Happy Black Friday! I am probably 10 hours into a 17 hour drive and not doing any shopping today, but I’m excited to explore a new city with Kendall, adding Baton Rouge to the list! I hope everyone had a lovely day with family and friends yesterday.

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Lately on The CaroLøve:

Did you happen to catch my Like A Boss print on Lee’s Girl Boss Gift Guide?

With all the stress of the holidays coming up, I’m loving this Self Care Gift Box!

But speaking of self care, I’m also really in agreement with this article. Self care should not be a fad, but something you actually do to take care of yourself constantly. via Thought Catalogue

Since I’m spending most of my Black Friday in a car, I thought I’d round up some great sales for you (and maybe me, to use from my phone):

  1. Lulu’s– everything is on sale, up to 90% off, free shipping on every order with the code BESTFRIDAY
  2. Minted– BLACK FRIDAY: 20% OFF HOLIDAY CARDS, GIFTS, FINE ART, AND HOME DECOR $150+ | 15% OFF EVERYTHING. Code: BF2017, EXP FRI 11/24
  3. Nordstrom– extra 20% off select sale items
  4. Nordstrom Rack– (Online only) take 30% off clearance
  5. Old Navy– 50% off entire purchase
  6. J. Crew– 40% off online and in stores with the code THANKU
  7. J. Crew Factory– 50% off online and in stores
  8. Ann Taylor– 50% off everything with the code THANKFUL

Don’t forget if you’re shopping online to sign up for ebates (if you haven’t already) and earn cash back!

 

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Thanksgiving has been an ever-evolving event for my family, the one main-stay being my mom’s sweet potato pudding. We used to have it at my Aunt Cindy’s, then a few times with my Gramma Dee and her family in Pennsylvania, but for a long time now, my parents have hosted. The crew keeps growing, and the chaos that I especially missed being an only child after my sister died has returned. It’s my parents, Kendall and I, my dad’s sister and her husband, my mom’s best friend and her husband and now her sister, my mom’s best friend’s son and his wife, and my mom’s yoga instructor who doesn’t have family nearby.

Welcome to my house 8×10 digital print

The theme of the day is “welcome to my house”. My parents honestly have a pretty big house with lots of room for guests and my mom keeps it immaculate (a skill I wish I had), but it’s somehow still incredibly cozy. They redid the basement a few years ago, so to keep the masses out of Daddy D’s kitchen while he’s at work, we hang out down there nibbling apps and the boys kind of watch football. Candles are lit, the table is beautifully decorated, and we just relax.

This year’s going to be a little different, but only after dinner. Instead of passing out in a turkey and red wine/ shmashmosa coma in my favorite leather chair, Kendall and I are leaving after dinner to drive the 17ish hours to Baton Rouge for his good friend’s wedding. Luckily my Auntie Steph will be there to go Black Friday shopping with my mom, but this is just one change in what I know will be a series of transitions as I head into married life.

This year, Kendall and I won’t be together for Christmas, next year, we’ll be in Mississippi as husband and wife. Traditions can grow and change and evolve with the people you let into your life and heart. Sure it, can be scary facing the unfamiliar or having to change (as least for me) but I have the best partner and best family to grow and change with. And one day, not soon, when we have a couple of kids, I can’t wait to start our own traditions with them.

So happy Thanksgiving to my friends old and new! May you start a new tradition this year and/ or find peace and comfort in an old one.

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The down under of Africa, South Africa gives a home to many people from all around the world. One of the most lively cities of the southwest coast is Cape Town. The nightlife is amazing, as the friendly and colorful people celebrate their culture loud and proud. However, when travelling to Cape Town remember that it’s a port city, and the amount of trade that goes through is amazing. This is why it’s also important to realize the harbor is busy with boats that are heading to the local islands that once even held Nelson Mandela. The country has a historical vibe still within it as the rapidly changing culture from West to more Africanized is occurring. It’s a once in a lifetime trip to visit to Table Mountain where you can look down upon the city from an awesome viewpoint. The cable cars are often the main transport up, so you’ve got to come early in the day to get ahead. There are so many things you can do and here are just some of them.

Mountains and Clouds at Signal Hill Cape Town, South Africa

 

Shark diving

It just wouldn’t be Cape Town without a spot of shark diving. It’s safe as can be because professional crews that organize dives for tourists do so with state of the art metal cages. Strong and sturdy, they allow you to get up close to the great white sharks that roam the southwest coast. By feeding the shark bait, you can see closely how the animal hunts and builds up speed in the water. Far from being the mindless creatures often portrayed as in movies, you’ll get an education on how complex their anatomy is. You’ll understand how they use electrodes in their nose to pick up signs of blood in the water and also, how they socially interact with each other.

Table Mountain

If you’re looking for  Things to do in Cape Town, look no further than the secret Table Mountain adventure. First, you’ll hike up the mountain, going through different passes that have their own character. At first, you’ll be treading on the grassy lands, and as you approach the mountainous terrain, you’ll be in one of the multiple rock formations. As you get higher and higher, now you’ll be on the designated footpaths, and using safety lines to get across the treacherous parts. At the end, you’ll be standing just over one kilometer above sea level, and looking down on the beautiful picturesque nature of Cape Town.

Wine Tour

Going on a full day wine tour is really something that you’ll never forget. South Africa is fast becoming the place to be if you want to drink and buy some of the best wines in Africa. The climate is just right to grow ripe grapes that are both sweet and bitter. You’ll sample some of the most full and punchy red wines in the country, as well as sip on the delicate tones of white wines. You’ll also get a chance to buy some exclusively at the end of the tour.

South Africa is truly a jewel in the southern part of the continent. It’s one of the most vibrant places on earth and is continuously growing. Trekking up the Table Mountain to look down below onto the city of Cape Town will give you a true sense of its scale. Diving with sharks and drinking wine to finish off your day is by no means, out of the realm of possibility.

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I find it a little poetic that the same week I had scheduled for my #bossbabe gift guide, I was actually picked to be part of one. I am so honored and thrilled that Lee thought my Like a Boss print would be a good fit for her blog post! And it’s too funny that we had and idea to do a gift guide with the same idea behind it. Great minds do think alike.

I want to address something semi-political before I dive into the good stuff. I went through a phase where I really wasn’t sure if I liked the terms boss babe, girl boss, etc. because what’s the difference? We can build our empires just as vast as men so why do we need to add our gender to the term boss? But now I see it as a club. As a boss babe, I am joining so many other women who are carving out a space for themselves- business owners, bloggers, entrepreneurs, role models, activists, advocates. Women who are not afraid to take risks and just do it. I’m proud of that, and they should be too.

And to be perfectly honest, sometimes just getting up, putting on a brave face, and going out into a world that historically sees you as less than is the most boss move of all.

So treat yo’self or a fellow boss babe to something sweet this holiday season because they earned it, and so have you!

Girl You Better Work / black & metallic gold journal||Boss Babe Bottle||Inspired Women Desk Signs||Girl Boss Bag||Girl Boss Throw Pillow||Boss Lady Pen Set||Boss Lady Mug||Girl boss lip print shirt

 

 

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Wedding plans at Pride Rock are moving along quite nicely. This is in large part due to Mama D and her graciously helping out with phone calls and appointments, but I do have to say that The Mayflower is the world’s best venue and they make things pretty easy with their super inclusive package. Our wedding cake from Fluffy Thoughts is actually included!

So on Saturday, Mama and Daddy D met us at their darling little location in Virginia for a tasting and to talk design. We picked out 4 flavors ahead of time and tasted them all with a combination of fillings and icing. The cakes were basically deconstructed so tried a bit of this and that and came up with something all our own. It was super fun and I don’t think we could have gone wrong with any of the choices.

I like to get a little dressed up any time I do anything for this wedding. I wanted an outfit that could take me from the tasting to dinner and a comedy show in the evening and I’ve been looking for a reason to wear this sweater/ vest combo. Once again, something my mom picked up on her travels. The vest is SO cozy.

Funny story about the flats. Kristyn had them way before me and I’ve had my eye on them since. I snagged them for 50% off during a recent sale. But then, somehow, they got delivered to the building down the block from me. Before I knew this, I contacted Ann Taylor to let them know the tracking said delivered but they never showed up. They refunded me. I felt so guilty when I tracked them down that I actually let them know, but they never took the money back. SO I got them for free, with a free conscious to boot.

 

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