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).

Dress well, think well.


It’s incredibly hard to believe my first semester at Canisius ends on friday.  I have extremely mixed feelings about it.  I’ve made GREAT friends here, I get to do pretty much whatever I want.. I know how to get around by bus and metro even though I don’t have a car and it’s always exciting and adventurous.  Some of the adventure, like shootings, robberies, getting lost, paying bills, and figuring out life for myself aren’t easy.  It especially feels difficult because it’s finals week this coming week and when all I want to do is curl up in a ball watch movies and stuff my face with chocolate.. it’s discouraging.  But I’m proud of my grades, and plan on kicking butt on the final.  I went to the mall to finish some Christmas shopping tonight, and rewarded myself with a purchase as well.  Momma might not believe me, but I do my best work when I’m well dressed.  It may be a mindset, but hey any excuse to buy an infinity scarf and sparkly sweater.

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I can’t escape the leggings, sweaters, and scarf trend.  I absolutely adore it.  Maybe it’s because I’m allowed to indulge and still fit into clothing, unlike bikini season? But whatever I’m not a VS Angel, so I deserve to treat myself once in a while.

Tonight I’m eating chocolates momma sent me, sipping tea with my friend Mia and watching PS: I Love You.  It may be your stereotypical girls night, but I need it.  I’m long overdue for girl time and I need to indulge.  I think if I go to bed by 2 after a night of low key fun, I will be able to wake up for the Kate Spade sale on ebay tomorrow starting at 6am.

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I love a good deal and 75% off Kate Spade when you have connections for Santa (; this X-mas season, is very exciting.  I just need to wake up and find the perfect purse.  I still want to indulge in a Michael Kors Hamilton bag and Tory Burch flats, but we’ll prioritize that once I find out about getting a job for the break.  I have a babysitting gig lined up for New Years Eve and I put in applications to Target and Jo Anne’s, but I’m yet to hear.  I also applied to substitute teach in my sibling’s new school district, so I’m really hoping I get that.  It’s somewhat flexible and temporary since it’s hard enough to find someone that wants you to work for only a month.

This month off is going to be heavenly at first, enjoyable over X-mas… but it could get extremely boring extremely quick.  I’m trying not to go in with that attitude, but I don’t have friends in Youngstown since I moved there the day before I moved into college and have only been home 4 times.  All very family oriented occasions.

My mom says we’ll go to the gym, and we can shop.. but to do that I need to get a job.  I also need to take the car and explore the town, because I refuse to get lost like Black Friday again.  I just want to make sure I get a sense of independence when I go home, because I thrive on it.  I am looking to dedicate a lot more time to my blog and fashion articles over the break.  So if all else fails, the internet will continue to be my escape mechanism.  Feel free to approach me with things, I am always open to opportunities.  My e-mail is preppylogic15@yahoo.com.

Speaking of Fashion, and since I’m assuming you’re interested cuz you’re on a fashion blog.. have you seen the article written on Anna Wintour? More power to her.  Politics and fashion merging, thats practically a dream.  Check it out on http://www.refinery29.com/2012/12/40241/anna-wintour-ambassador

Allison

In case you weren’t aware, Black Friday is one big marketing ploy.


As a world renown shopper and a lover of all things fashion related, Black friday SHOULD be a day with my name written all over it.  After my cousin scarred me with taking me black friday shopping in the 8th grade and ditched me at an outlet mall I was completely unfamiliar with, I’ve been a little biased against it.. but at 18 I decided to give it another chance.  After all, I’ve developed a very soft spot for all things kate spade and it’s a wonderful thing to purchase at 70% off when you are on a college student budget.

So when my cousin texted me about the opportunity to crazily attack this holiday with her at the outlet mall only a few minutes over the boarder from Canada, I smiled and agreed. I would rather take a risk like this in the company of a friend.

The reason I mention Canada, is because every Canadian and their mother entered the country to go to the Niagara Falls Outlet mall last night. It was pure insanity. I did not purchase a purple kate, because the wallet above that I was extremely tempted by was still 100 dollars. You’re supposed to hold my money, not be the reason I don’t have any money to store..?

I was a lot weaker at the knees for michael kors though. The mile long line that wrapped past hugo boss, kate spade, coach, and the lindt truffle store was a small price to pay, I thought: until I talked to a store associate that informed me even at a minimum of 20% off everything, the GORGEOUS hamilton I wanted would still ring up to nearly 320 dollars. Thankfully, I found this out after waiting in line 10 minutes. How humiliating would it be (not to mention how much it’d piss me off) to be waiting in line for 2 hours and only be able to drool over the great deals?

 

Not to mention how similar it looks to my pink Kate Spade that I love so dearly.. Some day when I am a professional women I plan on buying this gorgeous bag along with a classic black pair of Christian Louboutins. It’ll happen.

So what did I wait in a 2 hour line for then? Why go out Black Friday shopping as a Fashionista if you don’t plan on splurging?

A DOWN COMFORTER. Well 3. My cousin wanted. And it’s totally okay, cuz I got the experience I wanted Black Friday shopping, but lets just say goose feathers and never going intrigue me to wait that long at Bon Ton ever again.

At the outlets I bought a cute shiny top from Charlotte Russe. It was 12 dollars, so not that great a sale but nice none the less. It’s turquoise and I’d show you a picture except the internet hates me and doesn’t believe this top exists. You’re gonna have to use your imagination.

Imagine, its nice. But not nice enough to say it was worth going black friday shopping waiting in lines, not sleeping, and getting lost.

Oh yes. Black friday is a much more enjoyable experience when you remember where you live and how to get back there.

I lived in the middle of nowhere until the day before I went to college in August, I can partially blame that for the fact that besides my address and the fact my house is in between canada and a yacht club I had no idea where my house was at 6 am this morning.

My cousin and I took a TWO HOUR detour to figure this out.

Not enjoyable. I was running on the fumes of coconut frozen yogurt and a large sweet tea with so much sugar, I thought my tongue was crystalizing. My eyes were barely staying open, so God bless my cousin that was driving. I took us to the bridge that brings us to Canada, and the town we go to Church in. I even remembered where my brother’s friend lived.. but my house? Lost cause. My phone, which I am completely dependent on when it comes to directions: died. And her little nokia track phone was of no help.

My parents were sleeping and being the 18 and 21 year olds we were, it would be a disgrace to call them and ask for rescuing when we were sure we knew where we were going..

Next year, I’m sure I’ll plan better. This whole black friday escapade, is nice for some people. But I like to enjoy my shopping experience and feel rest assured I’m getting deals and with a lot of things I couldn’t say that. I went to the mall the day before thanksgiving and saw many of the same sales in action.

It’s all a marketing ploy! There are exceptions, but people need to do their homework! Kate was 20% off more than normal, and the Coach riding boots I wanted from Macys were on sale too.. but in a sea of sale and clearance signs people need to realize they probably aren’t saving that much at all. You get stuck in lines that wrap around the store filled with point of purchase displays, slowing sucking all the money you think you’re saving out of your pocket.

Black friday is good on paper, but so is communism.

Okay.. that’s a whole other topic, Im over tired pardon me.

Allison