Hello and welcome back from a little Thanksgiving break. Let’s get right back into it with a bang by jumping into three controversial headlines.
Movement in the Modeling Industry
IMG Models is making a big statement in the movement to rethink the modeling industry. At the most recent fashion week, race and weight were topics of discussion as this year’s group of models took to the catwalk. Recently, IMG, one of the most esteemed international model management firms, discussed its aim to be a “ageless, raceless, and weightless agency.” This is another positive step in the industry to expand the image of beauty!
There are a lot of great reasons to donate clothing. It reduces the amount of unwanted clothing and textiles piling up in landfills, it can genuinely provide provide clothing for people in need, and hey, it’s a tax write off. Recently, Business of Fashion published an op-ed piece about the trouble with second-hand clothes. The piece brings awareness to the fact that a majority of donated clothing is shipped and sold outside the country in which the clothing was donated. The sale of this clothing is not only turning a lucrative profit but also competing with local textile markets in those areas. So, if you’re thinking about getting charitable this holiday season, do your research before donating. Look into a local organization that is transparent about exactly where their donations go – likely right back to those less fortunate in your area – or consider a national organization with a cause, like Dress for Success.
Pledge to Skip Black Friday
This Black Friday, the “radically transparent” clothing company Everlane declared a pledge to skip Black Friday. If you’re not familiar with the brand, Everlane is a California based retailer of men and women’s apparel and accessories that urges customers to, “Know Your Factories. Know Your Costs. Always Ask Why.” On the Friday following Thanksgiving, known to those who love a good deal (so much so they’re willing to fair the masses and forgo their sanity) as Black Friday, Everlane’s pledge caused quite a stir on social media. If you missed it, check out the pledge for yourself and read the comments. Regardless of your beliefs on the matter, join in on the dialog!
Thanksgiving is officially one week away, and I know all you style setters want to stay fashionable this year. I’ve got some tips for your best Thanksgiving ever!
WHAT TO WEAR
What’s your Thanksgiving look? Do you keep it comfy or go chic? No matter what’s your style, I’ve got some cute and casual holiday looks from J. Crew and Madewell at 25% off. Madewell is offering 25% off their favorite styles with the code UNWRAP25. Better hurry, this sale ends tomorrow, November 22. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to get the perfect look for Thanksgiving! You’ve got a bit longer to shop the deal at J. Crew. Now through Sunday, November 24, take 25% off their winter favorites with the code WINTER. As usual, I’ve got my picks below:
WHAT TO DRINK
Lord knows we’re all going to need a cocktail (or two or three) to survive the family functions this Thanksgiving. Why not drink your dinner with these cocktails inspired by Thanksgiving flavors:
Classic Cranberry Cosmo
2 Parts Vodka
2 Parts Cranberry Juice
1 Part Orange Liquor
1 Part Citrus Juice
*Shake with ice then pour and serve!
Wild Turkey Spiked Cider
(Inspiration from Cosmopolitain Magazine)
1 1/2 Parts Wild Turkey Bourbon
1 Parts Apple Cider
1 Part Cranberry Juice
Garnish: 1 Sprig Sage and 1 Sprig Thyme
*Shake with ice then garnish and serve!
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Mulled Wine
(Inspiration from Bethenny Frankel)
Red Wine (recommended: Skinnygirl Cabernet)
Pumpkin Pie Spice to taste
Honey to taste
Garnish: Orange Slices
*Stir on low heat then garnish and serve!
WHERE TO SHOP
We all know the most important day of the Thanksgiving holiday is not Thanksgiving, it’s Black Friday. While you’re holed up in the house on Thursday, get your Black Friday game plan in order. My suggestion: avoid the mobs and masses and shop online. Don’t think you’re going to skirt the frenzy by shopping the web. Snagging the items you want will still be cutthroat, but at least you can battle from the comfort of your pjs. Build your wishlists preemptively so you know exactly what you plan to purchase from these cyber sales:
Friday, November 29: 50% off cashmere collectible sweaters
Thursday, November 28 – Monday, December 2: 20% off all merchandise with code GIMME20.
Wednesday, November 27: 50% off past season styles THEN Friday, November 28: 30-50% off past season styles and new items added to sale.
Friday, November 29:15% off 2 items with code FRIDAY15, 25% off 3 items with code FRIDAY25, 35% off 4+ items with code FRIDAY35.
Gorjana & Griffin
Friday, November 29: 40% off sitewide
Rue La La
Friday, November 29: 24 “Today’s Fix” items that will be seriously reduced.
Thursday, November 28 – Monday, Decmeber 2: $75-$100 off select denim.
Holiday Gifting Tips – Part III
5 Ways to Never Pay Full Price for a Gift
In Part I and Part II we started preparing for the season by 1. Making a list of everyone you will likely be buying a gift for this year, 2. Assigning a budget to each person on the list, and 3. Making better use of your time and energy by thinking of 1 gift for all (or most) of the people on your list. Now, you’ve got the list, you’ve got the budget, and you’ve gotten at least 1 gift for every person on your list. By this point, your friends and co-workers are taken care of, and you can return your focus to your family: your parents, your siblings, your in-laws, your man, and your kids.
Unless one of your family members has a very specific item on their wishlist, to the extent they have sent you a link to the exact product they want, you should never pay full price for a gift. You will be tempted by endless gift guides of this year’s hottest products for the techie, sports fanatic, foodie, dog lover in your life. Unless the heading says something reasonable like, “Best Gifts Under $50,” look away! It is so easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest of the season. Companies specifically release the best, most improved versions of products during the holidays to create a frenzy. Fall collections launch just in time for the holidays. Everything is telling you that these will be the perfect gifts to make the best holiday season ever, but deals don’t disappear at this time of year. There are still plenty of sales and steals to find all those perfect gifts, and you don’t have to wait for Black Friday to find them.
This month, I’ve shared some options in my Deal of the Day for your man (or your dad, brother, father in law, son) and your girls (or your mom, sister, sister in law, daughter). I also featured my first detailed post about utilizing members only sites. Over the next month, I will continue to share some deals I discover, but I want to help you find your own by sharing my secrets on how I score my awesome deals.
1. Members Only Sites:
I can’t stress enough that these sites are invaluable. You could honestly do one-stop shopping from the comfort of your computer and check everything off your gift list on one of these sites. Now, they’re also offering extended returns for the holidays.
2. Lucky Birthdays:
Are you luck enough to have a birthday in November or December? Many sites ask for your birthday when you register, create an account, place an order, etc. These sites are likely to send you a birthday discount. Instead of buying yourself a birthday present, use the deal toward holiday gift purchases. I have a November birthday, and I have done this for the past several years. The satisfaction of saving money is gift enough for me!
3. Price Compare:
The internet is a beautiful tool to price compare. If you have a specific product in mind and have the brand and model, you can simply use a search engine, such as Google. However, if you’re looking for something more general – blouse, bedding, blazer, blender – I highly recommend using shopping aggregators. You may be familiar with such sites, like Amazon and eBay. However, my personal favorite is a site called Shopstyle. It is best know for its women’s fashion, but they also compile products for men, kids, and home. The key to these sites is the ability to filter by a number of categories. Here’s an example from Shopstyle: Women, Categories, Clothing, Jackets, Leather, Refine by Brand, Store, Price, Size, Color. This can take 6000+ products down to a manageable 100+ products.
4. Emailing Lists:
My boyfriend badgers me all the time about my inundated email inbox that is primarily filled with emailing list subscriptions. Little does he know how much money I save through the deals in those emails. Typically, sites will give you an initial discount for signing up. Many people register to obtain this deal, then unsubscribe. However, if you continue to subscribe, you will continue to reap the benefits of other exclusive discounts. If you have a Gmail account, you now have these promotions conveniently organized in a folder labeled “Promotions.”
5. Social Media:
Are you following your favorite brands and stores on social media? Many companies give early access to sales or exclusive deals to their followers.
6. BONUS: Make it Yourself!
Whether you’re a DIY diva or novice, the holidays are the perfect time to delve in to DIY project to gift. Learn some projects to try in my Holiday Gifting Tips – Part IV!