Black Friday Deals (You Can Shop Now)

It seems like the deals are better than ever before, with every retailer competing for your holiday budget. In fact, you can access most Black Friday deals now!

Since we're in the process of decorating our new home, I've had my eye out for great accents. Here are a handful of stellar deals for the home. Think 40% to 50% off normal prices!

C. Wonder Cookie Jar & Glassware (40% off)  

Let me tell you...the blanket I included is LIFE-CHANGING. I received the brown and white zebra print version of this blanket as a gift two years ago and it is absolutely amazing. It's huge and so soft. Forget the stupid throws that don't cover your entire body. Get this one now! And, it's on sale for only $8.99 (normally $39.99). What a deal! I want to buy one of these for every single person I know. It's that amazing. Earlier this week, I saw they had a navy and white polka dot one that was adorable, but it isn't showing online tonight (total bummer).

What's the best Black Friday deal you have found?

Gift Guide for the Girly Girl

Have you made your list and checked it twice? Whether you're looking for your best gal pal, your mom or sister, these gifts will have that special lady smiling from ear to ear. Boys - you should take note too!

I don't think you can go wrong with gorgeous stationery or show-stopping accessories. In fact, most of these items are things I consider as essentials. Which ones are your favorite? Were any of items already on your personal wish list?


Once, the Musical

This week, I was invited by the Broadway in Cincinnati team to see Once, the Musical at the Aronoff. While I wasn't familiar with the storyline before seeing the show, two people told me that it is was one their all-time favorite plays, so I knew it had to be good! 

This play takes place in Dublin, Ireland. Essentially, a "Guy" meets a "Girl," who inspires him to take his songwriting and love for music (and girls) to the next level. 

The music alone was invigorating, not to mention the raw emotion of new love that the storyline evoked. The main song - Falling Slowly - was stuck in my head for days. I even created a Once station on Pandora. 

I found the use of choreography and staging clever. The visuals worked so beautifully with the melodies and each actor brought a musical talent to the stage.

Pre-show, guests were invited to hang out on stage for drinks and a jam session featuring Irish folk music. Then the show transitions right into the story featuring Guy singing his heart out over lost love. I won't give away the full story, but what develops between Guy and Girl is compelling. So compelling that I was in tears by the end show.

Let me tell ya - Stuart Ward was plays Guy, the male lead, was absolutely adorable! So charming, but at the same time such a true guy, and who can resist an accent? Ladies, I must mention that he has even been on Downton Abbey. My mom loved that! 

Dani de Waal who plays Girl is so talented. She had one heck of a voice and her one-liners really made the show quite comical. 

Interesting in checking out Once? There's still time! The show runs until November 23 at the Aronoff. A special thanks to the Broadway in Cincinnati team for inviting me to experience this delightful love story! 

Styling A Thanksgiving Tabletop

Let's talk Thanksgiving. While I love hosting, I don't love cooking. My mom promised she would cook the turkey if I offered to host. So then, the deal was done. I'll decorate and create one heck of a tablescape and my mom will cook the big bird.

We have enough space in our new house, but there's a small problem...we don't own a dining room table yet. Yikes...yeah, small problem. So I decided I'm decking out card tables. That will have to do for the time being. I'm vowing to myself that they will be the most beautifully decorated card tables. Yes, that will have to do this year.

So, I've been scheming. I'm using the H&M Home black and white tablecloths I purchased for our housewarming party. Combine the black and white gingham with some neutral and orange accents, and I think I'll be golden. ;)

How cute are those "Wine. Pie. Repeat." napkins?!? Seriously. I'm such a sucker for cute and clever design.

Have you planned your Thanksgiving table yet? If so, what colors are driving your design decisions?
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