Friday Favorites

Remember when we had a blog? Well we’re baaaack. At least for today. I’m feeling festive and thankful for a Friday, and there’s a backlog of great things that I’ve been wanting to share with our masses of followers/moms. So, without further ado, check out some of my Friday Favorites:

  1. Whine About It – Surely you’ve seen this Buzzfeed video series where Matt Bellassai gets drunk at work and complains about various topics. It reminds us of last Thursday our intern days, and makes us LOL more than is comfortable for life in a cubicle. It’s almost impossible to pick a favorite, but I really enjoy The Worst Things About Being An Adult and Reasons Why Going Out Is The Worst.
  2. A dear friend of mine has recently started making and selling gorgeous, hand-lettered signs. I just placed an order for an old window featuring one of my favorite quotes, “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Check out her amazing work on Instagram @northandbirch.
  3. DoneGood is an app that lets users easily find socially responsible businesses in the Boston area. Full disclosure: I work there in my spare time, but it’s something that I’m incredibly proud of. Check out coverage in the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine, and download it today!
  4. It’s been a great year to be a Michigan State Spartan and tomorrow is a HUGE game for Spartan nation as we take on the Hawkeyes in the 2015 Big Ten Football Championship Game in Indianapolis. I will be watching and cheering for Victory for MSU!
  5. If you’re in the DC area, you have to check out Miracle on 7th Street. This holiday pop-up bar in the Shaw neighborhood will definitely get you in the holiday spirit and features tons of delicious cocktails, jolly decor, and plenty of questionable Christmas sweaters.


Happy weekend-ing,

mm

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Happy National Donut Day!

While I personally think that the countless “holidays” celebrating just about everything under the sun have gotten out of hand, National Donut Day is one that I can definitely get behind. And it’s a legitimate reason to celebrate, not just an excuse to eat donuts at all three meals. According to the history book better known as Wikipedia, National Donut Day was created by The Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the men and women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. So in honor of the 77th celebration of this day, which is always celebrated on the first Friday in June, I’ve been reviewing this list from Fodor’s Travel of the Top 10 Donut Shops in the United States.  I’ve only had the pleasure of visiting two of these shops – Federal Donuts in Philadelphia and Voodoo Doughnut in Portland – but that means I still have eight delicious donut holes in the wall to visit. See what I did there? I fully intend to post full reviews in the future but for now, enjoy the photos below and have a very Happy Donut Day!

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Love and sprinkles,

mm

p.s Currently coveting this float for my next beach getaway if anyone is looking for the perfect donut day present. xo

Holiday Hellos

As you may have read in my Thanksgreeting post, I dream of owning a stationery store. Possibly a converted old row house in my favorite DC neighborhood with a bay window in front…

But, I digress. In the interim, I will post my would-be-store purchases on donuts&denim for your viewing pleasure. So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite holiday hellos.

Holiday Hellos

  1. Lindsey Letters had me at their tagline, “easy on the eyes, sweet on the soul.” Their cards do not disappoint, especially this Merry and Bright pink number. It’s excellent for the girly girls on your list.
  2. Floating Specks’ Esty shop is pretty great. I like so many of their cards but this Merry Everything and Happy Always card is my favorite, hands down. It works for everyone, regardless of which holiday they celebrate, and the message captures the spirit of the season.
  3. Last year, I sent these North Pole Map postcards by Rifle Paper Company to 20 lucky friends. They’re cute and quirky and the perfect way to use all of those $0.34 stamps that are burning a hole in your pocket. Sidenote: It now costs $0.34 to send a postcard.
  4. For all of our Texan readers (I’m looking at you Olivia and Lanie), you must buy these. Seriously. Go buy them now! donuts&denim has a lot of Texas connections and these were far too adorable not to include in my top five holiday hellos.
  5. And, finally, for all of the Hanukkah celebrators on your card list, I love this Warmth and Love greeting card from Cardamom Press. It’s simple and sweet and blank inside for a personal message.

And now I’m off to write Santa and ask for a ticket to next year’s National Stationery Show.

-mm

Perfect Party Dresses

Party dress season is here! With all the holiday extravaganzas (and/or mediocre office parties) beginning to crowd your google calendars, you will undoubtedly need a new party dress. This is the one time of year you can wear sequins, bold metallics, and bright colors with abandon, so cast aside your LBD (unless it’s lace!) and fully embrace the holiday spirit. We have scoured the internet for the best frocks for budget-conscious ladies, and this is what we have to show for it:

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Sequins

  1. Not too short, not too long, not too sexy, and a classic shape keep this extra sparkly French Connection number from looking over the top.
  2. If you’re only going to wear that sequined mini once, it makes no sense to spend a fortune. Pick up this Forever21 skirt and pair it with a festive plaid button down. Jenna Lyons would be proud.
  3. I’d like to think that the long sleeves make this BB Dakota sequin minidress from LuLu’s a little less in-your-face. But they don’t and that’s ok. Take this one for a spin and you’ll twinkle the night away.
  4. If you’re looking for something classic, but with a hint of fun, this Boden dress in clotted cream is a great silhouette that can easily be dressed up or down.

Lace

  1. With a little leather and a little lace, this black sleeveless shift from Piperlime Collection is both naughty and nice.
  2. This lace sleeve dress from Ann Taylor Loft is edgy, but still appropriate for the office holiday party. Especially if you pair it with a fun, red shoe.
  3. Lace and a pop of color? Yes, please. The red DVF number is sassy and stylish at the same time. MM actually wore this dress in a different color as Maid of Honor in her best friend’s wedding and loved it. Highly recommend.

Prints

  1. This LBD by Boden is made merry by sheer polka dot sleeves and a sweet, but not too sweet, bow!
  2. Piperlime is chock full of cute dresses this time of year, but this floral shift is a refreshing departure from the season’s traditional prints and colors for your next holiday cocktail party.
  3. If you’re in the market for something to wear to a holiday sweater party, why not do a sweater dress instead? This cat sweater dress from Target is purrrfect.

Metallics

  1. Our favorite shape, the classic sleeveless shift, gets a holiday update from Kate Spade Saturday.
  2. Take this flattering, fit-and-flare Anthro number to your work party. It’s demure enough for your boss but festive enough for the post-office party karaoke circuit.
  3. This JCrew piece could easily transition into spring and works well for a cocktail party, a bachelorette party, or a New Years Eve fête. While it’s sold out for now, it’s so cute we’re hoping JCrew restocks!
  4. If you if simply must wear stripes to your next soiree, you can also check out this sassy JCrew Factory number.

-bb, kp, mm