Best of Black Friday

Ready, Set, SHOP! The biggest shopping weekend of the year is here. If you count shopping as cardio, you’re sure to work off your entire Thanksgiving meal this weekend!

If you’re not familiar, Black Friday officially kicks off the holiday shopping season. Retailers all over slash prices today to encourage consumer spending. Typically, Black Friday has been an in-store event and Cyber Monday (coming up this Monday 11/30) was reserved for online shopping. But as people have gotten smarter about their holiday shopping strategy and have opted to avoid the craziness in-store on Black Friday, Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have spread online all weekend long. A lot of retailers are offering the same savings online that they are in-store. Here’s a list of the best deals I’ve found so far, I’ll be sure to keep this list updated throughout the day and through the weekend. Happy Shopping!

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Gift Guide: The Jetsetter

I feel like we’ve all been waiting for these Black Friday deals to hit, you know? I have not even started my holiday shopping and I’m anxiously awaiting promo codes in my inbox to make the damage a little bit more manageable. Not to mention, I accidentally lost my Jawbone (I am capable of the highly unlikely, always.) and have been very, very anxiously anticipating my ordering of a new one. (They are 25-55% off on Amazon today only!!)

Any who, with Thanksgiving weekend being some of the most traveled days of the year, I figured a gift guide for the jet-setter was definitely in order. On Instagram, I dub my travels as #JetSetJRS, but I’m by no means as “jetset” as they come. I have so many guy and girlfriends that seemingly live. on. a. plane. You have friends or relatives like that, too, I’m sure. Racking up those miles on work, but man oh man, it takes a lot out of you to travel that often. Little luxuries that make traveling a little bit more of a breeze are absolutely essential.

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Football Fan

If this weekend is known for more than turkey, giving thanks, and shopping, it’s gotta be football. It seems like watching the games whilst in a food coma with your family has become as essential as stuffing and mashed potatoes. And if football isn’t your thing, there’s a whole lot of college basketball tournaments this weekend, too. (I’m currently in the Bahamas for and all of the Battle 4 Atlantis college basketball teams are staying at the same resort!)

Since I talk about sports and going to sporting events more than the average fashion blogger, I get quite a few questions about what to wear to games and what to wear when you’re out watching games. It’s always a fine line between looking like a fan and looking like you’re trying too hard, you know? For me, it’s all about finding clothes that aren’t necessarily branded with my team’s name, but going along with the color scheme. I always feel put-together at games by simply wearing a color-coordinated outfit that would look cute in or out of the stadium.

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Gift Guide: Hostess with the Mostest

If you’re shopping for a girl (or couple!) that loves to entertain, this gift guide is for you. Or if you’re attending a holiday party, all of these items would make for the perfect little hostess gift!

My favorite hostess gifts to give and get have to be coffee table booksluxurious candles, or a nice bottle of wine or liquor (complete with a cute wine bag!).

There’s nothing quite like a heavy, hardcover coffee table book, am I right? I have quite the lengthy list of books I’d like to add to my collection, but they can get pretty pricey. And that’s exactly why they’re the perfect gift! I always like to gift items that she or he wouldn’t buy for themselves.

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Christmastime in the City

The holiday season is one of my favorite times to spend in my favorite cities… The snow, the twinkling lights, the crisp air… It all feels so magical! New York, Paris, and Chicago all know how to do the holiday season right, but now that I’m in Chicago – let’s focus on the holidays here!

If you had 24 hours in Chicago and wanted to pack as much in as you could, here’s my suggested agenda! I teamed up with Express to show just how easy it is to take one single outfit from day to night, that transitions from each of my four favorite holiday activities with just a few accessory swaps.

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