Cyber Monday Craze

Hi Dolls!! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving (for those of you in the US).  I cannot believe how consumed I am during the holidays.  It is crazy to think that its been practically a week since I posted last.

I got to try all my yummy vegan Thanksgiving recipes, mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, stuffing and the most delicious brownies I have ever tasted.  Even all the carnivores were in love with these brownies!  You could not tell at all they were vegan.  What were some of your favorite dishes you made or tried??

So since I am a shopaholic I thought I would share some of the amazing deals I have been hearing about for Cyber Monday!

Urban Outfitters is doing $50 off $150 or more or $15 off $75 or more.  This is awesome because they have Hunter rain boots , Jeffery Campbell shoes and a ton of other designer brands that you can get $50 off on!

American Eagle is offering 50% off outerwear & winter accessories + 40% off their holiday collection PLUS free shipping.  Most of the outerwear jackets I liked came down to $50-65.00, such a good deal!

Wayfair is having another unbelievable deal.  I just love their site.  They have a ton of categories on sale.  This luggage set caught my eye: 3 pc Luggage set for $99.99, such a great deal for a 3pc set and it looks durable and comes in 3 colors!

Le Creuset sale! I just love using their dutch ovens and bake ware.  They are normally on the pricey side so I always keep my eyes open for deals, here you go! thank me later 🙂

Gap, you can’t forget gap.  They have good deals often so its no surprise they have a good one for cyber Monday.  40% off everything, including Banana Republic and Old Navy with code bestcyber, obviously these great deal ends tonight.

Dailylook.com has 30% off with code CYBERMONDAY30, so many cute clothes and accessories on this site!

What are some of your favorite deals today?!

Happy Shopping!!

xoLauren

 

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Tobi Casual Dress Sale!

First let me start by saying TGIF! This weekend took forever to get here but so happy the work week is over 🙂 Tom and I are going to go upstate to visit some family friends which will be a ton of fun.  Won’t be too crazy of a weekend which is good since Thanksgiving next week will be so exhausting.  Do you guys have any fun plans for the weekend?

So, I am such a sucker for a good sale and I love spreading the word.  I got an email informing me that Tobi.com is having a 30% off their casual dresses with promo code casual30 and I couldn’t just keep it to myself.

Their prices are pretty amazing when they don’t have a sale and now select dresses are 30% off! I just love a cute casual dress to wear with ankle boots or thigh high boots.  Most casual dresses I always feel can be dressed up as well.

Here are some of the items in my shopping cart:

Comfy Cozy Sweater Dress

Nestled Up Sweater Dress

Drop Out Shift Dress

Hope you dolls have a wonderful weekend!

xoLauren

Vegan Thanksgiving (for the first time!)

This will be my first Thanksgiving as a vegan.  I have spent the last few years of holidays as a vegetarian but this one will be a bit more challenging.  I am already getting the, “well what will you be eating?!” This will actually also be my first Thanksgiving with my family in over 5 years.  Normally Tom and I would celebrate this holiday with his parents but since they have both passed away and his brother lives in Denmark, we will be making the trip back to my home town.  My family always celebrates at my cousin Lisa’s house, it has been so long since I have seen a lot of my family so it will be such a great time!

So being the only person who will be at Thanksgiving that will not eat meat, dairy or eggs I need to bring a couple of things so I can actually eat haha.  I LOVE to cook and try new things so I picked out a few different recipes I plan on making and bringing with me.  Thought I would share my ideas and see if any other vegans out there have any fun recipes to share as well!

I just love Pinterest so of course this was the first place I checked out for some fun ideas and recipes.  I don’t want to go over board because they will think I am such a fatty haha.  But I also feel like if I make big portions, others will eat some as well so I am going to try it out and see what happens.

Here are the essentials that I feel like making this Thanksgiving:

Mashed Potatoes.  I cannot have a Thanksgiving without this yummy dish.  I know my cousin’s recipe will have butter and milk in them so I am going to make my vegan friendly one.  I am not worried about them going to waste (I have made this recipe before and you cannot tell the difference!)

I found this recipe here from the Minimalist Baker (who has a bunch of great recipes!)

  • 6-8 medium yukon gold potatoes
  • 1.5 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 5-6 cloves roasted garlic (or sub minced garlic sautéed for 3 minutes in olive oil)*
  • 3-4 Tbsp vegan butter (such as Earth Balance), melted/softened
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives for topping

and in addition to this recipe I sometimes (depending on the consistency) will add some almond milk or any non dairy milk will do

You can click the link for the full recipe and instructions.  Trust me, this can be subbed out for the normal butter and milk mashed potatoes and no one will be able to tell the difference!

You can’t have mashed potatoes without gravy.

Here is a mushroom gravy recipe that I have made once before and it was such a huge hit that I was passing out the recipe to everyone at the dinner.

  • 1/2 small onion ( I like to use sweet onions)
  • 12-15 oz. mushrooms ( I used a mix of Portabellas and Shiitake before but any variety would be good)
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup white wine (find a vegan friendly brand!)
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (I use pink Himalayan)
  • 2 Tbsp. flour + 3 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. butter (I use Earth Balance)-I sometimes add more in but do a taste test first
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • pepper to taste

    Directions
    1.Dice up the onion, mince the garlic and and thinly slice the mushrooms.
    2. In a skillet over medium heat, saute the onion in olive oil for 1 minute then add the garlic and saute another minute.
    3.Add mushrooms, salt, and herbs. Saute for 8-10 minutes.
    4.Add white wine and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.
    5.Add broth and nutritional yeast, bring to a boil, and cook for 10 minutes.
    6.In a small bowl, whisk together flour and water and add to skillet
    7.Return to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 2-3 minutes until slightly thickened.  You can add in some more flour if you feel like the consistency is not think enough
    8.Turn off heat and stir in butter until melted. Salt/pepper to taste if needed.

This meal also is not complete without stuffing!

My mother in law, Birgit, used to make this amazing stuffing and over the years we kind of adapted it to be vegetarian friendly by using veggie broth instead of chicken.  She would make 2 different kinds.  One with sausage and apples and the other with dried cherries, apples and nuts.  I want to keep some of those traditions alive so I came up with this recipe based off of my mother in laws. I do not have measurements for any of these.  They are recipes I have in my memory so bare with me haha.

  • 1 or 2 loafs of crusty bread chopped up small (I like sourdough)
  • veggie stock (I normally use 2/3 cartons) depends on how much bread you use
  • dried cherries or craisins
  • diced apples
  • walnuts
  • celery-diced up
  • carrots-diced up
  • garlic-minced
  • onion-diced
  • dried sage
  • dried thyme
  • dried rosemary
  • earth balance butter
  • salt and pepper
  1. Toast and cube the bread or leave out overnight to harden a bit.
  2. Saute over medium heat in butter the onion, celery and carrots
  3. Stir all veggies til onion is softened then add in the garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.  cook for about 5 minutes
  4. Pour in the vegetable stock and stir
  5. I sometimes would add more butter at this point
  6. Add in bread and then transfer to a greased baking dish
  7. bake covered with foil at 375 degree for 45 minutes
  8. remove foil and back for another 15 or so minutes

The last item that I most certainly have to make is a dessert!!! I have not yet baked anything vegan yet so I am super excited about this! I found the perfect recipes to try.

Fall/Thanksgiving is never complete without lot and lots of pumpkin and apples!

Both of these recipes seems rather simple and soo delicious:

 Vegan Pumpkin cake with pumpkin spice buttercream

Salted caramel apple pie bars

 

I will have to see when I get closer which one I will plan on making

Do you have any fun vegan recipes to share??

xoLauren

 

Ipsy Glam Bag All Time Faves!

So I have been getting the Ipsy glam bag for 13 months (My November one hasn’t arrived yet!! Fingers crossed it is in my mailbox tonight!) and I have actually discovered and purchased a bunch of full size items from my glam bags.  I thought I would put together a list of my all time faves that Ipsy has so kindly introduced me to!

From my first bag in October 2014:

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

I loved this cleanser so much that I went and ordered it.  It smells amazing and is not too harsh on my combination skin.  You can find this Indie Lee Brightening Cleaners here.

In December I discovered this awesome hair product:

Bumble and Bumble All-Style blow dry

I am a fanatic about my hair and the products that I use.  I tried this Bumble and Bumble hair cream and fell in love and had to buy it to use all the time.  It smells amazing too!

Coastal Scents Liquid Liner

I had never heard of Coastal Scents before getting this liner in one of my bags.  I have one piece of makeup that I use daily and that is black liquid liner.  I have tried so many different brands and will have to say this one is at the top of my list of favorites.  It stays on all day long, doesn’t smudge or fade while wearing it.  I really recommend this!  You cannot go wrong for spending only $2.95 on this either and it comes in a few different colors.

Eva-NYC up all night volumizing spray

Another hair product that I purchased full size.  This smells amazing!! That is the main reason I purchased it hahah.  Yes it works nice too but the smell is what had me purchase it.  You can find this Eva-NYC Up All Night Spray here.  You can get it in a 1oz bottle or 8oz bottle which I love.  So you have the option of sampling it to see if you really like it or not!

Gel Effect Nail Lacquer

I had never heard of this brand before.  I wasn’t a huge fan of the color but wanted to try it to see how I liked the formula and it really did stay on long and was super shiny.  Gel Effect by Aurora comes in so many colors so I decided to buy a few.  I also just saw that they are running a 30% off sale right now on their site!!

Did you discover brands from Ipsy that you never knew existed before?? If so which ones are your new faves?

xoLauren

Gap Holiday Sale!!

I love the holidays for a number of reasons but the main one being all the great deals you can find!  I got an email about this awesome Gap sale! Of course the sale also goes for Old Navy and Banana Republic .  For today and tomorrow only you can get free 3 day shipping with a purchase of $75 or more AND 40% off when you use the code HOLIDAY at checkout.  Here is a holiday look I found at Gap that I just love!

find these here!

I have been so in love with the lace up flats trend and this color is SO festive! This was the first thing that caught my eye when shopping and I will be buying these!

You can find this sweater here, comes in a few different colors too!

I am such a big sweater junky this time of year.  You can never go wrong with a big sweater, skinny jeans/leggings and either flats or ankle boots.

I screamed when I saw these velvet pants.  I just LOVE these and I am obsessed with burgundy this time of year too.  They come in a few different colors too.  I never do a huge fancy thing for Thanksgiving but I do like to get dressed up a little.  This is the perfect outfit for a gathering at my cousins house.  I totaled up this lovely look and with the free shipping and 40% off, the entire outfit came to just under $100!!!

Happy Shopping! I hope you find some great deals at Gap and if so please do share what you ended up getting!!

xoLauren