It's here; the most wonderful time of the year. The time of year when everybody's doing what I do best - shopping! I want to encourage you to give small businesses, both locally and on the 'net, your support by shopping with them this season.Read More
Everyone knows the week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the best time to shop if you want to stretch your cash. It's also a great time to celebrate the end of the season - and the year.
At my house after Christmas sales are an extension of the holiday. I can shift the focus from getting the perfect gift for someone else to getting the best deals for myself. It also means Mr Spashionista and I can take in a movie or tuck into a cozy meal while we're out and about. Since we always celebrate New Year's Eve at home - where my attire is decidedly casual - I thought I would show you what I wore for my post-Christmas discount tour.
It was cold - mid-thirties and overcast cold - so I had to be sure the outfit I picked was warm enough to counter the weather, versatile enough to allow me to negotiate crowded stores in my chair, and fashionable enough to be noticed, in a good way.
Let's start with the gorgeous acrylic pencil skirt from Forever 21 in shades of royal blue, raspberry, lemon, and black. The blue cashmere Cynthia Rowley cowl necked sweater is from last year's Black Friday at Stein Mart. Yes, the Baccini jacket should look familiar by now. It's actually very warm, ultra-feminine, and picks up the berry tones in the skirt so it was the logical choice for today. The Chinese Laundry black tights were a must given the chilly temps, but I couldn't resist the blue sequin oxfords from Shi as a a little dash of New Year's sparkle.
Did you find something amazing in the post holiday aftermath?
Next month I'll tell you what I got and give you some pointers for shopping in 2013.
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For shopping intelligently and giving generously. Let's talk about some great deals and perfect presents. As you know I did venture out on Black Friday. I have a definite plan - to hit several discount stores and head straight to their clearance racks. Aside from the already great deals on Black Friday offers, clearance racks are great place to shop on that day. Retailers are anxious to get rid of their clearance stock to make room for seasonal clothing. Stein Mart's clearance rack yielded a Calvin Klein oxblood studded tank from one of these racks for $5. I also bought a pink leatherette jacket that was on sale for 40% off, making its final price $22. I raided the clearance racks in several other stores and found a black studded tank and a solid pink tank for $7 and $5 respectively. I also found a wool blend black, gray and pink sweater for under $20. When it was all said and done I had five items of clothing for under 70 dollars. Not a bad day's haul. Over the years I have taken good care of my clothes. Even before the flood thinned out my wardrobe I have been good about gifting or donating garments that no longer fit me. Rarely do I hang on to an item for sentimental reasons but, as I was going through my closet about a month ago, I came across the first leather jacket I ever owned. A beautiful red jacket from Petite Sophisticates, it has been with me for the better part of 10 years. Alas, the jacket is a Medium and my bust can no longer be accommodated by anything that small. Nobody within my circles of friends was small enough to wear it, but I hung onto it hoping to find a perfect new owner for it. Then I remembered my new adopted "Little Sister" Glenda Watson Hyatt. Like me, she is petite, has Cerebral Palsy, and she lives in Canada so she would get many opportunities to wear the jacket. On a whim I asked her if I could send it to her. She consented and the jacket is a perfect fit on her. It made me feel great to see a wonderful jacket being appreciated all over again by someone new.
She rocks it well, don't you think? More importantly, she makes me so happy I hung onto it, because it's obvious the universe meant for her to have it. Giving, especially on this level, from one friend to another, is every bit as gratifying as receiving.
Have you hung onto something valuable just for it's own sake? Is it time to find a dear friend, or make a new one, to give it to?
Yes, I'm going there! But this one needs a bit of personal backstory.
This blog is only the latest in a series of subjects I have pursued over the years. Before I started Spashionista Report I was involved with the longest running guitar podcast called Six String Bliss. I became a member of their community because my husband was featured on one of their episodes for his boutique pickups. I stayed because they're an incredibly nice community of guitar players. I ended up being their "Bliss Army General", closing out each show with a listener-submitted song and co-hosting a theme oriented album podcast twice a year.
I've always been a frustrated musician - my palsied hands just won't allow me to play an instrument consistently well. Not long after joining the SSB community I became friends with recording wiz Jan Buchholz who introduced me to a program called Reason by Propellerhead. It allows you to modify MIDI files or actually draw in notes voiced by different instruments of your choosing. I could finally make music!
So I did. for about 5 years I contributed to the Six String Bliss albums that I also produced. Not every track made the album, and Santa Baby is one that I did all by myself and reserved to play for the week of Black Friday/CyberMonday. Hubby compiled the video for me - he's very good at that. I know it's over-the-top-campy but I hope you enjoy it.
Now get back to your holiday sales. I scored ridiculously well on Black Friday. What about you? Did you brave the crowds or stay home to shop online?