First I wanted to congratulation Mary Jean Henson for winning the NOW Foods $250 giveaway for my 5th blog birthday. The $100 Visa giftcard giveaway is still open!
How is it Labor Day weekend already? This summer has gone by the a blink of the eye. I know it's the unofficial end of summer, but I'll still be holding on with all my might for the next few weeks. Summer is always my favorite time of year and I'm just not ready to give it up yet. I'm not sure what I'm going to do this weekend (no official plans yet!) but I'll be sure to share the highlights of whatever I come up with on Tuesday.
Since Labor Day weekend is also a huge weekend for sales, I thought I'd share some of the best deals in fashion happening over the next few days. I'll drop the links and sales below for easy shopping.
Meanwhile here are a few highlights from the week...
It's been a busy few days in my world. The week started off super early Monday morning with a visit to WLOS.
I shared some of my favorite fast and healthy breakfast and snack ideas. I'd love for you to see the segment! I posted it here.
On Tuesday I met my friend and former co-anchor Holly at Bold Rock Cider. Our mutual friend Sara who moved to Nebraska a few years ago was in Asheville visiting. It was so nice to see her again!
Wednesday I was absolutely spoiled with a chef's dinner at The Blackbird in downtown Asheville.
Ever heard of peach tomatoes before? Neither had I, but I can assure you they are delicious! Chef Michael Reppert found them at the local farmer's market used them in this fancy Caprese. They taste like tomatoes but have a fuzzy skin like a peach.
The meal was a 6+ course FEAST! From the caprese to this gorgeous peach and brie salad we ate like kings. The brie was even from a NC farm.
I loved all the dishes they served, but my favorites were the Mushroom Brioche Toast with local Hen of the Woods mushrooms.
... and the Seafood Risotto, which is actually my favorite thing on their regular menu. All of the dishes were gorgeous and tasted even better.
The meal ended with one of my favorite desserts in town, their famous Coconut Cake which has never been better. What a mid-week treat!
Thank you so much to The Blackbird for hosting the Hubs and I for a delicious meal. The Blackbird has always been one of my favorite Asheville restaurants and it was a joy getting to know the chef and owners.
Labor Day Sales
- LOFT - 50% off all sale styles
- Old Navy - 50% off all jeans, dresses and tees
- J.Crew- 30% off Sitewide Sale, 50% off Activewear styles with code YESPLEASE. Valid 9/1-9/5
- Joes Jeans – Take 30% off Select Styles at JOE’S Jeans with code LD30. Valid 8/29-9/5
- Urban Outfitters – 30% Off All Sale Items at UO! 8/31-9/4 and Free Shipping on all orders 9/3-9/4
- Tommy Hilfiger – Take 30% off orders of $150+
- Shopbop – Summer shoe sale! Summer Shoe Sale! Shop sandals, espadrilles, slides & more. 8/15-10/1
- Bloomingdale’s – The Labor Day Big Brown Bag Sale! Save 40-60% on almost all sale items at Bloomingdales.com. Offer valid through Sep 4.
- Bauble Bar – Labor Day Sale – Extra 20% Off for total of 80% off some items– 8/31-9/4
If you do shop, please consider using my links. It doesn't cost you anything, but I make a small commission off your sale. Thanks so much and happy shopping.
Before I finish up for the day, I wanted to take a moment to talk about what is happening in Texas. Even though I didn't bring it up here this week, not a day has gone by for me without keeping those affected by the storm in my thoughts. What is happening is simply beyond comprehension. For those of you who are in the area, my prayers are with you. If you are not in the area and looking for a way to help, consider donating to the Red Cross.
So nice to see you today. I'll be taking a break from blogging Monday for the holiday, but will be back Tuesday.
What are you doing for Labor Day?
I’m linking up with: Nicole for the Fit and Fashionable, Jolynne Shane for Fashion Friday. Thank you so much for the lovely linkup ladies
Kristy from Southern In Law says
I love a good sale! I'm hoping some bargains stick around for the next week as we arrive in Hawaii on Thursday and I am ready to shop! ????
I'm sure you can stock up on summer stuff, which will be perfect for you!
All those dishes look delicious! I have never heard of peach tomatoes.
Me either! So much fun!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
I am going to have to see if I can get my hands on some of those peach tomatoes!
So cute and fun! Hope you can find them.
Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups says
That meal looks amazing! How fun. Hope you have a great Labor Day Weekend!
It was soooo good! Thanks Emily.
Susie @ Suzlyfe says
Happy 5 years and a great return to TV! Also that meal looks positively scrumptious. Alex and I had coconut cake on our anniversary and it was amazing. Lastly, thank you for reminding me that Labor day means SALES because guess who doesn't fit into ANYTHING
Time to shop! 🙂
Emily Swanson says
Wow peach tomatoes sound really cool, and that gourmet meal sounds absolutely delightful Julie; I'm thankful you get these opportunities to try so much good food.
Thank you so much! Such a blessing.
I've never heard of peach tomatoes, but they sound amazing! *-* I love caprese salads, so I'm pretty sure I'd adore these! <3
REI had a Labor Day sale and I kindasorta went to town. 😡 I definitely need to stop spending!
Hope you have a great weekend! <3
YESSSSS!!! So good! Ohhhh love REI-- but they had some good stuff.
Dan Steadman says
looks like fun...I don't know what I am doing for labor day...maybe spending time in the mountains
Hope you enjoy your day!
Maureen @ Maureen Gets Real says
I'm not a coconut person but that cake just looks so pretty! Based solely on it's appearance I bet it tasted fantastic. On actual Labor Day I'll be taking a 6 am flight back to New Jersey and I plan on spending the day with Alex soaking up the extra day off.
Hope the flight went well and you enjoy the day off.
Mary Jean Henson says
Congratulations on your 5th year of Running in a Skirt! Thank you for the NOW Foods shopping spree. Can't wait to check out their products.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.
Yay! So happy for you!! Send me your choices when you have time!
Beth Ann Chiles says
That food1 YUM! It all looks amazing. You have had a busy week ! Labor Day plans for me include a trip to Alburqueque for my nephew's wedding. Yay!
Hope you have fun!
Blane Sherer says
Hope you enjoy your Labor Day Weekend !
Thanks! You too!