Book Shelf…Shoptimism

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Everywhere you look and listen, all you seem to hear is that¬† Americans are spending less and less. However, there are some people that are still buying and I’m an one of them, because fortunately for me I haven’t had to experience any blow to my pocketbook that wasn’t already there before the credit crunch and wall street collapse. So, needless to say, there are still a substantial amount of people that still want to shop, but are aware of the economic situation that is going on and want to be more aware and prepared when shopping. This really applies now that we are on the cusp of the holiday shopping season.

The latest book that I’ve had in my purse that I’m almost done reading is Shoptimism by Lee Eisenberg. I’ve had the pleasure to receive this book early to review and I’m glad that I’ve had the chance before I go on my annual holiday shopping mini sprees.

In the book, Eisenberg does a very firm and direct way of breaking down today’s world of buying and selling by giving readers an inside look at retailers tactics while giving us readers ways to understand and sometimes climb over it. He accomplishes this through interviews with people behind the scenes in retail marketing and selling and with the people that keep those people on their toes- shoppers and consumers.
He also ponders the question- “Why do we buy?” and various answers to the question.

I really enjoy a good and informative book and this is definitely one of them, because I feel that I am little more equipped and informed as I start my holiday shopping marathon. If you want to be more informed in your future shopping trips, then you should definitely pick up this book.
Shoptimism will be available on November 3, 2009.

To find out more about the author, visit his personal site www.leeeisenberg.com

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Eye Spy…Jennifer Lopez’s Dress and Boots

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Jennifer Lopez must definitely have an album coming out very soon, because homegirl has been knocking me out with her fabness recently! For instance, last night Mrs. Lopez-Anthony attended the premiere of Michael Jackson’s This Is It movie and she rocked a incredible Herve Leger beaded bandage dress that looked elegant and paired it with some biker chained Herve’ Leger stretch leather boots that are uber edgy and chic. I’m loving her all over again!

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Shop Pink…PRVCY Premium Denim

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Last week, I received a wonderful gift from PRVCY premium denim of a pair of their Santa Monica Scarlet bootcut jeans! (Thanks, Marquice!) As I was visualizing what I was going to wear with them, I was reading the material that was included in the box and was impressed to find out that PRVCY donates up to 10% of ALL their sales to breast cancer awareness and free mammogram programs.
This is in part to CEO/founder Carolyn Jones, who started the company through the last days of her mother’s battle with breast cancer. Her mother gave her the strength and encouragement to follow her dreams and it lead her to create PRVCY Premium denim and Privacy Wear.
I love this story and the outcome, because PRVCY jeans are incredible! I love them hardcore! Plus, I love Privacy Wear’s tees. I own 3 of the “I Want More Privacy” tees.
Visit PRVCY Premium and Privacy Wear to find out more about the styles available and where you can purchase them.
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Coat of the Moment…Hydraulic Pleated A-Line Coat

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Saturday, I finally cracked down and bought a new red peacoat. I’ve been needing a new one for the past couple of years. I grabbed it for $70 bucks at Macy’s thanks to their one-day sale they seem to have about twice a month.
Although, I knew that I needed and wanted a peacoat, when I saw this fabulous pleated A-Line by Hydraulic coat for curvy girls, I almost switched up my new coat game plan and grabbed this one. However, I know I needed a new red peacoat. So, I hurtfully clicked away from the page and threw the peacoat in the cart and went along my way.
Still, this coat is a-dorable! Its hard to find cute coats for my fellow curvy girls, but when we do see one…it’s AMAZING!
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Juicy Couture Rule Breaker Tote

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Personally, I can never have enough totes. They just work so great for me and my “bag lady” syndrome. I carry way too much stuff at all times. However, I can’t believe that I don’t own one stone/light grey tote or bag for that matter. Unbelievable! I think I need to change that by grabbing this distressed leather tote by Juicy Couture called the Rule Breaker. The crinkled leather and plenty of pockets just made it’s way to my personal Christmas wish list!
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