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Free Make-up Gift Addiction

21 Aug

When I walk by a make-up counter, and a free gift with purchase is advertised, I stop. Maybe there is a make-up magnetic field that attracts weak customers. I pretend to browse, check out the the free gift, and then I know I’m hooked.  It happened the other day at Nordstrom. I went to purchase those Estee Lauder make-up wipes that remove your waterproof makeup with ease, but, I needed to spend more money to qualify for the gift. So, I asked for the newest skin care product. The salesperson showed me the new advanced Eye Repair Concentrate Matrix. She rubbed it into my skin ever so gently, and I was sold — even at $69. Why does it always look so good in the store?  I will try it and review it here in a month or so. .

But, let’s talk the gift. That’s my guilty pleasure. So I received a make-up bag, that my husband really liked because it reminded him a Jackson Pollack painting. (It’s black and white behind the make-up in the photo.) So here are the FREE products: Radiant Vitality 2-in-1 Foam Cleanser, Radiant Moisture Creme, Sculpting Eye Shadow kit with 9 colors, one lipstick and one mascara. The salesperson also gave me a gold metallic bag and an additional red lipstick, not part of the gift. (Yes, now there is loyalty that I will return!)

Anyone else addicted to the “free” gift with purchase?

 

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A Fashionista Bargain

3 May

Who can resist a fashionable bargain? Not me. I purchased this dress at Target for $35. It’s from the Victoria Beckham Collection. The clothes are fun and chic. There are pops of fuchsia and orange and even some honeybees and flowers. Check it out here.  And there is a sale.  (My dress is now $24.50.)  A bigger bargain !

 

Online Shopping in a Store?

17 Apr

Touch it. Try it on. Purchase it online? Yes, that’s the concept of the Guideshop for Bonobos. It’s an untraditional store, where customers try on clothes and salespeople order it online. The merchandise is sent directly to your home. The staff can even take your measurements, if needed.

I had the opportunity to visit the Bonobos Guideshop store in D.C. recently with my husband. Since he hates shopping, this works for him.

So, what will shopping be like in the future? New York Times writer Elizabeth Patton believes the possibilities are endless. Perhaps there will be robots and virtual dressing rooms. Read her article here.

Many articles have been written about the demise of the shopping malls. Personally, I love shopping at malls and looking in the windows, but I realize the ease of online shopping. My first priority is always shopping local.

What do you think about the future of shopping malls?

 

 

 

Pawn Chick Shopping for All

30 Jan

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In addition to reading chick lit, watching chick flicks, you can now shop with style at pawn chick shopping.

If you’re wondering about the name, it certainly has meaning. Pawn Chick Shopping, a website, is owned by Ashley Gold. Gold, a Motown resident, appeared on the reality TV show “Hardcore Pawn” with her family. Deal making and selling jewelry comes naturally to Gold, because she has grown up in the business.

“I took five items to 500 items on a website in over year,” says Gold. Her pawn broker mentality is evident in her website today www.pawnchickshopping.com

“I reach out to the trendiest and hottest designers,” she adds. One of her designer’s is Jolie Altman who was featured on Motown Savvy.

She also designs her own jewelry and manufactures everything in the U.S.

“I believe in deals, and everyone should get a good price.”

Gold has quite the social media empire. She has a weekly radio show with podcasts, often featuring celebrities and a blog. Her recent blog has wonderful Valentine’s Day choices for all at affordable prices.

Yes, there is life after reality TV.

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Be Green in 2017

11 Dec

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The Pantone Color Institute has spoken for 2017, and green will be the color trend of the year in fashion and decor. It’s neither hunter green nor kelly green, but a leafy green like nature. So don’t be green with envy. Be like Kermit — “It’s easy being green.”

Here are the thoughts from Pantone:

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That Little Black Dress

18 Nov

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Want to read a fashionable, fun book? Then, I recommend Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen. I had the opportunity to meet Rosen (above, left) at Bloomingdale’s in Palm Beach Gardens and then hear her speak at the JCC lunch at the Kravis Center. The book is written like a screenplay and is a fast read. Every chapter has a different narrator with a story about  the same black dress. Some of the narrators are a runway model, a movie star, a salesperson, a pattern maker, a Broadway diva, etc. The true star of the story is the little black dress which is the “it” fashion statement of the season.

I understand the audio book is just as charming as the print version with all the distinct character voices.

The book begins with this apt quote from Yves Saint Laurent: “What is important in the dress is the woman who is wearing it.”

Here I am, (far right) with my friends all wearing little black dresses.

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Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

19 Oct

October is breast cancer awareness month. Kelly Donlin of sparkles and shoes compiled a lovely collection of pink items to purchase where the vendor donates some of the profits to breast cancer research.

Here are Kelly’s pink picks:

“I can not make it through an October without a post about Breast Cancer Awareness and all of the great ways you can give back!”

Sparkles and Shoes Think Pink Shopping October 2016

1 | S’well Bottle in Bikini Pink $35   (20 percent of every purchase will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

2 | Pink Grace Bouquet $55  (15 percent of the purchase price from each sale to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

3 | Drybar pink mini Detox Dry Shampoo $13   ($1 from every sale of their  to City of Hope, a leading treatment and research center for cancer and other life-threatening diseases)

4 |  Amelia Rose Design Earrings, $69 (50 percent of all sales will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.)

5  | ghd Vintage Pink Styler Set $225  ($5 from the purchase price will be donated to Look Good Feel Better.)

6 | C.O. Bigelow Freesia Candle  $42 (10 percent of all sales of their Freesia Candle to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

7 | Eos Lip Balm Duo, $6.59 ( 100 percent of the net profits are going toward breast cancer research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)

9 | Keep Collective Double Leather Band Set $39  (100 percent of net profits will go to Bright Pink)

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Revolutionary Bra

11 Aug

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Workout aficionados, yoga devotees and women everywhere, there’s a new bra in town. Elyse Kaye, a former Motowner, is founder and CEO of Bloom Bras. Kaye enlisted the help of celebrity corset designer Camilla Huey to develop a patented design to make an adjustable and comfortable bra. Kaye just launched on Kickstarter to lift this company to new heights.  Not only does Kaye have the entrepreneurial spirit, but she is philanthropic as well. Some of the proceeds will go to breast cancer research. Look at all the support (pun intended) and check out this unique design.

These Boots Are Made for Buying

22 Jul

I know we are in a major heatwave, but this time of year always brings one favorite annual event that denotes fall — The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. You have the opportunity to purchase new, fall merchandise at discounted prices. But, come August 8, the prices go back up. There’s everything from men’s to women’s to children’s clothing and accessories. Here are some picks from Motown Savvy, because in Detroit, you can never have enough boots.

 

_12896520These Ugg boots are a favorite, and I love the color. Today, it’s available for $119.90 and after the sale, it’s $179.95.

 

 

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As you know, fringe is in.  So take a peek at these Sam Edelman boots for $99 now. After the sale, it’s $169.95

 

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If you are feeling edgy, try these Tory Burch boots at $299.90. After the sale, it’s really $495.00.

 

Two of my favorite blogs also posted information about the Anniversary Sale. Check out House of Harper and A Cup of Jo.

Elegant and Wearable Handbags

13 May

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Daniella Ortiz‘s sophisticated boutique can be found in a via on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.  (That means it’s off the main road nestled in a courtyard.) Her handbags are stunning and colorful. Although Ortiz lives in the Palm Beach area, she is from Argentina where her innovative design team works. Ortiz participates in the Palm Beach charity circuit attending more than 60 events a season and donates some of the profits from her trunk shows.

So, I just purchased the powder blue handbag in the photo. I’ve been looking for an elegant purse, but one that has easy access compartments to hold my cell phone and keys. What’s your favorite handbag this season?

 

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