Thursday, November 23, 2017

Guide to Black Friday Sales

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! I hope you had a day full of love, family and delicious food! I am so thankful for each and every one of you! As you know, tomorrow is one of the best shopping days of the year... Black Friday!! There are some FANTASTIC sales that have already started, so I wanted to give you a heads up so you can snag your size.

NORDSTROM 25% - 40% off!
Here's what I ordered:

I have this Tory Burch tote (picture below) and it's on sale for $206 (it was originally close to $300!)
It's on sale in a few different colors.

  This Tory tote is also on sale as is this cute crossbody which comes in great colors for spring!

My jeans are also on sale (pictured below) and there are a TON of OTK boots on sale for less than $100. Amazing right? Mine pictured below are Steve Madden. I'll link a few different brands for you at the bottom of this post.

 My UGGS are 40% off!!

My sweater (pictured below) is less than $34!




SHOPBOP 20% OFF $200, 25% OFF $500, 30% OFF $800

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gift Guide for Her

Gift Guide for Her

If you need help finding the perfect gift for the gal who's hard to buy for, look no further! These are some cozy and classic items that your hard to buy for girlfriend, gal pal, daughter, or sister would love!

When I think about what I want for Christmas it's usually a mix of something I can use and something cute and cozy. This cardigan sold out during the nordstrom anniversary sale but good news, it's baaaack! I literally wear it almost every day at work, it's so cozy and soft (I have it in the charcoal as pictured. Love it!)

Hunter boots are a splurge and would make a great gift for someone who has always wanted a pair but doesn't own one.

I live in a cold and wet climate so a cute beanie is a must! I like the ones with pom poms like this one and this one (less expensive.)

I think Christmas is the perfect time to give something with a little glitter or sparkle and these heels would be perfect to wear on New Year's Eve or for a holiday party!  Or you could go for this water bottle which is under $25 and would make a cute gift for your friend who loves to workout :)

The last thing I want to mention is the MAC lipstick and lip liner duo, it's a great deal because the lipstick and liner by themselves are usually $17.50 EACH and you get both the lipstick and liner for $27. This is a great deal!

Friday, November 17, 2017

5+ Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea

Hey friends! Thanksgiving is one week away, I'm so excited!! Here is an outfit idea for what to wear to Thanksgiving: a cute ruffled sweater, distressed denim (the pair I'm wearing is 40% off!), some high heeled ankle boots or over the knee boots (these are on sale for $65!) and statement earrings. The sweater I'm wearing is sold out in green but I really love the Ivory color. Make sure to follow me in the app to get shoppable links for this and all the looks I post on Instagram @mapleandmint. 

I hope you all have a great rest of your week!

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Winter Wardrobe Building

Hey friends! Happy Humpday! One week until Thanksgiving, woohoo!! You know what that means... A little over a week until Black Friday starts! I'll be going over allll the Black Friday deals in another post, but today I want to help you get ready for winter! Winter is in full swing here in Seattle and Christmas is just around the corner. It will be here before you know it! It's time to take inventory of your winter wardrobe and figure out what you already have, what you're missing, and what you really want to upgrade or replace so you can start making your Christmas wishlist (and checking it twice!) I'll walk you through which items you need for your winter wardrobe and which you might be able to forgo.

1. Cozy Sweater - There are a TON of sweaters I'm loving right now but here are the major players: (I have the purple one with pockets in tan/black stripes and wear it all the time.)

2. OTK and Riding Boots - one of the pairs I linked is on sale for $65 and they still have all sizes! That's an INSANE deal! The riding boots I linked are also 30% off.

3. Trusty Denim - you've seen me in this pair a lot and they are on sale!All the denim I linked are at least 33% off!

4. Rain Boots - Hunter is the way to go! The first one pictured is 25% off and Hunter boots hardly EVER go on sale!

5. Pom Pom Beanie - this one is only $15!

6. Mittens - even better if they are water resistant and tech compatible like these

7. Trench/Rain Coat - The first one pictured is 35% off and comes in six colors! The pink trench is gorgeous and 25% off too.

8. Cutest Ankle Bootie - perfect to wear for Thanksgiving! Love this one 

9. Scarves - the leopard one (under $20) was restocked and we all love a good plaid scarf!

10. Earrings That Go With Everything

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

How to Decorate for Thanksgiving in Five Easy Steps

Thanksgiving is just around the corner!! My fiancé and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our home for the first time this year – I feel so grown up! One of the things I remember most about Thanksgiving at my parents' home (aside from the awesome food) was the beautiful table décor my mom would put out every year. Every Thanksgiving I knew I could depend on my mom to create a beautiful centerpiece of flowers, or floating candles or whatever else she cooked up that year. We always had dinner in our formal dining room and lit the tapered candles, used the fancy china and tablecloth, and had a wonderful meal.

Hosting for Thanksgiving can seem really daunting but I promise you’ll feel much better if you set up your table to look beautiful. Everything else will fall into place and worst case scenario, you burn the turkey and eat mashed potatoes all evening off your fancy china :)

How to Decorate for Thanksgiving in Five Easy Steps:

1) Bring out the nice tablecloth. I bought this one on Amazon for $24 (it has pumpkins on it! I love it so much!)
2) Bring out the matching napkins. I bought this set on Amazon to match my tablecloth for $25
3) You guessed it – bring out the napkin rings. These ones are on Amazon for $18.There's also some really nice ones here.
4) Use candlesticks and tapered candles. My grandma gave me hers before she died so they are really special to me. I bought purple tapered candles at an estate sale for $4. I can’t wait to use them!
5) If you want to get really fancy, make place cards for your guests so they know where to sit.

How do you plan to spruce up your Thanksgiving table this year? Comment below!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall bucketlist

I like to make bucketlists, what about you? Even if I don't complete everything on the list, just brainstorming ideas for how to enjoy a certain season gets me in the mood for the festivities :) You can read my 2015 fall buckelist here.

Go apple picking  
Drink apple cider
Make mulled wine
Bake a pie from scratch
Cook a hearty stew
Bake pumpkin bread
Go on a scenic drive and appreciate the leaves changing
Attend a fall festival or craft fair
Decorate your porch
Pull out the plaid scarves, leggings, cozy sweaters and Uggs

What's on your fall buckelist?

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Dog Toy Review for a Heavy Chewer

Meet Max, our rescue pup! SH and I resuced Max a few months ago. He is one of the most wonderful things that has ever happened to us. We just love him to death!

Max is a very well-behaved dog in the sense that he doesn't chew our possessions (thank God.) But he does chew his toys very vigorously. He especially loves chewing the fuzz off of tennis balls and even goes as far as chewing the tennis balls in half. Silly doggo!

Because we are worried about Max's health and safety and don't want him eating rubber, we have been experimenting with different toys to see what can withstand his heavy chewing habits.

Keep reading for the chew test winners and losers.

1. Stuffed Duck
I was sooo excited about this stuffed duck because it has so many amazing reviews on Amazon! This was one of the first toys we bought Max so we didn't really know the extent of his love for ruining toys yet. *insert eye roll here* He destroyed mr.ducky in, I'd say, less than 30 minutes? Maybe even less?
 This one doesn't make the cut for our heavy chewer.

2. Tennis Balls
I try to buy tennis balls specifically for dogs because I've read mixed things online about whether non dog tennis balls are treated with chemicals that dogs shouldn't be licking/eating. (If you know anything about this, please comment below!) Like I said Max eats the fuzz off of tennis balls, so they aren't great for him to just play with on his own. We play fetch with him at least twice a day and he loves chasing the ball around for that, but for some chew/play time I would say tennis balls don't make the cut for our heavy chewer.

3. Rope Toys
I think these are probably his favorite and they withstand his heavy chewing pretty well. When the rope starts to fray too much I usually take it away or use it only for fetch and tug because otherwise he will sit and eat the rope. This boy loves to eat fuzz and rope threads! The best rope toys for our heavy chewer tend to be thick rope with multiple knots, like this one:
We buy ours at Petsmart or Target. Thick double knotted rope toys make the cut for our heavy chewer!

4.  XL Kong Extreme
Ok I have to tell you we bought ours at Petsmart for over $20 and here it is on Amazon for less than $10! This is supposed to be the most durable Kong out there for heavy chewers. So far so good! Max hasn't been able to chip any rubber off of it yet, and mostly he just entertains himself licking the peanut butter out of the middle :) This definitely makes the cut for our heavy chewer!
5. BarkBox
We recently subscribed to BarkBox and unfortunately the plush toys in our first box did not prove durable, Max destroyed them in minutes :( I'm still glad we got the box, though, because we got two bags of treats (one of which Max really loves,) and a big bag of beef bully sticks. So I don't think it was a waste, but I hope that the toys improve because I even indicated on the survey that he is a heavy chewer. So we'll see.

I hope you find this post helpful! Let me know if your heavy chewer has any favorite toys!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chic Ways to get into halloween this year

I found the perfect Halloween bodysuit y'all! If you're looking for a unique and sexy costume, look no further! This is the cutest skeleton outfit I've found. It would be super cute under a long black sheer dress if you didn't want to walk around a party without your pants on ;) I plan to wear my Elsa costume, which I got on Amazon Prime Now last year for $4! As for home decor, your local dollar store probably has a ton of cute/cheap decorations (I know mine does.) I also always scour the Target dollar bins around holidays -- they always seem to nail inexpensive holiday decor!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween costumes for pups and babies!

Is there anything cuter than a baby or a puppy in a costume?! I don't have a baby but I plan to dress up Max for Halloween for sure. Here are some ideas for you to get the creative juices flowing!

Baby Incredible!

Ummm, how amazing is this dog lumberjack costume?!

The cutest shark on the block!

If you have more than one dog, this would be the perfect group costume -- three little piggies, red riding hood and the big bad wolf!

Friday, October 20, 2017

The ruffle trend I'm loving now

Is there anything more feminine yet easy to wear than a ruffle? Casual style that is put together and feminine is my go-to. A ruffle immediately elevates any outfit, and does NOT have to be stuffy. (Are you thinking "ruffle" and thinking of a horrible pink lacy ruffled something in your grandmother's attic?) Think again! I'm seeing a lot of ribbed ruffle sweaters this fall, a new take on the trend.

In other news, SH and I are headed to LA this weekend to see Hamilton for my dad's birthday! I cannot wait, I've heard it's super kick a$$. Have a wonderful weekend, y'all! 

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