Black Friday Sales

Here is a great list of Black Friday sales I swiped from http://alonestarstateofsouthern.com/  Check out her blog, it’s pretty cute! Click the name of the store for a direct link. Happy Shopping!

A N T H R O P O L O G I E:    25% off EVERYTHING!    (Code: HOLIDAY25)
A S O S:    30% off EVERYTHING!   (Code: TGIBF)
B A U B L E   B A R:    up to 35% off!
G A P:    50% off EVERYTHING!    (Code: BLKFRIDAY)
J . C R E W:    30% off  EVERYTHING!     (Code: HOLIDAY)
K A T E   S P A D E:    25% off EVERYTHING!    (Code: HOLLYJOLLY)
K E N D R A   S C O T T:    15% off EVERYTHING + free shipping!   (Code: BFCM2014)
M A D E W E L L:    25% off    EVERYTHING!     (Code: GIFTON)
N O R D S T R O M: up to 40% off!
N E I M A N   M A R C U S:    up to 40% off!
O L D   N A V Y:    up to 50% off EVERYTHING!    (
P I P E R L I M E:    25% off EVERYTHING!   (Code: THANKFUL25)
R E V O L V E:    up to 80% off!
S H O P B O P:   up to 25% off!     (Code: GOBIG14)
S T . B E R N A R D   S P O R T S:    up to 15% off EVERYTHING!
T O R Y   B U R C H:    up to 30% off!   (Code: LUCKY)

Michael Brown and Darren Wilson.

Is Wilson’s story really believable? There seems to be some very questionably things to me, points/observations added in to make his actions acceptable. What do you all think? Please keep it nice

“But the point of a trial would have been to try to answer these questions. We would have either found out if everything we thought we knew about Brown was wrong, or if Wilson’s story was flawed in important ways. But now we’re not going to get that chance. We’re just left with Wilson’s unbelievable story.”

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/25/7281165/darren-wilsons-story-side

http://www.vox.com/2014/11/24/7175967/darren-wilson-charges-michael-brown-ferguson

My Never Ending Christmas List

Does anyone else have the longest Christmas list ever? Mine is particularly long this year, and I have convinced myself it is because John and I have so many little Christmas celebrations and exchange parties during the holidays. We have Christmas with my family, John’s, friends, I’m in 3 Secret Santa groups this year….it just goes on and on.

In 2012, John and I had just gotten engaged so I told everyone to just get us stuff from our registry lists. Last year, I told everyone the same thing because most Wedding lists stay up for 2-3 months after a wedding. This year is the first year in 2 years that I’ve really made a Christmas List. I have 2 very big items I want, a couch and kitchen table with chairs, but I don’t want anyone person spending that much on me (except John 😉 ). Thus, I have defaulted to my second loves, books and clothes. What is everyone else asking for? I’m working on a gift guide for items John and I will be gifting to friends and family. Hmmm, come to think of it, I may even do a gift guide for the fur babies. Yes, they have stockings, and yes, they get gifts every year.

xmas list

Flannel Shirt / Vest / Skirt / Key Chain / Watch / Coat / White Sherpa / Strapless dress / Black Dress / Nail polish / Black Booties /  Tan Booties / Travel Wallet / Purse

*A note on the skirt I have this skirt in red and it is AMAZING and I think I need every color.

Our First Anniversary

October 26 John and I celebrated our One Year Wedding Anniversary! And even though I’m 24 days late posting, I still feel like I should share how we celebrated. John and I decided that, schedules pending, every year on our anniversary we will take a small weekend trip somewhere. Nothing big, just somewhere we can drive to and have a fun and relaxing time with no schedule or agenda. For our first trip we chose Washington, D.C. John and I both love D.C; John attended boarding school in D.C. and I went on many field trips and family vacations to D.C. While we have been to D.C. several times since 2010, we haven’t had a chance to revisit any of the monuments, memorials, or museums. Thus, we figured it would be nice to do some touristy things.

John and I both took off work on Friday and after dropping the fur babies off at the pet sitters we headed to D.C.  We did make a pit stop in Richmond, VA to pick up the top of our wedding cake. For our wedding, John and I chose to get our cake from Pearl’s. What is amazing about Pearl’s, besides the cake and cupcakes, is that when you order your wedding cake from Pearl’s, on your 1 year anniversary, call Pearl’s a few days ahead tell them it’s your one year and Pearl’s bakes a fresh top tier of your wedding cake! I loved the idea when I first heard it and loved it even more when we picked up a nice fresh cake and not one that had been in the freezer for a year. The top tier of our cake was Dutch Chocolate with a butter cream frosting, however Pearl’s changed the frosting to chocolate since that’s John’s favorite AND they didn’t even charge us anything! Pretty sweet, right?

I won’t give a day by day run down of our D.C. trip, but here are a few things: we stayed at the Tysons Corner Marriott across from Tysons II (great location across the street from the metro), we toured the Air and Space Museum and the Crime Museum (loved it), went on a Ghost Tour with my sister and her boyfriend, and had lunch with John’s aunt and uncle before we left town.

I knew this little weekend trip would be fun, but I also was surprised at how relaxing it was despite getting up early and all the walking we did. Our cake was delicious and I was sad to come home. John and I have talked a great deal about move to NOVA. Maybe John will get a job up there and we can move. I wouldn’t complain. And I actually like taking the metro, but I guess it’s because I don’t have to ride it every day.

I didn’t take many pictures in D.C. But here are a few that we did manage to take.

John and I loved this print we saw at the Air and Space Museum and have been trying to find a copy since.

John and I loved this print we saw at the Air and Space Museum and have been trying to find a copy since.

Washington Monument-photo taken at the base

Washington Monument-photo taken at the base

This is a statue of the dog Sandy who accompanied her owner on his explorations. Apparently her owner, the captain, didn't really get along with the crew so she was his best friend. I took a picture (and posted on here) the place that explains the story

This is a statue of the dog Sandy who accompanied her owner on his explorations. Apparently her owner, the captain, didn’t really get along with the crew so she was his best friend. I took a picture (and posted on here) the place that explains the story

Story of Sandy, don't worry it isn't sad

Story of Sandy, don’t worry it isn’t sad

At the Crime Museum. Apparently you have to do 5 pull ups to qualify for the police force. John qualifies

At the Crime Museum. Apparently you have to do 5 pull ups to qualify for the police force. John qualifies

Literally a midnight walk to the Washington Monument

Literally a midnight walk to the Washington Monument and it was freezing.