My Best Black Friday Purchase Ever! + $80,000 Coupons.com Giveaway

[ 2 ] November 25, 2014 |

Best Black Friday Purchases?  What was yours?

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Black Friday Best Purchase ever

 NOT my “Best Black Friday Purchase Ever”

The sectional above was NOT my “Best Black Friday Purchase Ever”. As you well know, sometimes what you think you want is not what you end up buying! Back in April of 2011, we found the above sectional at Furnitureland South in Jamestown, North Carolina. It was made by a very high end furniture company, King Hickory, and was $7500 (and that was Furnitureland South pricing!) Though we loved the piece and the quality, we just thought that the pricing was quite high for a cloth sectional. I tried every rationalization in the book, but nothing made sense enough to get us to purchase.

In truth, the sectional did have several shortcomings. The finish on the leather scratched easily. It was partially cloth, not all leather. The corner section wasn’t sitable and it had no matching ottoman available. So we walked away!

FOUND! Best Black Friday Purchase Ever

Fast forward seven months to Black Friday. Walt and I revisited our sectional search. Even though the King Hickory loomed in my heart, we knew we needed a more affordable sectional that better met our criteria. We went back to Furnitureland South, and even though I made a visit to my “expensive” King Hickory sectional, we went on a hunt to find a better (and more realistic) deal. Then we found this:

Black Friday Best Purchase ever

This sectional fit almost every criteria. The sectional was all  leather and had a finish that wasn’t easily scratched. The corner section was sitable and it fit our finished room dimensions. But ughh…no ottoman. WAIT! I spotted one across the room in front of a chair that was also part of the grouping! Yes, I went there…

Best Black Friday Purchase Ever

Poor Walt with his bad back had to drag the coffee table out of the way and get this heavy ottoman in place. We loved it. The Blac Friday price was right too, at less than half of what the other sectional cost. We paid on the spot and they shipped! Whoot. Looks great to this day in our great room. Definitely, my “Best Black Friday Purchase” ever ever!

Learning more about Black Friday shopping with Coupons .com

Want to find out more about Black Friday shopping, coming up this Friday, Nov. 28th? The Good Stuff  magazine from Coupons .com is a great resource for everything you need to know about Black Friday shopping. Head over to Coupons. com to read some informative Black Friday articles on The Good Stuff <===Click this link or the image below to answer find out interesting Black Friday questions like “How much did shoppers spend in 2013 (Black Friday and Cyber Monday)?”

Black Friday Shopping Infographic

 

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So tell me, what was your BEST BLACK FRIDAY PURCHASE EVER or WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO FIND THIS YEAR during Black Friday?

Beautiful Christmas Mantel Decor + $50 The Limited GiftCard Giveaway

[ 302 ] November 20, 2014 |

It’s Time! Christmas Mantel Decor Ideas

Beautiful Christmas Mantel Decor Purple Majesty

You know the work it takes to decorate your home for the holidays. Some people go with a simple tree while others go all out! I am bringing you 8 gorgeous mantels for inspiration. I found these designs at Bordine’s Nursery in Clarkston during their annual holiday event. I just couldn’t resist passing along the gorgeous inspiration to you!

(I have a fun non-sponsored  giveaway at the bottom of this post so make sure when you are done gawking and pinning the pictures, you head down to the bottom and enter your face off!)

Peacock Mantel Decorations

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 Burgandy & Brown Christmas Mantel Decor

Beautiful Christmas Mantel Decor Burgandy and Brown

Lighting the Way Christmas Mantel Designs

Beautiful Christmas Mantel Decor Lighting the Way

 Plaid Christmas Mantel Decorations

Beautiful Christmas Mantel Decor Plaid

 Holiday Mantel Decorations, Purple Majesty

Beautiful Christmas Mantel Decor Purple Majesty

 Holiday Mantel Decor Red & Olive

Beautiful Christmas Mantel Decor Red & Olive

Christmas Mantel Decor, Red and Pewter

Beautiful Christmas Mantel Decor Red and Pewter

 Red and Brown Christmas Mantel Designs

Beautiful Christmas Mantel Decor Red and Brown

Shop the Chief Blonde’s Favorites for the Mantle

Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantle Decor

Shop these lovely all white items from Nordstrom: Bear on Skis ($18), Birds with Ski Hats ($12-$19), Silver Mercury Tree ($12-$39), Birch Stick Vase ($29), Sign Quotations ($18-$28) (Photo: Nordstrom)

THE GIVEAWAY

Giveaway runs from 11/21 through 12/5/2014 11:59PM EST, 18 and over, US only

 THE PRIZE

$50 The Limited Gift Card (Women’s Clothing Store).  This giveaway is sponsored by me.  THIS GIVEAWAY IS LISTED EXCLUSIVELY on my blog, so only those who enter HERE will win.

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ho ho hopThanks to Review Wire  for hosting the Holiday HoHoHo hop! Now is your chance to seek out some awesome prizes for those on your Christmas list, but you better hurry, the hop ends on December 5! Make sure to stop by The Review Wire for the Grand Prize, an Erin Condren Life Planner! Now that you have entered our giveaway keep hopping to all the other giveaways on these fine blogs!

Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on December 5, 2014. The Anything Goes Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Review Wire Media.

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Best Target Shoes for the Holidays + $30 Target Card Giveaway

[ 524 ] November 17, 2014 |

Want to win $30 to Target right before the holiday?

 

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The Best Target Shoes for the Holidays!

Here’s some shoes you might like to consider buying with that Target Card!

Best Target Shoes for the Holidays 2014

Here are the Chief Blonde’s choice for the Best Target shoes for the Holidays 2014! Left to Right, Top to Bottom:  Gold and Black pump ($39.99), Silver and Rhinestone ($21),  Black and White snakeskin pump ($34.99), Black Lace-up Pump ($34.99), Gold and Black T-Strap ($34.99), Black Bow Slingback ($34.99), Cheetah Ankle Strap ($28.99), Black Pump ($34.99)

This giveaway is unsponsored. So no need for a bunch of discussion. Just go enter and enjoy!

THE GIVEAWAY

The Best Target Shoes for the Holidays Giveaway runs from November 18-28.  18 years and over. US ONLY where legal

THE PRIZE

$30 Target Card. THIS GIVEAWAY IS LISTED EXCLUSIVELY on my blog, so only those who enter HERE will win.

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Winning For ThanksgivingThanks to MamaNYC for hosting the Winning For Thanksgiving hop. Now that you have entered our giveaway keep hopping to all the other giveaways on these fine blogs!


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Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter

[ 117 ] November 16, 2014 |

Plaid is Mad! Bring down your holiday sparkle with plaid!

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

 How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter? Foxcroft sent us this amazing plaid shirt to show you how!

The Chief Blonde is wearing:

Foxcroft Holiday Red Wrinkle Free Tunic (Exact $80)

Sears Pleather Moto Jacket (see it again here and here) (Similar here )

Old Navy Sequin Baseball Shirt (Similar)

Monroe and Main Gold and Rhinestone Necklace ($35, sale: $17)

Black Leggings (Similar)

Loft Suede and Leather Oxford Boot (Similar)

Michael Kors Multifunction Tote (IT HAS POCKETS Inside!) (Exact, $298)

Walt and I went shopping on Friday to a fancy mall in Troy, Michigan called the Somerset Collection. He wanted to go to the Apple store there to ask some questions about his iPhone5s. The Apple Store is huge there and it was a mad house! It made me want to pick up some Apple stock, seriously.

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The mall is a perfect place to take indoor outfit shots during Michigan’s dreary fall days.

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

How to wear a plaid shirt in the winter? Wear plaid in holiday colors and couple it with lots of bling!

When we left the house, I said to Walt, “Do you think this outfit has too much bling?” He quickly replied, “No! I think the plaid shirt gives it a casual feel, but it still looks dressy.” I wasn’t convinced but I kept it on due to his enthusiasm!

Surprise!  As I shopped, while he was in the Apple store, I had no less than 5 people tell me they liked some aspect of my outfit: the necklace, my lipstick, or the shirt. Now I have worn this outfit before (all black) without the red plaid shirt, and received nary a compliment,  so I am sure it was the pop of red plaid from the Foxcroft shirt that got me all the attention.

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

We took the next shot in a long covered “walking sidewalk” overpass that connects two sides of the Somerset collection over a major street.

North-Skywalk-East-Facing Somerset Collection

I show you this for two reasons. One is that I want to illustrate that your fashion pictures as a fashion blogger are still possible in the winter, you just have to be creative. Second, I think it’s fun as a reader sometimes, to understand where we are and what we did to get the shots you see.

Holiday Plaid! How to Wear a Plaid Shirt in the Winter Foxcroft

This plaid blouse is part of Foxcroft’s Holiday Checklist collection. Haven’t checked out Foxcroft lately? You will be surprised!  They still have the same high quality but the look of their products along with updated social media makes them a force to be considered. Women over 45 (and all our younger friends) should check out our blog article or head over to Foxcroft to view their Holiday Checklist.  

How to wear a plaid shirt in the winter…what do you do?  Will you consider holiday plaid for the upcoming season?

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