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November 30, 2015

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I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving!  It has rained non-stop all weekend, so for today's post I am sharing some of my favorite November looks...    

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November 27, 2015

Best Black Friday Deals

Black Friday

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it is officially time to start gearing up for Christmas... which means time to shop for all of your loved ones.  There are so many amazing Black Friday deals going on with some stores offering up to 60-70% off.  Below are some of the best Black Friday deals I found:

Ann Taylor: 50% off site-wide
ASOS: up to 60% off with code BLESSED
Banana Republic: half off sweaters + 40% off the rest of your purchase
Express: 50% off site-wide
Gap: up to 50% off with code EARLY
J. Crew: up to 40% off with code HOLIDAY
J. Crew Factory: 50% off with code SHOPLIFTS
Kate Spade: Surprise Sale- up to 70% off
Loft: 50% off site-wide
Nordstrom: up to 50% off
Rebecca Minkoff: 25% off + free shipping
Shopbop: up to 25% off with code GOBIG15
Tory Burch: spend $250, receive 30% off with code THANKS

Happy shopping!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

P.S. Today is the last day to enter the Blogger $500 Nordstrom (or cash) giveaway!  Be sure to enter here!

November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Day Traditions

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I cannot believe tomorrow is Thanksgiving!  In honor of tomorrow's festivities, I am sharing some of my family's favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions: 

1.  Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 
I love watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while cooking with my parents.  It is so much fun watching all the floats and performances.  The parade is a must each year!

2.  Prep, Snack, Cook
We have a Southern-style Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house and the whole family comes over.  My mom and I spend all day slaving away in the kitchen prepping, snacking and cooking during the hours leading up to dinner.  My mom is a phenomenal cook!  A few of our favorite annual Thanksgiving dishes are as follows: fried turkey, dressing, hash brown casserole, turnip greens, cornbread, sweet potato casserole and mom's famous chocolate chip cheesecake, among many other yummy things. 

3.  Cocktail Hour
We always have a great bar set up with happy hour beginning around 3:00 p.m.  You can find anything from daiquiris to margaritas to wine, and this year my dad is introducing a fabulous pineapple martini to the lineup...

4.  Scrabble
Maybe it's because we are all a bunch of nerds, but we have several games of Scrabble each year and it gets pretty intense. 

5.  Feast of Leftovers, then decorate Christmas tree
Thanksgiving leftovers are the best, and on Friday night, my parents, brother and I have a "feast of leftovers" at my parents' house, then decorate their Christmas tree while listening to Christmas music.  It's nice to relax and shift gears into the Christmas spirit.  I cannot put a Christmas tree up at my house because my puppy would destroy it...  

New Tradition
I came across a really awesome Thanksgiving tradition on Facebook the other day and have to share it since I am an extreme animal lover.  Basically, this lady shops for animal supplies on Black Friday and takes them to a local animal shelter.  As if that were not enough, she volunteers at the shelter on Thanksgiving Day.  What an amazing lady- I absolutely love this idea!  If you happen to come across any animal toys and supplies while you are out doing your Black Friday shopping, please consider purchasing some items for your local shelter.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving Day traditions??  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

November 23, 2015

Gift Ideas for the Hostess

Gift Guide for the Hostess


Good morning, I hope you had a nice weekend!  I went to my first of several "Friendsgivings" this season on Saturday night.  We had a wonderful time and had so many yummy options to choose from.  I can tell my friend put in a ton of work planning and prepping by the time it was all said and done- she made two turkeys among many other dishes!  

Although there is no rule requiring you to take the hostess a gift, I think it's a nice gesture to show your appreciation for all of her hard work and hospitality.  Note, It does not have to cost a fortune.  I have rounded up a few of my favorite gift ideas in the above collage.  Everything is under $25 except for the Kate Spade "His/Hers" old-fashioned glasses.  You can't go wrong with the Anthropologie limited edition gold monogrammed mug ($10), or a set of adorable Kate Spade hand towels ($10).  I am also loving these fabulous confetti shot glasses (only $11!), and this personalized monogrammed cheese board ($20).  So cute!  Of course, even if you are not hosting any gatherings this year, you can always find a reason to reward yourself.  After all, you can never have too many hand towels or novelty glasses stocked away for your next event!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

November 20, 2015

Royal Scout & Co. Boot Cuffs

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Royal Scout Boot Cuffs
As you can see, the cuff is attached to a sock.  You cannot see it and can wear whatever kind of socks you want with the cuffs.
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SHIRT: J. Crew | BLAZER: J. Crew JEANS: Similar | BOOTS: Macy's | BOOT CUFFS: c/o Royal Scout & Co. (use code "royallawyerlookbook" for 15% off!)  | NECKLACE: BaublebarSUNNIES: Nordstrom 

Happy Friday!  I am thrilled to introduce you to my latest fall obsession: the Royal Scout & Co. faux fur boot cuffs.  These gorgeous faux fur boot cuffs are available in three different colors: grey wolf (which is what I am wearing), black bear and brown bear.  I love how they can be paired with over the knee boots or booties, and add an instant pop of glamour and sophistication to any outfit.  

In addition to boot cuffs, Royal Scout & Co. features an amazing assortment of faux fur pillows, throws and other cozy home accessories, and the best part is that everything is designed and produced in America!  

With Christmas right around the corner, these cuffs are the perfect gift for under $50!  I think they would make adorable stocking stuffers!  Royal Scout & Co. is kind enough to give Lawyer Lookbook readers a 15% discount with code "royallawyerlookbook" through next Friday, 11/27, just in time for the holidays.  :-)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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November 18, 2015

Camel Cravings

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Camel is such a beautiful fall color, so for today's post I thought I would share some of my favorite camel items that I am currently craving.  

Thanks for stopping by!    

November 16, 2015

Girl About Town

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SHIRT: Banana RepublicBLAZER: J. Crew  | PANTS: Loft BAG: Kate Spade (similar) | BRACELET: J. Crew (similar) | NECKLACE: Ann Taylor (similarSHOES: Banana Republic (pink blush) | SUNNIES: Nordstrom

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I am continuing mixing and matching neutrals from my capsule wardrobe for today's blog post.  This J. Crew camel blazer is a staple for this time of year, and as you can see, I have gotten a lot of wear out of it lately.  It goes with everything, which is nice when it comes to layering different colors, textures and patterns for fall, because the pairing possibilities are endless!  In addition to light blue, I sometimes wear a white or pink button-down with this outfit.  All three colors look great and very classy.

Also, how darling are these Banana Republic Avila Pumps in pink blush?  I love how they tie all of the colors together and make the look more feminine.  I am thinking about ordering them in hot pink and/or gun metal because I love these so much.  Not to mention, these shoes are so, so comfortable.  The kitten heel is perfect for walking long distances, as in the above photos around the square and the courthouse.  


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Sending prayers to our friends in Paris!

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November 13, 2015

#Basic

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SHIRT: J. Crew | BLAZER: J. Crew | JEANS: Similar | BAG: Kate Spade | NECKLACE: Ann Taylor (similar)  EARRINGS: Kate Spade | BOOTIES: Jessica Simpson | SUNNIES: Nordstrom

Happy Friday!  I am keeping my outfit super simple today and sticking to the basics: my J. Crew striped tissue turtleneck and J. Crew schoolboy blazer.  I have really made it a goal over the last year to build my capsule wardrobe and purchase quality "#basic" items that can be worn in a wide variety of ways.  I love each of these pieces because they go with everything and are a dream when it comes to layering and pattern mixing for cooler weather.  What are your go-to basics?              

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November 11, 2015

Best Coffee Places in Nashville

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Brusier (my little rescue boy) and I at Fido.


1. Fido
Located in Hillsboro Village near Vanderbilt, this locally-owned coffee shop is one of my favorite cafes to relax and recharge.  Not only is it animal-friendly on the patio area outside, it is a great place for people watching around all the nearby shops.  I love sipping my coffee, then perusing the local shops down the street.  

2. Crema
Two words: The Cuban (iced or hot).  Crema grows in popularity by the day, and I totally understand why.  Not only does Crema make amazing coffee and pastries, but the patio is such a cool place to sip on coffee and stare at the beautiful views of the Nashville skyline while recharging.  I also love visiting the Crema inside of Pinewood Social for morning coffee and to get some work done away from the office in the very creative work spaces.  

3. Frothy Monkey
One of the first businesses located on Nashville's highly sought after 12 South, Frothy Monkey is such a cozy and creative coffeehouse to relax and be inspired by all the creatives that pass through.  Frothy Monkey takes pride in using only local ingredients and supporting all things local.  I have loved every drink I have ordered, but I especially love the Rosemary Honey Latte.   

4. Barista Parlor
Housed in an old garage with industrial decor, Barista Parlor is such a hip and trendy place to hang out and sip on one of the best lattes you will ever have.  The interior is a large open space with long wooden communal tables where you can sit with a large group, or work for hours on end.  The coffee here is a tad pricey, but the overall experience makes it worth the occasional splurge!

5. Steadfast Love
Hidden away from the downtown hustle and bustle, Steadfast Love is one of Nashville's best-kept secret coffee houses.  The interior is very modern and makes for a great place to set up shop and work for hours on end.  So far, my favorite drink is the Iced Butterscotch Latte.  

6. The Well
This nonprofit, charitable coffeehouse was founded on the principle of helping others in need, both locally and abroad.  The Well is such a laid-back, homey venue to catch up with old friends, and it feels great to know that you give back to those in need each time you make a purchase.  

If you are ever in Nashville, I hope you get a chance to stop by and enjoy some of these amazing coffeehouses!  If you live in (or have recently visited) Nashville and I left a must-try coffee spot off, let me know in the comments below!  I love trying new places!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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November 9, 2015

Ann Taylor Checkered Pencil Skirt

Ann Taylor tall everyday turtleneck classic plum
Ann Taylor tall everyday turtleneck classic plum
Ann Taylor tall everyday turtleneck classic plum
Ann Taylor tall everyday turtleneck classic plum
Ann Taylor tall everyday turtleneck classic plum
Ann Taylor tall everyday turtleneck classic plum
SHIRT: Ann Taylor (runs a little big) | SKIRT: Ann Taylor | BAG: Kate Spade (similar) | BRACELETS: J. Crew (similar), Mindy Mae's Market | SHOES: Banana Republic (pink blush) | SUNNIES: Nordstrom

This Ann Taylor checkered pencil skirt and matching turtleneck in classic plum is one of my favorite outfits for fall!  I love, love, love pretty plum hues for this time of year.  This checkered pencil skirt is my favorite office-friendly piece from Ann Taylor's current line and is one of the most beautiful high-waisted pencil skirts in my closet.  I love how timeless and classic it is, and how amazing it looks paired with other colors, such as white or navy.  Plus, it is incredibly soft and cozy and can be worn for any occasion.  This whole outfit is so cozy that I am thinking about wearing it for Thanksgiving dinner so that I will look put-together for family photos, but more importantly, can make way for lots of turkey and Southern cookin'! ;-)

November 6, 2015

Fifteen Must-Read Career Books for the Modern Professional

Best Career Development Books
Happy Friday!  My brother and I are very honored to be "Celebrity Spellers" in the Middle Tennessee Read to Succeed Celebrity Spelling Bee to promote literacy next week (more on that at the bottom of this post).  In honor of the Bee, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite career development books for today's post.

1. #GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso 
#Girlboss review
Sophia Amoruso, Nasty Gal Founder and CEO, shares how she went from dumpter-diving to founding one of the most successful online retailers in the world.  #GIRLBOSS is full of wonderful, and at times unconventional career advice for the modern empowered young woman.  
"A #Girlboss is in charge of her life.  She gets what she wants because she works for it."

2. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
Lean In book review
In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, examines why women's progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled and offers compelling solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential in the workplace. Sandberg provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship and building a satisfying career while encouraging women to lean in by taking bold risks without holding back.

3. The Trump Card, Ivanka Trump
The Trump Card book review
The Trump Card is a business book for young women on how to achieve success in any field based upon what Ivanka Trump has learned from The Donald as well as from her own personal experiences.  Ivanka also taps into the wisdom of today's leaders, including Arianna Huffington, Russell Simons and Cathie Black with "Bulletins" from her Blackberry, one of my favorite things about the book. 
"We've all been dealt a winning hand, and it is up to each of us to play it right and smart."

4. Basic Black, Cathie Black
Basic Black book review
Cathie Black, media mogul and president of Hearst Magaznines, offers invaluable career lessons that will help you land the job, promotion, or project you're aiming for.  Basic Black gives advice on how to handle interviews, which rules to break, and how to take the next step in your career.
  
5. If You Have to Cry Go Outside, Kelly Cutrone
If You Have to Cry Go Outside book review
In the New York Times bestseller If You Have to Cry Go Outside and Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, Kelly Cutrone combines personal and professional stories from her high-profile gigs on MTV's The Hills, Bravo's Kell on Earth, judge on America's Next Top Model, and CEO and founder of the fashion PR firm People's Revolution to offer young professional women no-nonsense, brutally honest career advice.  FYI: some bad language.

6. Secrets of Six Figure Women, Barbara Stanny
Secrets of Six Figure Women book review
In Secrets of Six-Figure Women, Barbara Stanny, journalist, motivational speaker, and financial educator, identifies the seven key strategies of female high earners. Based on extensive research and hundreds of interviews from women in a wide range of professions, Stanny turns each of the six-figure traits into a specific strategy for increasing earnings.

7. The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, Katie Couric
The Best Advice I Ever Got book review
The Best Advice I Ever Got is a collection of 100 easy-to-digest essays from a diverse group of professionals in a myriad of fields: CEOs, entrepreneurs, journalists, celebrities and athletes, to name a few.  Each essay is introduced with a brief description of its author's professional achievements, followed by a firsthand account of the best career advice s/he has ever received.  This makes for a great graduation gift!

8. The Glitter Plan, Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor
The Glitter Plan book review
The Glitter Plan is part memoir and part business manual on the inside story of Juicy Couture, one of the most iconic brands of our time.  Skaist-Levy and Nash-Taylor reveal the secrets of Juicy's success: how they learned to find and stick with the right colleagues and trust their instincts, and when it was time to move on to their next project.  The Glitter Plan shows readers how to transform passion and ideas into business success.

9. Ladies Who Launch: Embracing Entrepreneurship & Creativity as a Lifestyle, Victoria Collegian and Beth Schoenfeldt
Ladies Who Launch book review
The nationally acclaimed Ladies Who Launch program has enabled thousands of women to break out of the traditional career path and thrive in entrepreneurial enterprises that reflect their true passions and skills. Colligan and Schoenfeldt offer the support and encouragement to make your dreams a reality, inspiring readers to start businesses, grow existing companies, but most importantly, living life on your terms.

The Woman I Wanted to Be book review
One of the most influential, admired and fashionable women of our time: fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg tells the most personal stories of her life, about family, love, beauty and business.  DVF writes about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting her life to empowering other women.

11. I Shouldn't Be Telling You This: Success Secrets Every Gutsy Girl Should Know, Kate White
I Shouldn't Be Telling You This book review
In I Shouldn’t Be Telling You ThisKate White, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitanshares her secrets to success.  I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This is the perfect book and career guide for women whether you’re just starting out, re-entering the workforce, or simply looking for a career change.

12. Start, Jon Acuff
John Acuff Start book review
Start gives readers practical, actionable insights to be more awesome in their careers, more often.  Acuff argues that there are only two paths in life: average and awesome. The average path is easy because all you have to do is nothing. The awesome path is more challenging, because things like fear only bother you when you do work that matters.  He shares personal stories of life in a meaningless cubicle and how he managed to follow his dreams and live life on his on terms in a very easy-to-read narrative.  I also love Quitter and cannot wait to read his newest book Do Over.  Acuff is awesome and lives in Nashville!
13. The Total Money Makeover, Dave Ramsey
The Total Money Makeover book review
The Total Money Makeover is the simplest, most straight-forward financial game plan for completely making over your money habits, based off of Dave's advice similar to "advice your grandmother would give you."  If you live like no one else, later you can live and give like no one else.  Dave offers so many wonderful and practical tidbits of advice for paying off debt, saving for retirement, and financial traps to avoid.  This is an excellent book (super easy to understand- not much financial mumbo jumbo) and I am convinced that everyone, especially young people need to read this book.  Dave is also from Nashville and has a local radio show on 1500AM.  If you are local, give it a listen- you will learn a ton!

14. Tribes, Seth Godin
Tribes book review
A tribe is any group of people, large or small, who are connected to one another, a leader, and an idea.  In Tribes, Seth Godin argues that the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time and is enabling countless new tribes to be born and asks the million-dollar question: Who is going to lead?  The Web can do amazing things, but it can't provide leadership, and anyone who wants to make a difference can now do so at the touch of an iPhone.  Tribes will make you think about the opportunities in leading your fellow employees, customers, friends or readers, as well as choosing your company wisely.  I also love his book Linchpin and plan to read Purple Cow soon.

15. Leave Your Mark, Aliza Licht
Leave Your Mark book review
I have not read this book yet, but have heard so many amazing things about it, so it makes the list and it is on my queue!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  What are your favorite career development books??  I love to read career development books, so feel free to leave a comment with any must-reads!  Have a great weekend!