The crowds actually weren't that bad! I went way after the midnight crowd and way before the morning one. The trade-off? Most of the hot items were already snapped up, but I did find some cute things:
2 x $29 Kate Spade Hinge Bangles (orig. $88)
$5 Banana Republic Cable Bracelet*
$11 Banana Republic Belt* (Jean-inspired)
*after using my $15 gift card
Total damage = $74
Gifts for the kids:
- $9 life-sized (cardboard) color-able playhouse. Great fun for them, recyclable when they get tired of it.
- 2 x $12 toy tablet games
- $50 toy tablet
- $9 power cord for toy tablet (these manufacturers sure know how to make a buck)
- 2 x $6 cargo pants
- $17 shopping cart w/ toy food. E LOVES pushing things around and at the moment pushes chairs from place to place. We'll see how she likes something with wheels.
- $12 Minnie Mouse pajamas
- 2 x $5 Hello Kitty tees
- $1 doodle pad
Total for the kids: $144
I would elaborate on what I got my husband, but he'll occasionally browse the blog :P
I also stopped by J. Crew of course:
Printed Scoopneck Blouse, XS, $39, (buy here)
This shirt runs large, I'd recommend sizing down one or two sizes. I can understand a blouse-y torso, but the arms seemed ridiculously wide especially given that J. Crew usually cuts such a slim sleeve. Such a shame because I love the bright red against the navy.
Verdict: No, too big
Classic Crewneck Cardigan, XS, $25, (buy here)
Another pretty color and good fit...up until the chest gap at the button. To be fair, I rarely button my cardigans all the way, but I still like having the option. I would have tried one size up but the store was low on Smalls and Mediums.
Verdict: No, maybe size up if you want to button it
Lanvin Bag, orig. $2000+, marked down to $900
I have only ever seen Lanvin online so I was fascinated to investigate one IRL at Last Call. It was gorgeous, crazy heavy, and still very expensive :)
Verdict: No, for admiration purposes only, lol
Groggy comfort w/ boat shoes and my trusty crossbody bag
Score any good deals for Black Friday? Do you have all your holiday shopping finished?
On to the food portion of the post!
Thanksgiving Day Eats
Hungry after a Thanksgiving day errand, we kept our fingers crossed that we'd find a place open for lunch. Well have no fear, Asian restaurants to the rescue! In one shopping center with predominantly Asian cuisine, every single eatery was open. We decided on pho. Though simple in concept, pho is tricky (I feel) to get right. It seems like the simplest foods are the simplest to mess up (e.g. cooking the perfect egg).
Coconut milk with red beans and green jelly
I started out with a drink listed in the dessert section (you know it has to be good then).
I very often judge pho by the color of the broth. Darker color, deeper flavor (most of the time) and this one was pretty good.
Beef Banh Mi
Um yeah, I ate both the pho AND the banh mi in entirety. The beef had impeccable flavor, but the bread to filling ratio was off-kilter.
Speaking of beef, here are the cows in our "backyard"
Hiking and cow-watching after lunch
For Thanksgiving dinner, we had hot pot (no pictures unfortunately because I was busy gobbling it up) with the usual - fish, shrimp, chicken, tofu, beef, fish balls, udon, ramen, and romaine lettuce. I used to LOVE drinking the hot pot broth after all the cooking was finished, but my Mom tells me this isn't healthy. Not sure why - please enlighten me!