Black Friday/Small Business Saturday prep

Black Friday-Small Biz Saturday

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.

If you want to do more for the #shopsmall movement, head over here to read up on all the Anchorage Downtown Partnership is doing to make Small Business Saturday successful for downtown shoppers.

My list isn’t even close to comprehensive, so if you know of any other deals we should be shopping leave a comment and share the love!

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Datebook, Nov. 20

Lulu E. Bebe

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.

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Datebook, Nov. 6

Hansel From BaselAs if you aren’t busy enough, add these shopping and style-related events to your weekend plans!

Friday, Nov. 6

Pete First Friday Trunk Show at Blush Boutique: Shop the entire collection of this L.A.-based, made-in-America knitwear brand, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Hansel from Basel Trunk Show at Her Tern Boutique: As if Hansel from Basel’s spirited socks, tights and leggings in my size aren’t cute enough, Her Tern will have kid sizes too! 4-8 p.m.

Toad & Co. First Friday Trunk Show at Skinny Raven Sports: Formerly Horny Toad Activewear, check out the latest from this comfortable, eco-friendly clothing line for men and women, 5-8 p.m.

Bunny Boots & Burn Barrels G Street Block Party: This block party is so much more than shopping, but a few block shops will be set up to sell, including ShuzyQ, which will donate 15% of proceeds of sales made outside toward purchasing socks for homeless.

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Halloween Blog Party: Wes Anderson playlist

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).

DJ Spencer Lee was a bit busy this week, winning Anchorage Press Picks Best DJ and promoting the Baby Loves Disco event, happening this Sunday, but he managed to put together a playlist of his favorite Wes Anderson soundtrack selections.

Find the complete playlist here – and, if you’re like me, you might just put song no. 3 on repeat.

Wes Anderson cocktail: Lobby Boy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo 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!”

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More Wes Anderson-inspired costumes – consignment shopping edition!

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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.

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Woodland Creature cocktail: Squirrel Cache

Squirrel Cache

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.

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More Woodland Creature costumes!


This week’s Halloween Blog Party theme, “Woodland Creatures,” needs at least one creature! So I put together an easy, inexpensive fox mask.

Before we get foxy, a little recap of the week so far: DJ Spencer Lee provided the perfect soundtrack with his woodland fairytale mix, and Alaska Knit Nat set us up with fairy flower crown and garland tutorials as well as quick gnome costume tutorial that offers tips for varying levels of craftiness.

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Woodland Creatures sights and sounds

Flower Crown

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!