Tuesday, December 6, 2022

The Soubrette Brunette's 2022 Holiday Gift Guides

2022 holiday gift guide

The Soubrette Brunette's Holiday Gift Guides 2022

It's official: my holiday gift guides are back this year! I've scoured the internet looking for fun gift ideas and have created The Soubrette Brunette's Holiday Gift Guides: 2022 Edition with all my finds! Be sure to check out my previous holiday gift guides (from 2019, 2020, and 2021, as well as my HSP gift guide) for even more gifting inspo.

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Without further ado, onto the holiday gift guides for this year – where you'll find plenty of Jane Austen gift ideas, lots of coffee lover gifts and gifts for foodies, gifts for sensitive people and people pleasers, plenty of kitschy gifts and gifts for bakers, and fun coworker gift ideas!

Please note that this post contains some affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links, I may earn a small commission (which helps to run my blog and social media channels) at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting The Soubrette Brunette! Now, let's get shopping!


Gifts For Jane Austen Fans

As someone who has fully immersed herself in the world of Pride and Prejudice this season, I had to put together a list of Jane Austen gifts for others who are just as Mr. Darcy-obsessed. Check out my Jane Austen gift ideas for any classic literary fiend, romantic feminist, or Regency era history buff in your life.

Jane Austen gifts

a.  Jane Austen's Table recipe book
b.  Pemberly lapel pin
c.  Jane Austen's finest lip balm
d.  Jane Austen quote pouch
e.  Heat-changing Jane Austen finery mug 
f.  Austenite tea bundle
g.  I heart Mr. Darcy keychain
h.  Marrying Mr. Darcy card game
i.  Jane Austen socks
j.  Sense and Sensibility purse (+ other book purses)
k.  Jane Austen novel coasters
l.  Color Me Jane coloring book for adults
m.  Polite Society: The Jane Austen Board Game
n.  Paddywax Jane Austen candle
o.  Society of Obstinate Headstrong Girls tote


Gift Ideas For Coffee Lovers, Tea Drinkers, and Full-Blown Foodies

Seeking great gifts for a foodie? Need some highly caffeinated coffee lover gifts or gifts for tea drinkers on your list? Look no further than this next gift guide, which includes Christmas gifts for foodies, gifts for tea lovers to savor, and gifts for any coffee lover who needs a midday pick-me-up. 

Great gifts for a foodie

1.  Honey bear apron

Cottagecore Gifts for the Coziest Homesteader

While true rural life is no picnic, I'm definitely drawn to the style of these cottagecore gifts! Whether you've got an animal lover in the family, a friend who loves antiques and thrift finds, or a coworker who'd love to live off the grid and homestead full-time, check out these cottagecore gift ideas for something with a bit of whimsy and wonder. (I may or may not need to add some of these cottagecore Christmas gifts to my own wish list this year!)

Cottagecore gift ideas

Gifts for Sensitive People, Givers, and Recovering People Pleasers

I know firsthand how hard it can be to stop people pleasing. But once you start putting your own needs first and setting boundaries, it feels good to keep going. Refer to this guide when looking for self care gifts for loved ones who need to stop people pleasing or who chronically over-give in their relationships. I've even included a people pleaser book or two that I'd love to receive myself! These can also make great gifts for sensitive people, codependent folks, or loved ones who could use a reminder that they are worthy.

People pleaser book and other gift ideas


Gifts for Kitschy Queens

To me, there's nothing more satisfying than kitschy gifts. While these gifts might considered by some to be in poor taste or otherwise tacky, kitschy Christmas gifts are the perfect way to appeal to a specific sense of humor. If your loved one tends to gravitate towards kitschy gift ideas for others, use this gift guide to return the favor and give them something they'll adore (ironically or sincerely!). 

Kitschy Christmas gifts

a.  Ugly sweater plates

Gift Ideas for Aspiring Star Bakers

Do you know someone who never misses an episode of Bake Off? Or is someone you love in the running for Star Baker in your heart? I've put together some of the best gifts for bakers, as well as a handful Great British Baking Show gifts for those who'd rather watch the show than present their own show-stopper. 

Gifts for bakers

1.  Joyeux Noel t-shirt
2.  Cactus measuring spoons
3.  Whisk necklace
4.  Apple pie dish
5.  Rolling pin
6.  Pie bird
7.  100 Cookies baking book
8.  Star Baker apron
9.  The Great British Baking Show game
10.  Martha Stewart glass cake stand
11.  Baking socks
12.  Recipe tin
13.  Henrietta Hedgehog baking pin
14.  Mixer earrings
15.  Bake Off tent print

Favorite Coworker Gift Ideas

Whether you work remotely or you're back in the office, a good coworker is worth their weight in gold. I've compiled these Christmas gifts for coworkers who are always there for a gossip session, to lend a hand on a big project, or to be a sounding board when you're on the clock. These coworker gift ideas will bring a smile to their face while expressing your appreciation.

Gifts for coworkers


I hope my Jane Austen gift ideas, Christmas gifts for foodies, cottagecore gifts, gifts for sensitive people, kitschy gift ideas, Great British Baking Show gifts, and coworker gift ideas will help you find the perfect presents for the loved ones on your list this year! Happy shopping!

Friday, November 25, 2022

Black Friday Favorites 2022 + Black Friday Coupon Codes!

Although I won't be going to any in-person Black Friday sales this year, you know I've always got your online Black Friday discounts covered! Take a look below at some of the items that will be making their way into my shopping cart this year... and read on for your Black Friday coupon code guide! I'll be adding to this list as brands reveal their discounts, so be sure to check back or let me know about any Black Friday coupon code that I missed!

Please note that this post contains some affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking on one of these links, I may earn a small commission (which helps to run my blog!) at no cost to you. I link only to items and brands I genuinely love. Thank you for supporting The Soubrette Brunette!


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Black Friday Sale 2022 – Black Friday Discount Codes for Sammi's Favorite Brands

Abercrombie & Fitch: get 30% off everything
Aerie: 40% off the Aerie collection + 10/$35 all undies
Anthropologie: 30% off everything (excluding select items)
ASOS: almost 80% off everything
B.A.I.T. Footwear: up to 80% off sitewide
ban.do: 35% off everything with code TAKE35
Betsey Johnson: 35% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY
Be My Clementine: Get a free potholder with any holiday print product purchase
Beauty Bakerie: 40% off sitewide
Box Lunch: 30% off sitewide + up to 50% off holiday doorbusters
Cath Kidston: up to 60% off select items + an extra 15% off everything
Chronicle Books: 35% off with code GIVEBOOKS
Clarks: 40% off sitewide with code GIFT40
Colourpop Cosmetics: 30% off sitewide
Emily & Fin: 25% off new season items with code TREAT25
Erstwilder: 30% off hundreds of designs + free gift with purchase
Francesca's: 50% off including clearance
Girlfriend Collective: 35% off sitewide 
GOODAFTERNINE: 30% off 
Heart of Haute: 25% off sitewide
Hill House Home: 30% off with code 30FORYOU
Irregular Choice: at least 20% off everything (excluding Christmas and collabs)
Ivy City Co: up to 60% off select items
J. Crew: 50% off your purchase with code SHOPEARLY
JessaKae: up to 70% off
Joanie Clothing: 40% off everything 
Kate Spade: up to 50% off everything with code BLACKFRIYAY
Kirkland's Home: up to 50% off Christmas + up to 30% off everything else
La Femme en Noir: 35% off sitewide with code BACKTOBLACK
Lulu's: extra 50% off all sale items with code BF50
Mackenzie-Childs: cyber week deals + free shipping
Madewell: 40% off your purchase with code OHJOY
ModCloth: 40% off sitewide with code FRIYAY40
Modern Millie: 15% off sitewide with code JOY15
Old Navy: 60% off deals
Out of Print: BOGO tees with code BF2022
The Pretty Dress Company: 30% off everything with code FRIDAY30
Printfresh: 25% off with code PEACE
Retrolicious: 30% off sitewide
Retrospec'd: 30% off everything
Rifle Paper Company: 30% off everything
Sarsparilly: 50% off the Cosmic Girl collection
Selkie: up to 40% off previous collections + 25% off signature styles + holiday/early restock deals all weekend
Sephora: daily cyber week deals
shopDisney: 30% off sitewide with code MAGIC + free shipping on orders $75+
Sourpuss Clothing: 30% off sitewide with code BLACK
Steady Clothing: 25% off everything with code HOLIDAY22
Tatyana: 50% off sitewide with code FRIDAY50
Too Faced: 30% off sitewide + an extra 10% off your order with code EXTRA104U
Trashy Diva: 30% off sitewide
Trixie Cosmetics: up to 30% off sitewide
Ulta: $10 off any $40+ purchase with code THANKS22 + lots of other deals
Unique Vintage: 40% off sitewide + daily deals
Vendula London: up to 60% off select items
Vixen by Micheline Pitt: 35% off sitewide with code BACKTOBLACK
World Market: Black Friday deals


Happy Shopping!



Sunday, October 23, 2022

The Soubrette Brunette's Enchanted Birthday Giveaway! [CLOSED]

The Soubrette Brunette's enchanted birthday giveaway

I'm turning 34 on Friday, but I'm starting the celebrations early with my annual birthday giveaway! This year, I've gone with a mystical, enchanted theme for all my ethereal and magical followers. Read on to find out what's up for grabs this time!

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This year's winner will receive a curated prize package of otherworldly goodies, including:

  • Dreamland skirt from she and reverie
  • Colourpop Hocus Pocus 2 eyeshadow palette
  • "In the Mushroom Forest" print by Art of Stephanie Marie
  • "What's your sign?" horoscope game
  • Vintage witch composition notebook
  • Cat tarot cards and guidebook 
  • Flower fairies postcard book
  • Herbal scented candles
  • Mushroom mug
  • Moon and star necklace
Honestly, I wish I could keep all these prizes for myself! But I'm just as happy to send them to one of you. Here's how you could potentially win them!


Enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. If you're unable to enter via mobile, please try on a desktop or laptop! One (1) winner will be chosen to win the prize package pictured and described above. (In the event of product unavailability, comparable substitutions may be made.) 

You must complete ALL required entries in order to be eligible. (Yes, I do check!) In particular, make sure the name included in your comment matches your email address or the name you've used to sign in. I cannot count entries for users marked "unknown" or that I can't verify!

This giveaway is open worldwide and will run from now until 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, October 29, 2022. The winner will be chosen at random through the widget and will be contacted via email, so remember to provide a valid email address in your blog post comment! The winner must respond within 48 hours of being contacted to claim their prizes and coordinate their receipt. If no response is received, a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be announced via the widget once confirmed. This giveaway is hosted by The Soubrette Brunette with sponsored prizes courtesy of she and reverie; no other brands or businesses are officially affiliated with this giveaway, including Instagram and Facebook. 

Thank you for entering (and for spending another year with me)! Best of luck!


Thursday, September 1, 2022

The Soubrette Brunette in Home Magazine: Storytelling Through Style

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Hi! It's been a while! I hope you're having a wonderful summer. If you don't follow me on social media, you might have missed a really fun development: I was featured in the July/August issue of Home Magazine! I had the chance to talk about my style ethos and share some of my favorite images from outings around Rochester. Should you feel so inclined, check out the entire issue of Home Publications or read my article at your leisure. 

The blogging landscape has changed so much over the last decade, but I can't see myself saying goodbye to it any time soon. Though I'm more active on Instagram and Tiktok these days, I hope I'll have the energy to keep updating here every so often. Because I work full-time in digital marketing (and blogging is a huge part of my job), co-run a business on the side, and perform whenever I get the chance, it can be tough to keep up with so much photo editing and writing. Frankly, posting on social media actually streamlines the process and it's where people go for this kind of content now. That said, maintaining this blog is super important to me (plus, you never know when a platform might deactivate your account). So if you're still here, I appreciate you!

Fingers crossed my next update will be sooner rather than later. :)

Monday, April 11, 2022

Easter Basket Instagram Giveaway!

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Hey, little bunnies!

This is just a quick PSA that I'm running an Easter-themed giveaway over on my Instagram! I normally use my blog to host giveaways, but I'm trying out something new this time.

Just watch my latest reel and follow the directions in the caption to enter. One (1) winner will receive this basket of goodies! I promise, the prizes are sweet. :)

What are you waiting for? Enter the giveaway here!


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Galentine's Day Brunch 2022: How to Throw a Party Your Gal Pals Will Love

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Let's go, girls.

If that line doesn't make you want to strut, I'm not sure what will.

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It's nearly time for Galentine's Day 2022! It surprised me to recently learn that a lot of people aren't actually familiar with the phenomenon of Galentine's Day. Maybe it's a generational thing. But this one's for the ladies – so it's a holiday that deserves more attention. 

Ever since I first watched Parks and Recreation, I've been a fan of Galentine's Day. (Check out my previous Galentine's Day post!) How could you resist Leslie Knope's commitment to celebrating female friendships? I'm lucky enough to have a bunch of lovely ladies in my life and I was thrilled to have the chance to bring some of my Galentine's Day party ideas to life with a few of them!

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Those who still follow my blog are getting this content a little bit early than everyone else will on Instagram, since Galentine's Day is officially on Sunday (yes, the same day as the Super Bowl... which seems... a bit unfair). So if you want to know how to host a Galentine's Day Party in advance, feel free to draw inspiration from these photos and my tips below. 

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Galentine's Day Decorations

I believe that when you're learning how to host a Galentine's Day party, you have to go all out. I picked up decor from Target, Amazon, Marshall's, Michael's, and my mom's house. I even ordered a bunch of balloons (and had them delivered!). My vision was inspired by Carrie and Miranda's ill-fated Valentine's Day dinner in the Sex and the City movie mixed with a child's birthday party.

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Some of my decorations are no longer available, but I'll include some links below to what I used (or very similar items).

Since I love pink, I already had a lot to pull from. I'm a bit of a traditionalist, but feel free to come up with your own theme! You could do all red, red and white, all black, or bright and bold colors! There are no Galentine's Day decor rules, in my opinion. 

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Galentine's Day Menu

I've seen a number of posts on TikTok showing some Galentine's Day party ideas and Galentine's Day menus, but I planned my celebration early this year. 

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to host a brunch. Not only do I love breakfast food, but it's a meal that I can handle making! It's also easy to supplement ready-made items (or ones you can heat in the oven). In comparison to a fancy dinner party, it's relatively low stress while still feeling festive.

galentines day party

Of course, a Galentine's Day brunch is a natural choice for February 13th (thanks to Leslie Knope's love of waffles). There are a ton of possibilities for Galentine's Day brunch foods, which made it difficult for me to narrow it down. But when I finalized my Galentine's Day menu, I was pretty pleased with my selections. 

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For Galentine's Day 2022, I served:

  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Apple maple chicken sausages
  • Spring mix salad with lemon dressing
  • Heart-shaped waffles and fresh strawberries
  • Real maple syrup
  • Breakfast potatoes
  • Fresh fruit
  • Chocolate and almond croissants
  • Strawberry mousse cakes
  • Heart-shaped macarons
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Assorted juice, sparkling cider, and coffee

Surprising no one, I made way too much food for the number of guests in attendance. But that meant I got to send everyone home with Galentine's Day brunch leftovers (and I was able to enjoy some myself for the rest of the week)! 

Don't forget to grab yourself this adorable Dash mini waffle maker to satisfy your heart-shaped waffle cravings! It's so easy to use and comes in a bunch of different styles. 

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How to Plan a Galentine's Day Party: Quick Tips

I'm definitely not an expert and I'm not really someone who loves hosting parties. But I care about my friends, I love food, and I get a lot of joy out of creating beautiful spaces. With that said, here are a few quick tips to keep in mind if you're wondering how to plan a Galentine's Day celebration.

Use what you already have. I save decorations from year to year and ended up borrowing a bunch of stuff that could work with a pink-and-red theme. (Thanks, Mom!) I love that I had access to lots of heart-shaped bowls and plates, but you don't necessarily have to go out and buy a lot to make your tablescape look valentine-y. I raided my own china cabinet for some floral antiques to use, a red or pink tablecloth on  a card table with plain white dishes will look just as elegant!

Keep your guest list small. I suggest this all the time as an introvert, but having only a handful of guests will make things much more manageable. You won't have to buy as much Galentine's brunch food (in theory, anyway!) and you won't feel overwhelmed trying to balance social obligations while you cook. And if you have limited seating like I do, it won't be a problem to fit everyone around the table! That way, no one feels left out of the conversation.

Remember dietary restrictions. I admittedly could have done better on this one! I'm a cheese lover, so I had a number of items on my Galentine's Day menu that contained dairy. Not every person with lactose intolerance will be able to take medication, so remind yourself to check in with your guests about dietary restrictions. If you have vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free guests, make sure they can enjoy a complete meal (even if they aren't able to sample every dish). If your guest list is a bit larger, you may want to use place cards to label dishes as being vegan-friendly, gluten-free, or non-dairy to cut down on confusion.

Dress up (if your friends are game). It's no surprise that I love any excuse to dress up. While most of my friends keep things a bit more casual than I do, something I adore about them is that they appreciate my enthusiasm for a good theme. My friends dressed up in a way that felt right for their personal style, which made things even more fun (and they were still comfortable!). For reference, the dress I wore is from Unique Vintage!

Don't bite off more than you can chew. Except when it comes to waffles. :) Learning how to host a Galentine's Day party (or any kind of event, for that matter) can be stressful. Plans can go awry and if you're too focused on perfecting every detail, you might become overwhelmed. During the planning stage, check in with yourself to ensure you're not taking on too much. Give yourself plenty of time to prepare and keep your expectations in check. In the end, it's not about pulling off a party without a hitch; it's about celebrating the most important ladies in your life!

galentines day 2022

Are you planning anything special for Galentine's Day 2022? With only a few days left until the 13th, there's still time to schedule something with your best gal pals! Even if it's just a virtual hang or a quick cup of coffee, Galentine's Day gives us a great excuse to show our most favorite women how much they mean to us. But really, we should try to do that every day.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Soubrette Brunette's 9th Blogiversary Giveaway!

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It's hard for me to believe... but I started this blog 9 years ago this month! 

My relationship with blogging (and with many of you!) goes back nearly a decade. I've made so many friends through this community. I probably wouldn't have gotten into marketing if it weren't for my blog.  And this creative outlet has been absolutely priceless. I may not have thousands upon thousands of followers or made much money from it... but I feel really thankful that I took the risk and started my blog.

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Of course, as I do every February, I have to celebrate my blogiversary by giving back to you! Although I would probably still be creating and blogging even if no one else cared, it means so much more because there are people who do care! And as a thank you for being here, I'm giving away three different prizes this year! Keep reading to find out all the details.


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For this year's blogiversary giveaway, there are 3 separate prizes – so you have 3 chances to win! If you're a fan of Selkie, Trixie Cosmetics, or Pusheen, you're in luck because...

I'll be giving away:
  • $50 Selkie gift card
  • $25 Trixie Cosmetics gift card 
  • $25 Pusheen Shop gift card

While I love giving away physical prizes, I opted to go with gift cards this year for the sake of both convenience and variety. These are all digital gift cards, which means they can be sent via email and enjoyed right away! These are also 3 of my favorite brands at the moment and I'm excited for 3 followers to win something special. 


As always, you'll need to enter the giveaway through the Rafflecopter widget below. (If you're having trouble, please try on desktop! I've heard a few people have issues with this on mobile.) 

Just like my last giveaway, you will need to complete ALL ENTRIES in order to be eligible to win. (Yes, I will check to make sure you've done them all! Don't risk disqualification!)

One (1) winner will be chosen for each of the aforementioned prizes at random. That means 3 winners will be selected in total, 1 for each prize. *Note that I cannot accommodate requests for specific prizes – it's all the luck of the draw!* In the unlikely event of availability issues, comparable selections may be made. Limit 1 prize per winner.

This giveaway is open worldwide and will run from now until 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 7, 2022. Giveaway winners will be chosen through the widget and contacted via email. Remember to include a valid email address in your blog post comment! I will never contact giveaway winners via any other method. Winners must respond to the email within 48 hours of being contacted or a new winner will be chosen. Once confirmed, winners will be displayed via the widget. 

This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by any brand or business other than The Soubrette Brunette. Please note that I am not responsible for international shipping unavailability or costs related to shipping, taxes, or related fees.

Thanks for entering and best of luck!


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