Shop Local Rochester: Splurge + Save and Have a Thrifty Holiday.

{ Thrifted! Red velvet vintage dress from Treasure Trove Vintage on Park Avenue. }

GET

look good

THRIFTY

feel good

THIS HOLIDAY

#shoplocalroc

{ We have to do something for ourselves. Especially during the holidays. And we still want to save time + money, feel festive + fabulous! That’s why thrifty shopping in your holiday routine spices up the season, adds value to your time and money, + lets you do you. Something fierce. }

Get Thrifty.

HEART
And by heart, I mean appearance.

Appearance is the outward expression of our hearts. These 3 looks + 3 thrifty shopping spots show you how to save + feel flippin fancy while doing it.

#PROTIP: “Vintage” is defined as 20 years back. { 1994 is vintage! }

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Rest of my dress! Adorable back { butt } bow. (Not pictured.)

THE LOOK: MAD MEN – Pin-Up. Vintage Boutique.

WHY VINTAGE

  1. Quality. Vintage is higher quality. Better fit. Better wear. Bottom line.
  2. Affordable. The imitation is too expensive! Especially if you seek quality comparable to the original.
  3. Trend Factor. You want to look great, but you don’t want to go crazy on some trend you might never wear again. These pieces have stood the test of time for a reason! And, you can afford to buy more than one or get fancy with all the fixin’s.

THE PLACE

  • Treasure Trove Vintage: 121 Park Avenue, Suite 10 (Facing Meigs Street)
    • Dresses + Jewelry
    • Coats + Fur Coats
    • Jackets + Blazers
    • Hats + Gloves
    • Boots + Heels

{ BONUS: Owner, Morgan DeLapa, walks-the-walk, talks-the-talk, + can dish really sweet make-up recommendations! }

Louboutin at Panache.

Louboutin at Panache.

THE LOOK: BEYONCE / OLD MONEY – Glam. Consignment Shop.

WHY CONSIGNED

  1. Designer. Champagne tastes on a { fancy } beer budget? Panache accommodates + dazzles.
  2. Variety. Row upon row upon row of flat, wedge, heel, boot; fur coat, blazer, shurg; wristlet, clutch, bag. It’s never-ending .. and all so inviting!
  3. Fashion. Fashionista’s paradise. Whether you like vintage, disco, ’90’s, or now – Panache has your number. { Flower City Fashionista would know! }

THE PLACE 

{ BONUS: Designer-Designer labels. We’re talking Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Coach … you name it. }

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Brand name wrap dresses from VOA on Lake Avenue.

THE LOOK: STREET STYLETrendyThrift Store.

WHY THRIFT

  1. Quality. Thrift stores don’t take garbage. Know what you’re looking for, keep an open mind, + you will find gems that you boast about the rest of your known life.
  2. Get the Look. Create 3-5 new looks, easily, for less than the price of 1 at retail. Who doesn’t want a new holiday: skirt + top, dress + shrug, pant + blouse with matching shoe + bag for each?? With styles that cater specifically to the look you want.
  3. Price. Pay attention to tag sales + deals of the day so you know how to optimizes these options + still capture rock bottom prices.

THE PLACE 

{ BONUS: $.89 of EVERY DOLLAR goes toward VOA initiatives like the VOA Children’s Center + various Community Outreach. … Plus they have crazy low prices + incredible sales. }

OTHER GREAT SHOPS:

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With bff Laura (nee Reardon) Wagner, in 1950s handmade replica Bette Davis dress from film “All About Eve.”

#PROTIP: Don’t be scared to purchase gifts at consignment, vintage, + thrift stores.

HOME
Home is where the heart is … make it look good + feel good!

There are innumerable reasons I shop thrift for home goods + wares. And even more for why we all should thrift for holiday home goods + wares. Here are my top 3 reasons + spots:

Cheers! Wine glasses from Panache.

Cheers! … with a hint of charm. Wine glasses from Panache.

KITCHEN UTENSILS

  1. Serving Spoons. Potato Masher. Tea Kettle. These are just some items I find at almost every thrift store I go to.
  2. Bye-Bye Big Box. Why go to a big-box when you can easily find what you need, for less?
  3. The Character Factor. Come on. Who doesn’t want a story behind their kitchen ware??

{ BONUS: Check-out any local thrift store. One of my favorites is Ruly on Monroe Ave. }

  • Ruly: 270 Monroe Avenue (Between Union + Alexander)

FESTIVE DISH WARE + GLASSES

  1. Unique. Find glasses + mugs, place settings + cake plates that you just won’t find anywhere else.
  2. Host + Gift. What better way to decorate a holiday table than to allow guests to take home their glasses at the end of the eve?
  3. Mix + Match. Get creative with your decor when you can pair several different pieces for an occasion with your unique stamp.

{ BONUS: Panache has a Home + Design store, too! … With 3 designers who curate. }

STATEMENT PIECES

  1. One Time + Timeless. You don’t have to feel guilt about using these pieces just once! Go crazy + buy the trendy piece. Or, at the same time, find a classic vase or candle holder + relish that it can be used any time of year or every holiday season.
  2. Love Each Room. Deck the halls, y’all. All of them. No need to feel proud about just the mantle over the fireplace or just the “Christmas Tree Room.” Get your deck on the whole house through!
  3. Get a Lil’ Funky. It’s okay to experiment. Add a pop of color with a thrift store pieces – and the fear associated with “failing” completely melts away. It’s true.

{ BONUS: Hidden gems exist. Rochester has them … and I also love Canandaigua! }

  • Main Street: My fav antique shop closed! (But Main St. Canandaigua has some true gems.)
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Brande new glass ornaments from Panache. Great for party favors!

be merry, be bright

Make a Pledge to You. Treat yourself this holiday. And give back to your community. This can be your Shop Local Rochester pledge!

#getthrifty

#roc the holiday

#shoplocalroc

XO.

Shop Local Rochester: Shop With a Cause – Black Friday + Small Business Saturday

{ Boutique Juniper near Miami University, Ohio. Shop Local discount cards – year ’round! }

SHOP

black friday

WITH A

small business saturday

CAUSE

{ Tricky thing about traveling the week of Thanksgiving is … you get around to doing things later than you would like. (Like writing this post!) Great thing about traveling for Thanksgiving?? You get to see all of the other cities + towns that rally for #ShopLocal. }

#shoplocalroc

This week is not about shopping. It’s about giving thanks. The beautiful thing about #ShopLocal is it affords the ability to shop + to give thanks to your:

  • local merchants
  • economy
  • community
  • culture

Should you feel inspired to shop this weekend, shop with a cause. And give thanks to those merchants who improve our neighborhoods + lifestyles. 

consumerism as activism

#PROTIP: Like your favorite merchants + stores on Facebook!

  1. Like on Facebook
  2. Regularly see updates on deals + sales at all your favorite shops
  3. Many stores don’t announce Black Friday + Small Business Saturday deals until last minute!

BLACK FRIDAY + SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Check out these deals to see how our merchants give thanks to us:

VINTAGE

AARON’S ALLEYDiscounted products, raffles, + prizes Saturday

FAR OUT VINTAGEAll Items – 50% off Friday

TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE – BOGO 50% off Friday + Saturday

BOUTIQUE

BEBE MILLS – 20% off with donation to Brockport Food Shelf Saturday + more!

FAHSYESpecial Deals Black Friday + Savings and Give Aways Small Business Saturday

PEPPERMINT – Insane deals { Like them on Facebook } – watch to find out

#PROTIP: Donate items for Verona Street Animal Society

  1. Christmas for Critters bin at Peppermint
  2. Another Christmas for Critters bin at Fahsye!
  3. See all locations here

ANIMALS

LOLLYPOP FARMSBlack Friday Adoption Deals – Friday Only! { these guys are too cute }

VERONA STREET ANIMAL SOCIETY – 50% off ALL Puppies + Kittens!!! Friday

ONLINE

CARRIE GEORGE LEATHER – Not 100% sure on the deals – But these handmade in Roc leather bags are a deal!

CHLOE + ISABELUp to 40% off Estate Vintage Classics through Sunday

#PROTIP: Check out American Express Shop Small Campaign

  1. Use your AmEx on Small Business Saturday
  2. At participating vendors
  3. And receive up to $30 back for every $10 that you spend!
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Peppermint Line cardi from Peppermint. GO. You’ll thank me.

Best

#PROTIP: of all??

Remember to #shoplocalroc + snap a photo of your Shop Local buys for entry to win great prizes from your favorite local merchants!!

#shopsmall

#shoplocalroc

#givethanks

#HAPPYTHANKSGIVING

XO.

Shop Local Rochester: Myths, Gifts, + Favs!

{ To The Late Mr. “Klonks” Klondike. My forever Elf + Soul Mate. }

SHOP LOCAL 

myths

ROCHESTER

gifts

#shoplocalroc

favs

#ROC THE HOLIDAY

{ This holiday, a curly-haired elf named BESL gift-wraps your season with a whole lotta #shoplocalroc love. We’re dressing-up our normal categories — Lifestyle, Tips + Tricks, Week Wrap-Up — so you can #Roc The Holiday right. From now until 12/24, sprinkle the season with — Myths, Gifts, + Favs — and out-sparkle those snow crystals … just to show them who is boss. }

look good, feel good

MYTHS – Not your typical shopping. Why don’t we #ShopLocal more?? We already know that it’s:

  • affordable
  • unique
  • convenient
  • sustainable
  • fun

Because it’s not a part of our daily habits! Tiny myths we’ve learned along the way have become huge barriers that keep #ShopLocal from our daily routines. This season, BESL dispels these 5 mighty myths:

  1. no parking!
  2. too expensive!
  3. not a 1-stop-shop!
  4. out of the way!
  5. weird hours!

this weekend: rmsc holiday bazaar rwms ultimate women’s expo

{ I’ll be at rwms with ouzon soda sat! }

GIFTS – Not your typical gifting. Gift giving–great gift giving–shouldn’t have to be a mystery. The secret?

  • what
  • where

Knowing what makes a gift great + knowing where to find that gift are 2 very different things. They often contradict! { Many of the greatest gifts, are the rarest. } All season long, #shoplocalroc guides you to more satisfying gifts.

better than a star in the sky + 10 reindeer

Just look at all these resources!

{ Take the Pledge! }
Shop Local Rochester 

FAVS – Not your typical favs. Hidden gems. When shopping, we seek-out hidden gems more than a healthy cookie recipe we’re not ashamed to swap. { Or keep secret. } #ShopLocal is chocked-full of hidden gems! The best part? They’re:

  • directly in our neighborhoods and backyards
  • at familiar spots
  • even in our homes!

This season, here are BESL’s top picks:

  1. Festivals + Bazaars – 3 Weekends of Handcrafted, Fair Trade, Locally Owned Businesses
  2. Thrift – Let the Preparations Begin!
  3. Arts + Reads – Stay Classy
  4. Food + Drink – Hoppy Holidays: Get Cultured
  5. Secret Spots – Stealthy + Strategic

Shopping is inevitable this holiday season.
Make it fun + make it count with Shop Local Rochester.

#shoplocalroc

XO. 

Rochester is a #Roc: Let Your Light Shine.

{ (585) Nov/Dec Launch Party last week at Cure. … We all know photography is not my forte. }

ROCHESTER BRAINERY 

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FLOWER CITY FASHIONISTA

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(585) MAG

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ROCHESTER COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE

steady

{ Killer week last week. Down-in-the-dumps this week. Sometimes, that’s just how it goes. And it’s all the more reason to remind us that our city is a #ROC that #ROCs–and no, I’ll never tire from using that pun. }

It’s no secret that this year has been rough. Even if you don’t read statuses about my health on Facebook + visit my Tumblr Mind Barbara Soul … chances are … you know. { Thing is – you actually have no idea. }

remember winter last year?

It wouldn’t let up. Even when we believed to be in the clear. … My year has been that. I’m happy to report that:

just as winter approaches, I can finally feel the hard shell of life cracking + thawing!

I’m even happier that our Rochester Community is exactly what allows this very light to grow.

 my { last } week wrap-up

  1. Rochester Brainery. I’m teaching! Thursday, December 4 from 6:30-8. Career Seekers + Switchers … this one’s for you.
    • I have all the insider intel, the tips + tricks, the personal experience, + the expertise.
    • Career Advising is such a passion of mine. I cannot wait to share the empowering strategies?
    • I actually cannot remember what Rochester was like with The Brainery. I am honored to teach at Rochester Brainery, a mainstay in this community.
    • {Sign-up Here.}
  2. Flower City Fashionista. I’m collaborating! Jenny Sanzo is a lady boss. I’m not even sure she knows how she gets it done.
  3. (585) Magazine. I’m freelancing! I am also now published in (585) Magazine’s Nov/Dec issue–“Rise & Dine.” {My article on Fahsye, a boutique in the North Winton neighborhood, is featured on pg. 10!}
    • Editor-In-Chief Leah Stacy is also a lady boss. And the epitome of grace and class.
    • (585) is an incredible resource for Rochester and Rochesterians.
    •  (585) Mag embraces, expounds upon, + enhances our community, our lifestyles, and our city.
    • At only $12/year, I strongly encourage you to subscribe to this publication.
    • If not … pick one up at any number of local stores, including Wegmans.
    • And their Launch Party for this issue at Cure … was baller. Make sure to keep your eye out for the next.
    • {Read + Subscribe here.}
  4. Rochester Community Acupuncture. I’m healing! Holistic health + wellness does not have to be expensive. At Rochester Community Acupuncture (RCA) in Village Gate, you decide how much to pay.
    • The sliding scale ranges from $15-$35.
    • Aside from the very real healing they have provided me since January 2014, I’m stoked about the fact that … I’m going to be in a RCA photo shoot!
    • It’s not like they sought-me-out. I just signed-up. But you know why it is a thrill??
    • Rochester is such an incredible community that smaller businesses + organizations call upon patrons to embody the face of their brands. Here are 2 really cool examples: Rochester Brainery + Thread.
    • {Visit website here.}

more to come 

The season is just getting started, and I predict that I shall have much more good news + merriment + Rochester pride to come. …

so stay tuned …

#ROCon

#Rochester

#ROCsteady

XO.

Shopping’s More Fun With … Flower City Fashionista!

BESL

+

FLOWER CITY FASHIONISTA

(equals)

#SHOPLOCAL LOVE

{ Hey Guys! I’m happy to announce that BESL is collab-ing with Ms. Jenny Sanzo, The Flower City Fashionista. Read more below! … And all about how I’m sweet-as-punch. (Love this.) }

How excited are you. Because I’m stoked. Jenny is an incredible blogger, businesswoman, stylist, mother, friend, and {duh} fashionista. She’s brought #Roc the likes of:

And #ShopLocal. Jenny’s always been a Shop Local PIC since Day 1, and now…

Jenny’s featuring BESL #ShopLocal posts!

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit, Read, Subscribe to Flower City Fashionista
  2. Look for #ShopLocal posts from me
  3. Stick around FCF + see what #Rocs
  4. Head on back to BESL + see what pops
  5. #ShopLocal! {Great deal + incredible benefit.}

 In the words of Mrs. Jenny Sanzo herself:

and roc gets more love

to love of + love for the #Roc

#shoplocal

#flowercityfashionista

XO.