Happy Thanksgiving!

Black Friday + Cyber Monday Sales Roundup with My Favorite Picks!

Things you’re possibly doing right now:

1. Trying to catch a couple more zzzzs in your childhood twin bed

2. Practicing diplomatic responses to your relatives’ never ending games of Twenty Questions about your job/education/general life path + goals

3. Peeling enough potatoes to feed an army

4. Acting as if there isn’t a little somethin’ somethin’ in your coffee mug

5. Squeezing into the kids’ table at the ripe ol’ age of 25

6. Explaining to your family why you’re single and Charles Manson isn’t (If you have a clutch response, PLEASE share with the class)

Things you should be doing right now:

1. Stimulating the economy and shopping these awesome Thanksgiving sales!!

2. See above.

Whatever it is that you’re doing, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with lots of family, friends, turkey + pie!

P.S. I’ll be keeping you up to date on the latest Thanksgiving sales for Black Friday + Cyber Monday right here on the blog and on Twitter so check back in! I mean, we’re all going to be in turkey comas lying on the couch in a few hours, am I right?

Banana Republic // 50% off 1 full-priced item CODE: BRFIFTY

40% off sitewide CODE: BRFORTY

Design Darling // 20% off  CODE: MANYTHANKS

J. Crew // 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping CODE: HOLIDAY

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything + free shipping on orders over $50 CODE: THANKS

Kate Spade // SURPRISE SALE up to 75%

Nordstrom // up to 40% off select product

Check out my picks under $100!

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Holiday Glam

Holiday Glam ft. Target Style + J.Crew - DC Girl in Pearls

 Top: J.Crew Jackie Shell (30% off with code HOLIDAY) // Pants: J.Crew Minnie Pants // Scarf: Last season Target (similar: Target Merona Oversized Plaid Scarf) // Bracelet: The Shopping Bag Chloe Two Tone Jewel Bracelet (Only $24!), c/o // Earrings: Old Kate Spade (But let’s discuss how INCREDIBLE these Kate Spade Boxed Glitter Earrings are, talk amongst yourselves!) // Mani: Essie – Size Matters // Lipstick: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick – Cherry Blossom (only $5!) // Shoes: Target Merona Meg Pumps 

I tend to play it pretty safe when it comes to my outfit (and life) choices. Neutrals with a pop or two of color are my MO. It’s a great game plan when you didn’t pick an outfit the night before and your snooze button has your name written allll over it. I can be out the door in 20 minutes (if I opt for dry shampoo and decide to toss my budget to the wind and buy lunch that day) without breaking a sweat. But sometimes, a girl has to walk on the wild side.

Okay so I’ll admit this wasn’t a full-on Thelma + Louise style leap of faith, to the wild side. More of a toe dipped into the water. But that toe was in my favorite leopard print pumps so it totally counts.

I started with my usual neutral palette and tossed on my favorite leopard pumps from Target, these things were my lifesaver last Christmas season. I wore ‘em all the time and thanks to their chunky heel, I could stand on and dance in them for hours without pain. And they’re only $30. It’s a Christmas miracle, I tell ya!

Holiday Glam ft. Target Style + J.Crew - DC Girl in Pearls

In the spirit of holiday cheer and being adventurous, I wrapped myself in a plaid scarf and threw my matchy-matchy caution to the wind! For the piece de resistance, a two-tone green jewel bracelet from The Shopping Bag to give that glam factor.

Holiday Glam ft. Target Style + J.Crew - DC Girl in Pearls

The final touch is a festive bright red lip brought to you by Revlon for only $5! Seriously, cannot get enough of this lipstick. It lasts through several bites + glasses of wine, I’ve done the research.

With this outfit, I’m ready to hit the Christmas party circuit. On the arm, of course, of my new boyfriend: Cranberry Prosecco. He’s a gentleman and a scholar. And only costs $5. What can I say? I like my men cheap.

Holiday Glam ft. Target Style + J.Crew - DC Girl in Pearls

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Chairish Vintage Accessories

My overall rule of thumb for life: stock up on the basics and invest in a couple of funky, unique pieces. It applies to my wardrobe, my pantry and my home decor: three of my very favorite things. Those basics, whether it’s a white button down, rosemary or an ivory throw really just need a colorful, shiny, unique BFF.  And the easiest way to add one-of-a-kind flair to your wardrobe: vintage accessories.

Thankfully, Chairish, my favorite online vintage decor boutique, now has a jewelry + accessories section. I dove deep and finally surfaced for air because these pieces are just too too good. Scroll down for a whole lot o’ swooning over here.

Chairish Vintage Accessories - DC Girl in Pearls

1940s Rhinestone Earrings: With the holiday season on the proverbial horizon, these earrings have my name written alllll over them. I just can’t stop picturing them with a twirly party dress like this one I just rented from Rent The Runway. Or with a fun gold-hued number for New Year’s Eve.

60s Pearly Resin and Rhinestone Floral Clip Ons: I think the last time I wore clip ons, I was about 7 and I was playing Pretty Pretty Princess (curse that black ring!). These beauties aren’t your Pretty Pretty Princess clip ons, ohhh no. These clip ons are what weekend daytime outfits dream of.

Park Lane 60s Jade Locket Pendant Necklace: When I was about 8, I went through a pretty serious locket phase. We’d definitely would’ve been in a relationship on Facebook. I’m not sure why but I thought lockets were probably the coolest things ever. It’s most likely because they are. And now thanks to Chairish, at age 24, I’ve entered my Locket Love Phase Part Deux. Regret nothing.

Hawaiian Souvenir Statement Scarf: Scarves have gotten a good amount of outfit exercise over the last couple of weekends. It’s easy to just throw on a scarf over a pair of jeans + a white button down with my favorite Keds. And I’m not gonna lie, I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii so this scarf speaks to my tropical weather-loving soul. Or you could always frame it! Talk about a unique piece for a gallery wall ; )

70s Oversize Wicker Clutch: Last summer’s J. Crew Factory wicker clutch unleashed a monster. A monster who loves and appreciates wicker. Chairish’s oversize wicker clutch has me doing a rain dance but for summer to hurry the eff up so I can break it out. Plus, you know my struggles with purse downsizing so I think an oversize clutch is just what this daily hoarder needs.

Gold-Plated Metal Fringe Collar Necklace: Okay so this piece is edgier than my usual jewelry tastes go but I can’t shake the idea of wearing this collar necklace over a black sheath dress with leopard pumps. Is this style evolution? Though I know that I would probably never have the guts to actually wear an edgy outfit like that. Or one of my friends would send me home to change.

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Citrus Miso Vinaigrette

Citrus Miso Vinaigrette Recipe (All ingredients from Trader Joe's) - DC Girl in Pearls

Miso is a culinary frontier that until recently was uncharted territory. I came close to tossing miso into my cart countless times but never could pull the trigger because…well, how on earth would I use it? What the heck is miso, anyway?

Well, it turns out miso is paste made from fermented soybeans and barley. Sounds super appetizing, right? Who doesn’t love using paste…

Over the summer, I started crafting my own salad dressings at home and playing around pairing different vinegars to my tried ‘n true olive oil. I haven’t purchased a bottle of salad dressing since, scout’s honor. Homemade dressing takes minutes to make and blows store-bought dressing out of the water. While tinkering with dressing ideas, I finally plucked up the courage to venture into Miso Land. And this citrus miso vinaigrette is my new go-to dressing. It’s also a wonderful marinade for seafood (like the seared ahi tuna steak above) and poultry.

I might have to explore more miso recipes…consider me converted.

Ingredients

Citrus Miso Vinaigrette Recipe (All ingredients from Trader Joe's) - DC Girl in Pearls

1 tbsp, Trader Joe’s Yellow Miso

½ cup, Trader Joe’s Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar

1 shallot, finely minced

¼ cup, extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl until blended.

Citrus Miso Vinaigrette Recipe (All ingredients from Trader Joe's) - DC Girl in Pearls

Citrus Miso Vinaigrette Recipe (All ingredients from Trader Joe's) - DC Girl in Pearls

Citrus Miso Vinaigrette Recipe (All ingredients from Trader Joe's) - DC Girl in Pearls

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Takeout Fakeout: Vegetarian General Tso Chicken

DC Girl in Pearls - Takeout Fakeout Vegetarian General Tso Chicken with vegetarian chicken nuggets, roasted brussels sprouts + quinoa

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been craving Chinese like nobody’s business. But with Thanksgiving dinner, birthday cake, holiday parties and lots of Christmas cookies on the horizon, I really shouldn’t be getting takeout. I even deleted Seamless off my iPhone in an attempt to save me from myself. And then I realized the answer to my takeout dilemma was staring at me right from my fridge.

I had all the fixins’ for General Tso Chicken right in my tiny, li’l kitchen. And I whipped up my alternative in less time than it takes for delivery! Next time you get a craving for Chinese, give this “takeout fakeout” a whirl:

DC Girl in Pearls - Takeout Fakeout Vegetarian General Tso's Chicken with vegetarian chicken nuggets, roasted brussels sprouts + quinoa

Ingredients

Brussels sprouts

Vegetarian “chicken” nuggets (I like the Wegman’s and Trader Joe’s kinds)

Quinoa

Wegman’s General Tso sauce

Directions

1. Rinse of the Brussels sprouts, slice each sprout in half. Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and sauté the sprouts until browned.

2. Prepare the nuggets and quinoa according to the directions on the package. Tip: rinse the quinoa off before you toss it into the saucepan, it’ll taste a million times better.

3. Once the brussels sprouts, nuggets + quinoa are ready, combine in a bowl and add about 2 tablespoons of the General Tso sauce. Toss to evenly mix and voila!

DC Girl in Pearls - Takeout Fakeout Vegetarian General Tso Chicken with vegetarian chicken nuggets, roasted brussels sprouts + quinoa

DC Girl in Pearls - Takeout Fakeout Vegetarian General Tso Chicken with vegetarian chicken nuggets, roasted brussels sprouts + quinoa

DC Girl in Pearls - Takeout Fakeout Vegetarian General Tso Chicken with vegetarian chicken nuggets, roasted brussels sprouts + quinoa

DC Girl in Pearls - Takeout Fakeout Vegetarian General Tso Chicken with vegetarian chicken nuggets, roasted brussels sprouts + quinoa

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Thirsty Thursday: Hot Toddy with Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka

With DC in the grips of an Arctic blast and my own hometown currently buried under six feet of snow, I have to say my main priority this week was staying cozy ‘n toasty. I added extra blankets to my bedding, pulled out my favorite cable knit head wrap and strategized work outfits involving the most layers possible. Not to mention drinking countless cups of tea just so I could wrap my hands around the warm mug.

I’m keeping the general idea of hot beverage + awesome mug = total goldmine on a freezing day or night for this week’s Thirsty Thursday but adding a wee bit of a kick to it!

And because yours truly is prone to winter weight gain, we’re keeping this cocktail light with Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka.

P.S. If you’re in WNY, stay warm + safe!

Hot Toddy with Skinnygirl Bare Naked Vodka - DC Girl in Pearls

Ingredients

1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Bare Naked Vodka

1 tsp agave nectar

1 part boiling water

3 whole cloves

1 cinnamon stick

1 lemon wedge

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Directions

Pour the agave nectar, boiling water and vodka into a mug.

Add cloves, cinnamon and the lemon wedge.

Allow the mixture to steep for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle with a pinch of nutmeg before serving.

Cheers + snuggle up with a good book (I’m currently reading Wild)!!

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Thanksgiving Plaid

Thanksgiving Day Outfit ft. J. Crew + Enzo Riding Boots - DC Girl in Pearls

Top: J.Crew Swiss Dot Tuxedo Shirt (also seen here) // Skirt: J.Crew (similar: J.Crew Factory Pleated Mini in Plaid) // Necklace: Greenbeads (similar: Greenbeads Small Cluster Necklace) // Belt: J.Crew (old, similar: Ann Taylor Tortoise Shell Patent Leather Perfect Skinny Belt) // Riding Boots: Enzo Angiolini Ellerby Riding Boots 

As far back as I can remember, Thanksgiving is always an incredibly hectic day full of pies and hustle for my family. It’s no easy feat to prep, cook, serve and entertain approximately 25 people in one day! I typically spend the entire day in my favorite XL tee du jour and running shorts with my hair piled on top of my head. And most likely flour spilled somewhere on me. That just goes with the territory. But Thanksgiving remains one of my very favorite holidays because all the prep work involved. It helps that Thanksgiving means my birthday is just a few short days away! And for birthday cake, I am truly thankful.

Typically, I get about 20 minute to get ready for Thanksgiving before our pie and side dish-laden car hits the road to Grandma’s house. I’m inevitably bolting out of my house 21 minutes later armed with a pie in my oven-mitted hands and a stray curler still in my hair. So my Thanksgiving uniform relies very heavily on basic pieces with a pop or two of festive holiday joy. This year, it’s plaid and sparkle’s turn at bat to bring on the Thanksgiving cornucopia of cheer. And a bottle of cranberry prosecco, my new boyfriend. We’ll chat about that later.

Thanksgiving Day Outfit ft. J. Crew + Enzo Riding Boots - DC Girl in Pearls

My favorite tuxedo shirt (told ya I’m obsessed) is already making another outfit cameo because well, my willpower is weak. I needed another neutral in my Thanksgiving ensemble and before I knew what was happening, I was wearing the tuxedo shirt. It’s just so cute + comfortable!! The tried and true J.Crew plaid mini brings the Thanksgiving cheer and bonus: the elastic waistband is clutch because you know I’ll have a third helping of mashed potatoes. And I still have to make a gravy pool each time. I’m turning 25 next year, why do you ask?

Tie the look together with a sparkle collar necklace for a hint of glam and belt the skirt with a tortoise shell belt, you get extra points if you go with leopard!

Thanksgiving Day Outfit ft. J. Crew + Enzo Riding Boots - DC Girl in Pearls

Thanksgiving Day Outfit ft. J. Crew + Enzo Riding Boots - DC Girl in Pearls

With the basics and a couple of holiday accents, you’ll be ready to go in under 20 minutes. Just enough time to practice responses to family members asking if you’re dating anyone, if you and your significant other have talked about marriage, how your job search is going…Pass the cranberry prosecco, please + thanks.

Thanksgiving Day Outfit ft. J. Crew + Enzo Riding Boots - DC Girl in Pearls

Thanksgiving Day Outfit ft. J. Crew + Enzo Riding Boots - DC Girl in Pearls

Thanksgiving Day Outfit ft. J. Crew + Enzo Riding Boots - DC Girl in Pearls

Photos by Dana of Something Good 

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The Shopping Bag Selections

The Shopping Bag is a must-bookmark for us girls on a budget. From cozy capes to glamorous baubles and home decor, this site has it all at solid prices. Most of my paycheck goes toward rent, utilities, savings + groceries so when I go shopping, I want to make sure my purchases are both cute and within my price range. Check out my favorite picks from The Shopping Bag and check back next week, the Chloe Two Tone Jewel Bracelet is making an appearance in my Thanksgiving outfit!

Classic Structured Bag - The Shopping Bag

Classic Structured Bag

Houndstooth Cardigan Cape - The Shopping Bag

Houndstooth Cardigan Cape

Chloe Two Tone Jewel Bracelet - The Shopping Bag

 Chloe Two Tone Jewel Bracelet

Haley Pearl Dome Studs - The Shopping Bag

Haley Pearl Dome Studs

Silk Leopard Print Scarf - The Shopping Bag

Silk Leopard Print Scarf

Stripe Print Burgundy Colorblock Dress - The Shopping Bag

Stripe Print Burgundy Colorblock Dress

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Popchips x Gilt City

Pop-up shopping Gilt City snacking on PopChips - DC Girl in Pearls

In less than a month, I’ve clocked two warehouse sales. Count ‘em, two. And have yet to see a single fight break out over a top. Or someone lose a limb desperately clinging to a hanger. Basically, my warehouse sale preconceptions based off The Nanny and Friends were false. Or I’ve managed to go to two of the most civilized warehouse sales in history.

On Friday, my friend Hollis and I headed to Union Market for the Gilt City warehouse sale, neither of us had ever gone so we didn’t really know what to expect. But there were PopChips + cocktails on top of reduced-price couture so hey, you didn’t have to twist our arms to go.

PopChips x Gilt City - DC Girl in PearlsAround the back of Union Market, rows and rows of tops, dresses, pants, shoes and purses were just waiting to be pored over. I’ll be honest, I’m not up on high fashion so some of the pieces went over my head but my god, the prices couldn’t be beat. We’re talking $600 pieces for $175. If you walked out with one piece you loved, you could call the night a wild success.

I did snag an adorable plaid top from Kate Spade because well, I got caught up in the excitement of reduced price shopping, delicious BBQ chips and oh yeah, delicious Skinnygirl cocktails. Brilliant stroke of genius, by the way. Put a bunch of women in a room with crazy-reduced clothes and ply them with cocktails. Hats off to the evil genius who thought of this.

I’ll be honest, I think I’ve bought one, maybe two things from Gilt City ever but this warehouse sale was a blast! Grab some girlfriends and even if you don’t walk out with anything, you still can have a fun time sipping cocktails and dancing to the DJ. On Friday, the DJ was on point with his game despite not having Space Jams as requested. You can’t always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.

And what we needed was more PopChips and Skinnygirl Greyhounds. Don’t worry, I snapped a picture of what went into the Skinnygirl cocktails so I’ll be sharing them with you!

Did you go to the Gilt City Warehouse sale? What’d you score?

PopChips x Gilt City - DC Girl in Pearls

PopChips x Gilt City - DC Girl in Pearls

PopChips x Gilt City - DC Girl in Pearls

PopChips x Gilt City - DC Girl in Pearls

Beep beep from Kate Spade! (RIP missing wheel spokes – still super cute)

PopChips x Gilt City - DC Girl in Pearls

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Thirsty Thursday: Apple Pie Martini

Apple Pie Martini in Minutes - DC Girl in Pearls

Pumpkin pie gets all the credit at Thanksgiving, year after year. But to me, apple pie is the unsung hero of the Thanksgiving dessert world. I’ll take a slice of apple pie and a big scoop of vanilla ice cream any day of the week. You can keep your pumpkin pie, you can even keep your pecan pie, I’m happy as a clam with my apple. I mean, the expression is “As American as apple pie” after all…

And as a wise man once said, “If you love something…turn it into a cocktail.” I might be paraphrasing just a teeny bit but you get the gist. Apple pie martinis will get you where you need to be to handle your crazy relatives this Thanksgiving and the best part is you can multiple the recipe to create a big batch for all your family members. Or serve it up at Friendsgiving!

Thanks to Tervis’ Shaker Top, crafting cocktails at home has never been easier. I measure the ounces along the size of the tumbler and then shake shake shake shake it off. Simply remove the top and pour into a glass. The best part is that the shaker top transforms any 16 oz Tervis tumbler into a cocktail shaker. Perfect for cocktails at home or at the tailgate party!

You can do this one-handed as you stuff your face with apple pie. Multitasking at its most delicious.

P.S. Check out Tervis Entertaining Collection, their rocks glasses are adorable with their crisp, clear design and durable to survive even the clumsiest of guests (we’ve all been there)!

Apple Pie Martini in Minutes - DC Girl in Pearls

Ingredients

Apple Cider, 4 ounces

Vanilla Vodka, 2 ounces

Apple Slice, for garnish

Apple Pie Martini in Minutes - DC Girl in Pearls

Directions

In the Tervis Shaker Top, pour the apple cider and then the vodka. Place the top on the tumbler and shake well.

Remove the top and strain into a glass.

If you want to get all fancy on me, you can also use caramel vodka and perhaps line the rim of the glass with cinnamon-sugar. Let me know what you think!

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