Wednesday, November 26

What I Wore + some last minute advice for Black Friday shopping

Hi there my lovely friends! I can't believe Thanksgiving is just tomorrow, and that Black Friday is just the day after that! I'm very careful not to mingle the holidays together (no running off to join in store lines before the stroke of midnight on Thanksgiving, etc.haha) but I do look forward to the biggest shopping day of the year just like the rest of you! I take time beforehand writing out lists of places I want to visit and what I'm hoping to get there, etc, and since Sears is always on that list, I was thrilled when I was asked to partner with them in sharing my Black Friday survival tips! I really do love my job:)
 So, here is my Thanksgiving outfit featuring some favorites from Sears, and I'm excited to share a few things that are key in navigating Black Friday:

#1: Write out your shopping list-
If you're hoping to catch even a few special deals, you need to do your research and write everything out, otherwise your brain will be way too frazzled with all the commotion and you'll forget things and or add on way too much that you weren't planning on. I also prefer to write out a couple alternatives that are also on sale in case the specific item I'm hoping to get is sold out when I get there. This lowers the stress a ton as well as making sure your list gets checked off.

#2: Make a list of the stores you wanna hit up-
Along with the list of items obviously, I like to choose just a few stores that have lots of deals going on that I'm excited about so I limit all my driving around in the snow and navigating check-out lines, etc. And since I'm usually searching for 'mostly' Christmas presents I like visiting places like Sears that have something for everyone (i.e. adult and children's clothing, jewelry, toys, house-wear, electronics, tools, etc, etc,)
#3: Bring your ads with you-
There have been many times when I find deals listed online or in a catalog, but on the day there's a problem bringing up the sale in the computer and you're stuck with only your word against the computer, so don't forget to bring any listings that you can with you to ensure you snag that deal.

#4: Bring plenty of food and drinks-
This is a funny one, but you're not going to want to be stuck in a fast-food line while the deals you've been waiting for are getting swiped out from under you, so make sure to pack along some healthy snacks and bottled water in your bag for while you're navigating the lines. Packing fatty or sugary foods will give you a temporary high but than follow with a crash that'll spoil all your fun.
#5: Just have fun! -
Last but not least, try not to let yourself get so stressed out that you don't enjoy yourself!
There aren't many days of the week when you can get a rush out of fast-paced shopping like you can on Black Friday, and there are a lot of people who forget that it's just shopping and ruin the experience for everyone with their pushy attitudes and such, so don't let yourself get overwhelmed with the pressure and or become angry or aggressive. Take a deep breath and try to remember the reason for the season:) 

So, no matter your plans for Black Friday, I hope that these tips help you have a safe and happy holiday, and I hope you get everything out of it that you're hoping to!
Jewelry - forever21
Boots - nine west

Thank you so much for visiting and reading, and as usual I hope you have a great holiday and rest of your week! xoxo 
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided for this post by Sears via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.
It’s more than a gift. It’s the joy of the season. #MoreThanAGift.


  1. Great post, Emily! I'll have to use this!

  2. You look so beautiful in this pretty, casual outfit! I like your hairdo a lot!
    Have a great Thanksgiving and good Black Friday shopping! :)

  3. just had to say i'm pleased with how helpful your tips are. most tip lists i read online are so generic. i had never thought about bringing snacks (i get hangry!) or the ads before. and your tip to write down alternatives in case items are sold out is such a great idea.. thanks for the list!

  4. The cut of that sweater is heavenly!! Beautiful hairstyle.

  5. This is great advice! I always end up getting stuff I don't need because I'm going crazy with all the good deals. Also great outfit, I love the sweater!

  6. It's been years since my last time drop on your blog dear.
    I love your sweater! And your hair is superb

    Come to my blog if you have time^^


  7. I'm a member of crowdtap and I've also been a reader of yours for a little over a year, I clicked crowdtap slink and it surprisingly brought my to you! Congrats! I'd love to know how I could get my blog affiliated!

  8. I love the asymmetry of that sweater. It looks like a super cozy Thanksgiving outfit!

  9. I love that sweater and jacket!

  10. I love this coat and your booties!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  11. Love the sweater. Looks like you're ready to shop! Thanks for sharing.