All I Want for Christmas…

I don’t participate in holiday gift giving.  I started opting out a few years ago because similar to the premise in Joel Waldfogel’s , I find that gift giving often leads to a lot of waste.

Budget shoppers, I know you know what I mean.  We spend a lot of time deliberating over every single purchase, a process that involves analyzing cost, value, function, fit, satisfaction, and other factors.  The decision to keep an item involves an equally extensive process.  So, how could I ever make such an informed purchase for someone else or vice versa?

If I had a holiday wishlist, though, it would have a MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set iPad case in the beautiful python print.

And, while I am wishing, I might as well get an iPad to put in that case, right?

Now, I can probably buy the items on my wishlist (or even easier, convince my husband to get them for me).  My potential satisfaction with the new items, however, does not currently outweigh their cost.  So, the inevitable news of the case going on sale after the holidays or the next generation iPad having more memory, more features, and more apps would especially hurt.  For now then, I wait until my satisfaction-to-cost ratio shifts.

What are your holiday gift giving practices?

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Airport Chic

With an expanding list of TSA travel restrictions, dressing sensibly for airport security screening is beginning to pose some style challenges.  What is the best look for a possible pat down?

In preparation for holiday travel, I have chosen an airport travel outfit that is comfortable, chic, and will hopefully minimize the security hassle.  If you spot me in an airport near you, I will be wearing ponte knit leggings, a white tee/camisole, an open cardigan, and flats.

Camisole—Old Navy
Leggings—Adrienne Vittadini via Marshalls ($20)
Cardigan—Adrienne Vittadini via Marshalls ($20)
Shoes— via Marshalls
Bag— via TJ Maxx

“Black Friday” Shopping Recap

Ok.  That’s not entirely true.  I bought a few items.

Black Friday shopping seems to be more about the social experience than it is about deals.  Most of the places that I usually visit offer similar deals all year.  So, as I walked around, I kept wondering what amazing deals did the folks with the enormous shopping bags find?

I made a morning stop at my local mall to visit Macy’s, The Limited, Gap, and Banana Republic.  I also visited Marshalls and TJ Maxx.

Here’s what I bought.

The Limited.  I really enjoyed shopping in the The Limited.  The workers were seriously promoting the available discounts of the day–an extra 40% off the entire store and another 15% off if you are a student, educator, or Limited card holder.  I left with a boucle jacket, a black sequined scarf, and the satisfaction from being able to compound discounts.

Banana Republic.  I have not been drawn to much in BR this fall, but 40% off everything in store was worth a look.  I left with a silk scarf that was on clearance.  FYI:  I tried to use my educator discount in addition to the 40% off and was denied!

Macy’s.  I like browsing INC clothing in Macy’s because they are reasonably priced and go on sale quite frequently.  I left empty handed though.

Gap.  An extra 50% off the entire store (before 8 am) caught my attention.  I have gotten used to stores extending their discounts to the entire day, though, so I strolled into the Gap at about 11am.  That discount was so over.  Once I realized, I made a u-turn out the door.

TJ Maxx.  While I did not find a $399 iPad, my local store hosted a designer bag shopping event.  After about an hour in the store, I think I had about 5 bags (Michael Kors, Cynthia Rowley, Badgley Mischka, B Mankowsky, and Dooney & Bourke) hanging on me.  I realized that I did not really want any of the bags after some serious deliberations.  I did buy a Michael Kors brown leather strap watch though.

Marshalls.  If Marshalls did anything special for Black Friday, I did not notice.  I imagine Marshalls saying, “look here people, it is Black Friday here everyday.”  My store was packed with MK crossbody bags and I left with a green (apple), Braided Grommet style by MICHAEL Michael Kors.

That was it!

Got anything?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

Casual and comfortable Thanksgiving day look:

Leggings—Old Navy
Cardigan—VERTIGO Paris via Marshalls
Shoes—Franco Sarto via Marshalls
Bag—MICHAEL Michael Kors via eBay

Casual Workday

Today is a normal workday, but campus is like a ghost town during the week of Thanksgiving. So, I don’t feel like “dressing up” as usual.

For a casual look, I pair a bold, graphic print skirt with a white tee and denim blazer. A purple scarf and grey wedges complete the look.

I wonder if anyone is going to show up for class?

Skirt—Adrienne Vittadini via Filene’s Basement
Scarf—INC via Macy’s
Shoes—Jessica Simpson via Marshalls