On the Ave | The Black Friday Deals Too Good to Miss!

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Fashionistas,

I don’t know about you, but to me, the holiday season is the best! This time of the year, I venture home to enjoy some good homemade dishes and to catch up with friends and family. Besides spending time with loved ones, nothing gets me more excited than the Black Friday deals! I just love the hustle and bustle inside the stores, the excitement in the air, and the overall holiday spirit. And ever since I can remember, I’ve made it a tradition to take advantage of a few sales, and this year will be no exception.  Some of my most beloved retailers are practically giving away merchandise and I’m sure you don’t want to miss out.

Without further ado, check below for a list of the sales you simply cannot miss, and may the red stickers forever be in your favor!

ASOS

Enjoy 25% off party wear, including skirts, print dresses, shoes, and more and a 30% sale on everything. Also, up to 70% off on select women’s and men’s items.

ALDO

Sale shoes, bags, and accessories marked down an additional 50%. Free shipping on orders over $60, 10% off with email sign-up and 20% off your next purchase until Dec. 2.

Banana Republic

Take 50% off one full-priced item until 1:00 p.m. Also, 40% off your entire purchase all day long in-store only.

Bloomingdale’s

Take an extra 25% off select women’s cashmere sweaters, $50 off coats starting at $100, $100 off coats starting at $500, 25% off discounts on select women’s and men’s items, 50% sale on men’s suits, trousers, and sports jackets, and receive $25 for every $200 you spend.

Converse

Take an additional 25% off the brand’s holiday gift guide and enjoy blank tees two for $30, plus free shipping until Dec. 19.

DSW

Enjoy a boot sale of up to 50% off, get a $5 bonus card for every $50 gift card you buy, and free shipping on orders of $35 or more.

Express

Enjoy free shipping on all orders (no minimum purchase) and save 50% on everything (excluding gift cards), including women’s sweaters, men’s outerwear, women’s dress pants, and more.

Forever 21

For a limited time, enjoy free shipping on orders of $30 or more and a pre-Black Friday sale of 20% off everything.

H&M

Shop a pre-Black Friday deal of 70% off select items and free shipping on orders of $50 or more using code 2695. Also, on Black Friday, enjoy deals from $4.95 and scratch-off coupons valued at $300 to the first 100 shoppers.

J.Crew Factory

In-store and online sale of 50% off everything with free shipping on orders of $50 or more using promo code THANKS. Offer valid until Nov. 30.

JCPenney

Doorbusters for $9.99 and up, $100 coupon instant giveaway on Thanksgiving Day, $10 off $10 or more coupon while supplies last, extra 15% off on Black Friday, 60% off women’s apparel, and more.

Kohl’s

Starting at 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, receive $15 for every $50 spent, 50%-60% off jewelry items, 60%-70% off luggage, 30%-65% off women’s shoes and boots, and more.

Macy’s

Select designer coats for up to 60% off, women’s boots for up to $19.99, save 70% off on bed and bath items, and more. Also, receive a $20 fragrance card with a $79 Calvin Klein purchase or a free mini scent sampler with any $95 fragrance purchase, and beauty doorbusters including a $10 Urban Decay makeup set and $20 eyeshadow palette.

Madewell

Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase ending on Nov. 30. Use promo code GIFTON. Also, enjoy free shipping on all orders.

Nordstrom

Enjoy 20% off all clearance items in-store and up to 40% off on sale items. Also, free shipping and free returns anytime.

Old Navy

Enjoy 50% off everything in the store from 4:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day to midnight on Black Friday. Also, 1,000 shoppers will win a $200 shopping spree starting on Thanksgiving Day (chosen randomly).

PacSun

Enjoy a buy one, get one half off sale and two-for-one denim starting from midnight of Thanksgiving Day to close on Black Friday.

Saks Off 5th

Take an extra 40% off shoes and handbags using promo code GOBBLE. Also, free shipping on all orders using promo code FREESHIP.

Target

Enjoy free standard shipping and returns, buy one and get one 50% off boots, 40% off sweaters, buy one and get one 50% off select handbags and wallets, savings on beauty items, and more.

Urban Decay

On Black Friday, get the Ammo Palette, Smoked Palette, and a deluxe sample of Perversion Mascara for only $30. Also, enjoy free shipping online.

Happy shopping and Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay Stylish,

Briea Curington

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10 Lessons Learned During #NYCNights via Belles in the City |Ding Dong

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November 24, 2014– Atlanta, GA— This past weekend was well spent with my dearest friends in the Big Apple, b.k.a. New York City, NY. We were Southern Belles of Alabama in the City– Ding, Dong!! One word sums up the weekend: inspired. As soon as we flew in from Atlanta, I already knew I would be overwhelmed with a reminder of WHO I am, and WHY I am. The city truly has a pulse of its own. There is a heartbeat in New York that no other city can replicate. From lessons learned to images captured, I want to attempt to share a glimpse of our winning weekend.

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My best friends Whitney Gay and Courtnie Harris came up with the bright idea that we should go see KeKe Palmer as “Cinderella” on Broadway! And women like us, make things happen. Fast forward to this past weekend, we were headed to New York City to witness Black HERstory as KeKe Palmer played the first ever black Cinderella on Broadway. What an amazing experience!

Between shows on Broadway and Subway rides, we definitely learned at minimum ten lesson during #NYCNights, check out the list and take note:

10. New York City is full of Movers and Shakers. 

I mean this literally. Like everyone is moving, and shaking (because of the cold!)

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9. It’s not that easy to catch a cab in the middle of Times Square after Midnight.

We tried, really hard, it was impossible! I thought at first, it’s because we’re black. But it was really because everyone needed a taxi in the middle of Times Square around midnight.. go figure? BUT the Pedi-cab was there to save the day! And the power of negotiation will get you a great rate! Whoop!

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8. Times Square is on a Whole Different Level of Hustle.

Real talk, even the stores have to hustle… HARD, for customers. There were live DJ’s and street performers on every corner in attempt to attract customers into their stores. H&M was on a whole different level of awesome with the hanging mannequins and dope music. Hell, even the Sunglass Hut had a DJ! Big Screens + Lights + Music= Times Square NYC. Get a costume, take some pics and BAM— you have a job in Times Square!

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7.  The Subway makes sense if you’re staying in the City.

For $9.45, you can purchase a Metro Transportation Authority (MTA) card and ride practically anywhere in the City! As for us, we kept it simple.. from 52nd Street to 34th Street— we found our Miracle on 34th Street! (And got a little tipsy in the Empire State Building.. )

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6. Talk Fast and Loud so people don’t realize you’re a tourist.

And don’t walk out of the hotel with your Google Maps on trying to find your way around the city.. it’s a dead giveaway and creates an opportunity to get “jipped.” (jipped– defined as played for a buck on a street corner by a person selling something you most likely don’t need).

5. The Food was O.K. 3 Stars, MAX.

We were on the prowl for the good NYC eats, but quite frankly we didn’t find them. The food was O.K– the pizza was on FLEEK–but it didn’t taste so good that I wanted to go home and slap my mama.. I’m just saying.

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4. Broadway etiquette isn’t as serious as you might think.

I was once told you can never be over-dressed. So I pulled out the dress with sequins, houndstooth shawl and heels. But, on Broadway there were kids in jeans, and women in sweatshirts. Moral of the story, you really can come as you are. Don’t over think your attire for the evening! KeKe Palmer as “Cinderella” was entertaining, but it wasn’t the best show ever. I rate it at a 6/10… She whined more than she acted.

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3. Everyone loves good-looking black women.

We felt like we were in a museum. I think it was because of the area we were in.. They weren’t used to seeing a trio of young, black women with class. My bestie Courtnie has a nice dread-head up-do and people thought it was art– literally. This only confirms the fact that black is beautiful, so there!

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2. Never trust a man on the corner with a portable credit card machine.

This screams S-K-E-T-C-H! We almost fell for the okie-doke, but a black man saw a group of black women– walking with a stranger with a credit card machine, and he let us know NOT to fall into the NYC sales trap. We saved $60!

1. No need to apologize, ever.

Sorry, not sorry. Don’t use this word while in NYC. You appear to be lame, and soft (so we learned the hard way).

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Take heed to our lessons learned via #NYCNights and enjoy your next trip the Big Apple! What an amazing weekend!!

 

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Shop Guide: The Boots You Need to Survive This Fall

Fashionistas,

So it hasn’t been cold for a good week and I am already daydreaming about warmer weather and summer beach parties. But just because I’m not feeling the drop in temperatures doesn’t mean that I am not excited to rock a few footwear essentials for Fall. Making a lasting impression during the Fall months isn’t just left up to your outerwear. You also need a great pair of boots to really make a statement. (The wrong choice can literally make or break your outfit.)

With so many options to choose from this season, check out four must-have boot styles:

1. Ankle Boots

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Ankle boots are a great option because they practically go with everything and work all year long, regardless of season. The added variety in style ensures that you can still have fun with the classic cut for a super flattering look.

The pair I’m eyeing:

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Vince Camuto ‘Amori’ Pointy Toe Leather Bootie for $120

2. Thigh-High Boots

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Okay, although I am only 4’11” and fashion rules dictate that I shouldn’t wear thigh-high boots, I am always willing to take that risk. Thigh-highs are my favorite option because they take things up a notch and instantly upgrade an ensemble with sexy sophistication.

The ones on my holiday wishlist:

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Bebe Tressa Platform Boots for $198

3. Open-Toe Boots

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These seem to be an odd choice, right? I mean, how can a Fall boot expose skin when it is supposed to be protecting against the elements? But hear me out on this one. Not only do they add a certain elegant edge, but they are perfect for transitioning throughout the day as the temperature fluctuates.

Get into my latest obsession:

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Ivanka Trump ‘Didia’ Cutout Cage Open Toe Suede Bootie for $90

4. Lace-Up Boots

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Lace-up boots give such a retro, menswear vibe that you can’t help but feel chic and confident in them. You can pair them with skinny jeans for a casual look or dress them up in a fitted skirt and tights. The options are endless!

The selection I must-have:

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Dolce Vita Daytona Lug Sole Booties for $250

Which boot styles are you obsessing over? Any I missed? Let me know below!

Stay Stylish,

Briea Curington

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Right now, get there…. Snap your finger.

 

That’s it, now you’re thinking— not thinking— being.

Now you’re being, because that is all that is…

Stay present, stay in the Now.

 

What good is the past or future, right now?

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