Thoughts on Black Friday + New Pillows


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I did. We're heading back to Seattle today, so I won't be participating in any in-store Black Friday madness, but I do have my eyes peeled for great deals online. I will say, as much as I love a good sale, I'm kind of over the whole frenzied Black Friday thing. I feel like it just leads to my problem of buying things because they're "such a deal!" and not because they're something I really want. You know what I mean? There's a new shopping holiday that started a few years ago, and I'm more excited about this one: Small Business Saturday. It's the day after Black Friday (aka tomorrow), and it's all about shopping and supporting small businesses. I always try to shop small when I can, because I like feeling like my purchase actually matters. Plus, I usually find better quality items and more unique stuff at small boutiques. I mean, I definitely like Target too (not gonna lie) but let's be honest, how many people have you already seen with those striped Oh Joy mugs? So it's nice sometimes to feel like I've "discovered" something new and fresh, that not everyone has. One of my favorite shops that I recently found is Sister Golden. They sell gorgeous, high quality pieces from amazing artists...and they're a mother-daughter team! How cute is that?


I started following them on Instagram a couple weeks ago, and as soon as I saw this photo, I knew I had to get my hands on some of those pillows. They're 100% linen and hand dip dyed. The colors are AMAZING. And they're actually made in-house at Sister Golden!

Pillows from Sister Golden

I'm so happy I was able to get a couple…they make our bedroom feel so much more cheery, colorful, and complete!


I also wanted to share a few other items that I love from Sister Golden. If you like these too, you're in luck! They’re offering 25% off this weekend on everything except original art. And tomorrow, they're also giving away a free 8x8 art print with all orders over $100, to celebrate Small Business Saturday!

Sister Golden

1. Beach Glass Pillow / 2. Trifecta Necklace / 3. Speckled Vase Set / 4. Desert Purple Kilim Pillow / 5. Copper Foil Bowl Set / 6. Cherry Speckled Mug / 7. "What I See in the Clouds" Original Art / 8. Monterey Shibori Pouch

I'd love to know...are you doing any Black Friday shopping? Small Business Saturday shopping? Both?

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  1. Posted by Brooke on Friday, November 28th, 2014

    Those pillows look beautiful in your bedroom, Aileen! Love the post - thanks for thinking unique and supporting small business :)
    • Posted by Aileen on Saturday, November 29th, 2014

      Thanks, Brooke!
  2. Posted by Debbie on Friday, November 28th, 2014

    Love to support small business.(I prefer home grown coffee shops instead of ...) you know who. Black Friday sales? I just found out what they were a couple years ago. Went out once and did not like! I did get a few scrap book things on line from Paper camellia today though. Of course they were things I needed:)!
  3. Posted by kelsey on Sunday, November 30th, 2014

    those pillows are quite beautiful! i also love shopping local. black friday just doesn't quite allure me now that i budget! :)

    ladies in navy
  4. Posted by Rebecca Narum on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

    I've never heard of Small Business Saturday before, but I'm loving it! I wish I would have read this post sooner so I knew about it in time, but I guess I'll just have to wait for next year! I agree, it's such a great idea and is a nice contrast to Black Friday which can get a bit overwhelming and leave you forgetting some of your important values when it comes to shopping!

    We've been encouraging people to stay mindful this holiday season here at! Take a moment and read our last couple blog posts to see what it's all about!

    Happy Holidays!
    • Posted by Aileen on Thursday, December 4th, 2014

      Thanks Rebecca! Happy Holidays to you too :)