Event: Midwest Bloggers Holiday Party


J.Crew Sweater (save, splurge)| Zara Sequin Pants (old, similar) | Jessica Simpson Pumps (similar, similar)

Last Friday night I co-hosted a Midwest Bloggers – Iowa holiday party with Katelyn at my one my favorite places in Des Moines, Penelopie Beauty Bar. It’s a must in Des Moines if are you looking to treat yourself or friends or family – who doesn’t like to get pampered?! The owners, Bopha and Katie are so talented and with their help, we threw an ultra glam party!

The talented staff provided complimentary makeup and hair demos. I love just sitting in the chair and taking a risk with my make-up and hair. For this event, my make-up artist gave me a smokey eye look, and my hair stylist rocked the curls! A huge thank you to every one who came out to celebrate this time of the year, it was great meeting all of you!

Photographer: Cherry Chiles


Well Dressed Creative | The Brunette One

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 West Village Dress | Ankle Boots | Knee High Socks | Felt Fedora | Bracelets 

 I was featured yesterday on Lauren Kelp’s Well Dressed Creative! I was so flattered when she reached out to me a few weeks ago and asked if I was interested in being interviewed and I jumped at the chance to share my story.

I  previously worked with Lauren when she helped me design my office, and ever since, Lauren’s website has been a favorite of mine and a constant source of beautiful styling and inspiration. I was honored to be featured and am excited to share the interview where I dive into my go-to styling tips and some honesty about what I wish I knew before getting into this business!

Click Here to Read The Feature!

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Sseko Designs & A Discount Just for You!

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If you’ve ready The Brunette One for any length of time, you know I love to support brands that give back to the community, whether it’s a local community or a community far away that needs a little extra love and support. Sseko Designs and I have teamed up to offer you 20% off discount off your next purchase! Simply use code: BRUNETTE20. It is good It is good for all of Sseko’s new leather loafers and booties through 12/31!

Sseko’s new shoes are hand-made from beautiful, locally-sourced African leather, and with every purchase, provide jobs of dignity and worth to empower the world’s most promising change agents: women.  With this offer, your readers will be able to support female education in Africa while saving on beautiful gifts this holiday season.


My Style: Oversized Sweater Dress

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 gifted Bohme Dress | Target Tights | Wolverine Boots

It’s been a crazy fall and we welcomed the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with open arms. We celebrated two rounds of Thanksgiving with each side of our families before heading home and prepping for the holiday season! I love this time of year, between spending extra time with family and friends, the endless amounts of Christmas music and movies keeps me one happy camper!

This sweater dress was the perfect Thanksgiving staple, with no elastic around the waist, I could eat seconds and thirds without hesitation! I loved pairing this dress with my trusted Wolverine boots. While, I feel the sweater portion is a bit unflattering in some photos, the overall feel of the dress I can’t get enough of.

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The Best Cyber Monday Deals

THE BRUNETTE ONE CYBER MONDAY DEALSIt’s here, the biggest online shopping day of the year, Cyber Monday! To help you get a jump on your holiday shopping this season, I’ve rounded up a huge list of sales and deals from around the internet! Time to get shopping!

Here are a few favorites from NORDSTROM, save up to 40% select merchandise!

SHOPBOP is offering up to 25% off with code GOBIG14. Make sure to pick up something from their GIFT SHOP!

Time to shop!

6 PM // 15% off | CODE: 6PMCYBMON113020141535

Alice + Olivia // 25% off sitewide + free shipping

All Saints (US) // 20% off all styles | CODE: THANKS

Anthropologie // up to 20% off | CODE: EXTRA JOLLY


Banana Republic (US) // 40% off | CODE: CYBER

BB Dakota // 30% off any purchase + free shipping | CODE: CYBER30

BaubleBar // 20% off | CODE: CYBER20

BHLDN // Additional 25% off sale (excludes gowns)

Blank NYC // 40% off sitewide & up to 70% sale | CODE: BLANKCYBERAF

Bloomingdales // 25% off a selection of regular and sale price items

Brooks Brothers // 30% off select styles + 10% off your entire purchase

Current Elliott // 25% off sitewide | CODE: THANKS

C.Wonder // 40% off sitewide

DailyLook // 30% off site wide + free shipping | CODE: MONDAY14

Design Darling // 20% off | CODE: MANYTHANKS

Emerson Fry // 20% off all full-priced merchandise | CODE: EFMONDAY14

Equipment // 25% off sitewide | CODE: THANKS

Everlane // On December 1, Everlane is opening up their popular 1-hour delivery service to New York City. For the same cost as standard shipping, customers in select Manhattan ZIP codes will be able to order Everlane’s most-wanted styles and receive them in under an hour.

Express // 50% off sitewide + free shipping

Forever 21 // 20% off $60+| CODE: CYBER 20 //30% off $120+ | CODE: CYBER30

Free People // additional 25% off all sale items

French Connection // 40% off sitewide | CODE: FC40BF

Hudson Jeans // Additional 20% off select styles + frees shipping | CODE: CYBER20

J Brand // 25% off select styles

J. Crew // 30% off select full-price styles and additional 40% off sale + free shipping, no minimum | CODE: MONDAY

Joie // 25% off sitewide | CODE: THANKS

Kate Spade Saturday // 30% off sitewide | CODE: OHWOW

LOFT // 50% off sitewide | CODE: MONDAY

Milk & Honey Boutique // 50% off sitewide

Missguided (US) //30% off | CODE: CYBER30

ModCloth // – 25% off sitewide | CODE: CYBERMONDAY

Necessary Clothing // 30% off sitewide

Need Supply Co. // 20% off sitewide

Nine West // up to 50% off select product

Old Navy // 40% Off // CODE: CYBER

Otte New York // 20% off sitewide

PacSun // 30% off sitewide

Piperlime // 30% off sitewide + 40% off markdowns | CODE: CYBERSALE

Revolve // 20% off final sale | CODE: cybermonday20

Singer 22 // 20% off sitewide | CODE: CYBER

Sole Society // 30% off entire site

T & J Designs // 30% off sitewide | CODE: THANKYOU30

TOMS // 25% off everything (excludes core classics and sale items) | CODE: CHEER

Topshop (US) // 30% off select product, and 2 for 1 on mid-season sale items

Tuckernuck // 15% off sitewide with code SHOP15 // 20% off orders over $150 with code SHOP20 // 25 % off orders over $500 with code SHOP25 //30 % off orders over $1,000 with code SHOP30

Urban Outfitters // Take $15 off $75, $25 off $100 and $50 off $150


Casa // Get 20% off a;; full priced items | CODE: HAPPYHOME

Cococozy // 25% off | CODE: COCO25

FineStationary.com // 10% off $100, 15% off $175, or 20% off $250 + free shipping | CODE: CYBRMONDAY

FURBISH STUDIO // 20% off orders of $75+ | CODE: HOLLADAY

One Kings Lane // Free shipping on orders $100+

Pottery Barn Kids // save up to 60%, save up to 20% off select products

Sur la Table // huge savings on select items

Waiting on Martha // 20% off orders of $200+ | CODE: CYBER20

West Elm // Buy more, save more — up to 25% off | CODE: SUPERSALE

World Market // Save 20% and enjoy free shipping on $100+


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