Happy Black Friday, you turkeys!
As the food coma wears off, be sure to check out all these amazing Black Friday sales! I do most of my Christmas shopping online and take advantage of these fantastic deals. It is also a great time to stock up on basic wardrobe needs for yourself that are marked down. My picks for the best sales are listed alphabetically below and you can shop some of my favorite sale pieces at the bottom of the post! Happy Shopping!
  • Ann Taylor: 50% off with code CELEBRATE (you can get my favorite black booties for under $100 here!)
  • Anthropologie: 25% off  with code SHOPTOIT
  • Banana Republic: 50% off sweaters, 40% off the rest of your purchase with code BFRIDAY
  • Baublebar: 30% off with code THX
  • Boden: 30% + free shipping and returns
  • Design Darling: 20% off with code THANKFUL
  • Furbish: 20% off with code CYBER
  • Gap: 50-70% off everything
  • Gigi New York: FREE GIFTS with purchase + free personalization
  • J. Crew: 30% off full-priced items, 40% off sale with code HOLIDAY
  • J. Crew Factory: 50% off, free shipping with code GIFTS
  • Kate Spade: 25% off with code MERCI
  • Kendra Scott: 15% off with code SALE15
  • Lilly Pulitzer: FREE GIFTS with purchase
  • L.L. Bean: 10% off with code THANKS10, $10 gift card with purchase of $50 + free shipping
  • Loft: 40% off with code BF40
  • Mark and Graham: 20% off + free monogramming & free shipping with code FRIENDS
  • Nordstrom: Extra 25% off select sale items
  • Orvis: Up to 30% on select full-priced favorites + free shipping with code SHIPFREE
  • Revolve: Up to 80% off new markdowns + extra 20% off sale with code BLACKFRIDAY20
  • Sur La Table: Extra 20% off clearance with code SAVEBIG + free shipping & lots of Black Friday specials
  • Shopbop: Spend $250, save 15%; spend $500, save 20%; spend $1000, save 25% with code GOBIG15
  • Tory Burch: Spend $250, save 30% with code THANKS
  • Tuckernuck: 15% off with code CYBER-15; spend $200, save 20% with code CYBER-20; spend $500, save 25% with code CYBER-25; spend $1000, save 30% with code CYBER-30
  • Williams-Sonoma: free shipping with code FREESHIP + lots of Black Friday specials

Be sure to take another look at my gift guides (Ladies Here & Gents Here), as many of the pieces I chose are now on SALE!

Have a great day!


Holiday Gift Guide: GENTS

Happy Turkey Day, friends!

There is so much to be thankful every day of the year, but this year I am feeling most thankful for my new job. To say this new career has been life changing would be an understatement. I have found so much happiness in this adventure, and am also especially thankful for the support of Bryce and my parents who were cheering me on, despite the fact that I quit my teaching job without a new one lined up.

And now, onto my gift guides for the Gents! I am slowly, but surely plugging through these. Every year, the Southern Gent guide is my favorite, and in my mind there really isn't any other type of man worth your time or gifting (wink, wink....kidding!). That being said, that is the only gift guide I have ready at this point. I will be updating this post as I complete the others.

I used my Southern Gent as the inspiration for this guide...most of these items are pieces that Bryce already owns and loves, and the rest are things I know he would love to have!

Wow the guy who always has the coolest gadgets with these techie finds! I'm partial to the smart watch featured which is a more stylish choice than the similar Apple Watch!

For the man who's always getting into trouble and debauchery, embrace gifts that are a bit on the wild side!

Even though he might not do much other cooking, you know that food hot off the grill can't be beat. Be sure to give your grill master gifts that will motivate him to get grillin!

Whether your guy is a player or fan, these gifts are sure to be a hit!

For your little man, buy gifts that are as cool as he is!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Holiday Gift Guide: LADIES

Happy Monday readers! 

Can you believe that Thanksgiving week is here? This fall has flown by!

This week is the biggest shopping week of the year--lots of Santas and elves are hard at work getting a head start on holiday shopping.

The last 3 years I have put together holiday gift guides for the blog and it is one of my favorite round ups of posts each year. I love, love, love finding the perfect gifts for the special people in my life and enjoy putting together guides to help you do the same.

I'm a bit behind on the guides this year, so it's going to be a whirlwind of a week! Today I am happy to share the Ladies edition of the guides. Wednesday I'll be back with the Gents and if I don't lose steam I'll finish out on Friday with Stocking Stuffers and a Black Friday sale round-up!

So without further adieu, let's get shopping!

For the pink loving, ultra girlie girls in your life, 
choose gifts that are glam or will make her feel pampered!

For the decorating mavens that have a special way of always making you feel at home, 
focus on unique pieces that will give their rooms and vignettes an extra dose of detail.

When it comes to your bestie, pick gifts that are as fun as she is!

For the friend that knows how to keep your belly happy, 
gift pieces that will make cooking and entertaining a little more easy and fun!

For your friend that has it all, find pieces that are just as fabulous as she is!

For the littlest ladies in your life, select pieces that are both fun and functional!

What's on your holiday wishlist?

Do you have go-to gifts for the ladies in your life?

Are you a plan ahead shopper or last minute gal?

Have a great day!


Sift With Style Giveaway

Happy Hump Day readers!

I hope you are having a great week so far!

We have been having the most gorgeous weather here the last few days and it has been a treat!

I am excited today to share with you a styled look featuring a Sift with Style Millie Tassel Necklace. I first discovered Katie's fabulous necklaces when shopping in a local boutique, Bliss at 5812. I was immediately drawn to the necklaces because Katie uses bright colors and a mix of styles. They're offered at a great, reasonable price point as well, which has made them a go-to for gift giving!

All that being said, you can imagine I was very excited when Katie contacted me about styling a piece and hosting a giveaway. I decided to stray from my typical bright colors and am so glad I did. I chose the Millie with black beads and a mix of neutral colored tassels. It is the perfect mix of shades for fall.

Those of you who follow along on Instagram got a sneak peek of the necklace last week!

Keeping neutrals in mind, I decided to pair it with my absolutely favorite sweater of the season!

I found this sweater while shopping at The Dandelion in Irvington on a river weekend earlier this fall and am in love! It is oh so soft and the tunic cut makes it ultra flattering as well. It also comes in gray and I found it online here. The sweater looks great over my go-to Pixie Pants and y'all know I'm a sucker for my over-the-knee boots. Mine were bought last fall, but I found a nearly identical pair here.

Get my look here:

And now friends, you are in luck! I am giving away a Sift with Style Millie necklace on Instagram. Full directions are on the Instagram post here, BUT, I am giving my blog followers a bonus entry. If you follow via Google Friend Connect, be sure to mention it in a comment on my Instagram post and I will give you a bonus entry!

Best of luck!

Have a great day!


Five on Friday

Happy Friday friends!

I'm excited to be "checking in" today and linking up for the Five on Friday. I literally have planned to do this for the last 3 Fridays and each week it's seemed to have fallen by the wayside. Whoops!

I feel like this blog is at a bit of a crossroads. I'm not ready to say goodbye, but I feel like I'm at a point that blogging doesn't feel like the priority it once was. I appreciate your sticking around as I figure the next steps in the life of Alexandra Bee Blog. Stay tuned...

So  now onto my Friday five...these are some of my favorite posts because they can encompass whatever random tidbits are filling life or my mind of late.

One Room Challenge Reveal Favorites
I'll be honest:  I don't typically follow along with the ORC start to finish, but I do always get excited when the reveals come out. I dream of someday participating myself (whilst kicking myself for not when making over our sun room) and can only hope that the challenge is still around years from now when we're in our next home. Anyways, I went through all the reveals the other night and couldn't resist sharing a few of my faves from the line up.

The one ORC that I have followed start to finish is by one of my blogging faves, Katie of Miss Dixie. I am a huge fan of her style and loved seeing the transformation of her living room.

Best Black Booties
After starting my new job, I went on the hunt for a great pair of black booties I could wear in lieu of heels during the cold winter months. After a few online orders (and returns), I settled on this pair from Ann Taylor...and I am obsessed with them! They are so comfortable, but still have a sleek and professional look. Bonus: AT seems to have a 40% off sale every other week and I scooped these up during one such sale! You can get the same deal now through Sunday with code FRIENDS40.

Y'all know I love to read. I feel like something's missing if I ever find myself "in between" books. That being said, I've recently switched gears a bit with my book choices. As a little girl, my favorite books were always mysteries which later translated into thrillers as I grew up. The last few years, I've gravitated more toward traditional "chick lit" though, until recently. Lately the books I've read have been thrillers and I'm loving them. The most recent I finished was Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. It was ah-mazing...such a page turner with some big twists and turns that I read almost the entire book in one night (staying up until nearly 5 am!). 

Christmas Decor
Those that follow along on Instagram know that I don't start decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. That being said, I certainly start getting excited before then and have found in recent years I find myself in the Christmas spirit earlier and earlier. I have enjoyed flipping through all the Christmas catalogues that started piling up post-Halloween. While perusing holiday decor online, I recently found my zebra pillow that you probably remember from last year (here) on MAJOR SALE! This might be my favorite winter decorations and I am wishing I was able to score it at this reduced price myself, and thus, couldn't resist sharing it with you!

I am thinking this year I want to buy a few of these fun disco ball ornaments to mix in with our more traditional red and green ornaments that I use around the house to decorate!

Diet Time
In the last few weeks I've noticed that my pants are feeling a little snug which is my cue to start being a bit more diligent with my daily choices. Y'all know that I'm a big proponent of moderation, so I'm working to lighten up my diet during the week, by going for more low-carb and low-sugar choices. Let's face it, this girl couldn't do the whole NO-carb thing, nor would I want to. Rather, I am trying to focus though on eating more smart carbs and cutting back on the breads, pastas, and sweets. With the holidays coming up and a very busy couple of months, I am giving myself a free pass as far as weekends go, but am hoping that cutting back during the week and hopefully curbing some of my cravings will do the trick. That being said...any great light or low-carb recipes I should check out? Making good choices at dinnertime is the biggest challenge for me.

What's been going on in your life lately?

Have a great weekend!