November 26, 2015
image via // shop the boots on sale!

Black Friday is HERE! Holy moly, there's SO many sales online that I definitely won't be braving the stores this year. Why would you when you can stay in comfy clothes and add to cart ;)
Shop the list or some of my picks below!

What I'm Shopping
Amazon - 30% off select clothing, shoes, accessories with code 30BLACKFRI
Ann Taylor - 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE - 45% off everything /≥kliu89iokl
Banana Republic - 50% off sweaters/40% off the rest of your purchase with code BRFRIDAY
Cole Haan - 30% off with free shipping
Design Darling - 20% off with code THANKFUL
J. Crew - 40% off + free shipping with code HOLIDAY
J. Crew Factory - 50% off with code SHIPGIFTS
Kate Spade Surprise Sale - up to 75% off
Lucy - 30% off sitewide
Mintwood Home - 20% off + free shpping with code CM20
Nordstrom - up to 50% off
Rebecca Minkoff - 25% off all orders + markdowns up to 70% off
Shopbop - save up to 25% off sitewide with code GOBIG15 (on top of so many great markdowns!)

More Clothes/Beauty/Jewelry
Anthropologie - 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT
Asos - 30% off with code BLESSED
Athleta - 20% off with code WORKIT
bareMinerals - receive a free collection (up to $62 value) with any purchase over $75
Bloomingdales - up to 25% off with code TURKEY
Bluefly - up to 80% off sitewide
Camilyn Beth - spend more save more, up to 30% off with code THANKS30
DVF - up to 40% off
Gap - 50% off everything with code BLKFRIDAY
Goodnight Macaroon - 50% off with code blackfriday2015
H&M - up to 60% off
Kendra Scott - 15% off with code SALE15
Kenneth Cole - 50% off sitewide
Loren Hope - 20% off stiewide with code THANKFULLY
L.K. Bennett - 30% off sitewide with code THANKS
Loft - 40% off everything with code BF40
Macy's - Markdowns up to 70% off
Madewell - 25% off entire purchase with code Calmdown
Nasty Gal - 30% off sale and black styles
Neiman Marcus - $50 off purchases over $200 with code THANKFUL
Nike - extra 25% off sale with code GETOUTHERE
Old Navy - 60% off hundreds of styles, 50% off even more, 40% off everything else
Rag & Bone - 25% off sitewide
Revolve - up to 50% off women's dresses + men's shirts + 20% off sale with code BLACKFRIDAY20
River Island - 20% off everything with code BFRIDAY15
Sam Edelman - 30% off with code SAMSGIVING
Stella & Dot - take an extra 25% off for a total of up to 50% off
Tarte Cosmetics - 25% of purchase with code FRIDAY!
The Frye Company - Receive $100 gift card for every $400 spent + free shipping (Also, big markdowns!)
Tobi - 50% off sitewide with code THANKFUL50
Vince - extra 25% off with code BFEXTRA25
VIX Swimwear - 40% sitewide with code BRFRIDAY40
Wala Swim - 25% off entire site with code HOLIDAY25

More Home
Amazon Home - 25% off iSmartAlarm products, 40% off Kraus products, 50% off LIta Touch Free Kitchen Faucets and more!
Furbish - 20% off entire site
LexMod - 20% off headboards, office chairs and furniture with code BF20
Minted - 20% off with code BF2015
Target - Doorbuster Deals
The World Market - 50% off select items
Waiting on Martha - 20% everything (except fine art) with code SHOPSMALL
West Elm - Buy more, save more with code MOREISMORE
Williams-Sonoma - 20% off with code THANKS


November 25, 2015

Every Thanksgiving, my family and I go around the table and each of us tells the group what they're thankful for. I love this tradition - it's so nice to slow down and reflect on everything that's happened over the past year. So often we get caught up in the chaos of day to day stresses; and we easily forget about all of the good things in our lives.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to pause and, well, give thanks! So this year, I thought I'd share something I'm thankful for with you... and it seems appropriate to talk about something blogging related here on the blog, right?!

This year, I've realized just how thankful I am for everyone who has helped me turn LSL into what it is today. I'm so beyond grateful for all of you - some of whom I've never met, some that have been following since the beginning (thanks Mom!), and some are the lovely bloggers I get to call friends :) I mentioned those ladies in my post about social media and I meant what I said. 2015 has been a BIG year for Lake Shore Lady, and I owe so much of that growth and success to the people that I get to see on a regular basis.

A little backstory:
When I first moved to Chicago, I felt very alone. Most of my friends were still on the east coast, I hadn't kept in touch with many people from High School, one of my best friends from college was living in the burbs, my sister was out in Oak Park and my brother/Ali were still in college (woah)! Moving to a new city is really hard - especially when you add a big break up and a slight career crisis! And on top of that, making girlfriends in your twenties is way harder than you might think. I mean, that's a lot, right?!

Luckily, taking the plunge into blogging forced me to get out there and meet new people; but I never imagined that this "networking" would turn into such great friendships.

So, this Thanksgiving I'm saying a big bear hug of a Thank You.
Thank you for making me laugh.
Thank you for being so supportive.
Thank you for talking to me at awkward events.
Thank you for taking photos for me when I'm in desperate need.
Thank you for helping me figure out technical issues and tackle big projects.
Thank you for all picking really awesome husbands/BFs. (Haha seriously tho! They're all so great!)
Thank you for weekend coffee/workout dates.
Thank you for inspiring me.
And of course, thank you for drinking a whole lot of wine with me :)

I should note that these shout outs go beyond the people in these photos - I was just lucky enough to have some gems from Kelly in the City and a few other events at my disposal. The community in Chicago expands far past what's represented in these shots - and now it's not even limited to Chicago anymore (lookin at you, Jill)!! So, cheers to you inspiring, creative, blogger chicks. I hope you all have a Happy Happy Thanksgiving!

Now it's your turn - what are you thankful for this year?

Don't know the ladies in these photos? You should:
Lows to Luxe, The Kittchen, The Golden Girl, Isn't That Charming, Kelly in the City, The Fox & SheHot Pink Style, Erin Marie Bassett, Wandeleur and many more!

And one more thing before you go - if you're missing summer already, take a peek at this little video I just got of my brunch cruise on The Odyssey! Umm.. how long is winter again??

Gift Guide: For the Gadget Geek

November 24, 2015

I've been wanting to start my gift guides for a few weeks now, so I'm extra excited to be posting my first one of the season!! I decided to start with electronics because everyone knows someone who is dying for the latest gadget, but also because Black Friday is approaching!! The best deals are always in this category, especially on items that never go on sale. What's better than that?
Hint: Apple Watches might be marked down...

I'm already thinking about which of these I'll order for my family members this year; but if you don't see anything for the people on your list, don't worry! I'll be sending out a FULL list of Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales this weekend + the rest of the gift guides are coming over the next two weeks.
And yes, I'll remind you to order on the last day that you can get free shipping and get them under the tree in time ;)
Sign up for my newsletter and then get shoppin:

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

November 23, 2015
Still don't have your Thankgiving Menu set?! 
Never fear! I've rounded up some recipes from the LSL archives and some of my favorite food blogs to help you put together the perfect day! Check em out:

Just in case you want to save all of the indulging for dinner, this jam is full of health benefits... and it tastes amazing.

On the other hand, homemade cinnamon rolls, coffee and the parade sounds like a pretty good combination!

An easy, cheesy appetizer that will warm everyone right up!

If you're bringing a dish to someone else's house, this is way easier to transport than a typical baked brie. Don't worry, it's just as delicious!

I already love stuffing, but stuffing with kale and caramelized onions?! Yuh-um.

I had the pleasure of trying this dish when Kit made it a few months ago and it's AMAZING. I think every Thanksgiving should have some fried sage, right?

I know most people opt for a String Bean Casserole, but I was never a big fan of that. Instead, this recipe is a crisp and fresh addition to the table.

Mashed Potatoes are necessary. What else needs to be said?

Think about it... a full belly, snuggles, Holiday movies and mulled wine. 

I know I just posted this last week, but it's so perfect for Thanksgiving! Sweet, creamy and cheesy!

This cranberry sauce has maple syrup and bourbon in it. Umm, yes please!

Don't have time to make Apple Pie this year? These baked apples look like an amazing alternative!

Another alternative to pie that's super easy - plus, it's pretty awesome a la mode :)

What are you guys making this year?!

Three Bean Salad

November 20, 2015

Have you guys heard of Jeff Mauro? Winner of Food Network Star? Sandwich King? Well, he's opening a cool new restaurant right here in Chicago called Pork & Mindy's. In anticipation of their opening, I was given one of Jeff's recipes to try at home, and now I get to share it with all of you!
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