Friday, November 26, 2010

FASHION (BLACK) FRIDAY - Edition 3

The famous Black Friday falls on my infamous Fashion Friday Post. Black Friday follows the US Thanksgiving, and traditionally kicks off the Christmas Shopping frenzy.  The days name originated in Philadelphia where it was used to describe the heavy pedestrian and vehicle traffic the day after Thanksgiving.  The earliest recorded use of the term was in 1966, and after broader take-up it was later described as a period where retailers turned a profit “in the black.” Being a Canadian I have not had as much exposure to Black Friday, I have been brought up to wake up in the wee hours of December 26th to search for deals on BOXING DAY. Boxing Day traditionally recorded as a day to donate money and give gifts to the needy has turned into a Canadian consumerist shopping holiday. However, being an avid shopper online across International retailers I have become exposed to Black Friday deals. I have never been one to cross the border to Buffalo specifically on Black Friday, but now I don’t have to be an American, or be suffocated in a mall to comfortably enjoy the discounted offers that Black Friday entails. Which leads me to my first and only tip for this post: Go to all your favourite online retailers and check out the savings you will endure today, this weekend and cyber Monday.

A few of my online Black Friday picks:

Jcrew.com – 25% off orders above $150 (promo code Turkey)
Shopnastygal.com – 20% off on all purchases
Saksfifthavenue.com – 30-70% off on all purchases
Revolveclothing.com – 30-95% off (ongoing)
Shopbop.com – up to $500off (based on spend) – free worldwide deliver of $100+ orders
bebe.com – 40% off Black Friday sale (select items)
macys.com – 20-70% off black Friday specials
Nordstrom.com – up to 50% off sale
Neimenmarcus.com – 15-25%off
Bloomingdales.com - 20-40% off and up to $25 off on every $200 spend.
Victoriasecret.com - Buy 1 bra get the 2nd 50% off (ends on Tues), plus spend $60 and more and receive a free supermodel tote bag
Etsy.com – many sellers are giving special discounts this weekend
so many more this list can go on forever

Also visit blackfriday.redflagdeals.com

Check out My Black Friday purchase on my husband’s charge card (I love how 1950s that sounds), the real reason I used his card was because mine was 3 steps too far away. My inspiration for this look was Serena Van der woodsen (Blake Lively), when she wore a sequin mini while taking a stroll in Central Park on Gossip Girl. When did sequin become part of the casual wear category? Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love the idea of adding pizzazz to my day. I actually picture the sun glittering on my skirt as I walk down the street and everyone enviously staring at how I pulled off a retro studio 54 look during the day.
My Inspiration
 My J. Crew Purchase

Oyster sequin skirt $128.00 - J.Crew
Natural Cardigan $44.99 - J.Crew


I don’t know if it’s just me but all this talk about sales and percentages off is just giving me way too many options (my mind is going everywhere). I want these high-waist pants from Nordstrom, velvet blazer from Bloomingdales, and ankle peep toe boots from Saks - too many beautiful pieces that I should not be splurging on. If my family is reading this blog you should have no trouble finding me presents.

Since the holidays are just around the corner I thought I would pick outfits that would be appropriate for work or personal holiday parties. Remember any of the fun outfits you pick for the holidays can easily be packed up and reworn on your next travel adventure. I love wearing an old dress in a new city, it almost feels like it’s the first time you are wearing it. Tomorrow I will post the outfit I wore to my husbands work holiday party (in case you guys need more ideas).

Outfit 1: The center of attention dress. I call the girl that wears this dress the ‘it girl’, because when I saw this dress online I wanted to be what this dress exudes, class, sophistication, and beauty. Described online as the “glass of bubbly” dress, meaning anyone wearing this dress is out to celebrate something. The dress has my favourite neckline, sweetheart, and has a full rosette skirt that poofs out in such a girly way. You can find this dress at Modcloth.com, it is a bit pricy but if you’re going to end up the ‘center of attention’ why not? Price: $241.99






















Outfit 2: The cheap chic dress. The reason I call this dress cheap chic is because it is under $40CAD, and with a few blinging accessories this dress could look like a million bucks. I would add some statement studs and a bracelet with a cute metallic platform sandal. I think this could be worn while hosting your own holiday party, even if it gets stained or ruined (from cooking/entertaining) by the end of the night, you won’t feel as bad since you got it at such a great deal. You can find this dress on the Canadian Forever 21 site.
Forever 21 - sleeveless silk bow dress - $39.80

Outfit 3: The ‘all figures’ flirty dress. This dress can suit any figure, with a corset it can make an A cup look like a C, or take the D cup and hold it in firmly. The full skirt is definitely forgiving if you have any extra love on the hips, and even adds the illusion of hips for those with a square shape. I added the flirty to this dress name because it is just so flattering that I think it would make any girl feel super confident and bubbly. Also this dress comes in lace which has been the trend this fall, it’s a win win in all forms. I would suggest wearing this dress to any semi-formal function. You can find this dress at victoriasecret.com, currently $99.

Outfit 4: A piece of summer in winter dress. This BCBG printed one shoulder dress is everything fun about the summer brought into a chic pattern for the winter. Winter does not have to be blah, with this one shoulder pattern dress you will walk into any holiday function and brighten up the room. Most holiday parties are surrounded by LBDs (Little Black Dresses), but if you’re looking to stand out in a positive way this number will do just the trick. Available online at www.bcbg.com at a discounted price.
Printed one shoulder dress - bcbg - $159.00 (previously $318.00)

Outfit 5: The retro house party dress. What I love about this Mango dress is it can easily be dressed up or dressed down depending on the accessories you add. You can transition it from work wear to lounge wear to holiday house party wear. The fabric is soft and the wide sleeves and skirt add the perfect feminine touch. I have lots of catch-ups with friends to do during the holidays, I can see myself wearing this for after work cocktails. Visit mango.com if you’re interested in purchasing.
 Price: $129

Outfit 6: The little red dress. I don’t know if it is just me, but just like a LBD, I think most people can pull off a red dress. Mind you different shades of red may work better for different skin tones but I am yet to see a girl wear red and it not look great. I think especially during the holiday time a girl wearing red just sparkles. With this dress I would do light eye makeup, bold red lips and maybe some nude patent round toes. This is a great dress for a work holiday party that you can ditch early and head to town in.  Visit http://www.ardenb.com/ to purchase this bow mini tube dress for $89.

http://www.ardenb.com/catalog/product.jsp?categoryId=140&subCategoryId=167&productId=40466&source=pf&ref=ab_aff_pf_k108283

Outfit 7: The soft sophisticated mama dress. This dress takes the fabric and silhouette of the late 50s and adds the sparkle of 2010. The woman of Mad Men have thankfully brought back length in hemlines and class to embellishment (oh how I adore you January Jones and Christina Hendricks). This dress is perfect for a work holiday party, cute pocket accents, the perfect length, and in the most holiday fabric ever – velvet. I know not everyone is a fan of velvet (circa 2002 - rocawear velvet tracksuits), I understand it brings back bad memories. But come on we all know velvet hugs the curves so well and in a dark navy it won’t feel like holiday d├ęcor. I think this dress is a keeper. Check out www.outnet.com if your interested in purchasing.
Anna Molinari - navy embellished dress - 80% off $189


Stay tuned next week as I pick outfits across the 2010 Winter Fashion Trends. From winter pastels, cut-outs, and sheer outfits to tapered pants, capes, and ankle boots!

17 comments:

  1. OMG gots to love the LRD everyone needs one of those in their closet!

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