Month: November 2012

Black Friday @Saks

Normally when you think about Black Friday sales your mind goes to toys, big screen televisions and other electronic goodies.  But there are more things out there to shop for like shoes, clothing, purses and cosmetics – believe it or not.  So when I heard that Saks in Columbus, Ohio was going to have specials for Black Friday for four hours I just had to see what they would do for this day.  They didn’t let me down!  When I arrived there were no lines outside of their doors as the mall had already been open since who knows when and most shoppers were already inside…hitting other sales before the 8am starting pistol sounded for Saks.

Everyone who entered the store knew just what they were going for and made a bee line straight for those items.  Two of the most popular spots were in the contemporary clothing department and in the handbags.  Seriously! Those two spots had shoppers on a mission.  Those clothing items and handbags didn’t see it coming until it was too late.  Women were walking away with armloads of shirts and dresses to go and match them with purses and shoes.  The shoe department was the next biggest draw even though most of their items were on pre-sale.  There were quite a few men in there too going for their sale items with shirts seeming to be most popular quest for them.

The shoppers came in waves.  One batch would come in and get what they wanted and head off to either waiting cars or someplace else only to be replaced after a brief lull by the next wave.  But it was those first couple of waves that scored the best deals.  And what else was Saks providing for its shoppers besides some pretty great deals?  Coffee, hot chocolate, and buttery croissants!  Once that station was open for the customers there was an almost constant line for the goodies.  I was one of the many who stood there waiting to get my needed shot of coffee and a tasty croissant in order to carry on.  Later on in the afternoon wine and petits fours were there to shore up the resolve of the shoppers along with a jazz trio providing music.  The Saks Yeti was also helping out.

As usual it was a great and busy time in Saks.  I am certain there will be other sales and events as the days towards December 25th wind down…and then we get to see what will happen with the after Christmas sales!

Peacoat, Boyfriend, and heels….LOTD

Peacoats aren’t strictly blue anymore (although mine is).  They come in a variety of beautiful colors today and you no longer have to raid your guys closet or the mens department for “boyfriend” jeans.  We’ve got our own made to fit us.

Peacoat – JCrew

Boyfriend jeans – Gap

Cashmere cowlneck sweater – Nordstrom (no longer available)

Stuart Weitzman and OPI polish Skyfall

Scenes from Black Friday – The East Coast, South East and Midwest Edition

Black Friday is over and soon it will be Cyber Monday – just how much shopping can we stand?  Of course I’m being facetious but shoppers were out there in droves this past Friday.  There were bargains, there were sales, there were percentages off, and there were gift cards.  What did you stand in line for (or not depending on the crowd)?  Some parking lots were overflowing while others looked as if no one was coming.  Now perhaps that was due to some stores opening up late on Thanksgiving day or maybe by the time I and others got there their wave of shoppers had come and gone.

I did not see nor hear of any carnage from Black Friday shopping like people getting trampled or fights breaking out; maybe I just missed that news.  But here are some scenes from Black Friday shopping from some lovely friends and family who sent me their experience.  Represented here are Ohio, North and South Carolina, the D.C. metro area, Minnesota, and New Jersey.  So tell me, did you go out and what’s the best deal you scored?

Britt from South Carolina and My Big Beautiful Life deserves a medal for her Black Friday performance!  Not only was she up before the crack of dawn, she hit several stores and the gym before heading back home by 10am.  I salute you, Britt.  Here she is at Walmart, Belks, JCP and a cute shot of her head bow.

 

Shanticka from Minnesota and Spoon Full of Sugar sent in this photo of the snow and parking lot of her Best Buy.  I think they were a bit busy!

My nephew (no blogger he) sent me this picture from Staples in New Jersey taken at 4:52 in the morning.  Was that not a wild crowd standing in line at the door?

Karen from the D.C. Metro area of Your Stylist Karen shared the haul she was getting from the places she hit up:  Macy’s,  F21,  H&M and Loft.  Nice sweater there and did you fill up that sparkly shopping bag?

And Ashley from North Carolina of FabEllis shared mugging for the camera with her boyfriend while they stood in line for “less than two hours” at Belks in order to capture a $100 gift card for herself while boyfriend only scored a $10 gift card.  How did he get short changed?

And last but not least, yours truly did a few drive by shots of other stores here in Ohio before she hit her targeted mall and shopping spots (one in particular – Saks – to be featured soon).  These three had practically full lots by the time I drove past between 7 and 7:30 am.

   

Now just how many shopping bags could this person put in here?  I don’t think that big screen television is going to fit 😉

Two of Rachel Zoe’s Top 10 Fall Must-Haves – LOTD

While reading an article in In Style magazine – Rachel Zoe’s top 10 list – it dawned on me that I had a few of those items already!  No need to go shopping for them (oh darn!) So I put together this look using two items from her must-have list, the over the knee boot and the cape.

A cape will be very good for hiding a tummy after a Thanksgiving meal 😉

Wool cape – Wilson’s Leather Outlet   Shirt – Banana Republic  Always Skinny Jeans – Gap  Boots – Frye  Purse – Louis Vuitton  Leather Gloves – Macy’s

   

Interview with designer Rebecca Minkoff

On November 7th,  Saks at the Polaris Fashion Mall in Columbus, Ohio welcomed accessible luxury designer Rebecca Minkoff to town.  She brought with her many of her new handbag and accessory designs as well as some fun and fashionable ready to wear items.  Saks threw quite the party that night with all sorts of fun entertainment and food like chocolate MAB handbags for desert and a nail and smoky eye-bar to name just a few of the happenings that were going on.  Read about those festivities here.

But besides purchasing a new bag from her line, most of  her fans that night were there to have their handbags autographed and to have their picture taken with her.  It was a great night for all but I had some burning questions I wanted to ask her along with some that came from you, my readers.  So what did I learn from the lovely, charming, and left handed Sagittarius (I’m assuming she is a Sagittarius as she had that on one of her necklaces) with the beautiful smile?

We talked about many things:  being a mom, her travels, pizza  and yes, fashion!

How long does it take for you to get a product from concept to realization?

The entire process takes about a year from start to being delivered to the customer.  As a matter of fact we just put the finishing touches on our Fall 2013 line.  Even when we get it close to being completed there are still tweaks that we do to a product before it is finally completed but yes, it takes about a year.

Do you prefer to sketch out your designs or to actually hands on construct it first?

I can’t sketch anything anymore because it would take up entirely too much of my time.  I miss doing that but I would be busy doing that for entirely too long.  We have hired someone who does all of our designing on the computer with my putting in input of how I’d like things to be with her doing the modifications until it’s to the point of being ready to be made.

How much of your business would you say is handbags versus apparel?

Right now I would say my business is 80% bags and 20% ready to wear.  It is hard in the industry for handbag people to go from bags to apparel but that is where I started out – in apparel – and I want to get back into it at a larger level; make it a bigger portion of my line.

What inspired you to put the sayings on your pouches?

At first it was just a couple of us just talking to each other coming up with the ideas.  When we started to run out of new sayings we canvassed everyone in our office until they ran out of ideas.  Now we run “Name our latest Pouch” contests for ideas.

What is the meaning behind the “Morning after Bag” name?

At the time of the bags creation, every bag designer was giving their bag a girl’s name and I didn’t want to do that so I thought about the bag itself and how it might be used.  At the time I wasn’t married so my thoughts were along the lines of someone who might go out with the bag and be gone from day to a long night and possibly need to pack some extra things into the bag to carry them over for the ‘morning after’.

Thank you, Rebecca.  I had a grand time meeting and hanging out with you.

There must be 50 ways to tie a scarf

I just found this post over at Coily Locks (cute name, huh?) and I just had to share it because besides her having a giveaway, she has this link to  a site with instructions – 50+ ways to tie a scarf from Scarves Dot Net (ps. they’re having a 15% off sale now)!  I love scarves as do many of you but I am pretty limited in my “stylishness” when it comes to wearing them.  It’s basically throw on, loop, out the door with me.

Now I can be chic about it!  Cool, eh?  Thanks, Coily Locks for this find.

Welcoming Rebecca Minkoff to Saks

On November 7th, Saks Fifth Avenue at the Polaris Fashion Mall in Columbus, Ohio welcomed designer Rebecca Minkoff to its store.  It also welcomed hundreds of women to the store who either had her bags, were getting a bag for the first time, or were getting more of her fantastic handbags.  And as always, when Saks throws a party – they throw a party!

The entire center atrium area of the first floor was transformed into Minkoff land.  There were more of her handbags and accessories than I had ever seen before along with some of her ready to wear clothing line.  Her bags come in multiple sizes and materials from cute little petite bags ideal for the woman who doesn’t wish to carry a lot or for that special little lady’s first designer purse up to and including larger bags and totes.  Her line is about accessible luxury in her handbags, shoes, apparel and accessories.  Fun and fashionable go hand and hand; just enough edge to make it trendy but not overly so.

Her clothing showcased for the event included pants, tops, jackets and dresses including this one very hot body hugging number.  There were also some very cool accessories there such as  iPhone cases and this one phone “headset” which resembled an old fashioned telephone handset.  That just totally fascinated me – loved it!  Those two would make excellent stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays in my opinion.

Saks really pulled out some stops for this personal appearance party.  Besides the bar with the wine, martinis and Shirley Temples; besides the servers handing out the delightful tidbits to eat including those too cute chocolate purses; besides the DJ playing tunes that had some women dancing pumping their Minkoff bags in the air – they also had beauty stations for all in attendance to try out.  There was a hair braiding station by Sleeq Salon where you could get your hair braided; that was a very popular station with the younger set.  Desdemona’s Designs was there creating some very beautiful and intricate henna tattoos.  Even though I did not get a chance to get one, it was just fascinating to watch her work.  Saks beauty associates provided a nail polish and smoky eye bar for guests and last but not least there was some informal modeling showing Rebecca’s latest designs.

Yes! There was a party going on but there was also a charitable side to the night.  Saks partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Columbus.  Lynda Pomeroy, Executive Director, gave a little speech about the association and a thank you shout out to Saks who contributed a percentage of the evenings sales to the MDA.  Thank you, Saks, for giving back to the community.  So, what about the nights special guest?

Rebecca Minkoff is a charming lovely woman with a ready smile and laugh; a real person who showed me a cute picture of her little one in his skeleton Halloween outfit.  As she does at all of her appearances, Rebecca went on stage to announce a handbag giveaway.  You were to take a picture of yourself with your favorite Minkoff bag and tweet it with a certain hashtag for a chance to win a bag.  There was a massive flurry of iPhones and Android phones right after that announcement!

By then a line had formed for those wanting Rebecca to autograph their handbags and wallets.  Ladies had bags hanging from their shoulders, in their hands, and in bags they brought with them.  Many went directly from the register to standing in line with their new item to have it signed .  It was a very busy and excited line with Rebecca chatting, autographing, and taking pictures with her many admirers.  Everyone enjoyed themselves very much that evening.

It was a great night and a great party that Saks threw with many a fan of Rebecca Minkoff going home with a smile and a new goodie.  Saks events are just so much fun to attend.

(Coming up next, my interview with Rebecca Minkoff)