Monday, April 27, 2015

Gift a Feast Mother's Day Review & Giveaway!

Mother's Day is just around the corner and I've partnered with a wonderful company, Gift a Feast, to not only share with you some wonderful Mother's Day gift ideas (or another special women in your life) but one lucky reader will also win a package of goodies to keep or to give as a gift! The giveaway image below can be pinned directly to your Pinterest page. We'd love for you to share with friends!

I love providing gifts that offer an experience and Gift a Feast does just that. Gift a Feast is a gift service featuring the best handcrafted treats from San Francisco Bay Area (one of my very favorite cities!), wrapping into gorgeous packages, and including a handwritten note card. They aspire to make the long traditions of gift-giving easy for busy people. They provide a wonderful assortment of taste experiences and they do all the hard work for you. You simply select from one of their carefully curated collections of local artisans which cater to both savory fans and the sweet tooth alike. Then choose from their beautiful wrapping paper selection and they'll not only wrap up a tower of edible goodness but they'll also provide a personalized handwritten card for your recipient too and ship it directly to them. With warmer temps in mind, they do an awesome job of insulating it with ice packs too. This is the perfect solution if you're looking for a unique gift with a personal touch but are too busy and don't have the time to pull it all together. They also take the guess work out of pairing complementary delightful treats.

In order to share my first hand experience as a gift recipient, Gift a Feast sent me 'A Feast of Sweets for Mom' since I love chocolate and desserts. After sharing my choice of feast along with my favorite wrapping paper choices for them to surprise me with, I received an e-mail confirmation of the ship date quickly thereafter which included a photo of my wrapped gift. This is a really wonderful aspect of the service that I appreciated. I've sent items in the past through other companies and had no idea what it would look like upon arrival, this way I got to see it first hand. When my package arrived, knowing they were shipping to hot, humid Florida, I noticed they included ice packs to keep everything from melting since much of my gift contained chocolate and truffles. Everything arrived in perfect condition! I was delighted to open up a handwritten card that the owner wrote to me as if it had come from my 19-month old baby girl Lily (courtesy of them) which was such a thoughtful touch. In addition, there were informational cards on each vendor, a mini story of each company in which the contents of my packages was procured from. Everything about this gift felt warm and fuzzy and that was before I had even had a chance to curl up with a chai latte and sample all of the yumminess inside!

My gourmet 'Feast of Sweets for Mom' contains: a wonderfully addictive classic hard toffee with almonds from Toffee Talk, delectable Kalamansi Lime as well as Lychee Rose Green Tea dark chocolate truffles from Jade Chocolates which melt in your mouth and are a taste adventure, A signature box of assorted chocolate truffles from Neo Cocoa including such flavors as zested lime (my fav), toasted coconut, almond butter + smoked sea salt, crushed cacao nib and mocha cinnamon to name their amazing combinations, and last but not least a generous tin of candied organic Ruby Red grapefruit peel from June Taylor which was the perfect mix of sweet and tart. I found everything to be fresh, packaged beautifully and a taste explosion for your mouth in a delicate and artful manner.

I had such a lovely experience (and as you can see above, my sweet girl was equally as excited about opening the package!). ;) I highly recommend exploring the Gift a Feast page to see the many other options available, the perfect grouping for your own mom. For a limited time from today 04/27- 05/27, Gift a Feast wants to give The Classy Woman readers 30% OFF any feast collection with code: THECLASSYWOMAN at checkout.

ENTER below for your chance to win a Gift a Feast package of your own! ***Please be sure to complete the first two mandatory entries which includes leaving a comment on this post, or your entry won't be valid. One lucky winner will receive their choice of feast mailed to either them or their mom in time for Mother's Day. This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only. The gift will ship to your U.S. address of choice. Ends 05/02 and winner will randomly be selected via Rafflecopter and announced on 05/03 her as well as my social media pages.

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Thanks for reading and a big thank you to our generous sponsor Gift a feast! Good luck to all those entering!


Sunday, April 26, 2015

5 Spring Accessories Your Wardrobe Needs!

Kate Spade Bag  (8% cash back at Nordstrom + price matching)      
Burberry Sandals (3% back at Bloomingdales + $25 off every $100 spent) Ends: 04/26   
Aviator Sunglasses  (6% back at Saks Fifth Avenue + 30% off w/ code: FRNFAM Ends: 04/27  
Gold Cuff  (3% back at J.Crew + up to 30% off full-price items & up to 50% off sale items)  
 iPhone Case ( 2% cash back at Lord & Taylor + 25% off their friends & family sale)               

Today I'm teaming up with, an online coupon and cash back site that partners with thousands of online retailers and more than 60 million members to deliver savings and rewards, to share with you my 5 spring accessory must-haves that your wardrobe needs.

A crossbody bag is so versatile and this Kate Spade bag above in the blush tone is a spring staple! Blush is the new neutral this season and this bag can be worn crossbody style, on one shoulder or you could tuck the strap in and use it like a clutch, it's 3 in 1. These Burberry sandals are so elegant and a nude tone goes with so much that they are worth the investment as they are well made and a classic style that you'll have for years to come. Beyond black, brown and white, it's nice to have other options for eye wear. I love these blue/green RayBans with gold frame to add a pop of color and a more casual vibe-perfect for the beach or a laid back weekend look. Gold tones mixed with warmer weather just work together and cuffs have a big impact, this simple design is anything but boring, it can be paired with so many outfits and it's really affordable. Lastly, it's fun to switch up the look of our iPhones from time to time with a new case. Mine has recently been destroyed by my sweet baby girl so I've been on the look out for a new one and this Tres Tres Belle is the perfect lighthearted message and color for the season.

You know what's better than finding the perfect pieces for your wardrobe? Getting them on sale and making money on what you buy in the process! allows you to purchase all the items you normally would and shares with you the best deals happening at each retailer AND gives you a % in cash back of your purchases that you get in the form of a check just for shopping! Let's use the Kate Spade bag above as an example, if you visited the site and saw the sale taking place at Nordstom and chose them as your retailer of choice for the Kate Spade Crossbody bag, you'd see Nordstrom is currently offering a price matching sale which takes the bag from $198 to $148.50 + when you sign up for the rewards you'll earn 8% cash back on this purchase (essentially $7.42 in the bank for just using their link), you've just saved yourself a total of $42.08 compared with the original price or over 20% OFF.  That's only one item! They partner with home decor retailers, beauty sites, flower delivery companies and so much more. Can you imagine the serious savings to be had if you began purchasing most of your items this way? You could use it towards a weekend getaway, paying down bills faster or to continue adding more classy pieces to your wardrobe. It's a win-win. What I love, is that it's super easy to use once to take a moment to create an account. Happy Saving!

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*This is a sponsored post in collaboration with which contains affiliate links. I may make a small commission if you click on the item links.  All items selected, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Ann Taylor 50% Off Semi-Annual Sale Favorites!

One of the things I love most about spring when freshening up my wardrobe is all of the amazing sales that take place! I have a number of retailers that are my go-to for classic pieces (since that is what I build my wardrobe on) and today one of my favorite shops, Ann Taylor, is having their fabulous semi-annual spring sale offering 50% OFF of EVERYTHING and they're even providing free shipping! It ends tonight though so definitely take advantage. What's great is that they have almost every size stocked in every style still! They offer everything from regular sizes and petite to tall sizing for us taller gals!

What I love most is the versatility in their pieces and that they range from polished professional pieces for the workplace to refined yet cozy weekend wear. Their style is always current and spot on, never over the top, you can truly build a great closet filled with essentials that you'll have for many years to come and yet their price point makes it an affordable way to create a wardrobe of pieces that you'll love and are easy to co-ordinate with one another.

Today I'm sharing my favorite pieces from the sale, you can click on any of the images and it will take you straight to the item on their website. Be sure to use the code: CYBER50 at checkout!

I've been meaning to add some new white denim to my closet as well as some ankle length pants so these white modern skinny ankle jeans are the perfect solution. This caftan style top will go perfectly with them too! What essentials are you hoping to add to your wardrobe this Spring?

Happy Shopping!


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