Friday, November 29, 2019

thanksgiving wrap up + my black friday buys

Happy Friday, guys! I hope you had a wonderful, fulfilling Thanksgiving holiday. We woke up at 5:45 a.m. to head over to our local Turkey Trot for a 5k (yes, we're that couple, but not in a competitive way...we just like the tradition!). We park at my best friend's house, walk over to the race, and then head back for cinnamon rolls afterward every year. Following the race, we posted up on the couch at my parents' house to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with a few mimosas + coffee before helping out with the holiday feast. I made ham and Trader Joe's cornbread stuffing, and drank some wine, of course. It was our first Thanksgiving together as a married couple, and we're hoping we'll get to host for the first time next year in our new house (that we don't own yet, but try not to think about it).

Now that the holiday is over, everyone's mind is on to the next...Christmas! And Black Friday shopping.

It's so easy to over-consume this time of year. In truth, all of these sales have beens stressing me out. I know Black Friday and the following weekend is a good time to stock up on gifts for other people, but there are actually a lot of things we've been needing to replace (e.g. our living room rug, things from our registry, a new couch), plus I'm working on adding more "quality" items to my wardrobe (and donating not-so-flattering items), so it is very overwhelming when "all the things!" go on sale at once.

Still, I've tried to be mindful about my purchases, and we did make a few. Here's what I've gotten my hands on thus far (note: these may contain affiliate links, which means I'd make a few cents or a few bucks if you choose to purchase through my links)...

What I've Purchased:

Curvy High-Rise Skinny Jeans in Moreaux Wash - marked down to $89 from $128. Not a "steal" by any means, but I've heard great things about these jeans and I'd love to see if they're actually worth it.

The Perfect Vintage Jean in Ainsworth Wash - same price as the curvy jeans. I don't have a pair of jeans in this wash/style so I was interested to see how I like them.

Samsung 65" Class RU7100 Smart 4K UHD TV - our television recently gave out on us, and we're borrowing one from Ryan's friend in the meantime. We were planning on waiting until we bought a house but figured there's no time like Black Friday, so may as well splurge! Samsung didn't link through ShopStyle, and Target has it at the same price we bought it for, but we used Rakuten and ended up getting $70 cash back after our welcome bonus.

Rib-Knit Cuff Chenille Open Cardigan (A New Day) - okay, I bought this earlier this week, but only after I spent a few days mulling it over and I love it so much. I already had it in black from last year, but I bought it in red (PS: it is absolutely not red - more like a dusty pink) and I got it for my sister in blue which is such a pretty color. For $20, this comfy little guy is well worth the buy.

Definitely recommend using Rakuten if you haven't tried it, especially if you're a big online shopper. I ended up getting an extra $5 back from buying those jeans at Madewell, too.

What I'm Thinking About Purchasing:

Furbo Dog Camera - It tosses treats to your pooch through an app when you're not home, and you can see all of their whereabouts! HOW FUN.

Marled Funnel Neck Coat - After all the deals, it's less than $70 which is a cheap thrill for a seemingly good coat! We're going to Savannah in two weeks and I don't have a cute "fashiony" coat...just an army green puffy one from Columbia. Debating on if I really need it, but it's tempting...

Have you bought anything this weekend? What's peaking your interest?


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