I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday with loved ones! I am in Kendallville at my parents house for the weekend. We started the holiday celebration yesterday morning with breakfast and the Macy’s day parade.

My mom’s side of the family came over around noon. It was great to catch up and see everyone while enjoying some delicious Thanksgiving food!

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday

I have only went to a mall on Black Friday once, and it was a couple years ago. I think it is less hectic and more organized to shop online. Here are the six sales I’ll be taking advantage of throughout the weekend!

Express: Shop 50% off every single product until noon TODAY (11/29). 

Gap: Gap is offering 50% off in-store and online. Kate Spade: Shop 75%..we repeat 75% off site-wide tomorrow. Jcrew: Shop 30% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY in stores and online (11/28-12/1).

Jcrew Factory: 50% off EVERYTHING. Plus, free shipping when you spend $50 dollars or more with promo code HOLIDAY50 at checkout (11/29-12/2).

Joe’s Jeans: 40% off with code BLACK40 at check out. Today only!
Nordstrom: So many Black Friday deals for Nordstrom. Shop anywhere between 30-40% off.

LOFT: Shop 40% off with code ENJOY at check out (11/29-11/30). Shop over 50% from on Cyber Monday with code CYBER50 (12/1-12/2).

Macy’s: Save anywhere between 25%-50% + Free shipping with a purchase of $99 dollars or more.

Target: Maaaaajor sales going on at Target. Toys are 50% off, Nikon deals galore and more.

Urban Outfitters: Take an extra 50% off all sale items today only!

Think on These Things..

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This has been huge in my life lately – I tend to be very critical of still not knowing exactly what I want to do in my life, career wise. Okay, I know I know, I am only twenty-four years old yada yada yada, but I still think I should have it somewhat figured out the path that I want to choose! 

I think this is a really encouraging and motivating quote for someone at any age. It reminds us all to not be so critical and hard on ourselves about such little things, things that aren’t a big deal! The main thing is to be happy and enjoy every single moment. Be proud of where you are in your life now, how far you’ve come to get there and be hopeful for where the future will take you.

The one fall necessity ill never grow tired of is the scarf. This is the one accessory that not only transforms an outfit but also serves a purpose of keeping us warm in cooler temperatures. There are so many different kinds to choose from. I have rounded up my favorite looks above.

Why didn’t anyone warn us beforehand that you can’t type a random mountain name into your google maps application and be directed to a hiking trail?

After a delicious bloody mary bar, blue grass music & huevos rancheros at One Stop, hiking was on our list of activities for the day. We were all anxious to do some physical activity, even wearing our workout clothes to breakfast. We couldn’t wait to explore the mountains in Asheville since we had being hearing so many amazing things about the hikes and the waterfalls. Little did we know that we would be desperately searching for Lookout Mountain’s hiking trail for the next 2 hours!

Usually I would end this post by saying we eventually found the trails and hiked for hours but in this case we never did find the mountain we were looking for.

*Future note: A lot of mountains are called Lookout Mountain make sure you know exactly which trail you are looking for

Some of my favorite restaurants EVER are the ones that look questionable from the outside but then you’re pleasantly surprised after. Salsa’s, as you can see from the sign, offers Mexican Caribbean food that’ll put any other Mexican cuisine to shame. The one thing that was easy to notice about Asheville restaurants, is that the ingredients in the recipes are hormone-antibiotic free, locally grown and purchased, and as fresh as they can possibly get.

Recommended by my world traveling friend, Vickie, who knows all of the hot spots when it comes to food, we checked out a restaurant called Salsa’s for dinner on Friday night. The restaurant itself is not very big, and people will line up outside and wait however long it takes to enjoy a pomegranate margarita, steaming molcajetes (which I had never seen in my life) or sweet potato paquetez. We split the nachos and enjoyed a margaritta before meeting up with my friend, Mary Helen who traveled from Atlanta to come visit us.

I know it’s a very cliche girly thing to say, but really, it’s great to have such good friends who make an effort and travel from all over to see each other. The older i’m getting, i’m realizing just how important it is to cherish these dear friendships. It was so great seeing everyone and makes me thankful to have such great friends and family in my life.

Asheville Cont..

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I was completely smitten by the décor in this restaurant called Mayfel’s. It reminded me so much of being in New Orleans on Bourbon Street with the brightly colored orange walls and sparkly chandeliers. After visiting the Biltmore we figured we needed a cocktail and a snack to hold us over before dinner. We started with a ½ order of Beignets this was the first time any of us had experienced a beignet and oh myyy were they amazing!  
 

Gone to Carolina in my Mind

I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Asheville, North Carolina. It is an amazing place to visit on a three-day weekend. The city becomes nearly deserted after the leaves have fallen and it makes for the perfect opportunity to discover new areas and check out all of the touristy locations without having to wait in a crowd of people. The first place we ventured to Friday morning when we arrived in Asheville was Tupelo Honey Cafe. Best. Biscuits. Ever! 

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Following brunch we were excited to experience Southeast’s most beloved Holiday travel desitination, The Biltmore Estate. I couldn’t believe the Christmas displays throughout the entire house, the gardens & the grounds. It was amazing how much was offered on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate. They offered a handful of activities including horse back riding, hiking, restaurants & our favorite the wine tasting.

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Hello from Asheville! well, we are already fifteen days into November and I think it’s safe to say it’s going to be one of my favorite months this year. Fall has always been one of my favorite times of the year and I think a lot of this has to do with the weather and the autumn colors. It’s been in the mid 50’s most of the weekend and what’s better than enjoying all the autumn colors the east coast has to offer in short sleeves?

Nothing brightens your day quite like receiving a hand written letter in the mail. An envelope that opens to reveal a shiny pattern with a thoughtful hand-wrriten note can cheer anyone up. I am a big fan of personalized letters & opt to do this more often than sending an email or text. I received some snail mail the other day. When I went to return the favor I realized I was out of the thank you cards that I bought a couple months back from Marshall’s. I started looking online and found make your own floral envelopes out of scrap book paper and couldn’t stand how cute they were!