Daily Dose of Design

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How to Effectively Shop for Black Friday

This whole week is always such a whirlwind, but a FUN and exciting whirlwind! From family time to delicious food and taking the time to slow down, relax and be present - it may seem contradictory to have a day like Black Friday immediately after. However I consider it a part of the weekend, and I know a ton of others do too! It's such a fun and exciting post-turkey-coma day, but it gets really, REALLY overwhelming. Fast. There's a million sales thrown your way, people rushing in and out of stores to get the best deals - and it can be stressful, but if you love to shop it should be really fun. The best part of gift giving is picking out presents for everyone on your list, and seeing that special something in a store and knowing it's perfect for them.

As a marketing grad who loves seeing company strategies, this whole "early Black Friday blowout sale" BS grinds my gears. I don't really know how it benefits stores, but nevertheless the sales have begun to creep in. I still save the sales and shopping for Friday - maybe I just don't like change? Haha! But really, I can't be the only one who hates how it starts earlier and earlier each year right?? I think it should be kept to Friday and Cyber Week! Let Thanksgiving have it's moment, sheesh.
Anyway, I like to consider myself a seasoned Black Friday shopper at this point -- I've been going for years, and I just get so much joy out of it! ;) I've tried going at midnight, going at 2 AM, 4 AM, all day Friday... and these tips get me through year after year, and are so important when it comes to conquering Black Friday:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Shopbop Sale Finds: What to Buy for the Holidays (and for yourself!)

Just in time for the holidays, Shopbop launched their Buy More, Save More sale!! It's such a great time for it as we kick off the holiday shopping season and you can get up to 30% off of your purchase when you shop. There's a TON of items on the site on sale, and these picks are the ones you can't miss out on! Things sell quickly during these sales though, so shop while you can!

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Hostess

Holiday party season is here, and with all of the craziness that comes with this season, remembering to get a gift or getting a gift you know the party hostess will love is easier said than done! Whether she's a new home owner, in an apartment or condo without limitless room or is the friend who has everything, these ideas should help! They're all ideas you'll want for yourself just as much - good luck not changing the quantity to '2' when you add to cart! ;)

Monday, November 20, 2017

30 Showstopping Thanksgiving Dishes

Thanksgiving week is HERE! I am way too excited for all of the food, drinks (surprise surprise!) and family time we'll be getting to enjoy. I'm pretty sure the best part of Thanksgiving dinner is the side dishes and desserts - there are sooo many recipes to choose from; the traditional, yearly must haves (stuffing, cranberry sauce apple pie...) but then a couple of extra, totally delicious and beautiful dishes too that'll give you the best host award too! ;) Here are 30 totally showstopping side dishes and desserts you can make for Thanksgiving that'll leave everyone in complete awe - both taste wise AND presentation wise:

Friday, November 17, 2017

How to Be Flexible and Make Investments to Grow Your Brand

Thank you to NJ SEO for sponsoring today's post! As always, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own. 
When it comes to your blog and branding, you do everything you can to have an appealing view while still staying true to your mission and what you want your blog to be like. Growth is always the goal, and it's the true key to success - but it often requires being flexible with your growth strategies and taking time to make investments that'll benefit you in the long run! Like most, this industry requires a lot of hustle, constant growth and staying current to trends. Here's some of the most important investments you can (and should!) plan to include in your growth plan:

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Wanderluster

As I sit here drinking my peppermint hot chocolate, playing Christmas music and wearing my Santa slippers.... (ha! kidding a little bit ;) I'm so excited because it's officially Holiday Gift Guide season!! One of my favorite series' of the year, and this year there'll be a new guide every single Tuesday up until Christmas. There'll be a variety of different guides to help you shop for everyone on your list, at a variety of price points. I'm kicking off the 2017 season with one of my favorite topics - travel gifts! I know most of us love to travel, and if you have a wanderluster in your life (and/or even want to treat your travel loving self this season) these 14 gift ideas are the perfect place to start:

Monday, November 13, 2017

What to Wear for Thanksgiving Weekend

We are QUICKLY approaching Thanksgiving week... I'm really not sure how that happened so quickly, but I just saw my favorite Christmas commercial (the Hershey kisses/bells one!) and screamed from excitement! Whether your Thanksgiving is low key, you get dressed up or celebrate all weekend long - here's some outfit inspiration for Thanksgiving so you can get to shopping for this year's look: