Guy Gift Ideas

guy gift guide

Oh, boy! Need to buy for a guy? Phew! They can be so hard to shop for - am I right?! I thought I'd share some gift ideas for your guy today... or for your dad, brother, grandfather, etc. Everyone is different so there are all sorts of categories you can shop. The outdoorsman, the nerd (I say that with love... Justin's a nerd hehe), the fashionable man, the traveler, the gamer, the laid back guy, and the guy who likes to have a good time. So many choices for so many different personalities! 



Cozy Knits & Animal Prints

ideal of sweden phone case with kut from the kloth sweater

I can't believe it's already Wednesday. I'm a day behind since we traveled home from Thanksgiving on a Monday so it most definitely feels like a Tuesday. If you missed yesterday's #GivingTuesday post make sure to check it out because I'm hosting a fabulous giveaway for a holiday necklace. I've been loving statement jewelry lately, like my earrings included in this post. Perfect for the holidays! 

And speaking of statement... how about this leopard phone case?!



Giving Tuesday + A Giveaway

blank nyc leather jacket with flared jeans

Hello, Tuesday! Is everyone absolutely shopped out?! So many sales for so many days. So many emails, try on sessions, and swipes of the credit card lol. To balance out last week and yesterday I thought we'd honor Giving Tuesday on the blog this year. Giving Tuesday is a global movement all about helping others through the gift of time, donation, goods or your voice. This will be the sixth year #GivingTuesday is fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. So much can be done through the voice of influencers nowadays and it's so important for us, celebrities, tv personalities, etc. to use our reach to educate and to give back. 

Cyber Monday & My Favorite Sales

cyber monday shopping on laptop

cyber monday shopping on laptop

Cyber Monday has officially arrived! Goodness gracious, the sale season is officially upon us and there are so many deals and discounts to be had. I've received more emails than I ever have before... I could spend all day going through them and I still wouldn't know all the sales happening lol. If you missed my most recent posts I shared my favorite pink sweater, a huge high-end sale, my favorite cyber week deals, a gift guide for the tech-savvy guru, and today I'm officially sharing Cyber Monday! I hope you all have been able to find some great deals and snag some items you've been wanting at a discount. You can also view my Cyber Sales tab at the top of the blog!



Gift Guide: The Tech Savvy Guru

gift guide tech savvy guru
gift guide tech savvy guru

It's another Sunday and another holiday gift guide. If you missed it, I've already done one for the glam girl and one for the coffee connoisseur. Today is all about the tech lover... the savvy tech guru. That person you know who is always on the cutting edge and who loves to have the newest of the new. You know the person... the one who always upgrades when a new iPhone comes out haha. 

I even included in the post my DSLR camera and favorite lens because I get a lot of questions about what camera I use for blog posts. It's definitely an investment but I love the way the photos turn out, all of the fancy settings, and the fact it also records (in case I decide to do YouTube one day). Additionally, you'll find some amazing phone cases, like the one by Lumee that lights up for the perfect selfie, and the ultra chic tortoise design

If you're looking for your guy and don't want to spend a ton but want to get them something they will use and love, take a look at the Bose portable speaker. I got one for Justin two years ago and we use it all the time to play music throughout the house. It has Bluetooth functionality so you can even take it out on the lake in the summer to play your fav tunes!

If you missed any of the fabulous sales happening, you can find my Cyber Week picks in recent posts HERE or HERE. OR all of my favorites HERE. And you can view lots of the retailers and sales below. And under that, all of the items included in today's post.

ABERCROMBIE // Free shipping on all orders!

AG JEANS // 30% off sitewide with Code: BF16

AMERICAN EAGLE // 40% off + 50% off all sweaters, shoes and cozy accessories

ASOS // 30% off sitewide with code: THANKFUL30

BANANA REPUBLIC // 50% off 5 regular priced items sitewide

BARNEYS NEW YORK // 40% off sitewide

BAUBLEBAR: 30% off sitewide with code: THANKS30
BERGDORF GOODMAN // 40% off sitewide

BIRCHBOX // Sales starting at 10% off

BLOOMINGDALES //  Take 15% off $100-$199.99 or 20% off $200+ on a great selection of items online  + save up to 50% on select items 

BURBERRY // Complimentary monogramming and next day delivery!
CHICWISH // 25% off sitewide 

COACH // 30% off select styles 

COLE HAAN // 40% off sitewide

DYLAN'S CANDY BAR // 25% off sitewide with code: STOCKINGSTUFFER

FURBISH STUDIO // 20% off sitewide with code: HOLIDAY20
GHD // 25% off sitewide.

GOODNIGHT MACAROON // 30% off entire site with code: BLACKFRIDAY2017

HAPPY SOCKS // 40% off + free shipping
J.CREW // 40% off sitewide with code: THANKU

NORDSTROM // Cyber Monday at NORDSTROM! Extra 20% OFF selected sale items. FREE shipping. FREE returns.
OLD NAVY // 40% off everything


REBECCA MINKOFF // 25% off orders of $100 or more with code: BLACK25 and 30% off orders of $250 or more with code: BLACK30
REVOLVE // 65% off - early access 
SAK’S FIFTH AVENUE // Up to 40% off
SHOPBOP // Get 20% off orders of $200 + .25% off orders of $500+ and 30% off orders of $800 or more with code MORE17 at Shopbop!

SOLE SOCIETY // 30% off all footwear, select bags, and accessories

STEVE MADDEN // 30% off + free shipping with code: MERRY

SWEET WATER DECOR // $10 off $30 with code: JOLLY10, $20 off $50 with code: JOLLY 20, $50 off $100 with code: JOLLY 50
T3 MICRO // 25% off sitewide

TOPSHOP //Up to 50% off select items

TORY BURCH //Take 30% off $250 including sale styles with code: THANKS



Cyber Week Sale Favorites

cyber week sales

Happy Weekend! Are you all sale shopped out yet?! Phew! I've never gotten so many emails with deals and discounts in my life. I'm sure you all feel the same. In yesterday's post, I listed a long list of Cyber Week sales with links to lots of stores. Make sure to check it out if you didn't see it. Today, I thought I'd share some of my sale favorites from various retailers. You'll see lots of clothing, shoes, accessories, and even skincare. The Tula products below are absolutely amazing and they rarely ever have sales (right now it's 25% with the code BLACKFRIDAY). Definitely, check them out! You'll also find some fabulous hair tools to straighten, curl and volumize + incredible jewelry and fuzzy slippers. 

I also wanted to share a couple items I picked up yesterday during my personal Nordstrom 10x points day. A couple are early birthday presents from my mom and others were on major sale. Nordstrom is also having a huge Black Friday sale until November 26.

Merry Everything Coffee Mug
Panda Mug With Cookie Pocket (I got these for my little cousins!)
Bear Bootie Slippers
Hooded Plush Pajamas (so cute)
Metallic Flare Sleeve Off The Shoulder Dress (the perfect New Year's Eve dress)
Tiered Sleeve Cable Knit Sweater (on sale)
Ruffle Hem Bell Sleeve Top
Wide Rib Mock Neck Sweater
High Gloss Quilted Rain Boots (+ shearling insoles)

You can find even more sale favorites HERE.



Black Friday Sale Spotlight

tory burch quilted tote brown riding boots

tory burch quilted tote brown riding boots

Happy Black Friday! I hope all of you had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday with your family, friends, and fur babies yesterday. Justin and I spent some quality time with his family eating tons of good food (his mom even made her delicious sweet potato casserole with almond milk just for me!) and are headed to see my family today. It's been really nice to have some extra downtime together and to be close enough to drive to see family this year. Last year we were in California so everyone ended up coming to us so we didn't have to fly cross country.

I have to say I feel like Black Friday has already come and gone because of all the sales that started early. If you missed it, you can view a TON of them in yesterday's Thanksgiving post, and you'll find more in this post today. One of my favorite brands is having a HUGE sale so I thought I would do a special spotlight today. 



Happy Thanksgiving + SALES

michael kors puffer jacket with pink leith sweater

Happy Thanksgiving, Friends! I hope you're spending the day surrounded by family, friends, and your furry loved ones. It's a day to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, and I'm incredibly grateful for YOU guys. The support and positivity Pardon Muah has received this past year has been overwhelming and inspiring. I couldn't do what I do without you and it truly means the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

Today's outfit is another monochromatic look with a fun pop of pink. This sweater is such a find! Incredibly soft and luxurious to wear and comes at an affordable price for such high-quality. I love it paired with my favorite high-waisted leggings (so good for fall and winter weather), a tall black boot, a long puffer coat, pom beanie, and a chic black tote.

Keep reading for more on this outfit and TONS of AMAZING sales! 



Last Minute Turkey Attire + TONS of Sales

nordstrom leopard beanie with black sweater sam edelman pink pumps

Happy (almost) holiday! I hope that most of you are already off for Thanksgiving today and headed to see family or friends. Justin and I are going up to northern Virginia to see our families and can't wait for some much-needed downtime. The only part I hate is having to leave Heidi behind at the kennel. She's just such a horrible traveler and it's so stressful on all of us. We decided we're going to take her for Christmas (because I feel so guilty) but for turkey day she'll be playing with other cuddly puppies. Justin keeps telling me she has no idea it's a holiday, but I disagree lol. 

I am SO excited to share today's look with you, as it may be my favorite outfit I've ever worn. It was the first time I worked with a professional photographer for a blog post and I think she did a phenomenal job! She helped me out with a days notice and got me all the photos I needed ridiculously quick... a total rock star! We both fell in love with the way these pink pumps (on sale under $59) popped in the photos, especially paired with the pink Ray-Ban aviators (20% off) and a splash of leopard print (my beanie is only $15). 



Sweater Weather

fall sweaters

I've been so excited to create this post for quite some time now. I've been obsessing over the amazing sweaters this season in blush and bright colors, fab materials, and gorgeous detailing. I have several brands that have become my go-to's that you'll see a lot of below. Brands that consistently impress me, are usually machine washable and come at very affordable prices. All of these sweaters would make great holiday gifts or attire for holiday festivities.



The Season of Giving + A Giveaway for You and A Friend

Good Morning Friends! I'm so excited for today's post. I'm sharing some incredible jewelry, a new favorite outfit, and a fabulous GIVEAWAY for you and a friend! It's the season of giving and there's no better way to kick off this holiday week than with a chance for you to win the heart-shaped Chloe Necklace from Grace + Hudson, in addition to a second to give to a friend or family member. This delicately dainty necklace is now one of my favorite things (I've been wearing mine every day). AND it's under $50, making it a fantastic gift or stocking stuffer. I've been wearing mine layered with others I already owned.



Gift Guide: The Coffee Connoisseur

gift guide coffee connoisseur

This is most definitely my favorite gift guide of the season! I've become quite the coffee connoisseur myself and always look forward to waking up to a hot cup of coffee in a cute mug. The cute mug is a must! I'm sure all of you have a caffeine lover in your life too - so I've handpicked some amazing gifts to give them. SO many amazing mugs and tumblers, a darling ornament, and even coffee clothing (btw the sweatshirt is the best one I've ever owned). You'll even find a milk frother, a french press, bath scrub for the coffee drinker who also loved to pamper themselves, not to mention coffee and espresso makers.

If you didn't see yesterday's post, there are some amazing sales already happening. I know, already, right?! I'll keep adding to the list as the week goes on. You can expect some HUGE Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales so make sure to stop on by frequently over the holidays. I'm gearing up for a busy week, as Justin and I are visiting family up north, and I have a lot of work to do. Fun work, but work! My goal is to keep you all updated throughout the Thanksgiving holiday with all of the fabulous deals to be had and some new outfits I've got coming your way. 

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I'll see you all tomorrow for a very special giveaway you could win for you and a friend!

Btw you can get 25% off any of the Sweet Water Decor items using the code pardonmuahinsta.



Five Finds + Sales Happening Now

sweaters on ikea cltohing rack

Okay... I totally slacked on Five Finds this week, I apologize! BUT I'm getting seven blog posts up a week which is crazy... does that outweigh by Five Finds forgetfulness? I hope! Never fear, I'm still giving you 25 fab finds that are stocked and ready to purchase. Some amazing affordable basics like you all have requested! Seriously, there are some of the best sweaters I've ever seen for sale this year.

Have fun shopping the finds and continue on for some sales happening right now. I can't believe how many retailers are unveiling their sales before Black Friday! I've been totally scrambling to publish them for you to shop and it's never too early to start checking gifts off your list. Even if they're for you!



Aerie: 40% off bras and bralettes 
Aldo: Extra 30% off sale (ends 11/22)
American Eagle Outfitters: 30% off purchase. Code YAAAS30 (ends 11/19)
Anthropologie: Up to 20% off
ASOS: Up to 60% off
Baublebar: 30% off holiday gift sets! Code YAY30 (ends 11/22)
Bloomingdale's: Up to 50% off
Coach: Up to 30% off. Code THANKS 17 (ends 11/24)
Express: Up to 50% off, plus $25 off every $100 spent with code 2431
H&M: 25% off jeans & basics. Code 9054
Intermix: Extra 50% off sale (ends 11/20)
Loft: Extra $25 off select merchandise
Minted: 15% off holiday cards. Code BEMERRY (ends 11/21)
Neiman Marcus: Up to 40% off
Nordstrom: Select items on sale
Pottery Barn: Up to 30% off
Ralph Lauren: Up to 40% off. Code HOLIDAY (ends 11/22)
West Elm: Up to 60% off
Williams Sonoma: Up to 60% off


Holiday Home Decor

holiday home decor

Happy Friday! Boy, this week seemed like a long one. I think it's because I've been looking forward to next week... Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday... photo shoots, packing, travel... phew! It's going to be exciting but super busy. Justin and I are going up to northern Virginia to see our families, who fortunately, live about an hour away from each other. It makes splitting time a little bit easier! Oh, and guess what? Justin's family is getting a baby puppy the day after Thanksgiving! He's so stinkin' sweet and we can't wait to meet his cute little face. They sent us pictures of when they went and picked him out. He's going to be a BIG dog. Like 15 Heidi's haha.

For today's post I thought I'd share (1) some of our current home decor, and (2) a couple Christmas decorations we've purchased or are purchasing. We just ordered our tree (right now 20% off!) on Tuesday and it's supposed to be here Monday before we leave. I've had my eyes on it since last year because it has patches of snow on the needles. So pretty! I'm also planning to buy the Aspen Tree Ornament Kit during the holiday sale weekend. It's over 90 ornaments for people like us who have nothing and I've hear they are really good quality! And during the sale weekend they are an extra $25 off making it only $55 which I think is a total steal. The Aspen kit has cute little forest animals and a white, silver, and copper colored theme. 



Everything You Need To Know About

blush shearling lined loafers

desk with hieleven black mini bag

Let's talk! A little while back I polled everyone on Instastories and asked if one, they knew what was, and two, if they preferred to use the online version or the app. Most of you who already use LTK love it and use it often... but I was surprised that over 40% didn't know how to use at all. Which leaves room for a fun, educational post all about LTK (for short). I started using LTK way before I ever used it as an influencer. I was always wondering... Where is that top from? Where are those shoes from? Does that sweater come in any other colors? And then I found It's super simple to sign up and super easy to use - making it both convenient and mind-blowing! It might hurt your wallet a little, but that's the only side effect, which some would argue isn't so bad.

Continue reading for all of your questions answered! 



Preparing For Winter Weather

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!

ugg poncho ugg hat ugg boots

You all, I just can't get enough of the fall foliage and holiday atmosphere right now. Everywhere I go there are more and more decorations going up and every time I turn on the TV I find myself watching any Christmas movie I can find. I've even started buying pretzels, sprinkles, and melting chocolate to make my signature chocolate covered pretzels - something I always do during the holidays. I told Justin to tell me how many people are on his team at work so I can make them their own bag full of treats and he was so hesitant... I think he wants to keep them all to himself. I may have to go out there myself and pass them out haha. 

For today's post, I wanted to share a cozy, and cold weather appropriate look for anyone experiencing those nippy temps and for everyone who lives down south that needs winter gear for their holiday vacations to see family. I put together a fabulous poncho and leggings combo from Nordstrom and you wouldn't believe how warm I was, even without a jacket! I've had my poncho since last year, and luckily they brought it back this year (in more colors!). It's incredibly soft with an insulated lining... even the front pocket is lined! 



Top Ten Most Purchased

top ten most purchased items from pardon muah

Recently, I've seen several other bloggers share the top ten most purchased products from their blog (purchased by their followers), and I thought it was a great idea! I thought it would be a great way to round-up some fabulous, in-stock items you and your fellow readers are loving and buying. 

You might be wondering how this works. If you didn't know, I'm an affiliate influencer with rewardStyle, meaning I make a commission (small percentage) when items are clicked on and purchased through any of my RS links. The majority of the links I use are through rewardStyle and are a great way for me to track what is trending! Not track in a creepy way haha... I can't tell what you buy or who buys, just that a particular link got you there (the link is what I see... aka all ten of the items above). 

And if I haven't said it enough lately, THANK YOU to all of you for your continued support of both my blog and social media accounts! I couldn't do it without you and it doesn't go unnoticed. Blogging is built on community and I feel like we've created such a fabulous one here!

Continue reading for some photos of me wearing some of the items above.



A Simple Holiday Hairstyle

Thank you to Mirum for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only ten days away?! The holiday season seriously snuck up on me this year. Probably because we've been in the midst of job changes, house hunting, moving cross-country, and now getting settled. I've had lots of requests for holiday content this year, in addition to tons of messages about hair tutorials. Btw I am in the process of ordering a mount, tripod, and ring light so I can give tutorials on Instastory. The request I get more than anything is for achieving voluminous hair. So today I thought I'd share a quick & easy holiday hair look using several new products. This would be perfect for hosting a family party or a last-second get together with friends. 


Gift Guide: The Glam Girl

glam girl gift guide
glam girl holiday gift guide

Another weekend post today! If you didn't hear, I'll be posting Monday - Sunday until the end of the holiday season. I've had so many requests for Gift Guides so today I'm sharing the first, for the girly girl in your life. The glam girl who loves pink, makeup, animal print, and a fancy candle... you know the girl... oh, wait... it's me haha! I've added a mix of home decor, makeup, clothing, hair tools, and jewelry. There's a price point for everyone and you can view the amount by hovering over the photos below. Just click through on them to SHOP! 

You'll also find my Holiday Shop Pages at the top of the blog "Holiday Shop." You'll find gifts under $50, gifts for $100gifts for the home, the hostess, the man in your life, and even stocking stuffers under $25. There are so many amazing goodies to choose from this year!

Oh, and by the way, you can receive 10% off your purchase from The Gibson Collective with the code AMANDA10. They make the gold bracelets shown above that you can easily stack and pair with your go-to everyday arm party. 



Five Finds + My Sephora Wishlist

clothes hanging on rack

Good Morning! Today is the first installment of FIVE FINDS where I compile my favorites clothing and accessories of the week I share on Instagram each day. I hope you all enjoy and look forward to this each and every Saturday.


You'll also find my Sephora Favorites (items I absolutely love) because there's a huge Rouge and VIB sale happening now until the 15th of the month. The best time of the year to stock up on cosmetics, especially luxury items that rarely or never go on sale. 

(20% OFF ROUGE & 15% OFF VIB)


The Perfect Party Dress Three Ways

maggy london arabella fit and flare dress

Happy Friday! I'm so excited to bring you another holiday post today. And I figured since it's the end of the week I'd bring you the perfect party dress! There's nothing better than a little black dress with a splash of sparkle. The perfect party dress is versatile enough to dress up or dress down, depending on the occasion and the setting. I decided to share three ways to wear the Arabella Fit & Flare dress from Maggy London. It's fabulous enough to be worn alone of course, but in the following photos, you'll find a look for a work party, a more casual look for the girly girl with a little edge, and lastly, a dressier look with a little faux fur and some bedazzled heels. 



The Prettiest Holiday PJ's

raven and crow pajamas

I'm so excited about another holiday post today! I spent most of the day yesterday making toffee nut flavored coffee in my Keurig while listening to Pandora Christmas music and creating tons of holiday gift guides and shop pages. Did you know I'm blogging every day until Christmas? I have so much content to share! Monday - Friday you'll find lifestyle posts as usual (geared towards the season) and then Saturdays will be Five Finds Roundups (from Instastories) while Sundays will be reserved for gift guides. I've decided this Sunday will be all about The Glam Girl so stay tuned! 

Today's post is an always anticipated Holiday PJ Guide. I love all of the cozy, fuzzy, winter oriented leggings, tees, and sets that come out this time of year. I'm featuring a beautiful pair of PJs from Raven & Crow (c/o)in my photos and have linked tons of other great choices at the end of the post. You'll also find a fabulous customizable ornament (c/o) for all you pet lovers out there!  



Fall Weekend Wear + The Coziest Slippers

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post! 

nordstrom ugg sweater and slippers

Can you guys believe it's already November?! It's hard to fathom this year is already nearing an end. It seems like yesterday it was 80+ degrees and all of a sudden it's in the 40's. Brrrr! I work from home now and as many of you know, am a self-proclaimed homebody so I pretty much live in my UGG shearling slippers from Nordstrom. You all have seen them in my photos and Instastories so many times because they are just so comfy and so warm!