The Best Black Friday Sales

Hey there! Hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving with those you love! 
It's Black Friday, which means the deals are hot this weekend. I'm here sharing the best of the Black Friday shopping sales! This is the day I get most of my Christmas shopping done, so I'm excited to tackle my list.  Here we go!
ANTHROPOLOGIE: 30% off everything! Price reflected at checkout. Here are some of my favorites:
I picked up this chunky knit sweater last week since I had some giftcards from my birthday. But of course it's on sale today! Gotta love it ;) It's so warm...I wear it all the time! Size down.

I think I'm grabbing this green lace top today! It's so beautiful. Such intricate lace and with button down the's the perfect holiday top! I have green/blue eyes, so it really made them pop.

Chenille Pullover-- size down! This is SO cozy and warm. You can layer it over a plaid collared shirt for a little extra something.

If you haven't gotten these fleece lined leggings yet, now's the time!! I wear them almost every day. Maybe I need a second pair ;) This picture makes them looked ribbed, but my pair is not. They're only $16 now!

More faves: 




BANANA REPUBLIC: 50% off everything. My husband's getting another pair of the jeans he loves so much! We'll wrap them and they'll be a present ;)
BEAUTYCOUNTER: Free mask gift set with purchase of $250 or more + free shipping over $100.  Also, two new holiday sets! Volumizing Mascara & Remover set AND the travel size Cleansing Balm. I'm picking that one up for myself, because it's so moisturizing and has vitamin C in it!
If you want to try a few products, today's the day since you'll get free shipping over $100! My favorites include the body wash in Citrus Mimosa, charcoal mask, and lip glosses. There are a ton of holiday collections that are discounted big time, so I'm getting a few sets and distributing them as gifts. For example, I got the face mask set of 3 and I'll be giving two as gifts and keeping one for myself! Same with this pink trio of lip gloss.  The holiday lipgloss smells like peppermint and is absolutely delightful!
FRANCESCA’S: Buy one, get one 60% off all clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, home & gifts
GAP: Everything is 50% off 
HUNTER Boots: Shop the Black Friday Sale alongside an exclusive offer up to 40% off a new Hunter product every day.

J.CREW: 40% off your purchase with code THANKU

J.CREW FACTORY: 50% off everything


LOFT: 50% off everything with code FRIYAY

LULU & GEORGIA: 25% off everything with code GOGOGO
MADEWELL: 25% off everything
NORDSTROM: extra 20% off sale

This is my favorite top on sale!

Other favorites:

THE MASON JAR BOUTIQUE: 20% off! A few faves:

Embroidered bootie:
Layered Sweater:
Feather Dress:
THIRD LOVE: Save 35% off the satin set bras and panties (love this company!!)
POTTERY BARN: 20% off + Free Shipping with code THANKS
Let me know if I'm missing any sales! I'll add to this post if I find any other killer deals. Hope you have a great day!
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Happy Thanksgiving Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! I hope your day will be filled with those you love, gathering around a table and enjoying the gift of yummy food and community. I couldn't let tis day pass without naming things I'm Thankful for! It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of life (and this season, specifically!) and forget to be conscious about our blessings or constantly be in a state of wanting more, so I want to share what I'm thankful for here.

"Gratitude turns what we have into enough." -- Melanie Beattie


I'm thankful God created beauty that comes in many forms. Beauty in flowers and sunsets, landscapes, marriages, joyous occasions, but also in the broken, messy parts of life. I will always love this quote by Ann Voskamp from her book One Thousand Gifts, “I want to see beauty. In the ugly, in the sink, in the suffering, in the daily, in all the days before I die, the moments before I sleep.”

I'm thankful that God created us in His image, which means we were also created to create. Being able to design client homes and conceptualize our workshops is a passion of mine, stemming from the talents the Lord has given me to be creative.

I'm so thankful for my family. It's really hard to live across the country for them (my brother and sister in law in Dallas and my parents and extended family all in California), I'm not going to sugar coat it! But knowing they are there, healthy, and supportive of us is so encouraging. We treasure the time we get to spend with them even more, being so far away. I'm also thankful for the way my parent's raised us. It's something I don't take for granted!

Of course I'm thankful for my husband, who shows me so much love, even when I don't deserve it. he's helpful around the house (and can make scrambled eggs like no one else!), is supportive of my dreams and business(es) and truly has a heart for Jesus. He's the most precious gift.

I'm so grateful for a warm place to call home. It's small as can be, but we love it! I'm also thankful my husband let's me decorate pretty much however I want, but of course I'm mindful of his style, too ;) 

Although a lot of work, we just adore our puppy, Lincoln! Since getting him, we've been doing more things outside together which has been so fun. In the summer we went to the dog park a few times a week and I just loved getting outside. Lincoln's taught us about patience (ha!), unconditional love, loyalty, and not to take ourselves too seriously. It's amazing how furry friends steal your heart so quickly!

I'm incredibly thankful for sweet friends. When I moved to Michigan almost 4 years ago I was most nervous about finding a community of friends. God has blessed me beyond measure with our church, which is where I found almost all of my good friends! I'm in a cooking club with some girlfriends and that's been really sweet.

* Photos by Ashley Slater Photography from our workshop in Dallas, TX in October

As we have a friend in the ICU fighting for his life, we are very mindful of our health. We know this is not a guarantee, so I am extremely thankful that we are healthy. I'll be honest and tell you that I have anxiety over getting sick or someone I know being sick, but I'm trying to learn that I can trust the Lord with those fears. No matter what may come, He is good. 

Then there's other things I'm thankful for, like my job and being able to work for myself, for our cars and clothes, and food in our fridge. For freedom to believe what we want and attend church, for kind people, and for little joys like wonderful smelling dish soap, a crackling candle, fresh flowers, and getting snail mail. Even the little things are worth celebrating and writing out. Again, Ann Voskamp says it so well, “And when I give thanks for the seemingly microscopic, I make a place for God to grow within me.”

And of course, I'm thankful for all of you who come here each day or week to read what's going on in this corner of the web. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving day!! 


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Gift Guide: For the Home

We're only a few days away from the best dinner of the year! This year I got asked to make my rosemary mashed potatoes again and I'm really excited (and honored...ha!) to do it! The first Thanksgiving with my husband's family I made a raspberry marshmallow jello that we have always had on Thanksgiving with my family since I can remember. Well, nobody touched the jello except for my husband (then boyfriend) who I forced. I was offended, I'll be honest...ha! Turns out they aren't jello people (and for the record, neither am I, but I love this one). Well, last year I asked if I could make my mom's mashed potato recipe. My mother in law said yes, but I was so nervous over the previous years' flop! Everyone ended up loving the potatoes, I was so relieved. Even better, I got asked to make them again...hooray!

Incase you're looking for a recipe, I do about one russet potato per person attending the meal. We usually make 10-15lbs. After boiling them to get them soft, I mash them up, then put them (usually in two batches) in a kitchen aid mixer. I add a few tablespoons at a time of milk so it's not too runny, then a tablespoon or two of sour cream, almost a full stick of butter, lots of salt and pepper, about a teaspoon or two of minced garlic from a jar, and then about two teaspoons of thinly chopped rosemary. They are so tasty! I taste as I go to see if they need more of anything.
Anyways, the point of today's blog is to give you a gift guide for the home, not tell you about mashed potatoes, but I couldn't resist! Onto the gift guide:
magnolia hearth & hand wreath / herringbone vase / letterboard / rose gold frame / rose copper candlesticks / pineapple / white pouf / white ball lamp / retro kitchen copper timer / gold tray / candle / gold metallic pillow / Beautiful All American Decorating book / You Are My Home sign / Coasters 
I love so many things on this board! I'd love any of them as gifts for my home. A few stand out pieces are the gorgeous copper candlesticks, delicious smelling oatmeal cookie (seriously one of my favorites. Mine from last year just ran out!), the sweet magnolia lambs ear wreath for target that's perfect for any season, and the wood sign. This sign in particular is really special, I think, and something I'm learning as my family lives across the country. My husband is my home! 

Sometimes giving friends and family gifts for their home feels too personal, but if you know them well enough, you should be able to find something meaningful and beautiful. Something on the generic side, like coasters, is a great way to go if you know their color scheme! These come in so many colors, it'd be easy to find one that would fit. Going for something neutral is always a great idea as well. It's my personal belief that no one can have too many trays (okay, maybe that's not quite true!) so a neutral or metallic tray would make a great gift. They're awesome for holding mail, tv remotes, jewelry, and generally housing the clutter!

Here are a few more gift ideas thrown in below:

Past Gift Guides:
Personalized Gifts
For the Hostess

What gifts do you love receiving for your home?
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Gift Guide: Personalized Gifts

Like I've said before, gift giving is my love language (side note: have you read the 5 Love Languages?!) I learned I don't have to be embarrassed about this. I love receiving AND giving gifts! Nothing makes me happier when I'm putting together a gift and find a way to personalize it a little more. Be it a gift tag, some custom calligraphy, their initial on the item, or -- good heavens -- a monogram! I'm all about it. I think it makes the giftee feel extra special that you thought of them even further!

Today's Friday Finds are all personalized gifts for your loved ones and friends:
Personalized Initial Necklace / Monogram Marble Serving Board / Initial Gold Ornament / Classic Monogram Mug/ Monogram Hook / Clutch with Gold Monogram / Plaid Scarf (monogram optional!)/ Swell Water Bottle / Umbrella / Personalized Pillow / Tie Trio for Men

Okay, if you're been a reader here for long, you're probably thinking I included that kate spade initial necklace last year in my gift guide. Sure did! #noshame. It's a tried and true, perfect gift for friends or sisters with little ones. Get their baby's name initial engraved and you've just won a million points for that new mama!

This sleek and practical clutch (with a gold monogram, of course!) is so great. It has a spot for everything you need!

I also adore these initial hooks. We have them in our entry and they spell out HOME as you walk up the stairs, doing double duty for decor AND practical space to hang coats.

I just added this umbrella to my wish list because it covers so well. It's like a full on sphere over your head, making sure rain doesn't come in from all side angles ;) I take our pup outside in the rain sometimes and I feel like this would make it more enjoyable.

This gold initial ornament has my heart. It's so feminine and sweet. I love getting things like this and attaching them to the outside of a gift, just for an added cute-factor!
Finally, I thought I'd give a little something for the men. If you have a business-man in your life, this trio of a tie, pocket square and socks might be great!
Alright, spill. Do you like giving personalized gifts?! 

Couldn't sign off for the weekend without giving you some sales. Anthropologie: 20% off sweaters and tops. This is probably my favorite one!!

LOFT: $25 off dresses, skirts and cardigans.

Pottery Barn, West Elm and the whole Williams Sonoma Brand: up to 70% off!

Past Gift Guides:
For the Hostess

Happy Weekend!
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