3 Easy Tips to Kickstart Your Gratitude

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Thanksgiving… it’s not just about pilgrims and pie, although I do happen to know a real life pilgrim who also concocts incredible baked goods, explores the world, and is gloriously experienced in the art of gratitude. And she goes by the name of Dr. Therese Mascardo.

Dr. Therese, a modern pilgrim if you will, is a living model of grace, generosity, and gratitude. I’m not kidding, she is the kind of “nice” that is both magnetic as well as shocking. If we lived in a fairy forest, Therese would be the beloved princess for whom the wildlife big and small forget their shyness or instinctual aggression. The larks would fishtail braid her hair and the flowers would unfurl their petals in unison to bask in the warmth of her radiant soul.

So then, who better to share a little wisdom about giving thanks than this purple-haired pilgrim that I’m so blessed to call my friend?

Dr. Therese Mascardo
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Bling on a Budget + Black Friday Tips

Sequins and glitter and confetti, oh my!

I love the ever-popular blogger philosophy of “When in doubt, just add glitter!” Aside from flight-inducing fairy dust and exploding piñatas, you most often see sparkles incorporated into birthdays and weddings and holiday parties in general. Outside of those special occasions it becomes a lot more difficult to justify outfitting oneself like a shiny disco ball.

Luckily the winter holidays provide us with an entire season festive enough for a Liberace-sized helping of sparkle and shine, so go nuts with this budget-friendly selection of blingtastic fashion picks under $100:

TRENDING: SPARKLES | a fashion cookbook created by style blogger and budget shopper: Lisa Tufano

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(click the numbers above to get full product details and prices)

Boss Lady Black Friday Tip

You can purchase these fabulous sequin leggings (in gold like #3, or navy or black) as well as #6, #7, and #9 on Amazon. Before you buy, create a free account with Ebates so you can get 8% cash back on your purchase! Ebates is also celebrating the holidays with 8% cash back on Sephora or ULTA beauty purchases, and even 4% cash back on purchases from Tarte Cosmetics (for those wanting to try my favorite Amazonian clay brow mousse!).

Also, Lulu’s has a secret Black Friday coupon code which is good for items #4 and #8. Just sign up for an extra discount and prepare for extra savings of up t0 40% off between now and Cyber Monday!

Double cash back and savings with Ebates.com

“Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle.”

- Unknown

FALL TREND: Mad for Plaid

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Let’s talk plaid for a moment…

It can be a symbol of cultural heritage like the heavy tartan kilts of Scotland. It lends itself to the burly masculinity of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox. And it has even come to represent ivy-covered architecture full of prep school youth and the moody, disenchanted disciples of Kurt Cobain. Plaid has such a versatile and varied history, and this combined with its woolen and flannel textiles makes it a timeless wardrobe staple for the fall and winter months.

Whether you’re going for ’90s grunge vibe or more of a lumberjack chic look, here are 10 budget-friendly plaid fashion essentials as featured in a recent guest post that I did for Influenster.com:

Mad for Plaid | Fall wardrobe essentials by Lisa Tufano | THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY

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 (click the numbers above to get full product details and prices)

“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.”

– Albert Einstein



The Three P’s of Dressing for Success

Thursday, November 13, 2014 6 , , , ,

Three P's of Dressing for Success by Catherine Cassidy and Lisa Tufano

I have a passion for scoring beauty and fashion on a budget. It’s not always out of necessity but rather the principle of it. Ever since I was a teenager, my picks from the clearance racks and drugstore sales bin were most often the ones that garnered the biggest compliments and demands to know “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT???”

One time I even had a customer literally buy the shirt off my back while I was working retail at Gadzooks. At the time I was 17-years-old and making $5.35/hr. I had purchased it a couple of months earlier for about $5 off the Gadzooks final sale rack, and this woman offered me $50 and was so desperate that I probably could have asked her for even more. Instead I sold it to her for $20, and used the money to buy myself a replacement shirt (once again off our sale rack) and an Arby’s chicken bacon swiss sandwich for lunch.

Anyhow, I mention this because there’s a Sex and the City quote circulating on the web that goes something like this:

I like my money right where I can see it… hanging in my closet. – Carrie Bradshaw

This is actually a terrible philosophy. Don’t get me wrong, I love Sex and the City and Carrie Bradshaw is a beloved fictional character for me. Despite the sheer suspension of reality needed to believe that you could ever score a rent-controlled apartment like that in Manhattan, Carrie was nothing short of a bumbling fool when it came to money management. She possessed relationship wisdom and wit in spades, but her money management left a lot to be desired and she had the financial acumen of a pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.

Carrie Bradshaw's NYC Apartment - an artistic architectural sketch by Spanish artist Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde

So unless you’ve got a wealthy girlfriend who is willing to pawn her engagement ring to help you pay off your $40K worth of designer shoe debt, have a book deal about to drop into your lap, and feel confident you’ll be marrying your own version of Mr. Big… well, I think you get the picture. Carrie Bradshaw is fabulously and flamboyantly fictional, and statistically you’re in for a world of disappointment if you model your spending habits after her.

Road Tripping to the Infamous Prada Marfa

Monday, November 10, 2014 6 , , ,

Our road trip to Prada Marfa - Los Angeles to Austin - Lisa Tufano and Rebecca Dreiling
Earlier this year my friend Rebecca packed up her boss lady bags and decided to relocate from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. She invited me along as her trusty co-pilot for the journey and I couldn’t say no because I love an adventure and road trips are just such great bonding opportunities. Nothing cements fond memories better than salty corn nuts, beef jerky, and truck stop bathroom breaks. We had an ambitious itinerary and didn’t get to make every stop on our list, but we did manage to uncover some amazing gems along the way.

One of our favorite discoveries was the Prada Marfa installation, which is a faux Prada storefront featuring an underwhelming display of unmatched Prada shoes and handbags with the bottoms removed as a theft deterrent. The art installation was inaugurated in 2005 at a cost of $80,000, and the artists’ intention was that it would slowly decay back into the natural landscape with the passage of time. It has been vandalized and burglarized on multiple occasions since then, and the most recent vandalism occurred just a couple of weeks after Rebecca and I passed through and took these photos in front of the installation. As far as I know, it has again been cleaned up and returned it to its zombie apocalyptic glory.

Essential Prep for a Boudoir Photo Shoot

How to Prep for a Boudoir Photo Shoot by Tara Simon Boudoir Photography | guest post for Lisa Tufano of thinklikeabosslady.com

Ladies, the holidays are fast approaching and Valentine’s Day won’t be far behind that, so today I am bringing sexy back! Right now is actually the perfect time to book a sexy boudoir shoot to surprise your significant other with gorgeous images for his or her eyes only. And for you blushing brides it’s also an excellent gift for your groom-to-be if you’re headed down the aisle soon!

Remember, you want to give yourself enough time to schedule the photo shoot, as well as some time for the photographer to edit your photographs afterwards. And if you’re thinking of having them printed or bound in a book, well, leave a little extra lead time for that as well.

For this post, I’ve enlisted the incredibly talented Tara Simon to give you the low down on boudoir photo shoots. With her tips, she guarantees that you’ll be saying bye-bye to the cheesy glamour shots a la the 80s/90s, (I mean, unless you really dig feather boas, laser beam backdrops and cats!) and hellllooooooo to gorgeous and sultry boudoir shoots of today. Take it away, Tara!

DIY with Darby Smart + Giveaway

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If you’re not familiar with Darby Smart, I’ve previously featured their adorable DIY kits as an alternative bridesmaid gift idea.

A little Boss Lady background…

Darby Smart was founded by Nicole Shariat Farb, a former teacher who, “after obtaining her MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business, transitioned to Goldman Sachs, where she became Head of Emerging Private Companies in investment banking. In 2013, she took a leap of faith when she quit her job at Goldman Sachs to start Darby Smart, realizing that she could help DIY designers monetize their passions.”

The concept is really neat. Basically you buy a pre-packaged DIY kit for a specific project, and they mail all the materials and easy instructions right to your door. They have pre-packaged and demystified some of your favorite Pinterest DIY projects including DIY hot sauce kits, chalkboard planters, bedazzled Mason Jars, and everything in between.

I’m highlighting some of my favorite projects below, but Darby Smart is rewarding one lucky reader with an exclusive giveaway only available on my blog. The winner will be selected on 11/12/14 to receive a DIY Bubblegum Making Kit – a super fun project for the family, or a great holiday gift!

Just enter your email address below and you’re in!


National Candy Day – Sugarfina Giveaway + Candy Printables

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 5 ,

Lollipop girl | as featured on THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY, a blog by Lisa Tufano
Do you know what today is…???

Yes, it’s Election Day. But it’s also National Candy Day, which I think quite appropriate because after fulfilling your civic duty doesn’t everyone deserve a special treat to celebrate? :)

If you have been feeling a bit blue because you thought the fun and treats ended last weekend, fear not. I’m going to boss lady Wonka my way through the next week or so with even more goodies and treats from Sugarfina and Darby Smart, so make like a lollipop and stick around! There will be sweet advice on how to prepare for a boudoir photoshoot for your honey, as well as both freebies and giveaways along the way.

No More Cancer, Dammit!

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No More Breast Cancer Fundraiser and Giveaway hosted by Lisa Tufano and THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY, benefiting METAvivor.com and research grants for metastatic stage IV breast cancer patients

I have teamed up with several of my blogger boss ladies to bring you this wonderful opportunity to win fabulous prizes while helping to raise awareness for Stage 4 Breast Cancer:

Blogger Hostesses for Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway and Fundraiser for METAvivor.org
tobebright.com || brokegirldiaries.com || sequinsandscissors.com || thinklikeabosslady.com

“If you know someone who has died from breast cancer, they died from metastatic breast cancer. Metastatic breast cancer, or stage 4 breast cancer, is the spread of breast cancer to non-adjacent parts of the body — most commonly to the bones, liver, lungs and/or brain. Many effective breast cancer treatments exist, but if the cancer metastasizes and spreads outside of the breast, there is no cure.” – METAvivor.org

Did you know that many popular breast cancer fundraising movements give on average only 2% of their research funds to researching metastasis, despite the fact that 30% of patients diagnosed with earlier stage breast cancer will eventually develop stage 4 breast cancer and die? That’s why I encourage you to make your 2014 donation to METAvivor.org, which contributes 100% of your donation to funding research grants for metastatic breast cancer, the breast cancer that kills.

You may enter our giveaway daily, and there are 3 separate ways to enter (must be US resident and 18+): 

 Make a donation to METAvivor.org. You may donate any dollar amount that you wish – even $1. Simply forward a copy of your donation confirmation to lisa@thinklikeabosslady.com to earn this entry.

♥ Using the Rafflecopter widget below, earn entries by completing any of the listed activities (commenting on a blog post, tweeting the contest link, etc).

♥ Visit us on Instagram, and follow the instructions for the Instagram round robin.

Contest has ended! Congratulations to our two winners below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All items have been lovingly curated by your blogger hostesses and A HUGE THANK YOU is due for the following brands for graciously donating items:

Dylan’s Candy Bar || Dammit Dolls || Heel Condoms

1st Prize Pack includes:
Cotton Candy “rock candy” lipgloss from Dylan’s Candy Bar
Dammit Doll keychain (pink polka dot)
Pink Neff beanie hat
Freebra 3-piece adhesive bra set (your choice of A-D cup)
Limited Edition Breast Cancer Awareness EOS lip balm set
Red Cherry False lashes in style #747S plus an adorable clamshell eyelash case
“Girl Power” assorted candies pack from Dylan’s Candy Bar
2nd Prize Pack includes:
“Pretty in Pink” chiffon ribbon heel embellishment from Heel Condoms
Gold foil temporary tattoos
12″ Dammit Doll (pink leopard print)
Pink Candy Kittens from Dylan’s Candy Bar
Floral & Flirty dry shampoo by Batiste
“Act like a lady, Think like a boss” tank (your choice of S, M, or L)
Watermelon “rock candy” lipgloss from Dylan’s Candy Bar

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Contest begins on Monday 10/20/14 at 9am and ends on 10/27/14 at midnight PST. Must be a legal US resident and 18+ years old to win. Each prize is awarded “as is” with no warranty or guarantee, either express or implied. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes winners will be determined at random, and odds of winning will depend on total number of sweepstakes entries. Value of Prize Pack 1 is ~$90; value of Prize Pack 2 is ~$100. Prize will be mailed within 2 weeks of sweepstakes’ end.


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Fall Fashion Trend: Burgundy | THINK LIKE A BOSS LADY by Lisa Tufano #oxblood #burgundy #fashion

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A boss lady stays on trend while staying within her budget. These burgundy fashion favorites will carry you through the fall and winter in style, and won’t break the bank! From oxblood to black cherry and everything in between.