5 Tips for shopping Black Friday/Cyber Monday

1. Make a list of things you want and things you need to get for the holidays.
I always write out a list of things I plan on getting my friends and family. I currently have a sticky note on my desktop of a running list of things that would be good gift ideas. I know the people I have to shop for, the links I need to shop and what to get. It makes the day a lot easier!

2. Make a budget you’re willing to spend and stick to it.
It’s so easy to get overwhelmed with all of the sales and all the good prices, but remember this isn’t a time to go crazy and spend everything. You have to be smart about your decisions—I want you to be able to eat after the holidays!

3. Research – what you want, where to buy, what will be on sale, what your favorite stores have.
This is one of my favorite things to do! I love searching for a good deal so when I know what I want, I’ll check multiple retailers and keep that in mind during the day. For example, if I know I’m buying a new pair of Ray-Bans I’ll check out major retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Shopbop and Lord & Taylor. That way, when I know what deals the retailers are offering, I can make an informed decision and save the most money!

4. Check out your favorite brands for pre-sales and sales the day of.
SO many brands are having a “pre-Thanksgiving sale” which I think is awesome. Why not be able to shop before the madness and get everything done? Some of my favorite sales going on RIGHT NOW are:

C. Wonder: 40% off everything + free shipping

J. Crew: 30% off everything + 40% off sale 

J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything + free shipping

Loren Hope: 20% off everything

Tory Burch: Up to 30% off

Nordstrom: 40% off select styles

Shopbop: up to 25% off

Piperlime: 25% off

Kate Spade: up to 75% off

Necessary Clothing: 25% off everything

Saks 5th Ave: up to 60% off select styles

Sole Society: 30% off footwear

Kendra Scott: 15% off everything
Banana Republic: 50% off full priced item + 40% off site wide

Design Darling: 20% off everything


Lord & Taylor: 20% off almost everything

ModCloth: 50% off new arrivals

5. Shop early but check throughout the day.
This is an easy one! Shop early (at like midnight) on each day and scoop up your best items first before they’re sold out! I would also check throughout the day because sometimes retailers will put out different deals as the day goes on.

Happy Shopping! Be sure to check back at midnight for more sales!


How to Style a Fur Vest and Flannel

I'm currently en route to Arkansas for Thanksgiving at my uncle's house (hopefully will be there by the time you're reading this) and this is one of the outfits I'm packing. The weather should be pretty nice over the weekend so I'm leaving the coats behind and bringing my vests and flannels. Sounds like a pretty good weekend, right? I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving and eat LOTS of food! 

If you're looking for a last-minute Thanksgiving outfit (that also happens to feature this shirt), check out mine here!



Gift Guide: For Me!

The BF asked for a gift guide of things I wanted and here they are! It's a blessing (and a curse for others) that most of the things on my "want list" I usually just buy over time with money saved up. I love finding a good deal and I always treat my major accomplishments well. The bad side of things is that the rest of my want list is $$$$ which isn't ideal for those trying to buy me things! Either way, here is my Christmas list to Santa and all others who want to know. 

My number one is probably a new lens for my camera and for the blog. I've researched for a while now and this is the one I want! Aside from that, I always choose experiences over things. I love to travel and everyone knows that. When Andrew and I started dating I told him, "don't buy me anything -- take me somewhere." And I still mean it. The places we've been are always some of my favorite memories and I can't wait to go on more adventures.

For my family: Dittie, I still would like the helicopter ride and to my parents, my five-year-old Macbook is dying. That is all! 

your sister/daughter. 

Travel Tuesday: Statue of Liberty + Ellis Island

On Saturday I was able to cross another item off my bucket list: climbing to the top of the Statue of Liberty. When I was in college there was this stair-stepper that would let you set your goal; things like the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, etc. Of course I became obsessed and I knew once I hit my goal on the machine, I wanted to do it in real life. So here we are! 

I had a blast. It was a gorgeous day but it was freeeeezing! I was sure to bundle up (you can see what I wore here) but being on the water, you kind of just had to deal with it. Anyway, we bought tickets to access the crown (you can buy yours here) which also gave us access to all of Liberty Island and Ellis island. If you go, I suggest at the very minimum to get tickets for the pedestal. Otherwise you only get access to walk around the island. I mean, if you're going to go ... GO!

Walking around was fun but I was eager to get climbing! There are 393 steps from the bottom to the top and the first flights (from the ground to the pedestal) were normal, everyday stairs. The last 162 steps looked a little something like this:

Andrew was more surprised than I was with how narrow and tight the steps were. I mean, you can't be over 6'3" to climb these steps without hitting your head and I was holding on with both hands up and down. Here are my before and after pictures: 

Being up at the crown was a lot of fun. It was small but it was gratifying! The views were awesome and it was so fun to see what Lady Liberty sees everyday. It was also really cool to check out the inside of the statue and see everything (like her face -- two photos down).

After our time on Liberty Island, we went over to Ellis Island and soaked up some history. It was fun and I'm glad I went, but it wasn't what I expected. A little underwhelming and I mean it in the nicest way. Ellis Island was hit hard by Sandy and because of that, all of the artifacts were gone. So the museum and the tour was just a bunch of empty cases. They're waiting for the air and temperature to stabilize in the building before bringing them back. 

All in all, we had a great time and I'm so happy to have checked it off the list! Next on my bucket list? Ride an elephant, climb the Eiffel Tower and visit Greece!


Gift Guide: For the Guys

iPad $399 | Tie Case $145 | GoPro $399
Baseball Book $150 | Barbour Bag $379 | Backpack $55
Leather Watch $135 | Brown Loafers $340 | iPad Case $79 | Decanter $149
Luggage $595 | Shaving Kit $175 | Watch Case $120

These gifts are all for any guy in your life-- from your dad to your brother, from your best friend to your boyfriend and everywhere in between! Here are the gifts I'm getting the guys in my life this year. Be sure to check out gifts for your guy under $100 and under $50 here!


Lady Liberty

Over the weekend I went to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island with Andrew. It was a beautiful day but VERY cold. I was sure to layer up (not pictured were my two sets of gloves, headband and scarf). We were able to snap a few pics before the sun completely set on Ellis Island. I can't wait to share our adventure with you tomorrow!



Weekend Reading 11/22

Recap of the week: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

1. We're going to see the Statue of Liberty (we're probably there as you're reading this) and I'm PUMPED. Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see my shots @kristarobertso

2. This is what I looked like last time I was at the Statue of Liberty…

3. Tuckernuck has given y'all 20% off with the code "BLOGLOVE20" Helllllooooo, Barbour jackets and preppy things!

4. Miss any gift guides? I have them all for you here!

5. C. Wonder is 30% off everything!

6. I found my mini monogram necklace ONLINE!! And for cheaper than what I paid too. It's also 20% off with the code above. Be sure to order by December 1 to get it in time for Christmas!

7. I saw Interstellar last night and it was amazing! I sobbed. But I also always cry at movies. My dad says that's how I gauge how much I like the movie. 

8. I'm head-over-heels for this dress

9. Had so much fun celebrating the launch of my friend Amanda's blog redesign. Be sure to check it out!

10. The famous J. Crew flannel is BACK and on MAJOR SALE! You. are. welcome.


What to Wear Christmas Tree Shopping

Jacket (similar) | Sweater | Vest | Jeans | Boots (similar) | Gloves | Earrings 

Happy Friday to all! Today I'm showing a more basic look, one perfect for Christmas tree shopping. We all are aware that it's f-ing freezing out now and layers will be your saving grace to get through it all. Chunky sweaters, quilted vests and long coats will be your go-to. When you're picking out a tree you want to be comfortable, warm, and not afraid to get your hands dirty. Well, get your gloves dirty ;)

Most of the stuff today you've seen before on my Instagram or anywhere on the internet. I mean this vest has been around for a while now and I only really take it out for certain occasions. I try and mix up my content here on CTB and show you something you've never seen before put together on a blog. This outfit, of course, is not an example of that but it does the trick!

The best thing about my outfit in my opinion are my red leather gloves. I got them a couple weeks ago and literally have worn them every day since. They're cute and functional and that's all a girl can really ask for, right? Did I mention they have bows? Oh yeah, that's happening.