Taste{Full}: December 2009

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Deal Alert- Lord & Taylor


Pick up what Santa forgot. Shop Lord & Taylor's After Christmas Sale for deep discounts on designer brands like Marc by Marc Jacobs and Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent. Take 20 percent off of sale and clearance items; just use the code AFTER at checkout.

*Courtesy of PopSugar

Taste{full} Treats- Fondue Fare

Every year my husband and I ring in the New Year by making fondue and watching Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin Eve.  Last year these activities were intermingled with our own little dance party.  I'm not kidding; we found this 90's hip hop station (you know, with songs like "Tootsie Roll") and ushered in club DeLangie.  We are such nerds.  But I love us :)  (Ok so I have to interject that my husband is sitting next to me now denying that we danced.  He's saying we "played games."  Yeah-- the game was us dancing for an hour in our living room.  It's my blog Joe!).  Anyway, we aren't really club goers but I try to create a fun and festive atmosphere at home for New Year's Eve. And I don't know about you but for me, food makes everything fun (it's a wonder I'm not 300 lbs).  So if you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary I highly recommend fab fondue and silly dancing.  Here are my favorite fondue recipes.

We dip broccoli, cauliflour, lil smokies and/or keilbasa, steak tips, apples, and french bread

We dip strawberries, pineapples, pretzels, and pound cake.  Also try marshmallows and graham crackers.

Obviously you need a fondue set. Mine is similar to this one, though there are a lot of fancier sets out there.

Lastly, you know you want this.  Dance it out.

Happy New Year from the ladies of Taste{full}!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

For unto us a Savior is Born...

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus

1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancĂ©e, who was now obviously pregnant.

6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

The Shepherds and Angels

8 That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”

15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Taste{full} Tips: What to Wear for New Year's Eve - part II: The Conservative Fashionista

I realize not all of us want to bear our upper arms (not to mention, depending upon what region you live, some of the other options may lead to you getting frostbite and losing your arms entirely).  Ergo see below for a few more modest options.

From Forever 21 (Twelve by Twelve)*:

Tie Back Blouse. 29.00. I'm LOVING this simple menswear inspired shirt.  Just when you think it's a boring button down, she turns around and BAM!
*Forever 21 is currently offering 10% off last minute gifts with coupon code: HOLIDAY

From Charlotte Russe*:

Zippered Dolman Top. 21.99. Again, it's all in the details.  The zipper and deep V make this top super sexy. *online exclusive sale, ends 12/25, various items priced at $5, $10, and $15!

 From Macy's:

  • MM Couture by Miss Me Ruffled Long Sleeve Top. On sale for 44.99. With all the gathers and ruffles this shirt is completely forgiving without sacrificing one bit of style.
  • INC Metallic Banded Scoopneck Tunic.  On sale for 44.25.  Ok so it's not exactly black or white but it's the perfect mix of modern, sexy, and modest...not an easy combination to find.

  • Sheer Cha Cha Vente Top, with Embellishments. On sale for 24.99.  As the description claims, this is the perfect desk to dinner option.  Forget the blazer and go with this beautiful romantic shirt.  You just may be the talk of the office party without doing anything embarrassing. ;)

      Have a fun, safe, and blessed New Year from the ladies at Taste{full}!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Taste{full} Tips: Holiday Gifts - Last Minute Edible Treats

Still short a few Christmas gifts?? With the holiday only a few short days away, present-buying time is very limited!  In an effort to avoid the terror zone that is your local mall, try out one of these delicious and delightful recipes for a homemade treat sure to delight any of your gift recipients!  With a quick trip to the store you can bake up some goodies and cover all those last minute random people on your list, as well as stock a few extra packages for unexpected visitors!  Not only are these treats tasty to eat, they are also a visual treat as well, wrapped up to perfection in a variety of unique and adorable containers.  Take the suggestions here but feel free to also substitute whatever unique packaging you can find around YOUR house!  Check out these recipes courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens, and click here for even more.

Left to right, Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake, Chocolate Doughnut Delights & Cran Crackle Bars

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tipsy Toes Ice Cubes

How cute are these??

Perfect stocking stuffer...
or maybe just a treat for me.

(Only $5.95 for a set of six at cb2.com)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Taste{full} Tips: What to wear for New Year's Eve - It's Simply Black and White

Well Christmas is almost here and New Year's Eve is fast approaching. I never really 'go out' so I never buy evening wear...but then when I do go out, I never have anything to wear. It really is a vicious cycle. Well that cycle is about to end because these adorable tops have so inspired me to beef up my nighttime wardrobe!
From White House Black Market:

These black and white numbers are all from the clearance section and are 50% off.
  • Floral and Lace Print Bustier. 49.99. I'm picturing this with high waist trousers or a full black skirt. Just lovely. As a side note, I'm totally lusting after her afro-y hair. I want it.
  • Tiered Tie Neck Shell. 49.99. How can you NOT love this shirt simply based on the delectable description: “An exquisite confection of silky charmeuse layered with wispy lace and sheer chiffon” ?!
  • Sleeveless Cascade Ruffle Shell. 49.99. I've always loved anything Grecian inspired and this shirt fits the bill!
From Bebe:*

Racy Cut Out Lace Pleated Cami. 59.99. The fact that this is a baby doll fit, means you can really eat at that New Year's Eve party!! P.S. It also comes in a pretty shade of pink.
*Bebe is currently having a buy one get one 50% off sale.

From Charlotte Russe*:

Why spend a fortune on one night out?! For the bargainista, you can't beat Charlotte Russe's prices!
  • Bow Tie A-Line Halter. 19.99. I can't believe this adorable shirt is only 19.99!
  • Two Tone Belted Corset. 21.99. This is only one of many affordable and sweet corsets on CR's site. *online exclusive sale, ends 12/20, various items priced at $5, $10, and $15!
From Macy's:

Style&co. Sleeveless Two Tone Tunic. Another budget friendly option, on sale for 23.00. Love the jeweled neckline--no necklace necessary.

Stay tuned for a few long sleeve options for the more conservative fashionista...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Free Shipping at Forever 21

If it hasn't been clear up to this point, we are obsessed with Forever 21 (And all its glorious brands including:  Faith 21, Love 21, Twelve by Twelve, Heritage 1981, Forever 21 collection, Boutique Forever 21, Forever 21 Twist, Forever 21 Twist Tres Paris, and yes I will be subscribing to the magazine when it's available).  So, I thought I'd pass this deal on:

with the purchase of a gift card or e-certificate
in any amount (minimum is $10)
CODE: GIFTCARD09Hurry.  Ends 12/18!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Taste{full} Tips: Holiday Gifts - Absolutely Free & Priceless!

As we’re now smack dab in the middle of the busy Christmas season, I’m sure you’re crossing items off your gift list, making plans for those last minute presents still to get, and wrapping up beautiful packages to give to family and friends.  So much about this season is wonderful and magical and meaningful, yet it can be easy to get caught up in the material “things” of the holiday.  What about some gifts we can give to each other or even to ourselves that cost us nothing?  Here’s some thoughts on gifts that will cost you nothing or close to it, but might prove to be invaluable…

Random Act of Kindness
Whether it’s as simple as holding the door for a stranger as you rush about your holiday errands, or stepping up to pay for the groceries of a family in need ahead of you in line at the grocery store, take a second to see what random act of generosity you can give to a complete stranger around you.  Instead of turning away from a blatant need that might be easier to ignore, embrace the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and DO something about it.  Not only will you bless someone else, but you will feel blessed yourself as well!

Sure that frantic lady driver in the minivan just cut you off for the choice parking spot in the mall parking lot… but instead of grumbling and calling her a few choice words, take a second to think about what might be going on in her life to cause her to be in such a rush.  We can’t know the stress and circumstances in the lives of those around us, but we CAN try to be more understanding of the fact that oftentimes people’s outward actions are reflections of what they’re going through inwardly.  Be gracious and know that there are times when people will hopefully be understanding of YOUR behavior when you’re stressed!

We all have people in our lives who at one time have hurt us or offended us in some way or another.  It’s tempting to say that they don’t deserve to be forgiven… but guess what?  YOU deserve to let it go.  Don't let what someone else has done to you continue to punish you.  Negativity can truly harm you mentally, emotionally and physically.  Whether it's something that you need to communicate to the one who has offended you, or simply just something you resolve to do privately in your own heart/mind, make a choice to let go and forgive.  You'll be amazed at how much better YOU will feel.

A handwritten note, an email, a phone conversation, a text message, even a Facebook comment… in this world of constant communication, take a moment each day of this holiday season to simply let someone know how much you appreciate them.  Whether it’s your significant other who somehow just always knows how to make you laugh, your hairdresser who always makes you look (and feel) fabulous, the girlfriend who you can tell anything and not feel judged, or even the UPS guy who always delivers your online shopping (gotta love him!), let the people in your life know how much better they make each day by simply being them.

OK, so lest you think that we're throwing out suggestions that we don't actually follow, know that in the past 24 hours I've personally given each of these "gifts".  And I can assure you that I am better off for it. Here's hoping you'll feel the same, and understand that living taste"fully" encompasses so much more than just giving great material gifts!  

Monday, December 14, 2009

Taste{full} Tips: Holiday Gifts - Terrific & $25 or Under for the Guys

Be it your significant other, Dad, brother, sister's new boyfriend or your random guy cousin whose name you chose in the family swap, these gifts are sure to please a wide range of the guys in your life... all at $25 or less a pop!

Sure, socks COULD be boring, but these argyle & stripe pairs from Forever21 are anything but.  And at only $4.90 for TWO pairs, you can't go wrong!  Want to get something a bit more out of the box?  Try the Brushed Wool Trooper Cap ($16.90), perfect for keeping him fashionable even in the dead of winter!

For the Golfer/BBQ'er in your life, try this clever gift, only $25 at Uncommon Goods!

At the ultimate Guy Gadget store, Brookstone, you can find these great gifts
all with even MORE appealing prices!

Mini Charging Station ($25) , Indoor Remote Helicopter ($19.99) & 6-in-1 LED Multi-Tool ($12.50)

Ok, and one really FUN custom pick over $25...

Design your very own custom Chuck Taylor All Star Hi Double Sneakers.  Tons of colors and prints allow you to customize all parts of the shoe to your specs! $70 at Converse

Toys for the trendy tots in your life are next!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Deal Alerts!

Lots of great deals out there right now with online shopping, and a few that end today or tomorrow!

This Weekend only!
    40% off one full priced item plus free shipping on $150 or more.
(Yes, their stuff can be so expensive full price but as they say, you get what you pay for!  At almost half off, you could score a sweater that lasts you for YEARS!)

Through today only!
25% off all Full Price Styles

Through Sunday!
20% off $100 or more
Code: BRGIVE20

Today - Sunday
In Store & Online
$30 off your $75 purchase or $15 off your $30 purchase
Online Code: 4505
Click HERE for printable coupon

Through Sunday!
25% off purchase of $150 or more
30% off purchase of $250 or more

Most things on site are Buy One Get One 75% off, PLUS...
$25 off $75 purchase with Code: 4670
$60 off $150 purchase with Code: 4671
$90 off $200 purchase with Code: 4672

Ends 12/15
20% off any purchase
Code: ONSAVE20

Free Shipping on orders $50+
Code: VS50
Plus $10 off orders of $100+
PLUS - PINK Panties are 7 for $24.50 (selected styles)
Code: PANTY7

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Taste{full} Tips: Holiday Gifts - Terrific & Under $25

With Christmas quickly approaching, you might be wrapping up your holiday shopping, or, if you're a busy procrastinator like me, just thinking about getting started.  Regardless of your list's state of completion, here are some great picks under $25 for the girls in your life... you might even just find a few little treats for yourself!

For the makeup maven...

From Sephora, for only $24, this palette literally makes me giddy with excitement.
Free Kat Von D reusable tote with any $25 purchase, code: TOTE09 thru 12/31/09

Sephora again, this Stila set is perfect for your lip gloss-addicted friend, only $25... and EIGHT shades!
Free Kat Von D reusable tote with any $25 purchase, code: TOTE09 thru 12/31/09

For the Fashion Addict...
Titles say it all.... only $20 each at Urban Outfitters
20% Off $100+ through 12/15/09, code: GIFTED

Handheld sewing machine... I don't even sew, but find this terribly appealing.  Imagine the thrill for all your DIY-er friends!  $15 at Urban Outfitters
20% Off $100+ through 12/15/09, code: GIFTED

For the Aspiring Photog...

Let them frame their works of art in these stickable frames... with the ability to change up the layout whenever they want by simply peeling & sticking!  Only $19.95 at wishingfish.com

For the Homebody...

Luxe fleece Pompom Slouch Boot... perfect for lounging.  $24 at Nordstrom

Lounge Shea Socks... moisturize while you relax!  Lasts up to $25 washes.  Only $7.50 from Bath & Body Works & available in a ton of different colors/patterns, but right now available for $12 for 2 pairs!  Great stocking stuffer!

More to come soon, including selections for the men & kids in your life! 
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