Sale Roundup

The Casual Classic

It's sale time!!! Woo hoo! Grab a cup of coffee, get comfortable, and let's shop! This is the week when I get ALL my Christmas shopping done. The sales seem to start earlier and earlier every year it seems, but some amazing ones popped up today that I was glad I waited for. I may have grabbed a thing or two for myself, but I'm really trying to focus on shopping for others this time around. 

  • Vince: Take an extra 25% off all sale items. This is probably my favorite sale - their stuff is just the best. I highly recommend this sweater (I own both colors), and am dying to own this coat. Also, these are just to die for. Use code FALL25.
  • Shopbop: They're having their buy more save more event, where the more you spend the more you save (hence the name). Promo code GOBIG16.
  • Tuckernuck: the more you spend, the more you save. They have the best selection of holiday wear. I'm loving this dress and this festive jacket. Up to 30% of your purchase. Discount code on site. 
  • Reformation: 30% off everything. Yes everything. This is a rare sale, and I would snag everything you want from them now. I am OBSESSED with both this dress and this dress for the holidays! 
  • Theory: Up to 40% off a huge selection of items. Not as impressive a sale as I wished for this site honestly... No discount code needed.
  • Kit & Ace: My FAVORITE! They have a bunch of great mark downs on their site, including this cozy jacket (I just ordered it!!). No discount code needed.
  • Tory Burch: 30% off a $250+ purchase. I always love the Tory shoes, and these are the perfect every day boots! Use code THANKS.
  • White & Warren: My favorite cashmere company is having a 25% off site wide sale. If you don't own this wrap, you should. No code needed, discount applied at checkout.
  • Bandier: they are having their first ever warehouse sale, and a ton of items are marked down to 70% off! You can never have too many pair of leggings, right!? No discount code needed.
  • AYR: Take an extra 30% off all sale styles. This sweater is a must have. Use promo code LATEBLOOMER.
  • Anine Bing: Big sample sale on this site. Gorgeous silk dresses, leather booties, and chunky sweaters. Prices as marked.
  • Joie: 25% off site wide. I've been eyeing these over the knee boots for a while in the tan color (they're on sale!!!). These velvet booties are perfection also.
  • Rag & Bone: 25% off site wide. I always love stocking up on my favorite booties during these sales. Normally, they're so pricey, but you can get them at a pretty good price, especially if they're already marked down! This poncho is everything. Discount code is BLACKFRIDAY25.
  • Equipment: 25% off site wide. Stock up on a classic silk blouse in every color now! Use promo code THANKS.
  • Zimmermann: Big markdowns on tons of summer items, which I know you guys probably aren't shopping for right now, but they make the BEST swimwear, and I've had my eye on this dress since the summer. Prices as marked, no code needed.
  • Christy Dawn: 30% off site wide. I've had my eye on this gorgeous floral number for weeks now. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2016.
  • Miansai: My favorite place for cuff bracelets and hook accessories (I own this necklace). Take 20% off entire site. No code needed, discount reflected at checkout.
  • Intermix: 40% off designer favorites here (the extra 40% is automatically taken at checkout). I just grabbed this dress for $77!!! Also take $150 off for every $700 you spend. I always find great deals at the Intermix sales! Use code THANKS for the $150 off - no code needed for the 40% off.
  • Stuart Weitzman: 40% markdown on a ton of items. If you're in the market for the most perfect pump, I've found them here. No promo code, prices as marked.
  • All Saints: They are offering 30% off their entire site, including this incredible jacket. If I was in the market to splurge, this would be it. Use promo code CYBER for discount.
  • J.Crew: For the first time ever, they are offering 40% off the entire site. Stock up on stocking stuffers, gifts for your man, family, and pretty much everyone on your list here. Use code HOLIDAY.
  • Rebecca Taylor: Take 25% off the entire site, plus free shipping. Use code CELEBRATE.
  • Loren Hope: 20% discount off the entire site. Stock up on a gorgeous holiday necklace to pair with that LBD that you own. Use promo code THANKFULLY.

Vegan Mac & Cheese With Butternut Squash

Vegan Mac & Cheeze // Casual Classic

Full disclosure: I am not vegan, nor would I like to be (no offense to all you that are, I just really enjoy a good, grass fed hamburger on occasion). The reason I attempt vegan or vegetarian recipes sometimes though, is because I don't like to eat meat at every meal and I really try to limit my intake. Also, when I'm craving some bad food, like mac and cheese, I try my very best to give it a healthy twist so I don't feel like crap after eating it. This one was a huge success!

Vegan Mac & Cheeze // Casual Classic

We love doing some type of yummy comfort food on Sunday's, whether it's pancakes (paleo and gluten free of course), quinoa bowls, or this time, vegan mac and cheese. I honestly have to say, I wasn't sure this one would work. How could you fake mac and cheese? Let's just say I was super doubtful. I got on my computer and searched for some recipes, and stumbled across this one, by one of my favorite food bloggers. 

Now this recipe has a slight twist... It's not your typical "cashew cheese and nutritional yeast" vegan mac. This one uses butternut squash as the main cheesy ingredient, and it was freaking good. A little garlic, a little dijon mustard, some almond milk and nutritional yeast, and the result was a creamy, cheesy sauce. I do have to say though, I used a really high quality, organic, grass fed butter instead of Earth Balance in this recipe. I can't stand that stuff! I also went with trader joes quinoa and brown rice gluten free pasta, which is my absolute favorite. I added some peas for a little extra protein and flavor, but you can add anything from kale to sausage. 

Vegan Mac & Cheese // Casual Classic

I doubled the recipe below as I wanted to have some leftovers. It's Thanksgiving week, and we have barely any groceries in our house and are heading out of town in a couple days, so this was the perfect Sunday meal. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 bag Trader Joes gluten free brown rice and quinoa pasta (or whatever pasta you prefer)
  • EVOO (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tbsp organic grass fed butter (or Earth Balance for vegan)
  • 3/4 cup unflavored and unsweetened almond milk (I think cashew milk would be amazing in this recipe though)
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder (or flour if not gluten free)
  • 6 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp himalayan salt & pepper to taste 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the over to 425 degrees F.
  2. Peel and cut the butternut squash in half. Scoop out and remove the seeds. Chop the butternut squash into little cubs and toss in the EVOO, salt and pepper. Place on a baking tray and bake for about 35 minutes or until it's soft to the touch.
  3. While the butternut squash is cooking, start on the cheese sauce. Heat the butter in a pot over low/medium heat, and whisk the almond milk and arrowroot powder in a separate bowl until there are no clumps. 
  4. Add the almond milk mixture to the pot and stir. Add the remaining ingredients (dijon mustard, garlic and onion powders, nutritional yeast, lemon, salt and pepper) and mix over low heat until the mix thickens.
  5. Cook the pasta according to the package.
  6. Once the butternut squash is done cooking, mix 1.5 cups of the cubed butternut squash with the cheese sauce in a blender. Puree until smooth.
  7. Add the butternut squash/cheese mix to the pasta and stir until it is well blended. You can also add in the peas, broccoli or whatever mix in you want at this point. 
  8. ENJOY!!