The Ultimate Guide to Black Friday Deals

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This is a sweet post from the techies in Yahoo! that will help all the Black Friday shoppers get their act together in terms of preparing for the shopping and the sweet deals that are coming.

1. Find the ads: This is FIRST AND FOREMOST.  There are sweet deals on sites everywhere, and I’ve already listed some in my previous blog for you.  However, SlickDeals.net is also worth putting on your list of places to check out.  They have pages that is constantly updated with all major Black Friday ads and the website also has a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet that organizes all Black Friday items into one sweet place, making it easy to view all of your potential shopping at once. Next is…

2. Prioritize your list:  Have you ever been grocery shopping without a list and expect to spend only a small chunk of change, only to stand in the self-check aisle and see your grocery bill rise?  You’ll need to write a list and prioritize them in the order that you want them and where you’re getting them.  You can break this list down into geographical, categorical, or topical sections to make it easy for you to plan your days.  You can even write sticky notes on your car or fridge to help you remember.  Put your organizational genius into use and make it easy for yourself at this time of season.  Trust me, that tactic is much better than going shopping without a plan.  You’ll find yourself needing to be bailed out like this financial crisis.

3. Learn the rules:  Know the store hours for each place you want to go (my personal favorite is Best Buy opening at 5:00 am).  Grab any vouchers or coupons that stores give out when they open (as long as it is within reason of your budget).  If you can, try to find out how much stock of your items are on each store, which will save you from going from store to store to find out they’ve run out of the Wii.  

4. Coordinate with others: A partner in crime is helpful.  REALLY helpful, especially if you have to wait in line for the stores to open.  Bring a friend or two.  They’ll help you fight for that last Wii console from a screaming lady and her 2 kids.  The bigger and faster the friends, the better! 

5.  Pack accordingly: Don’t forget to bring warm clothes, sleeping bags, wood/kindling/matches for a campfire, marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers for smores.  No, seriously.

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Mixing patterns and fabrics

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With fall already here and winter on its way, it’s a good chance you already have your warm attire out of the bags and into your closets.  In this seasons, what better way to celebrate the cold with great coffee at Tully’s!  Oh wait, wrong state…  Instead of coffee, let’s look at cool patterns and fabrics to use and mix to keep you warm.

Fabric: wool, agora, cashmere, and their respective blends.  Some would be pick wool as the best and highly picked choice, especially merino wool and the like.  Some clothing manufacturers/designers use merino wool in fine and finer threads, which makes it perfect for casual and formal attire and is slightly suitable for those who experience allergies with wool.  My preference is in cashmere and its less likeable cashmere blends for its more refined cut and needed tailoring, especially with higher end retailers.  Unfortunately, shopping for bargain-priced cashmere aren’t often found around these areas to begin with (but thankfully, Nordstroms is coming soon!  At least 1.5 years more to go).  I don’t think men’s clothing comes in agora, or at least I haven’t seen any in most department or specialty stores, so I can’t really give out great advice on that.

Public Opinion Argyle Sweater

Public Opinion Argyle Sweater

Patterns: Argyle, stripes, solids.  Each has its own advantages to certain body types and characteristics.  For thinner and taller body types, typically one would want to accentuate them with bolder colors and patterns, and if using stripes, to choose thick, horizontal stripes to create width and depth.  Shorter or thicker body types can use argyle and thinner, vertical stripes to present taller frames.

Mixing and matching argyle sweaters with solid-colored button down shirts, topped with striped scarves would be a great example of blending patterns and fabrics in colder weather.

Black Friday!… In the middle of November?

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Seems that a lot of retailers are starting their sales early to give shoppers more deals and make more $$ this coming season.

Below are a list of sites that are already sharing the goods to one and all.  Is it still ok to be naughty since it’s only Thanksgiving?  LMAO.

Good luck, have fun, and enjoy!

Been a long time…

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It’s been a while since I last posted a blog… Too busy with everything going on right now, but I promise I will try to post more soon.  In the meantime, here are some things I have been pondering lately about fashion:

1)  Good fashion sense is only good enough to last a while.  Great fashion sense will last a lifetime, and will keep you from making bad decisions.

2)  Fashionistas didn’t start out by being fashionistas.  There is always a cause and effect, a source to the result.  As a master influences their student, so does the fashion influence the person.  

3)  When you view your wardrobe, you don’t let it rule you.  Fashion and wardrobe shouldn’t be about how people view you, or how you let other people view you.  It’s about how you view yourself and how that perception creates an image of you – especially in terms of how it makes you feel and look when you wear them.

4)  Fat or thin, short or tall, never, ever think that you are worse or not good enough to wear things that you see models or mannequins wear.  They are made to wear things for a reason; as for mannequins, they mostly have pins in the back to make the clothes they model look fitted.  There are many ways to manipulate colors, texture, sizes and such to fit any body type.  Don’t get caught up with what GQ or Vogue tells you.  Just look for the fashion elements that will make YOU as a person (for who you are) look good.