Hi friends! If you celebrate Thanksgiving I hope you had a lovely day with friends and family and a great Black Friday. We opted out of the shopping madness this year. I did buy one gift online, but that’s it. I’m more of a Shop Small Saturday, Cyber Monday girl.
Anyhow, today I just wanted to pop in with some light weekend reading… a little update with some things I’ve been diggin’ as of late.
Let’s start with the new EBF design!
I’m SO EXCITED about this! I spent the majority of 2016 working with a designer and developer on updating the site and the new design finally went live this month. It’s responsive, streamlined and feels more professional/sophisticated than my old design. I’m in love with the new logo, color scheme and added functionality. The travel and workout pages are organized and nice to look at now and we also added a shop page to feature some of my favorite finds from kitchen tools and pantry staples to fitness gear and home goods. I hope the new design has made EBF more user-friendly as well. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. 🙂
Next up, let’s talk about this flower arrangement, because I’m still shocked that I could make something this gorgeous from a $17 bouquet of flowers and a few evergreen branches from bushes in our yard.
Last Monday night I signed up for a floral arrangement workshop at Whole Foods. The workshop was hosted by a local floral designer, Carrie of RVA Rose, and she did an amazing job showing us how to turn a store-bought bouquet into elegant centerpiece. She has more workshops coming up next month — one for holiday centerpieces and one of holiday wreaths. I can’t wait to learn how to make a wreath.
In other local news, Richmond just had a new boutique shop open up yesterday in Church Hill. It’s called Dear Neighbor and they have such cute stuff — perfect for gifting. I’m excited to do some holiday shopping there this year.
Dr. Teal’s epsom salt! This stuff has been a life saver for me over the past few weeks. I pulled a muscle lifting weights. I’m not sure if it’s an intercostal muscle or an oblique muscle but it’s been super painful and soaking in a epsom salt bath seems to help. I’m actually going for a float session at Vitality Float Spa today because I think the relaxation and high levels of epsom salt will be helpful.
This shredded kale and brussels sprouts salad. I’ve been making it for Thanksgiving for the past three years because it’s such a hit! If you haven’t tried it yet, you must. It’s definitely an EBF favorite.
Clad and Cloth. I just recently stumbled upon this online boutique via Instagram and I’m obsessed. It’s hard for me to find stores that match my style but I feel like I would wear just about everything for sale on Clad and Cloth. I ordered this copper sweater last week and love it! They offer free shipping (both ways) and they’re having a sale with 25% off everything right now too!
Obviously loving this guy! So thankful for him. 🙂
Cookie recipes I can’t wait to make this holiday season:
What have you been loving lately? Did you find take advantage of any Black Friday sales?
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