Month: November 2015

25 Nov 2015

How We’re Doing Black Friday in 2015

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Nobody loves a good bargain buy or a sale more than I do, but Black Friday is an unofficial holiday that I no longer participate in. I’ve worked a Black Friday during my time in retail and it was hell. And as a shopper, it’s not that much better. I don’t enjoy beating the rush and scouring the floor for those hidden gems that people tossed on the ground and didn’t want. I’m just not much of a digger and on my day off, I’m not looking to put in any work especially not at the mall.

I will say, however, that I was almost convinced to participate when my favorite retailer, Aritzia, gave me a call this past weekend to let me know that I would have early access to their Black Friday sale online and in-stores on Monday and Tuesday of this week. I was VERY close to making a stop by their store on my way home from work, but then decided that maybe this year, I’ll do something crazy and bold and save my money instead. I’m actually looking forward to just spending Black Friday hanging out with my cousins and hopefully away from the stores.

That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t still shop though… so here are a few sales that I know of happening from some of my favorite retailers that I’m willing to share:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch (yes, I’m including them!) – On Black Friday the entire website is 50% off until Noon
  • Aritzia – from Black Friday until Sunday, the 29th get your favorite pieces at a steal and up to half off.
  • Dolce Vita – Starting November 24 and ending November 29 – an extra 20% off all sale and free ground shipping. Use code BLACK20 at checkout.
  • Gap – 50% off your entire purchase through Saturday, November 28th
  • Nordstrom – An additional 20% off both in stores and online
  • Uniqlo – Almost everything except for some select outerwear pieces will be under $50. Accessories start at just $1
  • Urban Outfitters – Extra 30% off in stores and online for sale stuff

And then there’s… you know… Cyber Monday.

25 Nov 2015

Hi, From Beat Connection

We’re not posting very much this evening or this weekend because it’s Thanksgiving week. I’m on PTO starting tomorrow and in an hour my auto-response for my work email is going to turn on. Been waiting a long time for that to happen y’all. I figured if there’s one thing that I could write about tonight while procrastinating packing my bags, it’s about Beat Connection – one of my favorite bands out of Seattle. These guys are like… my age? And they’re not bad. I actually just saw their show when they were here in SF earlier this month at The Independent. It was basically a room full of Seattle transplants. I didn’t get data on this, but you could just tell that the crowd was from Seattle and not from SF. I’m actually pretty excited for this group to blow up a little more. They released their album Product 3 last month and it’s all I’ve been listening to when I commute from South Bay to SF. I would tell you all of my favorite songs, but honestly – the whole album is good. Here’s a performance of Rosealene though it’s much better live.

22 Nov 2015

We Have to Talk About Bieber

Okay okay, I will admit that it wasn’t more than a couple of years ago that I just threw my hands up and said – “DONE WITH THE BIEBS!” I never got into his music when he first started out and for the longest time I was always on Team Selena and thought that his immature self was just dragging her down. However, we did kind of a 360 last week when “Purpose” came out and I found myself loving almost every song. That breakup with Selener did him some good. Meanwhile, her latest album “Revival” is kind of flopping and she’s whispering her performances to make it look like she’s a really good performer. Spoiler alert: she’s not, really. I will also admit that this is the first time that I’ve actually really enjoyed Justin’s vocals on his tracks. In the past, I always thought that I just enjoyed the beats of his songs like “Beauty and the Beat,” but he’s really showing what he can offer on his latest album.

Our favorites?

  • What Do You Mean?
  • Sorry
  • Love Yourself
  • I’ll Show You
  • Company
  • Been You
  • Get Used to It
  • No Pressure ft. Big Sean
  • Trust
  • All In It
20 Nov 2015

Apple With A Bold Statement

I’m using my Friday night to catch up on the crazy things that happend this week and the one thing I’m thining about in particular is the comments by Jimmy Iovine, record exec at Apple.

To promote a new series of commercials for Apple Music, Jimmy went on to say a few things that he thought would help support this campaign. Instead it did the opposite. The commercial features Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige, and Tariji P. Henson all listening to playlists on Apple Music together. Great. Fine. Then, he said this:

“Women find it very difficult at times, some women, to find music.”

“I just thought of a problem. You know, girls are sitting around talking about boys, or complaining about boys, when they have their heart broken or whatever. And they need music for that, right? So it’s hard to find the right music,” he said.

Thank you Jimmy. I’ve never needed a boy to help me find the music I enjoy listening to and I certainly do not need Apple Music either. Retract and apologize all you want, but people aren’t going to forget that you made some pretty disappointing comments.

And his apology in case anyone cares:

“We created Apple Music to make finding the right music easier for everyone — men and women, young and old. Our new ad focuses on women, which is why I answered the way I did, but of course the same applies equally for men. I could have chosen my words better, and I apologize.”

19 Nov 2015

Hangout 2016

And so it begins…the first of the music festival lineups to start rolling out. I’m actually pretty impressed with this lineup and a little curious about Miike Snow. Damn. I hope that means that new music is on its way. Actually, who are we kidding – I know how this works. That is most definitely what’s happening. “Heart is Full” was just released last month, but I’m not entirely sold on it yet so we’re hoping there’s better on the way.

19 Nov 2015

Kendall and Kylie x The Top Shop

The Jenner sisters have unveiled their second collection with Top Shop and I’m surprised I’m even saying this, but I’m pretty impressed with some of the pieces. Not only are they the things you want to wear for your upcoming holiday party, but there’s a whole lot of black – which means that it’s versatile and you can wear them over and over again for a number of occasions. We’ve always been a fan of re-wearing things from our closet.

The collection will be available online and in the UK on Friday, Nov. 20, as well as at U.S. Topshop locations and select Nordstrom stores worldwide on Dec. 4.

Out of the 15 piece collection, here are just a few of our favorites! – but actually that dress that Kendall is wearing above is just THE BEST.

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