Happy Casual Friday on a Saturday everyone! Did everyone venture out for Black Friday!? Anyone? I for one am not like a huge shopper or anything, but I think Black Friday is super fun when you have a drive-through breakfast (while it's still dark), a big cup of hot coffee, Christmas magic in the air, and people-watching all the crazies fighting over things. But maybe that makes ME one of the crazies. If you can't beat 'em, then definitely watch them and take incriminating videos and post them to Instagram, right? Just kidding.
This week was spent shooting and preparing for our extra exciting new products that launched yesterday: 2015 Planners and some really fun phone cases! I love the Messy one. My husband will agree that the Messy statement is very appropriate for me.
And now that it's socially acceptable to decorate for the holidays in most circles, then count us all in. I've been waiting for this moment since September, which is not a joke. 🙂 Considering we have been breaking out our holiday decorations for shoots for the past couple of months, it feels like the wait to put our tree up has been an eternity!
Well, now for something kind of sad to talk about, but also happy for me. I know I'm (Sarah) not a very consistently present voice on A Beautiful Mess, but I've been behind the scenes full-time taking photos, creating photo filters for Party Party and A Beautiful Mess apps, Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets, and launching my Photoshop for Bloggers E-course! My husband and I moved here from Phoenix, AZ to work with Elsie, Emma, and the team, and we have completely loved it.
But this will be my last Casual Friday post as we have made the hard—but good—decision to have me stay at home with our daughter Imogen. (In the photos above, the gals all dressed up in my style as a surprise on my last day with bright red lipstick, chambray, and black and white. Hilarious!!) If you're a working parent, you might be able to relate to that feeling of leaving your sweet babe with someone else all day, and even if they are fantastic and loving to your child, it is still hard. Imogen just turned a year old last week, and I am incredibly excited for this new chapter of life for us! I'll miss you all, your comments and input, your encouragements, and most of all, my buddies here at ABM (and if I'm being honest, the free-flowing coffee)… but I'm not dead yet, so feel free to say hi on Instagram at @arrowandapple! It would make my day to hear from you. And my husband Josh is still a part of the ABM team, so we'll still be around the studio popping in from time to time! PS: keep an eye out for our nursery room tour next week. 🙂
I hope you all have a happy and cozy weekend, full of bargains and stuff. 🙂 xo – Sarah
Credits// Author: Sarah Rhodes. Photography: Emma Chapman, Joshua Rhodes, Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with Naomi, Suzette, and B+W: Wyoming from The Lightroom Collection.