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Holy Hot Deals!

Get Some of Your Favorite Hearst Magazines for Only $5!

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My friends over at Shop It To Methe go-to site for personalized sales—just sent me a Friends and Family link to get some fantastic magazines like Marie Claire, O Magazine and the Food Network Magazine for only $5!

Click on this link to get your great deal. 

*Please note that after you make your order you will be given the opportunity to choose from other titles like Elle.

Enjoy!

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Support the Local Economy and Give the Gift that Gives Back

In 2000, Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, MI began raising money to support a village school in the impoverished village—Namtenga—in Burkina Faso, Africa; providing  school supplies, uniforms, a water well with pump and more. 

In 2005, the program expanded to providing more than 30 women with a trade in creating woven products such as scarves, blankets and wraps to help support their families.Namtenga 027

With the holidays upon us, instead of buying that wrap from a major department store, why not give your loved-one one of these handmade scarves?  The products range from $45 – $200, and all the proceeds go to the Namtenga Project.

You can pick them up at Optik which specializes in vintage and contemporary eyewear and accessories, located in Birmingham at 245 West Maple

But I’ll warn you in jewelryadvance, it will be very difficult to leave without finding something else there that you can’t live without.  Optik has some of the most incredible and unique pieces in the area, like this set by recent NY transplant, Joann Goldberg; who currently resides in Royal Oak.  

So there’s no need to harbor any shopper’s guilt—not only are you purchasing a beautiful gift—but you’re a benefactor to worthy cause and you can support the local economy.  How can you go wrong?  Happy Shopping!

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Shopping Spotlight: PB&J

Weekend-Casual Has Never Been Cooler

You know those days that you don’t really want to get dressed up, but you still want to look cute?  PB&J has something to offer whether you are a stay-at-home mom or just looking for something comfortable, yet stylish, for the weekend.

The Northern California company is named after three influential women in part-owner, Erica’s life; Paula, Barbara & Jill .  She along with partner Martin, have built a store based on principles of quality and exceptional customer satisfaction.  This includes free shipping and free returns with each purchase.

I took a spin through their site and found all sorts of fashion-forward tops just begging to be worn on my next trip to the grocery store and a really cute scarf to top it off.  Be sure to check out the site for their selection of vintage blouses too.

Here’s are some of my favorites:

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As a thank you from the folks at PB&J for this write up, they sent me this warm and cozy cable knit shawl.

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In an effort to pay it forward, I am sending this to my most dedicated blog-reader Diane.  Surprise!!  Thanks for being such a loyal reader! 🙂

To purchase any of the items that you have seen in this post, go to www.PBJ-Shop.com.

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Online Ordering Snafu’s

This afternoon—with the kids safely at school and my husband at the office—I decided to wrap some Christmas gifts.  I had the Christmas music going in the background, all the “Santa” wrapping paper ready, tags, etc—you get the idea.

After wrapping most of the kids gifts, I decided to wrap my husband’s presents.  I sat pondering whether I should keep the Detroit Piston’s sweatshirt I ordered from the NBA store, un-opened in its shipping box, or to put it in a shirt box that was smaller.  I decided to put it in the shirt box and then opened the shipping box.

What is this?!

Here’s what I ordered…

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Here’s what I saw when I opened the box…

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Apparently, the NBA store is somehow affiliated with the NHL store—mind you you have to go to a separate website to order the product above.  Not only is it the wrong sport, the wrong color and the wrong state, but it’s a women’s sweatshirt.

On top of everything, I had to call the NBA store twice because the first service rep gave me very inaccurate information and neglected to tell me that when I did return the product, I wouldn’t automatically get the correct item.

After speaking with a very nice service rep the second time, she got me straightened out, but what a hassle!!!

I’m hoping the right shirt will arrive by Christmas.

Has this happened to you before?  Tell me your best mail-order snafu.

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Fashion Sensei Says…

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A Great Sale!

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Tender 40% off Sale-  You won’t want to miss one of Michigan’s most luxurious boutiques end-of-the-season sale.

Speaking of Sales…

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Don’t forget to sign up for Shop It To Me’s sales alerts.  Is there a special sweater that you have your eye on?  Go to Shopittome.com to sign up to find out when your favorite brands go on sale.

Back Off Booze Hound!

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Here’s an interesting holiday gift, the Lockey Keyless Bottle Lock from KeylessAccessLocks.com.  A good deterrent for over-imbibing guests at the next Christmas party, or a great way to keep those pesky teenagers at bay.

On my Christmas Wish List…

Dear Santa,

I’ve been a good-girl this year (well most of this year).  I would love these

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Christian Louboutin Lady Page shoes—size 10.5—if you would please.

I promise not to brag to my friends and make them feel jealous or to walk on salt covered sidewalks in them…

Yours Truly,

Tanya

 

Naughty or Nice?

We’ve all seen live models in store-front windows before, but NYC’s  XOXO store has these live-action models changing out of their clothes and into new outfits right in front of a crowd of oogling men standing-by on the sidewalk.

It’s raising a few eyebrows.  What do you think?  Is it too much? Watch the video and leave your comment below.

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Black Friday: The Good the Bad and the Ugly

My Black Friday got off to a relatively good start.  My sister arrived to my house at 3:15 am so that we could make our way over to Kohls to snatch up the sale items on our Christmas lists. 

On Thanksgiving, I spent a couple of hours perusing the 3 lbs of sale papers my husband brought me in the morning.  Then I devised my plan: Start a Kohls, get 3 digital kids cameras, a 16 piece place setting of silverware (a supplement to my mere 8 piece set in anticipation of hosting both Christmas Eve and Christmas), a couple of kids Snuggies, some slippers, and get out.

From there, the plan was to get over to Walmart , then Target, and finally on to the mall.   Unfortunately, it didn’t work out the way I planned.

Kohls Ruined My Black Friday

We arrived at Kohls and the table that customarily bared complementary coffee from the nearby Caribou Coffee, stood empty. 

I should have seen the barren table as an omen.

Right when I got in the store I headed for the digital cameras.  I couldn’t find them.  After asking an associate, she went off to search for them.  Meanwhile, a group of parents like myself, congregated near the empty shelf exchanging the different stories Kohls associates told us with regard to the cameras.  After someone went to check the back room leaving us waiting—I was now at my 20 minute time limit for the store—the manager came back and said that they only had 6 cameras and were apparently sold out.

Outraged, a man who noted that he was 4th in line—and came directly to where the cameras were supposed to be—said that this couldn’t possibly be.  “Did someone come and take all 6 cameras under my nose?”, he challenged.   The group of us proceeded to became quite voluble as our conspiracy theories abounded.

Meanwhile, the line snaked the length of both sides of the store and began to overlap.

Disgusted, the conspiracy theorists disbanded and tried to salvage what we could from our Christmas lists.  I was so disgruntled that I refused to buy anything more than was absolutely necessary—the silverware—and it was decided between my sister and I that she would remain in line to pay for both our purchases, and I would go next door to get in line for Target.

Target Knows How to do Doorbusters

After a short wait in line—and a free tote bag—I was off like a flash to retrieve my $47 DVD player (our DVD players from Black Friday 4 years ago recently died) and to find a Littlest Pet Shop toy for my niece, per my sisters orders.

I couldn’t find the DVD player right away (not expecting them to be where they are usually located) and asked a Target employee where it was.  He pulled out his list of all the sale items—along with their locations—but was having a little difficulty.  I didn’t have time to spare, so I hurried over to where I knew the DVD players were normally.  They were there, but unfortunately, I had to get someone to come open the case for me.

DVD player in hand, I dashed over to pick up my niece’s gift and hot-footed it to the express lane checkout.  I looked at my cell phone clock—15 mins—I was doing good. It was a very short line and when it was my turn, the cashier rang up the DVD player for $99—not the $47 sale price.  “Are you kidding?!”, I thought.

The cashier called for a manager, who sent a runner to go get me the right DVD player.  While I was sweating it out to see if in fact there were any left, I noticed that a local FOX 2 TV anchor, Huel Perkins, was behind me in the checkout line with his beaming son, buying a video game system.  I couldn’t help but note how calm and reserved  he was as compared to the mêlée going on around him.  I wish I had that sense of calm.

After waiting 45 mins to check out at Kohls, my sister met me at the end of the Target checkout lane.  I checked my clock again—25 mins—darn!!

Finally, to my great relief, the runner arrived with my DVD player in hand.

Off to Walmart…

Walmart’s Blundering Employees

I will sum up my experience at Walmart in one sentence:  It was awful!  I’ve been to several years of Black Fridays, and it’s always a mobs scene, but when we arrived 30 mins (thanks Kohls) after the sale began,  we found everything gone and the store packed-to-the-rafters with shoppers.

I came for a card table and chairs (they only had 5 and were sold out); $3 jammies (they were sold out) and a couple of videos.  After speaking with 5 (I’m not kidding) sales associates who had absolutely no idea where anything was, my sister and I gave up and decided to leave.  On my way out I decided to make a last-ditch effort to ask the manager of the store where the items were.  She said, “I don’t know”.  Incredulous and fed up with ineptitude, I said, “I’m sorry, but you are the manager of this store and there is no excuse not to know where the items are in your sale paper.”  Feeling somewhat better for getting that off my chest, I walked out with the manager’s evil stare trailing after me.

A Brief Light of Hope

After a short stop at McDonalds for a quick bite and a marginal cup of coffee, my sister and I went to Bath & Body Works where we were pleasantly surprised by a relatively brief line and the fact that we were able to use all of our coupons.

Hooray!  This is how it’s supposed to work.

With a bit of success under our belt, we returned to Target to finish our shopping and head over to the mall.

We hit a couple of stores, but deflated from our overall fruitless shopping expedition, we decided to part ways.

My Two Cents

If this season’s Black Friday turns out to be a bust, it’s because consumers are fed up with sales that only offer a handful of what they advertise—in addition to being so poorly organized—leaving folks fed-up and refusing to spend their hard-earned money.

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