My feelings on Black Friday


Happy belated Thanksgiving!! I hope your turkey day was full of family time and fantastic food. This year I truly got to enjoy the day/weekend since I wasn’t working in a store for the first time in years. To all of the retail warriors aka employees out there this weekend.. good luck! I truly appreciate you taking the time away from your families and pumpkin pie, for this consumeristic society. As you can probably tell I have such a love-hate relationship with all of this.

Shout out to Mod Cloth for “taking a break” from Black Friday. They’re donating over $5 million in merchandise to Dress for Success and their site is down until Saturday 11/25/17. What a statement! It also really speaks to how much they appreciate their employees, even more than 50% off of high waisted bikini bottoms. I love that.

After lots of family time, I spent my evening on Thanksgiving in bed with my little sister, binge watching romantic comedies and barely surviving our food comas. It was fantastic, I highly recommend it. We then slept in until 10am on Friday, because what better way to spend a day off from work/school… my sister is going to brunch with a friend now, to get re-energized before we hit a few stores.

My Mom and I, Thanksgiving 2017

 

I probably sound like a hypocrite congratulating Mod Cloth for boycotting the same day that I am taking part in elsewhere, but hear me out: I have no problem with finding a good deal, but I think everyone should have the opportunity to celebrate the holiday ENTIRELY.

I find it repulsive that JCPenney opened at 2pm on Thanksgiving. My heart aches for the people who were robbed of the valuable family time. When Aunt Linda gives you the inquisition about why you’re single, living at home, etc. before your turkey coma, remember some people are deprived of that. Even if family time strongly encourages you to drink, it’s your time, and their are people who are being paid (more, but not enough) to clean up messes and deal with the most rude people ever. You can tell Aunt Linda to shove it, these workers only wish they could.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that the latest retail trend/fad never justifies belittling, arguing and demeaning other people who are just trying to make a living. Never forget that.

Say please! Say thank you! Clean up after yourself in a dressing room! If the associate says that they are out of a product, PLEASE do not ask them to check the back. Put things where they belong. Genuinely appreciate the service or lack of service (because they are helping someone else) that you are getting, because there are people working hard out there to just survive the day that you are relaxing and indulging on.

So yeah, I’m going to Old Navy for $1 pairs of fuzzy socks this afternoon.. but even though I’m purchasing the aforementioned unnecessary hosiery, I’m not going to ruin everyone else’s Friday in the process.

This Thanksgiving I am thankful for many things, but especially for the people aka retail slaves who allowed me to celebrate this weekend with the people I love. The $1 socks are just a bonus (and because Old Navy is awesome they’re donating $1 to the Boys and Girls Club, up to $1 million for every pair purchased too).

Spring closet cleaning with Poshmark


There’s something about the warm weather in Buffalo that just brings me hope.

I spotted some crocuses today while walking around my neighborhood and it made me smile. I feel like one of the best parts about living in a cold weather climate is that you learn to never take a sunny day for granted.

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Upstate New Yorkers are notorious for wearing their flip flops “too soon” by fashion standards. They whip out shorts when the temperatures hit just above freezing. I don’t endorse it, but I understand it. I long for the days when I can wear a dress without tights and some strappy open toed heels without fear that I will find myself face to face with a snow bank.

I’m excited to say that Easter was 50 degrees and precipitation free though. This is a significant improvement from last year; in 2015 I recall walking out of the church and being bombarded with white flakes in the air.

Some people are saying it’s too soon to call this spring in Buffalo… despite the official start date of 10 days ago by calendar standards. I think it’s the perfect time to embrace the double digit temps -yep, that’s the standard here-, just keep those heavier knits close by because it changes all the time.

My neighbor was cutting his lawn this morning. I wore capris. We all show our optimism about the weather a little differently, mine tends to involve rotating wardrobes.

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When I pull the shift dresses and pastel colors out of storage, I always find a few items that I could take or leave. Do I move these pieces into valuable closet real estate or leave them banished in the basement until next Spring? God knows I’m going to buy new pieces too…

My style may have changed while hibernating in leggings and slouchy sweaters or my size may have changed, does it really matter the reason? My taste *matures* all of the time so it’s no wonder that I have moved on from a few things I was obsessed with last season or during May 2011. My shopping deals and steals deserve a good home though and recently I’ve re-homed quite a few of my finds via Poshmark.

I’ve been using the Poshmark app since 2012. My first purchases were a Marc Jacobs watch and some Tory Burch flats for amazing prices, with both of the stores that sold those types of items being at least an hour away from my house at the time. It was exciting and refreshing. I hope the people that purchase my clothes and accessories feel the same way!

The app is super easy to use, you just upload 4 photos of your item that you’re selling like you would on instagram. The first image can be filtered. Then you include a short and sweet accurate depiction of what you’re selling (include the condition, size, how it fits, color) and categorize it by the required categories. That’s it!

There are posh parties on the app where you can share your closet items as well as some of your favorite sellers’ pieces. I’ve become addicted to Poshmark, like any other form of social media. I have followers and share things. It kinda becomes a way of life.

Since re-visiting Poshmark over the last few weeks of closet rotating I’ll be completely honest, I have made $300+ . This is an incredibly exciting considering I am a 21 year old juggling part time work and freelance gigs. I’ve also found that when I buy things via Poshmark, in general I am spending a lot less than I do when I take a trip to the mall.

Whether it is to add to your wardrobe or perform a spring closet clean out, make an account and check it out. Nobody is sponsoring this post, this is just my personal success with selling gently used items from the comfort of my home.

Feel free to follow me @preppylogic15 and if you use code HWEUI when you purchase something via the app (cuz lets be honest, it’s inevitable), you and I will both earn $10. Cool!

The Best Sales of Black Friday 2013


In T-minus 57 minutes until the best sales of black friday 2013 begin! In stores anyway.. but unlike many years ago when you had to wait in lines during the early hours of the day after Thanksgiving, you can now do it all from the comfort of your house later on with the power of the wonderful internet.  Many retailers are offering their promotions online for multiple days -before and after Black Friday.  Do retail slaves, I mean workers, a favor and order online this holiday weekend.  For those of you that don’t take my advice.. I’ll be catering to your handbag needs at Coach from 1-11 tomorrow.

When you aren’t visiting me at Coach, check out some of sales that I’ve deemed the best of black friday 2013:

1) Modcloth.  The whole site is 50%.  No discount codes necessary.  They understand that you are too busy adding amazing vintage inspired items to your cart to take the time to type one in.

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2) JCrew Factory.  The whole site is 50%, the same rules apply.  Why say anything more?

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3) Tommy Hilfiger. Use code: THTHANKS40 for 40% off online, in stores items are already 40-60% off and if you spend $200 or more (which if you are smart, you won’t do.. but it’s so easy!) there is an additional 25% off coupon available to use.  If you don’t plan on spending a minimum of $150, just order online.

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4) Kate Spade. Up to 75% off!!! She is offering some great accessories to go with your incredible clothing purchases.

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What are the best sales that you have found online/in stores this Black Friday?  Make sure to let me know if you used any of the above coupon codes!