Just to be clear, this shopping round-up is not for the have-no-fear, I-will-get-that-70%-off-flat-screen-TV Black Friday shopper. This is a list of sales and shopping perks for the more leisurely among us who like to sleep in while sleeping off the turkey coma, head to the stores after we’ve had equal amounts of coffee and leftover pie for breakfast and may or may not be shopping for ourselves as much as we are our for others.
Even better, if you’re avoiding retailers on Black Friday, this list also includes some sweet deals you can shop to support local retailers on Small Business Saturday.
It’s the calm before the storm, my fellow shoppers. Here are a few fun sales and a feel-good event to shop before the hurricane of holiday retailing is here.
Lulu E. Bebe Shop for a Cause: Lulu E. Bebe Boutique is hosting Shop for a Cause Saturday, Nov. 21 from 4-8 p.m. The event raises money for a client near and dear to Lulu who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. All proceeds from the silent auction (which boasts some pretty swanky items to bid on) and 20% of all purchases will support medical expenses. Bonus: Shoppers will receive 20% off all purchases at the event.
The soundtrack to “The Royal Tenenbaums” will always be special to me – I walked down the aisle to Mark Mothersbaugh’s “Sparkplug Minuet” instead of the traditional Bridal Chorus processional. And, let’s face it, Wes Anderson movie soundtracks are always an adventure and even educational at times for the more musically challenged (that’s me).
No party, even a blog party, would be complete without something to sip. So we asked local traveling speakeasy, The Sawbuck, to gin up a cocktail each week that fits our Halloween Blog Party theme. Read on, drink up and keep your glass close — otherwise, in the words of Gustave H., you’ll be yelling, “Take your hands off my Lobby Boy!”
It’s week three of our Halloween Blog Party and hopefully you’re checking your calendar, counting the days and putting the final touches on your costume. If not, consider this week’s Wes Anderson theme a cornucopia of easy last-minute ideas.
Alaska Knit Nat, hands down the best thrift-store shopper I know, put together these quick and thrifty costume versions of three Wes Anderson characters in one stop at Bishop’s Attic. So, I visited The Clothesline Consignment and pieced together three more costumes using items strictly from the store’s racks. I’ve also included a list of easy accessories and props you can add to complete each look.
We’re heading into week three of our Halloween Blog Party, and Alaska Knit Nat is kicking it off with her savvy thrift store shopping skills over here. But first, here’s a quick recap of the “Where the Wild Things Are” inspired #akhalloween ideas Alaska Knit Nat, TessieStyle and I worked up during week one:
No party, even a blog party, would be complete without something to sip. We asked local traveling speakeasy, The Sawbuck, to gin up a cocktail each week that fits our Halloween Blog Party theme. You’ll want to squirrel this recipe away for any fall or winter day when a little creature comfort is required.
We kicked off week two of our Halloween Blog Party on Monday with Alaska Knit Nat’s flower crown tutorial (cool time-lapse video included!). A flower crown is the perfect centerpiece for a fairy costume, and when you complete your #akhalloween crew with a few gnomes, a lumberjack and some furry friends (we’ll post those tutorials later this week), you have the makings for our week two theme, Woodland Creatures.
DJ Spencer Lee says the inspiration behind this week’s Woodland Creatures playlist is music, “that would be my go-to if I got stuck deep in the woods.” It’s instrumental, jazzy and just a little bit on the ethereal side. Have a listen over here.
Of course, stay with me, Alaska Knit Nat and TessieStyle this week as we bring you more Woodland Creature-inspired costumes, décor and last-minute ideas!
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