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Archive for November, 2009

Happy Cyber Monday

Today is Cyber Monday – the “official” start to the online shopping season.  Unlike Black Friday we can take advantage of retailer discounts from the comfort of our homes or work, and not stand in line at 3am.  I don’t mind the camaraderie of the 3am shopping excursion but shopping in PJ’s is always fun.   There are many Cyber Monday websites to peruse and much like Black Friday sites, they list sales, discount information etc,(  

One site that has become a return favorite is No surprise it is on track to having the most (US) traffic for Black Friday and Cyber Monday again this year.    For Cyber Monday, Amazon has listed a “Cyber Monday” section which is neatly organized by category.  With a great online selection (books, movies, music, games, electronics, toys, apparel…) you can easily check off your entire holiday list on one site.  Bonus shopping features include the ”wish list”, the Amazon credit card which …

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Ask Jessica: Finding the best Black Friday deals

Dear Jessica:  How do I find the best sales and offers for Black Friday?
Anne C – Midtown

Hi Anne -
Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and the official start to the holiday shopping season.  The Black Friday ads are already in circulation as many have been “leaked”.  I have listed some of my favorite resources below and hope they will help you plan in advance to make the most of your time and money. - hot deals from Target, Sears, Staples, Walmart and so many more.  Updated daily as new information becomes available. Black Friday deals with highlights of popular items and price comparisons.  I like the helpful buying guides that list everything from toys to electronics. – many online Black Friday deals.

Popular coupon codes for Black Friday - a source for extra savings and coupon codes. – more deals, separated by the most popular Black …

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eBay Mobile comes to Atlanta.

eBay_Mobile_Boutique1-300x196eBay’s Mobile Boutique – a one-stop holiday gift shop with access to 200 million gift ideas and hot holiday merchandise displays – will be in Atlanta at Atlantic Station November 23 – 24. 
In addition to holiday gift ideas, the Mobile Boutique will also have the following:   Interactive shopping kiosks – so you can order holidays gifts on-site.   On-site personal shoppers to share recommendations for hard-to-buy for family and friends


 I HAVE THE EARLY PASSWORD FOR THE EBAY GIVEAWAYS ON TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24TH – You can win gift cards valued at $50, on-site on Nov. 24 by being one of the first to share a secret Atlanta password.  SIGN UP AND FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER- I WILL SEND THE PASSWORD VIA TWITTER ON TUESDAY BEFORE IT IS AVAILABLE TO THE REST OF ATLANTA - you win $$ just for following me.  I will be offering more promotions like this one from now until the end of the year, make sure you are in the know!!

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Gray Matter

s18049-gryzoom3My husband has a shopping weakness for shoes and as a shoe addict myself I enjoy checking out what’s new in the men’s shoe department.  I recently discovered: Men’s gray sneakers.  The perfect compromise for the guy who doesn’t want to part with the comfort of their regular sneaks but wants something a lot more sleek and stylish.  Wear them everyday, or when you want to add a little funk to a casual outfit.  Gray is hot for fall and just as versatile as black.

My picks:
     Aldo Papallo is semi-high cut but totally cool.

·       These Chuck Taylors are called classics for a good reason.

·       This Supra TUF Muska Skytop in Gray is for the guy with major ’tude.

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Ask Jessica: Help my office look.

66631368_suit7Dear Jessica,  I would love to add some color and update my work wardrobe without spending my kids’ college funds.  Can you suggest any good places to find suits/suit jackets that are cute and current but not too trendy????
…Lynn M- Buckhead

Boardroom dressing doesn’t have to be drab. Focus on tailored pieces and don’t shy away from accessories. They will only make you look unprofessional if you begin to resemble the office Christmas tree.
Pick one statement piece for your work wardrobe.  I suggest going for a statement—but not blinding!—neckpiece. Maybe a colorful scarf or wrap is more your style.

Here are quick updates for your “professional” closet:



suitAnn Taylor  - the selection is everyday wearable and sophisticated.  How fabulous is this suit?!!  Notice the necklace?  A perfect statement piece.

Banana Republic- great for quality + basics.  There is also an outlet in Dawsonville at the North GA Premium Outlets.   Love this bright scarf with basic black suit.  We all own …

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Weekly Deal: $1 Fashion Jewelry!!

jewelry_bridalStock your collection or start buying holiday gifts for fashion jewelry junkies.  Jewelry starting at $1.00 and up, with most items under $10.00.

MARGOT TOWNSEND INTERNATIONAL FASHION JEWELRY is closing and everything in the warehouse is for sale.

Jewelry Lovers, Collectors, Retailers & Wholesalers …. fabulous finds!
Overstocks from QVC, HSN, ShopNBC, Amazon and MORE!
Up to 75% BELOW Wholesale

Open Monday – Saturday 10a-6p

Vintage | Fashion Jewelry | Pearls | Sterling Silver | Swarovski | Museum | Collectible Boxes

European Crystals | Vintage and Glass Beads | Findings | Jewelry Making Components
Assorted bags of beads starting from just $2.99!

1500 Southland Circle Suite E. Atlanta, GA 30318

Questions? 404-355-1700

I-75 to Howell Mill Rd (Exit #252)
Go Southwest on Howell Mill Rd (toward Georgia Tech)
Turn Right at 4th Light on Chattahoochee Ave
Go approximately ½ mile
Turn Left on Southland Circle
Go approximately ¼ mile to 1500 Southland Circle …

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Recessionista Reigns

dolceThese days, style does not always equate to high fashion brands that cost as much as our home mortgage. The smart buyer knows the fun in high-and-low dressing, meaning: pair your Jimmy Choos with your $20 top. Even better, go for low-and-low, meaning: $20 top, $40 jeans, and $50 shoes—BUT without looking it.

We all know the off-price stores like T.J Maxx, Marshalls, Loehmanns, Filenes Basement and Fox’s are great for the recessionista (For the three of you who don’t know what this means,that’s a fashionista in recession.)
Here are some facts you might not know that can enhance your off price experience.

1.  FOX’S receives new shipments of discounted designer clothing everyday.
2.  TJ Maxx has a “Runway” section in select stores nationwide which includes American and European high end designers.
3.  Most stores re-stock overnight M-F, so the best time to shop is weekday mornings.
4.  Filenes is a must for label lovers - they usually get new shipments Tue and Friday.
5.  T.J. …

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Ask JessicaShops: Tell me about Jimmy Choo for HM.

jimmy-choo-and-hmDear Jessica:  I am visiting Atlanta from SC so I can check out the Jimmy Choo shoe collection.  When will it be available and where are the HM locations?
–Tanya H, Columbia SC

Hi Tanya- Sadly the Atlanta stores are not getting any of the Jimmy Choo merchanside.  You will have to plan a trip to CA, NY or a few other select locations.  

If you want to check out a grand opening in Atlanta, H&M is opening a new location in Atlanta at Cumberland Mall on Nov 19th.  Other locations include North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Mall of Georgia in Buford, Town Center Mall in Kennesaw and Atlantic Station near downtown. 

If you make it to the opening of  H&M Cumberland Mall,  the first 100 shoppers in line will receive an Access to Fashion gift pass valued from $10-$100.
H&M will introduce Jimmy Choo for H&M – a range of footwear, handbags and apparel for men and women – on November 14, but only in select stores as I mentioned above. Check the website for exact locations.

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Weekly Deal: Plasma TV on sale, $20 coats

Set your alarm for Sat morning and get to Sears to take advantage of these early specials.
This Saturday, 11/7, from 7 AM – Noon ONLY, Sears will be offering deals on the following items:

$499.99 Zenith 42” 720p plasma HDTV (reg $649.99), Limited quantities. 2 per store. No rainchecks. Also available NOW for pre-order on

$99.98, save 50%, Crafstman 8-drawer basic tool chest, 500-lb capacity

$374.99, save $125, Kenmore gas range

$19.99 Your choice coats for the family (reg $55-$80)

$2.99, reg $7.99 Colormate Basics bath towel

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Ask Jessicashops – sell old clothing for cash.

jamesvestDear Jessicashops: When is the best time to get rid of old clothing or shoes and where can I sell items I don’t want?
— Jenny R.  Peachtree City, GA

It’s a good idea to do a wardrobe audit every one or two years. That doesn’t mean you have to change your wardrobe every time, but just really know what’s inside your closet—and finally throw out or donate that 10 year old jacket.
Of course, fashion trends always come back and you may run the risk of throwing out a piece of clothing that might come back next season.  (Like who would have thought that acid-washed jeans would ever return?!) 

Check for quality and fit. If it’s in good shape, fits you, and doesn’t totally look dated (like jeans with floral appliqués—let’s hope those don’t come back!), then keep it.
If it doesn’t fit or you just don’t love it, consider consignment or donation.   I  have listed 10 favorite consignment shops that would be happy to pay for once loved items that are in good shape and …

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