11.26.2014 0 Notes Game Plan

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For some most, Black Friday can be is shopping hell. Until a few years ago, my family avoided the mall (and even leaving the house at all) the day after Thanksgiving. Now, shopping is a must-do. Although I am NOT a believer in hitting the mall at 6PM Thanksgiving Day (this bothers me SO much but I'll spare you all from my rant), midnight typically is our go-time. 
In honor of this crazy, out-of-control, insane day, I've put together a list of some of the best Black Friday deals to help you get your game plan in check! Hope you find this list helpful!
Target: 40% all apparel + electronics deals steals
Old Navy: 50% off the entire store
Ulta Beauty: great prices + BOGO on OGX (new fave hair products)
Forever21: Deals starting at $3
H&M: $5 Sweaters + $20 Outerwear + $10 Pants
Bed Bath & Beyond: 20% off entire purchase 6AM-12PM
Gap: 50% off the entire store!
Sephora: Follow SephoraSnaps on Snapchat for a sneak peak at their BF specials!
J. Crew: 30% off full priced items + 40% off sale! (available now!)
ASOS: Shop deals up to 70% off
Nasty Gal: 2013 offered 40% off black clothing! Stay tuned...
Nordstrom: 40% off sale items! 
Urban Outfitters: Stay tuned...
Cotton On: 40% off!
BaubleBar: Offered 20% off sitewide 2013! Stay tuned...
Lush: Stay tuned...
C. Wonder: 40% off everything! (available now!)
Shopbop: Up to 25% off with code GOBIG14
Victoria's Secret: Free Tote with any $75 purch. + BOGO on bras!

Happy Shopping!
[any updates or additions will be edited in as soon as they are released]

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11.19.2014 0 Notes Holiday Gift Guide: For the Hostess

With this time of year, it's inevitable that you will attend fab holiday parties all over the place. But what do you get for the Hostess with the Mostest? Let's discuss... 

Hostess gifts can be tough (not to mention expensive!). I've compiled some picks fit for your budget and that will be sure to dazzle your host. From wine, to holiday candles, even some beautiful serving pieces, all of these finds will make for a beautiful gift. You'll even have enough money to snag a beautiful bow and bag like the one mentioned here to wrap it up in! Time to spread that holiday cheer!

Gold Stemless Champagne Flutes | Cocktail Shaker | New Year Greeting Cards | Die | Pop, Fizz, Clink Wine Tote | With Love Modern House Wines | Hot Chocolate | Champagne Flutes | Ornament | After Dinner Fortunes | Spiced Apple Toddy Candle | Hot Buttered Rum Candle | Ice Bucket | Serving Tray

What's your fave hostess gift? Stay tuned for more holiday gift guides!
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11.17.2014 2 Notes Feeling Like Fall

Scarf: ZARA | Hat: Nordstrom | Jacket: Calvin Klein (old)(love this) | Denim: GAP (sold out, similar here)
It's finally really feeling like fall in Southern California! We've got cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, and breezes (insert celebratory glass clink here)! I could not be more excited to finally put some fall staples to good use, i.e. this ZARA blanket scarf. 

I learned a major lesson last year: buy these puppies as soon as they release them in late summer. I'll admit, the agony of having to wait months to wear it was much less than the agony of them selling out all over the place. I've literally had this scarf in it's original shipping box since... August? #sorrynotsorry

This outfit was my go-to last week for running some evening errands around Mission Valley. And that hat was a lifesaver to hide end-of-the-work-day-dirty hair. I recently wore it to the pumpkin patch, more on that here

What is your go-to outfit for running errands? Hope you had a great weekend!
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11.05.2014 0 Notes Inspiration Pt. I

I'm excited to begin a new facet of the Dirty Blonde Barrage with today's post! Inspiration is a topic that I wanted to talk about, but in my own way. I'm inspired by different topics and facets of life, but beginning to delve into this section of the DBB was something I was saving for the right direction. Last night, it hit me like a lightening bolt: inspiration through empowering women

In no way is the DBB a political platform. This post is not about views or stances on political issues. To each his (or her) own. But when consulting my Twitter feed for #Election2014 updates last night, something profound struck me. The state of West Virginia elected Saira Blair to the House of Delegates by 63% of votes. Who is Saira Blair? Let me explain. 

Saira Blair is a college freshman (yes, an 18 year old woman!) at WVU, elected to the House of Delegates to represent her home state, all while pursuing her college education. She is the youngest lawmaker to ever be elected to the House. Think about that for a second. As this Cosmo article posted to their Twitter feed states, "...the average age in Congress is 57, and the average age in the Senate is 62."

Saira is an inspiration, proving that no dream is too big. She aspired to be elected to represent her state and campaigned hard to capture the vote she needed to be elected and give young people, and young women, a voice in the House. Although she may face immense pressure and diversity in a foreign and older environment, the fact that her state believed in her to elect her to represent them in the House shows an incredible amount of respect and support for an 18 year old to help guide and represent a state where the median age of the population is 41.3. A leap of faith.  

After watching one of her interviews with Glenn Beck, I was astounded. As an occasional listener of his talk-radio show, The Glenn Beck Show, he is opinionated and at times, ferocious. Saira handled herself and the interview amazingly well. She is well-spoken, smart, excited and passionate about affecting change by bringing innovative and fresh ideas to the House. 

What Saira will be able to accomplish during her time in the House and in her future as a politician will be incredible to watch. Although I am not a resident (and probably never will be) of West Virginia, I am inspired by the amount of determination Saira possesses to lead and represent her state. Her journey will be one I keep an eye on because of the amount of profound meaning her election as the youngest lawmaker ever elected entails. Historical even. 

Her election is empowering. Even though I may not aspire to be a lawmaker, she has proved that no dream is out of reach. There is always a way to make a difference, despite the amount of odds that may be (or not be) in your favor. 

Her election also shows that the youth in West Virginia have a voice. A living, breathing, 18 year old voice, that has campaigned and actively listened to her constituents and feels ready to represent the state of West Virginia with all her might. And her state believes in her. That is profound

My support for Saira may or may not be in agreeance wit her views or stances, but my support for Saira stems from her determination and success so far as a young woman entering the devious game that is politics. Hell, she beat a 44 year old trial lawyer for the seat in the House. Way to go girl! 

It is more important than ever to be involved in voting and making informed decisions. Year after year, I understand this more and more. Each voice is important, even though you may not think so. We all have an opinion. And it's our responsibility to make it known. 

Wishing Saira the best of luck as she embarks on this incredible journey. I can't wait to see how her journey unfolds and the way that she handles diversity as she navigates the House. Congratulations Saira!

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