Don't believe the hype--just because it's cold doesn't mean it's acceptable to only wear leggings, sweaters and shearling boots. The holidays are all about dressing up and we want to help you do just that. How? With a giveaway, of course. For this week's Sample Saturday we're giving away 50 $100 BCBG gift cards.
Now we shouldn't have to tell you how to spend your moolah. Every woman knows that BCBG has the best dresses. But don't stop there. BCBG also has tons of gorgeous sweaters, cute shoes and even party-perfect accessories.
All you have to do to win is fill out the form below, then cross your fingers and hope you're one of the winners.
Don't want to show up empty-handed on turkey day? Instead of another random set of oven mitts, why not ask your Thanksgiving hostess if you can help her out by bringing a dish? Now before you freak out about how bad you are in the kitchen, don't. We found 10 recipes that are not only seriously delicious, but also pretty darn easy to pull off. Our one piece of advice? Do a test run first! You should have the recipe down pat before Thanksgiving day. Click through the slideshow to see our tasty recs. Be sure to check out these tips for hosting your first Thanksgiving, plus the best hostess gifts.
Slide sandals came back in a major way this year, and Nike has a version to rival the rest: these limited edition Benassi JDI Print slides ($60) which come in three very chic versions: Paris, New York and Milan. Rep your home town (or the city you've always dream about living) in these "casual" slides. We can just see Cara Delevingne slipping them on post show--they're so "off-duty model." Right??
I have no doubt that my parents and boyfriend love me very much and know me very well, but every year like clockwork they all ask, "What do you want for Christmas?" Now I know the polite answer is something like, "Oh anything you get me is fine. It's the thought that counts." But why make them waste their money on something I probably won't like? We are all family here--let's keep it real! Enter the shareable wish list, aka the most blessed invention since the Internet itself. If you're anything like me, you spend hours browsing and bookmarking items you love online. Why not make those items available to people looking to buy you a gift? Tons of stores have wish list features and bunch of them make it super easy to give your loved ones access. Tacky? I don't really because at least I'll get gifts I actually want. Click through the slideshow to find out the retailers who make it easiest to share your wish lists. For more holiday inspo, check out these early Black Friday sales and the gadgets that should be on your tech wish list.
Who's as difficult to shop for as your man? Guys just always seem to be content with what they already have, and rarely get excited over a pair of shoes the way we do. We wanted to know what exactly we should be looking for when we're out shopping for them this year, so we enlisted the help of guy's gifting expert Rishi Prabhu. He also happens to be the founder of Bespoke Post, the subscription service that provides monthly themed 'boxes of awesome' to members. After you gain his insight on what men really want, click through the slideshow to see the very cool Bespoke Post boxes available this holiday season--like our personal favorite, the "Aged" box with tools for aging any liquor or mixed drink. (So, yea, better than the socks you gave him last year.) SHEfinds: What do men wish women knew about buying them gifts? Rishi Prabhu: We agree, we are hard to shop for because other than big ticket items, we don't even know what we want. SF: So, when we're choosing a gift for a guy--what factors most: the price, how personalized it is, or how 'cool' it will make them look? RP: I think it's a healthy combination of all three, with personalization taking the lead. There's obviously some "value" range that you will be internally aiming for depending on your relationship, and you should always aim to get something that makes them feel good. All in all, the more personalized the better. The thoughtfulness goes a long way in making a gift stand out. SF: What should a girl get for a guy she hasn't been dating for very long? RP: An event, but don't plan it for too far in the future. It should be a week or two from his birthday/the holiday. Rock out at a concert, spin some pies at a pizza making class, or have some laughs at a comedy club. You get the point. And hey, if the relationship goes south at least you got to do something fun. SF: When in doubt, buy a _______ for a guy. RP: Gift subscription to Bespoke Post—just kidding, kind of. A classy bottle of booze always goes a long way. Scotch usually works, but try something unique, like a Mezcal for an added "wow" factor. SF: What is the best holiday gift you have ever received? RP: Nintendo—the original one. Super Mario Bros 3 was just transcendent.
Can you just feel the anticipation building? Black Friday is officially one week away and the deals are already starting! Not only did Amazon already kick off their offers early, but tons more stores are posting amazing deals earlier than ever. Don't believe me? Just look at all the good sales we found below. - Score UGG boots for 65% off at 6pm. - Take 30% off with code BRSAVINGS at Banana Republic. - Take $25 of almost every $200 you spend at Bloomingdale's. (No code needed.) - Take 40% off full-price items with code BFRIDAY at Gap. - Sweaters are 50% off at Nasty Gal. - Save up to 40% on tons of contemporary designers at Neiman Marcus. - Take an extra 50% off clearance items at Neiman Marcus Last Call. - Save up to 60% on shoes and boots at Nordstrom. - Tale 20% off your purchase with code ONSAVENOW at Old Navy. - Take 25% off your purchase with code BESTEVER at Piperlime. - Take an extra 40% off your order with code GOBBLE at Saks Off 5th. - Nail polish and makeup sets are up to 50% off at Sephora. - Save up to 70% at Shopbop. Don't miss Madewell's massive fall sale, plus 30% off boots and bags at Loeffler Randall. [Photo: Nasty Gal]
Another week, another roundup of random celebrity photos. This set includes actors, singers, reality TV stars and even a famous leg doing some funny things. Don't know whose limb we're talking about? Click the slideshow to find out.
[Photos: Splash News]
We said it once here and we'll say it again: The EF Collection Diamond X Ring ($850) is what every woman has on her holiday wish list. And if it isn't, then they're in for a treat when you gift them with a subtle-yet-oh-so-sparkly ring. Diamond rings can still make a statement without having to be a blinged-out engagement ring or a kitschy cocktail ring, and EF Collection nailed it with their pave diamond creations. With its hefty price tag, we suggest getting this ring for someone super special. Or maybe for just yourself because, seriously, how can you resist?
It's easy to get caught up while shopping for others this time of year, but that doesn't mean you should be neglecting yourself. It's time to take a break (just a small one) from holiday shopping and focus on yourself. I mean, you have needs too, right? And I'll bet that you didn't even know about all the products out there that'll instantly make your life better. Like a fabric shaver, for example—have you taken care of last year's pilling sweaters? Well you should, because you can save what money you put aside for a new sweater and use it on even more important things, like a pair of fleece-lined tights or a Bracelet Assistant (it does exactly what you think it does). I can keep going with this—there are just so many things out there that we all could really use—mascara guard, a pocket plug iPhone case, a rechargeable hair straightener...hit the slideshow to see much more.
Every year around this time we are reminded that life is nothing without a pair of headphones. I'm kidding. But doesn't it feel like everyone is promoting them as the hot holiday gift? Hey, even we're guilty of it--the Marc Jacobs x Urbanears and Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr headphones are on our Going Going Gone guide. So how does one distinguish which brand is the best? I was curious myself and decided to do some digging. I read tons and tons (maybe like hundreds) of reviews for Bose, Beats, Frends and Urbanears headphones. Click the slideshow to get the facts on each of these brands before deciding which pair is for you. [Photo: Frends]
The story of how you proposed will be one your fiancée will be telling for years to come (or at least for the year leading up to the wedding). So make it a memorable one by taking a cue from one of these 15 creative ideas. Recreate your first meeting/date. Revisit the place you first met or go out to the same place where you had your first date. After reminiscing about how lucky you are to have met her, then you can surprise her with the ring. Send her on a scavenger hunt. Set up a scavenger hunt that will send her to all of the local spots that mean something to the both of you. At the end of the hunt, you’ll be waiting with the ring. Plan a surprise trip. Who doesn't want to be swept away for a romantic weekend? Take out an ad in the paper. If you have a woman that reads the Sunday paper, take out an ad that she can’t miss. Write her a love song. Even if you’re not exactly John Legend, there’s not a woman on the planet who wouldn’t appreciate a serenade from the man she loves. Make a video and play it at the local movie theatre. This takes a bit more prep work than the average proposal. Make a video--you can even get friends and family members to make cameos throughout--and then rent out the local movie theatre to play it for her. Fill a room with memories. Fill a room with flowers and different photos of your courtship. Bonus points if you also have some candles lit throughout. You can even do something like this. Create a puzzle. If your lady is a puzzle lover, you can have a custom one made at a site like portraitpuzzles.com that spells out your proposal. Plan a surprise party. If you want your loved ones to be a part of the proposal, plan a surprise party for your girlfriend’s birthday. After she gets over that shock, you can then get down on one knee and really throw her for a loop. Go on a helicopter ride. Arrange a local tour around the city. You can pop the question in the air or if you have the resources, do something like this. Light some candles. Arrange lit candles--either inside or outside her bedroom window--to read out "Will you marry me?" (Here's some inspiration.) Put a message in a bottle. Planning a trip to the beach? Write her a love note and put it in a bottle, and then arrange for her to find it during your day. Take her on a wild ride. If your girlfriend is an adrenaline junkie--or just really loves a good roller coaster--find a way to propose during the ride, like this guy did at Disneyland. Incorporate her love of books. Find a hard copy of one of her favorite books, and then do this. Make it permanent. Carve your proposal into a tree--preferably in your backyard or at your parents’ house. (Use this as your guide.) For more wedding advice, be sure to read 8 tips for planning your wedding budget and 7 reasons to have a short engagement.
Love 'em or hate 'em, sequins just scream festive. And so, every woman should have some shimmery piece in her closet that she can grab and throw on at a moment's notice for a last minute party. Can't bear a full-on sequin dress? Enter the sequin blazer. It's still got the wow factor, but works with everything from jeans and a tee for a casual gathering or over a dress for something a little fancier. Shop our favorite sequin jackets in the slideshow. For more cute new trends to try, check out cape dresses, graphic sweaters and leather backpacks. [Photo: Courtney Kerr]
Vince's perfectly fitting leather jackets (like a glove, I tell ya!) are iconic. If you own one, you know what I mean and you've probably had yours and been wearing it FOR YEARS. If you don't, join the club--they can be a tad bit pricey, and though I've wanted one for years I never sprang for one. Looks like that might change today: the brand is running an insanely good sale today which includes 60% off said coats and jackets.
I don't know about you, but I'm counting down the days until Black Friday. I can't wait for all the good deals! But if you literally can't wait, you don't have to. Piperlime just hooked all you over-eager shoppers up with a 25% off promo that's good today and tomorrow. Just use code BESTEVER at checkout and you'll save on dresses, shoes, jewelry and more.
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Are you hosting Thanksgiving in your home for the very first time this year--or thinking about it and want to know what it entails? Here is our Beginner's Guide to Hosting Thanksgiving: Buy a pre-made turkey. Do not attempt to cook a turkey on your first Thanksgiving--if you screw it up, your guests will starve. Cooked turkeys can be purchased at your local supermarket. Compare prices to get the best deal. Don't try any recipes for the first time. Unless you're an expert chef, you shouldn't attempt to cook any recipes for the very first time on Thanksgiving day. Ideally, you should only cook recipes that you are familiar with on Thanksgiving, but if you really want to try something new, get all your ingredients a week or two in advance and practice the recipe at least once prior to the big day. Don't be afraid to ask your guests to bring things. Desserts and drinks (wine, liquor, beer or non-alcoholic beverages) are the easiest and most common things to ask your guest to bring (even Emily Post would approve!). Depending on what your strong suits are, you could also ask them to bring appetizers (crudite, dips or cooked appetizers that they can heat in your oven upon arriving), side dishes or salads (a basic green salad or one of their own family recipes) and even things like cocktail napkins and folding chairs for extra seating. Most polite guests will ask what they can bring--take them up on the offer! Order a few pretty serving trays. Pretty serving plates and platters go a long way when it comes to entertaining. Stores like Target, JC Penney and Macy's have low-priced options that are pretty and festive. Don't forget the serving essentials--like a gravy boat. If you don't own a gravy boat, you absolutely need to buy one. This is one of the Thanksgiving Day essentials. Don't forget about things like serving spoons and a proper knife to cut the turkey, too. Know what to store buy. Some things, like canned cranberry sauce, are actually preferred by most people over their handmade counterparts. Stores like Trader Joe's have frozen puff pastry appetizers like mini quiches that are to die for. Serve the store-bought foods on pretty platters and no one will know the difference--or care. But do cook the one thing you do well. If your made-from-scratch salad dressing is a crowd pleaser, or your mom's recipe for pumpkin pie makes the whole house smell good, by all means make it! Cooking from scratch is relaxing for some people. If you are one of those people, get in the entertaining spirit by whipping up a dish you can really be proud of. Know what to make ahead of time. Mac and cheese you can make the day before. Pies you can make early in the morning. Dips can be prepared and refrigerated the night before. Salads should be fresh and bread is best straight out of the oven or warmer. Decide--family style or buffet? Decide ahead of time how you would like guests to eat--family style or buffet--and arrange your furniture and your menu accordingly. If you are doing a seated dinner, you'll need enough chairs for everyone at the table. If you're doing a buffet, put items like the salad and bread basket on the table--people like to have more of each without having to get up. Pick a Spotify playlist and let it play. Find a Spotify playlist for the occasion (or hit "Play" on the Spotify radio feature) and let it go. Do not attempt to DJ your own party by picking songs on your iPod or changing CDs every hour. Assign one of your music-loving pals the task of turning the music down for dinner, and playing another upbeat Spotify playlist after (impromptu dance party?). Don't be the bartender. You won't have time to cork a bottle of wine every hour or re-fill glasses when they are empty. Set everything out on a smaller side table (a makeshift bar) and let guests help themselves. For your friends that bring wine, assign them the task of opening and pouring it for others. Put the game on. Do not attempt to entertain your guests with games or conversation. You will be in the kitchen worrying about things like basting the turkey and whisking the gravy and microwaving the peas. Put the game on mute or low volume and let guests make their own conversation. Don't forget the clean-up plan. Nothing can kill a turkey buzz faster than having to clean up for 12 people all by yourself. Start cleaning up while guests are still there--kids can clear the table, the men can move furniture, and the women will happily help you clean your kitchen and load the dishwasher because they feel your pain. Have a leftovers plan. Leftovers are really the best part of Thanksgiving, right? Decide what you're going to keep for yourself and what leftovers you'll send home with guests. Make extra of things like gravy, mashed potatoes and stuffing--leftover turkey just doesn't taste the same without them.
If we could, we'd wear our pajamas to Thanksgiving. What's the point of dressing up for a holiday when all you do is sit around a house and eat all day? Of course we'd like to look presentable for our family and all of those group photos, but housing a solid serving (or two or three) of turkey and mashed potatoes isn't comfy if you're formally dressed. Even a pair of jeans sounds painful. Which is why we decided that Thanksgiving calls for drawstring pants and skirts so our bottom's waistbands expand with our waistlines. (Don't freak out, it's temporary, obvs.) Pair your elastic trousers with a cashmere sweater and oxfords, or team your drawstring skirt with a chambray button-down and ankle boots. You can still look polished without compromising your comfort—or your turkey dinner. Check out our slideshow to see what you'll be wearing this Thanksgiving. [Photo: Cheetah is the New Black]
The Net-A-Porter gift guide features some not-so-practical items, like a $32,000 cocktail ring--but that's not even the craziest item on the list. The e-trailer just revealed five new fantasy gifts which includes shoes a week for a year, a bag a month for a year and unlimited store credit for a whole year. That's 365 days of free Saint Laurent, Isabel Marant, Valentino...you get the idea. Send this link to someone who loves you very, very much and pray they get the hint. iPhone 6 cases, the one gift all wives want from their husbands (jewelry, obvs!) and Starbucks' Dot Collection mugs
Floppy wool hats are definitely a trend this year (this Rag & Bone one, especially), but if you're not a big-brim hat person it's still totally cool and stylish to rock a slouchy knit beanie instead. Click through the slideshow above to shop our picks from brands like Vince, Hat Attack, True Religion and more. [Photo: Always Judging via Diani Boutique]
My dad is truly one of the most difficult people to shop for. Every year, without fail, the only things he asks for are socks, underwear and T-shirts. And yes, while I understand these items are supremely practical, they're also super #lame. But lest I spend my hard earned money on some cool new speaker or gadget he doesn't ever use, I'm getting him what I always get him: socks, underwear and T-shirts. With a twist, that is. Just because the items themselves are kinda meh doesn't mean I can find some options with wow factor. So if you're also shopping for a guy who's so low maintenance that all he wants for the holidays are undergarments, click through the slideshow to shop the best. Be sure to check out the best gifts for men, plus the best deals on iPads on Black Friday.
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