Say “NO” To Thanksgiving Shopping- Small Business Saturday

As a blogger during these past few weeks leading up to Thanksgiving my inbox has been flooded with “guide to Black Friday” shopping emails. I have ignored every single one. Although Thanksgiving is not a true holiday in the most literal since of the word- meaning it is not a “holy day” tied to a system of belief it is a day that most people spend with family, or friends who have become our family as “friends giving” has become a popular new tradition for the day.

I have adamantly ignored every piece of email touting Black Friday discounts because the sales and overall consumerism has reached an all time level of disrespect. Not only have retailers attempted to woo consumers with the promise of deep discounts to help them meet their own annual revenue goals, many of them have suggested that you wolf down your holiday meal, rush from the one time a year when family is forced to eat at a table together and begin your Thanksgiving shopping before you can properly sleep off your zyptrophan -induced post, Turkey Day “itis”.

The day that has traditionally been dedicated to moving from the dining room table to gathering as a family in front of the television to watch football, catch up on each other’s lives or just simply down a second (or third) plate of food has been turned into a microwave holiday where you are encouraged to Shop! Buy! Spend! All with the promise of deep discounts.

Well I’m not here for any of it… I plan to spend the day luxuriating in the moments and quality time generated by love, laughter, good food and in my house- plenty of wine. Instead of rushing out to Walmart, Target or “insert retailer of choice here” I will be enjoying time with the people who share my DNA, a collective history and a lifetime of memories. I will dedicate myself to creating new memories and if nothing else I will relish in the fact that my dining room table will be used for something other than the collection of mail that always manages to pile up there.

Suffice it to say that I enjoy both gifting and receiving and most of my shopping will be done on small business Saturday- with local retailers who are either from my hometown of Baltimore or located in MD. Here are a few places to check out for small business Saturday- support minority businesses that offer unique gifting options and items that you won’t see everywhere.

Fly Nerd
Hands down this is one of my favorite local artisans- I fancy myself a bit of a sneaker head and the best companion for a fly shoe is a fly tee- Fly Nerd offers uniquely designed tees created by Andrea Tomlin who managed to marry her love of fashion with graphic design with these awesome t-shirts

Fly Nerd

Fly Nerd

Truth outfitters
Alex Bank$ is the creator behind the brand which was born during his high school years when fitting in is such a struggle for just about everyone- Bank$ Tag line for the line is striving to “fit in while standing out” and the collection is equal parts art and fashionable.

Truth Outfitters

Truth Outfitters


K. Staton Boutique

If you’re a curvy girl in the DMV K.Staton Boutique is a must shopping destination for you. Jade Greer the dynamic owner of the boutique has a carefully curated selection of high end, high quality options for the curvy fashionista.

K. Staton

K. Staton

Style Item Of The Week- Nice Laundry

Nice Laundry

Nice Laundry


Hands down one of my favorite trends of late is colorful socks for men. Sunday morning church service is overflowing with the more stylish and daring gents of the congregation wearing what has affectionately been referred to as “socks of glory” or “the sock ministry”.

Now that fall is officially in full swing the dip in temperature provides the perfect opportunity to enhance your sock wardrobe. Admitedly I initially wanted my husband to review the socks that the folks from Nice Laundry sent over, but the colors appealed to me I kept a few pairs for myself. Not only are they stylish, they’re comfortable and offer the perfect exclamation point to any ensemble.

If you’re looking to add to or even lunch your own sock drawer Nice Laundry offers a recycling program to their US customers where a percentage of the recycled socks are repurposed.

Want more details? Visit www.nicelaundry.com

Wedding Trend Alert-Back Necklaces

Can you believe August is already upon us? August signals the end of summer and a distinct nod to fall- back to school, cooler temps and because I was a fall bride I always think of this time of year  as the official wedding season. This November I will celebrate 13 years of marriage to my best friend- and one of my dear friends is celebrating her 25th year of marital bliss by renewing her vows in October.  Hands down one of my favorite trends  this fall wedding season is the back necklace- part roaring twenties, definitely sexy and the ultimate exclamation point to a backless gown. If you’re a fall bride looking for the perfect accessory consider a back necklace.

Here’s some inspiration:

 

back necklace

back necklace

photo credit: Angelas Bridal Boutique

 

 

 

 

 

Ben_Amun pearl necklace

Ben_Amun pearl necklace

click here to purchase

Additional inspiration via my Pinterest board

Curvy Shopping Options at Arundel Mills

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Shopping options just got a little better for curvy fashionistas in the Baltimore area. Arundel Mills which is one of the largest and premier destinations for discount shopping in Maryland welcomes Fashion to Figure and Torrid. Fashion to Figure a coveted brand offering up to the minute trends for plus-sized women will be opening in Neighborhood 1 this summer. Torrid which offers a complete range of plus-sized fashion as well as shoes, sleepwear and lingerie is slated to open in fall. I’m a huge fan of both brands and I’m excited to see the inclusion of more plus-sized offerings to the mall which offers a wide range of shopping options from Off Fifth (Saks outlet) to Forever 21.

For more information about Arundel Mills’ or for a complete list of retailers, call (410) 540-5100 or visit www.arundelmills.com. Arundel Mills also may be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ArundelMills) and on Twitter @ArundelMills.

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Shop Chic For A Cause With Chico’s

Heart Disease continues to be the number one killer of women and although February is drawing to a close, heart health is critical year round.  The folks over at Chico’s have partnered with the American Heart Association in order to fund research around awareness of the disease.

 

This gorgeous Fabulous-at-Heart pin retails for $20.00 and Chico’s has committed to donating half of the proceeds from each pin to research, prevention and education around heart health. So why not Shop for A Cause?

 

chicos

Click here for more information on the American Heart Association

 

In honor of Heart Health Awareness month- here is an interview that I conducted with Raijean Stroud as she talked very candidly about her battle with heart disease:

Interview with Raijean Stroud

Enjoy 20% Off at My Jewel Candy

Jewel Candy

Jewel Candy

Much of the country is gripped by a Polar Vortex, which essentially means that a large portion of the US (roughly 26 states) are experiencing wind chills and extremely cold temperatures.   Well, if you reside in one of the states that have been gripped by arctic wind, here’s a bit of retail therapy to warm you up.

 

My Jewel Candy has been featured in People, US Weekly and In Style and they offer amazing statement necklaces, rings and other delectable items at affordable costs.

 

Log into http://www.myjewelcandy.com and enter Cold20 at check out to enjoy 20% savings on your order your Jewel Candy today!

Pinterest Holiday Wish List

Social media has become an undenialble aspect of our culture… My father who will soon be 83 is fond of wanting me to “pull up Facebook” in order to see pictures of our family members that he doesn’t often get a chance to see. Because social media is so pervasive, I have decided to use it in order to take all of the guess work out of my holiday wishlist. Instead of creating a list from my favorite retailers, I’m heading straight to Pinterest with plans of pinning until my heart is content. The exercise will be very similar to my childhood when I spent hours carefully selecting items from the Speigel catalog with folded, pages and huge circles around the items I wanted.

Here’s a snapshot of the wishlist I will be sending to my husband:

http://pinterest.com/ghettofashnista/the-gf-s-wishlist/

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Remembering Earleane Gill and Shopping the Cure

I lost my beloved god mother to breast cancer. She was a rock to many and even now as I create this post, thoughts of her immediately bring a smile to my face. I still remember the day she called to inform me  the disease had impacted her and she could hear the tears in my voice as I cried uncontrollably once she delivered the news. The immediate response was why was this happening to her and in her usual fashion she was comforting me when I was supposed to be a rock for her. She fought an incredible 7 year battle with grace, courage and dignity. During this month dedicated to breast cancer awareness I always pause to honor the great and dynamic woman Earleane Gill was as she continues to inspire me daily.

Please visit http://ww5.komen.org/ for more details about how you can develop your own  early detection strategy, and just improve you overall awareness of the disease.

Finally, here are some of items that will allow you to shop the cure:

HSN Pin to Win $1000!

 

Last year during fashion week, one of the many events I attended continuously sang the praises of something called Pinterest- I listened with mild interest and thought here we go with yet another form of social media to become slightly addicted to.   I tucked the information about the platform away and planned to download it once the  dust of fashion week settled. Well fast forward a year and I can tell you I am utterly obsessed with Pinterest- with everything from amazingly photographed food and recipes to gorgeous rooms that provide decorating inspiration I am an avid “pinner”.  Well, if you are as obsessed with pinterest as I am, HSN is offering an opportunity to win $1000 shopping spree simply by creating a board featuring fall fashion that inspires YOU.   Style icon June Ambrose will serve as a judge!!

 

Here are the rules:

 

  1. Follow HSN on Pinterest
  2. Create a look using 10 items from The Ultimate Trunk Show
  3. Use a description of your board that talks about your fall choices
  4. Tag your board using #HSN and #FallFashion
  5. Complete an entry form between September 10th 17th

 

Good luck,

GF

Fashion’s Night Out, Thursday, September 6th

Fashionista’s, editors and buyers from across the globe are all prepping for New York Fashion Week. From thoughtful wardrobe selections to finding the perfect shoes that will offer equal parts form and function, there is a tremendous amount of preparation that goes into attending NYFW. Though I am excited about all of the events that surround the premier fashion event of the season, I am probably more excited about Fashion’s Night Out!  There is so much going on across the country that it’s enough to make your head swim.   I have made participating in NY’s Fashion Night an annual tradition that I participate in with some of my nearest and dearest friends and this year is no exception.  Fashion’s Night Out takes place nationwide on Thursday, September 6th.

 

Here’s a complete list of Fashion Night Out events  http://fashionsnightout.com/fno

And of course my hometown will be hosting Baltimore Fashion’s Night out and one of my favorite hand bag companies the Purse Paparazzi is a vendor the evening.

 

For more details on the Baltimore event check out the link below:

 

http://www.missiontix.com/events/product/15216/fashion-show—general-admission

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