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Recovery & Coupons

Hi Guys, it’s been a couple of weeks now and my creative juices are starting to come back slowly.  My recovery is coming along, I’m just anxious to have my mouth unclamped.  My family keeps teasing me that I can start a new career as a ventriloquist.  ūüėÄ

I will say that the first week was really hard.  I had to go back to the hospital the day after I was released for dehydration, vomiting and an adverse effect to my pain medication.

I often hear stories about people who wait in the ER waiting room for long periods of time before they are admitted, so I was worried on my way back to the hospital that I would have to wait.  Well, they took one look at me, and how swollen my face was, that they took me right back.  I think I sort of freaked them out a bit.  I looked like I had a softball stuffed in each cheek.  I didn’t know my face could swell up that big.

The good news is that I don’t have to worry about becoming addicted to the pain medication.  I discovered that I get really sick if I take narcotics.  Now I’m just gutting it out with Tylenol and Motrin.


Also, I wanted to pass along a couple of coupons that are burning up my e-mail in box.

First is a great coupon for Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy.  From August 1-3 you can get 25% off your purchase and 5% of that purchase will be donated to Dress For Success.  Here’s how you get the discount.  The first 10 people to send me their e-mail address will be sent an invitation with a 25% off discount offer.  My e-mail is fashionsensei(at)gmail.com  You have until 5pm EDT to contact me for the offer.

Express-  Save $10 off a $20 purchase or save $20 off a $75 purchase.  Click here for coupon.  Expires July 28th.

Finally, I’m interested to know what you thought about solestruck.  Did you like their selection?  Did anyone take advantage of the discount?

Alright, guys I’ll talk to you again soon…

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Shopping My Way Through Memorial Day…

Well not the whole weekend.  Saturday I spent the whole day doing yard work and cursing at my bushes for becoming so over grown.  I have two particular bushes that I detest and told my husband not to be alarmed if he sees me wrapping a chain around both bushes and attaching the other end to my car and driving down the road to remove them. 

But I digress…

Sunday I had a lovely time shopping.¬† I found a fantastic purple patio dress from Gap that I just may live in all summer.¬† The dress comes in several shades and is very flattering.¬† I also added a lace racerback tank with my dress as my “girls” no longer ride as high as this 20 year old model. Best of all, my shortie friends can join in the fun because it comes in petite too!

I plan on taking this dress with me to Chicago this weekend, but I discovered that it’s going to be cold.¬† So now I need to go find a blazer to go with it.¬† Too bad I forgot that H & M’s Friends and Family was this weekend.¬† I have to say, I owe you all an apology.¬† I have had that coupon for the past several weeks, but wanted to give it to you just before the sale date, so you wouldn’t forget.¬† Instead, I forgot.¬† Sorry about that.¬† H&M did have quite a few really cute pieces though, so check them out nonetheless.

Here’s a look at my purple dress and some options to go with it for warm or cooler weather. (click on image for shopping details)


I also took a swing by the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale.¬† I have been on the hunt for a pair of black capris and I was thrilled to discover a line of pants called Claudia Ev by Tribal Contour Waist Capris.¬† These pants are perfect for someone with an apple shape.¬† The pants taper in around the lower thighs and knees to show off an Apple’s thin legs, and then have a slight flare at the calf for proportion.¬† Here’s what I liked the best, I have a butt!¬† The stitching on the rear has a sort of rounded heart shape at the top to give the appearance of a round bottom.¬† Something all apple shapes need.

The Tribal pants also boast a “flatten it!” feature that is supposed to minimize your tummy, however, I didn’t notice a dramatic effect.¬† But every little bit helps in the battle of the bulge.¬† Oh, and I almost forgot, they are on sale!¬† (Click on the picture for shopping details.)


Keep an eye out for more sales as stores are unloading all their spring lines.  To get your shopping motors running, I received word today that Blue Fly is offering an extra 10% off today only.  Happy hunting!!

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Pay Attention to the Bottom Line

79590052_10.jpgTo be well rounded consumers, it’s important to pay attention to financial reports of some of our favorite stores.¬†

There have been several¬†recent reports of poor January earnings from¬†prominent retailers¬†such as Macy’s, Gap, and Ann Taylor.¬†¬†

On the other end, luxury department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue seem to be resistant to a looming recession, but they are not entirely immune.  Nordstrom, for instance, today reported that same store sales for a four week period ending on February 2, 2008 ended 6.6% down.

In a reaction to remain profitable, Macy’s and Ann Taylor have recently reported significant cuts in staff.¬†

So what could the implications mean?  Well many things.  If a retailer does not expect such a slowdown, they will be left with a higher inventory, which translates into aggressive discounting to move out the merchandise.  As a consumer, you can get more for your money.  Conversely, you may expect fewer discounts in the next quarter as the company adjusts to consumer demand; fewer sales or stock.

Another response to lower earnings or reduced consumer spending means some of the smaller independent brands may further be impacted because they have fewer dollars to market their product.  So what are the chances for your favorite indie line? Certainly not as good as they once were.

On the opposite end of the scale, larger houses such as Louis Vuitton, who are a part of a larger portfolio of business owned by parent company LVMH Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, are better structured to remain profitable due to their global presence and businesses that include, wine, fashion goods, perfume, watches, jewelry.  This lessens the sting of the U.S. economic downturn.

Another thing to consider, when retail is down, so is their stock price.  That could translate into a good deal for you if you keep your eye out and the time is right.

So now when you see the earnings numbers that came out today, you will have something else to consider rather than passing them over to find out why Brittney got out of the hospital.

P.S. Speaking of finances, I just got this headline from the¬†NYTimes.com “Senate Approves $171 Billion Stimulus Plan”.¬† Good, I’m ready for my cut. ūüôā

Sources: Wall Street Journal “LVMH’s Diversification Pays Off” & “Retailers Brace for Weak Results”

Photo Source: Marchesa Spring 2008Coutorture

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