Thursday, November 27, 2014

Friday Favorites

Happy Black Friday (to some) and Happy Most Relaxing Day of the Year (to some) who like me enjoy doing "nothing" today!

A couple more sales!

Kendra Scott: 15% off entire purchase (hallelujah!)
My Kate Spade Sale that I had an inkling about hit on Wednesday morning: 75% off select items 
Lilly Pulitzer: Free tote with purchase and Wash + Wear Bag with $75+ Purchase
Tory Burch: up to 30% off
JCrew: 30% off 
Bauble Bar: Up to 30% off
Anthropologie: 25% off
Gap: expanded to 50% off 

Crate & Barrel: 15% off
Pottery Barn: 30% off
Pfaltzgraff: 30% off

Free Shipping: DSW, Target, Williams Sonoma 

My thoughts on the left, Derek's thoughts on the right
Our real thoughts - people that go out shopping today are CRAZY like people fight over parking spot and push and shove and while I am CRAZY over sales these days, I'd prefer to do it from my computer.
Hair Change
Last week I was driving home and thinking maybe it was time for a #postweddingchange since I've never had short, curled hair.   Wednesday, I went for it and am excited for the change. (On Thanksgiving my sweet husband went home to get my smaller curling rod) but I'm having fun playing and experimenting and am going to enjoy my short hair then watching it grow again! 

After growing it for two+ years and keeping it long for all wedding activities, it was fun to join in the trend of a post wedding change and try something new (I'm also terrible at selfies and hate posting alone selfies so stay tuned for Thanksgiving photos next week)

We finished decorating for Christmas at Casa de Sotherden this week; our new stockings from Pottery Barn came so we also got to hang those!
Annual Tuesday Before Thanksgiving Shopping Trip
This is Mine and Mom's 8th year with this tradition! Crazy to think we started my freshman year of college.  We both love love love our shopping trip on this day.  We always look forward to it, its lots of fun, the mall is very quiet and the sales are beginning 
Lilly never disappoints on being festive
Putting our goodies in the car
Successful day, Fun day
We had a visitor using our conference room last Friday
Bar Stools
Our bar stools debacle is finally over, the final panels have been put on our bar and we absolutely LOVE it!  We finally got our new bar stools last week and love them.

Last but not least we had our first "Dining with Dot" on Sunday and ended up with no photos but had a blast! It's great having Grandma home this winter season



Happy Thanksgiving!!!
I'm SO happy to be waking up at home (aka my parents house) this morning to celebrate a day of thanks, a lot of eating and a huge football game.  This is our first year in a while to change things up and cook at home and I couldn't be more excited for a low key relaxing day at home
I'm thankful for so many things today and everyday, especially after this amazing and blessed year we've had.  I wrote out my Thankful list the other day and quickly filled my list up with endless meaningful people, activities, memories and "things" as well as a bunch of "little things" because sometimes life is about the little things
Today the HenSothBux House will be filled with parade watching, relaxing, cooking and good smells, prayers and blessings, eating, drinking, laughing, family time, traditions,
welcoming Derek (and my first year as a wife) as well as Grandma's first Thanksgiving home from Florida in a few years

A big part of our day will be the Thanksgiving Day.  The Cowboys and the Eagles is a HUGE match up for our house (which should intrigue anyone since both teams are tied for first) Dinner will be before the game and dessert at half time and lots of screaming and cheering for both teams will fill in the rest.

and I'd love to try to make a little hat for Nash like this one:

Enjoy traditions and blessings!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sales! Sales! Sales! and Sam

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!
Nine Signs You Are Too Old to Go Out On Thanksgiving Eve

Sales! Sales! Sales!
This week is one of my FAVORITES of the year!  I was never very into the whole "Black Friday" craze, Mom and I always had traditions of doing some Christmas shopping earlier in the week and each year more and more sales seem to be popping up earlier in the week - and my favorite part - usually today there are some of the best sales online.  Our office is closed today and I love searching on my favorite sights for the best deals - sometimes the sales today are better than the "Cyber Monday" sales and sometimes they carry through the whole weekend.  You can find me with my computer shopping by the fireplace watching the snowfall later on today.

Loft: 40% off
Nordstrom: 40% off select items
Macy's: 20-50% off select items
JCrew Factory: 50% off and free shipping on $50 or more
Banana Republic: 30% off
 Gap: 30% off
Express: 50% off
Old Navy: 30% off

Last year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Kate Spade put up a pretty decent pop up sale; I'll be on the look out for that today :)

Hopefully some more to post on Friday, Stay Tuned!

and for the second part of today's post...
Sam's Visit
My bestie/MOH Sam came down for a great visit last weekend.  She got here on Friday and we lounged around before dinner at Fresco and then bottles of wine drinks after 
 Steve's simple and sweet Cheers… "Cheers to Sam"
 After dinner and a few drinks we worked on getting some wall hangings hung up (they've been sitting on the floor in the place they are suppose to be hung for over a month)
 Derek, the stud, and his stud finder hard at work
 the three amigos at work, I love this picture, what a great house guest to casually snap some action shots
Mom looked so cute on the couch with my leopard blanket; I loved when I found it later all neatly folded

Sam left her mark and helped hang the bar hangings
 "But why don't you like my sparkly holiday placemats"
 Sibling Group Shot
The next morning we slept in, it was fantastic!  We set out for our beloved El Gran for lunch and then spent the day floating around and then relaxation time and Friends Thanksgiving Episodes 
We set out for Casey's Bar (which Derek has been dying to try - so we tried it on Sam) for dinner and drinks and it was a huge success, we will definitely be back

Sam & I each got a Martini and they served it so cutely!
 We had some friends over for a bit and then the three of us enjoyed our time at the newly named Sotherden's Saloon with a pajama party - best way to have drinks!
Lots of giggles and fun of course,
 Sunday morning we made a very unsuccessful brunch and watched a few more Friends Thanksgiving episodes before Sam had to hit the road :-( I always hate when our weekends end

She even brought the cutest house warming gift filled with tons and tons of fun.. CHRISTMAS stuff! I can't wait to use it all!