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Surviving the Biggest Shopping Weekend of the Year….

 

The holidays are upon us! Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK! Where does the time go? 

Ok, I’m the first one to tell you that I LOVE turkey day. And, I am thankful for so much. But, I’m not going to lie, Thanksgiving weekend is also about SHOPPING for me. Black Friday! Small Business Saturday! Cyber Monday! I mean, come on, if you can’t find a deal over the weekend, I don’t know WHAT to tell you!

Black Friday can be chaotic and crazy! Small Business Saturday is a great way to show support for local business. And, Cyber Monday is a perfect option to shop from the comfort of your own home. 

But, remember a few things before you grab your wallet this weekend: 

1. Make a List – Who are you buying for and what are you buying.

2. Stick to your Budget – Decide what you can spend per item.

3. Research – There are a ton of websites available to help you search out Black Friday/Cyber Monday steals and deals in addition to the specific store websites. Do your homework ahead of time to insure a great deal! As well as, there are smartphone/computer apps too! 

Websites: TGIBlackFriday.com, TheBlackFriday.com, Bfads.net, CyberMonday2012.com, Dealio.com, CyberMonday.com

Phone/Computer Apps: TGIBlackFriday/TGICyberMonday, Bfads.net, FatWallet.com-Black Friday Deal Finders

4. Beware of ‘Bundles’ – Some stores will ‘bundle’ items together as a way to show savings. Check the price of each item, individually, to insure savings. 

5. Beware of ‘Bait and Switch’ – Some stores will use the ‘doorbuster deals’ to get you in the door and then up sell you on a more expensive item. 

6. Buy the Item you Want/Need – Just because it’s a ‘steal’ in savings doesn’t mean it’s the right item for you. For example, if you are shopping for a TV, most of your ‘doorbuster deals’ are not going to have all the ‘bells and whistles’ that everyone is looking for as their main TV, but, might be good as a secondary TV. It’s a good deal, but, not good for the long term goal. 

7. Refund/Warranty Policies – Be aware of policies that might change due to specific Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials. 

8. Additional Shopping – Just because you saved money on one item doesn’t mean you should ‘over shop’ on unnecessary items. 

9. Be Kind – It is so important to be kind to others on days like this and every day. It can get crazy, but, remember the ‘true reason for the season’. 

Let the turkey be served and the shopping chaos and craziness begin….Happy shopping, everyone! 

Football Fanfare!

It’s football season! A few weeks ago, I had you dressed and ready to go to the games and/or the watch parties. NOW, let’s take it one step further for all of those Oklahoma collegiate fans….

Lazy Dayz Gifts

GIFTS! GIFTS! GIFTS! GIFTS! 

Whether it is a gift for yourself, to spruce up a watch party, and/or to give as a hostess gift, we have you set up certainly to make a touchdown! So many fun things from coolers to totes, whimsy plastic cups, coozies, and yummy treats for kids (big kids too!)! The chevron cooler is a ‘must have’ this football season. One, because it’s in your favorite school colors and you’re ‘on trend’ with the chevron print. It’s everywhere this season! 

Canterbury Lane Interiors & Gifts

There are so many choices, it is hard to choose! I’m in love with the darling picture frames that have an element of ‘old school/throwback’ feel. The stone signs are perfect for the ‘die hard fan’ and/or the hostess. (“Love, Laughter, and Cowboys Welcome.” – “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Sooners”) As well serving up your guest’s favorite beverages in the fun and funky wine and pilsner glasses. 

Canterbury Lane Interior & Gifts

If you are the one to throw a watch party for this season’s football games, you will definitely need these! These platters are certain to liven up the ‘playing field’ when it comes to the food. Super cute! 

Lazy Dayz Gifts

And, according to my sources, these are FANTASTIC to serve to the non-beer drinkers at your football watch parties. It is wine-a-rita! Add these to your favorite bottle of wine and you will have a slush, a ‘wine-a-rita’, if you will! They come in a variety of flavors and so popular they can’t keep them on the shelves. Another touchdown for your female football guests! 

Happy Shopping for all of those fabulous football fans! 

Thank you to the following stores: 

Lazy Dayz Gifts

Canterbury Lane Interior & Gifts

 

Wild and Western! Grace Goes Country Options…

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3D Ranch - The Market

 Besides the fact that we live in Oklahoma and cowboy boots and western wear are fairly common, it’s also time for the Grace Goes Country event that benefits the Grace Hospice Foundation. It’s THIS Friday, September 21,2012. If you are still looking for some ideas on ‘what to wear’, here are a few places to check out! 

3D Ranch - The Market

 Who doesn’t love the traditional silver and turquoise combination, in jewelry, when it comes to the wild, wild west? I love it! And, the red tones are gorgeous too. 

A variety of ways to accessorize any outfit. 

And, did you check out the boots? Loving the vibrant floral, color combination. Rugged, yet, feminine, all at the same time. 

3D Ranch carries a variety of boots by Lane and Old Gringo. I have a pair from 3D Ranch, that were, recently, shown in the collegiate wear segment. It’s a cowboy boot with side zippers. So, for those of you, with a high arch, like me, you can actually get your foot into them. They are wonderful and I am planning my outfit around them for this upcoming event. 

And, rumor has it…a pair of turquoise boots are on their way too! So, keep an eye out – I’m sure they will disappear quickly. 

3D Ranch can be found at The Market, which is at the corner of 81st/Harvard. (There are many booths certain to ‘catch your eye’ on inside!) 

 

Donna's Fashions

And, if it’s an outfit you are looking for, BEFORE adding jewelry and boots, you better head to Donna’s Fashions. 

Donna’s carries a variety of clothing.  But, am certain you will find a little western flare in some of the styles and brands. Strictly, my opinion…but, I think, Donna, herself, is a ‘little bit city’ and a ‘little bit country’. She finds fun and unique looks to combine the best of both worlds for her customers. 

Rustic Cuff is a great jewelry option that is offered at Donna’s too. Made from a variety of textures, fabrics, leathers, and other animal skins, it is a perfect element to add to an outfit for a more ‘subtle western flare’. 

Whether you are more ‘city girl’ than ‘country girl’, Donna’s is sure to set you up in style for any look, western, or not, for any upcoming event you may have on your calendar. 

Donna’s Fashions can be found at 101st/Yale. 

 

Rockin' Sooner Ranch

 

 If you are in the Brookside area, Rockin’ Sooner Ranch is another fun shopping destination sure to fill your western needs. 

Rockin’ Sooner Ranch carries a plethora of merchandise that ranges from clothes to jewelry to boots to home decor. All with it’s own western/southwestern flare. 

Another fabulous destination that will take you by surprise with all of their merchantile treasures. 

Whether you have ‘country’ in your blood or need a ‘little country’ for an event – all of these retailers are sure to give you plenty of choices to complete the look that YOU are looking for….

I hope to see many of you at the Grace Goes Country event this Friday. It supports the Grace Hospice Foundation – which helps fund various hospice centers around Eastern Oklahoma. 

What a fun way to help support a great cause! 

I’m ready for a boot-scootin’ good time! Are you? 

 

Donna's Fashions

 

Links: 

Donna’s Fashions

3D Ranch – The Market

Rockin’ Sooner Ranch Merchantile

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