Happy Thanksgiving Babes!
I hope wherever you are and whatever you’re doing you are able to find a moment to take a step back and find something to truly be grateful for. Sometimes that can be really hard to do, especially in today’s materialistic society, but it’s always important to humble yourself once in a while.
Every year the day dedicated to giving thanks seems to be a little bit more overshadowed by the day that comes after: Black Friday. Black Friday is the most competitive shopping day of the whole year, because retailers have extended hours and advertise huge deals or incentives, a lot of times at a limited supply, and customers will do whatever it takes to score, even if it means starting a fist fight.
In past years things have gotten so intense to where multiple people have literally died, or been injured, from being trampled by huge stampedes. I haven even seen people camping out in front of Best Buy, tents and everything, a week and a half before Thanksgiving. Which is ridiculous if you really think about it.
Black Friday shouldn’t even be called Black Friday anymore because a bunch of “Black Friday sales,” and “Pre-Black Friday sales,” start as early as Tuesday, run until Sunday, and Cyber Monday comes around with a whole new set of deals.
Cyber Monday is essentially the Black Friday of online shopping, which is cool for stores that are strictly web-based, like Amazon. But Amazon has its own Black Friday deals anyway, and the big electronic retailer Best Buy has separate sections for Black Friday and Cyber Monday on their website, so really, what’s the point?
But retailers are never going to stop competing for the best bargains, it’s the nature of the industry. And eventually, everything is just going to keep extending and Black Friday/Cyber Monday are going to become “Black Cyber November.” Actually, with the way technology is progressing, in a few years it will probably just be “Cyber November.” I’m calling it.
As much as I think people need to chill out, I’m not one to pass up a great deal, especially when I can find a bunch of them in one place. My sister and I used to be one “those” people and get to a certain outlet mall by midnight, and shop our way around the city until 8 A.M. and then go home and immediately crash. It was the epitome of “shop til’ you drop.”
I’m not really planning on shopping this year, but I’ve been getting e-mails about upcoming sales all week, and I scoped out the best ones for you babes. Just please promise me you’ll put your priorities in check before you start shopping.
» 50% off ANY 5 regular-priced items «
» in-store 11/24/2016 – 11/28/2016 «
» online 11/24/2016 – 11/26/2016 with code BRFIVE «
» Buy 2, get 20% off on shoes and bags «
» online 11/24/2016-11/25/2016 «
» in-store 11/25/2016 «
» 50% off online purchases of $30 or more «
› doesn’t include new or sale items ‹
» free shipping when spending $25 or more «
» 11/24/2016 – Noon on 11/25/2016 «
» 40% off select full-price and sale items for the first time ever «
» in-stores and online «
» online code: HOLIDAY «
» 11/22/2016 – 11/27/2016 «
» 40% off all Goodbyes «
» free shipping and returns «
» free samples and/or gift wrap with purchase «
» 11/24/2016 only «
› $15 women’s bodysuits/flannels ‹
› $10+ women’s joggers/leggings ‹
› $25 sweaters ‹
› BOGO on select men’s flannels/plaid shirts and tees ‹
» in-store only «
› enter to win a branded item ‹
» 11/24/2016-11/25/2016 «
› entire store is buy one get one 50% off ‹
› free shipping on online orders ‹
› not valid in-store until at least 6 P.M. but stores may vary ‹
» several gift sets including «
› $25 Exclusive Limited Edition Make Up Forever Artist Palette Volume 2 ‹
〉retail value $136〈
› $49 Limited Edition Kat Von D Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipstick Set of 8 ‹
〉retail value $80〈
› $12 New Limited Edition Too Faced Better Than Sex Ornament ‹
› $10 Exclusive Limited Edition The Original MakeUp Eraser Heart ‹
» more being released throughout the day «
» Free 3-day shipping on $50+ «
» Up to 50% off a wide selection of merchandise «
» in-stores and online 11/23/2016-11/28/2016 «
» Buy one get one 50% off all apparel «
» free shipping on orders $50 and up worldwide «
» in-stores and online until 11/25/2016, free shipping on $50+ worldwide «
» Free tote and mini bag with a minimum of a $75 purchase «
› online code: 75TOTE ‹
› online sales start at 5 P.M. on 11/24/2016 ‹
› stores may vary ‹
» Eau De Perfumes are $25 «
» All body and lip products are 5 for $25 «
» BOGO beauty sets and accessories «
› not including clearance ‹
› online code BEAUTYGIFT ‹
» $5 dollar Rollerballs «
› in-store only ‹
› original price: $18 ‹
» 50% off bralettes, sports bras, and select bras until 11/30/2016 «
» free shipping on purchases $100 or more «
Department stores and other big retailers pretty much always have some amazing Black Friday sales too, but there’s usually several very specific “doorbusters” in each department or category, plus other X% off and free shipping deals. You would be reading forever if I were to detail some of those out, and no one has time for that.
I will tell you though, that:
> Macy’s has some good deals on cashmere sweaters, all types of boots, name brands like Michael Kors, and jewelry.
> Check out Nordstrom for 30%-60% off designer bags, sunglasses, jeans, and other types of pants.
> Each day Amazon is having 24-hour deals on a few select items across several categories, and new deals are constantly being added.
> If you want to save a couple of hundred on a Mac, or score a DSLR camera bundle, Best Buy is your place.
On a side note, I became a huge hypocrite because when I saw the Sephora deals on their website I dropped everything and ordered the Makeup Forever Artist Palette and the set of Kat Von D’s Everlasting Mini Liquid Lipsticks.
Ironically I’m in the market for a new eyeshadow palette because all of my Naked palettes are practically rotting. I did the math, and I just could not pass up getting $216 worth of makeup for $80, plus free 3-Day shipping and a Bumble and Bumble sample.
So here I am preaching about how people need to appreciate the meaning of Thanksgiving, and then shop a Black Friday sale at 8:00 A.M. Thanksgiving morning. I probably don’t feel as bad as I should though, because that was some really therapeutic retail therapy that I didn’t know I needed.
Don’t be like me. [insert smiling sweating emoji here] By all means, Black Friday shop to your heart’s, or credit line’s, content, but try to reflect on the purpose of this day too. And then you can run wild, and be thankful that your credit card never declined.
dress well. eat well. live well.