Monthly Archives: November 2012

JackThreads: Smart Fashion for Guys

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of JackThreads. All opinions are 100% mine.


Here’s one for the men in your life, the ones who have a style of their own…or the ones who can use some help putting a look together. JackThreads is a curated, members-only site for men’s fashion and accessories featuring designer styles at friendly prices. The online community sells men’s clothes from tons of well known brands like Kenneth Cole and Penguin, as well as men’s footwear from favorite names like Vans and Converse.

Here’s how it works: Each day at noon (ET), three to four new sales come up, combining brands you already know with names you want to get to know. Most sales last for 72 hours and then are gone, so you really want to get in right at the beginning to get your pick. If you get your friends to sign up and make a purchase, you’ll earn $10 for yourself for each one, which will get you a few cool things on here based on their pricing of up to 80% off daily.

I took a look around and found more than a few styles for each type of guy I know, so finding gifts won’t be an issue. There are some pretty great Seasonal Sales going on now, so you might want to check out these shops before they’re gone. My favorites were the Watches under $50, Hoodies & Sweatshirts, and Casual Shoes & Sneaks (some pics below).


Zunammy Grey Case Watch on JackThreadsZunammy Black Dial Watch on JackThreads

Chor Snap Front Jacket on JackThreadsAlife Mono Hiker on JackThreads

I asked my husband which look he’d be into and he picked the one below. I’m a fan of the grey tones and easy to layer pieces. I’m pretty sure he’d wear this all the time.


Click here to sign up for JackThreads (it’s free) and start receiving their new sale info every day. You can check out their Winter Deals here to stock up for the season. This is definitely one of the best ways to take advantage of Black Friday without having to deal with the crazy lines (you all know how I feel about that).

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Black Friday Online Codes

You definitely won’t catch this preggo standing in any Black Friday lines, but there’s certainly a special place in my heart for deals I can enjoy from the comfort of my couch and mommy pants. I’ve rounded up ten of my favorite brands and retailers with coupon codes you can use online today. Best of luck to those of you braving the stores. Happy shopping to those of you sharing my online mentality. Here’s what you need to get going:

ASOS: 11/23 ONLY – 20% off everything when you use code BLACKFRIDAYBONUS

BaubleBar: 11/23 ONLY – Buy 2 Baubles, Get 15% Off (code: FRIDAY15) Buy 3 Baubles, Get 25% Off (code:FRIDAY25) Buy 4 Baubles, Get 35% Off (code: FRIDAY35)

DVF: 11/23-11/26 – additional 30% off sale items + free shipping with code HOLIDAYSALE

Gorjana: 11/23 ONLY – Win up to 100% off your purchase (enter code BLKFRIDAY to see what % off you will get)!

Nicole Miller: 11/23 – New styles up to 70% off. 11/23-12/31- receive a $50 gift card with any purchase. 

Pink Mascara: 11/23-11/30- save 25% off site wide with code CYBER

Steve Madden: 25% off and free shipping with code GIVE25!

Theory: 11/23-11/26 – enjoy 30% off sitewide when you enter code THANKS2012

Tory Burch: From 11/23 on – Spend $300 get 20% off, spend $500 get 25% off, spend $750 get 30% off AND get a limited edition notecard set with any purchase of $150 or more when you enter code GIFTFORYOU

Victoria’s Secret: 11/23- free limited edition tote including four beauty must-haves with $65 purchase. Code: FRIDAY65

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura

When Karl Lagerfeld teams up with one of the world’s most innovative makeup creators, nothing less than a “miracle of color and beauty” can be expected. Born of a longtime mutual admiration, The Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura collection is fashion meets art in a colorful juxtaposition of classic edge. This is basically wearable art for your face (just take a look at those lashes!).

Get a look at some of my favorites from the collection in the pics below. While you’re shopping the collection, be sure to take advantage of the special code available to readers of Bubbles & Ink:

Code: WISH2012
Valid: Thurs. Nov. 22nd through Tues. Nov. 27th
Offer: 20% Off plus Free Shipping on All Orders of $50 or more

Social Gifting Wednesday on Wrapp

If you haven’t heard of Wrapp, downloading the app is the easiest way to give free or paid gift cards to your Facebook friends at a moment’s notice – which really comes in handy when you kind of forget someone’s birthday and are only suddenly reminded by the string of birthday comments on your news feed (am I the only one who’s guilty of this?).

Today, November 21st, dubbed by Wrapp as “Social Gifting Wednesday”, many retailers such as Sephora, Levi’s, Warby Parker, Rent the Runway,, and Hayneedle, will be providing free gift cards, each worth $10 or more, that Wrapp users can give to friends and family, no strings attached. To get you started on your holiday shopping, Wrapp is also giving 200 of Bubbles & Ink’s readers free gift cards to Just click here to get yours after you become a member. Happy shopping!

Rediscovering Vizcaya

What my first trimester lacked in enthusiasm, my second trimester has made up for in abundant energy and a desire to wake up at the crack of dawn to seize the city. I’m not entirely sure what’s sparked this new love affair with a city I’ve admittedly admonished for its laundry list of faults (anyone who commutes more than a one-block radius can certainly understand), but I’ll chalk it up to hormonal nesting and the ever-present optimism its brought with it – a trait that’s been rather unnatural in the past for this self-proclaimed and proudly snarky Cuban girl.

Still, if the baby wants to get out into the city, my body shall direct him/her there. So it was that we found ourselves at Vizcaya, rediscovering one of those magical places that hasn’t lost its charm on me. This was Tony’s first time visiting the museum that used to be home to agricultural industrialist James Deering – and quite a home it was. Talk about satisfying that urge to nest.

We spent the day wandering the gardens, trying to imagine what it’s like to have ten acres of land upon which to build a life. We’re a far cry from that in a barely 900 sq ft apartment a little too close to Kendall for my liking. But there’s something to be said for inspiration. Maybe Baby E will enjoy a baroque-inspired nursery… In any case, here are a few shots of our favorite spots, of which there were quite a few. Well done, Mr. Deering. Enjoy.

Thanks to my hubby for taking these amazing pics. I got a few shots in with my iPhone but he’s the one with the serious camera skills.

Friday Giveaway: Bubble Buttons

I know it’s been a long week for everyone, what with the election and all that inevitable controversy Florida always brings to it (smh). So let’s end it on a good note with a quick Friday giveaway. If you’re not familiar with Bubble Buttons, here’s your chance to get acquainted.

Bubble Buttons are basically a sticker for that concave home button on your iDevice. I’ve been using it on my iPhone 4S for a little over a week now and can’t imagine going back to not having it; it actually makes my home button easier to use. Maybe it’s just me, but it feels more responsive. I usually have terrible luck with home buttons, so this has been a great little save for me. At only $4.95 per six-pack, it’s a great little fix with a lot of personality (check mine out in the pic above).

You can win your own six-pack today by: 1) Leaving a quick comment here with your preferred choice (Yummy Pack or Mustache Pack) and 2) Liking the Bubbles & Ink Facebook page if you haven’t already. Simple as that. I’ll announce the winner here at the end of the day. Contest ends at 5:00 p.m. ET.

You can also win an iPad 2 from Bubble Buttons by going to their Facebook page and liking them to get all the contest details. Best of luck to everyone with all these freebies!

UPDATE: Thanks so much to everyone who entered! Congratulations to our two winners, Vanessa Rocha and Jenny Lee Lewis! Please message me on Facebook to claim your prize!

And Baby Makes 3

Hello, old friend. It’s been a while. Two months, to be exact. Coming back from New York following a grueling tourist run left me depleted of any energy, motivation, or inspiration to post anything worth reading. But the truth is, it probably had more to do with the fact that I was newly pregnant (surprise!) than it did with actually dodging tourists in Manhattan — though that really didn’t help anyone, either.

I’m now about four months pregnant and feeling much more energetic (and a lot less pukey), but the first three months were especially trying. This is my first child and I’d heard quite a few horror stories of what I could expect to endure. But nothing can really prepare you for the toll your hormones will take on your body. For the first time in my adult life, I was not in control of anything and it was driving me absolutely nuts. Every day was a gamble. Some days were ok at best. Others were downright immobilizing. I spent a week in bed trying to figure out what was hurting the most — I was discovering parts I’d never been familiar with before. And also discovering they could hurt to the point of needing constant rest.

I was also surprised to learn I couldn’t stand perfume, makeup, or anything with even a mild fragrance. So there went the product review and sampling I’d planned following that incredible loot I’d snagged at the NYC events. And then there was the morning sickness…the kind that lasted all day. I’ll spare you the details of the rest of these magical symptoms. Suffice it to say it was basically a permanent state of hangover but without all the fun the night before. Also a little bit like a second run at adolescent puberty.

But, mostly, it was a three-month period of hermit-like existence. I’m grateful for my self-employed status. I don’t know how other women do it and I seriously curtsy to their bravery and endurance. Still, despite the physical torment and daily symptom discovery, Tony and I are incredibly excited and can’t wait to find out whether we’ll be welcoming a little girl or boy. We’re now eagerly preparing for his/her arrival, which means I may be a little slow on the posts and reviews, but I’ll do my best to keep them coming. I’m starting to feel much more like myself, so I’m optimistic about that.

Anyway, I couldn’t wait to share the news and hope to be able to share more of the process with my readers. There must be other mommies or moms-to-be out there who can share in the process. If you are, I’d love to hear from you. Trust me, any little bit of encouragement helps. Xx

P.S. Thanks to my incredibly talented husband for the awesome pregnancy announcement (photo above).