Black Friday is touted as the biggest shopping day of the year. It’s like a swarm of riot-crazed shoppers all in search to find the biggest deal out there. Prepare to throw some bow’s to get what you want though. I am just highlighting my favorite spots for the best deals out there.

The most popular Black Friday establishments consist of the retail chains that carry electronics; Apple is running a “surprise” Black Friday deals in-stores and online, Target has shown to offer great deals on electronics – quantities are limited.

For those chef necessities, Williams Sonoma (aka, one my favorite retrieves), is offering a ton of discounts, both in-store and online.

In need for some holiday sparkle? Shopbop.com is offering some sick discounts on Friday!

And now, beauty junkies galore, here are my go-to’s for the best deals around! Sephora is offering 10 products for $10 buck; can’t beat that. Stila is also offering some limited edition sets sold exclusively at Sephora on Friday. GOLDFADEN MD is offering 20% off on all orders of $50 or more. My favorite naturally-inspired site beautysage.com is offering 20% off of your entire order too! Be sure to check out MBeze Body Oil; it’s delicious.

Happy shopping!

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the average American will consumes over 4500 calories on this celebratory day….. If you slept through math class that is almost two pounds! If you don’t want to end up looking like a stuffed turkey, here are some things to try: choose healthy options when baking and cooking, exercise and eat wisely!

Try waking up really early Thanksgiving morning and go for a walk or a run. If you have family or guests in town take them along. This is a great time to chat and catch up and also to get the metabolism going. This is also a wonderful opportunity to give your pets some exercise too, dogs and cats can get very sick and fat during the holidays if they are fed human food or find dropped scraps on the floor.

While deciding and preparing what you will cook or bake this year think about healthier options, for example a low fat alternative to mashed potatoes. Instead of using tons of heavy cream and butter, opt for regular milk and low fat/non fat sour cream or a butter substitute. Pay particular attention to this rule when baking. Use brown sugar where allowed and ease up on the cream and butter if possible. Pumpkin pie is lower in calories than Pecan pie and you can serve it with low fat ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Most importantly practice portion control. Make sure you eat breakfast so you aren’t starving by the time Thanksgiving dinner rolls around or you may be rolling home. Start with one small portion of all your favorite foods and enjoy them slowly. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

I will give Lauren the credit on starting the trend in our family of wearing big necklaces. She started wearing Issy Salomon and DANNIJO necklaces a few years ago and now the trend has gone to the masses.  You know it’s a trend when J.Crew jumps on the bandwagon.

Ahhh J.Crew…. they really know how to do it right. Mickey Drexler is a genius and with his army of mini-geniuses, Jenna Lyons and Marissa Webb, just to name a few, he has done it once again in jewelry.  Megan is her name and she is the jewelry designer for this mega brand. I bought the most amazing bejeweled necklace last week.  The attention to detail and vintage look of the piece allows it to be worn with just about anything from a denim shirt to a black dress. Most pieces are under $200 but they look like they’re worth thousands. A definite must for holiday shopping!