Black Friday Online Sale Guide 2017

     A year ago today I shared a Black Friday online sale guide post with y’all and you seemed to appreciate it, so I asked if y’all wanted another one this year on my Instagram story.  The vote was yes, so here it is!  Today I’m sharing a collection of sales offered by my favorite stores online as well as a few of my top items!  While I’m not shopping the sales this year (I’m literally broke and I’m working all morning), I know plenty of y’all are, so I hope this guide is helpful!  Enjoy!

Urban Outfitters: Buy One Get One 50% Off Everything

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     I don’t shop at Urban Outfitters a ton because it tends to be little out of my price range, but with a sale this good it’s hard to resist!  I’m obsessed with this simple thermal button-front top that comes in a plethora of pretty colors (including white, grey, taupe, and lilac.  Swoon!), it looks so versatile and comfy!  I love big fluffy coats this season and this one is oversized, hooded, and reversible (so it’s basically a two for one already).  These gunmetal Quay X Designs Perkins aviator sunglasses with rose pink flash lenses are too pretty and are also fairly affordable for nice sunglasses!  Snakeskin and platforms are both super in right now, so these Jeffrey Campbell green, blue, and gold snakeskin platform booties are absolutely perfect!  I love Urban’s home decor section, so I feel like I would be doing you an injustice by not showing you one of my favorite pieces!  I love this round velvet pillow, especially in the blush pink color.  On to tech now, because Urban has an awesome selection of fun, trendy, and aesthetically pleasing electronics!  This affordable universal mobile lens kit includes portable fly-eye, wide-angle, and macro lenses for your phone, how fun!  I think the set would make an awesome gift for all of your aspiring photographer friends.  Polaroid cameras have been on trend for several years now, so I doubt they’ll truly go out of style anytime soon.  I love this one in the pretty pale pink color, but Urban has a ton of color options!  Urban has an extensive collection of up to date vinyl records, so this would be the perfect time to stock up on your favorite albums (like Taylor Swift’s 1989)!

J.Crew Factory: 50-60% Off Everything and Extra 50% Off Clearance With Code “FRIYAY”

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     J.Crew Factory always has the best sales, and this one is no exception!  J.Crew vests are my absolute favorites, so of course a couple made it onto top picks list!  I love this off-white quilted puffer vest complete with a gold zipper and piped pockets, but I love the $29.50 price point even more!  This fluffy fleece vest also has gold zippers (in case you can’t tell I have a thing for gold accents) and it would be too cute layered over a flannel!  Speaking of flannels, I love this one with its pretty white, coral, and green color combination.  This velvet peplum tank would be so perfect for holiday parties, but could easily carry through the rest of the winter because velvet is so in and all of the colors (maroon, jade, royal blue, and black) are perfect tones for winter!  This green and blue plaid wool wrap skirt would also be perfect for the holidays and I love how it ties with a bow!  These black beaded tassel earrings are so fun and would add a festive touch to any outfit, no matter the season.  I’ve been obsessed with D’Orsay flats this season, and this leopard print calf hair pair is too cute!  I can’t remember a time when pom-pom hats weren’t in style and this grey marled hat with a white pom-pom would match all of your favorite winter wear!  Last but not least, this taupey-grey textured turtleneck would be such a great neutral go to for layering!

Kendra Scott: 20% Off Everything With Code “YELLOW20”

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     Kendra Scott jewelry is my absolute favorite, and a deal like this is too great to pass up!  The plain silhouette of the Sophee drop earrings is so chic and delicate, as the website describes they’re where “subtle style meets statement-making size” and they come in gold, rose gold, and silver!  I will never stop loving the Elisa pendant necklace, and the iridescent drusy stone brings the perfect amount of sparkle while remaining versatile.  The gold Glenna cocktail ring is so simple and elegant with its airbrushed gold placement and blush pink toned rectangular drusy stone.  This rose gold Elyse double band ring is absolutely eye-catching and just plain gorgeous.  The Phara necklace, complete with classy metallic tassels, can be worn several ways and comes in gold, rose gold, silver, and gunmetal.  The natural shape of the Tessa gold stud earrings in rose quartz stone makes them uniquely stylish and versatile: I could see them worn with a nice dress or a tee shirt and nike shorts!  The beautiful details of the Candice gold cuff bracelet in filigree would dress up any outfit (and I think it would be the perfect cuff to wear to prom, you know what I mean?).  The Elton gold pinch bracelet is another stunning cuff, with both ends finished with stones in the signature Kendra Scott hexagonal shape that matches all of the Elle, Dani, and Danielle (my personal favorite) earrings as well as the Elisa and Rayne necklaces.  I especially love the bracelet in white pearl!

Other Noteworthy Sales

Nordstrom: Extra 20% off selected sale items and up to 40% off designer clearance

Nordstrom Rack: Extra 30% off clearance items (for total savings up to 75% off), free shipping, and more specific discounts

Shopbop: Up to 75% off sale items, up to 30% off full-price items, 20% off orders of $200 or more, 25% off orders of $500 or more, and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code “MORE17”

Neiman Marcus: Up to 60% off, extra 33% off select sale items, and $50 off a regularly priced purchase of $200 or more with code “THANKFUL”

Neiman Marcus Last Call: 50-80% off everything and, extra 50-80% off clearance, and free shipping with code “FREESHIP”

Bloomingdales: 20% off orders of $200 or more, 15% off orders of $100-$199.99, 50% off of select sale items, free shipping, and other specific discounts

Macy’s: Extra 20% off everything, extra 15% off select departments, and free shipping with orders of $49 or more with code “HURRY”

J.Crew: 40% off purchase with code “THANKU”

Anthropologie: 30% off everything

Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off all orders of $100 or more (for total savings up to 70% off select styles) with code “BLACK25”

Madewell: 25% off purchase with code “DONTSTRESS”

LOFT: 50% off everything with code “FRIYAY”

Altar’d State: Buy one get one on all free fashion tops, Christmas decor, sale items, scarves, and cold weather accessories, buy one get one half off all sweaters and outerwear, dresses, bottoms, home decor, socks, and slippers, and free shipping on orders of $125 or more

H&M: Up to 70% off and free shipping

Kate Spade: 30% off everything with code “GIVEJOY”

New Balance: 20% off and free shipping

Jadelynn Brooke: Free tee valued at $39 with orders of $40 or more (plus you can use my code “FLHS” for an additional 15% off!)

Jack Rogers: Sale on select styles

American Eagle: 40% off everything and free shipping

Tory Burch: 30% off purchases of $250 or more with code “THANKS”

CUFFED BY NANO: 30% off everything

Steve Madden: Buy one get one 70% off and free shipping with code “MERRY”

L.L.Bean: 25% off Bean Boots with code “FRIDAY25”, 20% off clothes and outerwear with code “THANKS20”, and free $10 gift card with orders of $50 or more

Lilly Pulitzer: Gifts with purchases $75 or more and $200 or more

Ray-Ban: 20% off everything, 30% off selected icons, and 50% off selected styles

TOMS: 25% off selected styles with code “THANKFUL”

Gap: 50% off everything with code “BLKFRIDAY”

Old Navy: 50% off purchase

ALEX AND ANI: 20% off almost everything and free shipping

Hunter Boots: 20% off select styles

SheIn: Up to 90% off, free gift with orders over $19, $10 off orders of $79 or more with code “LIS10”, $15 off orders of $105 or more with code “LIS15”, $30 off orders of $200 or more with code “LIS30”, and more specific discounts

KJP: 25% off everything with code “Setsail”

Rifle Paper Co.: Up to 30% off everything

Capri Blue: Free shipping on all U.S. orders and free candle with orders of $100 or more

S’well: 25% off purchase with code “THANKS25”

PBteen: 20-75% off almost everything with code “OHSNAP”

Thanks for reading!  Best of luck in your Black Friday shopping endeavors, online or in store!

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Backpack Shopping Guide

     Since I began preschool, the piece of school supplies I have always been most excited about has been my backpack.  I feel like, next to clothes, it’s one of the best ways to express yourself at school.  While I haven’t chosen an exciting one with Hannah Montana or overwhelming floral patterns on it recently, nor have I purchased a new one every year like I used to back then, I still love my backpack and think that having the perfect one is an important component of walking into school confidently on the first day.  Today I’m sharing my third Back to School post this year; a backpack shopping guide!  Read the rest of my Back to School posts here!  This post features a few of my current favorite backpacks being sold online to help guarantee that you pick a trusty book bag that gives you that same boost of confidence and reassurance mine always gives me.  Each image of a backpack contains the link to the product’s online listing, so just click on one you like to shop!  You can also click on the underlined name of the brand to shop all of that brand’s backpacks.  Enjoy!

Jadelynn Brooke

     Yes, I am an ambassador for Jadelynn Brooke and no, I’m not receiving any kind of compensation for mentioning their backpacks, I just love them!  Jadelynn Brooke backpacks come in a few adorable patterns (my favorite is pictured on the far left) and have all of the necessary functional features including a zip pocket and two side mesh pockets on the outside, two interior neoprene pockets (one sized for a 15 inch laptop and the other sized for a tablet), a water repellent exterior, a sturdy handle, and padded adjustable shoulder straps.  I actually have one of Jadelynn Brooke’s older backpacks and I love using it to travel, I can only imagine that the quality has improved since mine was released a year ago!  Plus, you can get yours 15% off with my code “FLHS” and you will receive a free Jadelynn Brooke water bottle, keychain, & some stickers with your purchase of a backpack!

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The North Face

     My last two backpacks have been North Face Borealis and I love them.  My first one lasted three school years and a trip to Colorado, and even though it’s a little beat up now I still plan on using it for travel!  The first one pictured below is actually the one I got for this school year!  I love North Face backpacks because they’re built for hiking, so they’re super durable and have tons of pockets (including a padded, fleece-lined one that fits a 15 inch laptop) and zippered compartments to hold everything you could possibly need to take to school, plus the back area and shoulder straps are lined with memory foam!  Not to mention, there’s a plethora of color combinations and patterns!  A few of my favorite North Face Borealis backpacks for this school year are pictured (and linked) below.

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Madeline & Company

     Madeline & Company was founded by Madeline, who at the time was just a rising senior in high school unable to find the perfect backpack that was both stylish and functional.  She started a small online business selling the backpacks she’d designed that were roomy enough to fit all of her books and super cute.  Now, two years later, she still has the business running with the help of her family and just released a second line of slimmer backpacks!  I don’t have one of these myself but I wish I did!  The classic design features an inspirational saying on the back of the backpack, navy and white stripe interior lining, an easy to clean faux leather base, a durable polyester exterior, a padded laptop sleeve, padded shoulder straps and back panel, interior zippered pocket, two exterior side pockets (perfect for water bottles), and an exterior zippered pocket.

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     Just like North Face backpacks, Patagonia backpacks were originally created for hikers so they’re built to be spacious and durable, it’s just a plus that they happen to have some really cute colors!  My personal favorite styles from Patagonia are the Refugio Backpack 26L and the Chacabuco Backpack 28L, both of which include padded laptop sleeves, two water bottle pockets, “ultra soft” mesh back panels and shoulder straps, and multiple zipper compartments.  I’ve never had a Patagonia backpack but I have friends who’ve had them for years and love them.

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Thanks for reading!  Let me know what other Back to School posts you’d like to see in the coming weeks!

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Easter Dress Shopping Guide 2017

     One of my favorite things about spring is Easter.  I love celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and seeing such a large attendance at church.  I always love to find an especially nice dress for the Easter church service, so I thought today I’d share an Easter dress shopping guide!  When it comes to dressing for this important day, you’ll see that I usually opt for something white, pastel, or brightly printed, so I’ve organized the dresses I’m featuring into those categories.  In those categories they will appear from least expensive to most pricy.  I hope you find a dress you like in this post! Let’s get into it!

White Dresses

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     First, I found this Splendid textured dress with a jewel neckline and peplum hemline from Nordstrom Rack.  This white cap sleeved dress from J.Crew Factory has a flattering waistline and square eyelet overlay.  J.Crew carries this adorable shift dress which has bell sleeves that hit the elbow, eyelet embroidery, and the back has ribbons at the top to tie in a bow.  Lastly, this Lilly Pulitzer shift dress with a jewel neckline, textured fabric, and gold embroidery at the waist.

Pastel Dresses

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     The first pastel dress I found is this gorgeous peach, bell sleeved shift dress with a v-neck.  This jacquard lilac number from J.Crew Factory has a flattering v-neck, is made of textured fabric, and has pockets.  Next, this blocked seersucker shift dress with a jewel neckline and four colors of seersucker screams classic Easter dress to me.  Lastly, I adore the one shoulder and ruffle on this pink seersucker dress from J.Crew.

Brightly Printed Dresses

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     First, although I’m not usually too big on yellow, I think this yellow floral dress from Old Navy is super cute, not to mention the waistline is super flattering.  Pink is definitely my favorite color, so this adorable hot pink dress with an orange and white print from Vineyard Vines is one of my favorites.  With “brightly printed” as a category, you had to know a couple Lilly dresses would be listed.  The first Lilly I love is this shift in the colorful floral print “Serene Blue Paradise Bound” complete with white embroidery and little ties on the sides.  Another gorgeous option from Lilly Pulitzer is this simple shift in the pretty pink print “Magenta Oh My Guava.”

I hope this post helped you find the perfect Easter dress or at least some inspiration!  Thanks for reading!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Him & Her

     For the past two years I have created Christmas gift guides.  I love writing shopping guide posts like that, so this year I decided to make a Valentine’s Day gift guide!  I’ve picked out a few things that I think would make the perfect gift for that special someone, whether it’s a him or her, in your life.  I’m not in a relationship, but I think some of the gifts I’ve put under “for her” would be super fun to give a gal pal just to remind her how special she is!  Just like with my other gift guides, each of the gifts pictured are linked, so you can shop an item by simply clicking on it.  I personally don’t think Valentine’s Day shopping should be as expensive as shopping for say Christmas or a birthday, so all of the gifts you see are under $15o, but many of the items are much cheaper than that!  I hope this post helps you get ideas for gift giving this Valentine’s Day, enjoy!

For Him

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     Bow ties are a personal go to if I ever have to buy a gift for a guy, and I think this one looks so nice, I love the red on red and I think it fits the Valentine’s Day theme well while not being overwhelmingly feminine or anything.  According to, this Burberry cologne is a best seller for men plus it’s less than $40 (which is honestly really cheap for anything Burberry.)  If your guy doesn’t already have a pair of bean boots and you’re willing to spend the money, they’re a great investment and he’ll probably get a ton of wear out of them.  Bean boots honestly aren’t terribly expensive when you consider the versatility, quality and life time guarantee.  This Southern Proper fleece pullover looks super nice and warm, and how cute is the red plaid trim?  A pink gingham Vineyard Vines button down is a classic shirt that will get great wear, plus the pink kinda goes with the Valentine’s Day theme.  Lastly, everyone loves a good speaker.  Surely you’ve heard of the new Amazon Echo; it is voice controlled and has a Siri equivalent, Alexa, that can tell you a joke, report the weather forecast, serve as an alarm clock, and more.

For Her

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     This bright, fun Lilly Pulitzer clutch would be perfect to add a pop of color to any winter outfit and would also be super cute to style during spring break and the summer time.  Rings are always a classy gift, and I think this pave knot ring from Kate Spade is perfect.  Kate Spade’s Live Colorfully perfume smells amazing and the bottle is seriously adorable!  I’ve been obsessing over Kendra Scott’s gorgeous sparkly nail lacquers since they came out last year, and I think this glittery pink one would make a great Valentine’s Day gift.  Monogram necklaces are classic and go with everything, plus this gold plated one is under $40!  Swell water bottles are super trendy right now and I can just about guarantee that any girl would get a ton of use out of this rose gold bottle.  Alex and Ani released a whole Valentine’s Day collection, but I think this gold one with the love charm is my favorite, it’s super simple and would go with everything.  These rose quartz Kendra Scott Danielle Earrings are absolutely gorgeous and if you ask me, totally worth the $65 price – I wear my mother of pearl pair nonstop!  Vineyard Vines often releases signature whale tees with a seasonal twist, and I think this long sleeve with kisses on the whale is adorable!  While it is made for men, most girls love a good oversized tee.

Thanks for reading!

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Black Friday Online Sale Guide & United Tee Outfit

     Happy Black Friday!  Today is easily one of the most exciting and stressful days of the shopping calendar (if that’s even a thing), so I’ve rounded up all the online sales from my favorite stores (including clothing, tee shirt, footwear, handbag, and jewelry brands) and created a sale guide!  The stores are linked, so as soon as you find a deal that sounds appealing, just click on the store name to shop.  At the end of the sale list, I’ve also included an outfit in today’s post featuring an adorable tee from United, which is also having a big sale included in the sale guide!  If the Black Friday sales are as crazy as they have been in past years, you should probably stop reading this intro now and get to the shopping guide… so here it is!

My Black Friday Online Sale Guide

J.Crew: 40% off purchase with code HOLIDAY

L.L. Bean: 20% off any $50+ purchase with code THANKS20

Lilly Pulitzer: gifts with any $75+ purchase

Vineyard Vines: 25% off site wide with code HOLIDAY16 (exclusions apply)

Tory Burch: 30% off purchases of $250+ with code THANKS (exclusions apply)

Ralph Lauren: save $35 on a $125 purchase, save $85 on a $250 purchase, save $200 on a $500 purchase, and save $325 on a purchase of $750 or more plus 60% off select styles with code TURKEY (exclusions apply)

Anthropologie: 30% off site wide with code LETSGO

Free People: 50% off most loved styles

Nordstrom: extra 20% off sale items

Neiman Marcus: up to 60% off site wide plus extra 33% off sale prices and up to 40% off regular designer prices

LOFT: 50% off site wide with code FRIYAY

The North Face: up to 30% off select styles

KJP: 25% off site wide with code SETSAIL

Urban Outfitters: buy one get one 50% off all apparel

American Eagle: 40% off plus free shipping

Gap: 50% off site wide with code TGIF50

Banana Republic: 50% off five regularly priced items

Old Navy: 50% off site wide (exclusions apply)

Forever 21: up to 70% off site wide, extra 30% off sale items with code EXTRA30, and free shipping on all orders

J.Crew Factory: 50-60% off site wide

Banana Republic Factory: 50-70% off site wide (exclusions apply)

Nordstrom Rack: up to 75% off clearance

Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off any $100+ purchase (excludes all promo codes)

Vera Bradley: 5o% off select styles

Kate Spade: 30% off purchase with code THANKFUL (exclusions apply)

Kendra Scott: 20% off site wide with code SALE20 (excluding fine jewelry)

Loren Hope: 20% off site wide with code THANKFULLY

The Tiny Tassel: 25% off all orders with code TASSELFRIDAY

Bauble Bar: 30% off site wide with code THANKS30

The Pink Monogram: 15% off site wide plus free shipping

Charming Charlie: 40% off all regularly priced jewelry

Pura Vida Bracelets: 50% off site wide plus free shipping (this is where I get the string bracelets I always have on!)

Ray-Ban: 30% off site wide

Country Club Prep: 20% off site wide with code HOLIDAY20 (exclusions apply) plus free priority shipping on orders $85+

Lauren James: markdowns on select styles (including short sleeve tees starting at $4.80, athletic shorts starting at $9, sunglasses starting at $7.20, and more)

Fraternity Collection: 50% off site wide with code GIVETHANKS plus select signature pocket tees starting at $10

Southern Shirt Company: markdowns on select styles

United: 60% off holiday collection

Ivory Ella: select long and short sleeve tees marked down to $19.99

Sam Edelman: 30% off site wide with code SAMSGIVING

Jack Rogers: up to 50% off select styles plus free domestic shipping

Frye Company: $100 off 100 favorite women’s styles with code 100THANKS

Hunter Boots: 25% off select styles

Steve Madden: 30% off site wide plus free shipping with code BACKINBLACK (exclusions apply)

TOMS: 25% off seasonal favorites and extra 10% off sale items

New Balance: 15% off site wide and free shipping on all orders (exclusions apply)

United Tee Outfit

     Earlier this fall I became a rep for United and I have absolutely loved their products!  The tees are not only super cute for the fall but are also super soft.  The tee featured in today’s post has their logo on the front pocket area and a map design on the back that says “travel • explore • embrace” followed by their slogan “Live the American Dream” which I adore!  You can use my code “apocketfullofprep_15” for 15% off any United purchase, but for the next few days United is also having a huge holiday sale which has cut down the prices on a ton of their tees, sweatshirts, and holiday apparel!  This tee is currently 15% off already so you should definitely go check out their website now if you’re interested in making a purchase!







tee (15% off with my code “apocketfullofprep_15”) // leggings // bean boots // necklace // watch (similar) // hoop earrings

Thanks for reading!  Best of luck in your Black Friday shopping endeavors, online or in store!

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