Treat Yourself: Coop’s Handmade All-Natural Hot Fudge

Coop's Handmade Hot Fudge

Blake Lively’s new website, Preserve, launched last week and I took a quick peek. I can’t say I was particularly interested in the content (or could understand why things are written in such a… flowery?… manner), and I spent the bulk of my visit scoping out the “Shop” section of the site.

Literally the first thing that caught my eye was Coop’s All Natural Hot Fudge, which they were selling for $10.50. Apparently this hot fudge is made without corn syrup or preservatives. It’s gluten-free and kosher, family-owned, and made in the U.S.A. What really sold me though is the packaging. I love that it looks like fudge is dripping over the container.

While I was tempted to purchase this from Preserve, I’m glad I waited because it’s currently on sale at my favorite site of the moment, Abe’s Market. Abe’s sells Coop’s Handmade Hot Fudge for $10.99, but you can currently get 20% off any purchase with code “ICECREAM”. Plus, shipping is free on all orders, which means this can be yours for around $8.79 (not counting tax).

I’m sure this would be delicious over ice cream, but I’m not going to lie. I plan on eating this right out of the jar. :)

Here’s What You Can Get for $15 or Less at Downeast Basics Today

When I became the Budget Style Expert at I joked to my parents that I had officially carved out a career for myself as a professional shopper. I suppose I was only half kidding because I actually do spend the majority of each day engaging in online window shopping and exploring stores both new and old. That said, I occasionally stumble across new stores and think to myself, “how could I have not known this existed?!”

That’s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago when I found Downeast Basics. Downeast Basics has been around since at least 2012 and they have quite a few storefronts on the west coast. I cannot yet speak to the quality of items found here, but I have been more than impressed with their selection of styles (primarily basics) and their low price points. Sizing seems to run from XXS-XXL on most items, but of course I don’t know how that translates.

The prices are even better at the moment because you can currently take an additional 40% off all Downeast Basics Clearance Items!

Downeast Basics Coupon: Use code “YOLO40″ at checkout to receive an additional 40% off all Downeast Basics Clearance Items. (I did a double take when I saw this coupon code yesterday. Despite YOLO, I swear that most of the styles are appropriate for women of all ages.) This coupon is valid through August 3, 2014.

Here are just a few of the items I spotted in the clearance sale that cost less than $15 after the 40% discount is applied:

Downeast Basics Clearance Sale

Row 1:

In Stitches Tee – originally $16.99, on sale for $5, get it now for $3

Table for Two Blouse – originally $29.99, on sale for $10, get it now for $6

Dashing Pant – originally $34.99, on sale for $15, get it now for $9

Row 2: 

Stripe Dreams Tunic – originally $32.99, on sale for $10, get it now for $6

Pipe Down Skirt in Maize – originally $29.99, on sale for $22.99, get it now for $13.79

Calling this skirt color maize leads me to believe someone in that organization might have attended the University of Michigan. Also, yesterday I created a work outfit for less than $80 that was focused around this skirt.

Confident Cardi – originally $36.99, on sale for $15, get it now for $9



Click here to check out the Downeast Basics Clearance Sale!

Steal This Look: Kate Middleton’s Navy Blazer

Steal this Look: Kate Middleton's Navy Blazer

One of my biggest questions in life is what do celebrities do with all of the free clothes they receive? It’s no secret that many, if not most, A-list celebrities receive most of their outfits for free thanks to the attention it can bring designers, but what do they do once the event is over? It’s rare to see a celebrity ever wearing the same thing twice, which I’ll admit makes me a little sad for them. (Not THAT sad, mind you. I’d still like to raid any and all of their wardrobes.) Don’t celebrities have favorite items that they want to wear? I know when you’re being gifted thousands of dollars worth of apparel on a regular basis the first thing you think about may not be when you’re next going to wear your favorite LBD, but still. I guess I’m a creature of habit. I have my favorites and I’d be bummed if I couldn’t wear them.

I like to think that Kate Middleton and I are on the same wavelength. She frequently gets photographed wearing the same clothing and no item more so than her favorite navy blazer. According to People, Kate Middleton is wearing the Smythe One-Button Blazer, which you can get from Saks for $595.

As long as Kate Middleton has been in the public eye she has favored an assortment of navy blazers, and it is this latest one that has me thinking that I NEED to add a navy blazer to my fall wardrobe. Of course, investing in a $595 blazer is out of the question, so instead I went in search of a comparable one-button navy blazer, which, if Kate is to be believed, can be worn with absolutely anything at anytime.

Here are a few navy blazer options that will help you steal Kate Middleton’s look:

Steal Kate Middleton's Look with these Navy Blazers


1. Calvin Klein One-Button Leather Detail Cotton Stretch Blazer – on sale for $69.99 at Calvin Klein

2. Yumi Classic Structured Blazer – on sale for $40.01 at ASOS

3. (Plus Size) Merona Tailored Basket Weave Blazer – $39.99 at Target

4. Tahari Arthur S. Levine One-Button Blazer – on sale for $72.52 at Lord & Taylor


Steal Kate Middleton's Look with these Navy Blazers

5. Fluid Stretch Twill Jacket – on sale for $49.99 at LOFT

6. Fitted Jacket – $34.95 at H&M

7. Merona Ponte Blazer – on sale for $20.98 at Target

8. MICHAEL Michael Kors Three-Quarter-Sleeve Ruched Blazer – on sale for $79.99 at Macy’s

Wedding Wednesday: Rocha Ring


When I first got married I was all about items that would represent my new name. I got towels with my new initials, pillows, and more! One thing I did not get was any jewelry! What was I thinking?! Had I seen this rocha ring then it totally would have found it’s way to my jewelry box! It could also be a great alternative to a wedding ring or engagement ring. And at a great price! Or, you could even gift them to your bridesmaids! So cute! You can choose your metal, shape, size font and initials. This would make a great gift for a new bride to be with her new name.

Wedding WednesdayAdorable!

It’s dainty enough to be worn everyday!

I’ve really become smitten with stackable rings lately. And mixed metals, so I definitely like the idea of mixing and matching! Maybe I would get my initials on one, and my husband’s on the other. Or my kids. Too many choices!

One thing to note though, these take four weeks to ship. Keep that in mind if you are ordering this as a gift. Also, don’t forget that you can currently get 30% off everything at BaubleBar with code “SUMMER30″! This Rocha Ring costs $89, but after the 30% discount the price drops to $62.30. (This coupon expires today.

The Rocha Ring is available in sterling silver, gold plated or 14 karat gold for an additional $290. Also, it looks like it is currently only available in size 6 and 7.

Go ahead brides, show off your new initials!

Do tell: brides to be, would you wear this rocha ring to show off your new name?

Wedding Wednesday: 13 Chic Wedding Chair Signs

13 Chic Wedding Chair Signs |

Wedding WednesdayOne thing I didn’t have at my own wedding, though I spent a lot of time thinking about, is reception chair signs for me and my husband. I probably would have done this, but I had to make a quick seating change at the last minute, so my husband and I ended up at a small table alone and facing all of our guests. As a result, nobody would have even seen our chair signs if I had made or purchased them.

Still now I see them all the time and think they’re such a cute idea. They generally aren’t very expensive and some are simple enough that they could be a fun and inexpensive DIY project. These signs can make for a great photo opportunity (just be sure to add it to your required photo list).

If you’re shopping for small decorations for your wedding day, here are some chic wedding chair signs that I am loving:

We Do Chair Banner from BHLDN

We Do Chair Banner from BHLDN – $48

BHLDN has the most beautiful wedding items. It’s hard to tell from this image, but the letters are covered in gold glitter! I’m sure crafty people could turn this into an easy DIY project.


Ampersand Wedding Chair Sign

Ampersand Wedding Chair Sign from Host & Toast (Etsy) – $38

This Ampersand Wedding Chair Sign hangs between both of your chairs. It’s beautifully simple.


Bride and Groom Wedding Chair Signs

Bride and Groom Wedding Chair Signs from Better Off Wed (Etsy) – $59

Better Off Wed is actually where I got my custom wedding cake topper (which we used for pie) and I can personally attest that they do great work!


Wedding Wednesday: State Save the Date Wood Magnets


South Carolina Save the Date Magnets

I spotted these State Save the Date Wood Magnets on Hatch the other day and fell instantly in love. I feel like I keep saying this, but had I seen these before my wedding I probably would have gone this route. It’s such a fun idea! The magnets can actually be made in the shape of any state or country, so no place in the world is off limits!

Wedding WednesdayI’d say this would be perfect for a destination wedding, but it would really be perfect for any kind of wedding. I would likely keep this on my fridge long after the wedding had passed!

Details: This magnet is made out of maple wood with an mdf core (so it is very sturdy) and comes with a kraft envelope. The size of the magnets are approximately 4.25 by 3 inches…..depending on the shape, and the envelope is a 4bar size (fits standard 3.5 by 5 inch cards). The wood is 1/8 inch thick, and the words are engraved into the wood using our super cool laser.

Pricing: 25 for $110….. 50 for $170….. 75 for $225….. 100 for $305….. 125 for $380….. 150 for $450….. 175 for $525….. 200 for $600….. 225 for $675….. 250 for $750…..

I’m pretty sure these save the date magnets cost less than the paper save the dates I sent out, and these are much more memorable!

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