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Archive for August, 2010

Spotted: Accessible Presidential Style

The Obamas were recently away at the Gulf Coast, vacationing in Panama City Beach, Florida and the first lady was spotted playing miniature golf in Banana Republic dreamer dip-dye cami, available online here.  I think this piece is so unique and trendy with the tiers and grosgrain straps, yet classic and simple enough to carry you from season to season – just layer it!

So often, we see her in decadent designer duds that while high taste, can be high cost.  Not this time…even the first lady shops at Banana Republic!

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Get the look!!!!

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Dreamer Dip-Dye Cami

$69.99 (marked down from $79.50)

Style: 762630

Available at www.bananarepublic.com

888.BR.STYLE for stores

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BOGO Phones: Talk, Text; Track!

Kids these days may do more texting than talking, so it’s important not only to keep track of them, but track of how many cell phone minutes they’re using to stay on budget.  Luckly, I got the scoop on some cool features from AT&T has to help with both!

AT&T Smart Limits (www.att.com/safety) can help parents keep their kids within a certain usage budget and the AT&T Family Map (www.att.com/familymap) can help parents keep an extra eye on the whereabouts of kids.

Just a couple of new tech-savvy features to keep your family talking, texting, on-track and on-budget!

Also, a couple of great deals on phones: Buy one get one free on the Samsung Strive ($19.99) or the Pantech Link with a $30 mail-in rebate ($9.99).  As always, check in-store and online for complete details and restrictions.

Samsung Strive

Samsung Strive

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More Deals: Discounts on Student Gear

Gone are the days of traditional homework assignments – it’s nearly a necessity for students from kindergarten to college to work on computers these days.  Sharing one family computer can be a challenge.  Luckily, retailers are dipping way down on their prices for the big ticket items.  Check out some great deals I found on desk essentials at BJ’s Wholesale Club:

Star Logic® Computer Desk – With black tempered-glass top, monitor and printer platforms, pull-out keyboard tray and built-in CD storage. $59.99

Toshiba® 10.1” Notebook Computer – 160GB hard drive, Intel Atom™ N455 processor, 1GB DDR2 RAM, Windows® 7 Starter Edition, and 802.11n Wireless. 10.1” TruBrite® display. 8+hour battery life. Also on BJs.com $299.99

Pandigital E-Reader – 7” Color multimedia e-reader with gel case. (use to read, download books and textbooks, surf the web, listen to music and enjoy photos). $159.99

6-Outlet Expandable Surge protector – Expand or contract to adjust for the …

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Oops, I Did it Again: Buyer’s Remorse and What to Do About It

It happens to the best of fashionistas and shopaholics alike.  Even the wisest of shoppers and coupon-clipping, penny-pinching savers fall prey.  I’m talking about buyer’s remorse.  It’s real, it’s ugly, but there’s hope.  Here are a few tips on how to handle (and potentially avoid) this greedy retail demon.

1. Reverse The Curse: Return It! This is your first and best defense.  Whether it’s the wrong size, color, price or just not your style, there are many stores with great return policies.  Click here for a list of the best.  Many retailers actually prefer that you return something to ensure your experience with them is a great one.  Make it a habit to ask “what’s your return policy?” while at the cashwrap and watch out for those with a 30-day return policy (time can run out before you know it!)  Getting your money back in the same form you paid for it is typically the method used.

2. Even Exchange/Store Credit: Some retailers with stricter return policies, or for …

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Eat, Pray, Love (It!)

I’m so excited for the movie Eat, Pray, Love to open this Friday, August 13th.  In celebration, I thought I’d share a little something inspired by the Far East – Satya Rai (www.satyarai.com) is a brand influenced by the far reaches of the globe.  They have some really unique and exquisite pieces – tunics, caftans and some luxury scarves that make really special gifts.  While a lot of their pieces are around $100, check out their Summer Sale for some serious deals.

A tunic is classic and can effortlessly be transformed from day to night with the switch of a sandal to heel, or from summer to fall with the addition of leggings.  Here are a couple at a huge discount:

Bollywood Tunic $48 (from $119!)

Bollywood Tunic $48 (from $119!)

Rani Henley Dress $28 (from $110!)

Rani Henley Dress $28 (from $110!)

There’s literally a world of fashion at your fingertips online.  Know of another foreign-inspired place or website to shop?  Leave a comment and let me know!

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10 Ways to Save for Back to School and Beyond

With no tax-free holiday for Georgia, finding ways to save on back to school shopping is more important than ever.  The need to save doesn’t end there, though.  The school year calls for many supplies, activities and clothes for those ever-growing kids (who can keep up!?).  As such, I’ve collected some creative ways for you to save now and continue to pinch pennies throughout the entire school year.

1. Set a Budget: While this may seem like a no-brainer, I challenge you to stick to it.  Whether it’s clothes, supplies, etc., decide how much you can afford and (here’s the key) take out that amount in CASH ONLY.  Leave the checkbook, credit card and debit card at home!  When you’re forced to use cash, you’re forced to make wise choices about your spending and look a little harder to find the better deal.

2. The 3 R’s: You reduce, reuse and recycle when it comes to the environment, why not apply this to all aspects of your lifestyle?  Reduce over-consumption of snack foods …

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School Uniforms: Fall 2010 (Savvy and Surprisingly In Style!)

First things first: as school uniforms are becoming increasingly popular, an increasing number of major retailers are carrying them in an array of sizes, styles and sale points.  For example, Target, Sears, Kohl’s and JCPenney all have super cute cuts and specialty sizes with most pieces under $20 (and many under $10!).

Check out this IZOD polo dress from JCPenney ($14.99 or 2 or more for $12.49):
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Now that you’ve got the down-low on stocking up, I want to show you how fun, functional and fabulous incorporating high-fashion trends into school uniforms can be.

Check out how these Fall 2010 trends are the perfect pairing for customizing uniform basics:

MILITARY JACKETS: With navy blue jackets being a staple in many school uniforms, take this fashion cue by replacing plain plastic with larger stud-type buttons from any fabric store.

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BUTTONED UP COLLARS: This one is easy – just button up…all the way up (yes, even the last button!)  This adds structure and sophistication…and is …

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Drive away in this stylish steal..

Gossett Volkswagen is giving away a VW CC to a lucky winner.   Anyone can be eligible to win by clicking this link that takes you to a Facebook application.

Every 1,000th person is a qualifier to win the car. This promo is going on for 8 weeks- till the end of August. On Sat Sept 4th, all the qualifiers (around 100 ppl) will be at the dealership to compete for the car. The last person standing who has their hand on the car  is a winner. There will be 15 min bathroom breaks every few hours for everyone, but then its back to putting your hand on the car. This contest could go on for several days or weeks. The car is valued at $30,000 and is a sweeeet looking ride.  Good luck everyone!!

http://www.facebook.com/gossettvw

follow on twitter: @GossettGA

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“MATERIAL GIRL” BY MADONNA AND LOURDES NOW AT MACY’S

Trends may come and trends may go but one thing is for sure: Madonna is a timeless fashion icon.  Beginning August 3, every material girl across the country will have access to Madonna’s world-renowned sense of style as she and daughter Lourdes (aka Lola) launch a fashion-forward junior’s collection at Macy’s.

I have seen this collection and you will LOVE it!

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The “Material Girl” line includes apparel, footwear, handbags and jewelry. The brand is “designed to appeal to today’s Material Girl – a spontaneous and fearless individual who invents her own fashion trends and is never afraid to make a bold statement. The brand caters to her eclectic taste in music, dance and Hollywood.”

The best part?  It’s designed for affordability and replenishment. The entire collection will retail from $12.00 to $40.00 -  imagine all of the different outfit possibilities…

If you want to be a “Material Girl,” or want more information on the line, Lola’s blog and a chance to meet …

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