Wine & Couture: Black Friday Outfit
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Black Friday Outfit

This year I am going to spend Black Friday volunteering.  I have been a member of my local service league for the last 3 years, well we have our own non-profit event called Christmas House.  Christmas House was started 67 years ago as a way for local children who are underprivileged to have Christmas.  We work with local school social workers who recommend families to attend Christmas House.  The families receive an invitation and RSVP for a time slot.  We service 20 families every 15 minutes.  Every child under the age of 15 will receive a new winter coat, 2 new toys, and 2 new books.  With the help of the local Rotary club we give the family a chance to win one new bike and helmet.  This year with the help of Build A Bear we will be able to offer 500 bears and other Christmas décor to the families that don't win a bike.  Last year we helped just over 800 families.  With the background I will tell you my Friday plans......

Barnes and Noble (New Hope Commons Durham NC) has selected Christmas House as it's non-profit of choice.  Which means when you buy a book the cashier will ask if you would like to purchase a book for Christmas House to donate.  A lady in the league worked tirelessly to select books, both English and Spanish, as part of the ask.  With the donations our book collection will be bigger than ever and more popular books will be availble for the children.

Finally the volunteering.....We agreed to 'man' their gift wrapping table, which gives us an opportunity to talk more about Christmas House.  Personally I am happy to spend my Friday giving back.  I feel like commercialism has gone too far.  For instance I was watching TV the other day and the major retailers are already pushing gifts....I thought while watching 'how would I feel if I was a child who's parents couldn't afford presents".  It made me sad!  No child should feel bad because their parents can't afford to buy presents.  Which is why we are scaling way back on what we give and increasing what we donate.  I encourage you to check your local giving trees.  Children who are underprivileged or in foster care need your donations.



Whitney: "As much as I love shopping, I am not a Black Friday shopper.  I prefer to sleep-in, eat Thanksgiving leftovers and avoid the major crowds.  I still love holiday shopping expeditions, though!  It's fun to look festive but comfort is really key for a day of walking around and carrying shopping bags!"

Linda: "In Canada we are still going full out on Black Friday but I do like dressing a little festive knowing that you are enjoying a special Holiday. Wearing my new embroidered blazer from Target with a pair of plaid pants I have owned for a few years.I will not be hitting the sales on Black Friday but I will be thinking of all my American Friends enjoying this time with their families."

Shelbee: "For Black Friday shopping at the mall, I must be warm and comfortable for waiting in outside lines.  But I also must wear enough layers to shed if I get too hot.  I chose a lightweight hoodie, stretchy jeggings, and flat boots for lots of walking.  I layered up with a leather jacket, hat, scarf, and gloves. Minimal jewelry to prevent snagging...just earrings and my wedding ring.  Let's go shopping! "

Kellyann: "This is an outfit I'd wear if I was actually going shopping on Black Friday.  A crossbody bag is a necessity for me so my hands are free to shop! I want to be comfortable so I chose skinny jeans, a lightweight plaid shirt, and a v-neck sweater to keep me warm.  Knowing my Florida climate as I do, the sweater will come off by noon!  Right now I'm only planning on shopping online.  I want to spend as much time as possible with my boys and soak up all that I have to be thankful for."

Jennie: "I rarely actually go to any stores on Black Friday and stick to shopping on my laptop, but this year I may actually visit our local outlet mall and catch some sales. A lightweight jacket, hat, and boots will keep me warm and comfortable throughout the day without extra bulk."

Chrissy: "Black Friday has always been a fun shopping adventure to me. I can recall standing in crazy lines for Bath & Body Works candles and Air Freshner plug-ins. However, for the last 3 years my Black Friday shopping is now on “Black Tuesday or Wednesday” with my mother in law and sister in law in central Illinois. On official Black Friday you’ll find me traveling on the road back to GA with hubby and boys."

Lee: "This year on Black Friday instead of running around spending money and buying things we don't need I am going to volunteer.  I am apart of a local service league which holds an event called Christmas House which gives underprivileged children a new coat, 2 toys, and 2 new books for Christmas (or whatever holiday they celebrate).  In order to have the items to offer we work with other companies to raise money or get donations.  This year to get books we have partnered with Barnes and Noble (New Hope Commons Durham NC).  As part of our partnership we will 'man' the gift wrapping table.  So my black Friday will be spent wrapping gifts for shoppers at Barnes and Noble while spreading the word about Christmas House.  Head to my blog to learn more."

Kristin: "Since I live in Germany, Black Friday isn't as big of an occasion as it is in the States. This year I'm going to be shopping online so I can still get in on all of the sales! I'm always looking for great deals on expensive winter items like boots, coats, and cashmere."

Kimberly: "I would wear something comfortable and dress in layers so I can take things off if its crowded or the stores are hot.  A lightweight/loose top, vest and scarf would complete my look."

Ada: "This year on Black Friday I will be working and give or take I am going to be out and about for 12 hours straight so a comfy and warm outfit with black skinny jeans - still work-appropriate - a black long-sleeve wool tee and one of my long and cozy chenille cardigans will be what I will wear. I chose burgundy desert booties for comfort and a wool-blend blanket scarf to keep warm. My workplace is doing the "Simply Give" event this year on Black Friday. I will be doing a food-drive for families in need and after that a mittens+socks drive+deliver. Between all the driving and being in an out of my car, I wanted a layered look. I think my 'Fall Uniform' is also perfect for shopping on Black Friday since layers are a must.

Lizzie: "On Black Friday, I like to wake up super early to take my siblings on a shopping spree in our PJ's. We have a lot of fun picking out presents for our family and making memories along the way."

Monica: "Oh Black Friday, so many people get up so early to go shopping and I think it's become its own holiday as well.  I like to be lazy Thanksgiving weekend and I'm not one of those people who wakes up early.  I worked in retail for about 10 years, so I like to sleep in and take my time shopping.  I usually can't find anything on Black Friday besides certain electronics.  So my plans are to sleep in, and relax until I'm ready to shop."

Michelle: "This outfit is totally ready for some Black Friday shopping. If you plan to shop online, then you will be cozy in this pullover and comfy leggings & if you plan to head out to stores, sneakers & a cross body bag are a must for a full day of shopping! Either way, go get those deals!"


  1. I always just wear a pair of shorts, a tshirt and flats when shopping. Comfort is always a priority.

  2. Oh, that sweater is just awesome! I love how perfect it is for fall!

  3. Oh Lee how sweet are you and this amazing thing you are doing on Black Friday. I am glad that I will be doing something similar as I too will volunteer for underprivileged families (hope you had a chance to read my post) and we will hand out mittens, gloves, scarves, beanies and food to many families in several Metropolitan Detroit suburbs. I agree with you that Black Friday should be more than about shopping, commercialism and marketing. Giving is the best, especially around the holidays!

    And your outfit is so cozy and cute, as I mentioned on my post today also - I just love that beautiful striped cardigan! I will have my linkup run early tomorrow instead of Thursday so you can join it if you like. Meanwhile, I want to wish you a Very Happy Thanksgiving and Thankful weekend ahead!!

    <3 Ada.

  4. What an amazing way to spend Black Friday! You are an inspiration! Plus that cardigan is super cute :)

  5. I love your plans! If I make it out for Black Friday, I'll make sure to stop by and get a book. Such an awesome non-profit and way to spend Christmas! And your outfit looks gorgeous yet comfy!

  6. Those are wonderful plans Lee! I will be sure to check our local Barnes & Noble for an organization that may be supporting. You never know! Fabulous cardigan and boots btw. :)

  7. what a great way to spend your Black Friday! I love your cardigan

  8. Cute clothes! I love how you spend Black Friday.

  9. SO many good outfits in this collab! I LOVE that cardigan and this whole outfit - it looks perfect for a day of volunteering! And good for you for not getting so into the madness that is going out shopping on Friday! I'm hoping to do most of my shopping online!

  10. I am loving this outfit. I think the cardigan is my favorite.

  11. Lee, I love that you are also spending Black Friday volunteering (like Ada). And this outfit is spot on! That cardigan is so fabulous. Such a great outfit for just about any purpose! Another fun collaboration. I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!


  12. I have this sweater & I'm obsessed! it is the coziest!


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