Shopping: Making Plans in 2012

For me the new year is a clean, fresh start. For me that means a fresh, clean planner. With 2012 right around the corner I’ve been hunting for the perfect planner. For me a perfect planner has a page for every day, is pretty enough to display on my desk proudly and has plenty of room for notes. I’m still narrowing down my favorites but here’s some fun options.

The Kate Spade Planner is the one to which all others should be measured. Unfortunately it’s price tag has kept me searching.

Laurel Denise Planner

I love this large format planner from Laurel Denise and at $35 the price is right.

Sarah Pinto Planner

This bright and sunny planner from Sarah Pinto makes me smile. Especially since it’s only $20.

Emily Lea Simplified Planner

I stumbled upon this beauty on Etsy and it’s so charming and it can be monogrammed. Alas, it lacks my prerequisite page per day or I would be purchasing it now.

Graphic Image Planner

This Graphic Image planner may be the one. I love it but I am tempted by all of these lovelies. The most exciting part though is filling one up with plans with friends & family.

Cheers to a fun, fabulous and fruitful 2012!

Sparkle in the New Year

Hope you all had the best holiday – great times with family & friends as well as a couple fun presents thrown in for good measure.

Now that Christmas is behind us {boo} it’s time to move on to New Year’s. I’m in the camp that believes that New Year’s can get blown a little out of proportion. But, It is a perfect excuse to get together with friends and celebrate all that was the previous year and all that’s to come in the new one. It’s also the perfect excuse to dress up. There are very few occasions when a full-on sparkly, glittery look is appropriate but NYE is it. So take some inspiration from the sparkle below and get dolled up to ring in 2012.

And… I know you’ll be taking tons of pics with friends on NYE so send me a snap and I’ll post it here in 2012.

Image: The Glamourai
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Image: Small Shop Studio
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Image: J.Crew
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Here’s hoping your new year is filled with sparkle!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

Before I sign off for a few days of holiday fun, I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. I am very thankful to everyone who has checked out Lou What Wear since I started this little project back in September. I appreciate every comment, critique and invitation i’ve received  – it’s your feedback that keeps me excited and enthused about posting as often as possible!

It is my sincere wish that anyone stumbling upon this has a relaxing, fun holiday weekend spent with those you love the most.

I’ll be back next week with some New Year’s fun but until then… Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! 

Shopping: Last Minute Louisville Finds

If you are done with all your holiday shopping then 1. this post is not for you. 2. i am seriously jealous.

If you’re like me and still need to finish (or get started) on shopping, well this post has your name written all over it.

I’ve compiled some local deals and special events that you can use or that you can forward to the man in your life. A hint never hurt anyone.

Oh and if you know about something I haven’t included, just add it to the comments and I’ll update accordingly.

Enjoy!

blink Boutique – I am especially fond of the stockings the gals at blink have put together. You can pick up a stocking (at the price point of your choosing) filled with goodies sure to make a gal’s day. Perfect for someone hard to buy for or for a daughter, niece, grand daughter. Someone you just want to give a little something special to on Christmas morning!

Clodhoppers – If your guy HATES shopping, send him to Clodhoppers where they’ll help pick out the perfect gift while he waits BEER IN HAND. Yup. That is the truth right there. And they’ll wrap it for him. Sounds like a pretty pain free shopping experience for him and an awesome gift in the works for you. Tell him about all the fun Milly & Trina Turk you’ve been coveting and they’ll do the rest.

Ribbons & Rags -This is really a huge bummer – Ribbons & Rags is closing it’s doors as of December 31st. The only silver lining is that they are marking all of their items WAY down, so you can snag a great party dress at a huge discount. p.s. – they are selling EVERYTHING, even the fixtures and the store is really adorable.

Apricot Lane – Today you can take 40% off of all non apparel items. That means all shoes, bags, jewelry, spa items, candles, belts, headbands, scarves, gloves and more. Can you say stocking stuffers?

Collections – Collections just got a shipment of these La Mer watches that I have been eyeing all year (i think i added it to a pinterest board back in September). Part wrap bracelet, part watch it’s a great gift. Not sure about any current discounts but I’m guessing you can find some goodies there.

The Urban Farmhouse Market – The to-die-for holiday decorations are all 30% off. If you have been way behind on decorating there’s still time to look like Martha Stewart decorated your living room. I love this sign that brings cheer to my living room (that I showed you all here) and there are some other adorable items. If they have any of those Mason Jar tree lights left, snag some for me!

Diva’s – The 12 Days of Christmas are full of treats at Diva’s. Today is Day 9 which means 40% off all necklaces. Each day is a different discount so no matter when you stop in between now and Christmas, you’ll find a deal.

Okay, that’s all I could dig up today BUT if you have a deal you’d like me to share, just drop me a line.

(danielle @ louwhat wear . com – sorry for the wonky spaces. I just don’t want to get spammed!)

Hope you get all your shopping done so you can enjoy some quiet time wrapping presents, sipping hot chocolate and watching Home Alone. (or maybe that’s just what I’m dreaming of!)

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