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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.

thankful shirt

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 is barely a week away- the holidays are about to be in full swing. This year, Kendall and I are driving (yes, driving) to Baton Rouge after dinner at my parents’ house for a wedding on Saturday morning. It’s a 17 hour drive on a good day. Seeing as how it’s Thanksgiving weekend, I’m guessing we’re going to spend upwards of 40 hours in the car together next weekend. Jesus take the wheel.

Christmas Holiday Unicorn Design Pattern

Usually, Black Friday is a girls’ day situation with my mom and Auntie Steph. We go to Columbia Mall, early-ish, have lunch, shop until around 4. It’s relaxed but we definitely have a mission and a list. We never, ever shop on Thanksgiving Day.

Fist of all, it’s family time for us. Second of all, I cannot and will not go into a store staffed with employees who are not able to go home and spend time with their own families. It was hard enough on me working black Friday and the day after Christmas when I was in retail, but thankfully Pier One is one of the stores that shuts its doors completely for the holiday.

Check out my list of retailers who have pledged to stay closed on Thanksgiving, and consider giving your patronage to them!

A more complete list and additional information can be found here.

 

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I learned many lessons while working in retail such including but not limited to:

  • Whatever you’re looking for is probably not in the back
  • Store closings are not just a free-for-all but can be very sad
  • You truly can’t please everyone
  • The customer does think they’re always right even if they are really, really not
  • There is really very little reason to buy anything full price

I honestly didn’t even realize it before I worked at Pier One but there is a) always some kind of sale or clearance and b) a good chance that the piece you love is going to hit it eventually. The only circumstance where this might not be the case is holiday specific items. We had people furious at us that we ran out of special edition ornaments by Christmas Eve but what are ya gonna do?

As far as clothes, I rarely, if ever, buy clothes full price. I stalk and I wait to catch my prey. If I miss it, I just means I don’t need it anyway! I haven’t been buying clothes much at all, to be honest but I might consider a little Nordstrom splurge for their fall sale. I’m definitely taking a peek for Christmas shopping, but I want to share the pieces I love for me.

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TGIF

It’s been a minute since I TGIF-ed it up. I mostly write my blog posts on my lunch breaks and for some reason, Thursday lunches have been almost non-existent. Even today (Thursday) I had barely a minute to myself and shoveled leftovers into my mouth between meetings. AND GUESS WHAT- I put in my two weeks notice and I will be moving on to a new job in August! So today really was a crazy day. So blessed to be able to come home to my sweet fiance and our cozy apartment to decompress after long days. A huge thank you to my friends and family who have been a great support while I freaked out at work for the past few months.

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This week on The CaroLøve:

In case you were somehow absent from the internet yesterday, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access has begun! I’ll post my picks for Saturday Shopping tomorrow!

Target has started making science-themed shirts for girls to encourage STEM curiosity. Of course, some people are mad that they’re pink, but I think anything to encourage girls to learn is great!

Well-known bridal company Alfred Angelo has closed its doors suddenly, and is radio silent as brides and ‘maids try to figure out what to do about dresses they’ve already paid for. Makes me glad I decided naht to go with them.

Segue into how I honestly think it’s bizarre that Thredup plans to open five brick-and-mortar locations by the end of 2017. But Buff Exchange made my skin crawl with anger every time I went in so maybe this is a good thing!

I can count on one hand the times I’ve taken off my bracelet with my sister’s initials, but the bracelets around it have changed over the years, currently on my mini-stack are 2 from Stella & Dot: the Melody Bracelet & the Wishing Bracelet – Bisous. So dainty + delicate but with a #summervibes + playfulness.

Super tardy to the party sharing this but it’s SUHCOOL that Julien was featured on the Draper James blog, showing off her fave spots in Georgetown!

Caroline (not me) is goals + I love her post on working from a home office and productivity!

Have a great weekend!

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Ok. Wasn’t sure if I was going to post it but as I sat to type this post, I think it’s needed. For me, for anyone else having a hard time with body confidence right now.

When I left the house to go meet up with Sarah in this outfit, I honestly thought I looked really cute. But then I saw these pictures and had a very long moment, like a week, of who is this whale?

I am not kind to myself. I never have been, consistently at least. I’ll have dayum girl moments, but it feels as though they’re few and far between these days. It’s something that I’m working on and probably something I will always have to try for. My weight has been up and down pretty much forever. When I graduated from college, after 4 years of whipped cream vodka, bagels, and late night Fatshack, I was only what I could call swollen. I’ve shown friends pictures from my college graduation and they’re surprised it’s me. A combination better diet, a lot less drinking of sugary cocktails, a fun-employment the following summer to allow for max gym time, and then working at Pier One (moving furniture for a living) led to a loss of 30/40 pounds. Then I got an office job, twenty of those came right back. Recently, I was weighed at my well-woman exam, and I’ve surpassed my previous heaviest weight.

I’m at a little bit of a loss, you guys. I’ve been making my own vegan lunches for work, I pack my own healthy breakfast, I can’t even remember the last cheese steak I had, and I do yoga/ work out a few times a week. I don’t drink soda, rarely eat pasta, and prefer a salad to a burger. I even get enough sleep- which I now know thanks to my tracker. What am I doing wrong? Is it just my metabolism slowing down? Do I even look as bad as I feel? I really have no idea.

I appreciate any feedback from women (or even man) who have been/ are going through the same thing.

And I guess I should just be kinder to myself, for starters.

photos by Sarah

Outfit details:

Joanna bag c/o Urban Expressions||Holographic Leather Triple Wrap Tassel Bracelet

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