9 Sneakers You Can Wear to Work

Comfort is key for those 14-hour days at the office. But we can’t exactly all show up to work in our running sneakers and pencil skirt (and if you can, consider yourself one of the lucky ones). Striking the right balance between not feeling your feet ache and impressing the boss with your outfit is tough, but fortunately many designers are catching on to the sneaker trend.

Here are 9 sneakers that are super comfy and still stylish enough to be work appropriate.

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Not Your Grandma’s Red Lipstick

Red lips are part of the ultimate classic look. Whether I’m wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt or a little black dress, red lipstick immediately makes me feel like I stand-out, in a good way.

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That said, wearing red lipstick that is too ‘cold’ for my skin tone makes me look like a grandma. And red lipstick that’s too ‘warm’ makes my teeth seem discolored. It’s taken forever to find the perfect red shades. But these four shades are the perfect collection of fire-engine status, deep sexy brick, and dark mysterious red.

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What to Wear to Your Office Holiday Party

There’s no better time to mingle with coworkers and network with executives than the office holiday party. But even though it is a party for fun and festivities, it’s still so important to make sure that you’re appropriate around your coworkers.

Don’t stress! Here are some ideas of what you could wear to your office’s holiday party – to show your fun side while still maintaining your professionalism.


What do you plan on wearing to your office holiday party this year? Are you sticking to a festive sweater and skirt, or going bold with sequin accents?

Originally posted by me on the FindSpark blog.

How I Earn Money While Shopping

I’d been seeing the commercials on TV with “real life” moms and housewives talking about how they love getting paid to shop. But I’d never paid it any mind and immediately thought of Ebates as a scheme. It didn’t make sense to me. Recently one of my closest friends tried it and invited me to sign up. Before doing so, I searched for customer complaints to see if I could figure out how the scheme works. But instead I read about how Ebates is able to pay people to shop, and decided to give it a try.

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What I found was amazing. Upon my first two purchases, I received a $10 Target gift card in the mail as a sign-up reward. I do a lot of online shopping, so within a few months, I’d earned over $30 in Ebates cash back. To my surprise, that check came in the mail without me having to do any extra work. And yes, the check cleared.

Now Ebates even enables you to earn cash back by shopping in store, simply by linking store discounts to your credit card and then purchasing with that credit card.

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Gift Guide for the Boss

While I’ve already finished my holiday shopping for my family and friends, shopping for my boss is always the most difficult gift to find. It’s important to make a good impression, but still get something useful or thoughtful – and not overly cheesy (unless your boss is into that). Here are some ideas for gifts to buy your boss this holiday season.

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Cyber Monday Shopping Deals

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It’s officially holiday shopping season! I scoured the Internet looking for awesome deals so that you don’t have to. If you didn’t make it out to the mall on Black Friday, here are some Cyber Monday sales you can check out from the peace and warmth of your own home.

  • Alloy Apparel – 40% off [Code: CYBERM]; Free shipping on orders $50+
  • Aldo Shoes – 20% off regular-priced items; 50% off all sale items
  • Amazon – Limited time deals and price drops
  • Ann Taylor – 50% off purchase [Code: CYBER50]
  • Aritzia – Free shipping on order $100+; 40-60% off select items
  • ASOS – 30% off everything [Code: ILOVEMONDAYS]
  • Banana Republic – 40% off purchase [Code: CYBER]; Free shipping on $50+
  • Bed Bath & Beyond – 20% off one item; Free shipping on orders $49+
  • Best Buy – Huge discounts on consumer electronics; Free shipping on orders $35+
  • BonTon – $50 off $100 [Code: ZCYBER50MON]; 30% off [Code: CYBERSALE30]
  • Calvin Klein – 40% off purchase; Free shipping
  • Charlotte Russe – 30% off sitewide; Free shipping on all orders
  • Coach – Up to 50% off select items; Free shipping on all orders
  • CVS – 40% off photo canvas prints; 25% off photo ornaments
  • Dunkin Donuts – Free shipping on all orders [Code: DDCYBER14]
  • DSW – $10 off $49; $20 off $99 [Code: CYBERTHON]; Free shipping on $35+
  • Ebates – Double cash back at hundreds of stores
  • Forever21 – 20% off $60 [Code: CYBER20]; 30% off $100 [Code: CYBER30]
  • Front Gate – $100 off of $200 purchase [Code: XXW96323]
  • Gap – 40% off purchase [Code: CYBER]; Free shipping on orders $50+
  • Google Play – Free Imagine Dragons album; 85% off books
  • Groupon – Doorbuster deals on goods up to 80% off
  • H&M – 30% off purchase; Free shipping on orders $50+
  • JCPenney – 20% off orders; Free shipping on orders $49+
  • Kate Spade – 30% off any order [Code: CYBER30]; Free shipping
  • Kohl’s – 20% off orders online; Free shipping on orders $25+
  • Loft – 50% off purchase [Code: MONDAY]
  • Lord & Taylor – 25% off all items [Code: MONDAY]; Free shipping on $99+
  • Lulu on OpenSky – 30% off storewide
  • Macys – Extra 15% off [Code: CYBER]; Free shipping on orders $50+
  • Net-A-Porter – Up to 50% off sale; Free shipping and returns
  • Nine West – 20% off orders of $100+
  • Old Navy – 40% off purchase [Code: CYBER]; Free shipping on $50+
  • Overstock – Deals on electronics & more; Free shipping on $50+; 15% off
  • PacSun – 30% off and free shipping sitewide
  • Panera – $20 e-gift card when you purchase $100 in e-gift cards
  • Pier 1 – 30% off select items; Free shipping on $75+ [Code: FREESHIP75]
  • Royal Caribbean – 50% off 2nd guest; 50% off deposit; $400 spending onboard
  • Sephora – Free sample bag on orders $25+ [Code: SURPRISE]
  • Starbucks – $25 off online orders $70+; Free shipping [Code: CYBER14]
  • Target – Buy 1 Get 1 50% on apparel; Up to 40% off home decor
  • TOMS – 25% off select styles; Free shipping on orders $25+
  • Tory Burch – 20% off orders of $300+ [Code: LUCKY]
  • Ulta Beauty – Free 19 piece beauty bag with $60 order
  • Urban Outfitters – $15 off $75; $25 off $100; $50 off $150
  • Victoria’s Secret – Buy 1 bra Get 1 50% off; Free shipping on orders $50+
  • Venus – $25 gift card when you spend $50; Free shipping on orders $100+
  • Verizon Wireless – Free Ellipsis 7 tablet with 2-year data plan
  • Walmart – Up to 50% off; Free shipping on orders $50+
  • Williams-Sonoma – 10% off $50; 15% off $100; Free shipping [Code: FREESHIP]
  • WWE Shop – 25% off orders [Code: CYBER]; Free shipping on orders $15+

Do you know of any other awesome deals? Share in the comments!

5 Tips to Growing Out Hair Straightening

Having curly hair for most of my life, it’s been an uphill battle towards appreciating my ringlets. I would cry and cry as a child, asking my mom why my hair was so different than all the other girls at school. As a teenager, I’d love using a flat iron to straighten my hair, until I finally got it Japanese straightened. Four times.

Japanese straightening is the only straightening mechanism that will keep tough curly hair straight and frizz free (until roots start growing in). It doesn’t fade or wash out over time, and can only be reversed by growing out your hair.

Tips for Growing Out Japanese Hair Straightening

Not long after the fourth and most recent time I did this process did I began missing my curls. I’ve realized that my hair supports my personality, and I feel more comfortable when I let my natural curls go free.

For the past year, I’ve been growing out my Japanese straightening, patiently waiting for my curls to come back. We all know curly hair seems to grow super slowly, so here are my 5 tips to growing out your Japanese straightening.

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Fall Wedding Style

This past weekend a couple of good friends got married in a lovely town in Pennsylvania. The weather was perfect for a wedding – sunny, clear and warm, with just a slight chill in the air. Fall weddings are my favorite because not only is the scenery outdoors beautiful and picturesque, but fall weddings call for wearing deep, rich colors – my favorite. Here is my look for the wedding celebration: an emerald green mermaid-style dress, chunky gold necklace, and strappy leather wedges.

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Best Fall Nailpolish

We’re over a month into fall, and while some brands are already releasing their winter lines, I’m still just getting used to the darker shades replacing the bright pinks of summer nails. Here are my favorite shades this season (and okay, there’s one new winter shade in there already).

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I have to admit, the two shades I take through every season are deep maroon and black. What’s the one shade you wear year-round?