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Category: Holidays

Thanksgiving Tablesettings From Our Fancy Readers…

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Fashionistas. I am always so impressed with all the wonderful table settings in my follower’s posts. The talent among all of you is BEYOND. I want to take today’s post to share some of the Thanksgiving tables I came across. Each one is more breathtaking than the next..I hope everyone had a wonderful day with family and friends. I was missing my parents so much today, as they could not be here, but all of you kept my spirits so high with your fabulousness!!! I am so grateful and thankful for all of you that take time out of your busy lives to read my posts, each and every day. You do not even know how much you all mean to me!!! I hope everyone had a blessed day! XO

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Backcountry Mercantile
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Teresa Kratzman

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Jennifer Plaia

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Olivia Ocosio…all the way from MIAMI!!

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Kim Tucci

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The Zhush

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Suzie Delane

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Melissa Marcogliese

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Dabney Lee

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Christine Lunny

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Clare Butler

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Liz Waldrup

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Nancy Pundyk

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Nancy Pundyk

And are mine..we were 33 strong this year…..

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Cheers To Thankgiving With An Apple Cider Martini

My friend Clare @designbuddy (If you do not follow her you really NEED to. She is so talented) posted her Signature Cocktail for Thanksgiving and it is perfection. It is called the Apple Cider Martini and she said I could share it with all of you.

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2 parts tequila,

one part apple cider

Splash Cointreau (for flavor)

Splash lime juice (for flavor)

shake with ice

top with cinnamon sugar on the rim🧡

Gifts For The Guys…..

Why are the guys so hard to buy for? I am always asked for men’s gifts that would work for husbands, sons, brothers, male teachers and coaches and I think I have got them all covered!!! Such a fun and festive roundup..Details below!!

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  1. My son LOVES Canada Goose. I found this hat and it is so soft. I definitely added it to my cart. I love the little logo on front.
  2. This hooded blanket is perfection. A must for all of those Netflix binges!!!
  3. CBD is all the rage and this muscle rub is a miracle to take away even the slightest pain!
  4. I do not know what it is but everyone is OBSESSED with hot sauce. This fun kit takes it to the next level!
  5. Who does not want a Star Wars waffle??!!!????!!!!
  6. Another Netflix cool is this popcorn kit!!!????
  7. I am really feeling the food gifts this year…how adorable is this table top fireplace. So chic AND fabulous for smores!!!
  8. And just like that…… this takes you right back to the 80’s!!!!!
  9. How cute is this hat…I love it for co-workers!!!
  10. This trivia game makes the cutest stocking stuffer!!!
  11. Back to the CBD….how awesome are these sleeping patches? Really great for anyone on your list actually!!!
  12. This is the ultimate coffee maker with state of the art brewing techniques. This coffee machine, comes in a bunch of fun colors, adjusts to the amount you need and keeps the temperature.

Setting the Thanksgiving Table with Carolyn Bender

I am so happy to partner with Carolyn Bender of CB Lifestyle for holiday table decor.. I introduced Carolyn via a post a couple of weeks ago and highlighted her amazing tablescapes. I was in awe of how she styled all the tables on her site, esp my favorite, the colorful Ginori dishes. I could not wait until she revealed this year’s, Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving tablescapes. I have to say Carolyn did not disappoint. They are spectacular. I love the simple white and natural element table as well as the jewel tones and elements and colors from nature on the second table. If you have not already, I recommend visiting, Carolyn’s WEBSITE for inspiration or to purchase some of the items highlighted below for your own Thanksgiving table.

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Tips To Help You Win on Black Friday

Cutting through the mire of offers, once-in-a-lifetime discounts and adverts is the trick to winning the day on Black Friday. 

Isn’t Black Friday a guaranteed win?

Although it can seem like a consumer’s dream, going in with a plan and making some reckless decisions can quickly turn Black Friday into a nightmare. The sheer buzz of marketing and promotions makes it easy to be sucked in to thinking you are getting the bargain of a lifetime. 

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But the reality is that unnecessary or borderline purchases can quickly cause a lot of financial stress. 

Going in with some composure and a sound plan can really help you win on Black Friday. 

Where to start

Sounds easy, but how do you really turn the tables on multi-billion-dollar retailers on Black Friday? 

First, don’t forget that retailers have the advantage of professional merchandisers and advertisers to pull you in. They also have sophisticated algorithms and data telling them what you buy, how you buy and when you buy. It’s David versus Goliath! 

But when you apply some simple tactics, you can take control. However powerful a firm’s advertising may be, you hold the purse strings until you hit the dreaded “confirm purchase button”, so use this advantage in your favor! 

Calm not crazy

Retailers thrive on whipping consumers into a spending frenzy on Black Friday. 

To combat this, whether you are shopping instore or online, make a good old-fashioned list! This is the most simple but effective way of avoiding rash decisions that can lead to untold stress and anxiety later in the month when you see the full extent of the damage. In short, stay calm and don’t let the retailers win.

If possible, formulate your plan over a period of 6-9 months before Black Friday. Jot down any new products you find yourself wishing you had on a regular basis. Also, write down any products that are beginning to show their age and causing you the hassle. This way you won’t be scrambling to remember everything when November rolls around. 

Shop around

Another feature of Black Friday is that retailers really want to avoid you shopping around. Websites are designed to be as sticky and enticing as possible. Tricks such as time-limited offers or low stock alerts are all designed to create urgency and impulse.

Put simply, ignore this. Shop around and see if the so-called unmissable price really is unmissable, or if it would be better to be missed. 

Another key thing to remember on Black Friday 2021 is to not cut corners on the normal research you would do. Especially for larger purchases of a few hundred dollars or more, make sure you check out some independent user reviews or Trustpilot ratings. 

Sometimes the best purchases are the ones you don’t make

If you are not sure about a product or how good the price is, walk away. It may feel disappointing at the time, but you will feel a lot better about it in the long run. There are always other sales – so keep your nerve!

Chrismas In America’s One Day Spectacular Warehouse Sale is ON!!!!!!

For the second year in a row,  American Christmas is holding its INCREDIBLE Warehouse SALE EVENT! They are unveiling an incredible selection of Trees, Wreaths, Garland, Collectible Ornaments, Nutcrackers, Lit Motifs, and resin Christmas-themed props big and small. 

You never know what you will find inside the Warehouse and all priced 80% off retail.
You will also get the first opportunity to shop the new Christmas In America Retail Store before it officially opens on Monday, October 18th. 
This is a 1 Day Only Sale! SUNDAY, 10/17 – Doors Open 9 AM – 4 PM
Stop by to take a look at the new additions. Everything is limited, and I know they’ll disappear fast!
On-Street Parking is available. And, Face Masks are required to enter the sale event.

Hope to see everyone there!

American Christmas
30 Warren Place
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
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