Monday, November 19, 2012

The grumpiest grump who ever grumped. (Apparently.)

Jacket: (Fred Meyer)
Scarf: American Eagle Outfitters
Dress: Vince (swapped with my sister.)
Denim Crop top: American Eagle Outfitters
Tights and socks: Fred Meyer
Boots: Madden Girl (Famous Footwear)
Handbag: Coach (thrifted)

Today was quite a strike out, my usual photo spots were all quite the little hot beds of excitement so I tried this little spot out, only to have to snow removal trucks going non stop behind me.  I got so embarrassed that I flaked out, took a few pictures without figuring out my focus spot on the camera and, eh.  It's okay, there's more important things in life than good blog picture and it was quite windy so I didn't really feel terribly motivated to spend too long trying to take pictures. (Read as, too lazy.)

I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving, we get together with my family every year for dinner, Evan and I tried to bring at least half of the food since the number of people attending dinner is between 12-18.  (And half of them are young men who eat every single thing in the house, so it's a lot of food that has to be made!)   We've got quite a bit of baking to be done here in the next couple of days but it's always a ton of fun.

I'm not a huge fan of Black Friday.  I worked for years in retail and after getting up at 2:30 in the morning to be at work by 3:30 am and working until midnight, I've become quite grumpy about venturing out into the crowds. (Plus, black Friday deals, aside from a few items, really aren't that special.  You'll usually find much better deals in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  It's all a mind game people.)  I don't intended to shop Black Friday at all this year, after seeing that Walmart, Target and Sears are opening on Thursday night and subjecting their employees to not being able to enjoy Thanksgiving, I'm quite angry about how Black Friday is turning into Black Thanksgiving.  It's not like I ever shop at Walmart to start off with, their treatment of their employees really is shameful and unethical but I'm so pissed to see that Sears and Target are falling into this.  I'm aware that it's pretty uncool within the blogging world to ever grumble about Target  but they really do not deserve a pass on this.   Thanksgiving is about enjoying your family, not rushing out to shop for the biggest TV or for stores to treat their employees like this. 

I know, I need to step down off my soap box. (Maybe if I wasn't so short I wouldn't love getting up there so much.)  I just sound like a jaded grump on this and that's not what this season is all about.  I do hope that everyone has a delightful week leading up to Thanksgiving and that no one blows their house up with their turkey. (Dude, youtube that.  It's awful, but hilarious at the same time.)  


  1. hello blue eyes with your blue scarf. i would have said bag the blogging for today. ok & the winner of the best blog post title of the day goes to you! i don't do black friday either. i did it once, & thought it was a complete waste of time. i agree about walmart treating their employees horribly. did you hear they were striking? i saw it on the news this weekend. i was like whoooo hoooo.

    1. I did hear about that and I really hope it makes a difference for them! It is shameful what Walmart does to their employees, up here they worked a girl who was six months pregnant so hard that she lost the baby. (They ended up buying her off, but apparently it's fairly common within the company for that to happen, they're pretty cold hearted.) I'm pretty shocked that they managed to get the strike off of the ground, Walmart usually shuts that stuff down fast and fires everyone on the spot, so I really, really hope that everyone supports the workers on this.

  2. Aw, I know what you mean when your photo-taking spot gets invaded! I hate it when that happens...anyway, these photos still show off your fun outfit perfectly. I want that jacket so bad!
    Ha, and you know what, you're absolutely right. I think it's ridiculous how stores are now making Black Friday into Black Thursday...ugh :/

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  3. Nice jacket!

  4. I like your jacket it is perfect.We dont have Thanksgiving in my country ( Serbia Europe )but I was once in Chicago with to visit some cousins and that is a great holiday :) We also dont have Black Friday ...Dont worry be happy :)

  5. Love the layers, especially that striped cardi! And I agree with you - I've found better deals in the weeks before Christmas too :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  6. I love your two-tone jacket! You are such a master at layering for the cold weather.

    I worked retail 2 years ago so I totally lost my desire to go shopping on Black Friday. I hate dealing with the crowds anyway so I'll probably do most of my holiday shopping online.

    The Tiny Heart

  7. Working retail on Black Friday is the worst. I only did it once, and I vowed never again. I'm with you- keep it to Friday morning and the rest of the weekend. I hope the employees that come in on the actual holiday are at least paid time and half or something.
    I used to love black Friday shopping with my mom. It was a sport. We'd lay out all the ads after dinner and come up with a game plan of where to go and when. I don't really get into it now that my mom and I live a few states apart.

  8. I used to work retail and Black Friday is the worse!! Sorry! BUt I love this background. Probably because I live in AZ and never get to see snow. haha! Love your style. That vest is so cute!

  9. Love this look! I have been thinking of getting a jacket similar to the one you are wearing, so fun :)

    Thanks for the comment, my mom was actually wearing my polka dot tights! But now she is thinking of getting a pair of her own.


  10. I admire you for getting out and taking photos every day no matter what. I still can't get my act together... x

  11. Haha love the post title. And don’t worry- you get less and less self-conscious the more you do it! I’m still a little shy when it comes to taking photos on the street but I’m definitely handling it better 7 months in.

    And I lOVE your outfit! That jacket ties everything so perfectly together : )

  12. I 110% to the biggest power you can get to agree with you!! I dont think people understand who have never worked retail- I mean I have always worked my way out of having to work ON black Friday but I think its AWFUL what these companies are doing to their employees- plan on a full post about it tomorrow! BUT I agree.


    1. Oh. Love this outfit by the way and I think the pictures came out good- Sorry you got me going on one of the biggest things that annoy me! ha-ha

  13. I loved hearing all of your thoughts on Thanksgiving and Black Friday! I definitely don't think you need to step off the soap box ;) This is why your readers read... for YOU!
    That said, you look wonderful. I love all of the beautiful layers. That must keep you warm during the cold seasons - especially if you live in Alaska! Is your blog name true - do you live in Alaska? If so, that's AWESOME!

    tiana of l'esthetique

  14. i really love the layers!
    Xo Megan,

  15. I feel the same way you do about Black Friday. The stores and the media just hype it up so much that everyone gets FOMO (fear of missing out) syndrome. I feel really bad for people who work retail and don't get to enjoy Thanksgiving or have to go to work at midnight. Blech.

  16. here where I live we don't have Thanksgiving or Black Friday.. the next important thing is Christmas. but we do have supermarkets that treat their people badly and it has even been all over the news..
    anyway, I actually wanted to say your jacket looks awesome and I love the thrifted bag as well!

    Maikeni blogi – part of me

  17. I totes agree 100%. It's awful enough working in retail, so having to work early hours with crappy pay and having to deal with mean, awful, cranky, greedy customers is just the worst. And the deals aren't even that good. For serious.

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  18. I love the layered striped knit with the vest! I have never been to a Sears, but I have worked retail growing up and understand not liking the Black Friday. I love shopping and a great deal, I think I find best deals online, haha. But, I will stay away, as I'm not too keen on battling crowds and fighting over parking spaces. Only my mother's side of the family celebrates Thanksgiving really, as they don't have it in Europe, so I get to celebrate with them. Hope you enjoy your week. :)

  19. Hi dear, thanks for your comment. We don't have the Thanksgiving holiday here in Safrica but I completely agree with you. It should be about spending quality time with loved ones and less about materialism and commercialism. I am so surprised to hear that the stores open at those hours!! No one in Sa would ever leave their early morning sleep for work or for shopping, lol.


    Super cute outfit! I love your blog, you are adorable!

    ♥ B
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  21. Such a cute outfit! I agree 100% that Black Friday should stay on Friday. It's not fair to employees at all, and even though I've never worked retail I think it's a real shame that companies are making their employees skip out on Thanksgiving with their families. Although I do love the atmosphere of Black Friday, I'd prefer to wait until some ungodly hour on Friday morning to battle the crowds.
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