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One Year Anniversary

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

First of all, I want to wish my one and only a very happy one year anniversary!

No, I'm not talking about a boyfriend or anything like that (LOL).  I'm talking about my one true love, Dunkin.  This past week, DD Perks celebrated their one year anniversary since their launch in early 2014.  If you remember, I wrote about the app about a month ago and basically spoke about it as if I had invented it myself.

It's amazing.  It may very well be the most used app on my phone (other than insta, obvi). 

So first of all, who doesn't love free coffee? I know I do.  And when you download the DD Perks app, you can get it way more than you think.  All you need to do is accrue 200 points (5 points per dollar you spend through the app) and you get a free any size beverage of your choice!
For Dunkin addicts like me, this is a god send.  Below are some of the other "perks" of DD Perks.

If those aren't enough reasons to download it, let me just tell you some of my favorite drinks and snacks I've had there lately.  If you're not on your way to the closest Dunkin location by the end of this, you have incredible willpower.  

So lately, I have two new favorites.  One is the Dunkin Dark Roast.  I rarely ever stray from my usual medium iced coffee or large hot coffee, both with a little cream and sugar.  But during one of their $.99 iced coffee promotions (which happen all the time and just cause me to go there even more often) I decided to try the iced dark roast and it was awesome.  
The second is their chocolate croissant.  Oh. My. Gosh.  So delicious.  Like, seriously, go get one right now.  I don't care what time of day you're reading this or whether or not you're hungry. Go now.
I'm not sure why, but these bad boys are irresistible.  They serve them warm and..... god I can't even write about them without getting hungry. 

And, in honor of Valentines Day, I've noticed all the DD locations have begun carrying heart shaped donuts (pictured above).  So far I've seen both cookie dough and brownie batter filled creations, and I would imagine there are several other options as well.  The perfect festive treat to buy for your roommates, family, or coworkers this Saturday!

But on a slightly more serious note, as I mentioned in my first post, I never get better service in the morning than when I stop at Dunkin.  I rarely, if ever, am in any way dissatisfied with my order, the wait time, etc.  The company as a whole is a well oiled machine, and as a customer I certainly appreciate it.

So what are you waiting for? Head here or check the app store on your phone and download DD Perks using the code "BLOG" and follow on Twitter & Facebook to keep up to date on all the promotions!

New Years Eve 2014: Subtle vs. Sparkle

Two years ago, I posted some of my favorite New Years Eve dress picks - some subtle and some sparkley.  I've said it every year and I'll say it again: New Years Eve is the one night a year I find sequins to be acceptable.
Now that's just my opinion.  If you're into sequins, go ahead and rock them year 'round.  Do you, girl.  But personally, I reserve them for arguably the gaudiest and most fun party night of the year.

This year I thought I'd throw it back to my 2012 theme of "Subtle vs. Sparkle".  This way, there's something for everyone!

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Shop these dresses here:

Of course, as with all things, I couldn't limit myself to just a few picks.  Check out some more amazing "subtle" dresses here:

And some more "sparkle" dresses here:
(my absolute favorite is this one - and it's affordable!)

What's your preferred style on New Years Eve - Subtle or Sparkly?!

Secret Santa Series: Under $50

I'm back with the final installment of the Secret Santa Series, and this time it's gifts under $50.  If you're buying for your immediate family, closest friends, or you're just miss moneybags, having a $50 price limit can give you a lot more freedom to find really great gifts.  I've found that Nordstrom is the best place to shop for these types of things. I can't tell you how many times I've scrolled through their gift guide while shopping for my mom & sister. 

In this post, I'm featuring the best gifts I've found (not just from Nordstrom) under $50.

(See my past Under $50 gift guides here and here!)

-  $48  -
So this first gift will definitely give you the most bang for your buck.  Besides the fact that this vegan leather tote looks way more expensive than it is and can probably fit everything you'll ever need in it, it's basically like having two totes in one! These bags are reversible and come in a bunch of different color combos (love the oxblood color above!).  And as if you needed more of a reason to buy, each one comes with a little detachable wristlet to keep important things like an ID or a passport when traveling.  Hello, perfect gift!

-  $49.50  -
For someone who goes skiing or snowboarding a lot during the winter, this would be perfect.  This hat is made with lambswool and cashmere, and I already feel warmer just thinking about those types of fabrics. 

-  $35  -
For that one person in your life that always has to have the newest technology, get them a Sonix case to protect their new gadget.  This gold lace case is so pretty while also being rigid and sturdy to prevent those inevitable cracked screens. 

-  $39.95  -
Ballet flats aren't for everyone, but for people who love them (like me), you can never have enough classic pairs.  While they're extremely comfortable, they also get worn fairly quickly depending on how often you wear them.  A classic pair from Gap in a fun color is the perfect gift, especially for someone just entering the working world in need of a comfy pair of professional shoes! 

-  $28  -
An Alex & Ani bangle is such a great gift because you can make it completely and totally personal.  Get your BFF the best friends charm set, your long-distance friend one with her state on it, or a special one just for your mom. No matter who you're buying for, there will be one that is perfect for them. 

-  $34  -
I don't care who you are, if you have an iPhone than you have definitely needed one of these at one point or another.  Mobile chargers are, in my opinion, one of the greatest inventions of all time.  My phone is always dying no matter how much I charge it.  I had one of these exact Lilly chargers for my iPhone 4 and it was a total lifesaver.  Get this for that one person you know who is always complaining about their phone's horrible battery life!

-  $40  -
If you own anything from The North Face, you know their products are two things: warm & durable.  I'm going to go ahead and assume these mittens are just that.  As someone who's constantly complaining about the cold, I can say this would be a spectacular gift.  Although I'm constantly losing one glove, so maybe only buy a nice pair like this for someone you know will take good care of them....

-  $39  -
Last but not least, and probably the most unique of the bunch, is the city map wall art by Lucius Designs.  Found at Nordstrom, Lucius Designs offers all kinds of amazing wall art featuring different cities (and some with fun phrases).  Perfect for your sibling or friend who may have just moved to a new city, or someone with some major hometown pride.  These great minimalist decorations would fit with almost anyone's decor.

Shop these picks plus some more of my favorites below!

Secret Santa Series: Under $25

As we embark on the second installment of this years' Secret Santa Series, we come upon the most common price point: $25.
(See the Under $15 installment here)

If you're doing a gift exchange with friends or family, $25 is usually the limit.  It's not too high but it's not too low.  Because of this, I've tried to pick out what I think are some of the best gifts this season.

(Check out my past 2 "Under $25" posts here and here.)

J.Crew iPhone Cases - Plaid & Stripes
-  $25  -
iPhone cases are becoming more about fashion than function, and I'm sorta into it.  I see so many cute cases floating around and I can't imagine just buying a boring one and sticking with it for a couple years.  I mean think about it - it's the one accessory you almost always need to have with you! Might as well make it cute.  Think about buying one of these for that one friend that has been using that dirty old Otterbox since the beginning of time......

-  $19  -
These adorable watches I found on Etsy recently are the absolute perfect gift for the Lilly lover that already seems to own everything LP produces.  They're a completely unique gift (as are most things on Etsy!) and the price is amazing!

-  $25  -
Forget using the boring white headphones that come with your iPhone, and get your secret santa a fun pair of Happy Plugs.  Sold at J.Crew, these bright and colorful headphones are the perfect stocking stuffers and are extremely durable for those of us that keep our headphones at the bottom of our bags (guilty).

-  $20  -
Remember back in the summer when I reviewed Whish shaving products? Well they're offering this holiday set in "Vanilla Mint" for a great price from Nordstrom this season! Take a look at my old post to get the details on these fabulous products and gift one of these bad boys to a friend that needs a little pampering.  Plus.... vanilla mint?! Sounds like the most perfect scent ever created.

-  $24.95  -
When in doubt: buy slippers.  Seriously, who does not love slippers?! Whichever person is most challenging to buy for? Slippers. Just do it.  
This quilted pair from Gap look particularly cozy and would make a great gift any girl in your life.

-  $18  -
As mentioned in just about every secret santa post, my most favorite thing about buying gifts is picking out things that the person would never splurge on normally. This candle is just that.  Most people (at least people that I know) don't just stroll into Anthropologie and pick up a few $18 candles whenever they run out.  But let me tell you, the most random luxuries make the best gifts.  And all the candles from Anthro smell amazing. So pick one up for your friend that maybe just moved and needs to add a little warmth to her new home!

-  $24.99  -
Scarves are similar to slippers in that almost everyone loves them! And just like slippers, people definitely crave scarves at this time of year.  I, for one, wouldn't be caught dead leaving my apartment without accessorizing the perfect scarf with my jacket of choice that day, which is why I can justify buying so many of them.  Pick this adorable plaid one up as a more realistic and functional alternative to the ever-popular blanket scarves. 

-  $22  -
If a Lilly pattern doesn't brighten up your cold Monday morning coffee routine, I'm not sure what will.  This mug is perfect for any coffee lover and even has an attached coffee sleeve to keep them from burning their hands.  Win/win if you ask me.  Check out even more fun Lilly mugs here!

Shop these picks below

And shop even more fun picks under $25 here!

The Perks of Being a Coffee Addict

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Dunkin’ Brands. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

So if you've been reading my site for a while or know me at all in person, you know I am addicted to Dunkin Donuts.  Not a week goes by (sometimes not even a day) when I don't stop by and get an iced or hot coffee.  If you follow my Instagram, you know this all too well. 

No seriously, a Dunkin cup is almost as common an accessory for me as a watch or earrings.  Which is why my Dunkin Donuts app may very well be the most used and useFUL app on my phone.  Through the app, I'm able to earn reward points by using the DD Perks® Rewards program.  Launched almost a year ago, the program surpassed over a million users in just 6 months.  Clearly I am in good company being such a Dunkin addict....

The DD Perks® Rewards program is just one of the reasons I am such a loyal Dunkin Donuts customer.  Besides the fact that I genuinely like the way their coffee tastes better than the majority of other coffee retailers, I have never once had an issue with the service there.  There's a Dunkin location that is perfectly situated halfway between my apartment and my office, so I find myself stopping there at least 2-3 times a week on the way to work.  No matter how many cars are in the tiny parking lot, no matter how many people are standing in line, and no matter how many customers are waiting to make their purchases in the drive-through, I have never spent more than 10 minutes at that location during the peak of morning rush hour.  And most times it's much less than that. I couldn't get in and out that fast at a self serve coffee place during rush hour (I would know, I've tried).

But wait a second... here I am going on and on about the coffee when we all know the chain is known for so much more, mainly what they're named after! Every so often my morning coffee run turns into a coffee and donut run.  Sometimes you just can't help it.  Especially when the delicious donuts are just staring at you from behind the counter.
Most recently, I strayed from my usual chocolate frosting & sprinkles donut (I'm 5) to try the new croissant donut.  Yeah, you heard me right.  A croissant donut.

via the Dunkin Donuts Facebook page

Not great if you're on a diet, and certainly not something I'd recommend eating every morning, but if you need a sweet treat to liven up your dreary Monday I suggest you go grab one.  I like to describe it as a slightly less sweet glazed donut on steroids, but most would just call it f-ing delicious.  Pair it with a salted caramel hot chocolate or one of their new sugar cookie lattes which are both amazing.  Or, if you're like me an have no regard for the temperature outside, pair it with an iced coffee.  Because I can't seem to give it up even in the cold winter months.
And if you're more into brewing coffee at home, you better believe DD Perks offers discounts on Dunkin Donuts K-Cups as well.  They've definitely covered all their bases with this thing.

Now back to DD Perks.  So from now until Friday, December 5th you can use the code "BLOG" when you enroll in the DD Rewards Program to get a free $5 added to your account! 

Now I know I just posted about all those great Cyber Monday deals, but in my opinion giving away a free $5 is pretty much the greatest deal around.  Plus, you get 5 points for every $1 you spend using the program.  Let's just say I'll probably have over 100 points by the end of the month...

But this app isn't just great for saving money and getting deals on your favorite drinks.  The ability to simply open up the app and have the cashier scan your phone without having to find cash or get out your card is more convenient than I'm sure many people realize.  I know personally, when I'm going into an establishment to quickly pick something up, I grab my debit card out of my wallet rather than taking my whole bag in.  You know what usually happens after that? I put my card in the cup holder in my car or stick it in my back pocket and inevitably experience a panic attack when I can't find it in my wallet later.  And I never carry cash, so you can forget about me scrambling trying to find a couple dollar bills for coffee in the morning.  This app is made for people like me who can't seem to get it together before 9 am.

So once you take advantage of the awesome offer and you're familiar with the app, check out my absolute favorite feature: "Find".
All you need to do is click on the Find option at the bottom of the screen, and the app automatically shows you the nearest Dunkin Donuts.  If that's not the most convenient feature ever, I don't know what is.  Now shown below is the closest location to my office which, let's face it, I'm already way too familiar with.  But if you're in an unfamiliar location or on a road trip and need your caffeine fix, this part of the app will be your best friend.

I'll be in Manhattan for a few days next week for work, and you better believe I'll be using this bad boy as soon as I wake up every morning.

So tell me, lovely readers.  Are you part of the DD Rewards Program? (If not, sign up and take advantage of the free $5 with the code BLOG!). And don't forget to follow Dunkin Donuts on Facebook & Twitter to hear about upcoming DD Perks promotions!

Let me know in the comments below what your favorite DD beverage is!


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