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How to Tackle Black Friday


Thanksgiving is coming up fast~! While it entails a feast of scrumptious food, it also indicates that amazing sales are on their way for Black Friday. You can get caught up in the excitement of the holiday week and rush of competition for grabbing the best-priced items; but, don’t be careless. A lot of stores will have price-cuts on their products. This is true. Yet, an item at one store may be seem to have a good price, but it can be even cheaper at a different store. There are a lot of considerations needed to be made before you head out into the cold to battle over shoppers for products.

Here’s a few tips on how to tackle Black Friday:

  • Do Your Research. Decide on what items you really want whether it’s something that you’ve been wanting for a long time or a gift for someone else. From there, look at the websites of the stores that have those items and compare prices. Also, check for what kind of sale each store has for Black Friday. Once you know where you’re going and what you’re getting, make a plan for where you’ll go first once you arrive at the mall.
  • Bundle Up. It tends to get colder around the end of November. Try to wear as many layers of clothing as necessary. You wouldn’t to catch cold after shopping. 
  • Go With Others. As the saying goes, “two heads are better than one”. It’s less lonely and more fun to go shopping with others, especially in the hullabaloo of Black Friday. You have a friend to help lookout for items you want and any dangers other shoppers may be throwing your way. Also, when you plan for your attack, your friend may have think of a better route than you. He or she could even spot a better sales deal that you accidentally looked over. 
  • Get There Early. In order to ensure that you get the items you want for the prices that Black Friday offers, you should arrive at your designated store or mall very, very, very early. A lot of people tend to go right after Thanksgiving dinner or two hours before midnight on Thanksgiving. It’s up to you to decide how much you want something.
  • Go to the Stores You Really Want to Shop at First. As a mentioned in the first point, it’s best to make a plan for your Black Friday shopping. Sometimes, you can’t make to all the stores you want to or its too late by the time you get. Thus, decide on which items you’re willing to miss out on and the items that you really want.
  • Always Ask If You Really Want It. Sometimes, we all get caught up in the thrill of shopping on Black Friday. It clouds our judgements and we may over-shop. So, you should always ask yourself whether or not you truly want/need whatever you’re buying on Black Friday. 
  • Be Safe. Plenty of accidents occur on Thanksgiving in the rush from attaining the best sales. Please, please, please be careful if you decide to shop on Black Friday. Never take a risk that could endanger you or anyone with you. A life is worth more than any item you can buy.

If Black Friday isn’t your forte, the sales offered on that day usually extends to the Monday after Thanksgiving which is called Cyber Monday because deals are offered on the websites of many stores. So, you can still buy items you want if you don’t go shopping on Black Friday. You can apply some of the points I made above to Cyber Monday if you decide to wait to that day to shop.

Happy Shopping~! 🙂


Best Places in the Lisle-Naperville Area

Whether you are living on campus, or you are in the area, these are places you must visit on your shopping adventure.

1. Red Mango

Yummy frozen yogurt and smoothies await you in this small frozen treats shop. Their all-natural frozen yogurt is scrumptious. They have interesting flavors too: Sugarcane Cola, Lemonade, Irish Cream, Mojito, Cinnamon, Green Tea and so many more! You get to taste them for free too, so I’m sure you’ll find one you like.

111 W. Jackson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

2. Cookie Dough Creations

Cookies and cookie dough galore! They serve delicious ice cream with a scoop of raw cookie dough. That’s right. You’re childhood dream of eating the dough out of the mixing bowl has come true. It’s perfectly fine this time because they don’t use any eggs. Enjoy!

22 W. Chicago Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

3. El Burrito

Whether you’re craving some Mexican food or you’re on a late night burrito run, this is the place to go to get some delicious authentic Mexican food. Their giant burrito’s are delish!

1219 Maple Ave
Lisle, IL 60532

4. It’s a Bling Thing

One of the cutest fashion jewelry boutiques!  So many awesome accessories at a decent price. If you’re looking for something cute and sparkly, this is the place to visit.

14 W Jackson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540

5. Q-BBQ

Great place to go to get some delicious BBQ; from brisket and slabs of ribs to sandwiches and salads, this is the place to be!

103 S. Main Street
Naperville, IL 60540

6. Morning Side Cafe

On the corner of Ogden and Yackley, right by Benedictine, this small cafe is a great place to go for breakfast or lunch. I always love their cinnamon swirl french toast.

1920 Ogden Ave
Lisle, IL 60532

7. The Bolingbrook Promenade

Not too far from the Lisle/Naperville area, this outdoor shopping mall has so many unique stores where you can find what you’re looking for including Charming Charlie, Forever 21, H&M, DSW, GameStop and many more.

631 East Boughton Road Suite 220

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Shop on!

What To Wear ( Do’s and Don’ts )

We’ve all seen it. That walking fashion faux pas. That deadly fashion mistake walking across the quad makes us cringe.

Yes one of the great things about college is that you are able to wear whatever you want, but that doesn’t mean you should.

I will start with the do not’s because those are more fun.


  1. Wear pajamas. Okay, I understand if you have an 8 a.m. class, but otherwise, no one wants to see your hot pink polka-dotted satin pajama bottoms paired with your winter coat. Put some real pants on.
  2. Speaking of pants, guys pull up your pants. This isn’t high school.
  3. Wear Uggs (With Short Shorts) ((In the middle of winter)).  Uggs are the guilty pleasure of many college girls.  If you still choose to wear these shoes, wear them with the appropriate attire! Whoever told you it was okay to wear those boots with those short shorts lied to you. Plus it’s winter, time to put those shorts away.
  4. Dress for the Wrong Season. There are many reasons why you should dress for the right season. A- If it’s freezing out and you are not dressed warmly, you’re going to get sick. B- You will definitely attract the wrong attention. People will ask “What was that person thinking? It’s below freezing outside!” and they will shoot you the o.o look.
  5. Wear Stained Clothing.  This goes for both guys and girls, trust me, I’ve seen both. If we can all tell what you ate yesterday because of the stains on your clothes, there’s something wrong. Wash ’em or toss ’em, do not wear them.  If you have a shirt that’s stained beyond recognition, tie die it a funny color or something; don’t be a slob.
  6. Wear Plaid+Stripes+Rainbows+Neon+AHHH! Plaid shirts can be very trendy and fashionable if worn correctly. If you choose to wear a plaid shirt, please, please, please make sure you do not pair it with some crazy neon tank top or oddly colored sweatpants.  This goes for any pattern: keep it simple.
  7. Leggings are not Pants.  They do not substitute for pants; they are meant to be worn under an oversized shirt, tunic, skirt, or dress!
  8. Wear Crocs. Ew.
  9. Wear Heels. These are okay if you have an interview, but wearing them from class to class is a no-no.
  10. Flip-flops with Sweatpants or Socks. If it’s cold enough for you to be wearing sweatpants or socks, then it’s cold enough for you to wear real shoes.
  11. Rival Apparel.  Support your school, do not wear other schools’ logos.
  12. Leave the Club Outfit in the Closet.   True story. I’ve seen a girl in a tight dress looking like she just came from the club. Leave the party at home when you’re going to classes.


  1. Be comfortable. This does not mean be lazy. I give you permission to rock the sweatshirt, as long as you don’t pair a bright red sweatshirt with bright red sweatpants and you don’t look like a crazed track star, it’s okay. It’s important to be comfortable in your classes so that you can focus on the material.
  2. Be Unique.  Feel free to be yourself, just try not to overdo it. You do not have to express your entire personality though your clothing.
  3. Bargain Shop/Thrift. You can find some really trendy clothing in the sales racks of Carson Pirie Scott or Macy’s. I bought a $150 dollar Liz Claiborne blazer for $20 at Macy’s once. You can always find something that no one else has for a good price.
  4. Cardi Party.  Rock the cardigan. I’m a huge fan of cardigans. Pair one with a nice dress and some cute leggings and you’re good to go!
  5. Pea coat.  Nothing is more handsome than a guy in a pea coat in the middle of winter. Girls, pea coats can be slimming and stylish, so make sure it’s apart of your stock of winter apparel.
  6. Jeans. They go with everything, unless you’re wearing the same color denim shirt. Skinny, bell bottoms, boot cut, what ever style of jeans speaks to you!
  7. Boots. Paired with a nice jean, boots can go with anything. They are a step up from your average shoe. Plus having rain boots for the rain and snow boots for the winter are necessary. Be prepared for the winter!

Just remember when you’re picking out what to wear every morning: If you think it looks bad, it probably does.