Weekend Wants

Here are some things I'd love for this weekend ... a.k.a. my Weekend Wants.

1) To shop ... I have some gift cards (one for J. Crew, one for Gap) that are burning a whole in my pocket.  Maybe I will use them this weekend and pick up some new goodies.

For example, I have my eye on these pants ... love the color.

(Image courtesy of J. Crew)

2) To have some fun ... my sister and nieces are in the city for a visit today, so we're most likely out having fun somewhere at this very moment :) 

This is one of my favorite pics of them ... big sister reading to her little sister ... 

(Image courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

3) To do some reading ... what do y'all enjoy reading? Personally I love cheesy chick-lit all the way ... right now I am right smack in the middle of Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Her books are so much fun.

(Image courtesy of Barnes and Noble)

4) To have a nice New Year's Eve Dinner ...  My husband and I have started a bit of a NYE tradition for ourselves. Each year, we have an early dinner at our favorite restaurant and then roll ourselves walk home.

Along with pretty much everything else on the menu, I love their Greek Salad. 

(Image courtesy of Christos Steakhouse)

5) To not set my alarm ...  last weekend was so super stressful that this weekend, I'd love nothing more than to sleep in.

What does everyone have planned for this weekend?

Corsage sweater confession

Okay ... so, this cardigan was at Anthropologie a good three or four YEARS ago, but I never found it in my size and never bought it ... and I STILL have a bit of an obsession with it. I don't think I've ever fully recovered.

Is that weird?

30 percent off at Gap

Today's the last day to 'ring in the new' and take 30% off regularly-priced styles at Gap.com with code GAPSPRING at checkout. 

I am really loving the red pants trend but so far I have been a little scared to try it ... this seems like a good shade though.


Grandma's jewelry box

Over the holiday weekend, my Nana passed along some of her costume jewelry to me and I wanted to share some photos of the pieces with y'all -- 

(All images courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

I can't wait to wear them :)

H&M's key looks for spring

Have you seen that H&M has already released its 'key looks' for spring?  Very interesting. Hard to envision it at this point since we're only about a week into winter, but I do love this denim pencil skirt.

(Image courtesy of H&M)

Madewell's 'So Long 2011' sale

Through Friday, take an extra 30% off sale items at Madewell.com (and free shipping on orders of $100 or more) with code BYEBYE at checkout.


New Arrivals at Ann Taylor

I am really feeling the new arrivals at Ann Taylor ... the bright pops of spring colors might be a little too much of a tease right now, but their silhouettes are great -- very 60s. 

Source: anntaylor.com via NYC on Pinterest

Source: anntaylor.com via NYC on Pinterest

Source: anntaylor.com via NYC on Pinterest

Magnolia Cupcakes at your door

Have you heard the sweet news? Magnolia Cupcakes delivers now. Across the country. 

You're welcome.

(Image courtesy of Magnolia)

Extra 20 percent off at Sephora

For the next week, you can take an extra 20% off sale items at Sephora.com with code EXTRA at checkout. Ends January 3rd.

This smoky eye kit has my favorite mascara in it.

(Image courtesy of Sephora)

50 percent off at Ann Taylor and LOFT

For a limited time, take 50% off everything (excluding new arrivals) at Ann Taylor and LOFT, both in stores and online ... 

At LOFT, use code TAKE50 at checkout; and 

At Ann Taylor, use code WINTER50 at checkout.


Tuesday Tunes

It's time for this week's edition of Tuesday Tunes

I heard this song the other day on my Pandora while I was at work. I immediately stopped what I was doing and listened. You forget how beautiful the words are and what an amazing song it is. I heard in an interview that Chris Martin wrote this song for Gwyneth ... if that's true, she's a lucky lady.

Extra 20 percent off at Gap

Today's the last day you can take an extra 20% off sale items at Gap.com with code GAPSALE at checkout.

Zooey's style

Love her style ... 

Source: people.com via NYC on Pinterest

Feeling spoiled ...

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas ... personally, I had a wonderful time visiting with family and friends, and I am feeling rather loved and spoiled by all of the goodies I received --

I got a new scent of Wen cleansing conditioner from my friend Jessica and a pear candle from a fundraiser through my nieces' school ... 

Jessica also picked out these earrings on Etsy for me ... 

AND bought me a bottle of Dave Matthews wine!

My mother-in-law spoiled me with some new yummy smelling soaps ... 

And my secret santa got me a cherry pie and cobbler kit from Williams-Sonoma :) 

(All images courtesy of NYC Recessionista)

Weekend Wants

Here are some things I'd love for this weekend ... a.k.a. my Weekend Wants.

*Christmas Edition*

1) To keep my sanity ... Tomorrow, for the first time, I will host a holiday. My husband's family is coming over for Christmas Eve. I've never hosted a Christmas anything before. Not even Thanksgiving.  I'm cooking for ten people. There will be ten people here in our one-bedroom apartment. Ten!
Lord help me.

2) To see my family ... On Sunday morning, we're heading upstate to my family's house for a Christmas Day dinner. I can't wait to see my parents, my grandparents, my sister and her family, and my friends. And I can't wait to give them their gifts.

My niece Abigail and I in 2007 for her first Christmas.

3) To not feel sad when it's all over ... Every Christmas when my husband and I are driving home, I get incredibly sad. I just have this melancholy feeling I can't get away from. 

To be honest, it makes me think of this song. 

4) To relax ... For pete's sake, I write this pretty much every week, don't I?  Maybe after tomorrow night :) 

5) For you to have a wonderful holiday, too ...  I want to wish you, my readers, the most magical of holidays. I hope you find yourselves surrounded by the people and things that you love.

NYC Recessionista

The latest sales

Some random last minute sales for y'all ... 

  • Saturday morning at Old Navy stores, from 7 a.m to 10 a.m., gift cards are 25% off when you spend $50 or more on merchandise.
  • Through December 29th, Banana Republic is taking an extra 30% off already reduced styles, online only with code BRSALE30 at checkout.

Day after Christmas at H&M

H&M is already spreading the word about their Day-After-Christmas sale ... 

They've got:
1) scratch off coupons for the first 100 people in line at their stores;
2) Party skirts and tops from $5;
3) Party dresses, pants and knits from $10; and 
4) Party blazers from $15.

Stores in cities open at 8 a.m. on the 26th. Check H&M.com for details and to find a store near you.

Holiday cheer continues at Gap

Through Saturday, take 30% off regularly-priced styles at Gap.com only with code GAPMERRY at checkout. 

And through tomorrow in Gap stores only, take an extra 40% off all their sale styles.


Reminder - 40 percent off continues at LOFT

Folks, you're running out of time if you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet :) 

But just a reminder that LOFT is still taking 40% off of your entire purchase (excluding new arrivals) ... this sale is on through Saturday, both in stores and online with code TAKE40. 

First day of winter sale at Banana Republic

Today only, because it's the shortest day of the year, Banana Republic wants to cheer you up. Shop online and take an extra 30% off already reduced styles with code BRWINTER at checkout.

This means the days can only get longer from here ... 


Up to 60 percent off outerwear at Old Navy

If you're in the market for a coat, you might want to check out Old Navy stores soon ... their wool-blend and frost-free outerwear is all up to 60% off in stores only. Sale ends Saturday.

Deco noir necklace

I'll take one of these necklaces from Bauble Bar, please ... k thanks :)

Source: baublebar.com via NYC on Pinterest

Extra 20 percent off J. Crew sale

Some stores aren't even waiting for the Christmas dust to settle before they start their after Christmas sales ... I love it. 

J. Crew is taking an extra 20% off all of their final sale items with code MUSTSHOP at checkout. This sale is online only and lasts until December 28th (next Wednesday).

Piperlime's Lime Tag Sale

Piperlime's twice-yearly Lime Tag Sale is on, with discounts of up to 40% off.


Extra 40 percent off at Banana Republic

Through Sunday, take an extra 40% off sale items at Banana Republic (in stores only).

25 percent off at Gap today

Today only, take an extra 25% off sale items at Gap (online only) with code GAPJOY at checkout, and 25% off new arrivals (in stores only) with code NEW25 at checkout.

Clearance at DSW

Are you a DSW Rewards member? Well, if you've finished all of your holiday shopping for other people and you're back to treating yourself :) they've got a big clearance sale going on right now PLUS triple rewards points until the 27th with code TRIPLELOVE at checkout. 

I'm still ogling these boots -- and now they're on sale for pete's sake!


Elbow pads

I think I'm slowly becoming obsessed with elbow pads on shirts and jackets ... 

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15 percent off at Piperlime

Today only, take 15% off site-wide at Piperlime with code GIFT at checkout. 

Personally I'd love some Tucker right about now...


Tuesday Tunes

It's time for this week's edition of Tuesday Tunes

I've been a Jason Mraz fan for a long time, and this is one of my favorite songs. He's just so darn chill and fun, and it's impossible not to dance and sing along with his music. It just makes you feel good. 

20 percent off at Payless

Through Sunday, take 20% off at Payless, both in stores with this coupon or online with code 63943 at checkout.

(Image courtesy of Payless)

Here are some of their cute new arrivals -- 






30 percent off at Gap

Today and tomorrow only, take 30% off at Gap when you shop (online only) and enter code GAPCHEER at checkout. 

I went there over the weekend for their big 40% off sale, and scooped up these really comfy legging jeans in this really ocean-y blue. Love them. 

(Image courtesy of Gap)

Last shopping weekend

Here's a rundown of some of the sales I've seen for the last shopping weekend before Christmas -- 

  • Madewell is offering 20% off $100, 25% off $150, and 30% off $200 purchases through Monday, plus free shipping. No code necessary, discount taken at checkout.
  • QVC wants to remind you that they have e-gift cards, which you can really get at the last minute :)
  • If you get emails from Sundance Catalog, you can click through it and take 20% off all in-stock items orders of $100 or more through Monday ... and they're guaranteeing delivery by Dec. 24th if you follow their handy shipping schedule. They also have a great selection of jewelry gifts under $100
  • Urban Outfitters has $29 sweaters. And if you place an order with them by 10 a.m. ET on Monday, they'll get it to you in time for Christmas with standard delivery.
  • Through Monday, J. Crew is offering 30% off your entire purchase plus free shipping on orders of $100 or more, both in stores and online with code SNOWMAN at checkout. J. Crew Factory has the same sale.
  • For a limited time, Ann Taylor is offering 40% off everything both in stores and online with code ENTIRE40 at checkout. Free shipping on orders of $150 or more. 
  • Sister store LOFT is offering 40% off full-priced styles for a limited time, both in stores and online with code SHOP40 at checkout. Free shipping on orders of $125. And their sale items are an extra 50% off, no code needed.
  • Through Sunday, Bath and Body Works is taking $10 off a $30 purchase with this coupon for in-store or code JINGLE50 at checkout. Free shipping for online orders of $50 or more.
  • NY and Company has 50% off most everything, and on top of that you can take $10 off a $30 purchase (code 1893), $20 off a $60 purchase (with code 1894), or $30 off a $90 purchase (with code 1899). Free shipping with no minimum, too. 
  • Macy's has various Super Saturday discounts going on, as well as an extra 20% off and free shipping with code SAVEMORE at checkout.
  • Today and tomorrow only at Banana Republic stores, take 40% off everything there, too. 

Madewell Spring 2012 Preview

Have you checked out the exclusive sneak peek at Madewell's Spring 2012 line over at Luckymag.com?

(Images courtesy of Madewell and Lucky)

I really love the blues and greens, and how they mix more casual pieces like t-shirts and messenger bags with dresses and skirts.