Black Friday.

November 26, 2010

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Today was a busy day. As I said yesterday, we had a photography meeting in the morning,
followed by an afternoon at the salon … and from there I went to the Gap for the evening. Remember
what I said last night about feeling overwhelmed? Ditto for today. I have so much to do
around the house and for see no time to do it in the coming week. This might require
some late nights and early mornings. I am thankful I can use this blog as a small distraction. :)

For Black Friday at the Gap, we were asked to wear a black top and jeans. This may come as
a surprise, but I really like guidelines when it comes to getting dressed. In high school when we
had spirit days, it made my life a whole lot easier – and gave me the opportunity to be creative!

So this is what  I came up with when following the black top/jeans request.

Black polka dots with a colored sweater and jeans. Had to mix to up a bit … :)

Let me tell you a little bit about this awesome bag I am carrying today. Kai purchased it
for me as a travel bag. It is large enough to hold my laptop, charging cords, magazines, purse,
etc. It is a vintage, Samsonite messenger bag that was upcycled by Etsy seller Rachel Demsick
of Get Ready, Set, Go. <— Check out her shop!

Today I wore this bag over one shoulder but the strap is adjustable so I can also carry it
across my body if I’d like.

Rachel adds the artwork detail onto her pieces with black waterproof ink. I loved that her
pieces are vintage and unique. I have always obsessed over this mustard color but don’t
really feel like it’s a good color for me when it comes to clothing. Bringing this color into my
wardrobe through a bag was perfect! My dining room is also painted this color. :) I used this
bag today to bring our laptop to the photography meeting, but I can’t wait to use it for
it’s original purchase intention – vacations!

Outfit Breakdown:
Messenger Bag: Get Ready, Set, Go / Sweater: J. Crew / Top: Gap / Necklace: J. Crew / Jeans: Gap / Shoes: Banana Republic

I have never gone shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving – the waiting and pushing through
crowds just isn’t for me … but that also means that my first Black Friday experience was
actually working in a retail store. By the time I got to work at 4:30pm, it had calmed down
quite a bit … but the displays were destroyed! This was bad news for me since I was working
a replenishment shift. I had to straighten the displays before I was able to see which sizes I
needed to pull from the back room. I was busy the entire time and left with much more still
left to do for tomorrow’s employees. Needless to say, I am very glad to sit on my couch and blog!

I just have to complain for a moment about parents who don’t watch their children while
shopping. I was stationed on the kids side (my nightmare). I can’t tell you how many times I
witnessed children tearing apart freshly straightened clothing piles. One little devil … I mean … child,
made eye contact with me and then proceeded to push every single pair of sweatpants off of
a low table and walked away. Really?  … This brings me to one dark day two years ago where
I was working the sales floor on the adult side and there was a woman shopping, paying
no attention to her two boys chasing each other around the store. After they left, I was
searching the store to put a top away, rounded a corner, and grabbed a shirt to get a
look at the style, and put my hand directly into a fresh snot wad on the front of the garment.
I almost died.

Bottom line: Parents – WATCH YOUR CHILDREN. After today I may never have kids.
Sorry, mom.

End rant.

Anyway …

How do you feel about Black Friday? Did you go shopping today? Get any great deals? Here is your opportunity to brag!

- Kayls

www.facebook.com/sidewalkready

4 Responses to “Black Friday.”

  1. Amy says:

    Oh my god. I love your bag.
    & I’m so glad you reference where everything in your outfit is from or I would be frantically scouring the internet right now. :]

  2. Jorie says:

    My children never ran unattended in a store. Although I did have that one experience with Chase and the water bra at Victoria’s Secret :) I like your bag very much!

  3. Bonnie says:

    loove the bag! <3

  4. Rebecca says:

    Love the bag!

    Almost gagged at your child story. UGH!

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