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Confessions of a Shopaholic: Top 20 Black Friday Shopping Guide + Tips

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We’re so excited for every shopaholic’s favorite day of the holiday season: Black Friday! Retailers offer so many great deals on items that you will not get any other time this holiday season. It’s a great day to revamp your wardrobe, get that great winter coat you’ve been eyeing, or get holiday shopping done. Whether you’re a seasoned vet, or even if you’ve never participated in Black Friday sales, this Black Friday Shopping Guide will help you make the best out of your shopping this Friday. Keep reading for some of the best sales being offered by our favorite retailers and tips for a successful shopping trip.

1. ASOS

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Our favorite online retailer ASOS.com is participating in the Black Friday frenzy by offering shoppers 30% OFF using code: TGIBF. This is the perfect time to stock up on their amazing holiday dresses, your best ugly Christmas sweaters, and event finally snag that winter coat you’ve been looking for!

Click HERE to shop ASOS!

2. H&M

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You know at LBS, we LOVEEEE H&M, so of course we will be attending their Black Friday event. Fortunately, they have started their sales early, and are offering special deals every day leading up to Black Friday. You can see the latest offerings on their website. I got a chance to stop in this weekend, and got a great pair of camo pants for just $10! From the looks of the preview, I’m sure they’ll have great deals on all their other items on Friday.

Related: 5 Items we Need: Alexander Wang H&M Collection

3. Old Navy

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Old Navy is great for high quality basics like t-shirts, denim, and outerwear. They are giving half off their already low prices for this Black Friday. There will be $11 sweaters and $5 t shirts for the whole family, so this is a great place to stop by if your kids will be along for the shopping trip.

Click HERE to shop Old Navy

4. Ashley Stewart

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For trendy plus-size pieces, Ashley Stewart offers some great options. This Black Friday they are offering 40% Off their entire store with even more deals to come on Cyber Monday.

Click HERE to shop Ashley Stewart

5. Macy’s

 

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Macy’s is definitely the go-to department store for Thanksgiving! They literally have everything: clothing for the family, jewelry, shoes, furniture, perfume, beauty products, the list goes on! Some of the best sales are 100% cashmere sweaters for $39 and designer coats up to 60% off.

Shop Macy’s entire catalog of sales HERE!

6. Ulta 

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Makeup lovers and beauty fanatics need to make your way to the nearest Ulta on Black Friday. They are offering crazy deals on so many products both in store and online. To begin with, all of their brand products are only $5 each!

Related: The Ultimate Purple Lipstick Guide for Brown Girls

They also have great deals on gift sets, like the above one by OPI if you want to get some holiday shopping done.

Click HERE to see all the deals at Ulta!

7. Forever 21

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Forever 21, like H&M, is offering great Pre-Black Friday Deals leading up to the big day. So far, they have offered 50% off winter styles, 30% off your purchase, and 20% off outerwear and shoes. On Black Friday, they will offer their classic yellow tag deals with items starting at just $3. If you are on the hunt for a trendy coat, standout dress, or affordable jewels, Forever 21 should definitely be on your list. Between 11.27 and 11.30, they are offering an extra 30% off clearance!

 Click HERE to shop Forever 21!

8. GAP

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Gap is offering for Black Friday 50% off sitewide! Use CODE: BLKFRIDAY to unlock the deal before 11.29. After that, use CODE: GIFT for 40% off sitewide online. What we love about GAP is they have great quality items for the whole family – babies, kids and the grown ups.

Click here to shop GAP.com

 

9. Boohoo

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Boohoo is having some pretty amazing deals for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I love Boohoo because they offer both straight size and PLUS options in trendy pieces for the season.

Click HERE to shop Boohoo!

10. Nordstrom

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Nordstrom is a great one-stop shop for all your holiday luxury needs. They’ll be offering some great deals on all designer items in addition to 20% off all sale items in-store.

Click HERE to shop Nordstrom.com

11. Fashion To Figure

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FTF is one of my favorite plus-size retailers. I love their party dresses – they have a real knack for designing chic clothes for girls with curves. For Black Friday, they have some really great promotions including a 7-day promotion that has already begun.

Click HERE to shop Fashion to Figure

12. DooBop

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New beauty retailer (and Shop LoveBrownSugar sponsor!) DooBop is offering 30% off their entire site. They have some of the best and exclusive beauty products from all around the world, specifically geared towards women of color. You MUST check them out!

Click HERE to shop DooBop

14. J. Crew

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J. Crew is offering 30% off select full-price styles and an additional 40% off sale + free shipping (no mimimum) for Black Friday. Use CODE: HOLIDAY to shop your favorite baubles, dresses and more from the retailer.

Click HERE to shop J.Crew

15. Urban Outfitters

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Urban Outfitters, for Black Friday, is taking an additional 25% off all sale online and additional 50% off all sale in-stores. Great place to shop holiday dresses.

Click HERE to shop Urban Outfitters

16. Topshop

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Topshop is offering 30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items. Grab them up before they’re gone!

Click HERE to shop Topshop

17. Dolce Vita

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Shoe retailer Dolce Vita is giving up to 60% off + an extra 20% off sale and free shipping using CODE:BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout.

Click HERE to shop Dolce Vita

18. Piperlime

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Piperlime is giving 25% off sitewide for Black Friday. They have a great mix of fashionable pieces you’ll love.

Click HERE to shop Piperlime

19. Nine West

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Nine West is offering up to 50% off select product + 20% off your purchase of $125 or more. Another great place to stock up on shoes!

Click HERE to shop Nine West

20. BaubleBar

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Offering a great central place for amazing statement jewels for the holiday season, I love stocking up on BaubleBar’s necklaces rings and other gems. For Black Friday, they are offering 15% off 2 items (code: FRIDAY15), 25% off 3 items (code: FRIDAY25) and 35% off 4+ items (code:FRIDAY35).

Click HERE to shop Bauble Bar

If you’re not into the Black Friday online or Cyber Monday surge, try your luck at the stores! Before you do, here are a few quick tips for you:

4 TIPS FOR IN-STORE BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING

  1. Take closet inventory before you go shopping and have a list of what you want to get from each store. This also helps to keep you from being lured by those low prices and buying things you don’t need.
  2. Narrow your shopping destination down to one mall or small selection of stores. The stores will be busy, especially if you are in a crowded city like NYC.
  3. Get holiday shopping done early. Stores will not offer such great prices as Christmas gets closer, so if you have an idea of a gift, see if it is on promotion for Black Friday.
  4. Dress comfortably. This is important because you may have to stand in long lines, do a lot of walking, and try some things on to make sure it’s the perfect fit.

Know about any other great deals being offered Black Friday? What are your tips for making it a successful shopping trip?

-SaVonne Anderson

LBS Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Great Gifts on HSN.com

hsn-gift-guideIf you’re like me, the holidays can be full of excitement but also full of anxiety. You want to get just the perfect gift, but with all the options on the market, things can get overwhelming real quick. This is why I love having a handful of places that are one-stop holiday shops. Whether it’s a pop-up shop (like my #ShopLoveBrownSugar Holiday Event in December - woot!) or online destinations that have a myriad of gift options for everyone on our list, these places make our lives easier this time of year.

The HSN Gift Store is a great destination for just that. They have a really nice variety of gifts for everyone from mom to your new beau. In addition, they offer this program called FlexPay that allows you to buy all the gifts you need for the holidays and pay them off in interest free installments. Here are a few of my favorite gifts on HSN.com:

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Beats by Dre Headphones ($179.99) are the quintessential gift (and something on my personal wishlist). HSN has them in a range of colors and $20 off retail. iman-global-chic-cozy-comfort-glam-slipper-d-20141113165522983~381896_710

These Iman Global Chic Slippers ($19.99) are perfect for mom or mom-in-law or anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet. Slippers are one of the best universal gifts. Anyone can use them! And at only $20 you can buy a few pairs as stocking stuffers for your favorite girls.

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I love gifting items that are two-in-one so this Signature Club A ($79.99) skincare kit is a great option. It’s a skincare kit AND a tote bag in one. Win-win. elizabeth-taylor-white-diamonds-4-piece-gift-set-d-2014100818434689~338487

Fragrance is always a no-brainer for that special lady in your life. It doesn’t get more classic than Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds ($60.00). This 4-piece set has all your bases covered with fragrance in eau de toilette and eau de parfum, body wash, and body lotion.

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Deborah Lippman has some of the dopest nail colors. Nail lacquer is the gift that keeps on giving because literally every time they put it on they’ll think of you! This I’ve Gotta Be Me set from Deborah Lippman ($34.95) has some great everyday colors for year round.

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This is legit one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten. The Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Film Camera ($79.95) is SO much fun. Perfect for snapping pics during the holidays and having an instant keepsake to hang on the fridge.

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This Benefit Holiday Survival Kit ($55.00) is a great starter kit for your fave makeup-challenged friend or even your teenage niece. The basics for getting a great face are undoubtedly concealer, mascara, eyeliner and a dab of cheek color!

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This is another one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten – the NutriBullet by Magic Bullet System ($99.95). I use this to make my own smoothies and use the Baby Bullet to make Cadence’s baby food. This thing will change your life. One of the best blenders on the market.

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HSN.com has a really great collection of Sports gifts if your boo/hubby/”friend-friend” is into sports. Like these Steiner Sports Signed Basketballs for example. You literally can gift him a collector’s item. Without spending hours trolling the Internet. WIN.

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Smashbox has a great collection of shadows. I’m the type of girl who LIVES for a neutral but shimmery eye so I’m really loving their Cherry Smoke Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00). It has all the great neutrals, a few shimmering golds and the perfect charcoal for a smoky eye.

Want to enter for a chance to win a $100 HSN gift card? Simply check out the HSN Gift Store and let me know in the comments what you’d like to buy–for yourself, a loved one, or a friend! 

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4 Stylish Outfits for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is almost here, which means the holiday season is in full swing! We can’t wait for all the good food, time with family, and friends, and spreading love. Another big part of the holidays, is that everyone is snapping pictures to capture the great moments. Of course, we want to look your best for these impromptu photo shoots, so we put together 4 Stylish Outfits for Thanksgiving that you can rock no matter how you’ll be celebrating the holidays.

 

1. Night Out

If you’ll be going out with the girls, or having your dinner at a nice restaurant this look is great for you. This Jumpsuit from H&M is effortlessly chic and even has an open back. Pair it with toned down jewels and natural makeup for a more casual look. Add a detailed bib necklace and bold lip if you really wanna serve fierceness.

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 Shop the Outfit Below

1. H&M Jumpsuit 2. Bare Minerals Lipgloss in Rule Breaker 3. H&M Bib Necklace

4.Moss Peep Toe Bootie 5. H&M Short Necklace 6. MAC Matte Lipstick in Living Legend

Related: LBS Chic: How to Find the Perfect Jumpsuit

2. Traveling

Finding a good outfit to wear can be hard for ladies who will be on the go for the holidays. Catching a red-eye home? Making trips across town to see friends? House-hopping for dinner? This casual look is great for you. A graphic sweatshirt and jeans is comfortable for traveling and can be paired with sneakers or an OTK boot depending on the occasion. A pop of lipstick and matching scarf ties the look together with no effort.

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Shop the Outfit Below

1. Topshop Graphic Sweatshirt 2. Nike Roshe Run Winter 3. H&M Jeans

4. MAC Matte Lipstick in Living Legend 5. Target Circle Infinity Scarf 6. Unisa Gillean Over the Knee Boot

Related: LBS Chic: Graphic Sweatshirts and Where to Buy Them

3. Meeting the Parents

The holidays are always a popular time for meeting the family of your bae. What better way to make  a good impression than with a well put together outfit? This outfit takes a classic midi skirt and makes it modern with an edgy booty, scalloped top, and pops of red. You’ll leave his family very impressed and asking for style tips!

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Shop the Outfit Below

1. Topshop Scalloped Tee 2. SoleSociety Red Clutch 3. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo

4. ASOS Knife Pleat Midi Skirt 5. Boohoo Lace Ornate Collar Necklace 6. Chinese Laundry Jinxy Booties

4. Family Gathering

Home for the holidays! If you’ll be spending time with your close family and stuffing your face you definitely want a no-fuss outfit. The oversized cardigan and jersey top in this outfit will be very forgiving of your post-dinner belly. The wedge bootie and statement necklace will add style without the hassle. And a nude gloss won’t get in your teeth or smudge during your meal. You’ll be able to enjoy time with your family and still be photo ready!

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Shop the Outfit Below

1. H&M Melange Cardigan 2. H&M Jersey Top 3. Forever 21 Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans

4. Bare Minerals Lipgloss in Rule Breaker 5. Sole Society Shade Bootie 6. Forever 21 Coin Fringe Necklace

Related: Healthy Living: Three Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Do you have your outfit planned for Thanksgiving? How will you be celebrating the holidays?

-SaVonne Anderson

4 Natural Hairstyles To Try This Holiday Season

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From pompadours, updos, romantic curls and crystal headbands the holidays are the perfect time to experiment or try something new. This week on LBS we are showing you 4 holiday hairstyle ideas for natural hair. You can start the styling process on your natural texture or if you’d like a more sleek look you can stretch your hair first by using flexi rods, caruso steam rollers or blow drying your hair.

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3 Ways to Rock It: Jeweled Sweater Tees

Jeweled Sweater Tees CollageThe holidays are a great time to turn up your look with a little shine. Considering a little something that sparkles and shines in your wardrobe this season? Try an embellished sweater tee. Take a look at how these three bloggers styled the item.

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Beautiful plus-sized blogger Gabi Fresh went for a fun-filled sporty look when she rocked an embellished top from H&M. She shined from head to toe pairing it with an Evans visor and a skirt from Eloquii. Get the details on her entire look at her blog here.

 

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South Florida blogger and PR professional Kristin Clark stepped seamlessly into New York style when attended fashion week this fall. She paired a black embellished sweater tee from Calypso St. Barth with a black pleated leather midi skirt and ladylike pumps for a stylish and sophisticated look. As Christina showed here fashion week is a time to show up and show out and Kristin managed to do both in this prime example of personal style. See the entire post showcasing her look at her blog Living in Color Print.

 

 

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Juliette Foxx of Romeo’s Fashion Fix took an edgy twist on the trend in this funky Karen Millen shirt with embellishments in the shape of a bulldog.  Wearing it as a dress with bare legs and a pair of knee-high leather boots from Miss Sixty she kept the overall look cool casual with a men’s baseball cap from Zara.

 

How would you style a jeweled sweater tee?

-Keyaira N. Boone

10 Under $100: Plus Size Coats

Plus Size Coat CollageThis sharp drop in temperatures across the nation this week has everyone trying to stay warm. If you haven’t found the time to focus on securing your outwear yet, have no fear. We’ve rounded up some fashionable plus size coats for the day that your favorite varsity bomber will no longer do.  At under $100 each, these plus size pieces are winter ready and pocket friendly.

Parkas

Perfect for layering, parkas are a great choice for casual outwear. With your favorite pair of riding boots and a cross body bag you’ve got an instant everyday look great for school or a day outing with girlfriends.Parka Collage Final 2

1.Target, $99.00 2.H&M,$79.95 3. Target, $99.00

 Belted Coats

Don’t choose between staying warm and flattering waistline. This winter use a belted coat to highlight your figure. A wonderful choice for evenings out and business occasions these make a subtle but stylish statement.

4. Pure Energy, $74.99  5. Forever 21, $54.90  6. Fashion To Figure, $42.50  7. Ashley Stewart, $79.50Belted Coats Collage

Patterned

If you’re looking to stand out on snowy days a patterned coat is for you. These are perfect for reflecting your personal style this season.

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8. Old Navy, $55.00 9.American Rag, $95.99  10. Jou Jou, $58.99

Are you ready to bundle up this winter? What’s your favorite style of coat?

-Keyaira N. Boone

Kickin’ It: Instyler Tulip Event

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This past Monday I had the pleasure of attending the launch event of a new product called, “The Tulip” by InStyler. Since I am a long time fan of the original instyler I was thrilled to attend and test out this new product. The Tulip is an auto curler that works in as little as 3 seconds! I will be completely honest, initially I was very skeptical about this tool. I assumed that even if it really did work, it would NOT work on my natural hair. Boy was I wrong. Keep reading to learn more about the Instyler Tulip event and my experience using the product.

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LBS Chic: The Embellished Sweater

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‘Tis the season to wear fancy sweaters with jewels and such. Yes, I just made that up. It’s true though, isn’t it? This time of the year we’re obsessed with tops and sweaters that have a little extra oomph to them. It makes getting dressed SO much easier – no statement necklace required. Here’s how I rocked this embellished knit top from Ashley Stewart (on SALE for $12.95):

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You can pair tops like this with jeans & boots for a casual look (like I did here) or you could opt for a dressier look with a great leather skirt and some heels.

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This season I’m all about tops I can throw on that require as little work as possible. As a new mom to BabyBrownSugar, I have literally less than half the time I used to have to get dressed.

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Shop Embellished Sweaters Like This:


 

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If you can’t seem to find any two-in-one tops like this one, you can also easily get yourself a great quilted top and just add statement necklaces on top. It’s the same look, just a little more work.

Shop Quilted Tops:


 

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 What about you? Would you try the embellished sweater trend? Have you? Leave a comment!

Photos by Lydia Hudgens

 

LBS Beauty News: Prabal Gurung for MAC Cosmetics Collection

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The modern glamour and immaculate style of fashion designer Prabal Gurung comes to M· A· C in an opulent collaboration featuring smoky, gilded hues and beautiful custom gold packaging. The Prabal Gurung for MAC Cosmetics collection is expected to launch online today November 20th!  However, it won’t be available in stores until November 26th. Perfect for those last minute gift shoppers! The collection is limited edition and will only be sold until December 26th.

cf217830-4bed-0132-41e6-0ebc4eccb42fThe 14-piece collection  includes everything a girl needs. Three fabulous eyeshadow duo palates, three lipsticks and three lipglass shades, two eye pencils, a bronzing powder, a cream color base, and a powder  brush. Prabal Gurung x MAC retails between $20 and $70. That may seem a bit steep for some of the bargain beauty hunters out there, but with MAC you truly get what you pay for.

Related: KICKIN IT: SAVANNAH SUNSET BY INGLOT

Related: THE ULTIMATE PURPLE LIPSTICK GUIDE FOR BROWN GIRLS

 We are loving the variety of classic hues, like red and nude. As well as the bold orchid lipstick and lipglass. These shades are easy to pull off no matter your skin tone. In addition to versatility the packaging is absolutely beautiful. The sleek and sophisticated gold designs captures the essence of  ”Old Hollywood Glitz”, while staying true to Prabal Gurung classic modern luxury esthetic.PrabalGurung-AMBIENT-72

Which product are you most excited to try from the Prabal Gurung collection this holiday season?