laid off. It was a really challenging period of my life and in my marriage. I had started Scarlet & Gold on the side a few months earlier, but never intended for it to be more than a hobby. During my paid time-off that was part of my severance package, I decided to apply for other sales jobs and try to grow this business. I prayed that God would open the right door and close the wrong one. Come April of 2014, I had no job offers and Scarlet & Gold had really taken off. Fast forward two years, and we are still having significant growth year after year. 


What are the most difficult and most rewarding parts of running a business?

Business ownership is a life-breathing, high-maintenance calling that demands so much of your time, energy, emotions, and sacrifice- especially in the first few years. If I didn't feel like this was my calling in life, it would have been so easy to give up when things got hard. There have been many days when I didn't think the money would come in or that we would be able to make the next step. It's such a leap of faith and act of trusting God, because often everything seems so out of your control. On the other hand, it is the most rewarding thing I have ever done. It's like watching your child grow and succeed and it makes you feel so proud. 


 What is the best piece of career advice you've ever received? What is the best advice you can now give?

The best advice I ever got was to know what I am good at and what my strengths are. Focus on those strengths and hire people to fill in the gaps. I have built my team around my areas of weakness, which I think makes us strong. I would just add that you are only one person. You have to build a team that makes you better. 




What would you say to someone struggling to turn their passion into a career?

Don't give up. Reach out to people you respect that have built something similar to what you want to build. Find out how they did it. Set goals for the next six months and year and work every day toward that goal. If you focus on the big picture, it gets overwhelming. Focus on the next, right step forward.


This or that:
Early bird or night owl? Night owl
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Work from home or in the office? In the office
Dog lover or cat lady? Dog lover
Scarlet or gold? Gold for sure!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Calvin Klein Semi-Annual Sale

If nothing comes between you and your Calvin's, you need to check out the Calvin Klein Semi-Annual Sale. With items up to 75% off, your closet AND your wallet will thank you.

Check out a few of our favorites here:


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's raining, it's pouring...

Ah, rainy days. Love them or hate them, they're going to happen. So what's a girl to do? Resign herself to drowning in oversized parkas and bulky boots with bad hair? No thank you! Check out our favorite items to take your rain style from not-so-sleek to oh-so-chic.

First up, the rain coat. If you don't have one, you need one. Whether it's a classic Michael Kors trench or a shiny yellow slicker, you'll never have to run through a downpour in a soaked hoodie again.



Don't get cold feet- and with all the cute rain boot options out there, why would you? We can't handle those J.Crew booties...who says leopard isn't a neutral?



Go bold with a Cath Kidston floral umbrella or demure with a wink from Kate Spade- just have a little fun and leave the boring black at home!



By a show of hands, where my frizzy girls at? We feel your pain. Don't let a little drizzle ruin your good hair day- try these frizz-fighting products instead.



And just like that, you've conquered your weather woes. Never sing, "rain, rain, go away" again!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Easy Apple Cider Hot Toddy

We know what this looks like. A hot toddy recipe? If that doesn't scream, "I'm pinning this to my Pinterest board and will never look at it again," we don't know what does. But don't toss this aside as too complicated just yet- we know no one has time to make their own cinnamon maple simple syrup (or whatever else those crazy recipes ask you to do). So with that in mind, we made a super simple, yet equally delicious hot toddy recipe. Use it to wow your friends on a cozy girls' night in, or just wow yourself while munching on snacks for "the kids" and catching up on The Bachelor. We don't judge.

 

Here's what you need:
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 spiced apple cider packet (you can find these on the hot chocolate aisle)
  • 6 oz hot water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Lemon peel
  • Cinnamon sticks

 

Put it all together:  

1. Empty your apple cider packet into a mug. Pour 6 oz hot water into the mug. Smell the deliciousness. Stir. 
2. Stir in 1 tbsp honey and 2 oz bourbon (or more, we won't tell).
3. Peel a small section of your lemon and twist, adding the oils to the drink. Optional: garnish the edge of your glass with the peel, feel super fancy.
4. Add a cinnamon stick, and enjoy!


 

Yep, that's it! Want to up your mug game for all your hot toddies to come? Check out our favorite cute mugs below.




Stay warm, and drink up! 
 
  

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Slouchy Chic: LOFT Sale

There's something exceptionally chic about looking like you didn't try too hard. When it comes to the "I woke up like this" vibe, LOFT reigns supreme. Words like drapey, relaxed, easygoing, and slouchy are sprinkled all over their website, and now almost 500 of their casual-cool items have been marked down! Seriously, ladies, check out this huge sale- the scrolling never ends. 

Shop our favorite easy pieces below:



Now practice saying it with us: "Oh this? It's just something I threw on."

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Great Gap Winter Sale

Alright, ladies, we are officially one week into the new year, and Gap is celebrating with the Great Gap Winter Sale! There is always cause for a little celebration now and then, but particularly around this time of year- maybe you've stuck to your resolutions so far (you got this!), or perhaps you finished your first week back at work without falling asleep at your desk (TGIF, anyone?). Click on over to the Gap website and reward yourself with some marked down goodies (up to 75% off!). You deserve it, girl.

Check out our favorite items from the sale below! 



Happy celebrating!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Winter Warmer

There's nothing quite like a chilly evening during the holidays- the frosty air reddening your cheeks, warming up by the fireplace...

And then the holidays end, and it's just....cold.

Winter can seem pretty grim once the holiday magic is over, so how about a new coat to brighten up this bleak season? It's not a vacation to Tulum, but these fun winter duds can add a little spring in your step, even if Spring is months away! Check out some new coats from our favorite retailers below.

Parkas, prints, and pastels- leave it to J. Crew to put the perfect twists on our favorite silhouettes.



Thank you, Nordstrom, for always being there to school us in the art of classic cool.



How bold will you go? These ASOS coats make a statement on a dreary day.



We're off to scout out some Caribbean Airbnb's. Until then...

Friday, January 1, 2016

NORDSTROM HALF YEARLY

Happy New Year!
There is something special about the week between Christmas and New Years.
I love the hustle of the holidays, but this week is so special because it seems the world doesn't expect a whole lot from you. This does, however, lead to a whole lotta sale shopping.

We currently have 40% off the entire site at Accessory Concierge. This is the deepest discount we offer all year, and it ends Sunday, so hop to it. Use code "goodbye2015" at checkout.

To make this week even sweeter, it's the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale.
We have done a little shopping prep for you below with our favorite finds....





Happy shopping, ladies.
 

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