November 29, 2014

Denim Vest for Fall: 3 Ways


I picked up this denim vest in the late spring but was struggling with how it could work as a transition piece into fall and winter. Pulling different pieces from my closet,  I was able to come up with three different looks to wear my denim vest for fall:



Mudd Denim Vest, Kohls (unavailable, try this similar option) | Sweater (similar) | Gap 1969 Always Skinny Black Jeans  | Steve Madden Booties | House of Harlow 1960 Bracelet | Prima Donna Necklace

Adding a denim vest to a simple sweater and black denim combo instantly adds interest and jazzes the plain outfit up. Bold accessories, such as a statement necklace, and my favorite pair of booties brings this outfit from 'blah' to 'BLAM!'


Mudd Denim Vest, Kohls (unavailable, try this similar option) | Merona Plaid Shirt, Target | Full Tilt Skater Skirt, Tilly’s | Kelly & Katie Booties, DSW (similar) | mark. Watch (unavailable, try this similar option)

You might remember this outfit from my Bloggers Who Budget post a couple weeks ago-- it has since become a favorite look of mine! Plaid is perfect for fall and I love the feminine fit of skater skirts-- the vest tops it all off making this such a fun layered look. Too cool out for bare legs? Add a pair of tights!



Mudd Denim Vest, Kohls (unavailable, try this similar option) | Black Dress (similar) | Pointelle Tights | Jessica Simpson Boots (similar)

Speaking of tights, for the last outfit I paired the denim vest with a LBD, pointelle tights to keep warm and knee high boots that I had in the back of my closet. Understatedly simple, yet totally pulled together.

What's your favorite denim vest look?





November 28, 2014

Shopper's Paradise: Ultimate Online Black Friday Sales


Are you heading out shopping today? Already finished shopping? Aside from the Black Friday deals you can find at local stores such as Target, Best Buy, Walmart, Ulta, and more, here’s a few more online sales and deals, including a few from my favorite small businesses, that you should take advantage of:

40% off plus free shipping with code GOBBLEUP through 11/30

25% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY25 

25% off sitewide with code HECKYES through 12/1

30% off 11/27 – 11/30 with code TGIBF

15% off 2 items with code FRIDAY15; 35% off 4+ items with code FRIDAY35 11/28 – 11/29

30% off 11/27 – 11/29 with code THANKS30

$15 off $75, $35 off $150, and $65 off $250 11/24 – 12/09 with code: BBCYBER14

50% off 11/25 – 11/29

Up to 60% off, 20% off sale items and FREE shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY14

Deals under $5, $10, $20; Extra 30% off clearance 11/27 – 11/30

Up to 50% off 11/28

50% off sitewide 11/27 – 11/28 with code BLKFRIDAY

30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + FREE shipping 11/26 – 11/30 with code HOLIDAY

Up to 75% off 11/26 -

30% off sitewide plus free shipping 11/26 – 11/30 with code DEALME

Up to 25% off 11/25 – 11/30 with code GIFTON

50% off 11/26 – 11/30

Up to 70% off 11/28 – 11/30

Up to 50% off 11/25 – 12/03

Up to 40% off sale

50% off 11/27 (4pm) – 11/28

25% off sitewide 11/28 with code IHEARTNYC

Up to 70% off plus $25 off orders $275 or more with code WKNDWIN

$10 beauty deals

30% off sitewide with code BFRIDAY30  + free shipping on orders $50+

Tiered promotion: 15% off $250, 20% off $500, 25% off $1000 11/25 – 12/01 with code GOBIG14

30% off sitewide 11/26  11/28 with code BLKFRDY

30% off all footwear 11/28

Buy One Get One 50% off 11/28

30% off sitewide 11/26 – 11/28 with code BLACK30

30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items 11/27 – 12/01

Up to 30% off sitewide with code LUCKY through 12/1

Up to 25% off 11/26-12/01 with code SUPERSALE

Save 50% on items + save an additional 10% + free shipping on orders $100 11/27 – 11/30 with code SAVEBIG10

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

November 26, 2014

Under $25: Thanksgiving Beauty


Happy almost turkey day! I’m currently loving a gorgeous, soft smoky eye paired with nude lips and you don’t have to break the bank to get it. I’m rounding up the best beauty buys for your Thanksgiving weekend—all under $25!

SEPHORA COLLECTION VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette, $10: Pocket-sized palette contains 8 eye shadow shades that can give you a variety of nude to smoky looks. Palettes are especially great for traveling because it won’t take up much room and you don’t have to worry about losing or breaking single shadows. For just $10 this is such a steal!

STILA Smudge Pot, $20: Stila Smudge Pots are still gel eye liner favorites of mine—they apply silky smooth and last throughout the day. I prefer the intense black shade, which I can lightly smudge for a smoky look.

NAILS INC. Nail Polish in The Thames, $9.50: Simple and classic yet totally unique, The Thames is a pretty grey shade that is absolutely perfect for fall and winter. I’ve been obsessed with greys this season so this nail polish will fit into my collection nicely.

TARTE Powder Couple Amazonian Clay Blush & Bronzer Duo, $20: Multi-taskers are perfect for busy weekends and most especially if you’re traveling. I love products with a dual purpose, such as this blush and bronzer duo.

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Brow Powder Duo, $23: You cannot forget about the brows and using a quality brow product is a must. I prefer brow powders and this one is a must, you get two shades in one so you can easily create a natural, and smudgeproof, brow.

BAREMINERALS Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Take Charge, $18: For me, a pretty nude pout completes a smoky eye look and this lip color is absolutely perfect. I love the gold limited edition component! Can’t find this limited edition lipstick? Try the regular Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in the shade Be Free.

SMASHBOX Try It Kit: Kits with sample sizes not only make great gifts but they’re fantastic for letting you try a mix of products and again, perfect for travel. At $19 the Try It Kit from Smashbox is fantastic for completing this look. With foundation primer, lid primer, pencil eye liner, mascara and a nude gloss this kit has it all!

AHAVA Starter Kit, $20: You can also find great deals on skin care kits this time of year, which allows you to try the products without splurging for the full size. With a travel bag included and products in travel sizes, this kit is perfect for on-the-go and long weekend trips. Kit contains: Mineral Botanic Cream Wash, Mineral Hand Cream, Essential Day Moisturizer, and a Purifying Mud Mask.


Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!


November 25, 2014

Rompin’ Around with Sherry Lou Studio + GIVEAWAY




This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to model a few outfits for Sherry Lou Studio, a new online shop with amazing fashions, accessories and bags. With a photography and craft background (check out her blog, she has awesome DIY’s!), Sherry, the founder, has an impeccable eye and discerning taste for bright colors, fun prints, and unique items that are boldly feminine with a touch of whimsy. Plus, her fashions are affordable and perfectly on point for the girl with big taste but a small budget.

One of my favorite looks of the day is this one—can you believe that’s a romper? It's adorable and was super comfy! We updated this summer classic for fall and winter by styling it with tights, booties and pairing it with this gorgeous oxblood coat. Oh and how adorable is this mint bag? Speaking of which…


Giveaway time! Sherry has awesomely offered this super cute Mini Mint Bag ($22 value) to A Good Hue readers. It’s the perfect bag to hold all your necessities during all those holiday parties and events. Enter to win this cutie using the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends Tuesday 12/2 at 11:59pm. US only, 18+. Good luck!

P.S.- Along with the giveaway, Sherry is offering readers an exclusive 10% discount at www.sherryloustudio.com with code AGOODHUE10, valid until 12/31/14. Happy shopping!



November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Not sure what to bring to Thursday’s Thanksgiving potluck? Making the entire meal yourself and haven’t finalized your menu yet? Here’s a few recipe ideas to get you going:


I don’t eat much turkey at Thanksgiving… I’m all about the sides and desserts… but when I do, I go for the white meat. If your crowd is all about the white meat and you don’t want to deal with cooking an entire turkey, I recommend this herb roasted turkey breast recipe from Ina Garten—it’s so good!


Whether you like your dressing served on the side or stuffed in the turkey, this is a Thanksgiving must-have classic. I recently created a pumpkin cornbread dressing using Trader Joe’s pumpkin croutons and I gotta say, I love it! A mix of sweet and savory, this one is sure to mix things up at your Thanksgiving table.

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I don’t see rice casseroles on the table for Thanksgiving much around here, I think it might be more of a Southern thing? In any case, I definitely would not mind a few bites of this Broccoli Wild Rice Casserole from Pioneer Woman with my turkey. I made it last week for dinner (using a boxed wild rice mix- super easy!) and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!



If a good homemade sweet potato casserole isn't on the table, then it just doesn't feel like Thanksgiving to me. Creamy and sweet, with a crunchy topping, this is definitely my all-time favorite recipe!

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Don’t forget the cranberries! Most Thanksgiving meals I have had featured a canned or chutney variety but one year I was served a cranberry orange relish that I still cannot get off my mind. I think this one will hold up well for day-after-Thanksgiving turkey leftover sandwiches.


Last year I made this from scratch pumpkin pie and it turned out absolutely delicious. There’s just something about using fresh roasted pumpkin in lieu of the canned stuff. This year, I’m going to make the crust from scratch as well—my fingers are crossed for another amazing pie!


Drinks are also important for Thanksgiving! I typically drink wine (I go for reds but white works as well!) with the dinner so my Fall Sangria would be perfect. For cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before the big meal, I highly recommend my Rum Cider Punch, which is basically a fall party in your mouth.


What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?

November 22, 2014

Gift Guide: Holiday Beauty Sets


It’s crazy that we’re only about a month to the holidays—can you believe it? I have been busy planning out what gifts I’ll be getting for everyone on my list and for the gals I’m not too sure about, I know I can never go wrong with these awesome... and perfectly priced... holiday beauty sets. It never hurts to pick one out for myself as well :P


November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving recipes


My all-time favorite Thanksgiving side dish, hands down, is sweet potato casserole. Seriously, I would happily forgo any of the other traditional dishes and eat an entire plateful of this sinfully yummy goodness. I came across this recipe a couple of years ago and with a few tweaks and secret ingredients it has since become my go-to for sweet potatoes— it’s a sure-fire crowd pleaser! With a half-and-half topper of toasted marshmallow gooey-ness and a crunchy, sweet nut streusel, this casserole is a must for your Thanksgiving gathering next week. But, I have to warn you, there probably won’t be any leftovers. I usually end up with a scraped down dish and maybe one measly spoonful left after I serve this. It’s that good.

Sweet Potato Casserole
Adapted from My Recipes
Ingredients:
4 ½  pounds sweet potatoes or yams
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, softened
¼  cup milk
¼ cup orange juice
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼  teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

Topping:
1 ¼  cups cornflakes cereal, crushed
¼  cup chopped pecans
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon butter
1 ½  cups miniature marshmallows

Preheat your oven to 400° and bake sweet potatoes for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender. Once finished, let sweet potatoes cool for about 20 minutes. Once cooled, peel and mash sweet potatoes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°.

Using a mixer, beat the mashed sweet potatoes with the sugar, butter, milk, orange juice (my secret ingredient!), eggs, vanilla, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg at medium speed until smooth. Spoon the potato mixture into a greased casserole dish.

For the topping, melt 1 tbsp. butter. In a small bowl, combine the crushed cornflakes cereal (I put the cereal into a baggie and use a rolling pin to crush), chopped pecans, melted butter and brown sugar.  Sprinkle over the potato mixture in diagonal rows approximately 2 inches apart. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the mini marshmallows in the alternate rows between cornflake mixture and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven, let cool, and serve. Bon appetite!

Spill, what is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish?


November 20, 2014

Faux Leather Jacket 3 Ways


 Cute fall dress and booties >> Get the outfit details

 Mixed prints and a pop of color >> Get the outfit details


Black & white and everything nice >> Get the outfit details

I’m keeping today’s post short and sweet with a recap of some of my favorite outfits this fall featuring my faux leather jacket. I’m having icky allergies this week with a stuffed up drippy nose, scratchy dry throat, red watery eyes, the works. Tonight’s plans are to go home, throw on a pair of yoga pants, drown my face in peppermint oil (okay, not really) and park myself on the couch to catch up on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and The Vampire Diaries. I hope I don’t need to remind you that this is a judgment free zone.


While you’re here, be sure to check out my Essie Nail Polish giveaway that ends Monday 11/24 and get a head start on prepping for happy hour tomorrow with this yummy and unabashedly boozy fall cocktail.


November 19, 2014

Rum Cider Punch

Caliche Rum

Rum Cider Punch

Thanksgiving, and even Friendsgiving, is a fun day filled with feasting and family bonding time, but can sometimes be super stressful, especially if you’re doing all the cooking. Not to mention family time can drive you absolutely bonkers. I mean, not my family or anything. Any way, whatever kind of day it is for you, take a moment to enjoy one… or two… of these yummy Rum Cider Punches, made with Caliche Rum.

Rum Cider Punch
Ingredients:
2 oz. Caliche Rum
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
1 oz. Orange Juice
4 oz. Hard Apple Cider

Mix ingredients together and pour over ice. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon, a cinnamon stick and apple slice. Recipe makes one drinks. For party punch, multiply ingredients for how many serving and mix together and serve in punch bowl. or pitcher.

Remember to drink responsibly and enjoy!


Rum Cider Punch

I was provided product from Caliche Rum, however opinions expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was provided.

November 17, 2014

Good HUES-Day: Hostess Gifts + Essie GIVEAWAY

1. Williams-Sonoma Mischief and Merry Truffles | 2. Crate & Barrel Marley Orange Throw | 3. Voluspa 'Maison Holiday - Cinnamon Ceylon & Copal'  Candle | 4. C. Wonder Pop Fizz Cocktail Shaker | 5. Jonathan Adler Carnaby Monogrammed Mug | 6. PureHome Rosanna Vintage Ephemera Cookies Decorative Tray | 7. Succulent 

With holiday parties, dinners and events coming up—skip the bottle of wine and bouquets and gift your hostess with one of these cute ideas. From holiday scented candles, yummy chocolates or even an easy to care for succulent your hostess is sure to love… and you’ll keep getting invites back! 

*** GIVEAWAY ***


Enter to win an Essie Winter 2014 Mini Four pack ($17 value)
Shades include: Jiggle Hi Jiggle Low, Tuck It In My Tuck, Double Breasted Jacket, Jump In My Jumpsuit

To enter, follow all of these steps:

1. FOLLOW @angoodhue on Instagram
2. LIKE this photo on Instagram
3. SIGN UP for LikeToKnow.It
4. COMMENT below with your Instagram username and email

Giveaway ends Monday, Nov. 24 at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!
18+, US only

GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED, CONGRATS TO THE WINNER!
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Bloggers Who Budget: Mad for Plaid






Mudd Denim Vest, Kohls (unavailable, try this similar option) | Merona Plaid Shirt, Target | Full Tilt Skater Skirt, Tilly’s | Kelly & Katie Booties, DSW (similar) | mark. Watch (unavailable, try this similar option)

As someone who is always on the hunt for budget friendly looks, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join the #BloggersWhoBudget monthly linkup featuring my must-wear fall pattern—plaid! Sticking to a $75 budget, I was able to create a super cute outfit without breaking the bank. This is a great transitional fall outfit, especially for out here in warmer areas, and for chillier days you can throw on a pair of tights and accessorize with a beanie or cute hat.

Being stylish doesn’t have to mean spending a ton—I was able to get this vest for under $20 by combining a great sale with coupons. If you have a Kohl’s charge card, you can score MAD deals. Last week I shopped their Veteran’s Day sale and had $35 in coupons and Yes2You Rewards alone! Also, be sure to download the Kohl’s app—it stores my rewards and Kohl’s Cash and automatically updates with new coupon offers, it’s great to have this on hand!

PS- If you love plaid, be sure to check out last week's Good HUES-Day post


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